Dream maker …

Dream-Word2013Daring to dream at Women’s Moon Circle

Metis Centre, Owen Sound

Healing and Wellness

January 9th 2013…

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Do you ever wonder?

Me too.

The other day I was wondering why I know how, but don’t do.

You know, we all tend toward inertia, I guess. But maybe not. Maybe you might enjoy this best advice from Leo Babauta.

Maybe it will give you something to think about.

This is my attempt to DO … even though I pretty much pissed around all day…except for bathing a Wheaten and trying to comb out her mats under her chin. Hoo boy!

So this is when the rubber hits the road for me. Blog, just do it, dammit!

Talk to you tomorrow. I have some ATCs to make! and I have company tonight. But she’s understanding and talented; maybe she’ll join me!Image

The Learning Curve

I’ve never really ever finished school…and I like that. So now I’m learning how to use another tool to hike my art process up a notch and allow me to share it online. I’m doing digital collage…sometimes from my own “pages” but lately I got Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and I’ve been playing around. This was inspired from Flypaper


Please let me know what (if any) emotions, thoughts, critiques this picture evokes in you. Thanks for being one of my teachers.


It’s Sunday night and I am still sick. Over on 14 Secrets, my friend Lani posts a challenge   based on some of Jeff Suchak‘s digital images. You won’t see them on his website, but if you’re on Facebook, you just might. Anyway, I really must rise to this challenge. Art based on these dizzyingly beautiful images. I’m into glue book pages right now (and frankly that’s about the most challenge I can manage right now…so here goes.

Here’s the original…


Then I painted some of the cream, black.


Then I thought I’d try to learn something new in Photoshop Elements


I sure have a lot to learn about Photoshop Elements!

Fun playing. But it’s naptime now.

Hopefully it inspired you to try your hand at the layers challenge!

Glue Books and other fun stuff…

Gluebooks are just fun stuff. I suppose someone somewhere has made a gluebook that is gravid and serious, but mostly the friends I have…well…we just play. So we got to talking over at 14 Secrets (actually our Yahoo Group) and we thought some kind of swap would be in order. Perhaps just a page, but that would require a “tip in”. And then I thought, “Oh, I’ll just google that to show everyone.” Only that didn’t work and it’s very late, and it’s been a long day and I thought, “Wait, I’ll just do it and show people.”

Here is the first installment.

First … here’s what you’ll need for a gluebook, except for the glue stick, or whatever other stickyness thingy you choose to use.Image

Then the 8×5 cards and one divided into three the long way … so it’s still 8″ one way but skinnier…


and next…


of course you’ll need washi tape…so have a fun hour or so and make some with masking tape laid out on freezer paper (I find it works better than wax paper) and some markers, paints, whatever.

I’ll post the page I made tonight, tomorrow. G’night!

Paper Stash Swap

Over at Gluebook Goodness (see Six Degrees of Creativity) we are in the midst of a paper swap. I tried to give my partner, who lives in Florida, a glimpse of my little corner of the world by including local tourist maps, indie mags and dyed in the wool Canadian magazines like Walrus and very old issues of The Beaver (now known as Canada’s History) clippings.


Also I included photocopies of some of Jeff’s photographs (just the 35 mm ones) with local flora and geographical and topographical details. I even sent it airmail because the postie clerk said it would get there at least a week faster. Canadian mail can seem slow to people in other places of the world. I certainly hope she enjoys it.Image


Now it’s time for me to just sit and wait for my own little packet of surprises to arrive! Whoot! Fun, fun, fun.

Turtle makes progress …

ImageWe all think of turtles as being slow, methodical and perhaps — if we are really, truly honest — plodding. So I guess it should not surprise me that my work progresses in much the same way. To paraphrase Anne Lamott, it moves forward stitch by stitch by stitch.

In my youth, I wanted to rush. I wanted to see progress and right then! So I spent a lot of time at machines that whirred and hummed. I still like that, but I have found that an hour of stitching every evening, by hand, in the waning hours, even in front of the “telly” (which for us is my computer screen and Netflix) … the work progresses. Yes, the progress is sometimes slow, but it is an enjoyable process.

I get to feel the textures as they emerge, admire the details, immerse myself in the work. And so I will share with you pictorially that Turtle’s carapace is now done. That being said, this does not mean that in some future time another stitch or two or three may be added. Hand stitching allows that when machines would scream defeat.

I suppose you’d like to get closer…


I have to admit that the texture is luscious!


You might like to try this yourself…let me know…maybe lessons can be arranged.


This is my first intention word for 2012…

I have to rush off to church for now, but i’ll post later. In the meantime, here is a prayer that speaks to my heart…

I hope it piques your curiosity…

For Presence

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.

Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.

May anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

~ John O’Donohue

Going deep

Oh my goodness, school’s out for the semester and I am able to join my Jamie Ridler tribe in Wishcasting Wednesdays. So what question does Jamie post this week (this week after her birthday! Happy lately) “What is your deepest wish?”

Now this is difficult. Because if you really go deep you sometimes hit gold, but you might also hit bedrock. It can be brutally hard to really go deep and state out loud (as some of my “tribe” have done) your deepest wish. It takes a lot of courage. Do I have the patience? Do I have enough courage? Do I have wisdom to really know when I have gone deep enough to know that yearning that whispers in the shadows of my self what it is that I wish for?

I just had a most important call. That stirs something inside me. This opportunity would give me a chance to serve in a very meaningful way; to serve the people…ALL the people…ALL the Treaty People. And that is what I yearn for…to serve. To share my gifts to touch people and to heal hurts that go back hundreds of years.

Props to my hubby, Jeff at Mythic Landscape for the spiderweb photo. Even if I took it (and I can’t remember if I took this exact one) he was beside me coaching! He is a great coach!

Just a day or so ago, I created this page…so now that moment of Aha! is here. Now I must go deeply until I hear that Aha! That Ahhhh!

Today that is what I woke up knowing and aching for. Service is what I yearn for. Connection, purposefulness, and meaning. That is my deepest wish. May it be so! Aho!