Spilling the beans …

We’re expecting a new grandbaby …


and I’m knitting with this!




Sweet Lulu left Owen Sound and arrived in London, with a new name—Barb Marley! So suits her. Can’t blame a girl. Took on a whole new identity too. Now she seems “married” to Ringo. Don’t they make a lovely couple? Ahhh love…ain’t it grand!


And on another note…glue pages and ATCs arrived safely in Edmonton. ATCs were a little random act of art for a dear friend.


And last, but certainly not least, Erika’s muse arrived safely in Washington, DC! All on the same day! Whoot!!

ImageImageImageShe is actually a journal (even her sleeves! With lots of encouraging sayings, haiku, and snippets of poetry to provide lots of artsy encouragement to Erika!

Now on to prayer flags and knitting for the summer surprise … a wee granddaughter! Whoot!

Almost ready to take wing…

Oh my … this muse is getting excited. She is almost ready herself and her accessories are almost finished too. This has been a learning experience for me, but perhaps Erica is my muse and this project just inspired me to really stretch myself!

Anyway…Sunday night sneak peeks…



Well, I really must dash … much to do … and two little sock monkeys hoping not to keep their Valentines waiting!

A Muse’s progress

It’s not the speed that I had hoped for, but it has taught me to scale down my ideas for swaps somewhat. Still the many unexpected roadblocks and hurdles have been conquered and this project is coming together. There are still a few kinks that I need to work out because I am forewarned that metal will cause U.S. Customs to come unglued … and what collagist could be at peace with that. I’m sure the method to attach “arms” will come to me this week and Erica’s muse will wing her way to her…finally.

Here is the wonderful wire armature arms that I had first envisioned. Alas… this cannot be.Image

So instead this will have to suffice…


One hand waving. I’m coming, Erica, don’t be sad.

And then there is the fragrant dimsum …


And finally…


The wingeds….

She is anxious now to get on with her work … and so am I…

I had to reblog Keira’s post in order to comment. This has been a strange January for me/us as well. Youngest daughter married to a wonderful man. Sigh that all is well. Two thaws and rain like Windsor spring/fall. Change is in this fog and it fogs my glasses and my mind. Roller coaster emotions with FN/Ab issues and the response … sometimes vitriolic … sometimes bonding… But read Keira’s words. She blesses us with her prose … her music of words.


A fog-laden wind sifts through tree boughs to the northwest.  Into my left ear the presto drip of snowmelt on metal roof is punctuated by a random slide, thunk of heavier stuff pulled to ground.  On my lap, the steady, thundering purr of kitten.

The dark outside is thick with visible air, like stirred winter stew. It feels almost balmy after these minus 29 degree days so I’m tempted to stay out…  but no.   To inside, under thick blankets. To listen, not look.

And here, like a gift, like a soul’s massage, is the heavy rain.

It’s been travel travel for me these past weeks, through the bustling silence of January 2013.  Not what I had expected.  The first month of the year in this place has always had the sensibility of a well-caught breath.  For me it’s always held the promise of a month of stacked, not…

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I’m not feeling very talkative. Making prayer flags like crazy AND ATCs since Gretchen, Hannah and Beth got me started. In the meantime check this out!

creativity in motion

A year or two ago I remember seeing Quinn McDonald‘s awesome 35mm Slide Accordion Journal on her blog, as well as this mention about her slide mount journal being featured in the premiere issue of the Cloth Paper Scissors’ art journaling mag Pages.  Great idea! Making my own has been on my creative to-do list ever since and I finally spent some time creating one.  The process was lots of fun!  It’s also a great way to re-purpose any old, unused, and unwanted slide mounts into a miniature book!

Supplies I used to get started were some empty plastic slide mounts, paper tape (as well as masking tape), and a variety of miniature images, collages, and words to glue inside each mount.  Using some of my Lost and Found idea-o-logy paper stash came in handy for the background because each page is doubled sided and could be seen…

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Carla has done more with her blog and books to inspire me to draw again and regularly…I heartily recommend her classes!

Hi! I’m repeating three of my favorite online classes in February and March. There are two one-week sessions, and one five-week session. I hope you can join us!

Note: If you previously signed up for Imaginary Creatures, Faces 101 or Flower Crazy, you are welcome to jump in to this session as well. Just email me and let me know! carla[at]carlasonheim.com

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Imaginary Creatures

February 11-15, 2013

Find and create your own zoo of imaginary creatures from random watercolor marks, blobs of paint, sidewalk cracks, peeling paint and more. But mixed in with this nonsense is a healthy dose of “real” drawing exercises and lessons to help you imbue personality and life into your imaginary animals.

We will draw from life, from photos, and from our imaginations. Then you’ll learn my no-fail watercolor tricks to create a series of your own imaginary creatures on paper. You’ll…

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Tiny Weekends

Over the month of December I got used to 3 day work weeks because I needed to take unused vacay. Now a regular weekend seems “tiny” by comparison. Still I only worked 3 days this week and next too. That’s because 1) New Year’s Day and 2) our youngest daughter is GETTING MARRIED! Sorry, guess my excitement is showing (or perhaps it’s just a tension release). Please forgive.

So on with the post. I’ve chosen (or rather it’s chosen me) my WORD for 2013 and it is being woven into my everyday. Each morning when I journal I write it on the top of the page. It seems to be integrating into my life. That word is RHYTHM.

Along with this word which is driving home to me how much I need to establish my own rhythm in my life, I also discovered through Lani‘s blog Christine Carter … who introduced me to … B J Fogg …

Long story short (and I do hope you will go to those links) I’m learning some new strategies to DO what I WANT to. You know, how I was saying that I wonder why it is that even when we know what we need to do, what we want to do … we often sabotage ourselves. So…just when I put this “out there”, I began to hear all sorts of ways that people have developed to “keep our resolutions”, “carve out new habits” and generally quit sabotaging our own successes. As the saying goes, when we are ready, the teacher(s) appear.

Whew! I’m pumped! Because, curiously (or not) it is working. I realize that I’m only just into January here, but I can feel shifts…of seismic proportions. And since I’ve thoroughly inculcated Self Compassion, as per Kristin Neff who was introduced to me by Rick Hanson (author of Buddha’s Brain and Just One Thing) who helped me to get on the meditation track of goodness, I’m not beating myself up if (and when) I slip up. Just get right back on track with the new strategies as guides.

So what I am hoping to do is to do a series of Tiny Weekends posts. Caveat! There will not be a tiny weekend next week. Weddings are huge. So there will not be a Tiny Weekend post. Next weekend you will have to make your own “fun”… which I am certain you are doing anyway.

This weekend I’ve completed lots of ATCs (small 2.5″ x 3.5” pieces of art meant to be traded, hence the name, Artist Trading Cards). I’m participating in a swap called Pocket Change . I felt I had to produce before the wedding so as not to disappoint or miss my deadline. I’ll share some images here:

Also I finished a few glue pages. I like to do mine 8″ x 5″ which is a standard index card size. These are for a private exchange and just for my own amusement…to keep my hand in the arts so to speak even when I’m distracted and busy, busy, busy. Tiny steps…tiny pieces of art.

Here they are:


As the weeks go by these Tiny Weekend posts will feature small pieces of art or glimpses at works in process. I do hope you’ll join me. Making art is healing and fun!

Hope the week ahead is wonderful for you…keep your own rhythm!