Friday, August 31, 2012


my friend maria teresa hernandez
is exhibiting
her drawings, encaustic painting and sculptures
"holding the big picture
a journey in art therapy"

i am fortunate enough to be able to watch maria work during
our once a month classes together

she is a wonderful artist, person and true inspiration for me

if you get a chance, head down to 984 queen st west at  ossington
on now until september 9th

Sunday, August 26, 2012

weekend fun

a wonderful weekend with my friend lu
spending time creating and eating
driving the back roads taking pictures
and watching skippy and sidney
wear each other out!!!
 p.s. yes that is the first sign of fall,
 i found several trees with changing leaves and
 a few new projects-
 a free form crochet project and some felting experiments 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

clouds and reflections

last week i was down at ontario place waiting for the gates to open
bored, i started taking pictures of the clouds and their reflection in the water
what a difference a few minutes can make
as each day comes to us refreshed and anew,
 so does my gratitude renew itself daily
the breaking of the sun over the horizon
 is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world
terri guillemets
as we express our gratitude,
 we must never forget that
the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
 but to live by them
john fitzgerald kennedy
grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal
it's a way to live
attributed to jacqueline winspear

Friday, August 17, 2012

lets go to the ex!!

where did the summer go???
if you live near toronto you know that when the cne 
starts that there are only 3 more weekend of summer
so...lets go to the ex.......oh baby.........lets go to the ex.......
if you go during the week in the evenings you can get in for only $5
a great time to get wonderful nite shots!!
(above photos from last year)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

square foot show

if you haven't already gone there is still time
the square foot show is on until this sunday

a few of my favorite artists this year
andreas schneider

and one of my encaustic paintings

Monday, August 13, 2012

worth the drive

a few weeks ago my friend lu, (who loves to sew and makes wonderful quilts)
and i went for a country drive and ended up in jordan village
to visit a store called "stitch"
(above a birds nest sitting outside the store i altered it a bit in ps )

this store was amazing and had the best displays
i was really inspired
and i will definitely go back
now i have to dust off my machine and start playing with a few ideas

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

fleamarket faces

as i wondered the fleamarket this weekend
i couldn't help but notice lots of faces

Saturday, August 4, 2012


since my sofa and love seat  needed to be replace i thought it was a good time to redecorate
a lot of design stores are displaying a mix of old with new
 as i wondered along kingston road , my favorite store  had something in the window caught my eye
"if your looking for a sign this is it"
the next thing i know i was looking at fabric samples and ordering a sectional
which lead to a tv stand, table, curtains and  throw pillows
the wicker basket found at a local flea market makes a great magazine rack
and the bull's skull looks great above my fireplace
the red vase was the inspiration for an accent colour
one wall can have a huge impact!!
i love it, windsor red
it really make the white chairs pop!!
(i don't have a dining room so i'm glad the room is large enough to feature one)
the retro lamp and judy balance each other

my ladder shelf was a easy diy project (see my last post)
my next project will be a coffee table made of barn wood ,
 an old wood crate and some caster wheels
and a close up of my bulls skull, it looks like petrified wood

the curtains are so much fun, and work well with the white chairs
i love the flowered throw cushions and the tv stand will be a nice match to the coffee table
i'm so happy with my new room and really glad to see it all come together 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DIY project

since the end of april i've been in "redecorating mode"
while waiting for furniture to arrive and looking for the right accessories for my livingroon
i've been working on a DIY project
i found this wonderful ladder at antique shop for $30 and wanted to turn it into a stand with shelves
after debating several opions i found these grungy rusted tin sheets ($1 each) that worked great!!

now i have the perfect display for my brownie collection

the red kodak timer, photography notebook and letter " n "
add the finishing touches and bring the room together
(more on my new livingroom on my next post)

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