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Finally felting Flowers!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March is here! and I am looking forward to some springy felting workshops I have scheduled this month. Winter’s chill lingers, but I am eager to invite the brightness and invigorating aliveness that spring will, in it’s own perfect time, bring.

So… how about vibrant wet felted flowers!

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First I chose some colors, carded them together and formed some soft poofs…

The next images are some of the wetting and felting process.

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And here are some finished flowers, to wear, hang, decorate and simply, to enjoy.

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Let me know if you’d like to join me for this upcoming workshop, Thursday March 7th.

I wish you the most inspiring winter-ending, full of warmth and nourishment.

Mountain WOW

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Recent adventure, inspiration. Seven Summits trail in the Monashees, and Old Glory mountain, wow.

Beauty in the details, the tiny…..

 

Expansion…..

Space, exposure, breath…..

Love Life and Be Well!!

flowerings

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Spring flowers are everywhere!! I was surprised pleasantly to discover these beauties on the beach the other day.

Ponderosa pines i do believe, 2 of them side by side. One had flowers in a deep purple, the other a rich red. WOW!

Not a usual flower with petals and stem etc., but definitely radiating like one! And the source of the young seeds….

Amazing!

 

I hope you are enjoying the bliss of spring flowers too!

Love Life and Be Well!!

ode to tree

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

Another wander in la forêt, has once again filled me to the brim with love and gratitude for the trees. The trees that ground our consciousness and continually, peacefully, and patiently hold it down for the entire planet. Thankyou, dear trees, for providing medicine, and shade. Thankyou for your strong presence. Thankyou for letting go always at the right time. Thankyou for feeding and sheltering mosses, lichen, polypores and fungi. Thankyou for your ever-beauty.

 

Just a note to let y’all know that all the pictures on all my blog entries are my own:)

enjoy life today!

 

into may

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

 

Giving thanks for sky, air, water, earth

 

Ahhhh… the beach.  Spent a luxurious night, warm in a tent, fresh air reprieve, first camp of the year, yes!!!

 

Beautiful, alive, generous, reflective.

Nothing like it… glacier lily in the sun

Look closely at this next picture, that is not the sky above the trees, but the lake! This is taken from a very high vantage point over slocan lake, off a very steep cliff!! Though the sky is perfectly reflected….

beauteous kootenays!

Love Life and Be Well!

 


april growth

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Spring calls us to growth! The tree is my perfect inspiration for these times.

 

As the sweet buds start to pop and their leaves begin to unfurl, there is a continual, never stopping impulse of “moving towards”…buds and branches reach for the light, the nourishing energy that creates and sustains the trees’ own life. And the roots keep reaching down to the darker earth, into the soil and retrieve other crucial elements which contibrute to the health and survival of the tree being.

As easy as it may be to move into the pleasure and lifting buoyancy which emanates from the arising of spring and the light in the air, it is just as difficult to move towards the muck and mud and heaviness which may still reside just below the surface of this springs inspiration.

 

But action cures fear! And by moving towards, moving into the places which feel stuck or disfunctional, they are filled with presence and awareness, and naturally, must change.

This work is crucial and allows us to move through older layers and reach the good stuff. The spirit! the play!

May we all feel the interconnection which joins and supports all of us. May we reach for this connection, may we be nourished in this connection. Through our actions toward awareness may we stand firmly in our true place.

 

Be well and Love life!

gone to pots

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

 

So many ways to play! Here are a few of the results of a 12 week stint of clay play…

In the wonderful studio of Christine Dell, where 2 wheels reside along with tons of tools and supplies for hand building, not to mention the expertise and guidance of a wonderful, skilled and inspired potter!

 

Possibilities are vast when considering form, size, texture and of course the final touch of the glaze…

 

Being committed to this earthy process has been a luscious indulgence! But at the same time, a valuable investment into my creative development. Yay!

 

I am feeling the inner transformation of inner focus of the past season into an outer expansion of curious observation and opened perception. Spring provides a natural atmosphere of play and connection! Lightheartedness!

 

Be Well and Love Life!!

Spring Baskets!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Easter is just around the corner…. I am always inspired by bunnies, eggs and baskets! I have special memories of easter morning and the way my mom would lay out such a beautiful surprise of a basket brimming with colorful gifts and treats. My mom also gave me the gift of crochet (by teaching me), and this year i decided to go off on crochet baskets!!

I chose mostly bulky wool yarns in bright colors! and freestyled the baskets of different sizes and shapes. I dramatically reduced my stash, which is a very good thing…

I like the idea of having a nice easter basket that comes out every year for easter celebrating. For collecting colorfully decorated eggs and other treasures. As a kid, our egg hunts were indoors since there could be any number of crazy weather happenings in Calgary in april, but now that i am a Kootenay kid, I am hoping I will be forest frollicking and perhaps filling my basket with mushrooms…

This ones’ a beauty.

I hope your spring is unfolding with inspiration and enjoyment of new life all around!

Be well and love life!!

Felting with the Wimmins

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Any opportunity to gather with women, i think, is a good one. No matter how many different walks of life we may be, there is always a valuable sharing that comes out of it. So, I did not hesitate to accept the invitaion to return to the Salmo Women’s Conference to teach a felting workshop for the second year in a row. The intention of the conference is to provide local women a chance to take a day for themselves, to connect and share with others, and learn new skills, thereby increasing emotional heath and general well-being.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and if this is true, then we all went home on Saturday after a fun day, with a little more medicine in our bundles. Indeed we laughed.

I had a great time showing an enthusiastic group the basics of Nuno Felting. We spent time laying out beautiful designs with colorful merino wool onto a silk scarf, and set to work felting.

The theme for this years conference was Simplicity.

The results were, simply beautiful and each scarf was different and reflective of the maker. I think we were all nourished with this hands on creative expression. What fun we had!

So much gratitude for all the women involved, thankyou all!!

Sprung Spring

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Yup, it’s here folks.  Even in moments of other weathers, cold rain that leaves the mountains top white, or sun, that in some concreted doorway feigns the heat of summer, even then, spring absolutely cannot be denied. It shows in the smooth perfect shapes that are squeezing out at the end of every branch, and the early bulbs that push their stiff green, clean and defined up through the surface of soil. Spring is growth and form. And green and life.

So quickly they show themselves, and before i know it, they are fully transformed.

Precious Snowdrops!

White tulips, a birthday gift.

I am crafting up a spring storm. I am especially excited that easter is so late this year, as it means we get to enjoy bunnies and easter eggs for much longer than usual. Workshops at maplerose have been full of bunnies and flowers. One little girl finished her amazing scene of some flowers and trees, green grass and sunshine, looked up at me and said, “I want to go right inside my picture!”, I wanted to as well!! The kids were inspired by these bunny pictures I’ve made over the past couple weeks.


I am hoping that this spring allows me some frequent blog posts, for me right now that means once a week. I do hope you will check in and share in my inspiration and creativity!!