Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

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.

spin spun

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

Love, love, love! this springtime air. A lot of the time all i want to do is sit, and breathe. Each breath is like a gulp of fresh springwater, and nourishing as any food. So rain and shine i have been able to enjoy this….

It feels like everything i make is inspired by these natural experiences.

Once again i am spinning away (yay!). When i look down at my beautiful wheel i just feel like i am time traveling. Any type of meditation is crucial these days, and the repetitive whir of the wheel and my foot on the treadle, the fibers slipping through my fingers, well it suits me just fine.

I even learned a new technique, Navaho 3 ply! Which is an amazing way to turn a single ply thread into a 3-ply yarn! ingenius!! (thanks christa)

and some results…

Looks like candy to me….YUM. Soon to be found on the shelves at Maplerose:)

 

Love Life!! 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!!

i heart lace

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

It is so crucial to me as an artist and human, to play. I am realizing this more and more. I think I didn’t really play for years. Of course i enjoyed life and had fun, but i am talkin’ bout serious lose-yer-head play here my friends… And boy, is it fun!! For me it is a head/heart-space, the Play Meditation. A letting go of regular thoughts to expand into sensation, free movement and association, to let ideas and impulses flow unhindered, to drop deeply into being with Life, if even just for a moment, or five. To laugh, and breathe, and mmmmmmmm……..

When applying this meditation to my own creative development, and yes, mixing work and play (!), i am finding the results… pleasing.  Without a preconceived idea of what will happen, I dive into the realms of feeling and embody my super-hero self. An important key is to not have expectations or even a plan. It is a fine gift to oneself, to provide time and space to indulge in the freeing of the mind, of the body, of the soul, and embarking apon unknown adventures with no pressure!

After choosing colors and textures most alluring to me in the moment, i hunkered into the melding of fibers and….  the felted outcome was absolutely satisfying.Look what happened!!

It is a simple pleasure indeed, but aren’t these the best in life?

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I am discovering the benefits of consciously entering these realms of play. Through setting aside actual time for this necessary indulgence, i am finding so much space and joy in allowing the unknown and unexpected to drift in to my experience. Clay class, writing sessions, dance and out-of-doors explorations are my favorites right now, but i find opening to new experiences seems to be the best way to tap this transformative mind-space.

Things i have done for the first time this week:( i mean for the first time EVER, this week)

1. made an apron(it is candy-striped with crochet lace accents!!)

2. X-country ski sesh on my own (twice!)

3 .offered a free computer to a complete stranger (he offered me free tecky-advice back!)

I would love to hear about your play time and new -doings.

Love Life! Be Well!!

Hemprosia

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Loving life my friends, loving life. There are things that contribute to my feeling of well-being, self-love, and a high vibration. Hemp milk is one of them. Here is my newest take on a daily deight. Hemp milk, with a hint of rose and banana, perfect for a Valentine treat, or anytime there is a desire for delight.

What you’ll need:

Hemp hearts, 2 heaping tbsp

Banana, 1 large, nice and ripe

unheated (enzyme intact) honey, 1 tbsp

rose water, 1 tsp

celtic sea salt, pinch

water, living, 12oz.

a blender, high speed

(i use a blendtech, it is sooooo awesome!! if your blender is a regular one, i would soak the hemp hearts a couple hours so they blend smoooooth)

sip in bliss

I will throw in one more suggestion. If you are inclined to chocolate, try this: Brew up some Sensuali Tea from Ancestar Teas, and use it as a base for the hemp milk. Use cacao instead of rose, and you will have a cinnaminny chocolate elixir, perfect for arousing expressions of love ♥♥

Be well and love life!!

i love valentines

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

This February, I am absolutely not holding back! For my favorite crafting time! Of the year! Valentines!!!! OOOps, didn’t mean to startle you there….  but I am bursting at the seams!! With creations of love I wish to share with you, and perhaps to inspire the uninhibited flow of love that I connect with during this time. I say scrap feb. 14 as Valentines Day. Make February the Month of Love!!!

These guys are also bursting with love. They LOVE yoooo!

There are just so many things about this time that I find just Lovely. Lace. Red Velvet. Pink Hearts!! Cinnamon, chocolate, pretty cards… The list goes on. I wonder how deeply I am imprinted with the yearly dose of chocolate and pink fluffy treats, and those sweetest little valentine cards that were slipped into my elementary-deskside envelope. Even more exciting was the giving of these two sided love notes, and I remember distinctly (and secretly) giving out some special: from your secret admirer xoxoxxxxxx’s

So here are some highlights for you. Creations spilling from my filled-up heart.

This is my latest wallhanging. It’s for sale on etsy!

Love Swans.

Well, I am over the high doses of commercial chocoate and cinnamon hearts. The hangovers are just not worth it. Not to mention the buzzing of head and ringing of ears that seems to accompany the ingestion of processed sugar. In my world, they have been replaced with Life enhancing raw chocolate and other raw delights, all the more tantalizing because of their health supporting goodness. Nothing says love like, treating yourself well!! So many others will benefit from this simple way of being. Love. Stay tuned for some recipes later this month.

I know there are some anti-valentinites out there, and i can understand why. Maybe they will be inspired to trying it out in  a new way. I love to focus on the decadence of loving oneself enough that it spills out onto all those around.

Be well and Love Life!!