Archive for April, 2011

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!!