Sunday, May 31, 2009

A-Woo-Woo


This is a song my mother used to sing to us as kids when putting us to sleep. My mother also sang it to all her grandchildren when putting them to sleep. And since it always worked like a charm for my mother, I also sang it to my kids. It used to knock Elisa out in half a second flat.

It's a traditional, old Italian song that was passed down from generation to generation and I just wish I knew all the words to it.

Here's a cute little, collag-y page for my little Elisa and our song.

I used Mellisa Frances diecuts, scenic route (flowers), Jenny Bowlen (butterflies), ARTchix Studio (angels), Cavallini and Co (vintage postcard), Hambly (clear overlay), Graphic 45 (cherries), staples.

Thanks for stopping by!

Francesca

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

You and Me


Supplies: Rouge de Garance lace paper; Ranger Ind. book binding tape, and Grateful stickers; ArtCHIX Studio Angel image; K and Co ribbon; AC thickers topped with Tim Holtz white crackle paint and Glossy Accents;
I so remember this day. February 16 2007. The day before Elisa was born. I remember feeling weepy and emotional thinking this was probably going to be the last time Xavier and I would be alone, just us, me and him. The very next day Elisa was born.

I also remember feeling guilty. Guilty that I couldn no longer spend as much 'alone' time with him after Elisa. That he had to 'wait' to get mommy time. That I could no longer cuddle him as long as I wanted at bedtime, because there was another little one that demanded just as much attention.

Xavier adjusted really, exceptionally well, and he made my life soo very easy during this very big transition in our lives.

Now that Elisa is older, and more independent, we still have our 'our' time, which is important to both of us.

I am so very grateful for my kids. For my Xavier, and my Elisa.

Life is good.

Life is great.

Take each moment one at a time.

For time flies very quickly.

Have a great day.

Francesca

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kahlo and Dali

My two very favorite books. I bought these years ago and read and reread them over and over. The Diary of Frida Kahlo, and The Secret Life of Salvador Dali:

The Diary of Frida Kahlo. It documents the last ten years of her turbulent life covering the years from 1944 - 1954. Wow. What a woman. What a life. What an awesome artistic ode to her life. Her art is haunting and literally speaks to you. If you're into art journaling, this book is definitely a must have. It ranks #1 for me. I love her art. I found out about her after buying some prints that I had laminated for my living room (about 4 of them) from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). I love his work, his murals are so full of life and vibrant colours. Makes you just wanna jump into the world he's created. It wasn't till I learned about his wife, Frida that I was introduced to her world.

Salvador Dali is another awesome artist - wacko! He's the most eccentric, crazy, imaginative, creative spirit ever. I fell in love with his work while in high school (a verrrry long time ago, smile). I'd forgotten about this book I had which documents all the crazy stunts he pulled, and all the crazy shananagins called his life. His life was as surreal as his painting, and just as intriguing. Another really awesome read. That's if you like eccentric, crazy, neurotic, imaginative artists, like himself. Laugh. Think I'll give this another read.
Off to enjoy some reading time with a hot cup of tea on the verandah and enjoy the last little bit of the weekend!
Good night everyone..
And if you have any suggestions for more good reads, please do post and tell... smile.
Francesca

Thursday, May 21, 2009

More Fun Pics

I can't believe I haven't yet scrapped any of these photos! What is wrong with me. Laugh.

I'm going throught he hundreds of photos yesterday again, and found so many fun pics that I just have to share.

Xavier insisted on getting a henna tattoo of a spider. He looked through the book and picked the biggest, most realistic spider he could find. The dude who did it is from Denmark who travels around the world doing this. Imagine. One day in the Dominican, another day in Bali. Nice. Here's a photo of dude working on the tattoo. This cost us $15 dollars by the way. Yeah...




While Xavier was getting his tatoo me and Elisa went next door to get her hair done. The lady was nice enough to do Elisa's ultra fine, ultra short hair a few braids with beads. This was the final product. How cute is this. She was soooooooo cute. LOVE it.

Me and Xavier playing 'shark' in the pool. I was the shark and he was Spiderman. I aka shark had no chance against spidey! Laugh.

Now this photo totally cracks me up. Little Elisa, half-foot-nothing waiting at the bar patiently for her strawberry daiquari (virgin of course). Can you imagine. I was on my lounge chair when I noticed her waiting for the bartender (who by the way Elisa had a crush on), when I snapped this shot. Soo so so funny. LOVE it.


Elisa's little bum in her swimmers. I love this shot. She loved that pink little boat and hanging out in the pool. Elisa + water + a shovel + a bucket = HEAVEN. Laugh.


Ok, I'm off to a scrapping extravaganza tonight. Plus I have a kit from Retrospection blog, that I have coming very soon, so I'll have all new product, and no excuse not to finally scrap these photos. Looks like I'm going to hve a busy weekend.
Have a great day one and all.
Francesca


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Banner #2

I love being able to change up my blog banner whenever I feel like it.

Here's Banner #2 - used lots of Sassafrass, October Afternoon, Jenny Bowlen, and the cute little dude riding his bike from Studio Calico.

I was rummaging through some photos and remembered I haven't yet scrapped any of our vacation photos to the Dominican. There's two photos in particular I can't wait to get started on. Check these out of my two little munchkins:

Xavier absolutely loved being in the pool. He loved it even more than the being on the beach and in the ocean. Such a cute little guy...



Elisa looking pensive and dreamy in the picture. I absolutely love it. Such a cutie with her little 'choo-choo' in her mouth. I'm sooo surprised it survived the trip without getting lost. Laugh.



Another nice one of Elisa enjoying her time on the beach. Her favorite thing to do was most definitely bury her legs and feet in the sand.



Look at those cute little toes peeking out. And that beautiful ocean in the background. I so miss being there and enjoying the sun on my face and body. Feeling relaxed and enjoying the outdoors.

Have a great night! I'm off to beddy-bye, it's now 1:26 a.m.. Yikes.

Here's a really cute pic my sister just sent to me of Olivia and Xavier, who are having a sleepover at Leela's with Max and Dante. How cute is this, all cozy and sweaty!!! Love it. Smile.




Francesca

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Art Journal

So I have become seriously inamoured by art journaling.


For fun, I went out and bought me some fluid acrylic paints, some glossy gel medium, fabriano hotpressed watercolour paper and went to town with whatever my little fingertips wanted to do.


I love starting a page without thinking about the end result. I find I'm less stressed starting out, and I end up loving the process more when I'm in that 'whatever happens, happens' state of mind. All my pages that I worked on in this state of mind, are always my favorites. Like this one, and this one.

Images courtesy of Teesha Moore - except the chick with the arm over her head, that's actually me in High School thinking I was the most ultra-cool chick on the planet! Laugh.
This is what I call my 'whispers' journal. I was inspired to create it by Kelly Rae Roberts. My 'whispers' are, and always have been, to be creative, to create, to live in colour. It's no wonder I grew up with pens, lots of paper and a cosy spot in the sunlight where I'd draw and write books.

Image courtesy of Teesha Moore

Funny, throughout highschool, I was in the arts program, and twice my pieces were chosen to be presented at the Ontario College of Art. Yeah! Pretty awesome. But I remember being very insecure about creating, and I always had this 'bad' whisper that always said, 'you're not an artist, what do you know, you're not good enough'. Who knows what would have happened if I'd just pushed those whispers away, tucked them underneath my foot and squashed them. If only I'd had a little bit of encouragement, it might have made a difference. Instead I became a high-school teacher of Italian language, and Social Studies! Yup!


Image courtesy of Teesha Moore
I've now found my way back to art. It started when I was reintroduced to scrapbooking. And I'm slowly evolving from there. Mixed Media Collage is my thing. I've found my niche. This is where I'll explore my creative heart. This is where I'll go, to a place when I was 9, sitting by the door, with the sunlight on my face, writing my books, and drawing my pictures, and feeling like the world was my oyster. Free to create. Free to be me.

I'm looking into a Art History degree at the University of Toronto.

But WHERE, or WHERE will I find the time.

Or is that just more of the 'bad' whispers telling me not to do it.

Squashed!!

Thanks for listening to my crazy talk!
Francesca