Tuesday, November 29, 2011

pondering my new word: a year of madness

for the third year now i have made it a tradition to choose a word of intention to help guide my year.  last December it was this. and the year before that it was this.

so as i was blog hopping, i landed on this fabulous blog and was awestruck by this poem, by John Kerouac,

and so i have found my new word of the year.  'madness'.  i want to be mad about life, mad about living, mad about everything that i do.  i want to wake up and be mad about my day ahead.  i want to in a constant state of euphoria about living and being alive, and living with passion, and desire, and intent.

i knew these last two pieces i created would eventually make sense to me.  huh.  funny how things make their way to you when you least expect it.

and then, the other day when i opened up my halls throat drops and it gave me this message:

don't waste a precious minute, indeed. 

i want to be mad.  i want to invite and welcome and surround myself with 'madness'.  to live life fully.  to enjoy life fully.  madness.  it's a good thing, no?

what's your one little word? 

francesca xoxx

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

blog makeover

so the blog is gettin' a long overdue makeover. 
new blog header, with matching links to my pages:  flickr, facebook, two peas, and pinterest. 
and i think it's kinda cute. 
i'll be changing the blog header and page links when the urge strikes, which i feel may be often. 
so if things look a little wonky in the next little while, you'll know why!!!

and i need some HTML help.  how do i change the code in blogger HTML to make the margins of my blog wider.  any advice??

happy tuesday
francesca xoxx

Monday, November 14, 2011

creative frenzy

this weekend, dom and i made an impronptu drive across the border to do some holiday shopping.  we love shopping in buffalo, new york.  with the dollar doing fairly well, you can get some really good deals.  and the variety... gosh the variety. 

anyway...  i found myself at joann's.  and i. nearly. fainted.  i'm canadian folks.  we HAD a cheesy 'fabric land' but the closest one to me closed down.  we do have a fabric 'district' at Queen and Spadina, but it's out of my way, and expensive.  so, needless to say, i was like a pig in shit at joann's.  ALL those gorgeous fabrics, everything you could ever want.  bolts and bolts of gorgeous stuff. 

i ended up buying, two yards each of:  unbleached duck cloth; drill fabric; burlap; muslin, and a sewing pattern.  i have plans for each... 

i've been pondering my word of intention for 2012, and 'determination' keeps popping up.  determined to learn to sew.  determined to execute my ideas.  determined to take my creativity to a whole new level.  determined to be a better person. mom.  wife. sister.  and yes.  i want to learn to SEW.  hence, all the fabric and pattern. somthing i've been meaning to do for a very long time.  and to execute my ideas, I NEED TO DO THIS. 

this weekend was a creative frenzy.  aside from joann's, i started making 'macrame' knotted beaded bracelets.  a new fun favorite of mine.  i could do this all day.

after i did some of that, i stuffed my fabric in my knapsack and trekked on over to my mom's house.  i want her to teach me how to read and cut from a pattern.  it's actually easier than i thought it would be.  granted, i bought myself a very basic (beginner) pattern.

my mom has a lung disease and very weak these days, so we didn't get very far.  but it was a good distraction for her.  and a good learning opportunity for me.

hopefully i'll be wearing it next week.  i'll keep you posted with picture updates!  let's hope i don't break another sewing machine.

happy monday...


p.s. are you watching 'the walking dead', on AMC sunday nights?  damn, i love that rick and shane.  and glen is just too cute.  and seeing merle again freaked me out. he's such a creep.  love this show. and what the hell did jenner tell rick secretly? 

Friday, November 4, 2011

artfest 2012

so i'm all signed up for artfest 2012.  the fests of all fests created by the artist extraordinaire teesha moore.  every year is an awesome line up of very talented artists and workshops to choose from.  so many in fact, that it took me nearly a week to finalize my choices. 

orly avineri: 'outside the inside' i've been admiring her jounal pages for quite some time now.  very rich and textured and layered.  a visual feast for the eyes.  i can't tell you how excited i am to meet her in person and watch how she creates. 

misty mawn: 'open up' and  'portrait session' how could i pass up the opportunity to learn from my fav misty mawn.  yes, i'm taking both her collage class and her portrait class.  it's just absolute magic.  fucking. magic. when she puts the brush on paper.  not to mention she is the lovliest, most beautiful person to boot.  she just has this beautiful aura about her. 

ok, enough gushing. 

so back to artfest.  the 'trades' are the big thing at artfest.  well, most of you already know about this, but in case you don't, basically you create something, anything your heart desires (ATC; jewellery; postcards; collage bags), and then you make 100 (or more of them), and then on Saturday night you trade with the other participants.  so when you come home, you have 100 other goodies to enjoy when you get home.  how cool is that.  so this weekend i'm getting my stuff ready to create...  100 of 'em.  needless to say, i'll be buried under piles of paper, for sure!
not to mention i'll get to finally meet and share a house with these fabulous ladies:  lyn tivenan, carlanda brown williamson, phyllis peterson, jodi kincaid and more.. the sister act continues!!!  off to the nunnery we go... (ok, sorry, inside joke only we'll get).

and what i'm loving these days:

this 'grumpy looking' little red riding hood who didn't want to pose for any pictures.

this print that's gonna make it's way to my mailbox soon

these stones that make me feel better:  tumbled blue chalcedony

and fridays.  oh how i love fridays!!!

happy friday my friends....

francesca xoxx

Thursday, November 3, 2011

playing with colour

playing with watercolours, and golden fluid acrylics

in love love love with every shade of grey, combined with bright colours especially yellow

i don't think this new wave of playing is quite yet over.  oh. no.