Wednesday, December 28, 2011

OPEN STUDIO: prompt 'i am here..'

journaling reads:  i am here.  listening to my internal compass.  following the nudges towards my all that is. steering towards madness, joy, mindfulness, however you wish to describe it.  sweaty palmed and anxious, amidst leaning into vulnerability.  being seen. hearing my voice.  running with a torch in my hand. looking up.  looking beyond, moving forward. discovering a new order, decluttering, reorganizing, and deconstructing.  a new attitude and a new me. becoming more and more myself with each day.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Love these apps for my iPad: upad, label maker, amazing typewriter, and my bamboo stylus. I could just doodle and colour for ever.

Friday, December 23, 2011

guerilla kindness: take what you need

i saw this flyer over on kelly rae roberts, and thought i'd like to make a version of my own and post them around town.  myself..........these days, i could use a little bit of laughter.  actually a lot of it would be nice.

feel free to take what you need... xoxx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

winter solstice: releasing ceremony 2011

releasing ceremony (winter solstice) 
see pixie campbell's blog for details

Monday, December 19, 2011



I have a love affair with all things patterned paper. It's been an ongoing obsession of mine for the last many years. So much so, that I have collected more patterned paper than a girl can handle.

In addition, I also have an obsession with beautifully hand crafted artisan journals. All the journals I use are always made by me. It just feels so much more special when it's handmade.

Using my awesome stash of beautiful acid-free patterned papers for hand crafted covers, and filling the pages with only the best quality papers (Fabriano Artistico 140lbs cold pressed), I have handcrafted artisan journals for you as well. I'm certain that you will love them as much as I do.

I can't wait and am very excited to share them with you. I am a strong supporter of the handmade revolution and frankly, there's nothing like owning something that someone has made with their own hands, who has spent time loving putting it together. I strive to make my journals unique, and no two are ever quite the same.

Please take note, my journals are beautifully designed products, but not perfect. If you want perfectly aligned edges, and perfectly sized paper, then these journals aren't for you. My journals are full of quirky goodness and that's what makes them so beautifully unique. Perfect in their imperfection.

Not to mention, the size makes them easy to carry around with you in your purse, and take out when the creative spark hits. Keep them for yourself, or gift them to a journal lover.

Come visit my Etsy Shop:
Mushroom Dreams, on Saturday, January 28, 2012 HERE

Journal Details:
approx. 6"  x  8.5"
glue is acid free
acid free clear vinyl for covers (to protect the patterned papers on the covers of journals)
white, waxed linen for binding with a simple pamphlet style binding
all patterned papers and embellishments are acid free
cold pressed, Fabriano Artistico 140 lbs watercolour paper
90 lbs hot pressed Strathmore sketching paper

Shipping Details:
will ship to Canada, USA, International

Thursday, December 15, 2011

feeling the pull of the sea: squam 2012

(squam 2011 - sommers cottage)

a new website for squam. my head is spinning with excitement. so many choices. too many decisions. how am i to pick and choose. thinking of my life changing experience last year, at squam 2011 fall, blogged at here:, here, here, and here

(squam 2011 - the entire gang)

squam fall session; squam spring session; squam by the sea; and yes, even squam in italy.

i have such happy, inspiring memories of squam 2011, and i've been looking forward all year to see these new offerings. but now i feel overwhelmed. i don't want to miss anything. i want to see and do it all. i want to see friends made again. new possibilities. new adventures. new inspiration. new and old friends to meet.

(squam 2011 collage)

i'm being instinctively pulled by the sea. nags head, on the east coast of north carolina's outer banks. the idea of painting for three days in this class, in a beach front cottage, saltwater splashes, and sounds of waves soothing the soul, late night bonfires, hanging with like minded soul sisters.

yes.  i'm feeling the pull of the sea.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tutorial #1: Rounded Corners

i just love the look of rounded corners on photos. don't you?  

here are a few of my favorite pics.  i rounded the corners using photoshop elements 8, on my mac, and added some of ali edwards awesome word art, downloaded free from her website.

here's my samson, getting his fix of stinky shoes.  yes.  my dogs likes to lick stinky shoes and feet.  the stinkier, the better.  according to him, that is.  that's him going to town with elisa's slippers.

and here are two of my favorite pieces i created in misty's last class.  btw, she's running another on-line workshop, 'open studio', this january, which i'll be signing up for very soon.

see how much nicer pics look this way.  clean. nice.  i may be doing this to my every photo for the next little while.

and yes ali.  i agree.  love always wins.

so here goes how i do it.  don't know if it's the right way, but it works.  i'm sure there's a million other ways to do it but this is my version:

using photoshop elements 8
file  -  open
layer - layer from background
layer - new layer
go to the rectangular, rounded corners and click and drag across the photo from corner to corner
drag photo onto layer 0
layer -  create clipping mask
layer - flatten

and voila!

Meet Warhol aka Pockets

hey art friends.
thought you'd find this interesting. charmaine, a co-worker of mine works with monkeys (both in Ontario and in Borneo with Orangutans), and has taught Pockets, who she cares for at the primate sanctuary, to paint. yes. he paints and even has his own gallery showing. all proceeds go to the sanctuary... check out the article  here
pockets has his own gallery showing.  some of his work has earned up to $400. 
funny, some people are arguing the sanctuary shouldn't use him to make money that will go towards the sanctuary.  the really funny thing is this.  if canada had laws to forbid the purchase of exotic animals, then pockets wouldn't be in the sanctuary in the first place.  the painting wasn't started or meant to be a money making venture.  it was meant to entertain pockets. 
moral of the story.  canada, get your shit together and ban the sale and purchase of exotic animals.  did you know that i could purchase a baby tiger and have him in my home as a pet.  yes folks.  there's no law that says i can't.  and that my friends, is so so wrong.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Daily: Day 1

can  you believe i went through all day yesterday thinking it was Dec 1st.  well, good thing i was wrong cause i'm now on time to start my december daily.  if you've been reading this blog, you know that i've tried doing this every single year, but never quite having the patience to document the day.   however, now that i have some new toys, it's making documenting and posting so incredibly easy, how could i not take part.

so thanks to my ipad, this is my first instalment.  day 1.

i'm so loving this little ipad of mine.  thanks steve for making my creative endeavors so much easier and faster.  right at my finger tips.