Zendoll says ....

Welcome to Zendoll Workshop where art making and musings will occasionally provide mirth and a message.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Reunions of any kind provide the sweetest of memories (most of the time) and slivers of insight into who we are, where we came from, what we're made of, and how much we've changed...or stayed the same.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Her name was Lola, she is a puppy..... a chocolate labrador with eyes so pale, you'll melt right on the spot....

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Breathe in deeply............OM......M.........M.......M........M.....    blessings to you and yours.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Polka dot Bikini

..... it was an itty bitty teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini..... that she was running out of days to wear.
Enjoy your last few days of August 2010!   Cheers.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Buddha in your back yard

A peaceful garden is the perfect antidote for anything that ails, prevails or otherwise disrupts your calm and grounded centre.   Namaste.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I am posting the gratitude promise  largely to remind myself of the palpable and pleasant shift of the heart when a few mindful moments are devoted being grateful. It's a huge relief to know that a happier state
of mind can be achieved entirely from within. It lets your family members off the hook as well. Just tell them it's a Zen thing!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


With child-like wonder  and a whole lot of mental gymnastics, I delight in assembling just the right random collection of mini collages (original), found writings and quotations, usable tags and other
bits to help you celebrate special occasions. Would that it were that easy to open up a surprise package
and find instantaneous healing, I might be on to something. Alas, I fear it's not much more than Cute
to those who, like me  delight in an obsession with the visual appeal of paper treats.  Namaste.

Monday, August 23, 2010


  • Bliss is.... getting lost in our own little world.
  • Louisa got lost , and then got transferred onto fabric before getting collaged onto painted paper.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Embrace and honour your path and your potential.
YOU are your greatest teacher, highest guide and
most powerful healer.     jc 2010.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Enjoy your last few weeks of summer....for beyond lies a whole new season.....replete with cooler temperatures and a changing colour scheme. They talk about the 'promise of spring', but the aromas of autumn are my true inspiration. No matter the season, step outside your door for a moment of deep and mindful breathing. Today's darkening skies are stirring up the last few whiffs of our gardens in full bloom.  Namaste.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Nirvana is tea for two in your own little treehouse. Teavana is one of my favourite tea franchises with locations all over the U.S. I have managed to get hooked on two white teas called Snow Geisha and Ayurvedic Chai. Naturally they cost a lot more than green tea or rooibos, but white premium loose leaf teas are even richer in antioxidants than the others. Cheers .... to our good health.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


It's the word of the day, and it's fun to say. Sounds good - even in french. Incroyable! Formidable!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Insight from the Dalai Lama

"I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

The randomness of collage art

One of the joys of making collages is being open to the completely random process of selecting the elements. Pre painted backgrounds make it very easy to get started.  I like to juggle at least 6 or 7 compositions at one time. That's my version of multi-tasking where art-making is concerned.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Funny Sunday

There's something comical and comforting about the rooster image. I totally get the individual connection that each of us feels with certain imagery, but I do wonder why I respond to so many different things. Over time there will be pears, birds, buddhas, cats, trees, bowls, bikes, leaves, dresses, horses, and dolls.
Whew! Must be the adult A.D.D.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hindu Proverb

"Help thy brother's boat across, and lo, thine own has reached the shore."   Namaste

Friday, August 13, 2010

Zendoll Workshop Now Open On Etsy

www.zendollworkshop.etsy.com. Little by little, I'm stocking the shop. Etsy makes it very easy for artists and artisans to list and sell their work. It's even easier to go shopping! Beware the rapid passage of time as you get lost in a world of creativity. Happy hunting!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nana and Grandpa

My grandfather's silly side comes out in every photo I've ever seen of him. This collage is on an inked piece of tyvek and features washi tape  and vintage text.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The easiest way for me to feel compelled to make collages, is to have a pile a painted backgrounds at the ready. My artist friend, Colette made that a little easier by running a mini background workshop one rainy afternoon. It was just the inspiration I needed to mobilize me and my million vintage photos.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happiness is.....

.........   a happy daughter!   Danielle celebrates her 25th with her wonderful friends.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Silent Sunday

Zen meditation teaches us to deepen our awareness and become the observer of our state of mind as we sit in silence. There is no wrong way to meditate and it's not as mysterious as practitioners make it sound.
If you can sit with a sense of gratitude - gratitude for the precious gift of human life, and if you can focus on your breathing - for even a few moments, you will have begun the flow of thankfulness that can spill into the rest of your day.  NAMASTE.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Retail has come a long way and the success of Anthroplogy drives the point home with unique installations that make shopping a creative experience that involves all the senses. This curtain of tickets was featured in the West Broadway location in NY, but I've seen examples of genius right here in the Toronto stores as well. This is my 'go-to' store for creative inspiration and aromatherapy.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Street Surfing in NYC

Welcome to Cipriani , 376 West Broadway in Soho.
Being spontaneous about dinner plans has its rewards.
Take last Sunday night when our hunger eclipsed our curiosity 
about finding a cool restaurant, and we landed here for a wonderful
italian meal..... shoulder to shoulder with Clive Davis and a room full of
eye candy. Yum!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Zendoll Workshop

Thank you for your patience. My new Etsy store is slowly taking shape under its new name,  Zendoll Workshop. I will offer you the link just as soon as I stock the shelves. I sort of fell down the rabbit hole
trying to upload this banner successfully, but my beloved daughter, Danielle totally saved the day.