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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Inspiration for next year...

While blogging along a few months ago, I tripped over this delightful vignette. While it's not likely that the blogger responsible will see that I've posted it, I hope I can be indulged the chance to share it. These days between Christmas and New Years are both a time for reflection and anticipation. As we begin another transition to our home in southwest Florida, we carefully pack up the decorations, albeit a little prematurely, and prepare for a brand new year. As you look back... and reflect on a year that will soon come to an end, may you tap into your essence, your passions and your dreams with kindness. May your heart be open to change - if change is in your future, and may inspiration find you as you create a plan for 2011. I'll be back as soon as we settle in.  All is well.  Namaste.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trix are for kids....Christmas too!

Family, friends and fun.

May your hearts be open to the joyful spirit of Christmas,
and may it last throughout the year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All is Calm, All is Bright

All this vintage really emphasizes the spirit of the season for me. The NOEL banner  and tags came from the Bleu Bird Nest. I heart Kelly Green's take on sweet vintage style. Check her out on Etsy.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

'Twas the week before Christmas

'Twas the week before Christmas
When all through
the city -
A soft snow was falling,
And the rooftops
looked pretty.

Our friends to the south have had a big freeze, but now all is well and they travel with ease.

If you and your family
take to the air,
may all things go
smoothly until you
get there.

May all whom you meet share the spirit with you,
May it last through the year and make wishes come true.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dear Ones

Next week this time, it will be Christmas Eve. Take a deep breath, count your blessings, forget your fatigue, move forward with heartfelt intention, and dig deep for the patience needed to do all that isn't yet done. Passez un bon fin de semaine...... happy weekend one and all.... and to all, good night's sleeps!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Zen and the Art of Drawing

If I knew there were zen to be found, I might do it more often. Fortunately, someone did write the book, so I've borrowed his title, but none of his skill. Drawing is a skill, and when practiced, there are rewards and improvements. I wouldn't know about that, but I do delight in some of the non-dominant hand drawings I've done and some of the very quick sketches that produce a rather primitive child like result. The more I labour over a drawing, the more I ruin it and/or dislike it. Once again ....  Less is More!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Not even double digit sub zero temps nor driving snow can dilute the joy of the holiday season
 and the fact that Baby It's Cold Outside is one of my favourite songs of all time.  Stay warm! xoxo

Sunday, December 12, 2010


OM is the sacred sound of the universe which when chanted creates a powerful vibration that promotes inner peace and healing.   Namaste.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Creativity

It's everywhere ..... except  my art desk....AKA ... the kitchen table. I sure do like to soak it in at this time of year, but, alas, the wheels are spinning just a bit too fast to have some of this year's great sightings rub off on me. No surprise that the above is an Anthropology production, but Restoration Hardware, Club Monaco and Bloor Street in Toronto are equally inspiring sources of mini installations celebrating the season. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Love and advice from the Rock

My 11 year old yorkie, Rocky sends holiday blessings your way with a special wish for all the moms who try to do too much. He thinks you should leave your hearts and schedules open for quiet time with your beloved pets and families. Those moments can be restorative and healing when nerves are jangled, and unfinished todo lists occupy your thoughts. Breathe!   Enjoy!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Silent Sunday

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."     Ansel Adams

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December in Canada

The great white north  is my homeland, but contrary to the beliefs of my brothers and sisters to the south, we have tropical summers and not all of us live to play and watch hockey. Apologies to any Leafs fans checking in. December is a season of joy and preparation ... a marathon if you will. Much of my delight comes from the seasonal stylings found all over the city and, of course, on line. My adult A.D.D. kicks in to overdrive as my eye catches every creative flourish in the T dot ....AKA Toronto.
Today's inspiration however is fresh from the land downunder.  My cyber buddy, Sunday Collector, lives and works in Australia as a props buyer and stylist. This is part of a shoot for Real Living.
Cheers, Briar, and thanks again.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

'Tis the Season

I can finally share this little gift installation now that the recipient has claimed her prize. I must also disclose that the inspiration came from a quick visit to the Bloor Street location of Club Monaco. In
launching their transition to holiday season, they merchandised much of the jewelry collection using vintage pages and paper creations. I came straight home to assemble my own version. My neighbour and friend Sacha Grierson was celebrating her birthday that very day, so she became for me the mommy muse, as it is often her daughter Lola who compels me to run quick for my camera. Can you blame me?