Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It's my flower obsession as long as the plant store at the end of my street carries bouquets of the buds. As you can see, they open quickly, but to give them a slightly longer life, put them into a block of oasis as quickly as possible. Any green accent will do, but for the pro look, a few sprigs of freesia, mini roses or lisianthus will offer a certain je ne sais quoi.... trust me fellow flower arranger wannabees. Namaste.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
believe at Lola's place. My daughter Danielle and I struggled to get in the tiny door, but once inside, it was clear that the creative mind of a six year old had already established a setting where imagination and infinite possibility rule. Add a little love and friendship, and you have the perfect retreat for kids of all ages. The good news is that an adult can actually stand up inside one of these delightful crooked houses.
This abode was completely installed and landscaped before Lola got home from school on the day of her birthday.
I'm thinking the adult version of this place would make the perfect alternative to the dreaded surprise
party when the next significant birthday rolls around. An intimate dinner for two in your own cozy back yard shack.... perhaps a water feature thrown in for atmosphere..... the mind boggles. Give your imagination a little workout today!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The lotus image in this collage is said to embody infinite potential. It symbolizes renewal and transformation. I'm drawn to imagery, numbers, colour, gemstones and particular shapes that are said to have significance beyond their visual appeal. The grounding practice in all of this comes when I research and discover the meaning of my connection. As the lotus is to Buddhism, the Hamsa is to the Jewish faith. Another sacred symbol, the hamsa offers protection from negative energies, and symbolizes the gesture of receiving blessings from the universe. Seeing is believing.... I never tire of reminding myself that I am surrounded by healing forces. What I see, read and think can make all the difference in the day. Namaste.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
under a beautiful and thick layer of resin and stands proud on a 6X6 inch gallery canvas made of wood. It's one of those 2 inch deep canvases that's finished in the same soft pink you see on the front. This size usually sells in the gallery for $75 but Fiona has asked that the price be lowered to $50... shipping included. Since this piece is in my home gallery and not in my Etsy shop, we can work the details out through the comment section or emails. Cheers dears. xo
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Ontario strawberries are in! Summer will officially begin!
As for the art... it's an acetate photocopy over an etching, with gold leaf and stitching over that.
This and other new pieces will be listed in my Etsy shop where several of the small collages are now less than $20.00.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I realize that talking about the weather is the blogging equivalent of Seinfeld's TV show about 'nothing', so I will leave you with someone else's profound words of wisdom... "If at first an idea is not absurd, there will never be any hope for it." - Albert Einstein
Friday, June 17, 2011
Ralphy the girl cat.
She just thinks she's a kitten when later on in the day she gets her freak on and tries to dive bomb Rocky - our 12 year old yorkie. He too comes alive and is ready to teach her who's boss in our house. In sharp contrast to the coma they are both in for most of the day, these hairy moments result and resolve quickly.... The cat
becomes airborne and makes it to the top of the stairs without having touched down at any point on her way, and the dog waddles away in utter disgust that she exists at all. Once the dust settles, they will pass each other on the stairs with 'narry a hairy.'
As for the pear painting behind her majesty, it's one of the first collages I ever framed. It's a tribute to 'mon pere', so with Father's Day as the focus of this weekend, I salute all fathers..... both here, and hereafter. Namaste
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
casual manner belies his surprising insights and theories on human behaviour and big picture patterns.
In a more intimate environment, we witnessed his counterintuitive and sometimes contrarian thinking with a healthy dose of unsentimental humour. He excels at connecting the dots the rest of us don't even see.
But back to what was formerly known as the BCE Place, and the unexpected dreamy installation by Toronto architect, Philip Beasley. He is described as a worldwide pioneer in the fast growing field of responsive architecture. This might explain the part where light fixtures were set up to respond to the the sounds and motions of onlookers. I missed that part, but try not to miss this spectacular feature of just one of those big financial district buildings in downtown Toronto.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
You can never be too cute, or too twin...
Meet twins, Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman. The pussycat in the middle is my kindred spirit.. and theirs,
As cute as they are in this photo, they're even more animated, delightful,
creative, sweet, authentic
and fun to be with in person.
These girls are rock stars. See for yourselves.
Danny and Dani Studio
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
While my version of meditation is both non-devotional, non-denominational and sporadic at best, I respond instantly to this beloved symbol of mindful contemplation where breathing connects with awareness and stillness.
In each Buddha, I see the embodiment of lovingkindness, compassion and right action. To contemplate these qualities is in itself a healing and restorative escape to present moment grace. Would that it were that easy to press the 'refresh' button of our minds...... I'm saying it's worth a try.... tell me how you do. Namaste.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Let your hair down and ride it bareback."
Special thanks to blogbuddy "Rebecca Sower" who saw this quote in an article by Kris Carr in 'Natural Healing'.
I'm off to set up for our street sale. May some of my trash be someone else's treasure.
Happy hunting to you and yours.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Is it working for you to hold so strongly to those events, beliefs or just thoughts that bring misery to your mind?
If freedom from suffering exits, what thoughts or practices would incite it?
If you want to sample a fleeting moment of transformation, it could be as easy as visualizing your heart full of peace..... take a deep breath in. On the out breath, release whatever holding exists in your mind and body, and replace it with the thought of a peaceful heart.
"I make my mind my friend." -Japanese Samurai Poem. Namaste.
Friday, June 3, 2011
"I wish you happiness; and the cause of happiness."