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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Super Soul Sunday

I have borrowed Oprah's title and renamed my Silent Sunday post in order to share a precious message from one of my most favourite mentors, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh's Tea Meditation
The practice of tea meditation helps one become fully present in the here and now. Watch as Thich Nhat Hanh guides Oprah through the practice; then, try it for yourself.

Watch Oprah's full interview with Thich Nhat Hanh on "Super Soul Sunday" May 6 at 11/10c.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Neighbourhood Watch

Welcome to Leslieville, one of Toronto's many hip neighbourhoods under going gentrification and rediscovery.
The top shot features  the industrial chic stylings of Love The Design. The multi drawer utility chest will soon adorn my daughter Danielle's art studio, and be filled with found ephemera and paper bits bound for one of her collages. I fell in love with Love The Design's country/urban/chic feel, and owner Christine is herself, an accomplished artist who's amazing resined photography and collage work provides the perfect accent for this must-see shop.
The 10 SPot Beauty Bar was found down a delightful alley off Queen Street East, and they offer a completely new take on every possible aesthetic service out there.
"Walk in. Strut out." Oh my!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blog Love

Merci beaucoup Amorelou2 This is without a doubt one of the most refreshing, charming,  and inspiring creative contributions I have seen in some time. Even the sound track is intoxicating when you visit this delightful blog. For many reasons - some of which I know, but don't entirely understand, this random collection of objects and their placement brings me great joy. It appeals to me on so many levels. In a word, or maybe three, it just has to be, my A.D.D.
Have a sunny day in spite of anything that tries to stand in your way! xo

Monday, April 23, 2012

Distraction Technique #1

When a wily weather pattern throws snain and a nasty nor-easter (that's a cold wind) in your face, the tough turn to Pinterest and start pinning!

Source: etsy.com via Martha on Pinterest

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Silent Sunday

It turns out that Earth Day has collided with Silent Sunday, and so to honour what has now become the largest and most widely celebrated event worldwide, I feel duty bound to give a shout out to what has now become Earth Week - a global celebration ... and cause. First, a little history. Earth Day was first coined in the U.S. as an environmental awareness event in 1970. It is now co-ordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Whether or not you embrace this cause with passion or ambivalence, a moment of consideration about its scope and your own impact on the environment might trigger some sort of personal ritual whereby you can observe this global movement with mindfulness.

Regardless of your view on climate change, and indeed the question of its existence,  you'd have to have been living under a rock to not notice the increasingly dramatic temperature swings and resulting weather patterns over recent years. The need for smarter technologies and alternatives to coal and fossil fuels will do more to repair the energy grid than any ongoing debate.

As for your personal relationship with your surroundings, just the exercise of composing this blog post has inspired me to express it as a relationship and not an attitude or a feeling. Over recent years, my respect for the healing powers of nature and the sheer joy of being outdoors to enjoy it has grown exponentially. It is both a luxury and a need, but to define it as a relationship is something I never pondered until this very moment. Once we align ourselves with nature and her healing forces, there is a shift that takes place - a need to respect, protect and honour its legacy - as we would one of our own.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Afternoon Tea

 Welcome to Red Tea Box in downtown Toronto. This is a charming escape at any time of day, and with a decidedly Asian influence you can enjoy 'Tea Bento' or
'Lunch Bento' any day of the week. Go for the 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party ' if you're looking for traditional sandwich, scone and tea cake fare. As one who has fallen head over heels for Teavana's exquisite white teas, I learned recently that the first Canadian outlets will be in Vancouver and Toronto. And I thought I would have to ration my supply and my addiction until my next trip to the U.S. I love it when my favourite American chains cross the border! We love you Target!
Hurry up and get here! Have a sunny weekend all - in spite of the rainy forecast.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Deepak Chopra

From quantum physics to synchronicity, anyone who says "Relaxation is the pre requisite to the inner expansion that allows a person to express the source of inspiration and joy within" - is my hero.
Deepak is everything from a medical intuitive and holistic integrative practitioner to an expert on spirituality. To hear him speak is to finally believe that there is hope for the rest of us humans to tap into some sort of universal energy that will inform our potential and guide us to balance and wellness.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday's World of Collage

My 'blog' friend, Roben-Marie begins a wonderful collage workshop today entitled, "Collage, Construct and Affirm". I'm waiting for her workshop on how to make a great video! Kudos to Roben-Marie.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New APP Alert

It's called Photoshop Express. It's the perfect answer to the problem of what to do when there's nothing to do ...... or, how to pass the time while you wait for a doctor's appointment. You're S.O.L. if you forget your iphone though.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Silent Sunday and The Real Yoga

'The real yoga' is the practice that finds you. It's the day you go to the mat and experience a new appreciation of self - a deeper vibration of alignment than previously experienced. By alignment I mean a knowingness and not the 'perfect pose' kind. In fact, when the 'real yoga' reveals itself, there is a sense of relief that it's not about the poses at all. At some point, there's an all important layer of our ego that is left on the mat to reveal a softer and more compassionate participant. The real yoga happens between the ears, and not between down dog and upward facing dog. It teaches you that less is more, and 'doing' is not the same as 'being'. This glimpse into self inquiry and discovery through yoga is not everyone's experience, but it is there for the taking. Whether you find yoga, or it finds you, trying to find your joy on the mat can take time . If nothing else, the real yoga will teach you patience.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Retail Therapy

One need not make a purchase in order to get a retail buzz. They had me at  the vintage post cards! Kudos to Club Monaco's retail merchandiser for she has truly created an environment that makes one linger and look. I felt certain there was something in that store for me, but I wanted EVERYTHING, and so I walked out with nothing but a wonderful creative buzz that left me wanting more..... Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cuteness on Steroids

There simply aren't words ........

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top Shop Tuesday

It was actually last week when my daughter Danielle and I popped into Top Shop over at Yorkdale. It's hard to resist the occasional mother/daughter try on session when the new spring  season of fashion hits the racks. Brights of all shades have made yet another comeback, but are tastefully combined with lace overlays and neutral shades to give the appropriate eye pop appeal. It gets the creative juices flowing as you attempt to inject some new looks into a wardrobe in transition. Plenty of eye candy out there this season!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Silent Sunday and the Moveable Feast

Before reading today's Toronto Star and the Easter history lesson penned by Antonia Zerbisias, I knew very little about the timing of the resurrection known as Easter. As for Passover - or last Seder, this last supper is fixed in the Hebrew calendar and always falls on the evening after the first full moon that comes after the spring equinox.
Upon creation of the Catholic Church in the second century, it was agreed that because Jesus was raised the first day of the week, Easter would be celebrated on Sunday. Greek Easter, while also on the first Sunday after the paschal moon, is timed with the astronomically correct full moon as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem ....  thus delayed by a full week from our ecclesiastical calendar designation.
Regardless of our respective histories, may we all enjoy a mindful celebration of the same Jesus; or simply the renewal of life and the promise of spring!

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's a Good Friday

It's Good Friday - not should-Friday...
It's one of those days when the daily pressures of work, retail and other obligations are somewhat relaxed. Add to that the fact that in Toronto, Ontario right now, the sun is shining brightly and the chill in the air is dissipating along with the north wind making it the perfect day for outdoor activities.
While many are preparing for their Passover gatherings or Easter Sunday reunions, I'm still intent on completing my re-entry and unpacking program after several months away. I decided to share some of this year's bunny collection as a diversion from the closet clean out which is currently under way.
The vintage post card at bottom is courtesy of The Graphics Fairy, but if you recognize any of the art, please let me know who's responsible and forgive me for sharing without permission.

Cheers dears.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Spring

Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter week!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Silent Sunday

..... no really .......   silent.