Friday, June 24, 2016

Bikes & Biking

My daughter was in a bike race last weekend - and I drove her support vehicle. 

It was a beautiful sunny day,
but the pictures do not tell the tale of the ever present head winds.

Besides the strong head winds, the hills were big and the miles were many.
She rode for 11 hours - and in my books she is a winner

I enjoyed riding with her as she prepared for this day, 
and with so much biking on the brain, 
bikes showed up in my creations

Then there was an old bike tube laying around the house
that also grabbed my attention.

So I used it to make covers for some small notebooks. 

This bike stamp I carved a few years ago has become one of my favourites, and tends to show up in lots of places!

But for now - it is a beautiful evening
 - so I am heading out for a bike ride!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


As I was gathering up pieces I have made

to take to a lovely little shop in my neighbourhood

I realized I hadn't shared

my newest little bird & tree collage. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Creativity Reporting for Duty

I have been so busy the last few weeks, 
that I have had no time to create. 

Usually when this happens I get really grouchy,
but I told myself to hold on, 
knowing I would eventually have some time
 to return to some creative endeavors. 

Last week I managed a bit of time to 
do some journal play. 

And yesterday I used the above photo that I took last fall

and changed it on the computer.

I then printed a couple of copies of it, and made a book,
using the image to decorate the cover.

I am happy that my creativity was able to report for duty
 when I had some time to create. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Creative Play

There hasn't been too much creative playing happening 
in my neck of the woods lately. 

But I have added a few creations in my journal
'For the Love of Play'

This was the first addition of the year.... 

I was planning to fill all of the pages in this book 
by the end of 2016. 

At the rate I am going that won't happen.

But the real goal of this book
was creative play - create just for fun. 
No expectations. 

And that goal has happened 
on each of these pages.  

I hope you are fitting a bit of creative play into your days!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Past Creations.

The bit of creative time I had this week
was used sorting out some older creations
and even though I have shared them here before
I decided to show them again. 

I am also working at trying to add a number of things 

These birds showed up on tea bags a few years ago. 

I then started to add paint and pastels 
and bits of collage to tea bags. 

My collage works changed and included pressed botanical bits
and torn or cut pieces of paper. 

Seeing these creations again
makes me smile,
as I remember the joy I felt creating these pieces. 

I remember so clearly spending an impromptu
creative afternoon, scribbling and not caring where this book took me
and I love how it turned out. 

And making books always brings me such pleasure. 

It has been a bit of a journey as I organize these pieces from creative days in the past. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Prayer Flags on Earth Day

It is Earth Day today. 

I try to connect with nature daily. 
I know I need this to feel whole. 

What I create often has a connection to nature 
and it made me happy when prayer flags also showed up on this piece. 

My Prayer Flag creation was made by collaging bits of decorated paper, 
adding bits of my photographs 
and adding layers of paint, pen, ink, pastel, graphite 
and whatever else was close by. 

The image below is a computer manipulated version of the original creation. 

 "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
                                                                            - Aristotle