“Where does all the beach glass come from?” A question I have often asked myself while combing the beaches of the Salish Sea over the last few decades. And as you might have guessed, I have collected my fair share of this Weathered glass. With every piece I find, I know there is a story to be told, and I sometimes make a story up in my head as I walk home and add another piece to my collection – maybe it is the remnant of some mysterious shipwreck or a piece of an old message in a bottle that broke over some reef! I love seeing all the colours and shape and how some sparkle and some have a matte finish, some still have some sharpness to their edges while others are completely smooth – each piece is unique on its own. And what do I plan to do with all this Weathered beach glass, you ask? Well, for now it sits in a vintage bowl in my garden to be adored but who knows what the future holds!?!
2017 was an interesting year since many things in my life changed: decisions were made, I met some new friends, and had some awesome experiences. One of the best things that happened was my decision to take my physical health more seriously, and at the dawn of 2018, it has already become a lifestyle. I had joined some of the exercise classes that are offered on Cortes Island last summer and in so doing, have met very talented instructors, including a Pilates teacher who has a home on Cortes Island where she teaches classes for 3 weeks in the summer since she works and lives in New York City the rest of the year.
Téana Davids told us about a retreat she facilitates in Costa Rica once a year. Of course this caught my attention since I have not left Canada since 2001! I love the Salish Sea region where I live but I finally got the itch to travel again. In the past, I used to travel a lot and to many places, but as events happened around the world I was very content with keeping close to home. I got my new passport, booked my flights, and one of my best friends was also intrigued, so this year we are off to Costa Rica for a one-week Pilates Retreat! I am so excited to spend some quality time doing something good for my health in the tropics with my best friend celebrating our birthdays together. Check out the links below and maybe this is something you might be interested in doing too!!!
Téana Davids: www.sixpetalsretreats.com
Over the course of 2017, I had the opportunity of viewing the sketchbooks of some of the artists in my network and I got really inspired!!! I have never worked out of a sketchbook but I saw many different ways to use one and felt it as another way for artists to Grow, experiment, and lock down ideas.
So I decided to start my very first sketchbook in 2018! Since I have a thing about collections and I also love a challenge, I thought I would use my sketchbook to start a new body of work by doing one sketch a day for 365 days and see what I come up with, what I will learn, and what kind of Growth I will see in my art practice if I put my head down on a daily basis for a year.
I am currently on day 8 and I have already learned a lot! I am very excited about this experience and have started to look forward to my daily practice. My goal is to create a body of work to do my largest solo show in 2019 along with an art book to go with the collection called “Wink!!!” It’s super fun to watch the Growth of my sketchbook and I will share sneak peaks over the year, so stay tuned and I hope you will enjoy the process as much as I enjoy creating it. xoxo
Before I sign off for some quiet holiday time, I have one more post for you all. To end the year on the right note, here is my last instalment in my Garden to Shelf series, which was born from my desire to create items that exist in my garden but that I still seem to buy – wasting both money and packaging (for more info on this series, please check my previous posts on the topic!) So without further ado, here is my recipe for a yummy herbal tea to make at home from your herb garden and enjoy!!!
Chillax Garden Tea
It is very simple to make:
You grow the herbs – and then pick, wash, dry, and blend the herbs… and enjoy!!!
Use equal parts of chocolate mint, lavender, and sage flowers (not leaves… flowers!)
Crush the chocolate mint leaves lightly then toss with the lavender and sage flowers. I like to leave the flowers intact because it looks pretty and delightful. Pour a cup of hot water over a teaspoon of the herb blend. Steep covered for 3 to 5 mins and sweeten with honey, or maple syrup – my favourite. I make this as a loose tea but you can get reusable bags if you prefer. Make sure to check them out because some contain plastic. So why did I choose these three herbs? I explain this at the bottom of this post to make sure you read it to the end. I am devious that way… hahaha
Who doesn’t need to relax, take some downtime, sleep better, or just simply chillax! This is something I have been doing my best to bring into my daily regime (I will touch on this more in 2018) because I can be one of those people who gets up and goes, goes, goes… and just keeps on going until I crash! Well, this was the old me… the new me strives to be as healthy as possible, has accepted that rest heals and that downtime recharges our batteries.
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful Winter Solstice and much peace, abundance, and joy in 2018!!! However you choose to take a few moments out of your everyday life over the next two weeks to express your love and gratitude to your family and friends, I hope it is filled with good food, much laughter, and many special moments. Thank you for supporting my art, following my blog, and taking a moment to share, comment, or send me an email. I really do appreciate every single one of you more than I can say!
2017 was a bumpy year for many of us and the planet in general, even if just with the extreme weather around the world… and in my backyard! But it was also a successful year in many ways, and it is now drawing to an end. I, for one, am ready for the next chapter as there are so many new goals to be set and achieved, and many challenges to conquer. I feel like I accomplished a lot with my art this year thanks to all of you, and for this I am very grateful.
I have also faced personal challenges; as you may know I had to make the big decision of retiring from my career as a stylist/makeup artist due to physical issues. The last two months have in fact been very strange for me… for the last 32 years, the build-up to the holidays was always fully booked with hair cut appointments and I usually ran around like a crazy person… But not this year. I am taking advantage of this quiet time to sign off and spend some quality time with my loved ones, my zoo members, and in my art studio. I am focused on doing art in different mediums these days and I look forward to the results. I am pretty excited to share the future with you all and I invite you to check my website/blog every once in a while as I am planning an overhaul in the year. I’ll be back in the first week of 2018 to chat about my new goals! No resolutions for me this year!!!
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season!
As you may know by now, I have a thing for growing and preserving food, to say the least! This past gardening season was no different than the previous ones except that I grew my food with more intention. I took notes over the last two years of all the things I bought that I actually had growing in my garden and that I could stock my own selves with, and there were a lot of items! I saw that with a bit more work (or a lot!) I could shop less, use less packaging, and eat even more organically directly from my garden.
I have already shared a few items, such as my Rose Hip Skin Oil and my Fresh Garden Tea; today I will share my All Spice Blend that includes dehydrated tomatoes, lemon balm, sage, oregano, parsley, hot peppers, and lavender. This blend can be used on basically everything you wish – even though I recommend you keep it for savory dishes! – and you are welcome to adjust it to please your taste buds and, of course, depending on what is growing in your garden. Herb gardens are the best because you can pick your herbs fresh when the weather permits and preserve them to use in many different ways from tea, spices, oils, and tinctures.
So the recipe is very simple. I use a food processor to grind equal parts of each herb then toss in a bowl so they’re evenly mixed and voilà!!! My organic, simple All Spice Blend straight from my garden!!!
I have submitted!!! And now that I’ve done my part, it’s time for you to do yours!!! What have I submitted for? Good question… so here is a little explanation: John Fluevog recently put out a call to their fans to submit a design for their spring campaign. And if you know me at all, you know that I love a challenge and I love shoes so I had no choice but to create a piece to submit. I have worn and collected Fluevog shoes since I was 13 years old; in fact, I still have a clear memory of the very first pair I bought, as well as every single pair I bought ever since.
Here is my piece!
I called it “Spring Fever” and created it using acrylic paint, collage, and a hand-embroidered outline of their beautiful shoe Attic Bianca. So I am asking all my friends and followers for your help (yes I am being shameless) as there is a public vote happening. Please follow the link and vote by giving a “thumbs up” (hopefully for my design… winkwinkwink) You can vote once and I would really appreciate a moment of your day and as many shares as you feel to make an artist and shoe lover’s dream come true! Thank you so very much from the bottom of my Fluevog heart! xoxo
The blue sky showed its face on Cortes Island this Sunday!!! A welcome sight that created a much-needed Serene feel over the whole island including the swamp on our property… xoxo
There has been some Transformation to our bathtub and boat vegetable garden beds!!! After a seriously good harvest season that went until mid-November, the beds are now totally asleep for the winter. Mulched with rabbit droppings, dead leaves, and a final layer of seaweed that will completely yet slowly break down over the next few months to create fertilizer and soil just in time to start planting again in mid Spring. Sleep well little beds and dream of plump produce!