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Never Run in Flip Flops

This is a blog post that I wrote last week, and never got to send off, but it seemed a shame to leave it sitting in a folder – so here you are… “Never run in flip flops!” I have been known to say to my kids. It is common parenting wisdom that running in …

2013, art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

The End of My Blue-Period

I’m back on the proverbial wagon. “When did you fall off?” I hear you say. “Wow, I didn’t know you had a drink problem.”  I hear you think. No, no, no. I do not have a drink problem (unless it is tea we are talking about here). I mean the productivity wagon. For approximately four, …

art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, letting go, parenting, planning, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized

Montessori, and the Art of Loosening Up

I’ll be honest with you, I was a tiny bit scared yesterday. On my way to the Boyd Montessori I kept up a stream of thoughts that went a little bit like this – “Yes, I’m a teacher by profession, but Montessori? That’s a whole new ball game. I wonder what the class will be …

art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, design, illustration and books, inspiration, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized, working from home

Bibliomania

I have just finished spending a most fulfilling couple of hours making books, and I wanted to share the fun with you. These are really simple instant books made out of one sheet of paper,  no gluing, taping or sewing required. In fact for most of them, I didn’t even use scissors to make the …

Following Up On Promises To Myself;
2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, illustration and books, inspiration, lists, planning, resolutions, schedule, small business, spontaneity, textile design, work ethic, working from home

Following Up On Promises To Myself

News flash!!! I finally sent my manuscript off to a publisher!! I like to think of my manuscript as a precious Faberge egg. I have been sitting on the egg  for a while now, too terrified to send it off, editing and re-editing it, looking at it lovingly, and making up all sorts of reasons …

2013 To-do list;
2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, family, happy new year, illustration and books, inspiration, lists, planning, resolutions, work ethic, working from home

2013 To-do list

I have a feeling that this post may end up being extreeeemely boring to anyone who isn’t me. But I’m going to write it anyway, as a sort of self help exercise. So there. I have been thinking and thinking about what I want to get accomplished in 2013, and the thoughts are so manifold, …

art and design, crafter, design, illustration and books, inspiration, parenting, planning, small business, textile design, Uncategorized, working from home

Happy New Yarn/ Letting go

Well I had really hoped to send out a blog on New Year’s day. You know the kind: full to the brim with good intentions, motivational, packed with resolutions, and maybe with a snappy pep talk included for the year ahead. It never happened. Why? Well, New Year’s day turned out to be a little …

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Coloring in the gaps

Okay, okay, I admit it. I have been coloring in my six year old’s coloring book. I couldn’t help it. The unfilled outlines just looked too inviting. I was clearing them away, and then they started whispering to me “you need a break, why don’t you sit down and fill us in? Use those new …

The Ring;
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The Ring

With the markets out of the way, it is time for me to buckle down and finish all those commissions before the year ends. I don’t know if you have heard, but I do have an Etsy page (that’s the shameless self promotion out of the way!). Recently I got my first (and only) commission …

The doodles;
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The doodles

So I continued my drawing experiments throughout the tail end of last week. I squeezed them into my day between school drop offs, soccer practices, doctor appointments, Halloween parades, and of course, the power cut bought on by ‘Superstorm’ Sandy. Note to self: drawing by candle light sounds lovely and romantic, but is actually rather …