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My book arrived and I must say that I am most impressed with Blurb.  Really great quality, fast shipping, easy software, and the end product looks just as it did on the computer.  If you are so inclined, you may purchase a copy of your own here. {also notice that I have learned how to add buttons and badges into my side bar!}

My prints arrived as well and I have been busy trying to figure out ways in which to incorpoarate them into other items and projects {see the above paper bag journals}.  I am having fun.

Happy Weekend!

e.

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*Artist Interview Number Three*

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Sara Johnston
www.warmsoupbelly.blogspot.com

What is your favourite colour?
Red is my favourite, but I love and use them all in great quantities.

What is your favourite number?
The number 28 and I have a weird thing going on.  I bought and sold my first house on a 28'th, had three car accidents on a 28'th (not my fault!) five important family dates are on the 28'th, and I started a major job on a 28'th. 

If you were a tree, what kind would you be?
I would be the kind you see standing alone in the middle of a field in late November.  No leaves, just black lines stretching into the sky, surrounded by a combined cornfield.  (The kind that reminds you of halloween).  We have one on my family farm that I used to make offerings of flowers to as a child so that the 'powers of the tree' would get me a good mark in math.  You know, instead of studying. 

Favourite item of clothing?
 It is a black Ralph Lauren hooded cardigan that my Grandma bought me eight years ago.  It goes with everything and is like a hug.

What is the best time of day?
Six o'clock in the morning, when the day still holds endless possibility.  I used to get up at that hour for work, but now that I am a student I rarely see it.  I still feel excited when I think about it!

How do you take your coffee? 
Two milks

What is your Zodiac sign?
Scorpio!

What do you collect?
I try to only collect little things, because I have collecting in my genes and it could easily get out of control.  I once paid eighteen dollars for a severely creepy looking/dilapidated antique elf christmas ornament  because I knew no one else would, and I felt sorry for it.  (I highly recommend never buying something because you feel sorry for it.)  

What music do you currently love?
I am slightly spoiled and have satellite radio in my car.  I love "the coffee house" channel. 

What does your ideal day look like? 
 I would have my mustang convertible back, and we would go exploring the back roads of Ontario looking for abandoned Victorian era farmhouses to photograph.  I had to trade the car in because of a few death defying acts in it one winter.  sigh. 

What is your favourite magazine?
I like this one, because it is free and online:  http://neetmagazine.com/

What was your proudest moment?
I'm working up to it!

What is your favourite quote?
Pretty much anything from, "Alice in Wonderland."  For example Alice said, "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

What is your favourite book and favourite author?
This is a hard question because I am an English Literature/Cultural Studies student, and I read a lot.  I am going to pick Margaret Atwood as my favourite author, and "Life of Pi," by Yann Martel as my favourite book.  Ha!  That wasn't cheating the question.

If you could change your name would you and what would it be?
I would change my name because too many people have it, but I won't change it because I do like it.  Does that make sense?
I'm afraid I can't say what I would change it to out loud, because someday I would like to use it as a baby name.  All of my friends are having babies (and pets!) and stealing names left and right.  By the time I have children I will have to give them numbers. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you wish to have with you?
This question gives me anxiety because I know I would end up grabbing something stupid at the last moment, like a favourite pair of high heeled shoes. I picture the situation as if men in suits were standing in the vestibule, telling me I had five minutes to collect my things before they would magically exile me to this deserted island.   I have too many questions.  Does the island have electricity?  Fresh water?  Is it warm at night?  There are a lot of ways to screw oneself over with these choices.  I have become very excited over this hypothetical question!  Ack – three things…My boyfriend, My ebook reader, and my king sized feather duvet.

If you could have a house bought and paid for anywhere in the world where would it be and what it be like?
I love living in Lakefield, and I love our house!  However, I suppose if I can tweak the situation I will move our house two blocks down to the water and give it a Victorian facade.  Perfect!

What is your art philosophy? 
If it doesn't work out, move on.  (Or squint at it).

What is your favourite thing you have ever made/written/built/created/invented/photographed?
It is the next thing I am creating!  I am working on a series of light boxes. 

When do you have your most inspired moments?
At the most inopportune times, usually. 

When did you realize that you wanted to make your art a priority in your life? 
I worked on an assembly line building cars for almost ten years, hating almost every minute of it.  (I did enjoy my pay check.)  I started questioning if I would be proud of my choices at the end of my life if I didn't challenge myself.  The answer was no, and now I am making a more creative life a priority! 

What advice do you have for fellow/aspiring artists?
Do what makes you happy!  (I know that sounds repetitive, but it is good advice!) 

What is your medium of choice?
Sequins, paint, and photography.  And giant messes.

Describe your studio or work space.
It is everything I can't put up in the rest of the house.  A real wunderkammer of odds and ends!  And stuff gets done in there too, I suppose.

 
One Last thing…


Go to your book shelf, take down the first book with a red spine you see, turn to page 26 and type out the first complete sentence.

  Hmm, it is a book of poetry, so I will include the first stanza: 
The fountains mingle with the river/ And the rivers with the ocean,/The winds of heaven mix forever/With a sweet emotion;/ Nothing in the world is single/All things by a law divine/In one another's being mingle-/Why not I with thine?

(It is a poem by Shelley: Love's Philosophy).

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Still impatiently waiting for my journals, photos, and Blurb book to arrive.  Arg!

But as you can see, I have been busy making pendants for the Peterborough Folk Festival.  These pendants are a little tedious and sticky, but fun to make.  I have decided on a theme for my photos in order to narrow the selection a bit.  The theme is "Summer Vintage" and you can view the set here.  I am enjoying the soft vintage warmth of these photos and hope others enjoy them too.  I also thought, as a fun experiment, I would try making my photos into pendants, but am not sure I love it yet.  Hmmm.  What do you think?

In other news…

I am so excited to have booked our short, sweet holiday in Quebec City {seriously, click that link and you will be amazed by what Canada can offer}!  We don't travel much, but Canada is so full of beauty and we deserve and need some time away.  Plus, August 17th marks 6 years of love and life together!  We need time to stroll aimlessly and take photos while eating croissants.  Time to people watch and hold hands.  Time to get away from the mundane.  Time to see the world with fresh eyes.  Take a deep breath and begin again.

Unfortunately, you would never now that I took french from grades three through ten.  It is a sin how little I remember!  Sigh.  Do you think I can learn a language between now and September 20th?

P.S.  We will be staying here overlooking the vendor's square and right across from the Chateau Frontenac!  {special thanks to the lovely Amberlea (click for her lovely Blurb book of the City!) for the recommendation!}

e.

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Beautifulmess

This week's challenge is simple. 
Find a mess and then find the beauty in it. 
Find peace in the wabi sabi.
Let go of everything you were told about messes.
Embrace disorder. 
Take a picture.
Then clean it up if you must.

e.

p.s. Check out last week's submissions at Flickr and follow the links found here {found in comments of each post} to the lovlies who blogged along with us!

 

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 Redflowerbluebedroom

We painted our room blue.

It is a soft calming blue that, when paired with the white, sanded headboard, makes me think of Paris {though I have never been, these are the images that dance in my dreamy head}.  It makes me wonder why we waited nearly 3 years to paint out the old dull colour.  I am quite certain that when it came time to paint that room, the previous owners closed the door before placing the carpet and set off a grimy lavender bomb.  Everything, from the door knobs to the window frames,outlets, trim and switches were the same dreadful colour!

This project just kept getting pushed down the priority list.  I finished school, we had puppies, we fixed the roof, we painted the grimy bathroom, we painted the stark white upstairs hallway, I got pregnant, we replaced the carpet that said puppies destroyed in the "nursery", we had a baby, we painted the office, we bought a "new" couch, and we re-arranged furniture.  All the while, our little room became cluttered and unloved.  Finally, when we could take it no longer, we painted our space.

You see, I had made many fruitless trips to the paint store, returning home with countless paint chips and yet moved no closer to a decision.  Then one evening we stopped in at the local floral shop and I found the prettiest little tea light holders and I decided then and there that this was the colour for our bedroom.  Mike agreed.

It was quite painless considering that any sort of home improvement task in the past usually  invited bickering and quick tempers.  We were both washed in an unmistakable calm as we began and the job was a quick success.  I painted the dark brown headboard out in a bright white and then sanded it for a rustic finish as I had previously done with a large hutch and buffet from the same set.  I never get sick of this look and it is a super simple DIY for the impatient at heart!

Now it is a clean space in which we can read, daydream, nap, lounge, love, and light candles.  And the lovely colour makes my beloved,ragged furniture and treasures pop with new life.  I am continuously amazed with what a 30 dollar can of paint can do for a neglected space!

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Poppy likes it too!

 

e.

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annette::erin

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Artist interview Number Two

Amandaoctopus

Amanda Sharpe of Django Mango
Lindsay, Ontario
If you would like to order something or just want to see more of her brilliant baby rattle designs, visit her etsy store, or her new website.  She is quite delightful!

 

 

What is your favourite colour?
hmm that’s hard.  probably green.  i’m a redhead and so i think i’m just supposed to have an intimate relationship with green.  it’s predestined.

What is your favourite number?
i don’t really have a favorite number.  equal rights for all numbers!

If you were a tree, what kind would you be?
perhaps a tree that wants to be a cloud.

Favourite item of clothing?
probably my yukata.  i would live in it if i could, but it doesn’t really stay put sometimes.  perhaps i should get an obi, but that might limit the yukatas comfortability factor.

What is the best time of day?
i am a natural night hawk, so i would have to say between midnight and maybe three am.  i love to see the sun come up after staying up all night.  there’s something so satisfying in that.  unfortunately, having kiddos around doesn’t lend itself to a nocturnal lifestyle, so i have developed a more conventional schedule over the past five years.

How do you take your coffee?
5 sugars and double milk.  that’s in a medium.  i’m part hummingbird.

What is your Zodiac sign?
pisces.  i guess the other part is fish.

What do you collect?
chopsticks.  also salt and pepper shakers part time.  i love bowls for some reason.  and of course, my beloved yarn.

What music do you currently love?
i really like vampire weekend right now.  also the bird and the bee, beck, apostle of hustle, hayden, etc…

What does your ideal day look like?
the day at the toronto zoo with my husband and kids.  then for dinner have a great meal with lots of good friends.  most likely i would be crocheting or knitting while at the zoo.

What is your favourite magazine?
i quite enjoy scientific american mind.  also knitting/crocheting magazines always manage to find a home with me.

What was your proudest moment?
when, after 25 gruelling hours, i got through the labor of my oldest kiddo, finn.  boo-ya!

What is your favourite quote?
“logic only gives man what he needs, magic gives him what he wants” – tom robbins

What is your favourite book and favourite author?
can i just tell you some authors?  i think that maybe lamb by christopher moore would end up at the top of the pile, but any of his stuff is pretty great – a dirty job is excellent as well.  chuck palahniuk is also a fav of mine, spider robinson, neil gaiman, douglas adams, oscar wilde, and j.d. salinger.  i have recently been reading the sookie stackhouse books after falling in love with true blood, and they are very good.

If you could change your name would you and what would it be?
i think i’m good with what i have.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you wish to have with you?
a library, a yarn store, and a chocolate factory.  i think big.

If you could have a house bought and paid for anywhere in the world where would it be and what it be like?
probably somewhere in japan, in the country on a hill near the ocean.  not too far from the city though, i don’t think even i could resist the arcades they have over there.  plus robots!

What is your art philosophy?
do what you love, and there you have art.

What is your favourite thing you have ever made/written/built/created/invented/photographed?
i made finn an octopus which was the prototype for my rattles.  his name is bundle, and he’s green of course!  he still sleeps with finn every night.

When do you have your most inspired moments?
probably in the shower.  i always have epitome moments in the shower for some reason.

When did you realize that you wanted to make your art a priority in your life?
while i was on maternity with baz, my latest, i decided to try out making things for a local craft show before christmas.  i was pretty successful there, and suddenly thought “i could actually do this for a living – i could work it out, and be a little more accessible to my kids.”  then i ran with it.

What advice do you have for fellow/aspiring artists?
no time like the present.  and for pete’s sake you’re awesome, believe it!

What is your medium of choice?
yarn…and more yarn…maybe some paper in there somewhere.

Describe your studio or work space.
i set up my attic as my workspace.  lots of skylights, so lots of natural light.  i have a lot of things that i don’t use up there, and a few things i do.
 
One Last thing…

Go to your book shelf, take down the first book with a red spine you see, turn to page 26 and type out the first complete sentence.
Alf’s nose is hard to look away from, so big and red he looks like W.C. Fields’s lawn ornament-apparently there’s an auxiliary brain in there.

**Thanks for your patience everyone**

My goal is to get an artist interview up every week so if you have emailed me with your interview questions and photos please know I will be posting them soon!}

e.

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Happiness is

This week's photo/creative challenge is to capture  happiness spilling over.

This photo was taken in an "ah-ha" moment of sweet realization that my life is perfect and that happiness is what I have.

Rationally I know that I am blessed, but it is so easy to get caught up in the tiny details, the dishes, the laundry, the swirling dog hair, and the tedious things Mike and the pets do to drive me nuts.  Of course I have regrets and sure, I could always have a little more money, less bills, be a bit thinner, or have smoother skin.  But when you are lying under a tree with a bowl full of strawberries and cream reading Anne of Green Gables aloud to a beautiful nursing baby, none of that seems to matter.

I am married to my most kindred soul and mama to the prettiful Poppy.  I am getting paid to be a stay at home mama and have a good feeling that I will be able to continue to stay home at the end of the year.  All day, I get to do anything and everything that I have ever wanted to do with my days.  Bake, sew, take photos, write, cook, knit, visit, walk, decorate, hang clothes on the line, putter in the garden, wander, and nap; all with my baby watching from the grass or on my hip.

I am going to be a vendor at the local folk festival,I am finding my photographic style and have finally created a book of my own {though only through blurb.com, it is still a goal accomplished} and .  I am learning something new everyday and, biggest of all, I am putting myself out there.

We have let go of passive aggressive "friendships" and, in turn, have opened the door to welcome new, supportive and fun friendships while deepening existing ones.

We have money in the bank and a growing savings account.  Every month our debts get a little smaller while incurring no new ones.

We have not only one set of parents, but four who do nothing, but support, believe and encourage us in the directions we wish to go with our family and life.

We have a roof that doesn't leak, a garden to feed us, a freezer full of organic fare, quiet neighbours, a reliable car, trees to sit under, and tootsie pops in the cupboard.

For the first time in a very long time, I feel sated; I am, for once, not chasing anything; I am still and want for nothing.  I have somehow tapped into a vein of intent and purpose and feel empowered.

I know that I will be blessed throughout my life and travels with yet unimagined decadence and goodness and find it hard to believe that the best is yet to come, but it is; for this is just the beginning.

"today i will be happier than a bird with a french fry."  What is your french fry?

e.

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Sunday#10 

annette::erin

 

p.s. ordered my book! {see next post}

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Front 

Sorry once again for the blog absence.  I have had my nose stuck in a book.

Quite literally.

I have completed a book {through the wonderfully simple program available at Blurb.com} of photographs and small words which I hope to sell online as well as at the Peterborough Folk Festival.

I will edit with fresh eyes tomorrow and then place my order in hopes that it is without error.

I will give more details later on in the process, but for now I will leave you with a glimpse of the front and back covers.

night.

 

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e.

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