Saturday, November 09, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Etsy Greek Street Team: Etsy Craft Party 2013 - A Picnic: Μερικές φωτογραφίες απο το Etsy craft party - πικ νικ στο παρκο! Ευχαριστούμε πολύ όσους ήρθαν, ελπίζουμε να τα πούμε ξανά απο κο...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I first saw this while on vacation ar Riviera Maya in Mexico. I made a little sketch in my moleskin and wrote down that it blooms in the morning, closes in the evening.
I didn't expect to find it in Montreal at Jasmin Pepiniere. It's so lovely and adorns my urban garden.
Tradescantia pallida is its name commonly known as Purple Heart, Purple Queen. Native to the Gulf Coast region of eastern Mexico. It's a hardy perennial scrambling plant so I will plant it in my garden soon.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
They were a Christian family who helped the community in anyway they could. When WWII broke out their home became a hiding place and safe house for those escaping the Nazi's. They were an important part of the Dutch underground that helped over 800 Jewish people escape. They had build a hiding place in their home, and with the help of the Dutch underground were prepared for Nazi raids. As part of their duties, there were "drills" and within 60 seconds, dishes, tea cups, cutlery, disappeared so that it looked that only the Ten Booms lived there.
Only Corrie escaped the death camp by a miraculous clerical error. The day after her release her entire barracks was sent to the gas chamber.
Corrie's story blossoms after she escaped. At 53 she embarked on a career she never planned for. Telling her story and showing how God used her is remarkable.
Here are a few of my favorites:
"There is no panic in heaven. God has no problems, only plans"
"Faith is like radar that sees through the fog, the reality of things in the distance that the human eye cannot see"
"If God sends us on stony paths, we are provided strong shoes."
"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer."
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Julia Cameron author of the Artist's Way, calls it "filling the well, stocking the pond" She writes that over an extended period of time our creativity becomes like an overfished pond, then we get artists block . The solution is to consciously put fish back in the fish pond.
For artists, we do this by a sensory input-visually, musically, a walk in the forest, or a trip to the museum. We must do what intrigues us, gives us joy, and in my opinion, get out of our comfort zone.
My teacher, José Duclos is a gifted teacher who gently nudged me out of my comfort zone, patiently, all the while o000h ing and aaaahhhing when I did some miniscule step in a new direction.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I have known Susan for several years and have admired her illustrative style and talent. The sweetness of her personality shines through her art work. Her site can be found at http://www.susan-mitchell.com
|Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire|
When Susan was a child, her mother would read books to her and her sister every night. They would then spend hours making their own stories and creating illustrations for them.
Recently she had an exhibit of her original art work on display at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire. It was delightful to see so many paintings and the toys that she sews herself on display. Right after I finished taking the photos the room was flooded with children from a neighbourhood school. They loved the toys and books.
|Pumpkin Baby by Jane Yolen|
You can find Susan on Facebook, and like her page.
|Stuffed Toys and magazine featuring her toys|
|Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After|
Friday, April 06, 2012
I learned about The Empress of Ireland when I met Anne Renaud, a Montrealer, presenting her book for young readers: Into The Mist.
The passengers included 167 officers and soldiers of the Salvation Army who were travelling to London for an international conference. In Toronto, the Mount Pleasant Cemetery has a monument in their honor.
This tragedy was soon forgotten with the declaration of World War I, and the epic loss of life on foreign soil.