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employee of the month

Mz Onion

In May, Mz Onion went to work as a

demo in MCG Multicraft and gifts  

PL calendar day 10

When you are not having fun, could it be because you re being lazy?  Sometimes you feel blue or can’t seem to find  the joy in doing anything.  At times like this, just get up and move your body or work your mind to the fullest extent.

If sadness and lack of hope knock I your heart – try to do something positive for someone else.

Example isn’t another way to teach it is the only way to teach – Albert Einstein

grand canyon

Oyashikiri

 

btm photo -Bonnie

Mz Onion- MultiCraft MCG   2210 Thurston Dr. Ottawa 1-800 267 6360

lost and found

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If I were an object, I would say I was lost

if broken I would hope to be fixed

found by a stranger, I hope they would rescue me

but, \I am not an object,

I am not lost, nor am I broken

So I don’t need to be found, or fixed

Life is not playing a trick on me

I am in mourning, lost in my own thoughts

realizing that I am in uncharted territory

like a butterfly I am buffeted by the wind

there is no place to hide

on the outside I shimmer and shine

while inside I dip and dive

from the sublime to mediocre moments

while I wait for the  painful reality of now

becomes tomorrow

and another day.

I miss what was

no more no less

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Do I feel stressed, no, but tonight I am sad, in May it will be a year since my husband passed…I am overwhelmed at times, at just how much awareness I have of how love is a blessing in all its forms. Thank you my dearest friends, when you reach out, it is a balm and a reminder that love is Universal – You are appreciated and fill my heart with gratitude.  I love you!

PL Precept # 11 Always be with God

PL Precept #18  Each moment is a turning point

Oyashikiri

butterfly – by Zky

Grunge art my way

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Good morning everyone.    For a little while now I have been playing with different media, doing some of this and some of that.  This all started when I began doing handmade cards for our church (Church of Perfect Liberty) (institucion Religiosa perfecta libertad)

The first Precept (1 of 21)   #1  Life is Art    This is not about how you paint or draw, but rather how you use your creative expression to get through the day to day challenges of life.  How you see the opportunities that come your way and in accepting them, being able to grow and channel new found energy into your daily life.


 

. I love life, I love being alive, and the sense of wonder I get from even what most could consider a mundane moment.  Death is a by-product of life.  It happens.  When you lose someone who has been a part of your life, there is a sadness and a feeling of loss. However, if you have lived loving and cherishing the person, there are no regrets.  You live forming honest interactions – always – some people you connect with instantly  and with others..  it can take a long time, or… it just never happens.

Important here, is to be true to yourself, not someone else’s expectations, or how other’s want you to act or do something.  This is a concept not everyone understands, or appreciates.  Again, we all have  to live with our SELVES…  To do something we like means to follow one’s instincts and do and use whatever makes it happen.

The above picture is a card that I did for ME.  Not to put in the collection of cards at the church for sale, but for ME.  My wise little sister once said.. remember you are making cards to sell, that means you have to make cards that people will want and like.  Not her exact wording, but you get the drift.  She was right.  Handmade cards or any other craft, where you put your personal time and energy into creating or making something is a balancing act.

The “Artisan” “Craft” person can spend hours even months making something creating a piece they love, yet find that putting a “retail” value on it, is very difficult.  Many people simply do not want to pay for something that they feel they can get at a dollar store.. the fact that what they are getting in these places is manufactured and basically are made in the 1000s, doesn’t matter.  -” To each his/her own”

Because we are a throw away society, what is IN now , may not be in a couple of months or years..  I digress…oh dear… bottom line… we will skip the rest of this for now.. I’m sure it will crop up again =^_^=

Back to the picture.  I hadn’t picked up a paint brush in years. I mean yearS.  When I did, I found that I didn’t want to put it down.  I have been trying for a distressed look on the cards, using inks, pencils and markers… but never felt I got the results I really wanted. At times not even close.

I had my own idea, or image in my head, it just wasn’t happening with the tools I had.. BUT when I took brush in hand, and some inexpensive water colours I found on sale.. POP, SHZAMMMM, I loved what I was seeing.  Best of all the cartoon characters that I discovered in a shop in Montreal, Scrapbook Centrale, made me smile.. It was a new line for me, PaperArtsy.. you can find more about them at http://www.paperartsy.co.uk

I am letting go of what I think other’s may want, and maintaining my own sense of wacky, wild and wonderful.. I got up this morning and tweaked the card some more. It is fun fun fun.

PL Precept # 2    To Live Is to Express One’s Self

Oyashikiri

Artist Loft 4 n1 brush – Michaels ** multi functional great value

Cardstock – watercolour 130 lb. Strathmore

Artist Loft – basic 24 colour pallet – Michaels

Prang – oval 16           DeSerres

Yasuyomo – mettalics (16)     DeSerres

-black garlic and..

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You kidding me right… nope… black garlic… it is AMAZING, says on the container YuHongYuan peeled black garlic head – ready to eat and cooking.  You have to know that I was not going to pass an opportunity to try it out.  Delicious.

Got it at the check out aisle of the local T & T Asian grocery store.  I do believe T & T has a website, you can likely find their other locations by checking the web.  You store it in a cool dry place. room temperature, avoid sunlight.  It is a product of China, imported by Uncle T foods, Richmond, BC.

Now.. please allow me to thank everyone who commented on the mixed media book cover, I’ve now finished with the one that I started the other day.  At least for now.

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It was a learning experience for me. I especially liked the texture and look of the Sludge that I got from DeSerres, you can’t see the reharvested copper cinder, because when it dried, it dried clear, but you can feel the texture when you are touching the various parts of the cover where it was used.  The particles are in a professional grade gel medium.  Product is TriArt’s reharvested series.

I used two different  batches of Sludge, #29211 ( deep forest greens)  Batch 27783 is deep purples. Sludge is made from 100% recycled pigments  harvested from TriArt’s washing process.  Remember if you want to be sure the colours are going to be similar .. use the same batch number, the shades can vary from batch to batch.  Again you will find this product at DeSerres.

Crackling acquired by using Distress crackle paint, this is a Rangers product.  I used clear rock candy in this project.  IMPORTANT,  allow the medium to dry on its own.  I believe you get better results by being patient.book-cover-another-view

I’m keen to start another one, but first, I need to catch up on the cards for the church. Hearts and Flowers month will soon be here, and I need to get some special cards done for our PL  Card table.

Happy dabbling and playing.  When you do something, do it with a happy and joyful intent.  Pl Precept # 2  To live is to Express One’s self.

Oyashikiri

La vie de l’homme est une suite d’expressions du soi.

mind’s eye

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Have you  heard that expression before, “in my mind’s eye”… I’ve  had it in my head for years, and have not a clue where it came from.  Just that I will use it at times, just because… in other words, I’ve never been sure of what it means or how it came to be in my vocabulary.

Lately I’ve been making cards for the spring sale coming up at the church.  I use blank cards, card stock, and what ever else I have lying around.  I told you about my using my store receipts for making textured handmade paper and card stocks..using coloured paper, inks, paints etc. I end up with some colourful media to use

I’ve had this one sole earring (ladies you know of what I speak) sitting on my work bench, I just couldn’t seem to throw it out, it has probably been hanging around for over a year. Last night I was looking at some scraps I had and without knowing what I had in mind, I started to fold the gray card stock to make a card… I used the left over patterned print for a border, some cut out shapes, and voila, a home for the earring.

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Sorry, I’ve not photoshopped it, it came all by itself….. when I took the picture (above) last spring when we were visiting a friend  in Gananoque, Ontario, I saw the sculpture and took a picture, because in my “mind’s eye” it would be a good picture.

When we do something, we don’t always know why or what has inspired us.  Sometimes it doesn’t come back to us for days, weeks, and in this case almost a year later.  And again, sometimes we just never get the “connection”

Living life in the moment, means that we are always present, aware of our surroundings and of the people we are interacting with.  The other lesson I’ve learned, but not fully been able to accomplish 100% is to express (create) enjoy the moment, and let go, move on.  How often have I kept a pair of shoes only because I paid such a price for them and even though I’d worn them till they owed me no more. not one single miserly cent.. I’ve held on. even after I bought another pair to replace them.

I am getting better. It didn’t happen over night.. now I try to let go of something, if I bring something new in.  LOL I can hear my husbands eyes rolling in his head as he reads this…. 1st step is knowing what you are doing.. 2nd step is working at correcting that habit or tendency.

In my creativity .. I have always been able to let go… and I never plan something out ahead of time to the extent where I “need” to do something a certain way.  Good examples, I don’t knit or crochet.. I do not like following a pattern.  I love to cook but never follow a recipe.  Each and every one of us is different we are unique in how we live our daily lives.  That is what makes this place (life on earth) such a beautiful adventure.

Please, let us strive to accept and harmonize with those around us ..

  PL Precept # 20   Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter..

PL Percept #21   Live in Perfect Liberty

Namaste     Oyashikiri

 

happy Mother’s day!

 

 

 

 

 

Liliy of the Valley

Today we celebrate not only Ancestor’s Day (11th of each month) but in Canada it is Mother’s Day as well.  I am very blessed to still have my Mother in my life, she is a witty, caring and loving person who has managed to meet all her challenges with a determination that has been awe inspiring.  93 years young, she still faces life head on.  Happy Mother’s day Mom… =^_^=

flower arrangement

Life flowers, Mothers come in all shapes and sizes – first and foremost they are women.

“Don’t drown in life looking for a woman.  Drown in a woman looking for life”     Gibran (Khalil Gibran)

mother's day craft

With sincere Makoto, (sincere effort)  give thanks, and show appreciation. Many readers are a parent themselves I pay tribute to you all.  The role of a parent takes on m any guises, always the most important aspect of  life is LOVE

flower desgin - pinned by Anita Lewis

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day – Happy Mother’s Day to each and every parent who lives  and shares the joy of parenting .. Oyashikiri

Mother -saying

 

 

 

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Silent Maiden

Silent Maiden

From another era, she walks through the garden, silently adjusting her steps to better manouver the changing landscapes from season to season. This maiden was built using chicken wire for the frame (I built out the skirt so that it would give her better balance. Her outfit is made out of material that has been soaked in Paverpol, I was not using Powertex at the time.of her “birthday” both of these products have websites that will give you the full description of their properties. Her face and under body is from Apoxie Sculpt, this is a product from a company called Aves. It is permanent, self hardening and waterproof.

Paverpol and Powertex are liquid hardeners, environmentally friendly, water based alternatives to polyester.  The Silent Maiden has been outside in the garden for many years now and she still looks good.  Some of her “friends” have not weathered as well.  Same is true in life.  Some of us weather better than others. =^_^=

May I?  this is from the book The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944

“Speaking to the Little Prince about love and life, the Fox says:  And now here is my secret, a very simple secret, it is only with the heart that one can see rightly:  What is essential is invisible to the eye. “

From the teachings of Buddha..

What is the meaning of the saying ” A cupful of water is more than the water of an ocean?”  This is the answer “A cupful of water given in a pure and compassionate spirit to one’s parents or to a sick person has an eternal merit, but the water of an ocean will some day come to an end.

smilePencilThe Universe LOVES YOU…..

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