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snow day

snow dec 25bHappy Dec. 25th. a snow day here in Ottawa.  There will be no shortage of snow for the guys and gals who love snow activities    There is a gentle falling of snowflakes as I look out the window I see them drifting by, almost like an animation.  I’ve been out to shovel the backyard, (not the driveway, no, the backyard) this is an annual event, that begins to prepare trails for the dogs to exercise and run when they are yard bound.

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Tin man did hope for a trail his way, since the snow is deep there and he fears rust.  However, I did not make it that far this morning.  If and when I do, I will try to bring him in, I understand his desire to keep himself free of rust for as long as he can. Circumstances have been such that I neglected to get to him in time this year, before the snow began to fall.

PL Precept #19 Begin once you Perceive.

Today I noticed it, so I will do my best yo get back out there before there is too much more snow and move Mr. Tin Man.  Even if it is to the shelter behind the garage.  PL Precepts are simple reminders to us, to help us navigate the day to day challenges that sometimes get overwhelming, mostly because we don’t always act when we first notice something.

snow dec.25

While I go out to shovel a path to him, I wish you all a very happy day, full of warm tender moments, and joy filled events.  If you are going to celebrate is in excess, know that tomorrow is another day, =^_^=

Oyashikiri

PL Precept #21   Live in Perfect Liberty

Thursday Doors 6.22.17

 

IMG_3207 door Merrickville

OK who moved the door?

There were actually doors of all sizes. many for the outside were for little fairy houses, or wee ones that frequent the garden out of sight of the tall people.  Where Merrickville, ON.,Canada

PL Precept # 7  Everything Exists in Relativity

 

 

 

Thursday doors 10.20

portal-iwz_001Right. If only life were that simple..

Oophs sorry, wrong door, and you can simply close it and go to the next one.  It happens more often than we would like to acknowledge.  Another project, another impossible discussion with ?, a deadline looming and we’ve not come to a decision.

If we landed in a bit of a pickle, chances are, we by our own actions  had a hand in lading us there.  Time to stand back and really examine the “door/issue/challenge”.  See it as an opportunity.

vampires-graveDon’t be deterred by how it looks, if you want inside, or to know what is behind the doors, then you will need to creatively find a way to do just that.

fairy-garden-ds10940-mebob2000-on-flickrA door big or small, any shape at all, has always fascinated me, I doubt that will change anytime soon.  Even when I know what is behind the door.  I want to open the door and go inside.  Unless of course it is housework, and dirty dishes waiting on the other side.

doorgreen-by-jim-gove-on-flickrgreen door by Jim Gove on flickr

p1000224plain on the outside maybe, but inside…comforts of home in a land far far away

Where would you like to be today?

Come on, come outside and play..

we can each take a turn

at having our own way…

hahahaha

do you believe me?

sure you do

after all

I am after all

an another version

of

YOU

Oyashikiri

Je t’aime ~

garden past

garden sprite tell me true

what will the morning bring

when the sun shines high in the azure sky

bathing the world in a light so bright

will I find my love come night

silly child how will you find

something you have not lost

you need only look

deep into your heart

to see and feel the love

that constantly beats

with each pitter patter of your heart

je t’aime, je t’aime

true love has no beginning and no end

gone with time

Namaste      –       Oyashikiri

PL Precept # 11  Always be with God

lace and life

lace

Once upon a time, I thought I would like to try my hand at doing something different.  I had seen some beautiful pieces at an antique show and wondered how it was done. Having a creative streak that just won’t quit, I began to ask around and was surprised that in my circle of friends, no one tatted or knew of anyone who did. For lace, it was also an unknown art to my immediate creative buddies.  We were one of a kind doll makers, we sculpted, sewed and worked with totally different media.

lace tatting 1940

This is a picture of a cover from a tatting book from the 1940’s. In my treasure hunting expeditions, I had seen such a tool and had not known what it was and no one around could educate me either.  Now of course with access to google search and other such vehicles, information is more at hand.  Tatting is a dying art form, it requires a ton of patience, and a love for working with very fine material and following a pattern.

lace and tatting

When I reflect back on what I could have done, and what I in the end, have done….  well …. the methods of applying my gray matter, processing information, working with chicken wire, wire,precious and semi precious metals, sculpting materials like Apoxie Sculpt. or the liquid polymers like Paverpol  and Powertex, all gave me creative ways to express my ideas, feelings and thoughts in a visual way.

needle felted by Q

This is a needle felted dancer that i did during my love affair with sheep, fleece and roving.  I like form, movement, and a sense of whimsy, I want abstract so that the viewer can find their own connection to my work.

Q paverpol victorian

Here a Victorian “mystery” woman walks away, or if she is in your garden, and you are walking towards her, =^_^= you’ll meet her in a different way. This was done with wire, and fabric so that it could withstand Canadian climate, she does come in during the winter months..

Q crochet hat

Crocheting  a hat so I could display felted flowers was the closest I got to lace and tatting.  We all express ourselves differently, what is important is that we do so in a way that will please us, and in so doing bring a smile to others.  For all of us who love to express ourselves, visually, vocally, (the written word is to me a visual expression) we are given the skills, and the tools, it is up to us to  create our own works of art.

When we do whatever it is we are attempting to do, with our full makoto (sincerity) and focus, our results are usually more positive and appealing to us and others.  Right… not everyone will like what you say or do, however, if you have spoken or applied love  and kindness into your actions, you have done your best.  That is really all you can do.

My father in law is as I write this,  is in his final days  here on earth.  He has lived a long and productive life (99) a man who till very recently was totally focused on what he needed and wanted.  He gave love, laughter and life to family and friends, now in the quiet of this journey, I visually see his life, like a piece of lace, beautiful in the making, and his memory will be a reflection of the time, patience and effort he put in to his personal pattern that no one else can replicate.

We create art…  however we ourselves …. are works of art….. life is art…………. 

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri

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4,5,6  sculpted by Q

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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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