Snow, Snow, Go Away…

I thought it was a brilliant idea. To visit my parents in New Brunswick for a few days. I hadn’t been home in almost 1 1/2 years, so it was a long overdue trip.

I checked the weather forecast. I checked the road conditions forecast. Some rain, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

So B and I packed out bags and headed out on our road trip, full of cheer and anticipation.

Then WHAM!

What was that, you ask?

Snow, snow, and more snow. A snow storm on the two-day trip there. Another neverending snow storm during our three days in NB. Shacked up in my parents’ house, unable to go anywhere. Not to the mall. Not to visit family. Not to visit long-lost friends.

As if things weren’t bad enough, B’s severe allergies to my parents’ cats took a turn for the worse. He suffered horribly and thought he would end up staying in a hotel. I thought he would end up staying in a hospital. Neither event happened, thankfully.

Here’s proof of the trip:

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Look closely at the third picture – you might just find a house hidden behind it…

The few good things that happened during this trip:

– spending time with my parents

– eating lobster (yum!)

– a visit with my friends for two measly hours. Yup, a bummer, but at least I got to see them for a quick brunch.

Mercifully, the sun came out on the last day of our travel back to Toronto. Redemption, at last.

Until today. When we received yet more snow. Mixed in with rain. Argh.


A Most Adorable Award

About a week ago, I mentioned that the ever-kind Astrid bestowed an award upon me. This is the aformentioned award –


How freaking adorable is that? I am so touched by Astrid’s thoughts of me, and I feel the same way about her and her wonderful blog.

I must now pass on the award to five bloggers – here goes:

My Handbound Books


Double Happiness

Comfortable Shoes Studio

Bored and Crafty

Frida Star Book

A few weeks ago I took part in a Swap-Bot swap featuring handmade books. After reading my partner’s profile, I discovered that she is a huge admirer of Frida Khalo. That set the wheels in motion and this is what I put together for her:

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The book itself had been lying around the house for some time – I had made it as a demo during one of the workshops that I was teaching. I had no idea what to use it for…until I realised that its colourful inside pages prefectly reflected Frida’s colourful paintings. An idea was born!

My partner indicated she was quite happy with her book, for which I’m glad. Part of me loves the simplicity of the pages, but part of me wishes I’d had more time to embellish the book. I’m in love with this book nonetheless and I’m happy it went to a good home.

Tied Up In Knots…On Steroids (A Workshop)

After months and months of waiting…I present to you my latest workshop creation: Tied Up In Knots…On Steroids!

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Looks innocent enough, but you’ll quickly learn how to make crazy pages, pockets and fold-outs…

Check out the Events and Workshops section for more info.

Stay tuned – more craziness to come…

Back in the Saddle Again…

I finally feel I’m back on the creative track – in the past week, I’ve put together a new workshop project, finished a swap project, made 6 journals, taught a workshop, and am in the process of making a series of new journals and developing workshop projects…

All this amongst three chiropractic/acupuncture appointments, major spring cleaning, and the pesky day job. I’m feeling great (despite the pesky back problems, but even those are getting better….). I finally feel the creative juices are flowing again, and my energy levels are finally back to normal (or even higher!). Hallelujah!

I’ve taken photos of a few of the above-mentioned projects, but I don’t have the time to upload them at the moment… I need to pack for a road trip to New Brunswick for some much-needed R&R at my parents’ house. B and I are leaving later today and I’m really looking forward to spending time with friends and family. It’s been much too long since I’ve seen everyone (over a year)…

When I get back I’ll also tell you about a special award that the ever-kind and creative Astrid has bestowed upon me. Lucky me!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’ll be back soon, I promise!