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Hello 2014!!!

It has been a very busy time as usual during the holiday season. I had good intentions to blog but did not; now I am back and ready to take on this New Year.

Last Month

All three of our Christmas celebrations went off quite nicely (I thought). As I mentioned in a previous blog, the menu for the first two parties was a Filipino theme. It consisted of Lumpia (fried egg roll), Chicken Adobo, Pork Satays, Pancit (noodles with meat and vegetables) and rice. And for Christmas dinner, I served a roast turkey and all the trimmings. The guests all had a good time including the kids and the food was enjoyed by all. I had a good time even though I was busy throughout the whole of it. Sadly I only have a few photos to share (hosting took up most of my time), next time I will assign someone to take pictures. Here are a few I managed to take.

gingerbread cookies

gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate

I got this idea from Kay at White Gunpowder where she prepped gingerbread houses for a party (thank you Kay!). So I baked the gingerbread cookies and made the icing (recipes from Canadian Living Magazine) and bought the candies.

all ready to decorate!!!

all ready to decorate!!!

The kids were entertained by decorating their own gingerbread cookies and made for nice goodies to take home after the party. It was a fun time for the kids.

quite the get up

loaded with goodies!

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tasty bite

I even had time to try out a cranberry sauce recipe from Kay of White Gunpowder.

cranberries, sugar, orange zest

cranberries, sugar, orange zest

added orange segments and pears

added orange segments and pears

It was delicious although it didn’t look as pretty as Kay’s.

My Word for 2014

I believe words have power and when I choose a word to write or insert in my art journal it is loaded with meaning special to and for me. Some words take on a life of their own and become a guide, signpost or an affirmation. Choosing a word is not done lightly and it was surprising when I chose my word for 2014–I think it chose me.

choices my word for 2014

choices my word for 2014

Yeah, when choices popped up I could not believe it. I was thinking of something more profound but up until then all the words (i.e. intention, brave, purpose, etc.) I had listed did not sit well within my soul.

Choices…an ordinary word but it’s meaning when put into action takes you on a journey. Once chosen I became aware of the choices I make–it’s that sensation of being present and fully conscious

So for the year 2014 I am looking forward to making choices in my life journey.

and a little get away

a morning bath (background Land's End, Cabo San Lucas)

a morning bath (background Land’s End, Cabo San Lucas)

We flew down to Cabo San Lucas over New Year’s to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and met up with my sister Suzanne and her family. We enjoyed every minute of it and looking forward to the next one.

So, I’m posting this now since I am over due!

Have an awesome New Year.


By on January 10, 2014 in Art


day 22…

In my world this week:

1.  Had a great teacher conference with my daughter’s teachers. So happy for Tiana; she’s done a lot of growing this past year.

2.  Sent out email announcement for classes I am teaching in my studio in the new year! So excited to start this again.

3.  Attended a concert (UVic Wind Symphony) with my daughter. I loved it but it was “boring” according to her.

4.  Sadness in our life to see our parents grow old and the challenges it brings.

5.  Am grateful for the love and support my family gives me and I hope I give back; and having friends in this circle.

6.  And my word for today is grateful.

I think I will leave this post with that in mind and a photo for reflection.


sunrise over Victoria

By on November 22, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Photographs


taking a photography class

Last spring I took a class on how to use my DLSR and I am so glad I did. Now I am not so overwhelmed with all the “bells and whistles” of my camera. I am an amateur at best but I do enjoy taking photos. I find I have more control and more confidence in using my camera.

Now, I take my camera with me more often. Last month I was at a local market (The Rood Cellar) and saw this floral display–I wanted to share the eye candy of the fall colours displayed.


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By on November 18, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs


writing on sand

I am fortunate to live close to the ocean. I walk on the beach on a regular basis and I love to watch the surf ebb and flow.  At times I get the urge to write words on the sand.

In some way the sand on the beach becomes another medium. There’s something cathartic in writing a word and watching the water wash it away. It has a meditative and hypnotic quality to it.


By on November 14, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Photographs


day 12…

Okay. Yes I’m here blogging but honestly…I am not so ready or prepared or wanting to blog today. My mind is full of half-form plans, fantasies, dreams, and a huge dash of reality! So I think I will post this as is (and I AM OKAY with that), add a photo (I do love visuals) and I am taking the rest of the day off.

sunrise mar07

By on November 12, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, creative journey, Photographs


in the pursuit of living a creative life

As I travel this road to fulfill my dream of living a creative life and doing what I love. I know where I want to be and the road is long and I’m okay with that. It is taking me longer than I thought. I know myself to be a plodder and others may say I’m pokey however I am persistent and I do keep trying.

I’ve had a motto I have lived by since I was a little girl, “try, try ’til you succeed”. I can’t remember where I heard that but it is a favourite of mine. So where am I at in getting to my dream? Well, in October I registered on The Blog Class by Jones Design Company to improve and get my presence on-line in all ways; at this moment, I am on my eighth day of my blogging challenge; I have an art show on Sunday November 10th; then there are personal challenges and, I have not worked since mid-July. Through the years I’ve tried to fulfill my dream but life happens and I just keep trying.

So here I am.  I have time to concentrate on my dream.


writing on the beach

By on November 8, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Photographs



Yellow and bright, a happy colour–I love sunflowers. They make me smile.

It is a simple way to bring a little cheer to your day; grab yourself a bouquet or for someone you care about. It can make a difference.

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By on November 5, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Photographs