What makes a poem? I've asked songwriters this question. "What inspired this? How did this amazing thing happen? Where do songs come from?" When I asked my friend, Eryn, she shrugged, raising her hands as if to say "I don't know" but also laughing a bit as she gestured mysteriously to the heavens. With songs… Continue reading Shortlisted: Room’s 2015 Poetry Prize
Some recent artwork by my son. Such ingenuity, combining his love for playing cards and his favourite stuffie, Shamrock Puppy, who has been a part of his life since the day he was born. Isn't this what creativity is all about? Putting together new and usual combinations, exploring all possibilities? I also love… Continue reading Kindergarten Art Inspiration
It's the best feeling in the world, being inspired, I say. These past few months have been a particularly fertile time, with ideas cartwheeling out of my brain almost faster than I can catch them. At the same time, I've been trying to finish a number of pieces I've started. The more time I spend… Continue reading Freewheeling Inspiration (And Finishing What You Start)
Want to connect with your family history? Put aside the photo albums and go to your kitchen. It's right there, in the cookbooks.Tonight my family and I went for dinner at our friend's place. I brought along my aunt's infamous appetizer, which she refers to as "The Ex-Wife Special".Why? Because apparently the one thing my… Continue reading The Ex-Wife Special: A Recipe Just For You
Art education is important for our kids. It helps develop imagination, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Making art helps stimulate memory and develop symbolic communication. It's also a natural source of learning -- a form of expression that reveals and deepens our understanding. It's good for all of us in other ways, too. For… Continue reading Relax and Enjoy the Arts. It’s Good For You.
This week I embarked on a whole new chapter in creativity. I took on the challenge of making clothes for my daughter's Barbie. I'd never thought I'd have the patience for sewing on such a small scale. Now I see that this experiment could lead to a lot of time spent at my beloved avocado… Continue reading My New Gig: Barbie Fashion Designer
Welcome to my world! I'm a writer, artist and all around crafty lady. I'm also a mom who runs a home based business so I have the flexibility to be there for my kids. I'm married to a fellow bookworm who supports the decisions I make to nurture my creativity. We live in the beautiful… Continue reading Creativity. Spirituality. Personal growth.