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30Aug/130

Gratitude Friday 2013/08/30

«Thank You» Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello !

What a week, my friends. I feel like I am in a tender place right now, in which is where blessings are there to be treasured.

It’s still Friday in my part of the world, almost 9pm, but I want to inspire you to pause for a few minutes what you are doing, close your eyes, and pick 5 things that really made you happy this week. It’s totally okay if you have to think to find it. I know you will find (don’t be shy, and share in the comments or on your blog if you want).

This week, I’m thankful for:

  • Care package I receive from a dear Soul Sister, all the way from England.
  • Friends, in general. The ones who know you and love you anyway. Being able to communicate despite living far away, for some, and the proximity of others.
  • Celebrating Grenouille’s 8th birthday, she felt the Love.
  • Talking about tattoos. Pinning what is inspiring me (I think I have my final idea for my next one, will have to sketch now).
  • New products from Lindy Stamp Gang 1. The Mad Hatter line is rocking my world !
  • My love of learning (right now, I’m teaching myself how to use Adobe Premiere to make more professional looking videos for you and future online classes)
  • Spending the day at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition), despite me not wanting to go in the first place, and then enjoying some rides at Playland with the girls (I have a masochistic love for scary high sensational rides, that Grenouille shares with me).
  • Picking up the 6th season of Criminal Minds at our public library.
  • Painting. Getting excited about painting again.
  • Indulging in a beautiful necklace from my darling Kelly Barton, and some Spiritual Witchy goodness from The Sage Goddess.
  • Seeing what my creative friends are currently doing. SO.Much.Goodness !!! it’s crazy.
  • Truths being told honestly, even when coming from a very raw place...
  • Having my brother-in-law is always a pleasure.

1: To honour Labor Day, enter LABORDAY at checkout to get 25% off your entire purchase. You’re welcome ;)

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    24Aug/130

    Gratitude Friday 2013/08/24, Thank you family visit

    «Thank You» Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

    Hola !

    The week Grenouille (My tomorrow 8yo daughter) was waited for is finally here. Squeelings of excitement are non stop since thursday (thank you for painkillers).

    I need to be quite short today, because I have a very long to-do list to help me tackle tomorrow: 8 years old is a big deal apparently. And I want her to feel our love (I am thinking a dozens of balloons put in her bedroom while she sleeps, and she would discover it when she wakes up).

    This week, I am thankful for:

    ʘ Friends. Near and Far.
    ʘ Parrain Pierre (both our daughters’ Godfather, Cheridoo’s brother) is here for his annual visit
    ʘ Visual Quest
    ʘ Cocktails nights (my husband is getting good !)
    ʘ New perspectives.
    ʘ Being one of Lindy Stamp Gang’s Elite Designer
    ʘ Taking care of my health and the food I put in my body
    ʘ Hope
    ʘ The Civil Wars new album (hoping there will be more despite their internal crisis)
    ʘ New books
    ʘ Symbols

    How was your week ? What are a few things that currently fills your heart ?

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      23Aug/131

      Currently

      Curently…

      Obsessing over Alice In Wonderland. Do you believe I've never actually read the book ? booo hooo

      Listening to the newest album from The Civil Wars, can’t get enough.

      Loving my art journal all over again.

      Eating the Rainbow (in form of salads).

      Enjoying regular walks with the Witchlets, while they are riding their bikes.

      Missing the Water.

      Reading Brené Brown about imperfections, Mary Oliver’s poems…

      Writing pages and pages of letter, that will then go overseas. Snail Mail powa.

      Sharing my spiritual beliefs with the Witchlets (finally).

      Looking forward to a lot of things (Parrain Pierre's visit, Grenouille’s Birthday, back to school, my birthday…)

      Playing Plants vs Zombies 2 on my iPad Mini. ooooh I’ve been waiting for it, and harassing my husband to know where it would finally be out. Currently in the Sea levels.

      Going deeper thanks to Visual Quest, learning shamanic Painting and Journeys.

      Trusting that I will have it all figured out again.

      Believing in the power of art.

      Thankful for the long learning curve that my life is.

      20Aug/131

      Late night Art Journaling to wind down

      Last Monday night (last week) was supposed to be special. We are a family of geeks, each of us in our way. See, we love constellations and it is in our family plans to learn how to recognize them in the sky together. There was a meteors shower and we were supposed to go out, lay down, and watch the sky to see them fall.

      Well… Chéridoo had to work, so I worked a little too, both in our computer room. The girls wanted to be with us, so Grenouille started to play a bit on the keyboard I got last Christmas, and Koala ask me if she could use my mini djembe (an african drum) and I answered «yes, as long as you are extra careful with it» which I know she would be if reminded to (this drum was given to me by my Senegalese penpal of several years when I was a tween and it was really dear to me). And BOOM we went in a split second from having fun to my djembe complety crashed on the floor, me yelling «I told you to be careful ! can’t I trust you with that ??» to my six and a half year old (and yes, I do feel bad about my reaction).

      My husband tried his best to help me calm down «she did not do it on purpose, it slipped. And YOU agreed to let her use it. YOU said it was okay for her to play with it.» and so and so. I know he was really wanted to diminish my anger and sadness, and to help Koala to feel better about breaking my drum, but it just made me feel even worst because I already knew that yes, it was my own fault (I did not want to be the «no sayer» mom once again).

      2013.08_forgive-spread

      I then decided that it was better for everyone that I wind down alone in my Studio, so I opened my art journal, where there only was stenciling left overs (the orange chevrons and the targets). I did not want to do anything complicated, I just needed to let it out. fast. easy. This is also one of the reasons I love cleaning my stencils and my palette on journal pages, so it gives me a start afterward.

      I spread the left page with some Lindy Stamp Gang (=LSG) Starburst (it’s a brand that created two-tone spray inks and products). Then, I stamped the bubbles you see on top of the right page, it is a stamp from a set by Mindy Lacefield with Archival ink (which is my go-to ink, I use it for everything because it won’t bleed).

      I did some mark making with Neocolor II (=watersoluble crayons), sprayed it with water to make it bleed and spread (be careful if you want to try that because you never know what result you would get).

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      I really wanted to keep what was there when I started the page, and this stencil from Stencil Girl is just one of my current favs (more on that soon).

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      I made color blocks with the Neocolor II, and acrylic paint. The pretty face (just the face+upper body and arms)is from the same set from Mindy, I used it with black Archival Ink.

      I didn’t want perfect, so I simply went further on the lines and it became these 80s-like pants. She is holding her broken heart, not wanting to give up on it. Not yet.

      While the water was smudging and blending the colors together, I was visualizing my anger going away. And it worked (I knew it would, but still). Scratching into the wet paint helped quite a bit, too.

      By the time this spread was done, I was calm again, went to apologize for my reaction (and briefly explained why it was a precious item for me) to both my daughter and my husband. And we went on the balcony to watch for meteors :)

      2Aug/130

      Gratitude Friday 2013/08/02, thank you awareness

      «Thank You» Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

      Happy Friday darlings !

      I am so happy it is Friday already. Or finally. Depends on the perspective.
      It is a long week-end for us here in Canada, which means that my husband will be with us for three whole days. And this is precious. So very precious. We wanted to get away a bit, for as usual we are behind and by the time we realize we will have a longer week-end together, everything was already booked. So I guess we will create our getaway locally, it is nice too :)

      This week, I am thankful for:

      • This long week-end. No matter what we eventually end up doing.
      • Having dared reaching out to friends, and their loving support.
      • Real smoothies, like SMOOTH smoothies.
      • Aromatherapy spray to release me from physical pain, even if it is temporary.
      • Our ceiling is finally fixed in our living room.
      • Showing up in my studio.
      • Visual Quest.
      • My order arrived from Sage Goddess. A Manifestation candle to celebrate the new beginnings I am on, and a beautiful ointed quartz that was her July special gift.
      • The perspective of writing and receiving snail mail.
      • Having called my father. After 1.5year without news.
      • Writing.
      • New books (two by Brené Brown, and one about Fibromyalgia).
      • Being at peace with my Spirituality. It’s okay not to be a Christian/Catholic (I was, but not anymore (long story)).
      • Learning more about how food affects my inflammation, and general ill-being. And how to change that.
      • I love being on the Lindy Stamp Gang Design Team. It is truly a dream come true (it’s been in my New Year’s Intentions list for years).

      Take care, darling hearts.

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