day to day,learning all the time | Monday, February 24th, 2014

As We Are on Mondays features photos taken by all of us; them of me and me of them.

My time and attention on this space is shifting, initially due to facts beyond my own computer capabilities and I am disappointed with myself for relying on it and others. I’m real close to pulling out my film camera,  spending dollars on processing, keeping photo albums again which you might just have to come over to see over coffee and conversation. I’ve been “online” for a lot of years now; I’ve connected with some wonderful people, been inspired creatively, shared moments of my day to day in parenting mostly, stocked my small online shop and I’ve cultivated habits that have increased my screen time more that I know is good for me. I think it was Flickr that got me started and lately I haven’t kept up with their changes. It seems that many of us have strayed, found other communities perhaps. My casual facebook logins have increased in the past 6 months but I am also increasingly annoyed with the amount of weeding of content required to stay connected with friends and family there. Pinterest! Say no more, i’m in.  Instagram. The very word gnarls my grain. I thought I’d just dip my toes by posting a couple random photos and peruse in an otherwise fleeting moment. Inevitably I am treading Instagram waters. I’ve sort of lost focus. I think it’s happening with a lot of folk. These days I see the same images posted on blogs, flickr, instagram, facebook, pinterest… It’s redundant and I don’t feel like it’s connecting us as it maybe used to. What is the reason for the double, triple, quadruple postings of the same content? It seems like a reach but for what? I’m grateful for so much and overwhelmed at the same time. Everything in moderation right? The pendulum swings over a fine balance. Just noticing, thinking, pondering. What do you think?

beeswax & mason jars

crafting,gifting,learning all the time | Thursday, December 12th, 2013

i re-found this nice big chunk of bc beeswax that i had stashed last year and in good time soon after i resisted splurging on some mason jar candles at the recent Portobello West (a local holiday market) where they were in abundance. i had originally planned to melt the wax into teacups but the ‘made in England’ teacups i wanted from the local thrift shop were $14 each and i just couldn’t get beyond that. (Someone should explain to the Salvation Army that they are not antique dealers and remind them that they are selling donated items).  i’m certain there are all kinds of tricks and tools in candle making but all i had was impatience and gusto along with a pot & tin serving as a double boiler and an old broken tip knife designated to beeswax projects. i chiseled some smaller chunks with hammer and nail, used paper clips to weight the wick and Little A cleverly rigged me the clothes pegs holder once i realized in the middle of the making that holding each wick by hand and waiting for the wax to dry wasn’t going to work as it does with the smaller walnut votive candles. 7 jars later and i still have a mass of beeswax – looks like we might have another day of candle making in the near future…

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grandma P’s perfectly cracked walnuts ready to become candles. this is another sweet idea using walnut shells that i’ve got “pinned” for future projects. 

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Little M’s idea and photo of me;

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Post aquarium -sea-creature-seeking we ate snacks on a park bench overlooking the ocean, watched the fog lift and wondered if fog horns were some sort of creature. ah such sweet wonder, especially coming from the land where eels are rooted in the sand and the moon grows jelly… Little M talks about how he used to swim and play with a ball on his belly when he was a sea otter before he turned into Munroe. These 2 were rather silly this afternoon.

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artful projects,crafting,learning all the time | Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Little A is totally immersed in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole series;

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following suit in awe of feathered friends;

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i’m inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s nature inspired artwork and find myself chaining leaves around the city parks with my side kick. it’s meditative in moments of waiting and i love the temporariness of them. also it’s fun to observe others delighted by them;

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brothers,learning all the time,Okanagan | Monday, August 12th, 2013

With pine cone starters and scrap wood the boys started a small fire in the pit -just big enough to roast some marshmallows.

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in the end Little M is not a fan of marshmallow.

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