Monday, July 30, 2012
|the best meals this time of year are al fresco and purchased IMO|
How it rolls around, leaving me totally in the lurch on Sunday evening when I realise that I am not as organised as I'd hoped.
This month, my monthly meal plan was prepared in advance, and (oh joy) we need to finish meals already prepped in the freezer!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Not a complete creative block then?
wicked seahorse, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.Last night's sketch before bedtime - did this contribute ot a restless night?"
Lately I've been playing around with digital art software but this week I've also put actual pen to actual paper. It's a much more tactile experience, feeling the gritty lead against grain and building smooth waves or washes building up layers. The process takes less preparation - open journal. open paints, sharpen pencil and GO - but more effort to 'show and tell'. I don't know how many takes on the scanner to capture the sea dragon above; auto-scan kept chopping off fringe elements until I drew a framing around the sketch.
Show-and-tell isn't the same with bits missing.
|watercolour rings with wash and ink pen|
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I should get down to some new projects, new 3D projects, but all I can muster right now are some digital doodles and a few watercolour sketches.
This is an old project; I've entered it for a gallery exhibition and, while I wait to hear yay or nay back from the curator, I need to have it framed properly. It's entered NFS which means Not For Sale as it's a gift for my son.
It's the latest flower initial I've embroidered for family. Only mr ebb and I are un-stitched.
Friday, July 27, 2012
I admit - I'm feeling pretty vulnerable right now. A little on the sensitive side.
Not sure if it's a lack of sleep or the constancy of solo parenting right now.
Maybe it's worry?
Not enough exercise? calories? sex? headspace? vitamin B12? kittens? sunshine?
Whatever - you scratch and I will bleed ... copiously.
I made The Mistake of sharing a triumph with someone else; someone who seems incapable of being unreservedly happy for me without injecting a few what ifs? doubt and whatever the complete opposite of unbridled joy is (bridled joy?).
Open the door to self-doubt, reptile brain, uncertainty and hello to feeling like I haven't a clue!
And then I remembered.
I actually do have a clue. It might not be your clue but it is a clue.
There is a big (big) difference between constructive criticism and bringing someone down a peg or two; I know where to go for both of these.
I am happy with what I've done - I'm not looking for cheerleaders; I just want to share the happiness.
I'm heading the right way but I'm allowed detours.
I know where to find my real fan club, and they're not just at the finish line.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Today's self portrait - date night = pizza with my Wee Guy, tired out after a day of camp and sweetly knackered company.
Me? also tired. Broken air con, commute, still wondering whether I can hack this writing lark, self doubts aplenty, coping with a solo parenting spell and worried about a sick family member.
A good evening out though, and here's my date.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|tidal weave: handwoven scarf by Beryl Hickinbottom, $84|
A re-post from another blog, but featuring the beautiful work of Beryl who is one of my fibre suppliers. Every so often I find a bag of weaving thrums, the leftovers from Beryl's loom projects, tucked away in my folder at the Blackberry Gift Shop. It's like being given a painter's palette of pre-mixed colours to play with.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Staycation: Local views:
|Inlet Trail views by Valerie Simons, $53|
The Blackberry Artist's Society is an artist-run cooperative which supports local creative types in and around the Tri Cities of Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
|Indian Arm by Vicki Allesia, $100|
|herons by Cathy Rycroft, $50|
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
|a few fritterings|
Life is busy.
Right now life is busy.
There is a lot on my To Do list and I've got a lot more in my in-tray this month.
For a variety of reasons, but one in particular.
So I find myself staying up late, frittering away time on nothings because I have so much to get on with and cannot settle, and end up tired in the morning. Rinse and repeat.
It's not in a bad way, this Having Lots To Do - it's just that there is a lot to do.
And there's only me to do it right now.
No - it's not being a martyr. It's just that it's up to me to get it done.
... so, thanks to @Materfam, I'm playing around with PicMonkey making pretty collages and thinking how sensible it is to work on relaxing.
... and now, at 10.45pm I need to pull together some listings for a gallery exhibition!
bizy ... backson :)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Nothing but style notes today; my head's spinning a little with everything it contains in terms of 'things to be done'.
I really need to establish some kind of work flow here as there is a lot on my plate.
All good though :)
Thrifted Old Navy blouse over new Old Navy tank; vintage M&S scarf; thrifted Gap jeans; thrifted Rocket Dog shoes (not seen).
Earrings purchased in Mojacar
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I haven't written much about that little shindig I went to over a month ago, or described the enormous swag basket I went away with. In fact, there were two baskets of goodies so I left the party laden with the dread of having to blog about all the products ... which of course I haven't.
And I haven't felt at all guilty. Quite honestly, I didn't ask for any of it. Furthermore, I have a child older than 3y, don't live in Vancouver, don't use fabric softener and cannot send peanut products to school.
Neither have I blogged the promo stuff that's arriving in my inbox. Ditto the not feeling guilty - most of it is irrelevant to me and this is easily found out by actually reading my blog. I rarely do solicited reviews. I expect to be paid for my writing.
However, there were a few goodies in the baskets which I would like to share with you (eventually).
A couple of Fridays ago the Wee Guy and I had a lunch date with mr ebb in the big city. Wee Guy and I did the lunch run (at the amazing Meat and Bread on the corner of Hastings and Cambie no less) before dashing to meet our beloved at the CBC plaza for a musical nooner with sandwiches, pop, cans and napkins all safely stashed in a handyChicoBag thoughtfully provided by Seventh Generation (whose products I don't use but I have taken notice of their chlorine-free gusset substitutes - I guess I don't need my minge to smell like a rolling ocean, do I).
Once we'd demolished the picnic the bag stowed away neatly into it's (attached - very important feature) travel pouch then clipped onto my MEC satchel.
This one's a keeper.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Two pieces in one gallery show.
Four pieces accepted for another (and the organisers want more!)
Two more pieces in submission.
One piece of (freelance) writing at large in the world.
One piece of (freelance) writing returned, unwanted but with some great and inspiring feedback.
One (freelance) article requested from me.
One internship almost over.
A week of teaching coming up shortly.
Another work experience perhaps in the pipeline.
How's your midlife shaping up?
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
|con:text - 419 collar|
mixed media art collar in metal chain, gold copper wire crochet, glass,
resin, silk with text transfer, stainless steel
|con:text - plain cuff|
silver copper wire crochet with porcelain, blackstone, acrylic, paper
I am in dire need of a Godly and trustworthy person to distribute my inheritance
in the sum of $20million to charities around the world.I am Mrs.Anita Brown,aged 70yrs,currently diagnosed with terminal cancer andundergoing medical treatment for stroke.
I have just about 2months left to live in this world.This is my last wish on earth as my death is imminent and its final.
Please,you should try distribute the funds to charities as instructed.I dontintend for my inheritance to be used in the wrong ways when am gone.
Indicate your interest by writing to my personal email :email@example.com and i will furnish you with further information and start the process of getting the the money transfered to you.
1. Your Full Name:..
2. Residential Address:..
3. Mobile Number:..
4. Direct Telephone Number:..
6. City of Residence:..
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
.. and here are two of them.
Outfit one was vintage -summer khakis from way back, with a thrifted men's linen shirt.
Purpose? to and from a swim
Outfit two, sporty - swimsuit, goggles and a new silicone cap to replace the last one which disintegrated abruptly after eight years of service.
Purpose? skinny dip avoidance
Outfit three, casual everyday - thrift Forever 21 jeans, thrift T shirt, vintage sandals and new (!) Monica jacket from MEC.
Purpose? Higgs Boson lecture attendance!
Outfit four, poshed up - vintage linen White Stuff maxi, vintage lace shawl, daisy collar (by yours truly of course), Aldo Kunert sandals from two years ago.
Purpose? gallery opening (PoMo arts centre instructor show), 21st anniversary date night with mr ebb
Vintage as well as thrift?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The annual exhibition by instructors at Port Moody Arts Centre opens this Thursday night, so not only can you come down to adore the couple of con:text pieces I hope will be accepted for the display but you'll also see where the house I tracked down St. John's Street in the wee small hours ended up :)
Don't be late!
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
|apple ... eye ... er|
This week, the very first full week of summer vacation, I've discovered that I'm not much cop at this full time mummy-thing. I'd love to separate the two sides of me, so I could parent uninterrupted by fretting about when I will next be able to get on with stuff. I'd love to be (the totally annoying and vapid), present for my child but my mind just drifts off.
I find I haven't been listening to a word (sorry Wee Guy).
|were you even listening to me?|
On Tuesday we shopped for groceries and then swam; on Wednesday we visited Science World (Da Vinci); today we met mr ebb for lunch at the CBC musical nooner (with the divine Be Good Tanyas no less) and then ambled round the Art Gallery (Matisse).
|you damn well notice me now!|
I managed only two hours of work at home on Tuesday and nothing since then. My one day 'in the office' was matched by the Wee Guy's drop in at Koko's; he loved it, I loved it more.
My one weekday of being an unencumbered adult - whee! and oh boy was I productive.
I know it seems worse since we're without a schedule. It's only for a short time; since I'm in the middle of an internship I have booked summer camps to keep the Wee Guy occupied. So I do get back my headspace, but with a long spell of solo parenting looming ... bye bye evenings!
I'd love a good long chunk of solo me-time - no household to attend to, no somebody else's needs to be met, no domestic demands on my time or attention - not forever (I'm not wishing it all away - mums are allowed to yearn for their pre-mummy state sometimes) but just forsometime. Just for one bloody week with no meals to cook, toys/books to find, piles to tidy, beings to organise, and so on. It sounds harsh, but I'm not the only one thinking this way. Valerie has blogged about the release of an entire summer over on Mothering in the Middle. Even a recent study showed that intense mothering isn't necessarily best.
(Betty Friedan covers the subject more than adequately in that book.)
Parenting shouldn't be so all-consuming.
I need some balance ... oh, and I think I'm finally getting somewhere.
|not now - i'm eating|
But despite the mini-rant, this week has been fun. We had a fun swim, settled on some new summer chores and enjoyed the sun (at last). The Wee Guy is great company for the mundane and a surprisingly erudite companion for the academic/arty. We were both thoroughly immersed in the two exhibitions (Da Vinci at Science World and Matisse at the Art Gallery) and chattered on about them for ages afterwards.
Education is good but it's much more fun with a buddy :)