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Bounty.

Sept 5th farmers market, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

Hush now child,
and don’t you cry
Your folks might understand you
by and by
Move on up
towards your destination
You may find
from time to time
Complications

Bite your lip
and take a trip
Though there may be
wet road ahead
You cannot slip
Just move on up
and peace you will find
Into the steeple
of beautiful people
Where there’s only one kind

So hush now child
and don’t you cry
Your folks might understand you
by and by
Just move on up
and keep on wishing
Remember your dreams
are your only schemes
So keep on pushing
Take nothing less –
not even second best
And do not obey –
you must have your say
You can past the test

Move on up

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

This song by Curis Mayfield is playing in the background as I gear myself up for this blog post.

I am not sure why it’s been so incredibly challenging to try to post regularily here. But I know I do have many excuses. Time being one of them, and then there’s that pesky voice in the back of my head that says: “well that blog-post idea wouldn’t be very interesting to read.”

and so the battle continues.

Time certainly flies. Only moments ago it was the start of Summertime, one of my favourite times of year, full of warmth, colour, vibrant antics, and lots of sunshine. This year though it’s a different kind of embrace for me. My energy is in reserve, tapped from the slightest chore, or small feat..sending me back to my bed to sleep the time away and re-energize. It also takes time to get to know my new self in all of this. Growing babies is hard work. Though physically I don’t need to tell my body what to do and how to grow this little bean in my belly, it still takes energy, patience, time and faith.

We’re fortunate to have the local and one of the larger city farmers markets a mere minutes walk away from our front door. Every Saturday morning we stroll over to the market and make our pick out of the fabulous selection of fruits, veggies and foodstuffs for our weeks diet. I feel lucky we can live in an area that can produce such variety, such abundance, and such amazing, healthy colour. It brings the ‘squirrel’ out in me around this time of year, and I get a tiny bit frantic knowing that this freshness will not be fully available to us for much longer. I yearn to can, to freeze, to preserve and to concoct delicious tidbits to enjoy during the cold months.

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen whipping up yummies rather than in the studio whipping up artful goodies. Because my energy dictates my mode. Call it a slow mode. Similar to the Slow food movement. A slow life.

I also have this same theme occuring in my business/art life as the Art Show and Craft Fair applications come tumbling into my email inbox. I know I just can’t commit this time around. I am saving myself for the mysteries of motherhood, the wintertime hibernations, the slow life of doing things on a different time. Re-aquainting myself with, myself.

So I will try my best to continue my regular posts, but can’t promise anything. This coming Autumn/Winter brings many question marks and I am finally embracing the ‘out-of-control’ feelings I have now with the world. The one true wisdom of many I’ve gleaned this Summertime is that no one is really in FULL control of their worlds.. we can maintain a sense of balance and sureness and goals to head somewhere we dream..but we are never in full control of how those goals will come to us. I feel good about this. 

It concocts a sense of wonder, curiosity, and innocence to me and my little world. I hope it does for you too.

 

In the meantime, I am not too far away. I am still here, I am still online checking up on things, keeping my hands in the pots of goodness that abound in the wonderful worlds of art & craft..

Be sure to check out my flickr photostream, where I do post photos regularily. I’ve built up a nice world of contacts and friends there. A truly supportive and inspiring environment to get lost in. Flickr is my blog too, because sometimes, photo’s are a lot easier for me than words.

I wish you all love, happiness and wonderment. Happy changing Seasons!

xoxo!

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Graffiti necklace – a giveaway!!!

and about time too, huh?

sorry for the delays friends, life is tripping me up a bit with all the newness&change with baby bird arriving this fall, plus my computer gets very angry in the summer heat so she needs a nice siesta in the afternoons.. just like I do! lol.

this fun piece is available to someone special…could it be you???

a collaboration of my sketchy & painty skills along with tomate d’epingles’ words & jewelry design came up with a delightful, fun and surprising project for all of us. I primed and painted about 40+ wooden circles with poetry and quotes in a not-too-serious kind of way..once dry, I sent them all out to the girls in Quebec for them to create unique pieces to wear. & out came a whole series of necklaces for their customers & clients!!

this is a really fun and whimsical trinket packed up in all signature eco-friendly packaging to adorn your neck! (psst….I’m throwing in a wee arty secret treat made from my 2 hands for you to enjoy with your necklace also-double the fun! )

all that is required for the special someone to recieve this in their letter box, is to go to both tomate d’epingles blog, to read some of the fabulous things they’ve published and to make a comment in the comments section of one of their articles. easy peasy, done & done!

 then come back here and make a comment, with your email, on this very post.

I’ll throw everyone into the random.org generator, shake it to mix thoroughly & see who comes up!!

lucky lucky for somebody!!

this offer will go until end of this month. and I will contact the special someone by email for mailing details and announce it here when I can!

 

best summery wishes everyone!

July 30th update: With this heat wave we’re having, and my holidays coming up any day now, I’ve decided to extend the deadline of this giveaway until August 15th. More chances for you to enter and win!! big summer loves to you! xo!

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a world of wonderfulness

a world of wonderfulness, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

I wanted to share some of the amazing finds I’ve stumbled upon in the last while from flickr.com
I am constantly amazed, challenged, surprised and delighted by the astounding amount of talent on this site.
Be sure to check these wonderful artists out by clicking on the image.

Best wishes everyone!
XO!

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100!

100!, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

hooray!!
we hit 100 sales on etsy.com this past week and it’s been a swell ride so far.

Many great big thanks to all of our amazing friends and supporters of our work thruout these past few years.. it’s been quite a unique experience for us.
Happy July everyone!!!
xo!

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the good people – nesting emily

I’ve been honoured to have shared and traded with Emily in the past couple years. I hope you find some awesome inspiration in what Emily shares with you today.

Thanks everyone for reading. xo!

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-Tell me what you do, who you are, and the area you are located:

My name is Emily Jull, aka nesting.emily. I am a potter and fibre fan.  I am located an hour outside Toronto, Ontario,  in a city called Waterloo.

 hold-lidded-jar-with-lace-and-button-tie

-What lights your creative fire?

Really random things. Nature and other creative folks top the list. A trip to the thrift store or library leaves me with endless inspirations. Right now I am very inspired by vintage lace, raw surfaces, animal totems, bee’s wax and the magical bees who create it. I am also excited by how line and light in nature are always loose but perfect.

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-Do you collect/hoard anything?

I am more of a minimalist. I love a few great pieces rather then a lot. However I do collect white pottery, teabowls and I love to buy/trade for original art. I tend to hoard things I will use in my pots- coloured glass, keys, doilies, wool roving. I am picky about these though.

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-List some of the things that make you happy:

objects? Pods, nests, great pottery, beautiful old wood, items made by those I love, simple organic art (especially fibre or hand printed). Oh and good coffee chocolate anything!

 sounds? Music is very important to me. I listed to it when I pot and it really helps dictate the pots I’ll be making. Right now I am loving Sea Wolf, Laura Marling and New Buffalo. My daughter is constantly finding new music for me. The music I listened to as a teen is still a must: The English Beat, Echo & the Bunnymen and The Clash. I also love the stuff I grew up on Allman Bothers, JJ Cale and above all Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the most joyful important album of all time to me- it has been my fav since I was 4.

The other sounds I love are babies cooing, sandy voices on women, my daughter sleeping, a satisfied sigh and the soft roar of a happy wood kiln.

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colours? I love certain shades of all colours. I love it better when they have organic variances, like you see if fibre work or a great glaze. Among my favs are varying shades of warm white, where raspberry and eggplant mix, mossy green, amber, that grey blue just before the sky gets really dark at night.

smells? Fresh brewed coffee, citrus, cedar, breast feed babies heads, Nag Champa (in small doses), wood smoke, chocolate, rain forest and my husband. 

words? Luscious, organic, simple, worn, shamanistic, natural, sensual, raw….I like what these words bring to mind. 

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images?? My Flickr favourites: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestingemily/favorites/ 

-There is an unbelievable amount of talent and inspiration on that site. 

-What is one (or more) of your pet peeves? or do you have
any?

Unfortunately I have many, most of which can be summed up by the phrase “mean people suck”.

kitchen

-Describe your (almost) perfect day.

It would either start with sleeping in at home with my hubby or waking up early in a cottage somewhere really beautiful (west coast, east coast or Manitoulin Island). It would include potting (either firing with friends or throwing solo), yoga with my daughter, talks and trades with inspiring creative folks and a great dinner with my favourite people.

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-Do you have a current project that is exciting you? Would you like to share a little bit of it?

I am working on a couple new things that I am excited about, a world in a jar pots and a sort of mobile-sun catcher combo. I will also be expanding my secret desires of animals collection.

 

Thank you so much for sharing with all of us Emily. It is a real treat to see the world you live in and the beautiful things you create!

Check out Emily’s flickr photostream by clicking on any of the photos above – or see what Emily has in her shop at nestingemily.etsy.com! 
xo!

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