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new home


photo: candy coloured homes on Glisan Street in Portland, Oregon

The last 2–3 weeks have been nuts. And I don’t mean good nutty necessarily..I mean, pack-up-your-bags, your-boxes, your-life and find-a-great-new-home-real fast, kind of nuts. 

The mister and I have succeeded in finding a new home that works for our needs. It is bright, it has a nice view, and is mere steps away from a big park with a lake full of geese and ducks. We’re moving back to East Vancouver, and somehow, that too, feels really good. Lots of new bright photos are guaranteed.

So this is my excuse for not posting more often here on this blog and that too will change once we settle into this new home. Lots of things, I feel will change along with a new home..and at this point I anticipate the changes – no matter how out-of-control I may feel at times. 

So – I will be currently M.I.A. for the next week or so. We lose our internet service tomorrow (the big move day) and should be ready to go with a new modem and shiny new internet service come this time next week..!

Until then friends, I thank you for reading and the comments. I look forward to setting up shop again and being back to “normal” in no time.

Have a wonderful weekend and here’s to warm weather ahead! (Happy Birthday Mum!)

Love: me. xo!



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ongoing series – ‘we shall live here’

finally photo’d the latest pieces of my ongoing series called “we shall live here” pictured above are #’s 6-10. 

I’ll be listing these over the next couple of days in my etsy shop…hoping they find a happy home to live…ironically since this series is based on the themes of homes, houses, abodes, and where you live…and is my way of trying to cultivate a new home for us sometime in the near future.

I will also promise to blog more often…still feeling under-the-weather some days and trying to regain some strength and stamina for studio times. the sun is out, and I am patiently waiting for the seeds we ordered from west coast seeds to arrive… I think it will be just the thing to kick me in the bum and get rolling on a big project I’ve been brainstorming. more about that soon!

oh and I have another fabulous give-away coming up soon, stay tuned, but in the meantime will tantalize you with this link from a previous post I wrote about a collaboration between tomated’epingles and myself… is that a big enough hint? heh-heh-heh…stay tuned, more soon.

Happy Hump Day! xo!!


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keepin’ some faith -or- “Your Garden Homestead”

a photo I took last November.

not much to look at, but this photo passed my mind when I started thinking about dreams.

I’ve got the future on my mind lately. sometimes I can do that…become completely lost in my hopes and dreams for the future, and believe me, as an only child with a HUGE imagination, I’ve acquired quite the hefty list of things I’d like to do while I’m here on planet earth.

one most prevalent thought -one that lulls me into a deep, delirious & sweet sleep when I hit the pillow at night- is the thought of having a piece of land to call home. Not a massive piece of land mind you, but a special, sweetly-sized parcel of green where we can build things with our hands, create solid foundations and things that grow.

Manifest all sorts of self-sufficient projects and ideas.

I grew up in a unique community, like none other, in co-operative housing. I know democratic meetings, I know co-op clean-up days, I know pot-lucks, I know block parties and community values! lol! I learned as I grew that co-operative housing can really work for a group of people with different lifestyles. It can work to keep a community running smoothly and efficiently. It keeps people united with a common goal of decent living. I dream of having a small ‘co-operative’ of my own someday..in the most flexible of terms, of course.

I have numerous friends that are currently locked out of the possibility of owning their own land or home. Like many others, they’ve been locked out of many areas of this country because of prices. While we bump along the current economic times, one ‘pro’ to the loss and drop of finances, could possibly be that prices on land and homes drop too. We keep our fingers crossed that perhaps a door of opportunity opens for us. But in the meantime why not utilize the concept of a co-operative?

a group of people come together with their hard-earned resources and share the cost of a location for all of them to live. splitting the cost you are now invested in not only your own piece of ownership. (if that’s your thing) but you have also invested in the beginning of a small community. Depending on the peoples preferences and values one could create something that involves everyone or create something more scaled back for privacy. either way, you get what you put into it.

chores, duties & responsibilties are all split up fairly amongst the “members” of the community. any benefits from your labour and hardwork in this community gets redistributed amongst the membership.

one for all, and all for one.

It might sound like it, but it’s also not thinking that far out of the box either. I’m not saying this is an ideal, I’m not saying this is utopia, but it is something that I think could be excercised more. Don’t you?

building and sharing, giving and recieving, . what a thrill!!!

here’s to it, everyone! whattya say? see you on the lands – it’d be grand to have you there!

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