on the cards :: February

February has been a mixed bag of life being so very lifeish. We’ve kicked off another year of school, and the teenagers are back into their work schedules. I’m trying to find a balance of teaching homeschool and keeping on top of the housework and squeezing in creative time and not losing my mind in the process. My card a […]

on the cards :: January

Somewhere around the third cocktail, on the evening of December 28th, I had a genius idea. What if, says I, what if I do a pocket a day, like a 3×4″ project life pocket. One day it might be a photo, another it might be a painting. A cocktail afternoon might be a written recipe and a quick sketch. A […]

Wordless Wednesday :: Christmas Party edition

It’s a manic old day here, so just flying through with a (semi) Wordless Wednesday post. Saturday night we kicked off the silly season with Mr Barefoot’s company Christmas party, where we did a paint and sip. Our project was a sunset over a pink ocean, and it was really fun to see how differently they all turned out, even […]

15 @ 40 // day ten

It’s funny the places growth and evolution show up, often in the most random of inspiration strikes. When I first added “acrylics” to my Fifteen At Forty list, I had the kernel of an idea, but not much in the way of execution. In March of 2019, a new instagram challenge popped up on my feed – #squareathon, a sixteen […]

15 @ 40 // day eight

Of all the creating I’ve been doing lately (mostly as part of my Fifteen At Forty project; it appears to have taken over my entire brain), my favourite pieces, the ones that inspire and motivate me the most are the multi-modal pieces that pull in different aspects of my creative history. From traditional mixed media, to over engineered digital art, […]

15 @ 40 // day seven

I love Easter Bingo each year, for the ways it pushes me out of whatever rut I’ve fallen into and stretch my creative muscles in new ways. This year, we mixed up the prompts a bit, and one of my suggestions was “remix”. Once upon a time, Car & I attempted a 365 journal prompt challenge (which I failed quite […]

15 @ 40 // day five

If you want to raise readers, you let them see you reading. If you want to raise creative kids, you let them see you being creative. It’s advice I’ve both heard and given over the last almost-17 years of parenting. It’s excellent advice, and it’s something that works. Until, that is, it works too well and your children adopt your […]

15 @ 40 // day four

My creating is very cyclical. If I’m not bouncing from one project to another with the energy of a three year old high on red cordial straight from the bottle, I’m hyper fixated on just one hobby. I will sew 15 garments in a month, or read 17 books. I will make a quilt in 24 hours. I’ll do very […]

15 @ 40 // day one

“You don’t understand what art is, and having supplies doesn’t make you creative” In a busy year seven art class, the words weren’t heard much past those sharing a table with me. I doubt the teacher who said them would even remember my name, never mind the specific incident where she spoke those words to me. Years later, one of […]

100 days of rectangles

The 100 Days Project is the project that broke me in 2020, turning me from an almost irredeemable procrastinator, to someone who finishes projects in the same year she starts them. It was the beginning of a profound shift in my creative practise, and yet I haven’t been able to replicate that success since. Partly, I think, that first year […]