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When Simplicity Yoga offered to have my canvases on display at the studio, I started thinking in terms of incorporating spirituality into my art. What blossomed were my Buddha and lotus flower canvases. I enjoy making the petals of the flower out of interesting papers, like glossy, embossed & even newsprint.

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In yoga, the lotus represents the Lotus Pose or Padmasana, where the feet and legs represent the petals of the lotus flower. It opens the hips, strengthens the back and creates flexibility in the knees and is a base pose for meditation, chanting and pranayama (breathing techniques).

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lotus lotus lotusHave a great weekend!

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Another Snow Day!

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Outside my kitchen window. This is Howard, our resident woodpecker. He & Beth his wife don’t mind my camera at the kitchen sink. But our bigger set of woodpeckers, Fred & Ginger are easily spooked.

Major snow day today. Love it. Until I have to drive tomorrow…

All white outside, but colour blooming on the canvas.

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So very excited!

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I am ecstatic to announce that I have been accepted to the 2013 One Of A Kind Show! I stepped off the cloud I am currently floating on to let you know. This Spring Show & Sale will run from March 27 -31 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto. I am grateful, overwhelmed and so very excited to be on this journey! I will showcasing my canvases, cards & tags.

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This on the heals of being featured in the January edition of SNAP Georgina. I was interviewed a few months back for the “In The Limelight” section, which highlights local artists in the Georgina community. Since being interviewed for the article, my canvases, cards and jewellery have also found a new home in Keswick at the Lingerie Boutique.

Now off to create!

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Home, Sweet Home

Happy New Year to every body out there!

Our family decided to not be home this Christmas, and the Edwards Xmas Road Trip was created. We left home December 22 and headed south. We spent several days in Nashville & New Orleans, then headed for the Florida Keys. Arrived in Key West on December 29, where we met up with our best friends with whom we had rented a beautiful house right in the heart of downtown. Parked our vehicles and there they sat for almost a week. We wandered, ate & drank really well, napped and in general, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Edwards in front of Third Man Records, nashville

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We live to travel. Miss-Know-It-All has determined that she needs to have a successful profession so that she can afford her travel addiction. Road trips are in our blood. Although a now well-seasoned air traveller, Mr. CFO grew up taking all family vacations via wheels. I have memories of coming home from school on a Friday and my parents telling me to pack because we were headed to New York for the weekend. I cut my teeth on road maps, learning to read them as my uncle, grandmother and I headed to New Orleans, even though I had just come back from there with my parents!

The French Quarter is one of my favourite places in the world. From the beautiful architecture to the sumptuous food, the music, the art, the people — I love it all. There are many places I will go to and never visit again, but the French Quarter is not one of them.

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Key West was the party place, full of colour, seafood and key lime pie!

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Alas, it is always great to come home to familiar surroundings. There really is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed. As for the rest of the house, the cat, lizard and fish survived during our absence, but sadly, the same can not be said for the quails.

Joyfully back to some routine, sane eating and the gym!

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Waiting for Baby G…

My niece Mrs G is expecting her first baby. Not to say she will have more — or not. Remember having a baby? You’re still walking funny and people are asking when you plan on having the second!! I am assuming her close mommy friends have already prepared her for the onslaught of unsolicited advice and backseat parenting she will receive when Baby G makes his or her appearance next week.

Anyways, we are waiting for the call, email or text. Bets have been made on the exact date of arrival. Also the very scientific needle & thread data tells us to expect a girl. We collected most of the data at a shower held a few weeks ago. I offered to make a diaper cake. I had made one for The Analyzer’s baby shower and wanted to take it on again. And yes, the first one had turned out completely awesome, so I wanted to experience some more awesome.

Of course I had forgotten the details — how many diapers were needed, which size and style (the plainer the better), so I accosted grocery store customers down the diaper aisle — they had babies with them, so I figured they should have the scoop on the latest & greatest. Most weary parents were very nice and helpful, others tried to politely squirm away.

I was happy to learn that Baby G’s room colours are grey & yellow — yes!!

You may not be able to tell from the photo, but the cake is sitting on a cake stand.  So when they have used up the 96 newborn diapers, they can make a cake. And to accompany that cake — the bottle of merlot hidden inside!

Next, I knew I wanted to try creating something for Baby G’s room. Using the new line of paper called Carolina Breeze by Teresa Collins  as my base, the following 6×6 pieces evolved.

I was pretty happy with the result. I don’t know where these canvases will be hung, but in my mind they are right above the change table, where Mr & Mrs G have the chance to look at different parts of the canvases a little bit at a time, over their countless trips to change diapers. I can hardly wait!

Next, I am taking on bunny making!


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right now

My license plate reads “RT NOW”, and I try to live by that motto. Right now. Live in the moment, enjoy it or at least experience it, because you never know what is lurking around the corner. Most times it is a slow, controlled turn, predictable and sometimes boring, but familiar. Other times (and we hope they are few to nil), as we take that corner we have to slam on the breaks, everything happens in slow motion in a split second, and sometimes it changes the course of our lives. And still other times, we have to break, but thankfully the ABS system in out our vehicle kicks in and we are able to maneuver through the corner without too much turmoil and confusion in our lives hereafter.

That is how I have ended up this beautiful fall morning at the emergency room with Miss Know-It-All. What seemed like a manageable twist of the ankle during cheerleading practice last night — I know, I know, I can feel the judgement — which is exactly the exasperated attitude I gave her last night when I picked her up — kept her from telling me information that had she, I might have been a little more compassionate.

So when she hopped into my room this morning, shaking with pain, it was then I realized the extent of her injury. Just a few days earlier, when someone I knew found out my daughter was the one that gets thrown in the air I had had to endure terrible flyer stories. You know like the horror stories people feel compelled to tell you when you’re pregnant. Maybe if I hadn’t allowed myself to be won over by these stories I might have been a little more in-tune and approachable.

Of course I then felt the need to lecture Miss Know-It-All once again on being “careful” — actually said that to her as she was getting out of the vehicle when I dropped her off at practice. Exactly what that means, “be careful” when we say that to someone, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a residual autonomic response of having babies. A phrase I must have emitted several thousand times a day to my toddler.

So with all this mind, when Miss Know-It-All hurts herself, does she really feel inclined to give me all the details? She saw the look on my face as I drove up and saw her hobbling towards me. With my judginess in full swing she played it down, which you can’t blame her for. Who needs that?! That night, she limped around, up and down the stairs, sat with ice packs while I lived in the land of Oblivious.

The judgment just has no place. It’s a lose-lose situation. Yes, there are inherent risks in cheerleading, even more so when you are a flyer, but there are inherent risks in getting out of bed. Did the “I told you so” – even if not verbalized, help the situation? To do it again, I should have kept my mouth shut and trusted my daughter and her decision to be on this team. So when she hurt herself, she would have felt more inclined to be more forthcoming, knowing she was going to get sympathy & compassion rather than judgement & an unsupportive parent. I should have remembered my other motto, “It can always be worse”.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

We always feel the summer is too short. We try to cram an infinite number of events into a very small, finite time frame. We practice the art of staying up way to late, then sleeping in ’til noon. This summer we had leisurely conversations on the porch eating our first meal of the day as MR CFO came in for lunch. And although the summer was awesome, and I love them to death — it is so nice to get those children out the door & back to school!

I am back on track and creating up a storm! I am very happy to share that my canvases are now available at a lovely little store in Uxbridge called Elemi Organics.  They offer naturally-made aromatherapy products ranging from soaps, bath salts & eco soy wax candles to cleaning products for the home. My kindred spirit, Ms Over-Analzyer, bought me my first Elemi product back when the store opened.

Owner/founder Ginny van Veghel has created a wonderfully, relaxed & tranquil setting in her store and I am so thrilled that my canvases have found a home there!

Here is one of my latest canvases and its corresponding greeting card.


Both will soon be in my etsy shop or contact me for further information or custom enquiries.

Although today is a sad anniversary of a horrible day, let us remember, but look forward to tomorrow.

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