Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Appearance on "and then they set it on fire"

I am so excited and looking forward to being a guest on the and then we set it on fire blog in May.

My intro is up there this morning. I worked hard on writing last week ad-midst a crazy week of crisis. I looked it over carefully several times and did not see the "mistakes" but my hubby saw them right away. lol The fact is he has a great eye for things grammatical, spelling, numbers, etc. He is an accountant. But not very artsy.... So we balance each other quite well.

Today my wonderful husband of 28 years is 54. And he is still the guy for me.

So if you are here as a result of the ....and then they set it on fire blog... be rest assured we will be having fun in the month of May... just don't expect  all posts to be without error in spelling. lol I will try hard to have them correct but life around this place gets crazy.

In the next few months I plan to post regularly re: my activities in my playroom. Posts without pictures seem kind of dull so I hope to include many pictures as well.

Saturday will be the first time this week that I get to spend in my space since I am temping at my husbands office while someone is on sudden sick leave. So I hope to prep a few posts of what I have been up to...

Now it is off to work and then to celebrate my husbands birthday with going to see the Hobbit movie. This is something we planed to do all Christmas season.

More prep on playing with Lutradur coming up. What a fun year this is going to be!

And remember to visit Elle my first playmate in this venture. I love her blog. And hope to learn a lot from her too!


Saturday, January 11, 2014


So I have my room cleaned up...
My scraps put away...

On to 2014.

Opportunity is part being in the right place at the right time and offering something.

I find that in order for me to grow I need to jump into a project. So I put myself out there and I am now going to be "Guest Artist" on the ....and then they set it on fire blog . This is one of my favorite blogs!

So in May I will along with a few friends will play and present Lutradur...

 I played with this topic last spring for when I presented a workshop for my Burlington Fiber Arts group.... (miss you ladies already) .

I am taking a break from some groups this year because of this and some other commitments.

One  of the other commitments is the 2nd Fiber Content show. This will be held in September at the Burlington Arts Centre and we will be looking for calls of entry to this show. I am helping with media - getting the show out there and promoted.

I also plan as a personal goal to create at least two pieces to enter into this show. The goal is to enter, to try, to grow.

These things alone are going to make a great year.

Things will be a learning curve. Blogging... writing more, testing, putting my self out there. Balance that with my family and my energy levels with the fibromyalgia.

If you don't follow the blog above please join in... it will be a great year!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Year... 2014

2013 was a busy year... each passing year seems to be. Family wedding, babies born, friends, family, sadness and joy...

But I am grateful to have my family...

For 2014 I have a few goals...

Blog... more... about my creative journey

Start... just start to do the things I want to. I am a perfectionist at heart so I always find reasons not to do something. Materials, knowledge, time.... To get over this weird feeling of failure... I just go back to the tried and true and gather material to do something new. When I jump in full feet and have a deadline I get stuff done. I just need to start...

Be... Be more in the moment, Be more careful of getting myself involved in negative or unhealthy situations. Be happy, grateful and loving each day. To be Jo... the person who is inside me not the expectations of others.

2014 will be busy... planning a few trips with family and friends. The routine stuff of life... parents, kids, friends, house, work, etc.
Committee work.. on the library board of our town library, helping with advertising of a group I am involved with art show... local quilt guild board.
Starting a small art quilting group with 3 other people. Once a month to explore, share and grow.

Starting out the year with a cold but it gives me time to plan.

And what is a blog post with out a picture...

I leave with two pictures I took in Southern Ontario's ice storm several days ago.

This one is my dog Moe catching snow balls... Moe is instantly happy, living in the moment. I want to be like Moe... although I don't want to roll in the snow so much as he does. 

This picture is ice formed on the bunch stems left on the vine after grape harvesting. Beautiful to see the ice formations on the plants and trees but also reminds me of how much damage something can do. We did not suffer some of the longer term effects this storm caused in Ontario. glad that now most people are hooked back up to hydro. 

Off to put up my new words on my wall ... Start and Be.