Monday, December 15, 2008

A Booklist Update

Since my last book posting in the Summer I have read a books:

I love Alias Grace, because it was set in Kingston and it always fun to read about a place that you know. It was also interesting because Queen's University purchased the Women's Prison and the walls came down this Summer. It will become the site for archives for the university.

Another installment of Bone out in colour. I know you can get the works in one giant tome, but I really like the colour and the manageable size.

A little back story from the Bone story. This was good! Grandma Ben was quite the character!

I read the first 3 books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and intend to read the rest! They were so gentle and charming!

This was a sexual coming of age, but I found a bit disturbing.

A great memoir. Think Angela's Ashes, from a woman's perspective, not as poor but almost more desperate.

I love Timothy Findley, but I had a big stack of books and kind of just pushed on through this one.

Great YA book about Anorexia and family relationships. Told from the brothers perspective and the girl with Anorexia dies, which is different from other books on the topic that I have read.

I also just finished Gravity by Leanne Lieberman, a local Kingston author and LOVED it!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Duvet Cover

I just finished sewing buttons on the keep the bottom of the cover on and I've been working on this for far too long, but here is the completed duvet cover! It was all up-cycled! I used an old duvet cover and fabric from Value Village and a t-shirt from the Sally Anne. Oh and a scarf that didn't survive a washing.

A long shot.

A little more detail.

I still need to get a free motion foot. The machine groaned a bit on the heavily stitched parts.

Now for some pillow cases to match and perhaps a pillow or two!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

More Pillow Action

The 2 green pillows were a gift for SAS made from an old Tori Amos t-shirt. From one piano playing vixen to another. They aren't paper-pieced just sewn together, but the trees at the bottom a gift for the Bird were paper-pieced.

If you know where to get cheap pillow forms, please let me know. I love pillows!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Crafting!

I just finished 2 paper pieced pillows (say that 3 times fast).

It was a lot of fun and I'm starting to get in the crafty mood, which is good, because there are Christmas cards and gifts to get moving on!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stupid Sock Creatures

Some up-cycled socks for fun!









Thursday, November 6, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Album Ideas for Long Way From Here

Some cover ideas for my friend Dave.
Check him out here:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

IF: Strings

Finally back at IF. It took forever to get the scanner working. Kind of. If you know how to get Photoshop to recognize a new scanner let me know.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


The following are a few websites I've worked on. Some may have evolved since I last had a hand in the look.

site design and construction

site design and construction, flash elements

site design and construction

TIA (Thousand Island Arts)
site design

a poster from last year

This is a poster I did last year for an even in Kingston. I was in Halifax, so I don't know if it ever made it into print, but I really liked it.

Learning to Love You More

I am trying to move things from my website on to blogger, because I will be shutting mine down in the new year. So the following is nearly a year old, but they are Great assignments and really worth taking some time to think on. You can check them out online at:

December 6, 2007
So, Sarah got this book for her birthday from the lovely Lise and I've been feeling a bit bummed, what with the lack of light outside and the Novembers/Early Decembers - is it Spring yet? So I thought I'd do some of the assignments and post them here.



Hey, Dad?!Yes...How are things up there?Sunny, with lots of ice cream, thinner bodies and a lot more hair up on top!We miss you a lot.I miss you too.A few times when I've been really sad thinking about you, I've seen Blue Jays and it made me smile I knew it was you :)Yeah. How's your mom?She's doing really well since the stroke. SHe probably won't ever go back to work. She had an assessment a few weeks ago that she was nervous about, but I think it will all work out. She's got a man friend - Al. He moved in at the end of the Summer. He sometimes does things that remind me of you. It's a bit weird though, I think it's hard for Kenz. But, it's good to know Mom's not alone. Especially since I'm in Halifax.
I keep an eye on her, and Kenz will be okay. But how is Halifax treaing you?
It's pretty good. We moved from North Street to Barrington Street, so we're right downtown. I wish you could have visited though. It is a great city and Mom would have made you go on the Harbour Hopper! I think Sarah and I are going to come back to Ontario when she finishes though. It's home :)
I know your Mom would like that.
Yeah she would.
Do you remember a few weeks before you died - one night we were watching West Wing and I think that you were pretty doped up, and you thought that you were in the show and Mom and I laughed at you. I'm sorry about that, It was just heart breaking and funny all at the same time, so much of taht time was.
I know it was.
I'm glad we played all those games. But I'm sorry I didn't ask you more about how you were feeling, if you were scared. I guess I just really didn't think that you would die.
Everyone dies. But it's not the end.
Do you remember the night you died and we were all there? Mom, Kenz, Sue & Jim, Matt, Kim and Me. We talked about Book 7 of Harry Potter and what might happen. I'm sure you've read it by now. What did you think?
It dragged a bit in the middle, but it would have been hard to write the last one.
It's true. I've also been reading The Lord of the Rings, they are really good books. I might check out the Simarilion after and also Sho Gun, you were always trying to get me to read those.
I knew you would like them, but you're to stubborn to listen to me.
I know, we've come along way though, you and me.
We have. I love you, and I'm pround of you. You know that right.
I do. I love you Dad.
I love you too. Look after your mom and pet Coal for me.
Say hi to everyone there.
I will. Goodbye.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my Dad's death. He was diagnosed with Cancer on the 3rd of February 2006 and died December 7, 2006. I guess I spent quite a lot of time with a dying person, but it never seemed life that in my head. I guess before it happened I woul have thought that a dying person was different, but it is a person, a person that you love.
We played so many games, and watched shows and were just together. There was one day that he really wanted to go outside. He had been in and out of the hospital over the course of his illness and it was in the fall a really cool day, but we went and sat by the waterfront in Kingston, alongside lake Ontario and it was just a perfect afternoon. We sat together and read and talked. He was reading that Lance Armstrong book and I think I was reading a Harry Potter for the 10th time. I have a few pictures from that day. But I think the whole experience taught me about being present about facing fears and above all about love.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beyond the Pale

I just finished this book last night and loved it!

IF: Sail

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Funny Funny Stuff

Funny metaphors used in high school essays

Just in case you need some writing inspiration. Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year’s winners:

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli, and he was room temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another
city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up. (for you library types)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008



These illustrations were commissioned for a psychological study on how children interpret different social situations and interactions.

Palindrome: A Series

This is a series I did in 2007 using photos and scanned paintings and then manipulated them in Photoshop. The idea was to explore repetition and layering. Creating new meanings by obliterating the old.