I made this!

How’s that for an update? 

HELLO BLOG friends, followers and favouriters! I’m back. WE are back. WE are three now!

My husband and I welcomed Fern Marion Myers-Burt into the world on March 14, 2013. Yes indeedy. And she’s awesome! I have missed blogging and all of you and this community.  I HAVE MISSED MAKING SOMETHING EVERY DAY! I endeavor to get deeper into art and craft and art therapy for myself in the coming three months that I have “off”. Come along for the ride, if you’d like. Not to worry – I’m not going to go all mommy on my blog ~but that will be part of the posts for the next month or so ~for sure. I mean look at this baby…C’MOOOOON she’s cute.

Some disclaimers: I’ve got baby brain, yes I do.. so please forgive the frequency and hilarity of my lack of vocab creativity, typos and spelling mistakes. At least I am here, right? yeah me! Other than baby related craft and prep ~ I made almost no art for my entire pregnancy or the last 10 weeks. This was a surprise to me. I figured the opposite to be true. This next month will get me caught up, organize the baby stuff / thoughts and prepped to make stuff.

THANKS for coming back and STICKING WITH ME.

These photos were taken by NJ at BLUETREE PHOTOGRAPHY in Campbell River. She also has more shots on her BLOG of Fern and my pregnancy.

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May ~purge a thing a day report!

30-38 UNinspired objects.

As per my May Purge challenge…here’s my list.

1. thrift store score $1 car racing kids game that we had fun with then i sent it in a pkg to kate in NS

2. HP printer journal – doesn’t work with our printer ~ why am i keeping it?

3. Wax sex toy joke thing from wedding (unopened)

4. lp console- got a new turntable for xmas from my love so why am i keeping thiw antique if it doesnt work – craigsliat?

5. 2 folder things

6. a dog toy

7. records. my record blog -justfortherecords.wordpress.com -a big box of rejects leaves every month. I get them thrift and return them thrift.

8. make up. I’m new to make up and realize now that it expires so “b-bye”.

9. May 2- I finished a physical 12 day herbal Wild Rose detox purge. That counts, non!?

10. Plastic toys, crayons, sequins, a crystal, old maps, kids & adult books, a dinosaur, 3 pieces of jewelry etc.. In a pkg for a friend on the other coast of Canada.

11. 2 DVDs

12. Bathroom hygiene products x5

13. Tube of tennis balls

14. Sweater I love but I shrink. Ugg.

15. hygeine products- unopened stuff that’s sat here over a year. x5

16. Frames

17. Books-several that if I haven’t read em yet…

18-21. dog bowls, food scoop, pottery water dish, to the thrift store for another doggie to enjoy.

22. Odd stuff like rope, a belt,

23. Lots of clothes

24. File folder thing for receipts.

25. camping gear

26. Glasses & mugs

27. 2 pillows

28. Husbands clothes

29. Kitchen wood bowl

30. More clothes x4

My sweety is away at camp & when he returns this week I’ll add his pile to my car load & off it will go up the ladies transition house thrift store in Courtenay. Missing from the photo is the console, a xmas tree stand, some furniture.

TIPS for your PURGE:

1. did I use it / wear it this year?

2. is there a sentimental value that couldn’t be replaced / isn’t recorded somewhere else?

3. is it multi-purpose?

4. do i see myself packing and moving and unpacking this item?

5. can i picture myself missing it in 5 years?

Make Something (or purge something) Every Day

Purge a thing a day ~in May

Motivated by a blog I read recently about simplifying life – she purged one thing every day for a year, I’m onto a new challenge. We seem to move annually on my birthday at the beginning of October & I’m shocked every year at how much we acquire. Buying, craigslist scores, hand me downs, thrifting etc… This year is no different. Whether we buy or rent we are moving off this sland (& moving over to the big island & 30 mins south), by October 1st!

About 4x a year, I get a big box out and label it “Sally Ann”. This month’s goal? I’m going to get rid of “a thing a day” and show you at the end of the month. I’m aiming for more than that.

Breaking news! I’m having Saturday morning coffee & blogging in bed with my love. He has agreed to join me & have his own box of 30! Whether we thrift it, Recycle, compost, give away… a thing a day (x2) is leaving.

Side confessional: there’s an annual children’s centre garage sale on this island that we attend every year. It’s May 5. I’ll behave, I swear. Mostly just hoping for record scores for my record a blog. Lol. And pottery. And art supplies. Oh go ON!

Also, I finished a book my sweety got me for Xmas:

20120428-113143.jpgIt’s full of inspiring artists & projects that are enviro friendly. Reducing, repurposing, upcycling, recycle. Great education about toxic products we are all guilty of using in our studios & recipes for healthier ones. Also of interest to me were the enviro community art projects.

If you don’t have a fabulous husband like mine who gets me great gifts.. here’s the link to ordering it for yourself: green guide for artists ~ to buy

What could you get rid of this month?
Make Something every day