Who is Peeing on the Carpet?

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Today is my first day alone in our new house! I’d say we are roughly 3/4 unpacked with several systems to set up yet. One of those is the cats.
Until our beautiful dog Amos passed in May, I almost didn’t realize we had 2 cats. They seemed to accessorize him. Now they get a lot more attention, as you can imagine. I know cats don’t adjust to moves very well, so we locked them in the spare bathroom with all their gear & needs during the move and the following couple days. Now that they are free, they are needy (& kneading my baby belly every chance I sit / lay still).
We have carpet. From an esthetics and germ perspective I despise carpet like I despise window treatments. It’s expensive ish berber & isn’t in the reno budget to rip out, this year. The stairwells have in the last three days become a stink bomb of either cat spray or pee!!! Uggg! Nothing worse than cat pee smell! Nothing. I have yet to catch anyone in the act (goddess help them if I do) as they do it after we leave for work. We’ve emptied a box of baking soda cat litter deo all over already. Any suggestions folks? Other than driving the kitties to “the farm”?
Happy times*! I’m hoping to unpack / find my craft supplies and set up a table today! Stay tuned.
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JUST FOR THE RECORDS ~another 365 Project ~by me!

click here for just for the records ~another 365 project BLOG

I started ANOTHER 365 project today that will go hand in hand with this BLOG. Every day in 2012 I will endeavour to post a new album from my vintage vinyl collection. I wanted to bring more music back into our lives and discover the best and worst of my vinyl collection, while also getting my art on with MAKING SOMETHING EVERY DAY over here in this BLOG. Hope you’ll FOLLOW it also, get your craft and tunes on, comment and participate. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! 

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Breakfast of champions ~ blackberry smoothie /w a bendy straw

My awesome husband drove me from Quadra to Courtenay to work, so I got to snap these photos.


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fish heads, croquettes & a mounted salmon

The pets & I spent a lovely, stormy but warm-by-the-woodstove kind of day yesterday ~with my dad in our Quadra kitchen!  We laboured for many hours and created 5 dozen deep fried Greek Christmas ling cod & snapper Croquettes! YUM! He had put a sticky note in the bottom of a returned, clean pyrex with his mailing address for refills. Dad arrived with Xmas cheer and the rest of the ingredients. We mastered the recipe yet again! See my BLOG OCT. 22, 2011 ~ for complete photos & how to make. Thanks Dad & Abby for a lovely day.  This being a very FISHMAS week for him… what with being Xmas Mounted Salmon punked, see BLOG entry this week for more festive details.

My creative photography share today is also about our stinky friends. This time from Chinatown, Vancouver.

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Adventures of the Beachcombers

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20111128-101709.jpg Late fall après le crazy storms beachcombing season has returned! We have had SUCH intense power outage for 2 days winds & indescribable rains ~ that we have been getting cabin fever. Especially our 13 yr old dane cross. Seriously, I missed a day of work last week, because the ferry off our island wasn’t even running. We had friends who were hunting on island, stay overnight after waiting 6 hours in the stormy ferry parking lot! The second the rain stopped, we marched the giant puppy to the ocean.

20111128-102307.jpg The lighting was lovely, the driftwood plentiful.

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20111128-102512.jpg The beachcombers were back at it!

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20111128-102605.jpg And what did we find today?

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Return of the Thai Smoked Salmon tart!!!

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I love it when I make something so good that it’s requested again & actually turns out JUST as good! Yesterday’s Thai Smoked Salmon Tarts rocked! See recipe below & awesome cookbook ( hi AREN! ) corey made the crust because he’s hip that way. We froze a few. We devoured the rest with awesome company that were stranded after their hunting trip ~on our island because no ferries ran, in the horrific weather. And yes Dad, we saved you two.. Or one.

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Let the celebrations begin!

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Happy Birthday to me! Celebrating my birthday in our first mostly unpacked day in the retreat on Quadra!
My sweety has to work on this day of my birth so he took me for West Coast Salmon Eggs Benny brunch, yesterday. And then he gave me…

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Tickets for us to see Gordon Lightfoot in Vancouver, November 20!!! Awesome! I’m celebrating today with my dad, who we just moved to Vancouver Island in the last 2 weeks. Him & Abby will be adventuring over on the ferry to play for the first time. So much to be grateful for! I MAY even start unpacking … Drum roll please … The craft room!
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“you can totally use my new back to school crayolas”, says the therapist

classic art therapy "Sears family portrait" intake application.

As a Family therapist and a professional Art Therapist, some days are more fun than others. Here are a few pieces of my artwork, made while building rapport with kids in session. Above is my classic “if a family portrait was hanging on your wall at home, what would it look like”? Since drawing this, both goldfish have died. lol. Below are clay examples of “where is your happy place”? Mine is of course, camping.

and another first session rapport builder below.. prompted after “you can totally use my new back to school crayolas”, says the therapist to an 8 yr old.

rapport builder / boundary setter "make a picture together"

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found object beach art

unfinished ~foundobjectbeachart by Jen ~fall fair project 2011

“Why is this the name of your website?” Well, living on Quadra near the ocean, beachcombing is one of my fav things to do. And one of the only things to do come winter storm season. I was shocked the first summer we lived here, at how much colourful plastics littered our “david Suzuki” beaches. So.. I started picking it up. Piece by piece, my pockets and pockets of my husband were getting full. I started bringing a reusable bag on our walks. It got filled daily, during the winter months especially. I would lean over to pick up a plastic lid, a buoy, or an old, empty oil bottle that I had guessed was tossed over or wind blow off a ship at sea. YARRR ! I make stories up to myself or with husband about our best daily treasures. Even the tampons. Corey calls them “beach whistles” and uses a Russian accent to say “vat iz dis beach vistle?”. (I think from a movie?). Hygeine products and shoes are the only items that I discriminate against, all else goes in the bag. Hygiene products for obvious reasons and shoes.. well, that’s usuall just creepy finding the one flip or baby runner ~but in recent years there have been over a dozen feet / leg parts found in shoes that have washed ashore in the Vancouver region. So yeah. Of course, finding glass balls and eagles feathers are an added bonus. More posts about those items this winter! Here are a few “in the making” photos of the above project and a lighters project started:

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