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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day ...

of whatever kind,
in its supreme development
invariably excites
the sensitive soul
to tears
~Edgar Allan Poe~

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

I have been watching in pure delight and awe, a Robin creating her nest from scratch.
She has been diligently flying back and forth with just the right material as she weaves a home to place her precious eggs.  A spot to house, protect and nurture with found treasures.
It has been quite windy lately, and her poor nest was a bit disheveled this morning. Robin was quite comical as she wiggled about getting things back in order.
Thankful {things I love}Thursday ... inspiration for paintings at my own back door ♥
I hope I have done you justice sweet Robin.
Feather and Found Treasures is now in the shop
Vintage Sparrow Studio
just in time for Mother's Day

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bird Watching ...

So often on our Woodland Walks
we can hear the birds but can not spot them,
so time to bring out the binoculars.
I have a little birding journal
small enough to fit in my coat pocket or camera bag
to bring along too and jot down the birds we see.
The Red Winged Blackbirds have been one of the most spotted birds thus far.
And of course ... picking up treasures along the way is a walking must too :-)
twigs for weaving and heart shaped stones ... pretty leaves for pressing and feather messages ~ ♥
would not be Spring
without bird songs
~Francis M Chapman~

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Mindful Artist ...

The Mindful Artist
The way we look at things
has a huge influence
on what becomes
for us
~John O'Donohue~
I love this quote.  In fact I adore all the writings of John O'Donohue. His words have found their way into many of my Quote journals.
Ironically, so many of my paintings that include people, have them in a sort of contemplative mode ... peaceful facial expressions, eyes often closed or letting in a slight crack of light, being present in the moment ... in a mindful manner.
I painted The Mindful Artist a while ago.
She sat off to one side of my Art table for a bit.  I knew she was not finished but in a Mindful manner, did not want to rush that moment when you are able to lean back and know that what you are looking at is how it was meant to be.
These past few weeks have been filled with chronic pain flair ups and time in my Studio has been limited (and normally the reason why I have not posted as frequently) . 
 The Mindful Artist was finished sitting quietly in a favourite spot in my home, with my hand made Art board, my beloved white pen in hand letting it flow as it wished.
Now available for sale at my Etsy shop. 
I'm going to frame a print for my Studio too :-)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring song ...

Your true home
is in the
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
Always happy to see the return of the Robin & their happy song ♥
We even found a Ladybug on our kitchen window ... now it feels like Spring :-)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Journal keeping supplies ...

As mentioned in my last post,
here are a few of my favourite journal keeping supplies. 
Basics ~ scissors, ruler, paper clips, binder clips, washi tape, paper cutter,
lots of pens ... always experimenting with pens. My most recent purchase was "The Seven Year Pen" made in Switzerland in a cheerful Orange colour.
Stamps & stamping ink, tags and labels to write on.
  I love Glue tape - no mess - archival - perfect for adding snips of paper to your journal pages. 
When traveling, I keep a lot of smaller supplies in my Emma Bridgewater pencil case.
My Epson label maker ... I can't recommend this enough!!
I use it for EVERYTHING - it comes with 2 booklets - one instructions on use and the other is filled with all the symbols and frames you can create! Possibilities are endless (as is the fun)!!
when I was gathering supplies to take a photo I smiled when I realized how much was in my favourite colour green :-)
Even my Epson label maker is the perfect colour ♥
wise words from Pablo Picasso I stamped on a little canvas board
when I started painting again.
Green is the prime
colour of the world,
and that from which
its loveliness
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca~

Friday, March 20, 2015

A treasury for Everything ...

~*~Happy 1st day of Spring~*~
My new journal
created this morning with the help of my hubby who made the holes for me with an awl ♥
I've filled it with 3 lined Moleskine journals ... love looking at the blank booklets just waiting to be filled.
My journal is my constant companion.
It is never far from my reach ...
it is a front porch of solace and retreat
when I am tired and weary.
~Nicole Johnson~
I have been keeping some kind of  Journal/Diary from the time I was 11 years old.
Lately I have noticed a new found surge of interest in them.
  In keeping Planners
and filling them with found treasures and keepsakes.
I think it is wonderful & thought I'd share a few of mine today.
My meditation journal
 in my favourite colour
Is not the poet
bound to write his own biography?
Is there any other work for him
but a good journal?
~Henry David Thoreau~
My Large planner 
 where I jot down day to day goings on ... a spot for  Holiday's and Birthdays, Anniversary and Special Events, Appointments etc  ... A section for hOMe to keep paint chips and decorating ideas in one spot. Important receipts & warranty information for appliances is kept here.
Lucky pennies in my Keepsake Planner  ... each one with the year of all our births ~ just because ♥
My Keepsake planner
has large pockets to store movie and concert stubs.
One of the things I love about snail mail is receiving a letter with a gorgeous stamp (or if I am really lucky, a few stamps).  One particular friend has the most gorgeous writing and finds the MOST amazing stamps ... I always look forward to her mail and keep ALL the stamps sent!  These butterflies are just one example. 
Journals for Quotes (you know how much I love Quotes) :-D
One for Travel, For the Garden, A small pocket journal for my purse, the perfect size for jotting down notes when I am out that can be written in one of the other journals/planners once home. Much nicer than a purse full of scraps of paper.
 A journal to keep Magazine work related information such as Submission themes and deadlines.
  *I have an upcoming Magazine Article this Summer somewhat related to this topic ... more on that closer to the date* :-)
I have added a new section to one of my planners just for Weaving - my new found passion.
I am loving creating little woven wall hangings.  I hope to add a few to my Etsy shop soon ♥
A place to keep colour theme ideas and a few rough sketches that come to mind.
There is a journal for Vintage Sparrow Studio my Etsy shop where I manage my listings, sales, customer information etc.
I found a wonderful handcrafted basket at a Garage sale a few years ago that is the perfect size so I am able to keep all my journals in one spot this way ~ all within reach, organized and available.
And last, but not least {not shown} my personal Diary that I write in every night just like I did as a teenager ... this one doesn't have a key closure however :-)
I'll show a few of my favourite Journal keeping supplies such as... paper clips, stamps, pockets, favourite pens soon just in case you might want to create your own journal too xoxo
For me, my Diary
is my life,
my comfort,
my second existence
~Ramon Gil Navarro~
My journal is a storehouse
a treasury for everything in my daily life:
the stories I hear,
the people I meet,
the quotations I like,
and even the subtle signs and symbols encountered
that speak to me
~Dorothy U Seyler~