Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sitting by the fire on a windy, rainy, post-Christmas and not yet New Year's day.  Thinking about core values, passions, purpose/vision/mission statements, guiding principles, etc.
My key words for the 2011 have been Clarity and Trust.  Trust has actually been the more prominent in my life this year as I continue to seek clarity. 
I don't yet know what my words or guiding principles will be for 2012.  But I am trusting that all will become clear.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Looking back on 2011

I stumbled across Reverb 10 last December as I was preparing for the Visioning Playshop in January 2011.  Reverb 10 consisted of daily writing prompts (from Dec. 1 - 31) as a way to review the year gone by and to plan/dream the year to come. 
I've been waiting all year for it to start again.  This time a whole whack of people are hosting Reverb11s (or similar annual reviews).  I've been sampling from several different ones. 

My faves?
Sarah Rosemary at Sunny Side Up and Meredith of Daily Angst are hosting their own Reverb11, a series of prompts to look back on 2011 and manifest the new year.

Chris Guillebeau at The Art of NonConformity

Thursday, December 8, 2011

where does the time go?

I looked at my calendar and looked at my blog postings and wondered where I have been for the past few weeks?  
Writing proposals for research projects, seeing clients, finishing a project for Kwantlen, visiting Mom and Dad and other friends in Vancouver, attending a play by Ronnie Burkett...(Penny Plain - which, by the way, was brilliantly thought-provoking, haunting and exquisitely constructed and performed play). 
That's where the time has gone.  

Oh, and I started and finished this scarf for Mom.  Must be a record.  

Frill Seeker by Estelle.  Lots of curlicues. Frustrating at times but the end result is so fun. 

Another thing I did this week was to take all the text I have put into my blog this year and create a wordle document.  If you haven't seen this yet - check it out.

What you can do with wordle is create a word picture where the most frequently used words are bigger than the others.  It's an excellent tool to use in workshops or meetings as it gives a visual of what is a common topic or concern.  For example, during a workshop I facilitated about defusing angry individuals I asked the group to tell me their fears about dealing with angry people.  This gave all of us a strong visual image of their common fears and I could then tailor portions of the workshop to directly address those. 
Try it out for yourself sometime.  

My most used words in the blog so far are:
Blog - now that's a surprise!

You know what?  I think there might be a poem in there somewhere!

I'll get back to you on that one. 
Till next week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Last week I did more project finishing...
knitting - Made a baby hat and socks for William Douglas (welcome to the world little one!)
sewing - finishing a set of placemats for a friend and repairing a set of cushions for the couch.

Finishing those projects justified going out and getting material for another project - right?  Isn't that the way it works?  Three out and at least one in? Even though I haven't finished the other three projects on hand???

And then I started thinking about Christmas.  Hard not to.  The decorations have been up for close to two weeks now in the stores and the neighbours have put up their lights (not to mention their pink flamingo in a santa hat).  
It's going to be a creative gift giving time this year ---- pjs, placemats, aprons, socks...hmmm, guess I should stop blogging and start creating.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I was spending time with Nikki and Clare (two Career Development Practitioners I have the privilege of knowing) at their office this afternoon and, as always, something seems to "click" and the creative ideas start flowing.  Questions, ideas, solutions, brainstorming, sharing, networking.  
Still buzzing with the energy and thinking, thinking, thinking about how we could actually make some of these exciting ideas happen.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Tuesday!

A week has gone by since my last post.  I have been feeling my usual fall surge of creative energy.  
Don't know what it is about fall but every time it rolls around I get inspired to be more and more creative - whether it's writing or knitting or sewing or simply generating ideas about how else to bring creativity into my life. 

But I digress!

I wanted to talk a bit today about the dreaded "unfinished objects".  I had a pile of UFOs.  A big pile.  Or as my Korean student said yesterday - "big, bigger, biggest" pile. 
About 18 months ago I resolved to FINISH my pile.  One item at a time.  
Doing it has pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I am not wired this way but it seemed important to me to learn how to do this.  My pile has dwindled ...and then has been added to...can't seem to resist planning new projects before I finish others....
Having said that - last week's list is a testament to the joy of closure.

On that note here's a photo of my most recently completed UFO - Christine's messenger bag. Isn't it pretty?  Love that Amy Butler fabric. 

I used the pattern on this blog to make it...with additions (pocket inside and cell phone pocket on outside) and subtractions (didn't need the stroller straps).  Thanks go to Val too for the technical assistance and use of her machine (mine's still out of commission).

Last night (after I finished the bag) I went to a new knitting circle.  Nice to meet some other knitters. And finishing seemed to be the theme.  Kara finished a pair of Kanoko pants (Google them - very sweet) in a shade of aubergine and Monica finished a pair of hand warmers in a tweedy orangey shade from Ella Rae designs. I worked on the sleeves for mom's sweater. 
Here's to endings....and here's to new beginnings! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Occasionally it occurs to me to wonder what I do with my time...where does it all go? 
There are also times when I feel as if I have not been very creative I take a step back and review what I have actually accomplished. 

Here goes...

Creative projects since January 2011

Sweater for Mom (so far it's been knit in Canada, the US, somewhere in the Caribbean, France, Belgium, England, Scotland) - not done yet but soooo closseee. 
Socks for Lydia 
Shawl for Maria
Socks for Melissa 

Placemats - Made some and then boom - my sewing machine died.  Sadly, it has not yet been to the sewing machine hospital so I have three projects sitting there - cut out and ready to be sewn.  

Visioning workshop
New Online Counselling System for Kwantlen 
Training package for Kwantlen 
Filmed a commercial for Bernard Callebaut with TIm Gosley
Wrote newsletters for Canada Puppet Zone
Made puppets with children at Kids Fringe Fest & Carnival of the Arts
Performed as part of the Arts Festival at Oak Bay Lodge
Wrote blog posts for the CCPA 
Wrote here on this site and am stepping up the pace. 

Not bad.