and,

an attempt to grab creativity amidst the chaos.

My paintings always like visitors at www3.telus.net/galen/art



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Aloha Encore

Also this great thing happened to our family.
A holiday. A warm holiday together. 

The kind where monkeys all swam every day.


There were flowers everywhere, but mostly...


in hair.


There was beach time 


And sunset rituals.


Quiet
 contemplative moments for reflection




Snuggles


And a great deal of silliness


There were turtles and sea lions and seals too!

 

But the best part was chilling with these guys 


This one started exhaling and forgot work existed. 


These three delightedly stalked the neighbourhood feral cats!? 


Our oldest Pu, is obsessed with a book series called:
Cat Warriors (ten exclamation marks)

The weird wild wonderful cats supplied full time entertainment.
Despite the fact we HAVE a cat here at home,
we clocked serious time in this field watching the feral ones. 

Who knew that was a thing?

 
We saw our first bamboo forest: amazing, musical, magical.


And found a super solid breakfast greasy spoon that had milkshakes.

Win. 
Wishing you stillness and calm in the face of zoom.
With summer on its way -more sand in our toes,
more wind up our nose, more joy in the flow. 

See you soon.





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Resurfacing and springing into Spring

Out from the depths I resurface!
I have been negligent!


Time for a much overdue update!
Marrying kids and creativity seems increasingly difficult for me these days.

Now that I'm not hostage to a nap schedule
 I am filling my world with kid-centric stuff
Volunteering here, there and doing some advocacy.

But I miss making things and art and happiness.
I miss the energy it brings me. 
Hopefully it will come.


Over here...
Little people are still trying on big clothes
(Here the wedding cape of FakeAuntie's mom)


Waaaaay back in February we made pancakes 
and arrow-art to hang in our new garden.


The Littlest one and I built the mobile and it greeted
folks on Valentines Day.


Lately we've been planting

and wiggling. 

...and growing up. 

The girls are big enough that it was time to send off this 
home made tent from way back when I made a cozy tent


Confession: Sad to let it go. 
But, it went to a good Montessori kindergarten classroom
So Nu will get to play in it next year.



These hooligans are fast friends these days and boy do they know how to giggle.


All the Monkeys Remain Cheeky


And although the MAKE wanes, the play remains.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I made a Pouffe!

Hi Folks!

I made a Pouffe!!


I love that the word pouffe exists. 
It seems inherently ridiculous


You know tuffet, stool, sit-upon.



It's for cozying up in front of the fire.


 Resting your sweet head against 
as your mum 
reads you a good book. 


Or in my house...
To be thrown about, fallen off and climbed up over and over

 

That's the way we roll. 
Now off to build a catapult so we can shoot it 
through a window. 


Later peeps.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Polar Bear

There has been more knitting over here.


And this little button gifted from sweet Carla
has finally found the right home. 


We have a polar bear.


Add it to the animal herd.


I will cry gapping open mouthed sobs when the time comes
that ears are no longer appropriate for daily wear. 


Today is NOT that day!!
Long live the ears!!







Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tis the season for wrapping.


Each year I try and add a few bags to our wrapping collection
in the hope of achieving a paperless xmas.



This year amid the gingerbread madness



I got organized enough to wrap up 24 
xmas books from our local library 


for a free and easy countdown to the big day.


I even made number tags this year with the plan to reuse them...
forever.


I mean honestly, when will a good seasonal book get tired?


And if anyone gets tired...there's always more sugar!


 Happy Ho Ho

 

May you find yourself snuggled up with cuties,
the right amount of sugar, 
and a good book.