Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ABC Wednesday - K

This week, ABC Wednesday brings us K.

K is for Kingston, Kapuskasing, Kenora and Keswick - towns/cities in Ontario that I have visited
As well as Kamloops and Kelowna in B.C. that I haven't visited.

But K is also for Knit the Bridge, Cambridge.
This event took place in September 2010 and was a huge community effort.
People donated thousands of scarves, hats, and afghans, which were sewn together and covered the bridge in Cambridge.

Be sure to visit here to see what others around the the world are doing for K.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

ABC Wednesday - J

This week at ABC Wednesday, J gets the nod.

J is for Jasper National Park.
The park is west of Edmonton and north of Banff National Park. At over 11,000, it is the largest National Park in the Rockies.
You can visit lakes, icefields; hike in the mountains and visit the town of Jasper. 
I've been once and was blown away by the beauty.

Visit here.

Friday, September 8, 2017

ART on Friday

Another week has sped by and it is time once again to share a few pieces I have completed this week.
I enjoy several challenges which post themes either weekly or monthly. It gives an opportunity to challenge oneself and interact with other bloggers.

Sunday Postcard Art
The theme this week at Sunday Postcard Art  was "Books and Reading" - one of my favourite pastimes/passions.

Linking this postcard as well with More Mixed Media Challenge - with the theme "Anything Goes"

Tag Tuesday
The theme for the next two weeks at Tag Tuesday is "Paris". I've never been but would love to go sometime. I studied French all the way through school and having passing ability.

29 Faces
Here are the last 3 faces I have drawn for the challenge at "29 Faces"

Mini Scrap Notebook
Here are 2 collages I did this week in my small collage notebook:

Full Moon Dreamboard
This week there was a full moon and I decided it was necessary to create a full Moon dreamboard for the Full Harvest Moon.
Jamie Ridler hosts monthly dreamboard creations and the question she encourages us to focuson during the creation of it was:
"What dreams do you wish to bring to fruition?"

As I searched through my stash of words and images,  I was surprised to find several of my past OLW - Shine, Joy,Bloom, as well as the word for this year - Cultivate.
With just a few more months til the end of the year, it is well past time to cultivate those dreams - creativity, health, faith and home.

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Bloggers Pit Stop 

Inspire Me Monday

Over the Moon Link Party

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ABC Wednesday -I

This week at ABC Wednesday, I gets centre stage.

I is for islands - especially Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland - two of Canada's provinces. (although technically, Newfoundland includes Labrador)

I have visited Prince Edward Island  - over twenty years ago-  and still remember the beauty of this island. We swam in the ocean, walked the long beaches, visited the home of Anne of Green Gables and traveled around the east coast.
I have never been to Newfoundland - but it is on my bucket list. Viking sites, whale and iceberg watching, gorgeous scenery all await.

Visit Newfoundland and Labrador here
and Prince Edward Island here.

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world have done for I.

Friday, September 1, 2017

ART on Friday

A new month begins and a return to blogging. I have taken an extended time away from posting, from writing, from art. And I missed it - so it was the right thing to do.

I am returning with my regular feature "ART on Friday" and although I have not created much this week, I have a few things to share.

I haven't done many collages at all this summer so decided to work again in my mimi scraps notebook.
Here's a simple collage of scraps.

29 Faces/ 365 Challenge
A new daily challenge at "29 Faces" has started and the theme to begin with is Princess Di. Hard to believe it has been 20 years since she passed away.
I am using my 365 challenge book to create the faces this month.

The theme of Old Fashioned at "Take a Word Challenge" 

and Vintage at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge,

had me creating this card:

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Back to School"

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party

Creative Artiste

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ABC Wednesday - H

This week at ABC Wednesday, H is our letter of focus.

Well, I have not been too happy today - difficulty with my computer and my new internet provider have hindered my ability to post. But, even if I lack photos, I am posting!

H is for cities and towns  in Ontario that  start with H and that I have visited.

H is for Hamilton - home to the Hamilton Tiger Cats (football team), Dundurn Castle, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton - to name just a few highlights. Hamilton also has the hospital where my husband had his kidney transplant and still attends transplant clinics several times a year. 

H is also for Haliburton - a lovely town that hosts a summer of art courses at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. For many years I attended a week of classes with my children - a fabulous way to spend a holiday- with art and cottaging.

H is also for Hastings,Havelock, Hearst and Holland's Landing.

H is also for Halifax, Nova Scotia - a city I have not visited but am so eager to too.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ABC Wednesday - G

This week at ABC Wednesday, G is the letter of focus.

G is for geese - Canada geese that is!

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for G.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ABC Wednesday - E and F

This week at ABC Wednesday, F is front and centre.

F is for FLAG

Every country has a flag that is symbolic of that country.

Until 1965, Canada shared the Union Jack with  Britain. The struggle to get its own flag is quite a fascinating story. But on February 15, 1965, the new flag was inaugurated at Parliament Hill.

The red borders and 11 point stylized red maple leaf is easily one of the most recognizable flags in the world.

And I am so very proud of it.

E and F stand for the two official languages of Canada

English and French.

Canadians study French all through school and I truly believe that learning a second language improves our minds. I just wish that we could all be more bilingual.

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for F.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ABC Wednesday - C

This week at ABC Wednesday, C is front and centre.

C is, of course, for Canada and Canadian - my homeland and nationality, of which I am very proud.

C is also for Calgary and the Calgary Stampede.

Our honeymoon, 15 years ago, was spent in Calgary, a place I had visited many times before.

But I had never been to the Stampede.  We had a grand time visiting the city and the stampede.

The first Calgary Stampede was held in 1912. Now it is held for 10 days in early July and is called "the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth".

It began with a parade downtown and pancake breakfasts.

There were so many competitions and exhibits to see. We watched bull riding, chuck wagon racing, bronco riding

and toured buildings and exhibits.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Be sure to visit here to see what others around the world did for C.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ABC Wednesday - B for Banff

This week at ABC Wednesday, we focus on B.

B is for Banff - a wonderful town, located in western Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies and in Banff National Park. It is a well-known resort town, about 128 km west of Calgary, a very scenic drive of under 2 hours.
We visited Banff on our honeymoon and I had been there several times when I lived in Alberta. Surrounded by mountains, lots to see and do!

Banff from the gondola

What a view from the street

Fairmount Banff Springs Chateau 

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for B.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ABC Wednesday - New Round begins!

Today begins a new round of ABC Wednesday, from a new location.(Check here)
Be sure to check it out.

This year is Canada's 150th birthday (although I prefer Vancouver's choice of 150+ to recognize the contributions of First Nations)
I have decided to focus on all things Canada for this round, as I have been to all the provinces and territories, except for Newfoundland/.Labrador. There is so much to see in Canada and would like to share some of the big (and small) features of my beloved country.

A is for the Arctic
Forty years ago, I traveled to the Arctic to accept a taching job (my first) in a tiny native community.
In the three years I lived and taught there, I was able to visit many northern communities in the NWT - Inuvik, Aklavik, Tuktoyuktuk, Yellowknife, as well as Whitehorse in the Yukon.

Most of my photos from my time in the North are on slides, but I have a few to share:
The Mackenzie Delta from the air

Arctic Red River

1 am at 8 mile, Peel River (no flash!)

Driving on the Dempster Highway

The Beaufort Sea

It was an incredible experience. I made many friends and developed a deep love of native art and culture. My oldest son was born in Inuvik.
It was definitely an experience that shaped and changed me.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ABC Wednesday - Y and Z

We have come to the end of this round of ABC Wednesday. Next week, a new wordpress site will host the new round. Thanks to Denise Nesbitt who hosted for so many years. It has been truly fun to participate.

Last week I missed Y - as my husband was in the hospital (w v.tach) so I did not get much done..

So I am sharing Y and Z today.

Y is for Malala Yousafzai - a truly inspirational young woman!

Z is for Howard Zinn.

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world are doing for Z.

And check next week here for the new round at a new site.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Canada Day! Happy 150th

Happy Canada Day!

Happy 150th!

Yes, I am proud to be Canadian and would not want to live anywhere else.
But - we are at a crossroads. Too many Canadians have shown a dark side - of racism, bigotry, hate.
We have also not moved forward on the road to reconciliation.
Vancouver has chosen to call this hear -  150+, to recognize the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the very fabric of Canada. We all need to be on that path of reconciliation, of inclusivity.