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 

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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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ABC Wednesday - X

This week at ABC Wednesday, X gets the nod.

X is for Malcolm X

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Friday, June 16, 2017

ART on Friday

We are already mid June - how time does fly.
Here are a few of the pieces I have created this week.

Colour Me Positive
I am back to creating a journal spread for this weekly challenge at LuLu Art. My plan is to complete all the themes I've missed over the summer.
Week 23:

365 Project
This past week I created collages once again.

This daily art project can be found at Daisy Yellow - a fun way to create quick collages in a most non-threatening way. Here are a few favs. from this week:

Sunday Postcard Art
The theme this week at Sunday Postcard Art was "Silhouettes"

I created this tag for:
Tag Tuesday (theme: Texture)  and Go Tag Thursday (theme: Anything Goes)

I used several motifs that I use a lot in my art - hearts, stars and birds. What motifs do you use often?

I had to share some of the flowers in our gardens.

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Over the Moon Link Party

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ABC Wednesday - W and WOYWW

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

W is for:

Elie Wiesel


Alice Walker

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


Each week, Julia Dunnit of Stamping Ground, asks us to share our work spaces and what we are working on.

Here is my dining room table where I had just finished the cards above.

Here is my art table after finishing my latest journal spread.

Friday, June 9, 2017

ART on Friday

Another week, another sharing of art.

This daily challenge from Daisy Yellow has been enjoyable. Simple collages yes, but using the prompts adds a bit of challenge. here are 3 from this week:

Art Journal Journey
The theme this month at Art Journal Journey is circles.
I started a new journal and when I found this quote, I knew it wasperfect for the challenge.

365 Challenge
I haven't been as consistent with this self challenge, but I have started again - making collages with used stamps. Here's the collages from this week.

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ABC Wednesday - V and WOYWW

We have marched through most of the alphabet and have landed on V.

V is for Voltaire - the French philosopher and writer whose words still resonant today.

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Each week at Stamping Ground, Julia Dunnit encourages us to share our work spaces and what we are working on.

I was working on a number of projects on my dining room/collage table and this was just after I finished the card above. It feels good to be back at creating.

Friday, June 2, 2017

ART on Friday

Here we are on the first Friday of June and a return to sharing some of my art. May really was a break from a lot of things - writing and art, although I did read a lot.
It felt good to get back to creating though - playing with paint and paper and glue.

Here are a few challenges I have been working on:


Sunday Postcard Art
The theme this week at Sunday Postcard Art is hands.

ABC Wednesday
The lerter of focus at ABC Wednesday this week is U.
U is for the United States - and this quote shows what has happened to the government.

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is animals.

Go Tag Thursday
The theme at Go Tag Thursday is Road Trip/Holiday. I chose out trip to the Space Coast in Orlando.

During June and July, ICAD, the fun daily challenge hosted at Daisy Yellow, takes place. Using common index cards, you have permission to just experiment and play,
Here is the cover and first 2 cards (prompts are provided if you want to use them)

What challenges are you doing this month??

Also Linking with

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Brand New Month- 30 Questions

A brand new month and a desire to jump back into blogging. I’ve had a need this month to step back and keep a low profile. I haven’t even done much art – and I have been missing it.

June starts the 60 days of ICAD and once again I will be taking part. Check here to find out more about this fun challenge.

I will be returning as well to my ART on Friday, as I share my new challenges and projects done.

I thought I’d start the month off with an interesting Blog hop – 30 Questions, which is being hosted at The Doglady’sDen.

The bloghop will be open all summer – a chance to share a bit about yourself and learn more about other bloggers. A win-win.

Here are the questions and my answers – in italics.

1.   What did you want to be when you were a kid?   For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I would line up my dolls and stuffed animals and teach them. I would even try it with my younger siblings – altho that wasn’t too successful. And after 36 years in teaching, I am now retired.

2.   Which “Friends” character do you relate to the most? Why?  I never really watched the show as I couldn’t stand some of the characters. So – NONE!

3.   Do you like your name? Why?  For a longtime I hated my name, but I have learned to like it and respect my dad for choosing it – even if it is the male spelling! Not a lot of female Beverley’s out there.

4.   Are you messy or neat?  Hate to say it – but messy, cluttered. Sign of a creative mind???

5.   How tall are you?  5’7”

6.   How tall were you when you were 10? Several inches shorter – but still one of the tallest in the class.

7.   What is your guilty pleasure? Homemade breads, pastries and cookies.

8.   What are you saving money for right now? For my grown children’s weddings.

9.   How many Pringles can you eat at once? Used to be able to eat 4 or 5 at a time but can’t remember the last time I had them. Love Miss Vickies chis tho – one at a time.

10.          Tea or coffee?  Tea, of course. Never drink coffee, altho I like Coffee Crisp and iced caps.

11.          Are you an introvert or an extrovert? More of an introvert – need time alone, but I do enjoy getting together with friends for cards and an enjoyable evening together.

12.          What will be your Halloween costume this year? Wearing a Dr. Seuss hat and a Hallowe’en sweatshirt.

13.          Sweet or salty? Usually sweet, but sometimes I crave salty.

14.          Favourite social media? Twitter by far – I’m addicted – especially over politics.

15.          Who is the last person you kissed? My hubby – every day.

16.          What is your favourite breakfast? Eggs benedict or waffles.

17.          When is your birthday? January – I’m a Capricorn.

18.          When did you start your blog? March 17, 2009. Wow – 8 years!

19.          What is your opinion on the Kardashians? Not publishable.

20.          How would you describe your style? Very informal, casual.

21.          What colour is your hair? Brown, altho have a few grey hairs.(and I refuse to colour my hair - never have.)

22.          What colour socks are you wearing? Not wearing any.

23.          What is your dream job? A writer/artist.

24.          Dogs or cats? Love them both for different reasons.

25.          What makes you weird? ? Ask my kids!

26.          Celebrity crush? J.K Rowling, Louise Penny, Obama, Meryl Streep

27.          Opinion on cigarettes? Don’t start – ever.

28.          Do you want/have children? How many? I had 3 of my own, and now have 5 stepchildren.

29.          Three favourite boy names? Ben, Flynn, Jace – used these as main characters for novels I’ve written

30.          Three favourite girl names  Racheal, Emma, Bree – used these for main characters for novels I’ve written

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ABC Wednesday - T

This week at ABC Wednesday, T is the letter to focus on.

T is for DeAnthony Thompson:

 (whether a political leader or a CEO of a company)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Wednesday - S

Today at ABC Wednesday - S is the letter of the week.

S is for E.N. Supen:

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