My Year By Design

The journey to living by design.

Archive for the month “June, 2014”

The Last Day of School

This time of year is always bittersweet for me. There are so many celebrations and graduation events to attend. At the same time, everything is coming to an end and I’m exhausted. I’m up to my eyeballs in exam marking but the weather is beautiful and all I want to do is go play outside. The school feels strange; buzzing with energy but empty.

Here is my classroom all packed up for the summer. It looks so sad this way!

Here is my classroom all packed up for the summer. It looks so sad this way!

Most times of transition are difficult for me. I suppose most people naturally resist change. It makes me feel out of sorts and a bit distracted. However, I find looking forward to the things to come makes it easier. I have a summer full of family and friends and exciting activities planned. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Happy summer everyone!

Art Assignment 9: Off

002

Here is something natural reflected in something human-made; my garden flowers reflected in the screen of my iPad. #theartassignment

Art Assignment 8: Walk On It

Ask and you shall receive!

PS: The song I used was "Red High Heels" by Kellie Pickler. It seemed appropriate.

Revisiting Creativity

On a recent trip to visit my parents, my dad dug up some art I did in high school. I went to an arts-intensive high school and took five years of drama and visual art. I know these pieces were assignments and in retrospect I wish I had written the assignment instructions on the back. Regardless, here is my high school art. Be kind, I am a sensitive artist.

Still Life 1.

Still Life 1.

Still Life 2. These two pieces are obviously a series. I think we were working on still-life art with bottles.

Still Life 2.
These two pieces are obviously a series. I think we were working on still-life art with bottles.

I called this one Night Watch but I have no idea what the original assignment was.

I called this one Night Watch but I have no idea what the original assignment was.

 

I think this assignment was to draw a door. I gave this piece as a gift to my dad.

I think this assignment was to draw a door. I gave this piece as a gift to my dad.

 

I can't remember what this assignment was but if you look carefully, you can see I earned 13/15. Not bad.

I can’t remember what this assignment was but if you look carefully, you can see I earned 13/15. Not bad.

 

This is a copy I made of an illustration from a children's book called "The Flower Family." Can you spot the flower hidden in the church?

This is a copy I made of an illustration from a children’s book called “The Flower Family.” Can you spot the flower hidden in the church?

I'm pretty sure this assignment was to juxtapose two items, in my case, candy and clean teeth!

I’m pretty sure this assignment was to juxtapose two items, in my case, candy and clean teeth!

I was so creative in high school. I am grateful to the art assignment for bringing me back to that creativity. I may not be a ‘Great Artist,’ but I am a creative person and I enjoy making art.

#theartassignment

 

Making the Most of Spring: Therapeudic Gardening

I always thought I was bad with plants. I kill most house plants. In fact, my mom, (who has an incredible green thumb,) has rescued many of my houseplants and nursed them back to greenness in the safety of her own home. However, since buying a home, I have figured out that I do alright with outdoor plants. I have a lot to live up to. Most of my neighbours are retired and their gardens are breathtaking. So I had no choice but to get outside and at least make my yard look presentable by comparison.

This year, during a particularly deep bout of depression, I spent a whole day working in my garden. I dug and planted and raked, all in a light rain. Something about having my hands in the dirt felt healing. I was out all day. I ate lunch in the garage because I was too dirty to come inside. I stayed out until the sun began to set.

Spring is the time to plant. Here are a few photos of some of the work I did:

Round one.

Round one.

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

Before.

Before.

After, (mini herb garden in a pot).

After, (mini herb garden in a pot).

I was so excited about my first projects, that I went back to the garden store and got more supplies so I could keep working:

Round two.

Round two.

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

Oh, and for those of you in the London area, I went to Van Horik’s for my garden supplies. It’s a smaller nursery but the staff is very knowledgeable and always ready to help. My suggestion is to grow something this Spring; inside or outside, vegetables or flowers. Growing things is good for the soul.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fathers Day!

My dad is amazing! Here are ten quick reasons why:

  1. He taught me what a good husband looks like.
  2. He is my mom’s best friend.
  3. He loves my brother, his grandkids and I unconditionally.
  4. He’s overcome a lot but he never brags about it.
  5. He always makes me laugh.
  6. He can fix just about anything.
  7. He drives a Harley and still looks tough in his riding leathers.
  8. He cooks and BBQs like a champion.
  9. He makes sure that whenever I visit, he has my favourite treats in the house.
  10. He always calls me to check on me.

I hope your dad is amazing too! Make sure you hug him today.

Positive Tweeters!

 

 

 

 

 

Add your own positive tweets to #DailyJoy and you can appear in my blog too!

My New Favourite Thing: Knit Bombing

006

If you haven’t seen this phenomena yet, get ready to start spotting it now. On a recent trip to Peterborough, Nick and I found these wooly little gems in the park next to my old high school. I admire these people for putting their art out in the world and adding some unexpected colour to our urban landscape.

004 003 001 010 008 007 (2)

 

 

 

Making the Most of Spring: Mani/Pedi!

007

It’s that time again; bye-bye yucky winter skin, hello fresh manicure and pedicure! If you haven’t been in for a little pampering, spring is a good time for a treat. Plus once you’ve picked your colour and got your feet spruced up, you can get out your sandals. Gentlemen, not to leave you out, you can get a manicure and pedicure too, (but without nail polish). You might be surprised by how much you like it!

Art Assignment 7: What, How, Where

My assignment.

My assignment.


What word did I spell out? Check out my Twitter @JenMcAwesome to find out!

#theartassignment

Post Navigation