February Art Month 2015

blank-canvas

We so loved our first Art Month experience in 2013 that we’re going for it again. Our members’ creations to date are: February 1: wet felted mandala by Sheila Ie “This mandala was constructed during a workshop facilitated by Nancy Wesley of NanC Designs. It took about 4 hours to construct from conception to finish and…

Procreation 101

Holding Isaac for the first time. He weighed 3 lbs 2 oz at birth.

When it comes to learning practical skills, I had a mother of an experience this year. In short: I had a baby. Longer version: I was pregnant for 7 months, then had an emergency caesarean because I got pre-eclampsia and the baby wasn’t growing properly and my liver and kidneys were about to fail and…

February Art Month

"Tofino Dream Catcher," by Patti

Inspired by our January felting & looming workshop at Leola’s Studio, Renaissance Woman Sheila challenged the rest of us to commit to creating art every day for a month. We thought it was a great idea, and each signed up for a few days in February. (Not coincidentally, the shortest month of the year …)…

Thrift Shop Adventures

I also owned a very faded yellow version of this shirt ... it had a nifty cartoon too.

I grew up in a small town with a spectacular thrift store. It was run by the local Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and I vaguely remember lining up with a crowd of shoppers in the entrance-way of the pharmacy in anticipation of their weekly opening. A little old lady would open the door, hug the wall,…

The Age of Artifice

I write a column for The Winnipeg Review, an online literary magazine. My fifth column was published November 22, 2012 and is online here. Excerpt: My partner Brock, a full-time vegetable farmer, spends his work day lifting heavy tubs of carrots, yanking out overgrown weeds and balancing precariously on ladders to build greenhouses. I type.…

Weekend DIY: Create Life

homemade sourdough starter

I was jonesing for a kitchen project this weekend so finally tried something on my bucket list: making a sourdough starter from scratch. Sourdough bread is my absolute favourite, with its chewy moistness and subtle sour aroma. I usually feed my addiction by investing in $5 loaves from some of the Cowichan Valley’s many amazing…

Revelations

I write a column for The Winnipeg Review, an online literary magazine. My fourth column was published June 27, 2012 and is online here. Excerpt: I crave an apocalypse. Not the sort where the earth implodes, or even the kind that wipes out half the population and creates a Lord of the Flies society. I…

Writing My First Book

Want to know how it feels to have a dream, work really hard at it for a long time, and then have that dream come true? It feels amazing. I’ve wanted to write books since I was five. I know that because I have an illustrated flipbook I made in kindergarten that says: “When I…

Death and the Farm

I write a column for The Winnipeg Review, an online literary magazine. My third column was published April 9, 2012 and is online here. Excerpt: On a hot August day a middle-aged Greek man strides through the farmers’ market, sees our sandwich board, and stops to read it again. “Makaria Farm!” he announces, and comes…