Posts tagged ‘art journal’

May 29, 2011

Breathe in, breathe out.

Hello all! I’m trying to get a quick post in before I’m off for the day. This week has been a busy one with my mom’s birthday and my little brother’s high school graduation. It was surreal to be at my brother’s graduation dinner – it sort of made me nostalgic for when we were kids. I also love that we’re both adults now, so hopefully we can be friends rather than siblings who fight all the time. 

Here’s a pic of the graduate and his obnoxious older sister ;)

Another really strange thing happened this week too actually. My parents were able to put differences aside and we had a family dinner for my brother’s graduation/my mom’s birthday, not one, but two days in a row. I’m pretty sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. It was great because I actually can’t remember the last time my parents spoke to each other and didn’t tear a strip out of one another and have it end in my dad walking away. My wedding didn’t even go as well as dinner this week did. Part of it made me sad though because it just re-emphasized the fact that my family is broken and nice family dinners are a rare occasion that are to be enjoyed in full. It was probably one of the best nights of my entire life, hands down. It just reinforced the fact that I want a solid family and will do whatever it takes to ensure that my marriage is solid as a rock for my future children.

On another note, I’ve been working away on my visual journal and it’s been a great lesson in creativity. It’s really forced me to push through the creative blocks and to make it a priority. Here’s a couple pages so far =)

Well, my lovely husband is waiting for me so we can go to the Lilac Festival! Have a great Sunday everyone! =)

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

May 18, 2011


My palette as of late!

I’m currently sitting here after a lovely evening of drawing and painting, watching some reality tv about prison and drinking a tea. Overall, pretty good place to be for a wednesday night.

I undertook the project of a visual/art journal this week and I am beyond excited about it! I finally have the art itch back and it’s consuming my waking days.  I find myself rushing through dinner and other obligations to hide myself in the far corner of the basement in my newly declared impromptu “studio.”  

Isn’t there a part of everyone who wishes they could do what they love for a living? I know part of me always pines for a life where I can paint, write, and cook all day yet somehow make a living off of it all.  I recognize that these are ambitious ideas and that few people are able to catapult into the arena of success via artistic endeavors. But one is allowed to dream, right?  I mean before I get ambitious and lofty I would have to become great or even genius at my practice. And for my own reality check, I am neither at my work yet. I’ll continue to persevere even if only to inspire myself and close friends/family (if they even like my work). Besides, I told you all and myself that my intent for my art is for me and me alone. Focus on that; the rest will come in time.

In other life news, I started reading Little Women this week. I’m thoroughly enjoying the classic and will now bid adieu to curl up in bed next to my hubby with it. Escapism is my favourite past time I think ;) Whether it be books or art!

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

May 16, 2011

My home, my canvas.

Sparrows in Vintage Yellow

I’m anxiously waiting to make my new duvet cover from an excellent fabric by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. I ordered it a week or two ago and I just want to make it into a beautiful bedspread already! Here’s a clip of it via Hawthorne Threads, who I ordered it from. If you’re looking for designer fabrics at a reasonable price, they are great! And seeing as the Canadian dollar is pretty good right now, the exchange rate is still good. I’m just waiting for our finances to free up a bit so I can get some gray fabric for the reverse. I’m planning on making a double-sided duvet, one side in gray, the other in the patterned fabric in a striped pattern. (The fabric is only 45″ wide, so I have to do some sort of pattern) I also got enough fabric to make matching pillow cases to go with. 

I’m on a new kick for decorating our house. We’ve been living here for over a year and a half and some areas still look like we just moved in. It’s a bit depressing actually. We painted our entranceway/kitchen this nice deep royal blue shade about a year ago. We love it but haven’t done anything else to the rest of the house. I’ve been crawling the internet looking for DIY ideas and I’ve totally been inspired to make my own home decor rather than look for it in a store. I love the challenge and the ability to custom make something that is just for us!

My other home project is this can decor idea I found through Ready Made.

I’m thinking I’ll be making ours blue inside and cream on the outside. That’s not set in stone but it goes with the colour theme in the house.

Aside from home decorating ideas, I’m also embarking on an art journal as well. I picked up a journal for it and a book to get some ideas from to start with. Hopefully it becomes a book of expression and freedom for me!

Now, I need to get back to my top secret project which I will not be able to reveal for about a month! =)

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xox