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A little something for everyone!
Spring, Summer, Fall….all beautiful seasons. But is Winter here?Was I too busy lately preparing for a few shows, meeting new clients and staging homes that I did not see it coming? Well… time is really flying. Last night I could see some snow flakes falling down and gently going through my fingers as I was cutting my hydrangea flowers to decorate the interior of our livingroom. As I decided to look towards the sky….it started to disappear. It was just a moment in time! This morning, the ground was covered by a white carpet. I like to believe that Autumn ambiance is here to stay for a while! It is one of my favorite times of the year…only I wish it lasted longer. The temperature is never too cold or too hot!
As the days are getting shorter and darker, it seems that we have more tasks to accomplish in a day before going to bed! Nature is changing and so is the wildlife around here. I woke up lately with this view from my window. I think this cute little guy was also just waking up and appreciating the comfort of the long grass after eating the last pear in our tree and I should say part of our cedars along the house! Hum! Is he also getting ready for Winter?
With the changing seasons I love using many things that I find in nature to decorate our home. I enjoy creating beautiful long-lasting displays of foliage with branches that I find on my walks and put them in big vases on my entryway. This is such a great way to welcome friends and family. A Fall wreath with berries and bright colors is usually hanging on our door making sure that it looks inviting for everyone coming in. I believe that a home should be warm and inviting all year long, inside and out and welcoming! Some Hydrangea flowers are also very nice during Summer and Fall as the color change wonderfully. I usually cut them and let them dry slowly in a vase or on top of a basket to decorate a room!
Often, the Fall theme for the interior of our home is found in many different corners of rooms. I use accent pillows, warm throws, candles with cinnamon and spicy aromas, dishes and all kind of accessories that bring in the warm Autumn colors to show our love for life! Let’s not forget about the crock pot which makes our days even better! I enjoy looking at recipes and finding the perfect one for the busy week coming and particularly when the kids are coming!
Lately, Blueberries have been a wonderful antioxidant super fruit added to the preparation of my desserts. So delicious! I always make sure to make enough for the week.
I hope you take some times to create or cook something special for yourself and your family. This is such a nice way to tell them that we care and love them! Bon appétit!
From my Studio to You.
Recently, I saw from my patio an amazing sunset with a rainbow while I was completing a painting. The last one of the year maybe! The movements of the silhouettes of the trees with the shapes of the clouds were like a dance in the sky.
Storm, rainbow, clouds, sun, big sky, drops of rain and wing. All dancing together. So powerful!
During that time….the birds were quiet and I couldn’t hear the wind but it was powerful! It was another beautiful Fall day and a reminder about the season changing very fast! As I was finishing my painting and putting it aside I realized that I should never forget to take a few minutes away from my work to enjoy looking at the nature around me and its amazing transformation! Fall is beautiful and romantic, don’t you think?
Finding peace and feeling fulfilled
My studio is a very busy place and most of the time I have many projects happening at the same time and in different corners. One minute I am loading my kiln and timing the firing, glazing clay pieces and creating new forms. Other times, I am working on a piece of jewelry with sterling silver and meaningful gemstones often found during my travels.
I want to create something unique, a one-of-a kind piece that any woman would like to wear….something that speaks to her! I want to say that life is romantic and fun but also fragile! Let’s enjoy it to the fullest could be my signature!
Some hours are totally devoted to a new design for a specific customer who is looking for that “very special” gift for a loved one. I love telling stories through my designs and often people relates to them. Completing a piece takes hours or days. I have a lot of deadlines and this may add to the stress but I have learned to cope with this. Aren’t we all?
Some days are spent trying to save a clay sculpture that broke and needs some repairs before the clay is too dry and cracking in pieces. Sometimes it works but I have also lost many good works over the years. I have learned to accept and to keep going. Should I mention my passion with photography….so fulfilling and all the hours put in my printmaking and into my darkroom working on silkscreen work that will be part of a design for my art pillows and my mixed media work. All handmade with original drawings, some are shipped to home decor stores or galleries out of province. I am loving it!
Each day is different and every project has its particularities and challenges. Each medium has a rhythm of its own.
So between the days that are spent working in my studio, creating new designs, helping clients and redesigning rooms for people as part of my home staging business www.voiladesign.ca I always try to find time to remind myself on how grateful I am to be able to have a work that I truly love and to know that many of you out there are appreciating and encouraging me in so many ways! You are my favorite!
Step outside, explore, enjoy, live inspired!
See you soon. Aurevoir!