Rug hooking fibre & creativity

How to care for and clean your rug hooking art

You may have been browsing my online gallery and wondering how to care for and clean your new rug hooking art pieces. With a little bit of care, your rug hooking and other fibre art items will stay beautiful for a long time. I’ll talk about each type of item separately: hooked rugs, framed pieces,…

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Hand-hooked rug with journal, pen and latte

Holding Space for Self & Others – Three Essential Elements

What does it mean to hold space? How do we hold space for ourselves? As leaders how can we hold space for our team members so that they feel heard? Holding space for others Many of us are good at holding space for others. As a homeopath I loved spending my days holding space for…

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Two Years Later

Some days my business feels like a dream job. Things are flowing, I’m in my creative zone and my clients are happy. Today was one of those days. I received an email from a former client. She wanted to tell me how much our project from two years ago meant to her and her team….

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Cou'rage' Part 2

Collectively and individually we are all going through a defining moment – the COVID-19 Pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the inequities in our society, particularly those around economics and race. There are many lessons we are learning from this world-wide event, and it is going to take courage to fully implement them. What else is…

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Joy Releasing Detail

An inspired life

When I decided to change my life and reinvent myself in 2015 I knew how I wanted my life to feel, but hadn’t decided what to call this type of life. I wanted my life to have more flow and movement, and to follow my heart. I wanted to do less pushing and doing things…

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Maman sculpture in Ottawa, Ontario

The power of the collective

Do you work alone? As a writer and artist I spend most of my days creating in my home studio (otherwise known as my dining room, my sunroom and on nice days on my deck). Some days I facilitate or attend a seminar or lunch and learn, but for the most part it’s my pets…

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Summer balance

How do you balance making the most of summer – the warmth, the fullness of this glorious weather, enjoying the soporific heat – with making sure you get stuff done? I’ve spent this summer working on leaning into joy. I’ve been enjoying getting to know my new dog Nita, walking her, spending time with her….

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Inner voice, speak to me

Tuning into my voice of wisdom is not always easy. For the past several years I have been learning to listen to my heart, my inner voice. I’m not an expert, but am happy to share what I have learned along the way. Creating quiet Inner listening is partly about creating the sort of quiet…

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Hand spun yarns & fabrics hand dyed

Does Creativity have a Season?

What is your most creative season? Mine is summer. I wrote both of my first two books in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Summer brings to mind sensations of warmth, less clothing, feeling unencumbered by extra layers. There is more time for beach walking, for planning fall teaching and speaking, and for impromptu gatherings…

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She raised me up

The older I get, the more I appreciate my Mom and the women in my life who have raised me up and kept me afloat. We thought we were going to lose our Mom in December. My brother and I travelled to meet my sister to say goodbye and make plans. Apparently Mom had other…

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Handspun & hand dyed fibres in the soft pink of the Heart Chakra

Without conditions

What is unconditional love? And how do we get there? Unconditional: not subject to conditions: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigating, unquestioning, complete, total, entire. While working on my latest mat called This Cord of Love That Binds Us during my artist in residence at the Centre for Craft, Nova Scotia. I found myself struggling…

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Wild Women

#she-inspires-me

I feel so lucky to be living in a time where everywhere I turn there are women living their lives and doing things that bring me joy and inspire me. These women are mentors and friends. They are women in the media, writers, women in business and women next door. Some of them are what…

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