Friday, September 28, 2007

13 Projects For My Weekend

1. Cook something sweet for Creacamp
2. Gather my stuff for Creacamp
3. Go to Creacamp (Can't wait!)
4. Continue the quilt I started last weekend
5. Go to the grocery
6. Read a little (this, this or this)
7. Surf on the Internet
8. Do my Gratitude Journal
9. Start a new sewing project or cut pictures from my magazines
10. Vacuum cleaning and ironing (yukky...)
11. Spend loving moments with my lover
12. Spend time with my daughters
13. Watch a few Smallville 6 episodes with Alizée

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Clean «Green»

We never know when we will make an interesting discovery.

Last Friday, as I was with my daughter filming for work, we made a short stop at a store. Sophie had already mentioned how great she felt by cleaning «green», but honestly, I thought it might be easy in a big city like Montreal to find those products, not here. Well, I was wrong. There's a store at 570 Mondor (close to a place I lived a looooong time ago), in Saint-Hyacinthe, where they sell all the necessary cleaning stuff for your body, clothes, windows and floors.

As soon as I finish my naughty-so-bad cleaning products, I switch to «green» stuff. On top of everything, the gentlemen there are really nice. At my daughter's school, they've gradually replaced soaps and cleaning products for ecological products. And you, when do you switch to «green»?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

There You Go!

I told you I wanted to hang my poster in a different way. 6 clothespins, a little hot glue and there you go!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Masks From Bonaventure (Gaspésie)

I've discovered Gaspésie a couple of years ago and I adore it. Wide spaces, proximity to the sea, breathtaking landscapes, pebbles on all beaches, small villages, it's pretty different from the big city which I adore as well; as you can see I'm a woman full of contrasts!

These masks, painted by Miranda remind me wonderful souvenirs from Bonaventure, a nice village close to la Baie des Chaleurs. I found this place on the Internet where my daughters and I have spent half a day painting masks. Since then, I crave to go on vacation and stop by different similar places. Haven't found what I'm looking for, yet...

Friday, September 21, 2007

13 Positives Aspects of Filming in My Hometown

For my work, I have to produce a short film and it's been great...

1. The inspiring theme (peace...)
2. Having Alizée as a camera woman
3. Finding a nice store where they sell biodegradable cleaning products (I'll talk about it later)
4. Talk to nice people
5. Talk to people I haven't seen in a long time
6. Being at ease to talk to strangers
7. The positive reactions of everyone I met
8. Find great ideas, an interesting concept
9. It was a wonderful day (a very warm day too!)
10. The great sense of humor of many people
11. The people's generosity
12. Having some difficulty to find a filthy place or one filled with junk, in my hometown
13. Realizing that we made many people happy by filming them

Thursday, September 20, 2007

How to Be An Artist

This is what I offered my friend for her birthday, yesterday. I bought one for myself too, it's such a wonderful poster. Instead of framing it, I'm going to try another way of hanging it on the wall. As soon as I'm done, I'll post it. For now, I'm just leaving you with SARK's suggestions of actions to seriously do, to be(come?) an artist. Inspiring... (FYI: I ordered it here. Took a while to get it, but t'was sooooo worth it!)
Again, happy birthday, T!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm a Happy Person

I love the postcard swaps because I love doing them, first of all. I also love them because, for once, I can receive something fun from the mailman. And since I work mostly from home, I have a chance to see him coming, I expect him (well, not in the sense that, well you know, I don't expect him him, I just expect what he can bring me, there, said...) from day to day.

Yesterday I received my moo minicards and I had the same feeling: excited to have something fun in my mailbox. Today, excitement reaches climax: I received my moo stickerbook AND a gift for me and my partner in crime that I ordered a month ago (can't tell you what it is, 'cause she might be reading, right now, and her birthday is only tomorrow, so shhhhhh!).

I know it's a little childish to get excited for such a small thing, but when you work from home, alone all day, you get excitement where you can!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Finally Here!

Ordered a few weeks ago, my "moo minicards" have just arrived. I've taped some on my postcards' envelopes, I wanted to share my joy with my fellow swappers. I've made a keychain with another. I'm so eager to share them with my friends and family! On the back are written my blog and flickr addresses. They're like business cards, but prettier and way more personal...

Friday, September 14, 2007

13 Books I've Enjoyed Reading

1. Mister Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran (Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt)
2. Someone I Loved ((Anna Gavalda)
3. Hunting and Gathering (Anna Gavalda)
4. I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere (Anna Gavalda)
5. Salt on Our Skin (Benoite Groult)
6. In the Fast lane (Alexandre Jardin)
7. Silk (Alessandro Baricco)
8. Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
9. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling) (The Whole Serie, in fact...)
11. The Red Notebook (Paul Auster)
12. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
13. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I bought a very special book a few weeks ago at Urban Outfitters. I should have bought books # 2 and # 3 (not there anymore...). I'll eventually order them on the Internet. And I just discovered that there is a # 4! Postsecrets is a very interesting idea that originated from a blog. Here's a short video that says it all and the music by Sia (Breathe Me) is fantastic.

I love that type of stuff...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nurturing Creativity

To be creative or not to be creative. I always tell people that everyone is creative. And if we lose some aspects of it as we get older, we must nurture creativity, it's vital. Well, others think the same.

Working in education and having that train of thought, if only you knew how good I feel when I hear that...

The clips are approximately 20 minutes long, but they are sooooooo worth it! Enjoy...

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Alizée creates surprising things. And this mural is exactly like that. She told me she worked hard to get this shape as she placed the photos one by one. Click on the picture to see it larger. You will see that those girls are really having fun. What a great idea to print the photos with different colored filters. Lots of work, hmmm.... of fun!

Friday, September 7, 2007

13 Signs That Fall Is Coming

1. Our garden is history
2. The lawn is filled with apples that fell from our trees
3. Nights are colder (okay, not tonight)
4. In the morning, we need to put on a little sweater or something
5. It's getting darker earlier in the evening
6. The girls are back to school
7. I'm doing my postcards for the fall swap
8. I'm preparing training sessions that I'll be giving soon
9. I don't go swimming anymore (my man still does)
10. Maple and apple leaves are changing colors and falling on the ground
11. There are lots of wasps (because of the apples!)
12. Going to Montreal in the morning is not easy
13. At Marché Jean-Talon, there are looooots of fresh vegetables (great colors and flavors...)

A Little Late!

I know, today is Friday and usually, I write about something I love on Thursday. Well, yesterday I went out, arrived home late, I was tired, not inspired, bla-bla-bla...

So here I am. I've received a beautiful postcard for the Fall Postcard Swap and it inspired me so I started mine. They're not entirely finished, but they're on their way.

I find this idea of making and sending postcard so interesting. And we send them to perfect strangers sometimes living far away from home. And it's a pleasure to send them as much as to receive them. And it's a great opportunity to create, to find a concept, to get ready for it, to start it, to see our ideas become reality. I really like postcard swaps. Do you?

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Blog Things

I've discovered this site with little "things" to add to your blog.

I've decided to include this one, for fun. I felt like a teenager again...

You Are a Purple Crayon

Your world is colored in dreamy, divine, and classy colors.
You hold yourself to a sky high standard, and you are always graceful.
People envy, idolize, and copy you without realizing it. You are an icon for those who know you.
And while it is hard to be a perfectionist, rest assured it's paying off!

Your color wheel opposite is yellow. While yellow people may be wise, they lack the manners and class needed to impress you.

A funny thing, I did the quiz where it's supposed to tell me, after some totally unrelated questions, which 2nd language I should learn. Well, a revelation: I should learn French! Seriously!


I've seen this short film many times and I still laugh when I see the guys' face...