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Rememberance Day 2018

Today the sun shone and the air was crisp as many people waited up at Parliament Hill and the Cenetaph in Ottawa for the ceremony.

It was the first time in years that I have attended without my husband, and it was a bit too cold for my phone to catch all of the speeches but it caught a few pics and some video of the event.

These young folk are from Ridley College in the Niagara area – came to Ottawa for the ceremonies.

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Today’s fly by…#remembranceday2018

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The end of a cycle…

Quietly awaiting any potential shoppers during my home studio open house, I decided to read the book from a  “new to me” tarot card set I received from a friend < thanks Lori!> a few months ago.

Trusting my instincts, I felt like grabbing it and settling in with it between folks coming to clear out dance costume items and other stuff that is passing through me on its way to new homes< thus the open house>.

I always like to read the book first, getting a feel for the nature of the deck. Every deck has a distinct story and this one has a similar foundation to a standard tarot, according to the descriptions, with some additional cards added for specific reasons… Click here for some info:

And as I am likely to do, I had Sprocket < perhaps my familiar, perhaps just my crazy companion animal, perhaps a psychic on her own trapped in that furry body…> guide me as to what card I needed to really see today.

Slowly flipping the pages, making eye contact with her, I stopped when she looked away.

This is the card/page that came up:

End of a cycle.

So many meanings, but that part of it  absolutely rings true today.

Having ended my own direct involvement with teaching classes and performing regularly, it is the end of a cycle. And that’s ok.

Having had a fairly quiet day today, when I once could boast hosting a Dancers’ Bazaar that brought out 400 patrons, it is the end of a cycle for me.  And that is ok.

Knowing that by ending one cycle, new adventures will come my way, as I free up time and energy to give to possibilities, that is ok.

But Dance Friends  – rest assured – I’ll still be stalking you online and coming out to see you perform!  And I’ll be happy to make you costumes when you need them!!

And I have cookies…

It’s pouring time with friends!

Thanks to my gang of friends who came over today for our monthly crafty potluck of fun!

Here are pics of what we did today!!

Nadeau creating blackness!
The first round
By C. A. Preece
By C.A. Preece
By A. Mills
Preece and Nadeau working
By T.A.Vibert
First phase of dripping by TA Vibert
a cup of many colours…
The cup ready to be lifted.
The Face.. The Do-Over.. of the preliminary version by TA Vibert
by D.Nadeau
The first one by TAV
The cup has been lifted
The Ocean Storm cometh by T.A. Vibert
By M. Quinton


Mirror, mirror…

Ending my summer break with a spurt of creativity for our niece.

K, having moved to a new space, I wanted to get her a housewarming something- her parents are fine with nothing more than good wishes, being the minimalists they are…🤗.

I had spotted this mirror on one of my morning walks, where on occasion folks put out stuff they are giving away, in hopes it will find a new home.

And so, I began by asking K for a list of her fave colours. And then I let things do what they wanted…

I could have simply left it black on white, but I wanted to add the colours for the fun of it- and she can always repaint it herself in the future!

Little bit of creative flow- dirtypour and other drippy paint techniques

I did the Mother’s Day visit a week late.

and I asked Mom to thinking about what she would like to do together: suggestions from me were: pedicure? Painting?

She quickly sent back a reply with “ Dirty Pour- look it up on YouTube…”, and proceeded to let me know she had almost everything needed and I brought a couple of extra bottles of paint , a box to fit my one canvas so I could bring it home flat, and that was that.

So I headed to her place and after deciding on colours, she guided me through a fun and colourful afternoon!

Here are some pics for now- I’ll edit video later and get it up too!

This is the one I meant to share! #dirtypour #painting

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Enjoying the sunrise…

… post Infinity War.

No, I’m not going to talk about the movie.

I just took some shots of the sunrise this morning and realized the gratitude of being alive – and you can take that any way you want!

Two suns
Sunrise 2
Sunrise 1

Throwing back and throwing down- lip-syncing for a good cause!

The costume pieces:


made by my friend, Letitia, for me and I had used it as my wonder woman base  for Ottawa ComicCon 2017. I changed out the Wonder Woman embellishments and added the black ruffled pieces to change it out for my upcoming “role”.









skirt: circular overskirt made by TAV Creations over a crinoline inherited from Luxe bridal when they closed almost 2 years ago, embellished with one matching rose and one pink rose inherited from Norde bridal as they did their pre-closing purge this past March.







head-piece: vintage feathers, I think from family stash- but if a friend gave them to me, comment below! – mounted onto a headband from a former dance buddy Vashti, and embellished with another matching TAV Creations‘ rose.

Now what’s this all about?

Cassandra, dance buddy and fab friend, posted online one day asking if anyone was up to joining her lip-sync team for the upcoming Pete’s Sparkle Fund Lip-Sync event coming up on May 5th.

And 3 of us stepped up!

Music has been chosen and mixed!

I found 2 silk dresses in Norde’s purge and so 3 of  us will grace the stage in gorgeously modified pretties and 1 of us… well… you should come out to support the event!


Pete’s Sparkle Fund Third Annual Lip-Sync Competition

The third annual Pete’s Sparkle Fund Lip-Sync Competition will be an evening of fun and entertainment for all with refreshments, door prizes and a 50/50 draw…all to support a great local cause.

Performing teams will compete for the top spot and will make it an evening for all to remember! All funds raised go to StreetSmarts Outreach, which directly helps the homeless in Ottawa.


General admission: $10 online or $15 at the door.

For more information, visit the website at WWW.PETESSPARKLEFUND.COM or find us on FB


Get your tickets here!

…and keep an eye out for our ” Meowvellous” performance!

Oh, and why I say “throwing back” in the title is because I haven’t been involved with a lip sync adventure since I helped provide costuming for a high school friend who borrowed my army surplus overcoat for his performance in 1986.