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cropped-cropped-ban111.jpg My name is Effy, and I'm a journal artist, on line teacher, and creativity coach. I like to write about art journaling, intentional creativity, creative business, and my personal and ever evolving brand of 'woo woo magpie' spirituality. I also tend to write a lot about my very ordinary life in an attempt to foster a sense of appreciation, mindfulness, and reverence for what IS. I overshare. :) You have been warned!

Yesterday Was…

I had therapy so I had to don the winter woolies and venture out into a world that felt like it was trying to kill me what with the cold and the icy stabby things falling out of the sky. Thankfully, the bus stop is a mere minute from my house, so I only had to spend... read more

The One In Which I Return To The World

I spent most of yesterday gluing little tiny pieces of the Farmer's Almanac from 2014 into a sketched landscape in my journal for Moonshine (a lesson that will go live tomorrow or Tuesday depending on how much of it I can finish today), and then, when I could glue no... read more

A Studio Tour & A Radiant Tour

I spent some time preparing the studio for my return to work on Monday. I added a third Ikea Raskog cart to my collection and got it all filled up with supplies, washed my brushes (which had been languishing in dirty water for over a week), and reorganized things a... read more

Pushing Myself & An Ode To My Ex

Resting is not something that comes easily to me. I think I have a built in 'busy' bone that is not happy unless I'm doing something, and though I am a huge fan and promoter of self-care and rest as sacred and essential, I often find myself failing myself in the rest... read more

Thank you, Wyanne.

This has been a rough month. The roughest, I think, in years. Between the forced name change on Facebook, the loss of all my crucial ID (including my birth certificate, which was issued in Quebec, and which is notoriously difficult to get without - you guessed it -... read more

This Is Effy Wild Speaking

This week, Facebook forced me to change my name . They stated that I was not using my 'real' name and insisted I change it or forfeit my account. What they mean by 'real' is 'legal', despite comments from top Facebook employees stating that they never intended to... read more

All Sorts To Share

Holy Hannah, have I been busy. On the one hand, overcommitting means I'm too busy too think too much about things I might not want to think about. On the other hand, I'm too busy to *think*. But hey! Hi! I'm here! How are you? How was your weekend? I have all sorts to... read more

48 Hours Later…

Have you ever had one of those ideas that woke you up from a dead sleep, grabbed you by the shoulders, and shook you until you said "FINE! I'LL DO IT!"? I had one last week and within 48 hours, this happened. Those of you that have known me for years will know that... read more

Artistcellar Signature Series Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's that time again! Artistcellar has a new stencil set to release and I have been invited to play along AND give away a set. It's been a while since I've done one of these, and I'm SO HAPPY to be doing this one. This latest collection is called "Kaleidoscope Series"... read more

Sometimes It Rains

As if having a hard time isn't enough of a challenge, we sometimes (and by 'we', I mean 'me') try to re-frame too soon. Some of this is prompted by our own inner urgency to STOP FEELING AWFUL. Which makes sense, but isn't actually productive, because look. You feel... read more

Project Life When Things Are Bleak + Musings On Loneliness

My Project Life binder was filling up nicely until March of this year when the prospect of recording what was one of the darkest, bleakest periods of my life sent me whimpering away from all things memory keeping. I mean, I still journaled, but the stuff I was... read more

Life Book 2015 Winner Announced!

Good Morning, Sweet Taters!! Life Book opened up for registration for the 2015 season this morning, and in celebration, I fired up Random.org and did a lot of counting and established that THIS is our winner for the drawing for a free seat! YAY!!!! Congratulations,... read more

The Road To Radiance: OPENING DAY! Winners Announced!

RADIANT IS OPEN!!!! I spent all day yesterday putting the finishing touches on it, including my own lesson, "The Mystic"! I'm so excited I could BURST! First, the WINNERS! These three lucky ladies have won a free seat: I will be e-mailing all of you with class... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Eight

Today is Day Eight of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Dina Wakely! On Day Six,... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Seven

Today is day seven of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Jamie Dougherty. On day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Six!

Today is day six of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Kylie Fowler! On Day Four,... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Five

Today is day five of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Julie Gibbons. On Day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Four!

Today is day four of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Christy Tomlinson. On Day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Three

Today is day three of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Tamara Laporte, and on... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Two

Today is day two of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Jane Davenport! Today I... read more

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