Sunday Swoon

Sunday Swoon is a series here on my blog where I share something I’m proud of. It’s an exercise in self-care to notice where I’m doing well, or what I’m awesome at or proud of, so I aim to do it at least once a week.

You’re invited to join me, either by grabbing the button (left) and sharing on your own blog (with a link back here if you like!), by sharing on social media with the hashtag #showoffyourshiny, or by commenting below.

This week’s swoon worthy shiny thing is a spread I did for Mixed Tape II. I broke this eight week session of Mixed Tape up into themed weeks, and this week’s theme is “Hopelessly Devoted”. My intention was to demonstrate shrine making in the journal by honouring one of my favourite musical artists, Stevie Nicks.

This was a super fun spread to create. A limited palette and some funky hand drawn fonts always make me swoon.

In Other News

Yesterday, I had the kids over for dinner – soup, of course, because SOUP. I made a clear (as opposed to creamed) potato bacon with leeks, which was delicious. Lots of pepper & herbs Provence. We devoured it with a delicious loaf the kids brought over from the market.

I *thought* there was a PowWow today, but I read things wrong, and it was actually yesterday. SO DISAPPOINTED! I’m being taken out for brunch as a consolation because Hollandaise sauce makes everything better.

Later this evening, I’m heading out to a gathering of friends with the guy I’m seeing, and tomorrow, it’s back to my regularly scheduled programming.

I hope you had a gorgeous weekend, and that you have something swoon worthy to share.

xo
Effy

P.S. Here’s one of my favourite Stevie songs. It’s not her best known by far, but the lyrics really move me.

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Murmuration

“…I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbably beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”

It was Mabon eve, and Crow* and I were doing our usual Friday drive to catch a sunset. We use this time to catch up after a busy week, to talk through anything that needs to be talked through, but mostly, we sit in silence sipping our take out caffeine – steeped tea for him, two milk, two sugar, and coffee for me, double double. Sometimes, there’s music or As It Happens on the CBC. Mostly, we are companionably, deeply silent, like only old lovers can be, taking in the beauty of the green or gold earth, and the lavender and magenta sky. It’s a long exhalation.

Sacred time.

He saw it first, and exclaimed in wonder. We pulled over, and I got out to film it for you, because I knew you’d love it, too.

I have seen maybe three murmurations in my whole life, and it always feels personal, always feels like a gift. I’m not unused to seeing Starlings, but I usually see them earth bound, scavenging for grub in little flocks on grassy knolls.

Like this one:

Source: Audubon.Org

They delight me when I see them this way, too, but murmurations feel special, spectral, almost supernatural, though I know that’s ridiculous. Starlings just *do this*. It has nothing to do with me or my eyes on their dance. But I’m human, and humans like to assign meaning to random things, so I do, gratefully. I assign it the label ‘gift’ and I receive it as such and my life is richer for it.

I hope yours is richer for my having captured it for you.

xo
Effy

*Crow is my ex husband, and also my best friend.

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Autumnal Equinox

Today is Autumnal Equinox (aka Mabon) in the Northern Hemisphere, and Spring Equinox (aka Ostara) in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m in the Northern Hemisphere, so I’ll be focusing my attention on the Autumnal Equinox in this post.

Autumnal Equinox marks a day when we have equal amounts of day & night before the balance tips towards our nights becoming longer and longer until the longest night on Winter Solstice. It is also the second in a series of three harvest festivals that are celebrated by modern pagans. This harvest festival focuses on the orchards & fields, on the wrapping up of the growing season.

For me, it is a perfect time for focusing on what I’ve ‘grown’ this year and giving thanks for that.

I try to be mindful all year long that I have a lot to be grateful for. In autumn, though, it’s comes easily for me, since this is my absolute favourite time of the year despite the bittersweet undertone that comes from knowing that we are sliding ever onward into my *least* favourite time of year. Winter. Bah. Who needs it. *laughs*

Anyway, yes. Autumn. It’s glorious. It’s full of everything I love. Cool nights. Sun-kissed, apple scented days. A good grasp on what worked this year and what didn’t. The new planners start to come out for pre-order. The shelves are full of school supplies, and that fresh pencil smell. Halloween is coming (aka Samhain – my favourite holy day) – mere weeks away. Sweater weather will be with us for a while before I have to don a parka, and protection against air that hurts my face. I get to wear my knee high fall boots that make me feel like a boss. I never feel like I’m melting to death.

I love it.

xo
Effy

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The Daily Post

Image Source: The Daily Mirror

I have occasional bouts of positional vertigo, and woke up with an attack this morning, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

WordPress.Com has a wonderful resource for bloggers called The Daily Post. You’ll find articles on blogging, prompts, and posts by other bloggers inspired by the prompts. Exploring this page will provide an abundance of information for bloggers, whatever your experience level.

I took an anti-nausea pill and am about to go lie down for a bit, since moving the wrong way is a horrible idea right now.

Meanwhile, the ‘Caption This’ contest is still open if you want to join in and win $25. Yay!

xo
Effy

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Caption This – And The Winner Is!

 

Congratulations, BOB! Please email me at effythewild@gmail.com so I can send you your prize! Thanks to all who played! Your responses were HILARIOUS. <3

xo
Effy

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I’ll Never Be A Collage Artist

I finished this up this weekend for my students in Book Of Days, which is a year long art journaling offering that I’ve been doing since 2012.

It was super fiddly to work on because all those fruits and leaves and things are collage. Cut, paste, cut paste. Not my favourite thing to do, and now that I’ve demonstrated it, I’ll probably never do it again. Hah!

I love the results, but I would have been happier working on this if I’d hand drawn all those elements. They wouldn’t have been quite as well rendered as these are (they’re from a collection of clip art from a watercolorist), but they wouldn’t have required all that blasted cutting and gluing, and I would have had the satisfaction of having done them myself.

I love *looking* at work done by collage artists, though. Like, whoa. So beautiful! Teesha Moore’s work is especially inspiring to me. I love all the little details she includes in every one of her journal pages, and how well integrated everything looks. And while I’m sure I *could* do things that way, I don’t *love* doing things that way. Thankfully her work in this world exists, and I get to gaze at it (pardon the drool pouring out of my face!) with awe and love.

Screen shot of Teesha’s gallery at teeshamoore.com

Kelly Kilmer is another collage artist I admire. Her work has this delicious hybrid feeling to it with plenty of paint being thrown in at the collage images she chooses to work with.

From Kelly’s Blogspot at http://kellykilmer.blogspot.ca/

She achieves moods in her journals that really speak to me, and she makes me want to *try* doing things this way, which is always inspiring, but ultimately, there’s that cutting and gluing thing, so I opt instead to gaze in awe and take it all in.

I think, if you’re going to be really good at something, you have to love all the steps it takes to get from blank page to finished work. I love tearing up papers and using them in my background, but cutting? Not so much. I get cramps in my hands from all that cutting, and the process feels way too tedious for me. I prefer the ease of paint + paint pens, a few stamps, and my favourite lettering pens, so that’s what I’ll stick with.

An occasional foray into the unknown is good for the soul, though. I like trying things that aren’t in my ‘list of favourite things to do’ just to see if my tastes have changed. Like, when I first started painting faces, I had to do them in pencil first, with lots of fiddling over proportions. I liked really clean looking faces – almost illustrative, but I evolved, and tried new things (Stabilo All!) and my faces got looser and more expressive, less tight and more painterly.

It’s how we grow, right? Try things. Discern what works and what doesn’t. Stick with what works.

And blessedly for all of us, there will always be artists out there who do the things we can’t or won’t do so we have a world of beauty to gaze upon.

xo
Effy

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