Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!*

Thing One

I have fallen in love with watercolours, and believe me when I tell you that no one is as surprised as I am. It all started when I logged in to The Creative Revolution classroom and did the first week’s exercises. Watercolours and I sideeyed one another a little bit. There was some batting of eyelashes and some eye rolling and plenty of resistance. Watercolours shuffled over and beckoned with both hands. I shrugged and said “Okay! Why not!”

And then we danced.

What I’m loving so much about these meditations on watercolour is how emotional they are for me. I find myself ‘dancing in’ colours that feel like *I* feel. I’m also loving how portable they are – how I can sit on my couch with a few palettes (my Jane Davenport palettes & a homemade palette made with Qor watercolours and gifted to me by my lovely Muppet) and my favourite brushes (four Escoda rounds that I treated myself to last year), and splash around a bit without any stress or mess or much clean up.

It’s *ease*, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little more of that in my life right now.

Flora Bowley is definitely one of my top artistic influences, and I always love her classes. I repeat rounds of Bloom True pretty much every year, and even though I’m not a canvas artist, I do find what I learn while playing on canvas makes its way into my art journaling practice. This new class is already inspiring me in much the same way. I’m playing with new techniques, new mediums. I’m feeling free. I’ve liberated myself from feeling completely intimidated by watercolours. I’m SO SQUEE about this!

My sense of squee was increased tenfold this week when Flora used one of my paintings in her newsletter banner and on her blog. You can see it here and here.

See? SQUEE!

Thing Two

My lovely student, Judi of Jujuart by Judi is offering a download of this painting to anyone who tips me. Here’s what she has to say:

“To anyone who feels inspired and encouraged by Effy Wild be it via BOD; Radiant: Journal 52 or #MiniMoleyDaily I am offering a free download of an Effy inspired spread done by me; this spread has had lots of positive feedback including a beautiful request from a Sweet Trash Journal participant to use it in their STJ (Nancy Dale I love you) and also inspired by the true generosity of Effy’s muppet known as Sarah Trumpp who is spreading love on a daily basis. I am not in the position to do what these awesome women to do contribute; but this I can do.

Attached you will find a scan which you are free to download and use for your own personal use; in return I am asking that if possible you tip our Effy (realising that cannot be policed in any way) in an attempt to offset the costs of the recent second hack on Journal 52 and also contribute to the costs to keep the site going; this is where you go to tip Effy: http://tinyurl.com/tipeffy

This is my personal work and I hope you will respect that and not share further; and if you use it please attribute me as the artist (Because thanks to Effy and others I AM AN ARTIST!) Enjoy with all my best wishes.”

Thank you, Judi! You are such a love!

Thing Three

This collection on Ello. I am growing my own awareness of artists who are also people of colour by seeking them out wherever I can find them. Collections like this help enormously. Well done, Ello!

 

Thing Four

Baby Lips. Last year while at a festival, my friend, Shannon handed me a tube because I was suffering from a horrible case of chapped lips, and I became immediately addicted. The medicated version is my favourite, but they also have tinted versions, and since I’m that girl who is usually too tired to care about things like lip gloss, this is a nice option. Frivolous, you say? You obviously don’t live in an three story walk up with RADIANT HEAT that sucks every drop of moisture out of your ever lovin’ body.

From what I can tell from a quick Google search, they are available in Canada and the U.S. wherever stuff like this is sold (department stores, drug stores, etc.)

Thing Five

My friend, Cathy Sylvester is making these astonishingly beautiful journals. She was kind enough to drop in last year with one for me to play with, and promised to update me when she got her ducks in a row in terms of being able to offer these for sale. I admit I had a bit of a sticker shock when I looked at them on Etsy, but when I think about all the love and work that goes into the creation of something like this, I admit I melt a little bit!

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five!

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Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!*

Let’s proceed!

I’m finding it difficult to choose from all the gorgeousness that’s happened this week, but I’m going to do my level best.

Thing One
I’m dating someone. He’s pretty special. I like him a lot, and he likes me back. This is a delicious, delicious thing. I’m keeping him to myself for a while because there are littles involved, and also because I it’s just that sweet. A secret, delicious sweet lovely thing that’s all for me, for now. I’ll share him with you when I’m ready, ok?

He makes me smile like this, all soft and goopy. Also, that wrap slung over my shoulder? It was his prezzie to me on our second date. Special guest appearance by one of my very favourite mugs, made by Allegonde of Artesian Goddess.

I’m doing things like setting my coffee table up for romantic dinners for two. I love setting the scene like this, and I’m grateful to have a reason to do it.

Thing Two
This group is ROCKING MY LIFE. They just happened to be featured on As It Happens on CBC Radio while Crow and I we were on our way out to Caledonia for Indian Tacos at The Oasis Talk about perfect timing, eh? My life is so often like that this divine kind of timing no longer surprises me!

While I am working on boring things like gluing down teensy tiny pieces of paper, this is my current go-to soundtrack. Believe me when I tell you that listening to this means I am not just getting boring, tedious bits of work done, but I am also getting my cardio, because I can’t stay still! They have an artist station on Spotify, too, which is super handy! Give them a listen and just try to stay still. I bet you can’t!

Thing Three
My BOD folks know this, but I have a new-to-me tarot deck called The Wild Unknown. It doesn’t just talk to me, mind you. It SINGS to me. Every time I draw a card, I feel like the universe is giving me a great big hug and making me a cup of soothing tea.

The illustrations are beautiful. The guidebook is perfect and includes easy to eye-scan key words. The size is perfect for my hands (unlike other decks I love but can’t shuffle without sending the entire deck flying all over the room! I’m looking at you, Druidcraft Tarot!).

I’ve been using it in my weekly tarot pulls in BOD and everyone agrees that it’s not just gorgeous, but really spiritually active, by which I mean that we are getting some seriously deep & accurate pulls.

Thing Four
My kid has been posting a lot of live video on his Facebook timeline. Dudes. I am so proud of him. Here are two from the last few days. If you love his music as much as I do, you can find more on his bandcamp here, and on his Soundcloud here.

Thing Five
The wait is finally over!

My lesson in “Ever After 2016” is now available as a stand alone workshop!

This class includes unlimited, indefinite access and is comprised of video instruction as well as a step-by-step PDF walkthrough, an in depth interview on the subject of style development, and the Ultimate Notebook Tutorial. All lessons are instant access the moment you register for the course.

You will receive a complete supplies list as well as suggestions for substitutions. Your teacher will be accessible via email, and you are welcome to post your questions, comments, and images in the classroom.

Join me as we explore ‘The Ugly Duckling’ as told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and create this beautiful Klimt inspired mixed media swan! It’s only $29, and includes a discount link for Facing Forward II worth $20!

That’s it for me today, my loves. As always, you can find my classes here, Journal52 here, MiniMoleyDaily here, and my tip jar here.

xo
Effy

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Friday Five

This week could easily feature a Friday Fifty, but I love you way too much to make you read about that many things, so I’ll stick to Friday Five. :)

Thing One

Photo by Teri Epp

There are two sites I’m relying on for a ‘daily briefing’ of the news. I started getting them both in my inbox so I would have a general sense of what’s going on before I venture out into the virtual world. This has allowed me to bypass all the clickbait on Facebook altogether. It also means I’m not stumbling into information that leaves me shaking and outraged. I take it in all at once via The Daily WTF (this link is sweary, so NSFW) and The NYT Morning Briefing. (Totally safe for work!) When The Daily WTF lands in my inbox, I yell WTF! And when I’ve finished reading the Morning Briefing, I yell WHAT’S NEXT, like I’m Jed Bartlet in The West Wing.

Yes, I’m weird, but I amuse myself AND my dog, so I’ve learned to live with it.

Thing Two

Yesterday, I made this.

It turned out like this:

Cremini & Ricotta Flatbread

It was incredibly simple, and yet also incredibly satisfying. And pretty. SO pretty! I love me some pretty food.

Thing Three

Banter. All of the banter. The BANTER!
#cryptic #vaguebooking #enoughsaid

Thing Four

Jessica Swift has this thing you can sign up for where for 100 days she will send a beautiful, colourful piece of digital art straight to your inbox. It cheers me to no end, and acts as a wonderful antidote to the news de jour. I have been collecting the art in a folder so I can set it as my screen saver on Apple TV. I love her colour choices, and her patterning. It’s a feast for the eyes.

 

 

Thing Five


My Journal52 peeps have raised just over $400 since yesterday to help me cover the cost of hosting and pampering for my website. You ROCK MY POPTARTS. Thank you. <3

That’s it for me today, my loves. As always, you can find my classes here, Journal52 here, MiniMoleyDaily here, and my tip jar here.

xo
Effy

Friday Five

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been a bit (a lot?) overwhelmed with a steady stream of terrifying/outrage-inducing no good terrible bad news lately. In the midst of *waves hands at all the things* I’ve been doing this dance between being ‘in here’ and ‘out there’. Some of my life’s hours are spent in outrage. Some are spent in my blanket fort with my lovely dog. Some are spent reading and retweeting. Some are spent listening to The Witching Hour by Anne Rice on Audible. Some are spent happily creating. Some are spent creating in a fit of frustrated weeping.

I dance. In here. Out there. Peace. Struggle. Outrage. Fierce love.

Cha-cha-cha.

For once in my life, ‘in here’ is pretty good. Lonely, but in a deliciously spacious, anticipatory way that I’ve never before experienced – like, this loneliness is a portal through which good things may emerge. Quiet. Peaceful. Full of my own ‘head down, do your own work’ type stuff. “Out there” is – well. You know.

The dance is good for me. It means I’m asking myself what I need on a regular basis. I find myself slamming the lap top shut and indulging in something soul-nourishing more and more often as a counter measure. I ask myself “what can I *actually* do”, and I do that to the best of my ability, and then I go do something else.

Christopher Penczak posted this on his Facebook Timeline today:

Remember despite a world of madness, life continues… People are mourning loved ones lost, getting diagnosed with serious illnesses, facing disasters, and filing for divorce. People are also falling in love, getting married, creating art, raising children, making new friends, playing music, having sex, advocating for their rights, and making magick. Remember to live.

I took a deep breath when I read that. It’s not like I need permission to do these things. I don’t. I’m a grown ass woman. But I do, occasionally, need *reminders* that I can do these things.

I like to remember to live ‘out loud’ in spaces like this, because I find myself emboldened by sharing. When I share, I feel safely gathered in to a tribe of witnesses. It also keeps me accountable if I call a thing I’m doing ‘a thing’ and I endeavour to do it habitually.This is how pretty much every community project I’ve ever created began.It all starts like this:

OH HEY! I want to do a thing, but I’ll probably drop it after five minutes because SQUIRREL, so I’m going to make it a thing, okay? If it’s a THING and I know you’re doing it with me, I’ll do it for longer than five minutes. Maybe not MUCH longer, but at least a little longer! So TADA! This is now a THING.

As a way of balancing my reaction to my news feed, I want to do a thing. A “Friday Five” type of thing. Five things that are rocking my life, every Friday. Some of the things will be me things. Some will be things I find out there in the world. All of them will be soul nourishing. They will be heart-centered, desire-led, pleasure-seeking, spirit-lifting.

Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Not because I’m one of the ‘positive police’ – I’m not, and anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge fan of being with all the things, including the deep dark scary stuff. So, no. This is not about spiritual bypass or whitewashing all of *waves at everything happening around her*. Rather, attending, at least for a few moments a week,to what’s *right*.

This feels somehow magical right now. It feels like I already attend to what’s not okay, like, all the time. I notice it, I call it out, I do what I can to counter it by creating safe spaces where people can share without fear of reprisal for feeling their feelings. But lately it feels a little bit like I’m in danger. Like I’ve swung all the way over to the omgdoomy side of things in my desperation to stay on top of it all, and that’s no way to live, right? Because in the midst of everything that’s going on, there are these lives we’re living.

FYI, unless otherwise explicitly noted, my shares are fangirlish squee, and not affiliate linkage.

So. Friday Five. Here we go.

Thing One
As someone who spent most of her life struggling with a serious self-care deficit, the preparation of beautiful food *for myself* even when there’s no one else to feed has been a hugely nourishing undertaking. When my marriage ended, I knew how to cook for a houseful of people, not ONE person, and so at first, I shopped like I used to, and cooked like I used to, and then threw out 3/4 of what I’d bought/cooked. In time, I lapsed into a habit of ordering in, which was okay, because I wasn’t wasting food anymore, and I wasn’t experiencing that horrible sadness I experienced when I realized I’d cooked enough for an army of mouths and bellies for no reason other than I had no idea how to cook for one.

Shortly after I moved to my new apartment, I signed up for a service* that delivers raw ingredients (everything you need except salt, pepper, olive oil, and occasionally a couple of eggs) and recipes for multiple meals a week. Serving sizes are healthy. Everything is, wherever possible, locally sourced and of the highest possible quality. Everything is incredibly fresh. I opted in for four entrees per week, and I usually select at least two vegetarian options (to which I often add lean protein so I can make the recipe stretch a bit). This means that pretty much every day, I’m eating something beautiful and healthful, since each recipe makes 2 – 3 servings, and more if I add my own lean protein to the veggie recipes.

At least four times a week, you will find me in my kitchen, apron on, listening to an audio book or music (see Thing Two), doing my mise en place, shaking my booty, singing out loud. I sip Perrier Lime or Chardonnay. I cook, and then plate whatever I’ve cooked, photograph it, and sit down to eat. Mindfully. Slowly. Steak, sliced against the grain served with black garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed snow peas. Moussaka. Naan panini with bocconcini, roasted red pepper, and HOMEMADE PESTO. Caribbean sweet potato hash with honey glazed pork loin.

If I have a guest, they sit on a comfy bar chair I have in my kitchen so they can sip wine and talk to me while I cook. I plate for two, photograph the prettiest plate, and then we sit down to eat.

Every plate I create is a love letter to my body. Every meal I make is a Valentine.

*Because I know you’ll ask, here’s where I get my food from. 

Thing Two

Spotify. I love it. It has become a near daily companion. I love to create playlists, but my very favourite feature is “Discover Weekly” which is a new playlist created for me by Spotify every single Monday. You can find my profile here.

Thing Three

 Couch art. Mmmmm. Especially now that I have a wee box of Jane D’s MM stuff, thanks to two shopping trips to Michael’s with coupons.

This wee girl (she’s about 7 x 10) was created with the INKredible pen, both of the watercolor palettes, the Mermaid Markers, and Magic Wands. I’ve also got some white acrylics paint in there (Golden Fluid). I have made a deal with myself that if I want to binge on something on Netflix, I have to have a journal spread on the go – not because I’m a tyrant, but because it is much more soul nourishing for me to multitask in this way.

Thing Four
This post by Tanya Geisler that helped me feel a little less wobbly.

Thing Five

This new project by my lovely muppet, Sarah Trumpp, that is making my heart swell.

I hope you have a weekend that is full of your life. See you next week!

xo
Effy
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