Art Club | Summer Edition: Week 2

Week 2's projects included Windchimes and Indigo!  The windchimes were a new project that we brought on board.  In choosing our materials, the aim is to use pre-existing materials that can be recycled or natural materials that will leave a smaller footprint.  We used a variety of wood in addition to bamboo from the bamboo grove here at School House Farm.  The kids painted the top piece white and chose from a variety of patterns (including splatter painting) painted in black.  A colour pattern of Beads were added to their centre string before the task of tying began.  It was definitely more labourious than I had expected, but everyone was very proud and pleased with their final product!

Indigo, as usual, was anticipatory, then really boring and smelly, and ended with sweet victory, excitement, and pride.


Art Club | Summer Edition: Week 1

We are in the second half of summer and filling our weeks up with Art Club sessions!  Emily has been so kind as to host these fun creative adventures at School House Farm, providing a beautifully inspiring and open space for our energetic artists.  The week kicked off with Abstract Acrylic Painting on Canvasses, followed by our Gift Wrap session, and ending with Indigo.   I was really excited for the new Gift Wrapping session (I'm probably going to renamed it That's A Wrap because I'm just into fun names for things...) which turned out super fantastic!!!  I will definitely have to get my hands on a few more Pom Pom makers as those were definitely a favourite by far.  The Acrylic Painting always puts me on edge because of the permanence and all the accidental squeezing too much paint or possible end game of BROWN FROM MIXING ALL THE COLOURS, but as you will see, they all turned out uniquely awesome in every way.  Indigo was indigo, a lot of impatience and aversion to the smell, but inevitably always worth the end product!

Wallis Evera Spring 2017

I had such a ball creating these images with Isabella (model) and Monique of Wallis Evera for her 2017 Spring Collection.  The bright sunny yellow was so playful and yet maintained a flexibility working with both the conservative styles and the more free spirited styles.  I absolutely thrilled and with the way these images turned out!

A few select favourites that you can find up at


Halfmoon Bay

It was Sarah's Birthday 2 weeks ago and 15 of us joined her for a weekend Birthday Bash and Sisterhood Retreat on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  In addition to her Doula work (Any Day Now Birth Services), Sarah also holds retreats through Sacred Living Canada.  This weekend was a great opportunity to experience first hand the services she offers those wanting to dig a little deeper, surrender to finding their truth, and to connect with others on a similar path.  Her good friend, also Sara, drove in from Portand with her 6 month son, Indigo, to help in hosting the weekend retreat.  The majority of the crowd were friends and locals from Tsawwassen with a few more ladies from the Lower Mainland, so for the most part I felt very comfortable.  

It has been a year since Sarah decided to expand beyond her retreats and offer a safe space to her friends and locals in the form of the Full Moon Circle in the comfort of her home.  We have been meeting every few months to connect with the friends/women in our community, set intentions, eat snacks, drink wine and pull some cards for guidance.  I can not thank her enough for opening her home, love and services to us as we have all reaped the benefits in immeasurable ways.  Creating a safe space to be vulnerable, to share our struggles, to speak our truths and take on the challenge of personal growth is greatly lacking in our society and communities.  This circle has done wonders for myself and the women I have met over the past year.  It was a no brainer for many of us when she announced she would be hosting this weekend birthday/retreat/getaway months in advance, we all wanted in. 

The property is incredible.  An expansive 3 storey home stands on the top of the bluff with stairs leading down to a cozy waterfront cabin.  The peace and quiet was a perfect antidote to the constant noise of 3 children in 1500 square feet.  The ocean and the surrounding nature was the perfect environment for reflection and resetting.  Despite the cold weather we have been enduring this winter, the weekend was surprisingly mild; even the ocean itself wasn't as icy as I expected when I joined Fannie + Molly in an early morning skinny dip in celebration of Fannie's 40th. 

With the majority of the group being mothers, the meals were impeccably pre-planned and outrageously deliciously healthy (and largely vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free).  For 4 days, children's complaints were replaced with brimming adult gratitude and relief to sit down uninterrupted with hot food.  Everyone happily contributed which made everything so quick and easy, from all the tidying and dishes to taking shifts playing with Indigo so Sara could get a few breaks.  We were seriuosly nourished body, mind, heart and soul!

Each day began with a breakfast spread by Khara including (literally homemade everything) oatmeal, granola, almond or cashew milk, boiled eggs, and choice of fresh smoothie, switchel and cofee/tea.  We would meet in the yurt for our first circle which was followed by a creative activity hosted by one of the attendees.  Lunch would commence with some free time to walk/run the beach, hit the hot tub/sauna, do some journaling, or have a heart to heart in a beautiful corner of the property.  Sometimes a second circle would be planned, but since this was also a time for many of us to decompress the schedule was flexible.  Another delicious meal was communally prepared accompanied with many bottles of wine, including a wine tasting Saturday night hosted by Sarah's sister, Emily.

It was an unforgettable weekend and I think my favourite part was meeting new faces and connecting with others that have only been acquaintances up until this point.  That and gorging myself on all the food and snacks...

There are so many more photos, I tried my best to keep it down... Enjoy!


Thank you Sarah + Sara for hosting this wonderful weekend retreat.  You are making a huge difference with your work, inspiring openness and courage in all of us to strive to be our highest selves and to find meaningful connections with those around us.