Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Heart Warming Cheer Beaded Heart Swap

Hi everyone!!!
I'm announcing a swap that I'm hosting! It's a beaded heart swap!!! Yup, for Valentines day! I am hosting this over at>Bead Art and at

All About Beads Both of these groups are through Delphi Forums.

So if you are interested in playing too, drop me a line! Remember, they have to be beaded and they have to be hearts. There are some great people already signed up so create something spectacular!
The cost is the cost of postage - not bad eh? I might even find some nice hearts to include as gifts!!
Cheers, Denise

Monday, December 04, 2006

Done now!!!

Handed in my last paper - and no exams!!! So look forward to some upcoming art blogs, where I actually post art and enjoy the process of making art! I went to Wallacks today which is an art store here in Ottawa. I picked up a couple of things and hopefully will get to play with them really soon!
Cheers, All!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Another Advent!

Thanks To Lisa Vollrath. She has a great countdown calendar of clip art, tags and who knows what else! Go click on the title above and add her wonderful gift to your daily list!
Cheers, Denise

Friday, December 01, 2006

Advent Calendars

They are so fun. Here's one to play with. I found it on .The Brocante Home Chronicles and I thought it would be fun to share. I think I might look around and see what other neat things are out there for counting down the days to Christmas.
Now back to what every you were doing!
Cheers, Denise

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Still, Here, not doing any art.

I'm doing home work. so for those of you who are waiting for a wonderful something from the meme, I'm still here, I had in my next paper on Monday and then I'm off! I can art! I can create and play and bead and decorate for Christmas. My poor daughter is wondering when the Christmas Tree will go up! I'm so looking forward to the month of December!
I did make a bracelet with crystals and didn't glue the knots and lost it yesterday while I was out. I hope someone finds it and likes it and fixes it. I'd rather that then it was run over by a car and crushed! Maybe I'll find it in a grocery bag or something.
And I have pictures of my freeform peyote bracelets that I'll post next time I'm here. I might even try to make a new banner for the blog once I'm finished my homework! The potential to create will be awesome.
It's like I'm getting this build up of creative energy what with not being able to do any of it! December will be fun!
Cheers, Denise

Thursday, November 23, 2006

School work, work work, beadwork?

I can't find the camera. If I could find the camera, I would show you all the papers I have to read for my two assignments. Then I would show you my beautiful free form peyote bracelets that I made. I'll find the camera and show you them but maybe not the reading. It's interesting reading but I'd rather be beading! Or working in the art room on my charms for the charm swap. Don't know about the charm swap? Well!!! Then I can at the least tempt you with that!
Check this out!
Amber Dawn

Cheers, Denise

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Picture For You!!!

I have a picture for you!!! It's of a couple of fall tags that I made for a swap on
Mixed Media Art

We are a low key group that has lots of fun trading postcard and tags and such. We have been swapping with each other for about a year now and we have lots of fun!!! We don't talk too much - well some of us don't but if you have a question or a new thing, then go for it! Visit us! If you mention my name,you won't get a discount but I'll try to say hello!
Cheers, Denise

Monday, November 06, 2006

My partners in Sharing

I had two people come forward to share art with me! So for those two - one of them, I can't seem to attach your comments to the blog! Anyway, please send me your address in the comment section. Because I moderate the comments, I will be able to get your address's and emails without it going everywhere on the net!
So I'm not sure when, but please look forward to something in your post!
Cheers, Denise

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Art Share Meme!

Oh this looks like fun!!! I'm committed to playing with this one!

"The first five people to respond to this post (via the comments section) will get some form of art made by me. I make no guarantees about type or delivery deadline. (You get what you get, when you get it, but I'll do my best work.) The only catch, of
course: as with most memes, if you sign up, you have to put this in your own blog as well."

Cool eh? Who wants to play with me?
Cheers, Denise

Monday, October 30, 2006

Forgot to Take Pictures

I just came back from the post office. If you are looking forward to something from me, it's in the mail. Really. I always feel an odd sense of accomplishment when I do that - take all these envelopes and parcels to the mail. Of course, with the new regulations that exist, the paperwork is silly!
So of course, as I was leaving the post office, I realized that I didn't take pictures of my tags or atc's or 4x4! I bet you all are beginning to believe that I don't do any art! But I have been! Really!
So yesterday I was working on art all afternoon. It was cold and wet and windy and perfect for playing with my art supplies. I've joined a charm swap and I'm playing around with different ideas for the charms. I think I've got one idea that involves beads, and the other involves shrink plastic. So far so good!
Pictures soon! I promise!
Cheers, Denise

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I'm learning. It's really hard. The discussions are difficult, the topics are heart wrenching and for the first time, I had tears in my eyes during class. That really surprises me cause I'm not a teary person, not a bit!
So what has me on edge? Child Rights. The course is on the Convention of The Rights of the Child. And as we go through each right, there are stories and examples and student presentations on children who's rights are being violated. And it is very hard. I think about my daughters and I think about children I know and I think about these children around the world who have never known and don't know that they even have rights. They don't know that they don't need to work, don't need to prostitute themselves, don't need to go hungry. But that is their reality and they do have to do those things because that is their life.
I had no idea I was walking into this. It was listed as Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies and it was mandatory for Child Studies Students. I had no idea we would be talking about war, child soldiers or slavery.

So that's were I am right now and I'm trying really hard to not wear my heart on my sleeve and to smile and laugh. But oh, I tell you, it's hard!


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Thanksgiving Weekend

This is a picture of some jewellery I helped my sister and my neice and my daughter's wanted to make. I don't do a lot of jewellery but I can do it. I must admit that I was scrambling for findings! My sister commented on the fact that I was picking too many beads but then when she went to find just the right bead in just the right size, I didn't have it! All of a sudden, I didn't have enough beads! Hahahaha, and so the addiction continues!

This is me and my neice and my daughter working on the earrings. It was fun having so many of my family playing with me!! Of course, I didn't make anything, but I did manage to take apart a crystal bracelet!!!
I'll try to upload the pictures from Gatineau park tomorrow - it was a perfect weekend! Colour and good weather and a wonderful walk. We came home to an awesome turkey!!!
Cheers, Denise

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Christmas is coming....

I thought I'd tell you a little more about Christmas Presence.

It's a seasonal store that opens just after Thanksgiving - in October and stays open till January. So in August and September, we are setting up the store and getting it ready for opening. Each year it always comes down to the crunch and we are over worked and tired and scrambling to get things done. It really is amazing what goes into setting up the store. And this is compounded by the fact every ornament comes out of it's package and is hung on pegs. Every tag is ripped off. Every year we have a different location in the mall and we have to work with the new store, figuring out shelving, plugs, where the trees are going, counter space etc. We will probably have about 25 or so trees set up and decorated by the time the store opens. Each tree has a theme, and develops a name. We also have all the other things that help make Christmas so special. This year we are also doing Halloween and Thanksgiving/Autumn because we are opening early.
It's fun, it's cool, and it's a lot of work. There are definitely days when it looks like we haven't gotten anything done, and that's not a good thing. So, for the next few days - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we at the Christmas store will be working harder than elves to get the store up and ready for opening on Friday Night. Friday night is a bit of a celebration because we are open and all the panic disappears. But we are tired so sleep also holds a big draw!
On Saturday I'm teaching at Dragon's Lair and I'm really looking forward to that cause I love to teach bead work!
Cheers, Denise

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Quirky? Who Me?

Your Quirk Factor: 52%

You're a pretty quirky person, but you're just normal enough to hide it.
Congratulations - you've fooled other people into thinking you're just like them!

This makes me laugh because it's exactly how I feel about it all- or maybe I'm fooling my self?
How quirky are you?

In other news, I'm hard at work - literally. I'm working at the Christmas Store, Christmas Presence. Every year we set up a whole new store and every year it's a ton of work! So that's where I've been spending a lot of my time. After this week the store will be open and then I'll be working regular shifts. Then things will be more predictable. It's fun to set up a store but there is pressure to get finished by deadline and it sometimes means long nights and busy days. That and school - school has so much reading!!!
My oldest daughter turned 13 yesterday! Happy Birthday Claire!!
Cheers, Denise

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

Here are some birthday beads and some birthday beading! Well I beaded yesterday with my friend Calinda and the birthday beads were waiting patiently for the last two weeks to be opened. Thanks so much to Victoria, Grace, Judi and Dody! Today I hope to do some fun things with my family! I'll keep ya posted!
Cheers, Denise

Friday, September 15, 2006

Another Weekend Away

So after spending almost three days sleeping from this ridiculous cold, I'm going camping with the family. I got the groceries, have some laundry in and I just want to sleep. Now I don't mind the odd cold but does it have to completely wipe me out? That's just not fair!! I feel so behind in things!
Enough complaining! I'm going to have a good time enjoying the fall colours and getting inspired from them. I'd love to pick leaves and iron them in waxpaper and stick them to the windows. Hopefully we'll be able to start collecting some great samples! Soon I'll have pictures!
So bear with me - those who still might be reading - I'll be back soon!
Cheers, Denise

I forgot to tell you all! check this out! I'm going to be published in Portals! It's an online zine that is published by Heather and Joleen.
They are very talented women and I'm honoured to be part of their zine. Check it out, it's well worth it and from the other copies, I know that this one will be awesome too! Of course I'm not biased!
Cheers, Denise

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I even forgot the password!

Hi Everyone!
It's been a long time - and a lot of kilometers since I last posted! We drove out to BC and back and we had a fantastic trip! Things went off without a hitch! The trailer was awesome, the dog is a great traveller and the kids were amazing! We saw some neat wild life, met up with family we hadn't seen in years and visited out old house in Victoria. The children lost their heart in Banff and Victoria and I suspect that if someone magically dropped a couple of jobs in our laps, we'd be hard pressed to find an excuse to stay here. As a matter of fact, the girls kept asking "Why did you move?"
So the pictures will be forth coming and more stories but I came home to lots of responsibility and a great desire to bury my head in the sand. Instead I got a nasty cold and immediate deadlines! A month really is a long time to be away!
More soon!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Working Hard - Getting Ready

I've been hard at work - and working my kids hard to get ready for our trip. We are going for a month and when we get back home, it will be straight into school. I'm bound and determined not to come home to a messy house so I've been driving everyone crazy with the purging and cleaning. Hard to believe, when I look around - I don't see that much of a difference! Argh,, it seems no sooner do the kids get their room half done that they go and take everything out again and I feel like I'm back to square one.

So I've run most of my errands. Now I have to plan a menu for shopping for the first few days of camping and do the shopping tomorrow. Thursday is packing and Friday we are doing our weekly clean of the house. Saturday morning we are on the road!

For projects, I've decided to bring some atc fabric blanks that need beading; a circle piece that I started for the trailer and haven't finished yet; my crazy quilt doll; and two eye glass cases that need beading as a sample for a class I'm going to be beading. They shouldn't take me long - they are already sewn up, just need some beads for decoration. I figure it will be a fun way to teach bead embroidery.

Here is a picture of my pink and orange pages. Long story - I used to play Othello when I was a kid. It has different names but it's where you are colour and your opponent is the reverse and you have to flip over the tiles when you make a line. Well when I saw this pink and orange chubby book, it reminded me of the game so I decided to make the board as my page. As you can see, that really didn't happen - it didn't look good. But I did have some fun putting these pages together so they are going in the mail tomorrow. Also going in the mail are two more dolls from our Bead Art Round Robin.

See ya!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Fabric ATC blanks

I've created these atc crazy quilting atc's to embellish for a swap that I'm in and also to swap with some friends that I know from the store Quilty Pleasures. I don't know if they have begun or have thought about it - perhaps I should light a fire under their beads?
So I'm really looking forward to embellishing these and all kinds of ideas keep swimming around in my mind. Fibers and beads and faces and embroidery floss! I don't know if I'll have time to put all of that on each card but I'll keep you posted!
I've booked a class at Dragons Lair Beads Remember that gorgeous blue bracelet that Genevieve Crabe created? Well, I'll be teaching that one. I"m also booked to teach bead embroidery at Micheals at the Pinecrest Mall here in Ottawa. More bookings to come!

On one more note - we are getting ready for our big trip out west. We are contacting people and practicing getting out of bed, making our beds and getting dressed - first! That means we don't come downstairs and lounge around watching cartoons and playing computer games. That, I swear it is harder to teach this to the girls then all the other preparations I've been working on! Less than two weeks!
Cheers, Denise

Friday, July 21, 2006

Don't look Ellen!

I picked up this lighthouse form years ago. I really like lighthouses and always wanted to do something with it - there were six originally I think. Anyway, I sent one to my friend in Washington State and we agreed to trade them when I get out there in August. So Ellen, here is mine - all beaded! I'm not sure if I'm going to add anything else to it, but I sure had fun beading it and it really didn't take very long. So now I'm showing it off, and Ellen - don't look!!!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Cooke Family Go Karting Day

We had such a fun time! Here are a few pictures of the day with a few of us - me driving, my daughters, my niece and her boyfriend. Check out the awesome family t's! They were a great surprise by my brother and father. There may be more pictures coming, I have to go through them. I of course, forgot the camera back in Ottawa and didn't get any shots. Silly me.
We had a wonderful dinner with the 22 of us. Lots of laughing and giggling. The kids were great - it was wonderful to see my cousin Anne again and meet her boys. My Aunt was there and she went out on the track too. It was very cool!
We were all getting together to have fun and play. It hasn't happened in a long time and it was great for us to see and be together. It also happened to be on my father's birthday! We had great enjoyment celebrating his day and making the whole thing that much more special.
The next day we went to my Mom's. We had a good time there too but I do have to apologize because we were all a little sleepy. Still, a short visit was better than none at all!

On Friday I came home to teach! It was a great class - the students were enthusiastic and fun! I love teaching bead embroidery! I teach at Quilty Pleasures - it's a wonderful store here in Ottawa.
The staff are the best and it's where I've been taking my quilting classes. I'm not teaching there anymore this summer but look for more classes in the fall! I'd love to create a scissor case class or a needle case class. It would be great to work on projects and see how creative people can be!
Cheers, Denise

Monday, July 10, 2006

Here in Toronto

Hi all!
I'm here in Milton - just outside of Toronto, with my sister and her family. We are having a great family event tomorrow where a bunch of us Cookes! Will get together for some laughs and gokarting! Way cool - the kids are really excited and it will be great to see some of my relatives.
Then off for dinner with the same bunch. My brother was absolutely great to arrange all of this! Thanks STEVE!!!!
On Wednesday we are off to see my Mom and hang at the beach if it's beach hanging weather. I'm hoping! My Mom lives in Cottage country and it's a great town. I really like driving to and from that area because we take the back roads which are turn and roll and are very scenic. And on Thursday we will be doing just that - home.
We had a good drive yesterday. Haley did a triathon in the morning and then we were off. We couldn't get the computer to play a DVD so we talked and laughed and read ghost stories in the car. It was good.
Cheers, Everyone!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Weeds grow so fast! Pools get so dirty after a storm! Arghhhh - yesterday they called for high winds, hurricane like weather, and hail so I rushed outside with my daughter to close the trailer quickly. The storm passed us. Not like the day before, when it hit us full force and put the electricity out. Then, the trailer was up and everything stayed dry. This morning, I opened it up and all kinds of things are soaked - because we closed it in the rain! Note to self - leave it up!
So the weeds are mowed, the pool is clean, the kids are doing chores and I'm ready to watch them by the pool. Of course, the dishes aren't done, the art room is a mess and I still have to rake, but lemonade by the pool just sounds so darn good!
Cheers, Denise

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Isn't it beautiful?!

I had the priviledge of teaching the caterpillar class the other night and one of my students - Genvieve Crabe - sent me a picture of her completed bracelet. And it is just beautiful! I love the caterpillar bracelet! It's so luscious and tactile and bold! Thanks Genevieve for allowing me to show off your gorgeous work!

On another note - tomorrow is the last day of school for the summer for my girls. So I get to have them at home for two months to play and swim and smile and create! If you hear less of art and more of motherhood, don't be surprized! It's me doing what I love - being with my family!
Cheers, Denise

Sunday, June 25, 2006

What The He## Do I Do?

I was curious. So I went on line and started goofing around with the colours on my blog. I wanted to figure out how to make and put a banner in. Well I sorta figured it out. It's kinda cool how much mischief I managed to get into isn't it? I was tempted a few times to just reset the whole template because it was looking so weird. I'm not happy with my side bar, but I know it's because of those maps. Setting margins seems to be tricky so I'm working on that. I am having fun though. I haven't figured out how to make the banner bigger though. I made it into a picture, uploaded it to the blog so it would be made into a picture but it's the large size and I haven't figured out how to change it's size. If anyone wants to rescue me in the HTML Sea of Confusion, please feel free!
Cheers, Denise

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Art Dolls

I thought while I was working on my current projects, I'd show you some art dolls that I made quite awhile ago. The Garden Doll is mine and I think she is fabulous. She feels so good in my hands and I used my favourite beads and flowers on her.

This doll was made for my very first swap and is owned by a friend. She turned out beautifully with that full rainbow of beads around her head. She came from a form pattern from Ronda Kivett. It's a hard form to sew and get all the points to line up but I like beading it because the point are fun!

I made a bracelet today. I'll take pictures tomorrow and show it to you. My friend Calinda came over and we worked on them most of the morning. I finished it this evening while watching a movie with my youngest. The rest of my family has gone away for the weekend so it's just me and my baby hanging out! She wants to go play in the artroom tomorrow so expect some great art!
Cheers, Denise

Where Have I Been?

I found this map site from another blog and thought it would be fun to play!
So here is where I have been in Canada:

create your own personalized map of Canada
or check out ourVancouver travel guide

And here is where I have been in Europe:

create your personalized map of europe
or check out our Barcelona travel guide

And here is where I have been in the States. Of course, I think it is - we've driven through them a couple of times and I can't exactly remember all the states I've been in.

create your own personalized map of the USA
or check out ourCalifornia travel guide

I've also been to the Dominican Republic, which wasn't on the list. My darling Husband is really a world traveller and has been to many more places than I. We both hope to continue our travels as we go - Even the kids like to travel!

So Where have you been?
Cheers, Denise

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I got bitten!

By the crazy quilt bug. So when someone on one of the forums I belong to shared a link to a crazy quilt doll, I had to do it. Now the one that she shared with us didn't have any arms or legs and while I can live with no legs - it looks like a skirt, I have a hard time with that armless thing. Just a personal preference. So here she is in all her glory. Not beaded yet but that is next. I am so totally thrilled with her! It was sure cool to make her and where you may see something that looks not quite right, that's because it isn't and I can bead there and no one will see anything they aren't supposed to see.

And while we are at it - I'm including the finished beaded crazy quilt needle case. I had actually finished it but I posted the before picture because that's all I had. I took a picture of the finished needle case when I took a picture of the doll. So here it is. Good to have things to practice on eh?

Cheers, Denise

What am I working on?

I'm working on my needle case. I took a crazy quilt class to learn the technique and I made my patch into a needle case. What have I learned? There is a reason for people like me in class to be made an example of - what not to do! By the end of the class people were saying - "Oops I did a Denise!" Good thing I knew many of these women! They won't soon be forgetting me either!
Another thing I learned is that there is a quarter inch seam allowance for a reason! And now you know that while on the surface, it may look okay, in reality, there were a couple of seams that didn't take - because I made them too thin. I'll remember for next time. Not a whole lot of good reasons for doing all that work just to have the seam pop.
One other thing. I need to practice the tension on my embroidery. I've pulled too much and the material is buckling. Practice. We all just love to practice don't we?
So, without further ado, here is the needle book - not finished but a work in progress. I love the colours!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm being very brave

I'm showing you where I create. I don't call it a studio, I call it the art room. I'm happy there, it's messy and it's not very organized and it's full and I've got work to do on it but it's my space and I can find things and it's fun to go down there. I like hanging things up, painting on the walls and keeping the tv on for noise while I work. I use the desk for homework sometimes and there is a daybed in there for sitting on and relaxing. I sleep down there in the really hot nights when upstairs is just too hot.

This is a workbench that I use for an art desk. I like to stand at it which is good because I move around a lot but if I need to sit, I can grab a stool from the kitchen.
My desk. It's so messy right now. I do want to clean it off. I like doing homework here too.

Originally this was a library. I had this loaded with books and now some of these books are redundant and I need to clear more room for more of my art supplies. It's a work in progress.

I have some of my atc's here and chubby books. This is fun for me.

More later. Dinner now!
Cheers, Denise

Sunday, June 11, 2006

My dog Springer

My family wasn't too happy to see that I had a great picture of Cole on the blog and poor Springer was stuck in the screen room. So here is a good picture of the boy, lying on his bed. He loves his bed. It is quite funny to see how much he really does love it, he needed to be coaxed onto it for the first month before he finally decided it was a good thing. When we were camping in the trailer for the first time, we were all sitting at the table inside and he wouldn't settle. He sat beside the table looking up at us. I looked at him and said outloud "look at how well I know our dog."
I got up, took a towel and folded it in half. I put it down by the door. Springer got up, went over to the towel, stepped on it and circled around the way dogs do and then tucked himself down onto the towel. He was so cute!
So here he is, in all his cuteness!

Summer Celebration and Stuff

It went well. Summer Celebration was fun. It was a cold day and cold days make people eat! We sold all our hamburgers and hotdogs and had lots of drinks left over. Much easier to store drinks than left over burgers and dogs! The new popcorn machine was a hit too and the young kids at the candy floss machine made mixed colours of floss - I thought that was cool!

A few people were showing off their blog lists so I thought I'd show you all a few that I love to read and follow. Some of them because they are friends, some because of their art, some because they are just plain interesting! - Heather is a great Californian Friend that was instrumental in my obsession for mixed media! I met her in Washington and we communicate and play on a yahoo group together. I've never met Debra but she makes me laugh, gets me curious and has great talent. We've conversed and she's great at posting nearly every day. I'm impressed with that. Helen Cowans was the subject of an article in Quilting Arts. I love the texture she brings to her work and the elements of colour and design. She has had studio built on her property and is a very inspiring woman. I like watching things come together, including her studio.

Two more:

I have these two under techniques because they are teaching me tons! I'll be said when the book of dreams is done but my book isn't done so I'll have lots to create.

There are many more blogs that I visit regularly but that's enough for now.

Cheers, Denise

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I love paint. I love to paint. I love all the colours and how it glides on and I don't even mind the smell. I love the colour and my house has lots of colour! You really are only a coat of paint away from a new colour, a new look.
The problem? Paint and I don't get along. I'm a terrible painter. I'm messy, I streak, I can't get an even coat to save my life. I get put into closets. My friends have taken pity on me and painted my house. I'm constantly amazed at how bad of a painter I am!
So when I agreed to make a 4foot by 4foot ball toss, I don't know - I mean really don't know what I was thinking! I'd have to paint it! I just can't believe I said - volunteered to do it! What was I thinking?

Here it is - my ball toss game. I designed it, my dh cut out the holes and then I painted it! Me! All by myself! This is a major accomplishment! I'm so impressed with myself! I can't believe how well it turned out - I mean paint and I just don't get along.

So if you have any compliments on how wonderful I did, I could sure use the praise! I'm sure praising myself!

What have I been doing?


This one is my youngest daughter's favourite.

There were eleven all together.

These are for our schools summer celebration. They needed their ticket boxes decorated. I hope they like them! I'm hoping they will last more than one year. I'm modge podged out for awhile!
My other two projects are to paint a bean bag toss. I'll show you the picture when it's done. I also took the old cans that we knock down and repainted them but they are simple - spray paint red, yellow and blue.
Last weekend, I was at my last mom and me camp with my youngest daughter. I have gone to mom and me camp 5 times! I'm so experienced, it's not funny! It was a good time and I wasn't really needed my youngest who is now a brownie!
When summer celebrations is over this Saturday - I'm with food! - I'll work on my art quilt. It's the class that I took. I'll tell you more about that later. Gotta go paint!

Monday, May 29, 2006

I'm very a very cool trekkie!!!

Your results:
You are Will Riker

Will Riker
Deanna Troi
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Beverly Crusher
Geordi LaForge
Jean-Luc Picard
Mr. Scott
Mr. Sulu
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

Now that was fun and in case you are wondering, I just changed the woman thing to man and the right man did get me to settle down!
That man just did the Ottawa Marathon in 3 hours and 44 mins!!! I'm so proud of him!! He's a great athelite! I wonder what kind of trekkie he is? Probably the engineer - since that is what he is in real life too!
Cheers, Denise

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Camping on the Weekend

We had such a great time!! It was cold and we had hail and we didn't care! Why? Because we were in our brand new trailer!!!

We had such a great time. We went to Bon Echo and the park is lovely. It's fully treed and has a great history. It was donated to National Parks by The Denison Family and they had run an inn on the property. This inn was a retreat area for the "avant garde" - artists, poet's etc in the 1920's. It was fantastic! We will definitely be going back.

Here is a picture of my old Dog Cole. He loves camping. In one of the camper pictures you can see Springer. Springer is a young dog - 2 and a bit. The two of them had a great time. Cole is stiff now and older but he is very loyal and devoted to his kids.
I can't wait to go camping again. We had fun figuring out all the stuff we needed to know about the camper. Like filling the water tank - before you go to your campsite and set up! Filling it afterwards with a two gallon bag just made it all rustic!
I've been camping since I was about 10 and it has always been in tents. I had told my family that if we wanted to continue camping, we were going to get a trailer. I'd had enough of tents, the mess, the rummaging for dishes in bins and the wetness when it rains. Getting this trailer will prolong my camping life for years to come!
Cheers, Denise

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Great Mailing Day!

I've pulled together a bunch of things to mail. I love receiving mail and know that in order to receive it, I need to send out goodies and let others enjoy too! So I'm sending out a fabric atc, 2 4x4 art pages in the theme of water for a group at yahoo, a RAK 4x4 page for a book that someone is putting together for another group member that needs cheering, a 4x4 page called Bloom for an all originals swap over at chubbyville and a birthday card with some yummy beads in it for a Beads For Birthday Club over at Delphi!
Now I have received my two water pages and I am waiting on a gorgeous ATC from another blogger, Deb H - The Cold Foot Quilter
I will get beads on my birthday so sending out beads now is good and fun and easy to do!
The RAK makes me smile. I'm the type who buys a coffee in the drive through line up for the person behind me when I'm feeling like I need a smile. I love to imagine what it feels like to receive a gift from a stranger - how they go "Oh Wow, Cool!"
Once, I did it and the lady at the cash told me that the last time I did it, 6 people in a row bought for the person behind them! How cool is that!!
So today is a great mail day, because I'm giving!!!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Mother's Day in Ottawa...

Is beautiful. It comes right in the middle of the Tulip Festival and it's always fun - even in the rain. Here are some pictures of the awesome tulips that get painted each year. Each tulip - and there are over a hundred of them around the festival venues, are hand painted, hand collaged, or embellished with mixed media and are spectacular. The idea is for them to be sponsored and then displayed. Maybe one year the Smeaton family can do one! We enjoyed the tulip beds, some stilts and some dutch cookies. The music was great as was the company - my family! It was a wet, windy and wonderful day!

Monday, May 08, 2006

I've been Busy!!

Isn't it great! I'm very happy with it and as I was beading it, I realized, I could add more and more and more!

This is some of the detail. I wanted to not cover the material, because it was an intragral part of the whole design. I had a lot of fun with this!
I actually enjoy the bubbles coming out of the fishes mouth. It adds a sparkle with it. It's a very tactile piece and that was very evident to me when I watched my daughter run her hands through the seaweed.

Now on to more projects!! And now that I have my computer back, I can blog! I missed having it and having my list of favourites available to me. Debra Roby over at has a great comprehensive list of blogs that kept me mostly in touch with everyone so I could continue to read the blogs. They are sorta like soap opera's aren't' they? You check in with them on a regular basis to see what's going on and if you have some who doesn't post very often, it's kinda disappointing. So for those of you whom I disappointed by being away from the blog, I do apologize.
Cheers, Denise

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sick .... And Tired....Of Studying

I've been sick. The first big cold of the year - and it had to come in the spring, when I'm studying for exams. I lost my voice for two weeks. Nothing. Just this awful scratchy sound that hurt. I slept a lot. And I studied. I have two exams - one down and one to go on the weekend. I'll be happy when they are done because then I can do some art. I've had to put my art on hold while I've studied and gotten better. Soon....
The kids liked the quiet when I had no voice, my dh liked it too. But I had to bang the table or the wall to get attention - or whistle. That was funny because it didn't take long to get the kids to answer to the odd noises I was making.
I'm behind in my art work. I have some atc's due, some 4x4's and some fiber postcards that are really late. Part of the reason they are late is because I don't like what I've done and I'm thinking that I should just do them over.
So no pictures right now, just me studying, boring really. But it will be all over Saturday Morning and then I'm free till September!!!!
Cheers, Denise

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

My Student's Beautiful Work!

One of my students created this beautiful rainforest bracelet! Linda Brown took my class at Dragon's Lair Beads and created this cuff bracelet. I'm very happy to share it with you and let you know that many of the other bracelets were also beautiful. I was very impressed with the levels of creativity that I saw!

I've been sick. And I'm not happy about it. I lost my voice and thought I had gotten it back, but no - it stayed away! I had a meeting tonight and I must say, we were all very quiet! I've written one exam, and have one more to go. I hope I get better sooner rather than later because it's hard to study when a body is asleep! Too bad I can't put the books under my pillow and just absorb it all through osmosis! So no beading, no creativity, just boring sick body during such gorgeous spring weather!
Cheers, Denise

Sunday, April 09, 2006

A Very Busy Few Days.

I've a busy few days teaching beading! I just love teaching and love watching what my students create. I love seeing their colour combinations and to challenge them to create what they see in their minds eye.
On Thursday night I taught a caterpillar bracelet. It was tricky at first to keep everyone at about the same place because I couldn't find my crimpers so we had to share one pair between seven people. But we got there and everyone walked away knowing how to make and finish their bracelet.
On Saturday we had a demo at Michaels. It was pretty quiet but there were a few people who were interested in the bead embroidery so we will try to run a class in June. It would be great to get this going in the West end. I teach bead embroidery at the local quilt shop near me and have four classes scheduled for the spring. Leave me a message on the blog comment if you want more information.
Then on Sunday I worked with the group that started their cuff bracelets a couple of weeks ago. They were finishing them up or learning to finish them. Wow! They are beautiful! Such a variety of colours and textures in each one. Some were very close to being finished and one student actually did finish. It had a lot to do with how much they got done in the time between classes. What a great group - we had some great laughs and thoroughly enjoyed our time together!!
Now to study for my Canadian Studies exam!
I'd rather be beading!
Cheers, D

Monday, April 03, 2006


Oh! Pinked!!! Can you believe it!! This is just too much! Do I have to actually like pink before I'm allowed to eat all those wonderful M&M's? It's all Leisa's fault!!! She's trying to get me to come over to the pink side! I won't I tell you, I just won't!!!
Now I have to tell you that the pendulum is like a comfortable glove right from the get go, that M&M's is my favourite all time candy and that I am a dragon! Can she have picked any better way to pink me!!! ARGHHHHH! Do I have to admit that I like that colour! Do I?