Showing Up

“The willingness to show up changes us.  It makes us a little braver each time.”

Brenée Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Three years ago, if you had told me that I would be offering Art Journaling workshops in my community, that I would enroll in a Yoga Teacher Training, and that I would feel so fulfilled, I would probably have replied: “In your dreams!”  But here I am!  My Yoga Teacher Training starts tomorrow night!  And my next Art Journaling Workshop is happening next Tuesday 🙂  

Over the past three years, despite some bumps on the road, I have tried to  keep showing up.  Sewing, to learn patience, and to make things for my family and friends; art journaling, to explore the creativity I never knew I had; reading, to gain wisdom; yoga, to heal my body and my soul;  journaling, to start looking within for the answers.  Being surrounded by the unconditional love of my family and friends has made me a stronger person and now, I am starting to give back.  The Art Journaling workshops that I offer are a way for me to share the healing powers of creativity, of non-judgment, and of being part of a community.  With my yoga and meditation training, I will learn the tools to share with others my love of movement, self-care, and of the inner peace one experiences by sitting quietly, and breathing.

Thank you for being here.  

Let’s keep showing up!


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Here is my new Facebook page devoted to Art Journaling:

Regarding sewing, I am about to make two aprons for a friend and one body pillow cover for my daugther’s dorm room!

 Stay tuned!


It has been a while since I last posted on my blog!  

Today is the day I reconnect with you 🙂

I would love to share, via a few pictures, what I have been busy with lately:

art journaling and organizing

Art Journaling Workshops!

June Workshop:

July workshop:


It brings me so much joy to share this creative form of self-expression with all who wish to explore their own voice!

Do you practice art journaling?  What do you love about it?  

I look forward to hearing from you!


Red, Art, and the Times We Live in

Red: flowers, anger, heart, love, fury, rage, pain, blood, passion, 

Art: freedom, expression, beauty, unique, timeless, 

The times we live in: insane, beautiful, depressing, hopeful, crossroads, 

Hodgepodge of words, and mixed emotions:  feel free to add your own !  

I started writing this post in July, just after the horror of what happened in Nice on July 14th.  I did not finish it at the time…   The words that came to my mind when thinking about those 3 elements: red, art, and the times we live in seemed to summarize well how I felt then, and I am sure I was not alone feeling very much confused…


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Later in July, we left Boston to go see my family in France and to visit Ireland with our children.   It was a wonderful vacation!

Ring of Kerry, Waterville on the right

Ladies’ View, Co. Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Staigue Fort, 2500 years old, Co. Kerryg,

The wall is up to 6 Meters high and 4 meters deep

And now, we are back home.  Everyone in my family is busy with camps, work, fun with friends!  And it is now time for me to resume blogging, creating, sewing and exploring…

So today, I will be sharing a few things I sewed in the spring:

First, two dresses, made with the same pattern but very different types of fabric, one cotton, one knit:






Then, I borrowed a pattern that A. , from my sewing class, had made.   I used it to make two aprons, both reversible:





And just for fun, and because so many in my sewing class make them, I made a tiny quilt, my first one, with squares of all the different fabrics I had used in the past year:


I am looking forward to another year of sewing!  (I guess I count in school years 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a nice day!





At the beginning of every year, some of us rack our brains to come up with New Year’s Resolutions that we may be able to keep…  This year, I would like to try something new and will replace the word “Resolutions” with the word “Gratitude”.  I am so grateful for the people around me, my family and my friends, here and abroad, for the places I see every day, and the ones I will discover for the first time, for the people I have known forever and the ones I will be lucky to meet, and for all the new experiences and discoveries that will come my way in 2016!

And here are a few of the things I was grateful for in January:

  • Sewing

I completed a few fun things:

A pair of pajama pants

A yoga mat bag

A pie holder with new fabric

The new project I started last week…


  • Painting

We moved in 2 years ago and had not repainted the kitchen and the dining room.  We were finally able to do so.  We are so excited and love the new colors!

Kitchen: before and after

Dining room: before and after


  • Nature

We have had a dog since September!  His name is Bear.  Those among you who are dog owners can relate to how demanding a puppy is at the beginning, right?  Our family has adjusted, thankfully, and we now enjoy our walks with him very much!  Bear and I went to the Reservoir practically every day in January.  Here are a few pictures:


Happy February to all of you!

Hello, Winter!

I am writing from Sunday River, ME today.  🙂

Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful traditions.  We get to see family and friends, we send cards to wish everyone “Happy Holidays!”, we give and receive gifts, we put lights everywhere to fend off the darkness that comes earlier every day…  Because it is very busy for most of us, except for my dear friend J. who always inspires me to slow down and not succumb to the frenzy, the quiet that follows the holidays is ever so delightful!  And leaving the house for a few days really allows for breaking away from the humdrum of daily life.  We packed up and left Boston yesterday to go to Maine.  Not much snow, but enough for our son to learn to snowboard, and for our daughters to go down the slopes a few times.

As for me, I have  decided to stay behind and enjoy a day of reading and writing, hence the picture above, taken this morning of all the art supplies brought by Elliot.  I realize that I have not posted anything in a while.  I have just read today in that a good blogger should post at least 3 times a week, that the best day to post is Tuesday, and that long posts (3,000 to 10,000 words) are read more than the short ones (0 to 1,000 words)…  I may have found my first three new-year resolutions right there 🙂

That said, let me show you some pics of my new collection of cute pie-holders: the first series has a lime-green lining.  I fell in love with grey fabric, with tiny houses outlined in white.  It makes me think of the “vieux quartiers” in Paris, or somehow, of San francisco…IMG_8952


The second series has a nice orange lining.  I am not sure which lining I like best.  They are both really fun and whimsical!   😉


Also, here is the big bag that took me so long to complete!  I am using it to carry my sewing machine to sewing class, until I get a rolling case.


I wish you a wonderful new year, full of love, joy, and creativity!







Noël, Noël!

New month, new projects!  Lots to make for the Holidays!  I would like to sew some of the Christmas gifts I will be giving this year, and am brainstorming to find the perfect gifts to make for the people I love.  It is really fun and I am really enjoying the process.

I ordered labels last month and I am really excited to add them to my sewing projects!



In sewing class, I have been working on this one big bag and I am about ready to be done with it and to start using it!  I used the extra fabric to make a pencil case for my writer friend whose old pencil case was about to fall apart!


My latest finished project is a Dopp kit, or toiletry bag.


I hope to be posting more this month…  See you again soon!



Every year for Halloween, a farm near us comes up with something fun to do for the kids.  It used to be hayrides in the field turned into a spooky cemetery for the occasion, but this year, it was different.  They made a huge labyrinth out of straw bales! We went on Sunday and it was really fun to walk in it, and to get lost, again and again 🙂

Sharing with you a quick sewing project today: I finally made a pencil case out of the fabric my son and I printed with the wooden blocks I bought at a fair in May!  I really like the fabric that lines it too 🙂



On to the next project…

Have a nice rest of your day!