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Adventures in Joyland
Vancouver Island, BC Canada
Seeker, thinker, mother.
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ooh, i KNOW it'll be pretty! i can't wait to read what's in your heart and mind to say, jo. love you! - jodie
Adventures in Joyland is now following Inspiring Before Expiring
Nov 30, 2011
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"hey, do you want to make a collage?" "a collage?! yes! yes, i do want to make a collage! let's make a collage! we're going to make a collage now! i'm so excited to make a collage!" (pause) "mama?" "yes?" "what's a collage?" rainy day, small house, new baby, tired mama, bright four-year-old... sometimes the only thing that keeps life from going off the rails is a single spontaneous idea. on this day, it was glue, paper, and scissors: collage. and i'm stunned, as i've been so many times before, at how this girl can gather the many scattered strands... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Adventures in Joyland
thanks!! i'm so glad you're enjoying it! i made the garland by cutting the fabric into narrow strips, like maybe less than a cm, and tying them together with little knots so it made a long strip. then i cast on 5 stitches on #19 needles, and knit it! when i ran out of "yarn," i just tied more knots and did it again. it looked great on the tree, too! next year i might try it with red and green fabric only. BE AN ARTIST, SUZANNE!! that's what you are. i hope now that seaforth is done you can open up and really go with that energy. there are so many raw materials around you to play with!!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on Look What I Made! at Adventures in Joyland
thanks suzanne!! so much fun for me. now that your house is done, you should post some art and knitting on your blog! i'd love to see that.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on last knits of a warm winter at Adventures in Joyland
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after my christmas craft-making bonanza, i was feeling a little burnt out. i didn't mean to take a break from making things, but weeks passed and supplies sat idly by, making me question the wisdom of keeping all manner of felted sweaters and embroidery floss in the dining room. still, i sipped tea (kept hot by my handmade sleeve), and read books instead. a squishy package arrived the morning of my birthday, full of gift yarn from lovely joanna (who's technically my cousin, but spiritually my sister). the earthy tones and interesting textures gave me the little push i needed.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
so lovely... and i'm looking for some yarn for a toddler sweater right now! as a new knitter, i sometimes hesitate before gorgeous handspun yarns, wondering if i have the skills yet. perhaps the knitter rises to the yarn?!
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hey suzanne! i remember that you used to be afraid of dogs, but you weren't afraid of dexter. that was the best compliment he could have gotten. he loved it in seaforth, and i think it inspired me to choose a life by the ocean for the two of us. thanks so much for remembering him today. and i'm glad all the seaforth porucpines can waddle in peace!
pam, that's exactly right! dexter saw me through serious ups and downs - break-ups, break-ins, loneliness, fear, grief. i wouldn't have come through these things quite the same way without him. he was always there to cuddle on the couch, or to get me off the couch and out to the ocean. dogs never judge, and so just having a dog in your life creates a safe space. rebel sounds like he was my kind of dog! thanks for sharing with me how he shaped your life. it's nice to just take a moment to appreciate these beings of pure love, and to feel grateful for having known them.
maven, thank you so much! our relationships with dogs are so powerful and so unique, that it's a very particular kind of loss. i keep waking up and wondering, "where's my dog?" i wish he would turn on the radio! thanks for your kind words, and for taking a look at my new little venture.blogging is scary! but very satisfying as well.
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in 1997, when i lived in a different house, in a different city, in a different province, with a different man, i got a dog. this dog: i went to the spca, and there he was, in the last big cage on the left. dogs barked and jumped as i walked down the middle corridor of a long narrow room lined by cages on each side. i paused in front of an 8-year old lab cross, a real sweet mama dog. her little card said that she loved mittens. next was a gorgeous cinnamon-coloured great dane, not even fully grown,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
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after two years of bewilderment, confusion and endless self-examination, there is finally some light at the end of our tunnel of sleeplessness. while i was waxing poetic about scaling the mountains of joyland, it became clear that our little one does indeed fall a fair distance outside of the range of normal, at least in terms of sleep. and apparently, so do i. this uniqueness takes the form of "delayed sleep phase syndrome," a circadian rhythm disorder that basically means that svea and i (and thousands of other people) are wired to go to bed later than most folks, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
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Feb 10, 2010
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my life is full of books. in our (casual, lived-in... ok, messy) house, there are books by the bed, on the shelves, on the table, on the ottoman, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and in various other spontaneous locations. more books find homes in the car, the diaper bag, and unfortunately, in multiple boxes in storage. the books just keep on coming, arriving faster than we can give them proper welcomes and permanent book-worthy locations (and sometimes actually read them). i didn't grow up in a bookish kind of family. i grew up in more of a hockey-playing, tv-watching,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
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the other night my two-year old daughter asked, "mama, what's for breakfast?" it was midnight. she had just woken up from a four hour "nap," and was feeling peckish. she had three separate snacks before she finally fell back asleep, around 4:30am. even in joyland there are moments of, well, less joy. we've never brought a lot of anxiety to bedtime in our family. mostly we've subscribed to the simplicity of "eat when you're hungry, sleep when you're tired." we're flexible, casual, relaxed, and that works for us. sure, there's a home-cooked dinner at the table every night at six,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
thanks, old friend. that means a lot to me.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2010 on thoughts on a single mitten at Adventures in Joyland
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not all joys are big. some are tiny, so small they are easily missed. every day i'm on the lookout, i fiddle with my antenna until it's tuned to a joyful frequency. if i can find enough little joys in a day, it feels almost surreal, like the world is leaving breadcrumbs for me to follow to somewhere amazing. i don't count them so much as mark them, like a little mental note: "ahh, there's one. i see it." i've become a collector. tiny joys come from unexpected places, sometimes moments, sometimes images, like glimpses of the corners of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
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Jan 10, 2010
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a few years ago michael and i stumbled upon a practice that has now become a lovely tradition for us. we spent new year's eve with friends, walking through the snow in the village where we lived, our little babe nestled cozily inside my coat. she was wearing brand new fleece mittens she got for christmas from her grandmother, and we managed to lose one along the way. they were too big, but i put them on her anyway. i still have the single mitten – perfect, brand new, worn only once on new year's eve. I didn't have the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Adventures in Joyland
homemade playdough! i'll send you the recipe. i scented it with lavender essential oil hoping it might hasten bedtime a little, but i think the fun factor trumped my efforts.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2009 on Look What I Made! at Adventures in Joyland
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making things brings me joy. now that i understand the deep importance of doing what i love every day, and how this simple commitment enhances every other aspect of my life (practically eliminating previously permanent fixtures of my personality, like moodiness, impatience and relentless self-critique), you can imagine that i make more things than ever before. and making more things means i'm getting better and better at making things. it means i'm gaining confidence and taking more risks and even inventing things, which means there's more joy in making things than ever before. it's like taking a big old bubble... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Adventures in Joyland
wow, shelly, thanks so much for taking a look!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2009 on Little Yellow Shells at Adventures in Joyland
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Nov 25, 2009
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i'm here. and i can see you. you're looking good! it's a beautiful world, don't you think? i'm so excited to be sharing some of my adventures in joyland with you. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at Adventures in Joyland
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as i ease myself into the rhythm of this whole blog thing, i thought i'd share something you've probably heard before. i first came across this quote as a social work student; it was posted on the door of a truly unapproachable, grumpy, burnt-out professor. i thought it was wonderful, inspiring, uplifting, and i vowed right then to be a better person, the best version of myself i could be. i was going to shine! shortly afterwards i went out drinking, had a fight with my boyfriend and promptly fell short of my goal. a few years later, i came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at Adventures in Joyland