December 30, 2015

There's a Story to This ....

Hello my lovelies.  Great to see your shining faces. 

It's been an odd Christmas season.  I find myself back on Vancouver Island.  Somewhere I thought I would never return to.  I fell in love with Mexico many years ago during my travels.  Six years ago I moved to San Miguel and the love affair continued.  It took my heart and held it so gently and with such great love, how could I ever leave?  NEVER.  I built my own home.  Became a successful artist installed permanently in a well known Gallery, held exhibitions, made dear friends, found my tribe. Living my dream.  Life doesn't get much better than this.

Suddenly, unexpectedly, I had health issues I couldn't ignore.  The decision was made for me.  I had absolutely no say in the matter.  Return to Canada where there is a good health care system.  
So here I am.  Between and Betwixt.  Waiting for my house to sell in Mexico while trying to settle as much as possible here.  I have NO TOYS with me ... not one piece of paper or a tube of paint.  Going Nuts!  Then I found the dollar store ... I was shocked.  They had some good stuff!!  I could at least play in my journal, which would no doubt give me some creative relief.

So this is the result ... made with my box of dollar store supplies and my Christmas cards.  You have no idea what this has done for me .... ah!  Let off a lot of creative steam.

Allow me to share.  It's been a fun afternoon.  I will enter it for the last day of "Collage" at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY.

 I gathered the Christmas cards I received.
 ... cut the messages out of them and used the decoration to help the collage along.

 Then Valerie, I wrote in my journal.  Very therapeutic actually. 

Thank you so much for dropping by.  Your comments are always such a treat.  Get ready for 2016, because here she comes!  and remember .... enjoy the moment.

“And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness.”
~ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


  1. Happy New Year, Donna! How's the reno's coming? When I read you didn't have many crafty supplies, I wanted to immediately clean my art (hoarding) room. I'll start soon, I promise :)


  2. A wonderful journal page, and I am more than happy to see you have been writing in your journal and creating again, hope you feel better for it. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs ad a happy new year, Valerie

  3. I wish all the best for you Donna!
    Finger crossed for the house sale and that you are happy in your new home !
    Thank you so much for being with us over at Art Journal Journey!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Dear Donna ~ Your words flow so beautifully and it is fascinating to read about your colorful life. Vancouver Island is a place we have always wanted to explore and I can only imagine how special San Miguel was.
    Thank you for sharing your journal pages too. It is true that Art Heals.
    May the new year bring you good health and every happiness along with some art supplies!

  5. Happy New Year, Donna. May the gifts of peace, better health, love and creativity be yours in 2016.

  6. Happy New Year, Donna. I am inspired by your courage and your passion for living in the 'now'.
    Sue in Greece

  7. I have a big smile on my face Donna -- you are in my thoughts and prayers so much!! I think I told you, if I had the $$, I would buy your house in Mexico and make it into an art museum. Everything has it's day and season and what makes this post so special to me is the fact that you have discovered joy in the dollar store!!!! Of course I will continue to follow you and your wonderful art work. Love those skating nuns!!!! Keep that wonderful sense of humor and your faith!!
    I am here to wish you a very wonderful 2016!!!!
    Sandy xx