A life in pages

As far back as I can remember, I have always had a love for books – not necessarily just reading books, but books themselves  – their feel, their smell, their look.  I remember my cousin coming to visit with her parents, every time she’d come over she would take out my copy of The Secret Garden and read to me. I loved that story. One of my favorite quotes from that book is “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Today I was laying on my bed staring at my bookshelf (something I do at times) – I got to thinking about that quote and came to the revelation that if you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a bookshelf. That thought revealed to me why I love reading and books the    way I do.  Each book is a different place, a chance to travel to a different world, a different life, a chance to learn something new, re-live a memory, motivate me and to find inspiration. They are my form of travel or vacation.

Some of my favorite books to date include: The Alchemist – an inspirational story about realizing your dreams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – a flat out silly, quirky story about escaping the “end of the world” and The Five People You Meet In Heaven – a story that explores the connections we make in life and what they really meant for us.

I am glad to have had this “ah ha” moment today, I look forward to many more as I travel through the pages and chapters of my life’s book.

I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not

… Here’s a little secret about me, ok maybe not so much a secret if you know me – I love Kurt Cobain, absolutely love him – ok not in a creepy stalker psycho way… I adored him when he was alive and years after he is gone, I feel so inspired by his talent.

Anyway – I tend to draw Kurt quite often when I am feeling really artistic and thought I would share my latest with you….

This is how it started out











And the final sketch … after much tweaking and shading using my nifty charcoal and full lead pencils…


Blogs to love..


I love taking some time at the end of the evening to read or to find blogs that inspire me or tweak my interest in some way:

Here are some of the recent ones I have found… and love:

House 8810:  Such lovely things, I simply LOVE  the Alice in Wonderland puzzle (<3)

Creature Comforts: The simple things that make life sweet

Seesaw Designs: LOVE the window wall

Happiness Is: Check out the Test Tube Kits – omw I must get the message in a tube kit

I <3 Pencils and the earth?

I just got back from my most favourite place in the entire world – besides the library – “Chapters” …. Oh how I love

bookstores, anyway I spend some time wandering around also had a coffee with my man in the coffee shop and picked up a couple new books to read – I dont think I will ever have enough books.

Anyway, one thing you dont know about me (among many haha) is that I really love pencils – not mechanical ones 😦 but real old style eraser on the end pencils. So when I saw these EARTHZONE recycled  pencils I simply HAD to have them.

Wood Pencils vs. Earthzone Recycled Pencils

We at Earthzone believe strongly in our product’s value as a superior quality and fully sustainable pencil.

To make traditional HB pencils, forests the size of 90 tennis courts are cut down every minute to supply wood. Each year, 14 billion of these pencils are made in polluting factories and thrown away in landfills that harm our ecosystems. Scientific studies have proven that producing pencils in this way is damaging the environment.

Earthzone pencils are made of 100% recycled newspaper and require no raw materials or toxic chemicals. By reusing a 4-foot stack of newspapers, one 40-foot pine tree can be saved. No Earthzone pencil is the same, and they look and feel exactly like conventional pencils, only they perform better. You can even recycle the shreds when you sharpen them!

Hmm.. you learn something great everyday.