Reconnecting

Today I unpacked some beloved friends – from childhood and from adulthood. Well worn and well loved.

Treasured books.

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They have been buried in boxes for several months while we navigated a move. I have felt bereft and lonely without them. Today I freed them from the confines of the closet and introduced them to their new surroundings.

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Simultaneously I am reading Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up”. So, as she suggests, I spread all my books out in front of me and picked up one at a time. I asked myself her simple question, “Does this book spark joy?”

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I kept the ones that ignited a feeling of joy. The others I set aside to give away so that they will bring joy to someone else.

My bookshelves are emptier now yet filled with books that make me smile.

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And there are five fewer boxes in the closet! Bonus! 😊

 

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Joy is…

One my my many joys is driving my Mini. I smile every time I see it. It makes me feel happy inside. Plus it’s so much fun to drive (especially on roundabouts)!

Another joy is having matching black and white accessories 😉

Mirror covers and car by Mini Canada; capris and clutch by escherly design. Such joy!

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Mini me!

Play Time

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. I’ve been playing around with markers again. 🙂

Yes, I know I “should” be working. But all work and no play makes for a dull life, doesn’t it?

Here’s the latest result of my joy-filled, playful pastime.

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Joy in Motion ~ escherly design

What do you see?

Perspective

When you look at the photo, what do you see?

A page that is empty?

Or a page that is FULL … of endless possibilities?

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One hand, one pen, one imagination = endless possibilities!

Rekindling the Passion

This week, just for the fun of it, I started doodling again. Adding a little more detail every day.

No plan.

Just play.

Because it slows me down, opens up my mind, and sparks my creative thinking.

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Play in progress. ~escherly design

 

Sometimes when my thoughts become muddled, or my feet lose their way, relaxing into non-thinking is exactly what I need.

How do you keep your passion alive? What do you do to reignite the spark?

Leave a comment. I’d love to know!

Meeting The Challenge!

My escherly capri leggings are making their mark! The co-hosts for the #EHyogachallenge2 are wearing them during the month-long event that ends on July 1. The yoga challenge features new poses each day to highlight different Canadian cities and provinces/terriories, along with fascinating historical and cultural tidbits.

One of the co-hosts (@duchess_of_plur) is shown below in the Free Thinker pose for Frederiction, New Brunswick.

To join in, follow @duchess_of_plur and @canadianyogagirl on Instagram for all the details.

To get your very own pair of these comfy capris, go to: http://etsy.me/1RFjnFv

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Escherly capri leggings in action!

Drum Roll Please…

I’m delighted to announce that…my escherly shop on Etsy has been accepted into the Etsy Wholesale program. This means that I can now start working with retailers (small, medium and large). And that is very exciting!

This calls for a celebration so, as part of my happy dance, I’m offering 15% off everything in my shop until May 27. Spread the word!

Celebrate with me by selecting your favourite item at https://escherly.etsy.com and entering the Coupon Code:  SPRING2016 at checkout. Please note that you do need to open an Etsy account (free and easy to do) in order to make a purchase.

Escherly…it’s a lifestyle.

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escherly ~ bold AND beautiful

Finding Inspiration

What inspires you? As an artist and designer, I find inspiration in the world around me – patterns, colours, shapes, textures. Often in nature.

Is this photo simply an image of decaying leaves and a tree on the forest floor? Or does it offer inspiration for a new design?

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Inspiring shapes, patterns and textures!

Beauty, and inspiration, are in the eye of the beholder 🙂

A Fresh Start

I’ve been playing around with my camera lately, taking new photos of my various designs like this one of my birch tree silk scarf.

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Birch tree silk scarf by escherly

In fact, my whole shop has a new look. If you have a moment, please check it out and let me know what you think! It’s at https://escherly.etsy.com