Photo of front lawn and lake of cottage property. Photo Couresty Random Acts of Creativity

Life is beautifully, wonderfully and insanely busy.  It makes me grateful for the zen times when my squirrelly brain takes a much needed hiatus.

Meditation or yoga may be the relaxation drug of choice for many but mine is art.  I create to calm.  Fortunately, I have two friends who feel the exact same way.  We are the Crafty Girls and we LOVE our Cottage Getaways!

Our getaway this fall was essentially 3 days of continuous art.  Paula, Lori and I ate, drank, and created every waking hour.  It was amazing!

We all learn from each other, having three completely different backgrounds when it comes to the creative realm.


Paula is first and foremost a photographer.  Her company, Purple Door Creative, is becoming a powerhouse in the local real estate and business industry.  She can make any house look compelling and her marketing campaigns are fashion-forward.  She is also incredibly talented with painting and papercraft being her most visited creative outlets.


Lori is a professional artist.  She paints incredible pictures and is a colour savant.  I once asked her to mix a flesh colour for me.  She took several colours and within a minute had mixed a sample of paint that perfectly matched her inner arm skin colour.  It was impressive!  Lori’s company, Be A Part of the Art With Lori, has some great timelapse videos on her Facebook page of her work in action.


My background is much more crafty.  I am a knitter, crocheter, card maker, painter and general crafter.  My mother passed along her skill of handicrafts to me and I am grateful for everything she taught me.  I have an art room full of every type of crafting material imaginable and can literally get lost in creating a beautiful card for someone dear.

The Crafty Girls Cottage Getaway requires that each person arrive with a craft idea and supplies.  We spend weeks researching activities and run ideas by each other first to ensure manageability.  The activities are challenging but produce art that is beautiful, functional where possible,  and always high quality.

Our three crafts this session were:  Fluid Acrylic Pour Paining (Paula), Paint Nite (Lori) and Origami (Lisa).  Stay tuned for pictures and explanations of each activity.

But wait there’s more!  We have exciting news!  We are planning to create a Crafty Girls Cottage Retreat.  Four to six women would be housed and dined with all craft supplies and instruction by the three of us included.  All skill levels will be accommodated.  We are currently working out the details but will be announcing our first retreat soon!

Creativity changes and challenges your brain.  What better way to be creative than with friends, food and lots of wine?














Creativity with Toilet Paper Rolls


Whenever I decide to contact a Community TV station for a science demo or put together a few easy experiments to do with kids, they all involve three things:

  • Science
  • Art
  • Easily found objects from my home or dollar store

Toilet paper rolls are plentiful in my house, especially when all the girls are home.  I save every empty roll.  Every. Last. One.

Although there are some really fun science experiments that can be done with toilet paper rolls, I would like to focus on art in this post.

Even though I consider myself to be an artist, I am not proficient at painting or drawing real life objects.  Fortunately, I have carried over my finger-painting skills from when I was a child.

As a kid, painting with your whole hands is fun mostly because its messy.  As an adult, finger-painting makes us feel like a kid again!  It is essentially play.

Play is one of the best things we can do for our brain.  It’s really difficult to think about anything other than the paper when your fingers are coated in brightly coloured paint. Play makes the time fly and we feel a certain sense of accomplishment or exhilaration when we are done.

If you are one of the finger-painting squeamish, you could use a toilet paper roll and some watercolour paper.

For the picture below, I cut the bottom half of a roll into a hula fringe, with each piece being about a centimetre wide.  After fanning the hula skirt out 90 degrees from the roll, I dipped the fringe into paint that I had poured onto wax paper.

Swirling the fringe around on a piece of paper creates a pretty circular pattern. Once I was I happy with the affect, I dipped the toilet roll paint brush into another colour of paint for more swirls.

I added  blue, green, and purple swirls but I wanted more shapes.  Dipping the end of the paper tube into black paint allowed me to stamp circles all over my paper; that was the start of some serious black paint improv.

Several  finger swirls, dots and circles added some interest to the paper.  Afterward, I grabbed a white gel pen and grease marker and decorated the black shapes.  Some final loops and crossed with a black pen and I was done!

This piece of painted watercolour paper met with the sharp edge of a paper trimmer and became the background for a greeting card. I love creating art out of everyday objects like toilet paper rolls. They are like snowflakes.  Each one is different and equally as beautiful.