Saturday, 26 July 2014

Monday, 25 June 2012

Why can't we all just get along?!

Two teens made a suicide pact and jumped off the nearby escarpment last week.  They were the 4th and 5th in the past month in my community alone.  The stories of bullying continue and get worse and worse.  "Picking on" a kid is what went on when I was younger.  I can't imagine how difficult is must be theses days to be a target - my heart breaks for these kids.  I want to wrap my arms around each and every one of them and somehow get the message though that their lives have worth no matter what the circumstances.  That they can withstand the meanness and be strong.  That their inner spirit can never be broken if they can just reach inside themselves to sense it.  That there are people to talk to, to listen, to help.  To be their own best friends and take back their power.  To realise the bully is deflecting their pain and anger onto others and needs help.  To somehow connect with the strongest part inside of them so they can find the courage, tenacity and wisdom to hang on and stand up for themselves, for their lives. 

The video of the bus monitor being relentlessly bullied sent me over the edge - what is going on?!  Do teens not understand human kindness and respect anymore?  Can they not live and let live? 

I'm compelled to help, ...just not sure how.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Building a Brand

Building a Brand
Although i've been building my brand image for years, formalizing it cohesively was long overdue.  With thanks to Kerry Owen of Vivid Connections and some of the honourary Susybee team, we had an interesting and fun afternoon brainstorming and pulling ideas and the vision for Susybee Inc. together.  I can't help but be optimistic and excited for all that is to come!

Susybee Philosophee #14

Those who wish to sing should always find a song.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Monday, 9 April 2012

Susybee Philosophee #11

A true friend is one who thinks you're a good egg even if you're half cracked.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

Monday, 16 January 2012

Susybee Philosophee #7

"It's better to be absolutely ridiculous rather than absolutely boring"
- Marilyn Monroe

Monday, 2 January 2012

Susybee Philospohee #6 A New Year!

Posted by PicasaNobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Wishing everyone happy adventures, hearts filled with peace and a great 2012!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Susybee Philosophee #4

If you don't have anything nice to say, at least have the decency to be vague.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Susybee Philosophee #3

The horizon is not the limit - it's just the beginning.
               - Yip Pei Shan

Monday, 21 November 2011

Susybee Philosophee #2

Posted by Picasa"...some days you're the bird...some days you're the statue..." 
David  Brent                                      

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Susybee Fabrics at the Fall Quilt Market

Posted by Picasa Another picture from the 2011 Quilt Market in Houston.
These designs are from Paul and Sheldon's collection and again, Hamil did a great job tweaking the colours and pulling it all together nicely.  Trees in the back of the display turned out really great too - a fun touch!
Posted by PicasaPictures from the 2011 Fall Quilt Market in Houston have just come in!
 Above is the crib displaying the new nursery designs featuring Norton and Knightley.  Hamil did a really nice job with these and they look better than I had expected them to - cute!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Susybee Philosophee #1

                 Worry is today's mouse nibbling at tomorrow's cheese.

Friday, 28 October 2011


After years and years working in all sorts of odd and cramped places (my last studio was in the basement of an industrial building - poor lighting and cold..I used to paint with gloves in the winter!) this spring I moved into a new house with a dream workspace on the third floor.  It's a converted attic with high sloping ceilings and an attached bathroom where I can wash brushes.  I have a TV, music, phone and a fabulous 8ft harvest table.  I love it and am up here most hours of the day working, dreaming, drawing (dancing!).  It's usually a happy, creative mess but I delivered a huge series of paintings the other day and so for once it's clean (I even mopped) and tidy for this picture.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

And so it begins....

I should have started this blog long, long ago.  How interesting it would be to look back on all the funny, awful, difficult, absurd and wonderful things that have happened over the years as my little doodles became small illustartions became big paintings became life size murals became internationally distributed fabric prints and hopefully now becoming artwork for other licensed products.   My crazy dreams are coming true which just goes to careful what you wish for!

May as well start somewhere so the launch of a new website is as good a place to start as any.  Ladies and gentlemen, may I now introduce you to the Wonderful World of Susybee: