Friday, December 29, 2006








pulp fiction


holding close

perched on the sides

all the windows
at the same time

i feel lucky
happy high

rocking in the rocker

nourishing with page after page of words

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Hannukah, Happy Christmas and a Peaceable New Year

no snow no snow
doesn't feel like christmas

our holiday was nice,
but christmas always has me expectant
and i don't like the way things get bogged with too muchness
and consumer panic

having emerged from my sickness cocoon, that just keeps on hacking
i wake to beautiful burning bright hannukah candles on my purple clay menorah,
which i won several years ago while contemplating reinvestigating my jewishness

i like light, dig miracles and candle wax
new traditions are born out of old traditions
we wear silly hats and sing and feel blessed and share and dance
and play the spinning top for chocolate coins

we give gifts and exchange warmth and silliness and the joy of being together
and candles and light and wax and brightness and the quiet that candles bring

mixed into this new fangled jewishness ,
we embrace tree and more lights, coloured and blue and white
and the new led lights invented by students at my old alma mata...yeah for them

we hang our stockings with care in hopes that santa, hannukah harry and harriet will be there
and this year so special
we have wee mama
little shrinking sweetly grandmama over
and on christmas eve we make the special meal
the secrets to lamb and perfect roast potatoes and minty mint sauce
revealed such a gift

and christmas comes and new playmobil is played
and surprizes are had and the nicest wrapping is the wrap made by my husbands students
and i ask for the trim back to make into more crafti bits and pieces

and daughter tears the wrap but wee grandma is careful and unwraps with reverance remembering,
conditioned not to waste anything

it is a nice christmas, no snow, now snow

and solstice passes too, grandmas birthday...we eat and drink and make merry
and she wishes her birthday where in june

and flora, the cat sleeps in her hannukah present of a bed

menorah lights burn as christmas lights tinkle
and there is peace on the earth where i am standing

and after christmas expectation preparation a sigh of it's over another
and the odd week between this and fresh new new year comes
the pause to rethink, rework, relax

as the world slowly unchristmasizes and goes back to ho hum
and slower and less crowded and manic and sparkly

and i dream of dogs
wear new snoopy pajamas
and investigate dog parts

and become more and more interested in canine

and wonder what the new year will bring
and want to walk walk walk more and stretch

and start again at the beginning
and be well
and continue to indulge with sweets and chocolates but
know the world isn't this worry free

happy new year
peace on earth
good will

and love

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

whaz up?

hi, this will be a streaming mis-spelt kind of post.
i am full of creative energy and surrounded by the lights of Hanukkah and the boughs of christmasness
and no snow, no cold no snow, untamed non constructed ice rinks and garage sales that keep on coming
holy moly whaz up with this...

i decide to create a band the name being the most important part,
introducing "Global Warming and the New Asthmatics"

head swirls, yep i have a puffer, i am a new asthmatics...the cough that went on for ever and still is has brought me the concept of asthma, holy asthma is makes playing snowless pie tag harder,

i have always been a little suspicious about modern medicine, but i have a beautiful human being for a doctor who is so smart and caring and i really really have a lot of trust with her, that i am thinking new thoughts about it all...i think hell gimmie the drugs let me experience what's in your magic bag. it took the pharmacist a while to fill the prescription for all that has been ailing me. as a person of very good physical health this little bout has been quite fascinating, i am reduced to a somewhat sickly little neb, think old time woody allen only female. i carry a puffer, apply cream for a small rash and have taken antibiotics and tylenol 2's . oi vey what a medicine chest.

i used to have this theory, that it was best to be on as little to no medication...i thought and do think it keeps one young and healthy...but recently i feel i am living so much in this modern fast technology heap of a world that i thought i would join in with the concoctions of modern fast times (at ridgemont high and beyond)..

i am feeling well...Despite being ill,
breathing is very important. yep lungs who knew...

in the course of the busiest craft sales time, I was out for the count watching numerous talk shows, Martha, the view, very weird talk about selling, consumerism, but they kept me company and distracted me from my haze of sick sick hack hack coughing.

i lost 3 craft shows and jay had to deliver orders to the stores, i sewed ornaments in a semi real state, nothing injured in the making.

i did my last craft show this my fuzz haze of happy happy happy being out and about i meet a dog.
i have dog fever. you know, those dog people that just can't not say hello to the dogs that possibly carry bones in their pockets. well this dog and it's story captured my heart. a retired racing greyhound named value. sweet as a dream, and so reminded me of some special ed students i have worked for in the past, not that she wasn't clever, just the energy..very i am considering a the cat lady..the girl that fears the bark, the loner wanting a pack animal.

not only that i have a preference for fine delicate jewelry to clunky..

i made my first roast chicken of my life...what an experience.
i am a lapsed veggie, meat does me some good, it's a long mental health story...
i had never bought or cooked a whole darn chicken
i had a lot of reverence for the chicken, i thanked it several times, while buying
roasting and eating ...a roast chicken is undeniably a dead bird without head or feet,

the chicken was delicious as was the smell, my house became more my home, house hearth cooking
nourishment, feeding....i finally get it....

then i made stock from the bones and yes made a nice chicken soup nothing wasted no sir eee,
i am still thanking that sweet chicken that gave its live..thank you.

here i sit with time, and stuff and good feeling..getting better having been quite ill...having to trust and have faith

happy holidays whether it is candles or trees or secret scents or good food or better company
i wish wellness and peace and hope and love.

always love

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Crafternoon Tea!

Hullo a small break from my dear little sewing machine to invite you to this wonderful craft show, if past shows are any reflection on this one I urge you to come on out and see some great crafts, eat delicious baked goods and learn some crafty diy tips.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Sassy Little Craft Show

It is true.
Tis the season to open ones suitcase and sell the wares contained within...

The next fabulous show I will be attending is an evening function, perfect for those that prefer 'drinks' to tea.
As for me it goes way past my bedtime and I will be ingesting grand amounts of caffeinated beverages in order to give the correct change.

If your in town please come it should prove to be a novel way to gather gifties for all those on your lists.

The Sassy Little Craft Show
Saturday November 18th 2006
6pm until 1 am ! (really)

The Victory Cafe
(on Markham Street around the corner from Honest Ed's)

Friday, November 10, 2006


ornament detail
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

of what is this a detail to.. you may ask..

and I shall respond dearest of readers
Please come to
The Fall Toronto Small Press Fair
Saturday November 11th, between 11am and 5pm,
to find out!

The fair will have readings on Saturday evening between 6 and 9pm
and also runs on Sunday (I will be selling my wares on the Saturday)

yes dearest of readers what is that you say?

How do you get to the Fair?

any way you can, and hurry!

it is located this fine year at the Victory Cafe at 581 Markham Street in Toronto, that is the street that is around the corner from the grand and rather flash bargain house known as Honest Ed's.

I do hope you can make it to the Fair dearest of readers, many magical works and words are surely had for mear dollars.

and for now I must get back to my crafting and grafting and wiping the nose of small and kind urchin children, I wish you dear readers
ado, ado.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.


a few thoughts on smoke:
it gets in your eyes
the movie "smoke" is one of my very favorites
i don't smoke
once i did, one night but i was drinking vodka, which i don't do and was in new york, which mostly i am not...personally i think it was what the psychic community refers to as a 'walk in' for those that don't know what this is, it is when another soul briefly takes up residence in your body, fascinating stuff and a great way to not take responsibility for foolish actions.
with that said, new york was awesome and vodka is my drink of choice or sake hot but that's another story....

in order to see this in its full and glorious-ness please click on the image and go to flickr once there please look around i can't stop drawing pictures. peace and love i send
in small sacrosanct parcels of smoke made from sacred sweet grass bundles intending to purify and cast out bad spirits ( if only i had known in new york that time...hmmmH?)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Happy Halloween.

Bea had a great idea.
And Jay helped her achieve our new Halloween Tradition.

Pineapple Jack!

Monday, October 30, 2006

good morning pods

seed pod 6
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
Bea and I on the short walk to school found these wonderful seed pods. Kyle, her classmate had found one too. They both left the line up to go in to gather more. In the line, discussion and chatter among the kids led to a smiling man's comment. "They are seed pods" he said. Then he said to me, as if to anticipate my wonder, "they're from the Plain/Plane Tree, also known as Sycamore. I though the leaves looked like a maple but knew the tree couldn't be because it was full of these amazing pods. On closer inspection I can see the leaves look so different from the maple. The man told me he was into trees, it was his job he designs and builds gardens. "I love it." he said " I'm really lucky I love what I do". I thought aren't we all really lucky. This person so full, satisfied with such wonderful knowledge and energy. Isn't it a shame everyone can't/ or doesn't love what 'they do"? It was time for the kids to go in, as he called out, "Bye Oak". I said "Your son's a tree....It's a beautiful name". "Yeah" he said "I'm really into trees".

to see more pictures of my good morning sycamore pods please click on the photograph which will take you to flickr, more pictures are in my new set there called 'other worlds'

hug a tree today!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Kim's Magical Mystery Tour

Part one: a little bit about where I live.
(for all those who love our wee town including miss Keri)

I live on a busy kind of street , residencial with a rambling streetcar that goes by. We can walk to Bea's School and Jay can walk to his work. Sometimes I feel the vibrations of the streetcar, in the bathtub, upstairs in bed and each time I think of the Woody Allen movie where the main character's childhood home is under the rollercoaster. Each time I giggle about this and enjoy it.

The backyard backs onto a little untouched triangle of small creek and very large trees. The King of the Trees is a huge maple. In my back yard I have tall pine trees, Louisiana Creeper and lots of birds. Less birds now the berries on the creeper are gone. Note: I'll have to put up some feeders in place of the glass lanterns. I've always wanted to have a backyard having grown up in an apartment building. When I went to friend's houses as a child I would always ask to see or go into the backyard. Backyard, I loved the sound still do, even if it was a little grassy knoll of a yard I felt really happy, the privacy to sit and look at plants and the teeny tiny critters undisturbed. The little ant hill, or lifting a rock like in MY backyard and seeing the little potato bug families.

I like the contrast of where I live. It can be quiet, or noisy. People to watch at certain times of day coming and going to school. A birds eye view of the streetcar ( I've always lived on it's line- I like streetcars and somehow it makes me feel secure, and unafraid of getting lost- just follow the tracks). I see the little travelers and always check the driver to see if it is my brother, who drives a streetcar. A game I like to play with Bea called "Where's Your Uncle?".

If I walk around the corner from my house one way I'm in the urban, grey and shabby parts, I swear the culture here has a unique dialogue and accent all there own, I like having tea here sometimes and eavesdropping. Sometimes the dialogue is so harsh and unbelievable to me, poverty, jail, trouble. If I keep going just a stones throw away the area becomes truly colourful and sparkly, this is Little India. Shops full of colour and bangles and sari material. If I walk the other way it is all pretty houses with yards and leaves and quietness, especially near an old cemetery from the 1800's until now.
I like reading the names. Seeing the big headstones (stone carving lettering is amazing) . Reading the names, imagining the people, those that are related, those that have gone.

If I keep walking round this corner and head south, eventually I am at the Beach on Lake Ontario, this is where I harvest my rocks for the making of pocket rocks. I am pulled to this every so often. Always I am amazed by the sky and water you can not see land across, they don't call it a "Great Lake" for nothing, and always I am amazed by the cordial dogs I meet so well socialized, more familiars than pets.

This is a little about where I live. Where I can be found wandering around. Wandering and Puttering my two favorite occupations.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ghosts of the notebook

ghosts of the notebook
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme at


scared yet...


now i got ya!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
smitten squid,
i am so smitten with squid after seeing an amazing national geographic special

smitten is the theme this week at

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

between black and white keys

my tea and hearts
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

"keep life simple - be aware - read and listen to music"
David Helfgott

i would add:
look at pictures,
and drink tea

Monday, October 09, 2006

warm cosy and thankful

it is suppose to be getting cool
but today so warm
we ran after yellow butterflies
catching none, secretly thankful

i found the wish bone in the big bird of thanks

and make all the wishes i wish
peace, love, happiness, joy to all..

i eat roasted vegtables in all the fall hues
and post cosies for notes, to take care of chilled leafs

i watch sky
and birds and dragonflies
and see patterns, dark outlines
blue skies

and ingest these moments
for the ones that need the breathe
of peace, of love, of joy

Thursday, October 05, 2006



in the backyard
little flies
masses of them

one has to squint
and then later they have moved on

in the garden, between the resting chysanthmums and the hosta
a magnificent spider
don't know his name
with a feasty of the little squint flies

i walk around and look
and feel the cold air

and i am not thinking
but absorbing
sky, air, green, resting plants
pretending to be dead

and magnificent spider

the other night on television
i saw a program on squid
and i swear it my life has changed

natural world fills me up
reminds me real is real

amongst the other real we make up
sending, tidying, doing.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

rain twosday this day

words are slack in my mouth this day
but reading past ones i realized i had em then
nicely strung, in tune sometimes

hot peppers,
no idea where that came from

music classical
having given up on some things, let go
i find the foreign language of my routines
leave me speech impaired,
not bad really
i kind of like it

like being in a foreign country and all the clutter of another language doesn't interfere.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

buttons of a literary nature

for tomorrow at Word on the Street.
FB-24 at Queen's Park in the Fringe Beat
under the banner 2X4to the forehead
in our town of Torontoooooo!

Hope to see you literary types there!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Reading Buddies

dolls Reading Buddies 2
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
Meet (back row) Heidi and Enid, Henry with the curly hair in the middle and Louisa in front. Small little pillow dolls with small pockets to keep tiny books. To see more pictures please click on the photo and explore more at my flickr site.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

from under water i catch a breath

Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
.... it has been a long time, holding my electronic breath,
aquaman was always my favorite superhero, i even had the pencil case

i am back in time for the lovely cooling
the nooks of house warmth

and pleasant busy doing

stay tuned for lots of things
balls of string
kittens that are magicians
and eggplants who i am on a first name basis with

welcome back says me to me
i will sit type type and have a cup a tea

Friday, July 14, 2006


hello dear blog readers.
please be advised that i am changing house
and will take a wee pause to ensure i haven't
forgotten my head while packing

i will resume dear bloggy in late august

happy sun and sky to you...

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme at
please click to see a wider expanse of sky...

Monday, July 10, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
a public service annoucement.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Will and the Other world

Will and the other world
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
Inspiration for this pillow is taken from the book by Phillip Pullman entitled "The Subtle Knife". The subtle knife allows Will to enter and exit other worlds. The books are very good 3 in total part of 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. I still must read the last one.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme of 'sticky' at
if you care to click on the image you can see it bigger
and while you are at flickr you can see my similar 'sticky collage'

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

potted flowers

card potted flowers
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

I am one of the in house artists at this fabulous new shop.
If you are in Toronto please come by

Nathalie-Roze and Company
1015 Queen Street East

Friday, June 30, 2006

stripey floral green

stripey floral green
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
3 of my favorite things..
have a stripey floral green weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme at

please click and then click again on 'all sizes' to enjoy every drop by drop..

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

name that tune

i can name that tune is 1,027 beats


sitting on the edge of not knowing this or that

pachinko machine balls decide my fate

silver and heavy

what is behind curtain number one
the donkey or the 1968 buick

is the price right?

can you guess it without going over


for all your worth

put a price on the priceless

economies, environments
human footprints

should i wear heavy doc martens
or fairy light slippers

when i dream at night where do i go..

today i am waiting
and the curtain will reveal if i get the donkey or the shiny new newness

Monday, June 26, 2006

sort sand

sort sand
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
from the calender "365 Reasons Not to Be Bored"
my friend James Spyker does the words, I do the pictures.

I have been sorting....

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

the calming hat

it's true
sometimes my jay insists
that i wear the 'calming hat'
it is furry and grey, like an old aged poodle
reminds me of the russian relvolution
and calms me down...

true confession thursday
everyword truth!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
i have been doing a lot of sitting, not simply sipping tea however but sewing up batches of cards, sewn and embellished with bits and bobs of lace and fabric, doing stunt plane stunts with my singer sewing machine sweet rita,

i will have my cards for sale this friday at a show that will i think be very fun and vibrant,:

Kit and Kaboodle Show
Friday June 16th 2006
12 noon - 10 pm
At : The Great Hall
1087 Queen Street West at Dovercourt

I hope I can stay up past my bedtime, perhaps I will ingest coffee,

Hope to see you there please say good day if you make it out.

Also I am thinking my name cosmically has been changed to Kitty,
strange I know...please comment!

I will be back with more news, words and pictures. I had been in the Amazon rescueing ancient turtles and boa constrictors.

Good to be back!

Friday, June 02, 2006

loose threads

Alligators and crocodiles are living underneath the floor boards
but they are excellent mothers

my old dog walked past me last night
in this life his ears are shorter

the sun is weighty
like goo

the shade is quiet and soft

tea is my religion
one sip then two

routines get shuffled out of place

and unless the roots beneath my feet
hold me in place, I become a tumble weed

spirals and lines and semi circles
cubes and squares and tiny quarters

the green of pistachio ice cream

all the music of brian eno

spaces where sounds are not
and people haven't been

patches of calm in a city

cluttered with heat, dust,

look up into the blue
cloud smiles
dog laughs

loose threads on that t - shirt
stawberry shortcake pink

and all the coming and going
like an episode of mash
with much less elegant timing

and the little animals that watch
and shake there head because you forgot you are one

and liquid

and wading pools of thought

only loose threads

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

three girls with pets on their heads

now a stamp at the lovely store Red Lead

check out the site to see this in greens and pinks,
so fun to see where another takes my drawing to...

love it!

Friday, May 26, 2006

how about a little tea

crafternoon tea that is...
hope to see you tomorrow

Thursday, May 25, 2006

true confession thursday

in junior high
i joined
the chess club

because i liked the nerdy boys

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme at

Thursday, May 18, 2006

dandylion fields

yesterday was good,
every bloom was blooming every one
and the birds all called out

up not far north
the fields full of dandylions in different stages of life
adulthood and old age,
full of yellow
and the round perfect puff of fairy clocks,
just waiting to tell the time,

after something
high way and super malls,
dispite it all a family of geese
hmmh, this looks like a good spot...

i am thrilled at this encroachment
of nature with its sweet nerve
and awesome resilience
trying to keep it beautiful,
dispite our uglification

one rule, no pesticides on lawns
has changed the landscape,

and now if you excuse me
i must pick a few dandylion leaves
for tea

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

angels and devils

angels and devils
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
angles and devils mixer,
where good and evil come to meet and greet

for this week's theme of 'angels and devils' at

please click on the image to see it bigger and clearer at flickr

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

urgent crumbs

a sense of urgency nudges me to write words
string a whole set of wooden worded beads together

in the toaster
in the drawer where no one goes

i see a portrait painting in browns of frieda and vincent
he and she preferring the sun

little piano songs
under the piano sound different
dancing in a deafway full of body and vibration

not knowing

drinking dregs of tea leaves

stepping on the crumbs

one day real soon
i'm gonna bake a cake
chocolate and gooey
no crumbs


delicious thick slabs of the stuff
i will have you all to tea
and cake
like the black forest only up north
with filtered light

Monday, May 15, 2006

museum goers

museum goers
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
a pin and it's little suitcase package ready for travel to you...

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
well does it?

does it...
really it does, doesn't it..
my entry for

does it...

Monday, May 08, 2006

Thursday, May 04, 2006

today's reason

9:38 am
the living room,
hall way,
all need cleaning


hmmh they still do
that's the whole apartment

the kat box scares me
and the stains in the toilet
what the heck

i know
i should
i will

just sharing
that can't be bad

the studio too
can't see the surface of any work space

what happened
living i guess

pulled into details
the right shoes
the colour

reading materials
good television

yes i will

the deadline

the time
the weather
all those things

for doing something you would rather not

where to find it
when to look

under the sofa cushions

cough up that button
that spring onslaught of sunshine

that hurts the eyes
and saturates

yep that glenn gould thing again
this change of season


thank full
for cloud cover

and walking with words
strung along
one after another after another

i have things i want to say

yes i hear the hamsters cage need doing too
and tonight's dinner for 3

laundry is done
that's one thing

a.d.d. you think
allergic reaction
to sunlight?

i have so much to tell
about the fruit market boys

and the colours in cloud

and the way the grass grows in patches
over at the field in the schoolyard

and the abandoned cheese string
that became the ant condominium

and the word condominium
and being 7

and lost in space

and letters
and shows
and friends

and my breakfast

and all that


got a few things to do now
i will begin in the living room

sweep clean even under the rug..

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

under the c

under the c
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
for this weeks theme (kind of) at

Monday, May 01, 2006


Hello Toronto and beyond...

Just to let you know that tomorrow nite an issue release party for Spacing Magazine is happening at the Gladstone.
Spacing is a delicious magazine all about Public Space, this issue focuses in on the TTC. I just happen to happily be one of the contributing illustrators to this issue. To find out more about the party or the magazine please check out the link provided.



catch mama

catch mama
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
another recycled drawing...fabric collage card.

so springy today, it feels like this...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

flowery lady

flowery lady
Originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.
My wee Mama returns from her southern migration flight.

A flowery lady in her own right keeping houseplants green and smiling for years and years.

I was the temporary greenhouse guru along with Uncle Ug.

Together most of the green plants stayed that way.

Welcome back sweet little Mama.

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