Thursday, December 16, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


this is today

i woke very early
and instead of pretending to be normal
and getting me required eight hours

at five
i rose

and made a puppy who is blue
named ralf

then i went into the mountain of laundry
laundry mountain

and putting on my scaling equipement
started the climb

used bleach
this is new

and folded a bunch
and put it in large plastic bag
like the laundromat that takes in laundry
and charges 20 a pound


then the tub
called me
and the terrible cleaning product
because really it's embarassing but it is grey

and the fumes woke my daughter
what the heck is this awful stuff
but i think it is working magic
on my martha stewart dreams

then i ate old pizza and new tea
and bea my girl
told me she isn't feeling well
it's that time of year
so i called the school

and feed the pets
and did more laundry
and took the dog out
first putting him into the equivilant of a snow suit
perpetually two
i put him in little rubber boots with socks to make
taking them off easier
because of the salt

and returned the depressing but well made film
to the library

and we meet up with a cute weiner dog
who had anger management issues
and yelled at my dog
and scared me
not so cute

and then while the computer warmed up
she's old and finicky

i swept under the love seat
and owen the dog tried to help
eat the dust bunnies
but i shoed him away

and the hanukah is ending tonight
and the tree is up

and things keep coming in the house
like flyers
and greeting cards from people who sold us something
like insurance
and stuff like presents
some we eat
others we wear
others linger

and i am reminded of the heap to charity
that i haven't called for pick up

and all the magazines to read
and books and patterns

and the dust
which likes to settle down
and make its self at home

it's only 9:30

will my tub become sparkling
will the fumes intoxicate us
will we be okay

my smile isn't super white
my teeth are like that


put away



Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank You!

Thank you to all that made the Crafternoon Tea as lovely and tasty and fun as usual.

Thank you to all that stopped by and to those that purchased my wares.

Lots of my wooly friends found good homes, here are a few of the stories:

Tiny a little bear who likes big things is going to a big baby, that will surely make him happy. Huggy found a young man named Liam who is keen to introduce him to the other soft friends he lives with. Francisio a green puppy with a red polka dot leash will be a surprise for a very special four year old boy. Maximillion Stuffnsuch is boldly going to go to work at the office of a woman who enthusiastically took him home.

Thanks to all.

I am looking forward to opening my suitcases in the future.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Isn't he handsome?

I think so!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

wooly wordy

It's all about yarn these days.



Recycling wooly sweaters.

Working at the Yarn store.

Posting yarny creations on etsy.



Watching people and the knitted garments they are wearing.

Watching films and television and the knitted garments they are wearing.

Fashion TV.

Hel Style blog.

oh and the leaves on my walks with owen the dog,
the orange maple leaves leave me invigorated and full.

did i mention i like wool,
and that autumn is my favorite season?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came and paid me a visit at Word on the Street, as usual it was a wonderful way to meet up.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Word on the Street

The last Sunday of September offers us Word on the Street.

Sunday September 26th in the lovely Queen's Park in Toronto, many words and pages will be in this extraordinary literary event!

I too will be there in mind, spirt ,body and stuff. I will be exhibiting some of my work for sale under the banner 2 X 4 to the forehead, in the Fringe Beat section of the festival. I will be sharing a space with my witty friend James Spyker who is a fine, word smith and book binder.

In addition to being involved with my own table full of mirth. I have done some illustrations for The Story Walk produced by the MTML (Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy) Very exciting indeed. Please check out the Word on the Street website for more information about this and further details on the event.

Looking forward to seeing you under the trees!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

included in summery

my inclusion as part of a summery etsy collection. take a look at these summery finds!

Monday, July 26, 2010

punk rock pork and rice

in he walked

about 30 with flying flag regalia of beer ,bands , tats and skulls

with the prettiest pink mohawk ever

'pork and rice'

he ordered,
delivering me a required scowl and snear

the owner past middle age, asian, slightly plump and relaxed hollered from the table

'hey i like your hair'

'thanks man'
he answered

the owner enquired further
about the hairdo.

'how long it take you to do your hair,
about 2 hours?'

the pink mohawk wearer replyed

'about 15 years'

i waited enjoying the chinese opera, and the old woman that was complaining
and the awesome clashing of floral patterns and the wobegon way the staff did what they must

i got a huge bag of food to take out
the sun glared and i wore sunglasses

and remembered what one of my art teachers used to answer
when someone asked how long it took him to do a certain piece of art

'all my life'

perhaps another answer is

'about 15 years'

the food was a little greasy,
but i knew it would be
but it was delicious

and along with delivering it home
it came with a story at the dinner table
about a very pretty pink mohawk

it's 11am now
do you know where your punk rocker is?

in bed i think shades drawn
in twisted sheets
and full belly.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Pinky , originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Monday, June 14, 2010

thank you for visiting

inside at the computer,
with the urban back door open

i can hear them

constant in their want
of a worm
a grub
an insect

i see two when i look in the hedge
balanced very nicely
a custom buildt nest

so close to us gawky
huge humans
and the rest of city hum

two tiny odd looking little birds
in a perfect circular thatched looking nest

i have seen the mother over them
feeding them
away from them
trusting the little chips
with promise of return

how lucky am i
to witness tiny nature
in this big smoke
of a city
and little infant chips
and odd growing in feather fluff
and such awesome newness
and nature!

Monday, June 07, 2010

clean dog dirty dog silent dog

the dog got clean very clean indeed with lots of mountain man hair shaven to produce a handsome city chappy

then the dog got dirty rolling in a remnant of an unnamed deseased animal

the dog got clean with water jug and bath tub and was very tolerant of this new clean idea

in between i heard about a dog
that came barking
only the barks were silent

as called out 'dog with laringitis'
and said once again
'dog with laringitis'

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

many many thanks

Thank you to all that came to say hello and visited me and my wares yesterday at Wayzgoose.

The day was bright sunny and very very hand made bookish which was indeed grand!

A special thank you to Tamara who loaned me her awesome poetry dispensing machine ,the famed Verse-o-Matic. Thank you to my pal Krissy who helped me get it home. I was delighted to fill the Verse-o-Matic with Kim's Suitcase products especially tiny little books with Japanese paper covers. The use of the vending machine was particularly exciting as when I was a wee girl I happened to take a spin on such a machine and obtained of all things a teeny weeny bible. Barbie loved to read it especially before going on a date with Ken...but i degres. At yesterdays book fair a very small girl who had never had the opportunity to turn the crank on such a machine chanced to receive a book made by me! I think we both shared the same degree of delight. Again thank you to James, my dear book selling friend and to his car that got us to the show. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at the show for again making wayzgoose a lovely time. Many many thanks to all!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

it is wayzgoose time dear friends

dear friends
it is that time

coming up to the last saturday in april
to be precise saturday april 24th, 2010

9am-5pm in the little lovely town of grimsby

a very fine and well crafted book arts fair

i shall be there
and i invite you dear friend and reader
to come by
and to say hello

i do hope you can attend!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

and then it rained

we meet for fish and chips

and you told me you are taking a trip
to chicago

i don't go anywhere

other than in concentric cirlcles
and the deepths of my soul

which isn't exactly no where
but it isn't on any map

that has yet to be published

today i walked around with the dog
and the friend and her dog

and we got caught in rain

and all the grave markers winked
and said 'isn't it good to get wet,
it can be so dry under the earth...'

or maybe that was just the voice of
the ghost coyote that used to live in
the cememtary where we walk

fish and chips was good
greasy and a little too small
but good

and the pathway there
and the people crossing
and walking across the bridge

with plans for building
building plans for your house
and plans for social justice
in small button hole ways

at the end of our meeting
'be continued' flashed on the screen

i took the street car home
to my freshly tidied house
and j and b where hiding together
behind electronic screens
as the day faded
and night closed in
and the blinds made it official

down pour
down pour

today a tea is brewing
a mystical tea from germany
goods travel to me as i stay at home
honing my centre

and watching the sweetest rain drops you ever did see

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

the truth about the weather

today is grey

and all the other colours sing quietly

i love this cool weather

soft coloured and peaceful

yesterday was bright and sunny
and everybody and their cousin
was out enjoying the day

my quiet streets
a little more cluttered

the conversation with the cracks in the pavement
and the greens of the leaves
harder to hear

i wore sun glasses
and followed my sandled feet
through the streets

bright weather heat
feels too glossy to me
like overmade up make up on an already beautiful face

it's hard to explain
as others rejoice in the good fortune of sun

that i really do feel best in the rain...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

untitled doodle in red and pink

Monday, February 22, 2010

Knitted Vegetables

Knitted Vegetables, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

peace garden

peace garden, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Monday, February 01, 2010

fun hat for cold day

fun hat for cold day, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Friday, January 29, 2010

button rings in process

button rings in process, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

These were so much fun to make. A tin of buttons, a box of thread and time to think which with which?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Two Optimistic Gentlemen Encounter the Blue Bird of Happiness

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

sleep walkers

sleep walkers, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

i heart purple house

i heart purple house, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

polka hearts

polka hearts, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

take heart

take heart, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

available from my etsy shop


Monday, January 18, 2010

paper heart

paper heart, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

haiti fund raiser

Nathalie-Roze Fisher is organizing a fund raising event in aid of Haiti.

Please check her website for further information

thank you

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

a valentine opera in pictures for you

many hearts in this saga of love, including the sad and timely break up of a snail and the love of one man and his root vegetables....

greeting card available from my etsy shop


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

felt heart pouch

felt heart pouch, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

today's heart

is a chicken nugget shaped like a heart
(you must trust me because it has been eatten)

today's heart
is waking up a little later than planned
and running to hold the bus while jay makes hot chocolate for bea's trip to the slopes

today's heart
skips beats
and wants so many things
mostly sleep

today's heart
is shaped with words
that are kind

and hot beverages to sooth the soul

today's heart is beating
to the rhythm of a sweet samba only much much slower


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

found hearts

found hearts , originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Monday, January 04, 2010

heart daily, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

Saturday, January 02, 2010


minimizing, originally uploaded by Kim's Suitcase.

minimizing wind disturbance on water surface.

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