Getting Artsy…

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Part of my new adventures involve taking time to revisit things I used to do/ always wanted to do/ felt I could do, but never got around to doing… like painting.

So… Acrylic painting under the guidance of a lovely artist seemed like a great way to go about this.

2 paint events later, under the tutelage of Laura Daub, my fellow student of couture at Richard Robinson’s Academie des Couturiers Canadiens, who has gone on to flourish in her own artistic style, and here are my pieces!

If you are thinking of trying one of these trending art events, but want to create in an atmosphere of encouragement to be unconventional if you wish, check her Friday Paint Nights  out, and give it a try.

And go do something fun for yourself!

Playtime – Tis the right stuff!

What a great time tonight with a great group of dancers! Awesome to see my returning Tuesday ladies and welcoming back BJ!

If you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, my classes are taking a different spin on Tuesdays for the winter session and I’m just playing along with everyone!

We have the space, we are booked for the next 9 more Tuesdays and we are both watching along with those dvds I have purchased over the years, as well as some digital footage I’ll bring out later!

Details are in my class schedule, and you can come by any Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; pay the drop-in fee of $10 to me; and PLAY!


Another step back in order to step forward

2015 has come to an end and I’ve learned some stuff this year that I am choosing to work with as I move forward in my businesses and personal adventures.

Catch phrases that apply:

  • I’m not as young as I used to be…
  • Work smarter not harder…
  • If your own cup is empty, you’ll have nothing to share with those who around you…


I’m not as young as I used to be…

This is a simple fact.  Not a self-deprecation, just a fact. I have arrived in a place where I have been pushing myself, mostly quite joyfully, sometimes stressfully, for years and lately I have felt the repercussions of perhaps doing a bit more than my body and sanity should have allowed.

Certainly, I have been choosing convenience eating and have the resulting physical manifestations of that occurring. I have benefited from therapy over the past year for anxiety issues, and have begun to process the changes I want to make in my routine that will contribute to me being healthier, both in body and mind.  One step at a time, and one day at a time, with some accountability worked in, but not too much pressure.

Work smarter not harder…

Self-employment has always been part of my income stream, and I have always tried to keep a logical head about outside work. For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of a somewhat regular paycheque and the chance to work with some crazy fun ladies through bouts of high pressure and creative moments. Lots of challenges, and lots of rewards and LOTS of learning.  Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 10.33.03 AM

Awareness dawned that working outside my studio space, even “part time”, involves a big commitment, and the rewards are worth it, so I’ll be looking at some “stepping back” from my dance related activities during my high sewing season, even more than I have in the past.

I will continue to offer classes through the Winter 2016 session, both sewing and dance classes. In the spring, I will step back from teaching Saturday sewing classes.  I need that time for clients, both my own and the shop’s.

I also have realized that with my work in the bridal world being full time busy from April through the summer, I cannot organize a June Ottawa Community Class Party.

There will be NO Halyma’s OCCP in June.

I hope to offer a community showcase dance recital again December 2016 – depending on interest, classes, etc., of course. Keep posted in the fall for that.

What this might mean for May/June is that other teachers/studio owners/ community members, either as a collective or on their own can take the opportunity to show off their event-organizing skills and hopefully extend the invitations to me and other teachers, continuing that community feeling I have worked to create for years. Or not.  We shall see.

If your own cup is empty, you’ll have nothing to share with those who around you…

And finally, this concept: I am finally ok with the idea that I must take some time for me. I’ve already begun trying new skills, exploring other creative paths, revisiting past creative paths, and some days, just being.

And as I find cool things that inspire me, challenge me in a healthy way, or excite me < yeah, if you know me, you understand the hyperbole of that phrase, but hopefully will allow for some degree of “excitement”- at least in my writing about it>, I’ll be sharing those adventures here or in my other social media places!

So, there you have it.

2016 will be a journey like no other, based on the lessons of the past…


*Flashback*:“The Present is a Gift from The Past, and an Inspiration to the Future.” -Tracey “Halyma” Vibert, TEDxOttawa Talk, December 2009.


Healthy waffles!

Pre-making this batch of healthy waffles to minimize the kitchen time at the family brunch!

I got experiment-y as I usually do- so here are Halyma’s Healthy Waffles!

Want the recipe?

Here ya go:

4 cups oat “flour”*

1 ½ cups coconut “flour”*

½ cup red quinoa “flour”*

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon each ground cinnamon and ginger

¼ cup honey

4 eggs

½ cup oil or fat of your choice melted

Water- 1 cup-ish**

Mix the dry stuff in a big bowl .

Preheat your waffle iron 

Add the wet stuff to the dry, and mix. Add more water if you need to to get the consistency right.

Stiffer batter is ok- just spread it more. Flowy batter is ok too- just watch it doesn’t leak. 

I use about ¼ cup batter per waffle side- but you can decide! 

The * means:

I grind my own “flour” for these- I use a small coffee grinder and grind as needed.

  • Oat flakes for oat flour 
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes 
  • Uncooked red quinoa

Enjoy! Makes about 24 4 inch waffles