June 3rd, 2010
everything is changing

we found a sweet little place to live in a little hamlet called Deep Cove in North Vancouver. it is a five minute walk from the beach. a ten minute walk from a cute village. the place itself is across the street from hiking trails galore (complete with a family of owls that have lived there for many years). you will have to trust me when I tell you how beautiful the space is, (I will post some photos when I get settled).

the search for a place to live in the Vancouver area has been grueling and we are so relieved to be done. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found something close to the city but not in the city proper as I was a bit worried about living in an urban environment again after so many years being close to nature. this is the perfect alternative. the drive to downtown Vancouver is about 20 minutes, (I will be taking public transit in one day a week to teach).

we became excited to learn that Deep Cove was a haven for many artists and writers in the 60′s (Malcolm Lowry was the big one). a friend wrote that there was also a great experimental musician and artist named Al Neil who called it home. i got very excited reading about his work and process. his sculpture work made me a bit giddy when I read that he would collect things on the beach every day and create assemblages (some of which are still there apparently), from his website:

“Neil started producing large-scale assemblages in the trees outside his place in Dollarton, BC. Working with his partner Carole Itter – sometimes in collaboration, sometimes in tandem – he produced an ever-changing tableau in the woods beside his cabin. These works were never meant to be static and they show the age and condition of the elements within them. They take on many different configurations, a little bit like improvisational jazz.”

I love the idea of pieces that change regularly and are altered by weather conditions, time, moods, erosion, culture, etc.

much like life really. like us.


what do you think of the new digs? comments are OPEN, hurrah!
(a big thanks to the design team at ALSO for the new site).

You must visit the front page, there is a new interactive feature for you to play with called “explorations”. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun!


my good friend Pixie says about owls:

Owl is higher wisdom, mystery and night magic. Her senses are keen and her vision long for seeing that which is often difficult for other creatures to detect. Owls indicate flexibility and adaptability, making them ideal guides for long or dark journeys. They can hear the mystical whisperings of our secret wishes and unconscious desires, making them very useful when we are called to listen to a much quieter voice within. They can open up portals of the deep self and help one acknowledge messages that it is time to hear. While owls have access to the deeper truths, knowing when to go about business silently is another of her gifts.

Jun 3 2010
4:47 pm
keri writes:


Jun 3 2010
5:00 pm
jodi lynn writes:

Hooray for you all – this place sounds magical!

Jun 3 2010
5:14 pm
Hannah writes:

it sounds perfect, we used to live near a family of owls at our last house, it was lovely to hear and see them around.

Jun 3 2010
7:08 pm
Kim writes:

This looks great! I love the drawing gadget–way too much fun! :)

Your new place sounds perfect. Congratulations!

Jun 3 2010
8:20 pm
Emma writes:

The new site is great fun and I love owls, too! Congratulations on your new home!

Jun 3 2010
9:04 pm
lisa currie writes:

neat website, keri! we’ll all have fun interacting more.
it’s nice to have something new to play with, but still feel the comfort of what we love about you.

Jun 4 2010
12:09 am
Lica writes:

Sounds like a fantactic place, a little bit magical. Congrats on your new home and the new website, loving it!

Jun 4 2010
2:24 am
Julia writes:

love the new design! it feels right to have a big visual change in your blog at a time of big change in your life.

i was reading a book called Learning to Love You More (also a web forum), by Miranda July and it really reminded me of your style of creativity. i’m sure you’ve heard of it already! if not, check it out!

Jun 4 2010
3:02 am
Caatje writes:

Wow! Your new site looks fantastic. Good luck on all the changes.

Jun 4 2010
6:26 am
Folkscallmejonny writes:


Jun 4 2010
8:40 am
Lulu writes:

its so great that you have a family of owls living with you! having a family of birds on your property is great fun, and you will grow quite attached to them! good luck!

Jun 4 2010
10:30 am
Katie writes:

I love that we can comment now! Keri, you’re too awesome! ^___^
Just dropped by to say, ‘hello, love the new design website!’
I hope you find a lovely house, I know what you’re going through right now; my stepmother and dad are in the process of upping sticks too as I type.
Change is good!

Jun 4 2010
1:27 pm
Mary writes:

Wishing you health & happiness in your new home. Love the new look.

Jun 4 2010
1:57 pm
pixie writes:

comments! yay!! yip!!

i am so happy, nay, thrilled that you are coming to our fair coast and can’t wait to talk magic with you.

Jun 4 2010
6:17 pm
christine writes:

Um. Yeah. So.

(Yes, I mean to shout it. Loud.)

Also: I searched three bookstores and two newsstands and finally found Family Fun mag. You are gorgeous (inside and out).

Also also: how adorable is Tilden? Quite.

And one last Also because those kids at ALSO are genius.


Jun 4 2010
7:16 pm
lori writes:

deep cove will be such a perfect fit for you. we used to take little mini vacations over there when the city was getting to be too much.

love the new site!

Jun 4 2010
8:17 pm
Amanda writes:

I’ve not long moved to Vancouver and I kinda love that someone as awesome as you lives here too.

The new site is gorgeous!

Jun 4 2010
8:18 pm
Amanda writes:

Oops… I meant to say that when I first moved to Vancouver I dreamt about a giant talking owl. He was an environmentalist.

Jun 4 2010
8:19 pm
Karma writes:

Oh my gosh! I love love love your new site. I have your website in my list of bookmarks on my google homepage and this is such a surprise to see the update! so cool!

and I am so glad you found your new home. It sounds incredible and know it is perfect for you and your family and all that you believe in and practice.

best of luck and keep us posted!!!

Jun 4 2010
11:03 pm
Kirsten writes:

I’m excited that you’ll be coming to my town! And teaching at my old school! I had Carol Itter as a teacher, back when I was a green little first year.

Welcome, welcome. I will be so interested to hear about your transition, and your experience living in Deep Cove. I currently live in the city, but I do long for the peace and magic of trees and paths and running water. Though I do love than I can ride my bike to work, and be at the farmers market in just a few minutes!

I’m not sure about Deep Cove, but if you ever want to know about mama-baby things in Vancouver, just let me know!

Jun 5 2010
5:46 am
Janien writes:

Congratulations with your new site!!

Jun 5 2010
9:37 am
melania writes:

bellissima idea!! beatiful idea
super brava keri!

Jun 5 2010
1:04 pm
Rachel writes:

Whoah, what a surprise when I pulled up the site! Looks great!

Jun 5 2010
2:13 pm
Lisa writes:

Your new space is great–just left a drawing!

Jun 5 2010
5:09 pm
Kruse writes:

This is great! I think the new ‘home’ looks fantastic and it is so good to be able to comment and tell you how fandabidozy you are. You have been a huge influence on my making work, so thank you! I hope the new house in Vancouver will be filled with laughter, creativity, love and really great baking smells.

Jun 5 2010
8:25 pm
Carolyn writes:

love the new look, and congrats on finding the new place!

Jun 5 2010
8:32 pm
Christina writes:

Congratulations on the new digs! Love the new website!!! (loved the previous one also) Nothing like a change to get the creative juices flowing.

Jun 5 2010
11:55 pm
DawnS writes:

OK…how cool is the “explorations” tool! You are awesome :) So glad you found a wonderful home…it sounds beautiful. Congrats on the new website.

Jun 6 2010
11:27 am
Lindsey writes:

Keri, did you catch the cameo from “Wreck This Journal” among this week’s secrets at PostSecret? http://www.postsecret.com/

Jun 6 2010
1:40 pm
Susannah writes:

ohhhh, such a gorgeous new space! so thoughtfully done and so completely you :) Love love love it

Jun 7 2010
11:50 am
Deanne writes:

Love that it echoes the old site graphically, but has all the “modern” stuff. Deep Cove is fabulous.

Jun 7 2010
12:43 pm
Dana writes:

Wondeful! It sounds just delightful. I live in the Pocono Mountains, and I find the woods to be a great source of peace and creative energy :-)

Jun 7 2010
3:56 pm
Ian writes:

Your new place sounds idyllic. I live at the edge of a wood in Cornwall, UK and relish the swoop and mystery of owl cries on winter nights

Jun 7 2010
4:01 pm
Sandra writes:

I stumbled across your blog by accident looking up artists’ sketchbooks and journals. I noticed you have a job at Emily Carr (I teach Art History at Capilano University in North Vancouver), and that you just moved to Deep Cove. I am also a Cove-er. I think you’re going to enjoy the wilderness so close to the city. Except for the rain maybe…there is quite a bit of that in a coastal rain forest. Anyhow, good luck with your move and I’m enjoying your blog!

Jun 8 2010
1:06 am
Malia writes:

I’m so happy you’re moving to the Vancouver area. I hope there are opportunities to attend your lectures or workshops! There is much to love here; I look forward to seeing how BC inspires you.

Jun 9 2010
3:37 am
Catalina writes:

I LOVE Deep Cove! Lucky you! I went kayaking with my husband when living in Vancouver


Jun 9 2010
9:34 am
Ramona writes:

This is fantastic.
I am super excited you have found a place to live.
I can hardly wait for your first public lecture.

Jun 9 2010
12:18 pm
Mariana writes:

your new layout is so so great. and i love the explorations drawings thing! it’s been a while since i came here to read you and now i want to go back and read all i’ve missed, savouring all the old posts. feels like the right blog to read at the right time, you know what i mean? thanks :)

Jun 9 2010
4:45 pm
Hillary writes:

Congratulations and welcome to the left coast! Love the new look.

Jun 9 2010
5:44 pm
Jannie writes:

Its a wonderful new layout here. And its been great reading about your moving adventures. I too am always struggling with trying to find a place thats got the perfect balance. After moving from nyc to a small town (because of my husband’s work), that is always on my mind. I’m so happy to hear you found a great place to live. (I’m a BIG fan of walking or taking mass transit too.)

Jun 14 2010
3:06 pm
Deanne writes:

I just realized you don’t have the title “Wish Jar” anymore on this blog… I noticed because in my bookmarks it had Wish Jar. Any reasons why ?
p.s. really enjoying new site

Oct 23 2011
12:38 am
Shelley Whiting writes:

I love the picture with the bird. It is very playful and whimsical. Fun and beautiful work.

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