Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”. ~ Carl Bard

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A heart filled with anger has no room for love. ~Joan Lunden

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You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you  ~Andy Warhol

Meanwhile, spring came, and with it the outpourings of Nature. The hills were soon splashed with wild flowers; the grass became an altogether new and richer shade of green; and the air became scented with fresh and surprising smells — of jasmine, honeysuckle, and lavender. ~Dalai Lama XIV

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. ~B. B. King

The world is quiet here. ~Lemony Snicket

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“Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.” ~ ~ Van Morrison

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Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. ~John F Kennedy

These last few days have been traumatic. No not physically no, traumatic nationally. My conception of my country and the people that are supposed to govern have betrayed me. Because of a divisive and politically cynical campaign my country, my concept of European cooperation has been swept away. Already we have politicians blaming each other, a group of politicians are taking back everything they campaigned on. The financial repercussions are immense and already racism is rearing it’s angry head.

 My art is comforting me so much, the taking of the image, the composition and the processing.

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You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. ~ A.A. Milne

 

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Just being able to take images of the everyday will help.

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One bad chapter doesn’t mean your story’s over.~ Unknown

 

Playing with some composition helps.

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I’m not burying my head in the sand. Just trying to find some sense and shutting that part of my brain off today.

 

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Supplies by Lorie Davidson @ Scrapbookgraphics.com and G and T Designs @ e-scape and scrap.net

Who are You ?

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

~ Lao Tzu

This morning I opened at random a little book called ‘High Hopes 170 Ways to Lift the Spirits in the hope of finding a good quote for my Instagram feed and I came across

 Who are you ?

 

So I asked myself the question, daughter, mother, wife, friend, homemaker?  But there is more, we often neglect the other side of ourselves.

How about artist, creative, photographer, writer ? And what might I become ?

It’s never to late to know ourselves, we are always changing

 

 

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In 2016 I want to see what I can become, artist, creative, writer and photographer. I know it will be a gradual process.

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How about you ? will you join me ?

Texture Tuesday

Good morning is Spring or Autumn with you yet ?  I feel the seasons are slow to change this year, one step forward and one step back or am I just more impatient ? A bit of both I think….

 

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These lilacs sum up my feelings on Spring, glorious, uncertain, full of fragrance and over all too quickly..

 

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I’m currently following prompts from Liz Lamoreux on her Hand to Heart Facebook page. This month the prompts are Prompts of Everyday Beauty and today’s prompt is ‘Your own Backyard’ so all the images today are from my garden or the sunroom in my garden… If you want to check out Liz’s website it’s HERE

I’ve created this post on my iPad mini using photographs taken on my iPhone as an experiment today.

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The quote is from Julia Child.  Apps used Typic, Project Life app, Over and Rhonna Designs.

 
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Can you hear me ?

 

What I’m listening to –  Keb Mo -Every Morning – from the album “Keb Mo” listen to it HERE

Instead of finding balance this week I have totally lost it, in fact I may change my word to MINDFUL. And the reason why, is that I am like a butterfly, flicking  backwards and forwards never stopping  on anything. I have two favourite types of creativity, digital art and manipulation and contemplative photography but this week I have been doing some hands on fabric work. My head is buzzing. I’m going to write down what I want to achieve rather than ‘faffing about’ and not getting anything finished.

 

I found a great quote this week.

‘Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being.’

– Tao Te Ching

 Simple is good

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Treasures, fabric art and journaling….

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Now where is that list ?……

Do you have more than one hobby I’d love to hear what they are ?

Linking up today with Kim who wears many hats…….
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It’s All About Balance

Telling my story. My 60th year.


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Supplies by Captivated Visions, Rosey Posey and Nancie Rowe Janitz.

More thoughts on my one word for the year. But also my mantra .

BALANCE ******      Work, Exercise, Play.

NURTURE ******** Read, Research, Write, Meditate.

GROW **********     Bolder, Experiment, Find Adventure.

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Some Thoughts at the End of the Year

As the year draws to a close I’m gathering some ideas ready for 2015. Once again I am thinking of a word that will help and guide me through my 60th year.  As usual I find this so difficult mainly because I need more than one !!

 

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I have  shortlist it’s longer than usual . I’m reading Mindfulness by Prof. Mark Williams and I want to include this into my choice of word.

Balance —–Mental or emotional stability:the way to some kind of peace and personal balance

Healing —– The process of making or becoming sound or healthy again:the gift of healing

Seek ———- Attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something)

Deliberate —- Careful and unhurried:

Commit ——– Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy:

Have you thought of a word ?

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Looking at the world through different eyes

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” 
― Barbara KingsolverAnimal Dreams

 

What I’m listening to :- Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes. I particularly love ‘White Winter Hymnal’

 

I’m looking at abstracts and textures at the moment, it’s something I have become more interested in. To me this image represents my feelings at the moment. some light but lots of dark, sometimes I have a light bulb moment then almost a dive back into the dark.

I find this time of year as the dark comes early I hibernate, this year I must fill my world with more light.

 

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 I manipulated the image in Snapseed and Lightroom then textured in Photoshop.

 

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 Taken in my little studio early morning with my iPhone .

How do you cope with dark days ?

Finally here is my latest scrap page I decided to go retro !
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Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Robyn Meierotto
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Texture Tuesday – Reflections

“To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”
― Anne Rice

I’m in a reflective mood at the moment, looking back and forwards. What I have done and what I really want to do. I find it difficult baring my soul but as I am nearing my 60th birthday some plans and choices have to be made.

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I think since my breast cancer scare some years ago I have been coasting not really thinking and not acting. I am so lucky and I am grateful for my life and for  my family and friends.

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supplies by Susie Roberts, myself, GThomas, Tiffany Tillman

Lines have to be drawn and resolutions made, it won’t be easy. Inside me there are stories to be told.

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Supplies Rebecca McMeen, Viva Artistry and Captivated Visions

Linking with Kim today

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This is from Kim’s post on Friday what great words thanks Kim for the nudge….

A gentle Nudge

“Struggling with getting stuff done……. making things happen…. moving forward….or perhaps getting started?

Something to consider….
Is your something … a something …..you love.. or something you think you should love?
or maybe just maybe….
Fear is holding you back…..

Perhaps you have some fabulous tips… your own experiences…ideas or stories…
I invite you to share in the comments below….I’d love to hear from you.”

31 Days of Five Minute Free writing – View

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From my view today I see commuters, students and mothers with young preschoolers. Rustling, bustling wallets open, cards ready, waiting for that hit . Choices choices what to have, pumpkin spice, mocha or espresso?  Here I sit letting it flow over me with my Pikes Place simple but just enough. Viewing from the table trying not to stare. Long dreadlocks with a suit, Doc. Martens with leggings .. Young exec in a snappy suit talking loudly on the phone. The man who shuffles and sings to himself. You can view the world from a coffee cup.

 

( with apologies to Sarah Huizenga her Coffee Shop Chronicles are HERE)