Happy New Year!

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Hello, Happy New Year! Its 2020 and for some reason, I get more excited about New Year than I do about Christmas.

So….do we still do goals? Hmm, lemme see. Not sure about doing a 2019 review that’s for sure. Not much to say on that to be honest – yeah I finally got a job, but its retail hell-on-earth, so I guess my first goal for this year would be to extract myself from that, and get myself into another type of job.snail-drive.png

 

Another goal, would be time management, ha!pattern-girl.png

The thing with me is working 12 hours every other day needs a day or two of recovery time, and by then, its back to work. So……until I acquire another job, I’m going to have to re-jig my schedule to fit in some creativity.

(Can you tell I have had some time off? This post is peppered with sketches, haha!)

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So yes, first things first, time management and find a new job. Do you have any goals to aim for this year? Lemme know – we can hold each other accountable, hehe! 🙂

 

Ugh, Radio Silence again

Ok so I’m hopeless at blogging, heh! So caught up in work. My days start early and finish late, and are filled with a myriad of people buying a myriad of odd things. (In one shop we had a sale….buy two, get one free. A woman bought three packs of socks, saying she would only use two packs, but another free pack was better as a spare. I suggested she use it as a “stocking filler for Christmas……” She didn’t get it, ah well)

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Took this shot as I walked to the train station one foggy morning.

Been playing with incredibox  which is a music maker in which you have funny little guys make music and singing lyrics by picking different clothes. Weird, but then all weird things amuse me! (One of the lyric lines is “When an elephant bats it back, c’mon yeah, ya gotta get up”)

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Marvelling at the recent frost affecting nature – this spiders web is amazing!

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I may also be buying a 5ft tall stuffed plushie monkey.  It weighs a ton, is as tall as I am and will take up a train seat all of its own. Should I actually buy this monstrous thing, (it was stuck in the basement of a shop I work in….it needs rehomed!) I will have to literally carry it down one of Glasgow’s busiest city streets, amongst Christmas shoppers, because I don’t drive y’see. Now that’ll be a feat worthy of documenting, heh!

 

 

 

 

 

Found this little book!

So I found this little storybook called “The story of Little Black Bobtail” in one of the shops I work in. I bought it for a £1 because it was going in the bin.

We can’t sell books like THIS!!!!” exclaimed the manager in horror…..

but boy its old, and that’s why I love it so much.

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I opened the first page and look at the date

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1909! (Its written in pencil, haha….you wouldn’t get pencil writing lasting that long now)

Anyway the spine has come away from the book and there is no information on who wrote it, so I looked it up. It was written by a Helen Bannerman (who incidentally was Scottish!), and she wrote books like “Little Black Sambo”. Mainly because her husband was an officer in the Indian Medical Service, so Indian and Tamil children were her source of inspiration, naturally.

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Look at the adorable illustrations! I don’t know if she drew them herself, but they have such a quaint naivety about them. I love them!

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The story is rather dramatic isn’t it?!

The pages are yellowing and aged damaged. Crumbling away from the spine. Interestingly enough, the overleaf of the illustrated pages are left blank, so throughout the book, there are lots of spaces (I thought at first it meant missing pages, but no…its meant to be like that) I did wonder if I should remove the pages and frame them, but I won’t. I do love the book as it is in its raw form.

I hope “Annie” whoever she was, enjoyed it too!

4 years on the blog! eek!

Well well well…..who would have thought it. An email came through congratulating me on my 4 years blogging. REALLY???? Gosh…..

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This is the first doodle I posted here way back in 2015. I think the post was about making a doorstop for someone (a doorstop, I know….who does that?? Me, clearly…..) I don’t know why I posted the sad monster doodle….I’m generally quite cheerful when I’m creating! But yes…4 years give or take a few gaps when life interrupted the flow of things. When I started, I didn’t think I would last half as long. I have met so many wonderful people on here, and I thank you all for wandering along with me online. To new followers, welcome! I hope you enjoy the odd musings that pop up here from time to time. 🙂

Quick update

Hello all!heron 1arranJust a quick update really, to say hi. I finished my course and passed everything so feeling good about that. The following week I had an actual job interview which I failed abysmally so lessons learned from that! More job hunting, more family drama and now I have a tooth infection which had swollen my face! So only now has the adrenalin stopped, and I can feel myself starting to relax a bit (albeit with a fat face, haha!)

chocolate and violet cakeI visited the youngest in Edinburgh, where we sat in a café window with coffee and cake, watching the world go by.

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Sailed on the water to an island (not on this boat mind you – this is just a photo I took) and wandered around beaches with mountains in the background…

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and generally tried to avoid random strange guys like this……

magic statue guyThis is an actual person! I would love to know how he does this 🙂

So yeah, the last couple of weeks have been interesting to say the least, but right back at it now with job applications I guess. I haven’t been creating much, which I feel bad about, but hopefully things will get back on schedule this week!

 

What a difference a year makes

cherry blossomI was scrolling through my photos on the laptop (procrastinating from accounts homework, heh! Numbers are not my friend) and I came across this photo from last year, taken the same day as today…give or take a day or two. I see this, and then look outside at the bleak skies, the chilly air, the bare trees that frankly, look quite dead. Its been a horrible year weather wise and I really hope it changes for the better very soon, or me and Mother Nature and going to be having WORDS, oh yes.

Anyway, musing upon the nostalgic same-time-last-year mood, I noticed how my blog posts changed and fell away for the most part as I embarked upon the college adventure. I was far more productive and energised last year, and now with studies, my creativity is more like a sleeping cat curled up on the rug, raising its head every so often to see if there is anything interesting going on! Nope, ok then, back to snoozing.

So! To nudge the “creative cat” into some high jinks, I have set myself some challenges for the upcoming Easter Break (off college for two whole weeks, I cannot wait!) To be fair, I have been collecting some arty things for “during the break” so its not like I’m starting from scratch, but…..I am on a mission to post every other day during the first two weeks in April. If I can get into a routine with that, then it should be easy enough to continue, yes? I’m making up a working list of projects as you read this, so there will be some diy’s, some illustrations, photography, textile projects, and – if I’m brave enough – maybe a video or two. I’m trying to treat this like an art retreat, if that makes sense. (Since clearly a holiday on a hot sunny island is out of the question!) I do still have some work to do for college (because we aren’t getting away from it THAT easily!), and a work placement to organise, but those things – during the holiday at least – will be firmly set in second place.

I’m just holding myself accountable, which is why I’m writing it out here. Its important to take a break from the necessities of life and just play for a while. Its all about balance. 🙂

 

 

Well long time no updates! :)

*Bustles in and starts brushing off cobwebs*

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Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, its me!! Hello, how ARE you all? I had no idea so much time had gone by…..well, I kindof did in a periphery vision sort of way, and I always meant to get here and let you all know that I hadn’t died, but…..life got in the way.

Lemme catch you up – have you got some tea? here I’ll put the kettle on and clear a space for you to sit.

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So….college, well I’m still there. Working hard and still enjoying it. Some people have left the course for some reason, but we are at the end of block 2, about to begin block 3, which is the last bit before finishing up in June, so I figured I may as well see it out, heh! I have a placement coming up so that’s good. The age thing that I was worried about at the start of the course – well, no need for that. Everyone gets on, and that’s nice. Its hard work, to be honest, and this is why I basically left the internet….staring at a computer all day, and then doing the same at night is no good, and headaches happened, and all sorts, so I tried to give myself a break. I did no creating at all, which by Christmas, left me feeling quite stressed. All work and no play, etc.

Family stuff happened too which wasn’t great and I decided to get my foot off the pedal so to speak and get some fun back into my life!

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So I cleaned up the Room of Doom (again), and tried some photography, just to get back in the swing….then I did a bit of painting and began to relax. So now I am on half term break (which makes me sound about 5 years old!) and I thought finally I will get back in touch with you all.

So yes, feel free to say hi if you are still blogging, and I will go check out the changes that may or may not have been going on here in the last 6 months! 🙂

Rambling bits and bobs.

So hello! How are you all? I’m having a really good day today – one of those “high energy” days when the sun shines, you fling open the windows thinking its going to be a fabulous day.

My dog has other ideas though……

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She is a bit of a lazy bones when its warm. In fact she doesn’t like going out when its wet either, so…..its hard work being a dog.

I haven’t been doing much creating of late……trying to get the Room of Doom straightened out and decluttered for college has taken up most of my time. Being ruthless with “my stuff” is a terrible ordeal. Its something that requires a constant stream of “Do I need this? Will it come in useful? Why haven’t I used it then”? questions. I have already dispatched 14 wallpaper sample books to the recycling (which gets picked up tomorrow – and no I won’t be fetching them back beforehand – although I did think about it)

I have been watching some minimalist videos on YouTube and feeling all inspired. So I tackled a room and decorated it in a neutral palette…..

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This does have a vintage filter on it, but basically its all browns and creams. I had a mad idea to use up some samples in a patchwork design on one wall……and I don’t like it now. In fact I’m not sure I like the room (its a tiny bedroom that was my daughters)Do you see the button lamp I glued up from ages ago? And that Bureau was a gift from hubby about 7 years ago – I adore bureaus.

Only have a couple of weeks to go before college starts. They want a photo of me for my college card, and no matter how many times I send one to them, it gets rejected for one reason or another! I’m no good at selfies, haha!

So I hope you are all well. Bye for now 🙂

Rawwwr, Go me!

Hello everyone. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your comments on my last post. Getting deep dark stuff out there is difficult, but sometimes necessary if you want to become stronger and move on. I appreciated all the comments and support, I really did – and it spurred me on to actually do a brief intro video on YouTube (1.41 mins, haha!). I’m really pleased that I did it now, to be honest. Wanna see? So yes….that’s all I have for the moment. I’m painting a picture (watercolour doodle type thing) for my sewing area just now, so I shall show that here once I’m finished. Cheery bye for now!

 

 

 

Life is like a Pigeon…

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I  took this shot in the High Street, as a flock of pigeons rose and swarmed like locusts swooping on a field of….what do locusts eat….grain? A field of grain.

So! Why is life like pigeons….well, we have the Lurgy again. Apparently its the 100 day Cold, according to the doctor. Hubby is on antibiotics, while I’m just sniffy. I tried to continue with doll production, but its not really happening. I got as far as this….

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…….then got bored. I’m all out of patience right now. Bleugh. I want to paint, but the Room of Doom is all Doomlike again, which makes me fed up. I need more space (hahaha! Nope.) I need to chuck out some stuff. Purge time. The idea doesn’t excite me, but needs must. I have to start the week productively and no sniffles are going to stop me!

Hope you are all well here in Blogland.