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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!

 

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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. 🙂

 

 

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Well long time no updates! :)

*Bustles in and starts brushing off cobwebs*

monster say hi

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! 🙂

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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 🙂

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

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Lurgy struck

Hi, Hi…..I’m still here. I was struck down with the dreaded lurgy – well hubby got it first, then it was my turn. So I haven’t been online much at all. but we are feeling better, and…..yes, ready to get back at it creatively speaking. Thats the thing about this time of year – especially in Scotland with the weather switching randomly from day to day (even hour to hour in some cases – this morning for example, I left the house and wandered to town bathed in sunshine, listening to all the little birds and it was all very springlike and tra-la-la…..then on arriving at the first shop, the heavens opened and I was soaked. Lovely stuff. Not.

So I haven’t done very much creating at all, but I’m cranking up the muse to get something going as we head into late afternoon.

Hope you are all very well and happy. I missed you all.

I don’t even have a picture to head up this post…tut tut, very disappointing.

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Walk, Stroll, Ramble, March…..

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So, just a quick post of one of my *other* resolutions for this year, which is to walk a minimum of 1,000 miles. Over the year this means a daily minimum of 2.79 miles. Yesterday I did 5 miles, and today I have already done 4.5 (before dinner time.)

This is quite a big deal because although I love being outside, I get tired really easily due to thyroid medication I’m on. (Had the big C a few years ago, and they whipped out my thyroid , replacing it with meds. I’m fine now, 4 years and counting, yayy!) So this year I’m determined to be consistent with walking several miles a day and surpassing the self challenged 1,000 miles.

(There might also be the bonus of beating hubby, who manages to scuttle over hill and dale with ease and still wants to go further after a cuppa!)

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Happy new year!!

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Hello my fellow Scribblers! Welcome to 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays, and are enjoying the last vestiges of the celebrations. We went for a walk with the dog on this lovely sunny day – building up an appetite for dinner, oh yes.

I had a birthday in the past week, and we went to the beach! I wouldn’t have thought of that as a fun day, winter on the beach, but it was a really good day after all, ha!

SO! Have you made resolutions? I have, oh yes. Making ALL the things! My Doom Room is almost ready (I have to say that it has shrunk from an entire room, to a couple of desks and  the rest-of-the-room.) This year is going to be full of projects, recycling ideas, and very healthy frugal living. Some travel tales will be included as we have plans to visit a few places. All very exciting. (Well to me, anyway)

I love that I will be sharing all this with you, and I am SO looking forward to it! 🙂

Cheery-Bye for now!

 

 

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Just a little catch up

*Rushes in with mince pies and mulled wine*

Hello, hello! I know I haven’t been around lately and I do apologise, but so much has been going on here….

Obviously Christmas preparations have been happening – we aren’t going anywhere over the festive season, just having a quiet one, but still…so much to do!

Also some serious family issues have arisen – not “bad” serious, but just stuff that needs to be dealt with. And one bit has, thank goodness. Go me and my assertive self!

But best of all…..I am painting and decorating the Room 0f Doom into something worthy of Pinterest (I hope!). I had a huge purge of stuff, and am painting the walls, and organising proper storage. The plan for the New Year is to do an art room tour (video) and work with doing regular videos covering various projects that I will show a step by step progress, so that you can do it too. I’m quite ok with sharing ideas – I’m not precious about techniques or hiding steps in case people copy it. Art changes and evolves everywhere, so if someone wants to try something, I believe in going for it. And believe me, I have a book load of projects to share 😀

So I don’t know if I’ll be posting before Christmas (which is only next week, but still) – I’m working on some tiny art just now, in a journal – and most is pretty personal involving other people so I can’t really show anything. However, come the New Year when everything settles down, I do want to be more open and sharing about expressing difficult issues in a creative way. I see quite a lot of it around the internet, but because I’m an introvert I kind of feel quite guarded about sensitive issues, but I see so many positive connections arise from sharing such things, it will be a nice challenge to grow with that.

Gosh so many plans….its lovely to have something to look forward to. Anyway, I just thought I would pop in and say hello. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas time (if you celebrate it – if not then I hope you have a lovely relaxing time with family and friends).

See you very soon xx