Friday, 15 February 2019

Out and About in February 2019

In the name of research I spent a few hours out and about yesterday.  I walked in solitude soaking up the atmosphere in the gardens of Myddelton House.

A bank of snowdrops shimmered in the early sun.

I admired the shape and design of gold painted leaves on the intricate wrought iron gate. So often I get distracted by the detail..............

Friday, 8 February 2019

Card Making in February

This card took hours to make today!  Hopefully it should be easy to replicate now I have the formula for making it. 

I took a printed picture and then made a die-cut frame for it using an inner and and outer die.  I then put the card frame into an embossing folder and ran it through the manual die cut/embossing machine.  I die cut a few flowers.

A white card blank was stamped with flower stamps and a sentiment.  I then assembled the card and added some colored gems.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Card Making in January

My life has taken a busy detour just now so I am unable to blog as often as usual.  My 'free' time is constrained so I am taking advantage of spare time at the weekends to enjoy making cards or other 'mindless' activities purely for enjoyment.

I used various techniques to produce the cards above and am pleased with their simplicity.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Keeping on Track

Since January 1st, I have walked over 33 miles (53 kilometers) so I am well on the way to achieving 10,000 miles this year if I keep this up!  I have tried to vary the walks I do each day so that walking around the local area doesn't get boring.  I walked past this sign and door for a tea room.  I have never seen this before.  I will have to pop in during one of my walks and see what they have on offer.

This month I seem to have hit the ground running.  I have so much to occupy my time but it is all a good kind of busy.  I am feeling energized and positive more than ever. I just hope that my good mood continues!

I received 'A Mindful Day' daily calendar for Christmas.  It contains meditations to inspire peace and balance.  Here is today's offering;

I can be free from my prior circumstances.
I can live in my deepest vision.
I can live the life of my dreams.

Sounds good to me.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Plans for 2019 and Word of the Year

Happy New Year!  This year I am taking part in Ilona's 1000 mile walking challenge.  That means I am going to endeavour to walk one thousand miles this year.  Hopefully I will feel happier and healthier for doing so.  I also want to draw and paint more, grow plants and try to be a bit more self reliant.

My word for 2019 is observe.  This should come in particularly useful with my drawing and painting.

If I am not at my blog in 2019 I will probably be out walking!

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmas Day 2018

Sending love and light to everyone whose Christmas Day didn't turn out as they had hoped.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Christmas Preparation 2018

I've got most of my Christmas preparation done early this year.  I made my own pastry for the mince pies.

 Had a trial run on Christmas bark.

 Made a big experimental batch of cranberry and Limoncello fudge.  (It is sooooooo good!)

 Was creative with some of the wrapping adding pine cones and tartan ribbon.

 Found a use for the jar of pom poms.

Enjoyed myself in the process. 

Happy Christmas to you all!