Thursday, 24 November 2016

Giving Thanks

I don't often adopt days from other continents/cultures, but today I am.  It has been too easy faced with illness and a bit of a thing going on with the world lately, to think everything is wrong.  Well, of course it isn't.  The joys far outweigh the downsides in my life and for that I really am thankful.
Family, friends, garden and making.

P xx

Monday, 21 November 2016

Socks and Hats

One of the many joys of doing an online course is the flexibility - doing the modules whenever you feel like it.  Both the photography and the paperlove courses have allowed me to follow them at any time of day or night and even in which order feels natural.  Both are pretty wonderful and both bring joy; the paper course means I can do more of the stuff I love and taking photographs seems to be a totally natural way forward now.  So much so I'm even looking at new cameras.....

Anyhow, in other news, the knitting continues.  Another piece of the learning jigsaw is continuing to produce items for a small boy.  When he looks back at photographs of himself as a baby he will definitely question the amount of hand knitted items.....

The lights are not only there for sparkle effects - but today is one of those decidedly grey days where all light is a pleasure!

P xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Daily Rituals

Or not, as it happens.  I seem to have lost the habit - of so many things - but as I've been laid up with the flu (what is it with me these days?!)  there has been plenty of time to think about lots of things. And listen to stuff too; I've found so many wonderful podcasts to listen to over the past ten days - on every subject from food to farming to creativity. Everyone creates in their own way, at their own pace and in their own preferred environment. But what most people have in common when they're happy with what they are doing is - the Daily Ritual.  Nothing weird or outlandish; more on the lines of always making fresh coffee at a certain time each day, going for a walk, listening to a piece of music or making breakfast early (or the night before) to kick start the day. Thinking back to when I've been happiest, most productive etc, I see that those small daily rituals are always a part of it. So, I got to thinking that now is the perfect time to start new habits and rituals - simply because I'm not having to replace any existing ones!

And it starts at the beginning of the day, with breakfast. Not the Full English or anything, more taking a pause with good tea or coffee, homemade bread for toast and the chance to sit and think about the day ahead. 
I really do feel better already.

and yes, this really is me painting the pages of an old book to create pages to be written on in a ....new book! But I love it so that makes it OK.

P xx

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Such an amazing emotion - terrifying and debilitating and often at the same time. I love taking photographs - flowers, what's happening in the workroom, found things, the garden. But. I'm not always happy taking photographs outside of those areas unless it's using my phone.  A whole other thing when on holiday, but that doesn't really count. No, what I'm on about is the ability to walk along the front street of where I live and snap away happily with an actual camera.  I often see things which I'd like to capture....but no,; I always seem to 'forget' my camera when next out walking.

And it's becoming a thing for me.  So, when I came across a blog which addresses this very problem - well, it seemed the right time to face it and get over myself.
Of course today, the first day, it's blowing a gale and the rain is coming down in horizontal sheets. Hey ho.  I can use the time to plan where I'm going to walk and which pictures I'm looking for.

Actually in the workroom, this is what has been happening - lots and lots of paperlove! From making books to stars to paper tape. And I love it all! After the paper tape it was an easy jump to making fabric tape - a brilliant way to use up some of those leftover pieces of gorgeous fabrics that tend to get lost in the scrap bag.  I have discovered a couple of things while doing this paperlove course - one, writing using a pen and paper is amazing for starting a thought process, and two, I really do have a very difficult relationship with liquid glue. Meh.

P xx

This is the link to the blog I was reading - Christina Greve