Friday, 14 December 2018

Water or poison?

Are you adding water or poison?

Some poisons are slow-acting. You could use them on a plant for a while before any ill effects could be observed, but that doesn't mean that damage isn't being done.

The words we speak into a person's life can act as water or poison. Any damage may not be immediately obvious - we are good at putting on masks - but continuing to pour poison into someone's heart will have its effect. It will show sooner or later.

Before you open your mouth, ask yourself whether your words will water the person you're speaking to or poison them.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Plant and trust

Plant the seed, trust for the growth. I've done an art journal page on this theme before, but as art journallers will recognise, you come back round to the same themes again and again, whether you plan to or not. I guess this theme is about doing your bit and then letting go and allowing things to develop as they will. You can't force growth, you can only plant the seed and treat it well.

This is the latest in my series of small canvases - I'm working my way towards doing 20 of them. The leaves were stamped on to gelli-printed greaseproof paper, cut out, and applied with gel medium. I've done it this way because stamping on to canvas directly can be difficult.

Monday, 10 December 2018

New every morning

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord.

Taking each day as it comes, not letting worries consume us, can be difficult. Things go round and round in our minds, keeping us awake. When the light dawns again, those worries can seem a little less pressing. We breathe in and start a new day with new patience, new mercies.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


When you're in the fog, listen carefully.

There are times where I'm not sure of the way forward, when I'm in the midst of a thick fog. Those are the times when I have to listen more carefully for those prompts that will lead me along the right path. Just because it's foggy doesn't mean that I have to stop moving forward. Those are the times when I listen carefully and trust that the fog will lift eventually.

Monday, 3 December 2018

The end of the road

We all come to the end of the road eventually. Sometimes it's a sudden stop and sometimes it's a fade away, but it comes to us all. When the end is  prolonged, it can be just as hard - if not harder - on those watching their loved one. The loss of energy and interest, the lack of sparkle in their eyes, the withdrawing and confusion, all these things pain those who have to stand by, helpless.

But those feelings of pain wouldn't exist if there wasn't love involved.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Where's your focus?

Watch your focus!

When I stood back to look at this page, my eye was drawn to the black lines behind the leaves. Now, you might not have noticed them until I pointed them out, but for me they shouted. I really wish I hadn't put them on there. They are in the layer behind the leaves, but the placing means they show through in a way that makes them stand out.

The rest of the page I love.

So should I dismiss this whole page because of one element that rankles?

No. I need to change my focus. I refuse to allow a couple of lines to take away enjoyment from an entire page.  I choose to focus on the bits that I'm happy with - the wavy lines, the scale pattern, the leaves. Taken together, they are most of the page, so why let a small element spoil it?

And such is life. How often do we focus on one small aspect that is annoying us? Why give it your focus and your energy? Look at the big picture instead.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


When I stood back from this page all I could see was a storm, a tornado, a maelstrom. No need to ask what that was about - this is how I feel inside at the moment. Everything is whirling and feels out of control. It's my age. I'm approaching the dreaded M word - menopause. A time when your body feels like it's not your own and moods swing wildly.

But I'm hanging on in there and journalling it out.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Ups and downs

Without the lows you don't appreciate the highs.

Without the darkness you don't appreciate the light.

Without the fear there would be no courage.

It's not comfortable when you go through it, but it makes you appreciate the moments of beauty in the everyday.

Friday, 23 November 2018


Trying to cope with all the changes.

Hanging on in there.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Keep going!

 Sometimes you just have to keep going.

This page was one of those times. Below you can see the ugly stage it went through in the middle:

This is just one hot mess! I could have abandoned it at this stage. Instead, I left it until the next day and had another go at it. I was so much more pleased with the result once I pushed on through the mess and just kept going. 

And that's what life is like. When it gets hard and messy, you just have to keep going and push on through. Sometimes that takes a while - you have a small meltdown and pull the covers over your
head for a bit, but eventually you get on with things and something beautiful can be achieved in the end.