Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Good stories

Tell yourself the good stories.

On Seth Godin's blog yesterday he talked about how we keep stories alive by retelling them to ourselves. If we do that with all the negative stuff that happens to us, we dwell on it and give ourselves the chance to become bitter and resentful.

On the other hand, if we remember and retell ourselves the good stuff, we reinforce a positive attitude.

Forgiveness allows us to let go of the negative stories from our life. Gratitude allows us to remember the good and be thankful for the small things as well as the large.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Smell the flowers

Make time to stop and smell the flowers.

Make time.

It's not something that just happens. You have to make sure your schedule is not too packed. Carve out moments to appreciate the small things around you and be thankful.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

In other projects

If art journal pages seem to have been a bit thin on the ground lately, it's probably because I've been busy doing other projects as well. This is some knitting I'm working on - a long cardigan with a shawl collar. I love doing cables. Here are some close-ups:

I also sew. My husband is a vicar and he finds that clerical shirts are a bit... well, boring! He likes bright colours and most ready-made shirts are plain and pastel. They're just not him, so he loves a trip to the fabric store where he can pick out some bright fabric and find buttons that are fun. This is the latest one. I think that makes it thirteen that I've made for him :)

These buttons are clear flowers that just add a bit of sparkle to go with the shiny fabric.

And finally, I've made a new journal for Bible study by repurposing an old service book. The spine and some of the pages were fragile, so I ended up making a new spine, but the covers are substantial. I decorated pages with gelli-printing, stamping, and washi tape before sewing the signatures together.

So these are a few projects that I'm working on or have finished lately. What's your creative 'side-hustle'?

Monday, 21 January 2019

Do your bit

Do your bit. It all counts.

When you feel like you're life is small, your days mundane, your contribution of little worth, remember that it all counts. Every piece in the puzzle is needed to complete it, whether it's a corner, an edge, or a tiny piece in the middle. Without it, the picture is incomplete. Without you, the world misses out.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Embrace commonalities

Let's look at what we have in common rather than the distance between us.

When I stood back and looked at this page the two yellow circles stood out. They are quite far apart, but they are both punched from the same piece of paper. They have colour and shape in common, even though there is distance between them.

As human beings we are so similar in basics although we each have our own quirks. There is so much more that we have in common than what is different between us. If we could focus on our sameness rather than our differences, we could draw closer, and when we draw closer we can grow in understanding of each other.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Live intentionally.

Don't let things just happen but deliberately set out to grow into the person you want to be.

I'm reading Jean Fleming's Pursue the Intentional Life for the second time. She writes about people, as they grow older, becoming more concentrated versions of themselves.
 'A complainer at forty will, with much practice, engrave the response in his or her bones by seventy. Self-centredness will intensify. Bitterness, allowed to take root and grow over decades, engulfs and consumes in advanced age. Anyone living a frittering existence at thirty will, apart from a serious course correction, end up frittering away an entire life.'
So you need to ask yourself: what sort of person do you want to be? How can you deliberately set out to become that person?

The best way to be who you want to be is to practice those character traits you want to grow in. If you want to be kinder, do kind things; spend time with kind people and see what it is that makes them the way they are.

Simple, really.

But hard, too, as we have to break habits in action and thought pattern. We have to overcome our natural inertia. We have to make a concerted effort to both weed out those traits we don't like in ourselves and to grow in those we desire.

Simple. Hard. Worth it.

Monday, 14 January 2019


The piece of gelli-printed greaseproof paper became a focal point when I drew round it. Then it reminded me of a rock, maybe the beginning of a cairn. A cairn is for remembering, so what do I need to remember?

Lots of us need to be reminded that we are loved and that we are enough just as we are.
When the days fill up,
when we feel like we aren't achieving enough,
when everyone else seems to be making progress and we feel like we're walking through treacle,
when we compare ourselves instead of being content with who and how we are
we need to be reminded that we are loved exactly as we are.
We are enough even when we can't get out of bed in the morning.

So believe
...and remember.

Friday, 11 January 2019

New canvases

With my aim of having an exhibition this year, I am diligently working away on canvases as well as in my art journal at the moment. These are the latest 3 to be finished. 

The one above is based on an art journal page that is to date my most popular post on Instagram. If people like the page, maybe someone would like it on their wall...