The Effect of an Artist Date?

So I was inspired to do something crafty and creative again. Was the need to be creative a result of my first Artist Date, the gathering on Monday or a combination of both?

Vision boarding update

Reblog of Vision boarding: everyday dilemmas and joys

“I’m not the kind of person who wants lots of material things. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to drive a decent car, I love a comfortable home and have many collections which I love adding to, but at this point in my life I am desperately trying to de-clutter and scale down in preparation for a big overseas move. So I knew that images of shiny things like cars, electronics and household appliances would not feature on my board.” 

When I posted this back in February, my vision board was only half-finished. It has developed quite nicely as the year has progressed. I wanted tactile: I attached a piece decorative rope and small pegs, some long-abandoned scrapbooking bits, fabric pockets to hold fresh herbs (I adore lavender!) and collected some natural goodies from the garden like feathers and leaves.

I rescued some transparent wrapping from a bunch of flowers and wrote out a Rumi quote. I thought the quote would be good to share for today’s Thursday Thort.

“Very little grows on jagged rock.
Be ground. Be crumbled.
So wild flowers will come up where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different. Surrender.”  [Rumi]

Yes, I have been stony for too many years, I want to be softer (less judgemental) especially to myself, more open, less sharp. The quote appealed to my sense of wanting to change the way I have been for too long.

I also thought an updated photo would be good so you can see how the board has come along. Like my life, my board is a work in progress…

From this…

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To this…

Vision board update - July-2018

I would love the hear your thoughts! Have you ever done a vision board, or had one that changed as the year progressed?

Debbie blog sign off 2018

 

I belong to a women’s group that meets once a month. This month, we were invited to look for and prep images and words to create Vision Boards for 2018 for our February meeting, as a way to set our intentions for the rest of the year.

I immediately thought “how cool”! Partly because these were not intentions being set on the 1st January, so there is no hint of ‘new year resolutions’ to it. And because it has to be at least 10 years since I last did a vision board. Time to get creative.

I decided I wanted to do a ‘physical’ board rather than a digital one, as it is much more engaging and hands-on – and it would get me away from my computer for a few hours. The next thing was to find pictures. Normally sourced from magazines
 But I don’t have any physical/hard copy magazines


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Taking care is an act of awareness

via Take care of your thoughts — Zen Flash This post appeared in my Reader feed today and it reminded me how damaging both our thoughts and words can be - to ourselves and others. Worth re-blogging as a Sunday reflection, my version of a Sunday sermon. Taking care is an act of awareness. It … Continue reading Taking care is an act of awareness

Bees, bugs, birds – A week in the winter garden

Its mid-winter here, and as I write we are on our way to the shortest day of the year. Winter is when the deep orange aloes come to life in the wild, along the roads and in the gardens. The brightly coloured, tubular flowers that are filled with nectar are a welcome source of food … Continue reading Bees, bugs, birds – A week in the winter garden

Why publish an ebook?

The countdown begins. I am about to publish my first eBook on Everyday Delights.  The book is called "Documenting a 100 Happy Day Project" which is a compilation of posts from my first blog in 2015. That original blog site has now disappeared. This book is a two part compilation of those stories and high-quality photographs from 2015 written for the blog.

What would your superpower be?

I was browsing through a list of writing prompts - looking for inspiration. I came across the one that asks what my superpower would be or what my superhero name would be. Then I remembered that I'd asked my family that same question and written about it a while back, but never posted it. Here's … Continue reading What would your superpower be?

Seeing the light of day: my shop is live!

My shop page has been languishing in the dark for so long. I thought I would bring it back into the light! I launched my Documenting a 100 Happy Days eBook about a year ago, a little prematurely. Over the next few days, I'll re-blog the details about my eBook. I'll also be offering the eBook … Continue reading Seeing the light of day: my shop is live!

If we were having coffee… (5)

This is now becoming a weekly post - a round up of what's been going on in my world this week.

April 365 Project – Travel Shots

I have always said to myself that I am NOT a landscape photographer. I tend to gravitate towards details and macros; shapes, patterns and textures and you can see some of those kinds of shots in my monthly posts. But I think I am beginning to understand how to compose a landscape shot and to make it my own - developing a style in this genre I suppose. If I look closely at them, I can also see shapes, textures and patterns within the bigger picture - my core style elements.

A Blog Spring Clean

Autumn greetings, readers! Do you feel the need to update your blog occasionally to keep it fresh and engaging? In South Africa, it's early autumn not spring! But I felt the need to do a little spring cleaning on my blog this weekend and to re-structure a little bit. We've had a few public holidays recently. I … Continue reading A Blog Spring Clean