Tag Archives: Creativity

Eagle Portrait in Ink (Framed)!

20 Jun

My first commisioned piece has finally been framed! This picture was taken at a fellow blogger’s house, where it has been proudly displayed. I am very excited and a tad nervous about finally starting to get my work out there, and hope I can continue to build on this in the coming months! 🙂

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Lolly Buttons!

19 May

A little something for a random Thursday – me playing around with my photos!  These little buttons I bought really do look good enough to eat! Those pastel colours make them look like lolly buttons – yum!

All The Small Things…

16 Apr

Small things – our whole world is made up of these tiny little building blocks, and they are to be found everywhere, forming and making up every part of our earthly existence. As part of this month’s topic over at the wonderful Creative Everyday 2011 Challenge, Small, I have put together this series of every day small things and moments I am grateful for. This is to remind me that everywhere I look, wherever I am, whatever I do, there is more to my world than meets the eye, and joy really can be found in the small and simple things!

“All great things are only a number of small things that have been carefully collected together” – Unknown

A single page when bound with many others, brings me the beauty of my notebooks, on which I write the stories of my life, composed by the tiny details of my daily events, all lovingly recorded in small, loopy handwriting all over the lovely lined pages

One tiny berry by tiny berry can I create a healthy body from the inside out, made up of teeny tiny essential vitamins and minerals I can’t even see! But I know they are there when I see the healthy skin and happy glow when I look into the mirror!

The  vibrant petals of the beautiful spring flowers, delicate and elegant, open to receive each new day

Little creatures come out to play in the spring sunshine- the joy of  watching the lady beetle sunning herself on my white-washed window-sill!

The delicate detail on my silver bracelet – those little, hand-crafted swirls are too cute, and make me smile whenever I wear it!

What I’ve been doing for the last 14 days…

14 Apr

I can’t believe it’s been so many days since my last post – it’s like the days simply fly by and I don’t realise where they are all going. It’s now Thursday night, and I am laid up in bed with a head cold – you know, one of those icky head-achy, sore throat, stuffy nose-type ones, which seem to come from nowhere and strike without warning, only to linger around for days without easing. But it’s the perfect excuse I need to write and post this, so no more encouragement needed!

Where life has taken me since my last post:

Have taken myself on a lovely little trip to Glasgow for shopping and bought home loads of goodies, including two pairs of shoes and a gorgeous tailored, very Mad Men-esque black dress. I have only been there a handful of times, but the city itself reminds me a lot of Sydney, and yes, the shopping is fab.

I have finally taken the plunge and both coloured and cut my hair. Getting past my fear of hairdressers and bad hair cuts once again and ending up with something I actually like has made me happier this week!

Have started to tackle the small pile of books that I have promised myself I will read this month. I am carrying a few over from last month, as time has been very limited, but I will get there!

Discovered TED! Full of inspirational talks and chock-a-block of ideas, the TED community is awesome if you are looking for something to make you think, see the world just a little bit differently, or inspire you in your own life. I have listened to a few talks already this week, choosing from a wide topic pool as beauty, politics, business, and science. My favourites have been listening to the inspirational story of Caroline Casey, a remarkable woman with a mind-blowing story who has taken a stand and made a difference despite all the odds, and that of Neil Pasricha, the creator of the totally awesome blog, 1000 Awesome Things.

Continue to write in my latest Moleskine notebook. I find that no matter how busy I am, I always find time to write in my notebook, and carry it with me absolutely everywhere – I just never know when I’m going to want to put pen to paper and either write or draw my ideas, especially when I know I’ll be anywhere near the vicinity of a cozy coffee shop. And this week has been a busy one for ideas! ( More on this one later!)

I have fallen in love with hummingbirds! I don’t know exactly how this came about, but I found a picture of a hummingbird in a magazine last week, and the image of the delicate little thing resonated with me in a very profound way. I have begun to find out as much as I can about these little birds,and have begun working on a series of illustrations of the little guys. I am still in the process of doing up my rough sketches!

Indulging in eating Pink Panther Vanilla Wafers – such a sweet, pink colour, and they taste delish too! And they have a picture of the Pink Panther on the packaging – so childish, but if there is another reason to buy these, then that would be it!

Have been busily looking for my next crafting project. And with the discovery of quilted notebook covers, such as this one that I found on the awesome blog Faerie Acres  ( there are a few others on here as well), I think I may have found the it! I am totally in love with the sweet patchwork and frills!

Work – alas, this one never changes! But I do consider myself lucky in that I may possibly work the best railway route there is – the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line in Scotland. Stunning scenery accompanies us the whole 2.5 hour journey ( and back!) as the train snakes it’s way north up the Scottish coast, and I have been keeping a look-out for seals basking in the sunlight. No luck yet, but there is always hope!

As the week progresses, I hope to blog on my progress on all the little things I have just mentioned, and hopefully this time the amount of time between posts will be considerably less!

I Heart Baking!

30 Mar

After buying a bag of wholegrain spelt flour over the weekend, I decided to enter the foray of baking my own bread this afternoon. With all my recent mishaps in the kitchen lately ( I have burnt everything from rice to spinach pies and pizza!), this could have been a lil’ bit of a disaster. But surprisingly, it turned out better than I could have imagined. Check out the evidence below, and if you’re like me, you might even be brave enough to give this a try ( It’s very, very simple!).

Ingredients:

500g Wholegrain Spelt flour ( I chose an organic brand)

1/2 tbsp sea salt

1tbsp yeast

1tbsp honey

400ml warm water

1tbsp rice bran oil ( the original recipe says olive oil, but I use rice bran for all the extra Vitamin E )

( This recipe has been adapted from the recipe on the back of the flour pack. Thank you Dove Farm Organics!)

Steps to a delicious spelt bread:

The first step is to mix the flour, yeast, and salt together in a bowl. Mixing in a heart shape is totally optional!

Once you have mixed the dry ingredients, dissolve the honey in the warm water, and stir in roughly. Next, in goes the oil – be very careful to mix this in thoroughly. This is where the trusty wooden spoon gets put to good use! Next comes the fun part….the kneading! Knead your dough for a few minutes, then put to rest inside your favorite cake or baking tin. Leave aside in a warm place for 25 mins to give the dough a chance to rise.

Once the dough has risen, it is ready for the oven. In a pre-heated oven with a temperature of 200 degrees, place your bread, to be baked to perfection for between 35-40 minutes.

Now you are ready to enjoy your labour of love! Take gently out of the oven, place on a cooling rack for a few minutes, then carefully cut and enjoy however you choose. I had mine with yummy wholegrain mustard and salad…delish!

Inspirations

24 Mar

So I’ve been away for a few days. Mostly to finish wrapping up my creative writing course ( which was brilliant, yay!), but also to get my head together and figure out what I am going to do next. Not being one to rest on my laurels for long, I am already looking at other avenues to continue my creative journey and indulge my passions. I have had a look at the list that I cam up with at the beginning of the year and have been referring to it often to fuel my inspiration and get those creative juices flowing. Until the time comes to make a decision about the next step forward, I have been quite happy to simply sit back, enjoy view, and wait for the voice inside to point me in the right direction. The days here have been beautiful – the lovely Scottish sun has made an appearance after many weeks of hiding, and with spring around the corner comes renewal and new beginnings.

I noticed that one of the PostADay topics a few days ago asked ‘ How do you find your Muse?’. This poses an interesting question, one which fascinates me, as for everybody this is so different. One of the things I love about the creative process is finding out what inspires other people – from famous writers and artists, to normal, ordinary people on extraordinary creative journeys. I love to read others’ blogs – whether about photography, art, writing, or simply daily life, it fills me with wonder that we are all unique, different, and have so much to offer the world and each other. Personally, how I find my muse, is surrounding myself with beauty and beautiful things. The glimpse of a majestic seagull against the brilliant blue of the sky, the dusky colours of sunset silhouetted against the mountain outside my window, a  burst of colour across a piece of art. Mozart. Vivaldi. The pan-pipes of South American Andean music. The brilliant yellow of the daffodils sitting on my vintage wooden dresser. The smell of my cinnamon incense mixing with the coolness of the air from my open window. The stack of books I have placed on my desk – the beauty of the written word, woven together to open up new worlds, the poetry of the word flowing across the pages. Moleskine notebooks filled with my ideas and drawings. My latest vision board hanging from a piece of ribbon, spinning slowly, depicting places, people, art . As I sit here now, I have an amazing view of the moon rising slowly over the hill, peeking slowly between wispy clouds, hanging suspended in the inky, clear night. These are all the things that help me to find my muse, to call him out of hiding ( yes, my muse is a him!) and whisper softly to me.

I was recently asked to choose one picture which would describe my inspiration in life right at this moment in time. The one I have chosen is this :

Photo courtesy: per original copyright at:
http://www.foilprints.com/hjn/ascension/11usnationalmemorialservice.htm

If you would like to share your thoughts on your muse, your creative process, or anything in-between, I would be more than happy to hear from you!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

14 Mar

 

A photo of my lovely house keys on a backdrop on some of my musings