Quote for the Day : Quiet & Calm

“…In a noisy world like ours, the best gift to have is a quiet mind. In a dangerous world like this one, the best gift to own is a calm soul. In a life like we are placed in, the best gift to receive is a serene outlook. May we have all three of these gifts…”

— C. Joybell C.

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Lake Lechenaultia, Western Australia

Love the Moment

Hello everyone ūüôā¬† I have been on leave for a couple of weeks and placed myself under a strict no crafting ban.¬† I knew if I got stuck into making things (and, therefore, making a mess) I would never get tidy and organised.¬† So I had two weeks of sorting and culling and making my home fit for human habitation.¬† My craft room was going to be last on the list as it is an area I close off anyway and doesn’t get seen unless I want it to!¬† Needless to say, it is still in a mess.¬† I just didn’t time to complete the tidy up in its entirety.¬† But the rest of the house looks good now.¬† I even had some visitors during my leave and I wasn’t embarrassed to have them in my space.

On my final two days, I let myself do some crafting.¬† I figured it was my reward for doing adult stuff like dusting and ironing (ugh!).¬† I started with this canvas – a freehand painting with acrylic paints.¬† I drew a design straight on to the canvas, which is something I don’t normally do and did not incorporate any paper or mixed media elements.¬† I decided to just go with the flow and not think about any of it too much.¬† The worst thing to do is start comparing your work to someone else, so I tried really hard to just enjoy the process, regardless of whether the finished piece was good or not.


I was pleased with the final outcome.¬† I don’t mind that she’s got a big head and ridiculously long neck, or that her hair resembles a teddy bear hat.¬† I am just glad to have had a go and not fussed over it all too much.¬† I’m not normally brave enough to put a design straight on to the canvas, so this was new for me.¬† Normally I draw it out first and often draw and paint the person on a piece of paper, before cutting them out and gluing them to the canvas, after I’ve worked out the background.

I had some issues with the wording – it took me forever to decide on the words and I just couldn’t make anything work.¬† I had this “Loving the Moment” stamp that I had picked up in an op-shop, and it seemed to fit the space perfectly.¬† The¬†design itself didn’t stamp out very well, due to the non-flat nature of the canvas, so I had to fill it in afterwards, but it looks ok.¬† I’m not sure exactly what “moment” she is loving (best not to ask a lady these things!) but I’m going to say it’s representational of me just enjoying some peaceful, creative crafting time, all to myself.

So, I am pleased with this one.¬† It isn’t perfect, but that’s ok.¬† I’m going to keep practicing and trying to find my own style.¬† It’s the only way to get better.¬† And, in the meantime, I am enjoying the process and the moment ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by x



How to Have a Happy Birthday

Birthdays have always been a bit tricky for me.  For a long time I believed that something bad would always happen on my special day (mostly because, for several years in a row, I had disastrous birthdays where loved ones became gravely ill, pets died, people got in car accidents and general chaos and doom reigned) and so I tended to try to just get it over and done with as quickly as possible.

As I got older and, particularly after surviving a life-threatening illness, I starting believing that having another birthday was actually pretty good.  Bad stuff could still happen, but then it could on any other day, so why worry about it?

Usually, I try and organise a dinner out, or a get-together of some description with friends or family or both. ¬†This year, I just wanted time on my own. ¬†I didn’t want to involve anyone else, which sounds really selfish and unsociable, but I just wanted to spend my day pottering about by myself, doing as I pleased and not having¬†any schedule¬†to follow. ¬†I highly recommend it ūüôā ¬†I don’t get lonely and am quite happy with my own company. ¬†I wanted a stress-free, restorative, recharging kind of day.

So, my idea of a good birthday goes something like this…..

1. Dress in a comfortable outfit, in your favourite colours.  
Makeup and hair done for no one else but yourself.

I don’t feel blue wearing blue!


2. Take yourself out for a delicious, hearty breakfast…….

Field Mushrooms on Sourdough, with Goat’s Cheese and Poached Eggs…

3…..and eat it all up. ¬†Don’t feel guilty at all.

All gone!

4. ¬†Visit a favourite, gorgeous shop. ¬†Wander around for an hour or so and don’t buy anything. ¬†Feel good that you didn’t spend unnecessarily (even if it is because you’re a bit poor¬†right now and couldn’t afford to even if you wanted to).

Antidote in Mount Hawthorn
Hammered and stamped recycled spoons at Antidote – Love them!


5. Make yourself a birthday cake and share it with loved ones¬†at dinner time. ¬†¬†It doesn’t matter if the cake is a bit¬†homely looking. ¬†People will be polite and eat it anyway.


6.  Drink vast quantities of tea, preferably out of pretty china so you feel like a lady.

Tea for one!


7.  Go op-shopping.  Buy shoes for a ridiculously low price (in this case $4.25).

New shoes! (well, 2nd hand new!)


So, for me, a perfect birthday is one in which I spend time doing things I enjoy, with no schedule or plan. ¬†I ended the day¬†with my brother and his family, which was lovely – I even had candles on my cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me. ¬†Delightful. Maybe spending a day on your own isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was exactly what I needed and I’m so glad I did it.

So how do you spend your birthday?  Do you like to ignore it, go all out and spoil yourself, or plan a quiet day of solitude and reflection?  Whatever you do, I hope you always feel loved and appreciated on your special day.

Thanks for dropping by x