Saturday, 7 December 2013
Just about unpacked our home now, so it's now time to get into the festive spirit.
Here's a couple of spreads from The 12 Days of Christmas, out now! (in the USA) Published by Holiday House.
I made the gifts in the book experiences rather than objects, as a balance to the over commercialisation of Christmas.(Except from buying my book, ha!)
Reviews here and here.
I'll post a few more images later...
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Well, I finally moved. Into my new studio last Thursday and a temporary home on Friday.
I have never been so tired. (Even childbirth was less exhausting!)
The Children are now more settled, it was very hard for my daughter but she is now happy again.
As beautiful as my old house was, (and I was so sad to leave it) I feel I've finally cut a big ball and chain.
Ready for new adventures in the new year.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Friday, 8 November 2013
I hope (fingers crossed) I have found a place to live.
I have viewed so many damp and expensive places.
It makes me mad for those who have little choice but to live in them.
When I am under pressure, sad, scared or hurt I tend to feel like a ball bouncing around in a pin-ball game.
I even feel guilty to stop to go to the toilet until I've sorted the problem!
I love this advice by Elsa Mora.
So I've been spending more pennies, (going to the loo!) stopping more and trying be more grateful for what I have.
I made these signs to remind me...first creative thing (except the fast food photo hits of Instagram) I've done in over 4 months.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Things are not easy. The day before I was about to sign the contract for our new home, a week before the move, it all fell through. The laws on house buying in England really are an ass!
I have been sorting for months now, de-cluttering (and burning!) and packing my home, my work, and the huge mess left by the renovation of this house.
It has been exhausting. Mostly on my own, as it is something I had to do.
It has been emotionally hard to clear so much too, especially from my marriage to my Children's Father which was once so happy, and because we do not want to leave our home. All whilst trying to keep the kiddies lives on track and earn a living.
The burden of possessions is something I have always had a Love/Hate relationship with.
I am thankful for so much, my children and wonderful friends, but I do no understand why hard work, responsibility, love and honesty seem to thrive less than those who fake and take from others.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
I am 3 months into my break from creativity.
I have not put pen, paint or glue to paper at all. Or made anything else. (This is the longest break that I can remember!) And it feels good.
Instead I am sorting ALL that I have done to this point in my life. Including a BIG house clearance sale.
Financially it's a bit scary but royalties trickle in and I will do a new book in the new year.
My only real creative outlet are photos on Instagram.
My super talented friend, the Artist Sarah Bowman has finally set up a facebook page. LIKE!
Monday, 9 September 2013
I'm currently riding the selling and buying of houses roller coaster!
It's a chain of hopes and plans that can fall apart so easily, so when I got offered a chance to help assist Danielle Ogilvie with performers make-up at Bestival (One of the UK's Big festivals for Fancy dress and Partying) I just couldn't say no! A great end to a great Summer.
Back in April, a few major doors had closed and I was weary of what lie ahead, but this Summer has been so full of Joy and Fun it will keep me warm right through to next spring.
Photos of my braided Hair (I will try to learn to do this myself) and various costumed Party people.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Amazing Gaultier Exhibition at the Modern Museet. He has projected real moving, talking and singing faces onto the manniquins. It was spine tinglingly beautiful.
Delicate ceramics by Karin Eriksson at her wonderful shop Manos.
Sunset and train tracks
An island in the inner Archipelago
A Sami Store house
A suitcase of Dala Horses, probably worth more than gold...Yes, Sweden is expensive!