Monday, 30 January 2012

Photographing Art work - Clearing the Clutter Challenge Day 30

 
This has been quite a month of photographing, writing and posting and still catching up, and one of the major tasks I have been putting off is taking new photographs of art work and uploading them on the website.  I have many pieces of art work and crafts for sale and the only thing holding me back at the moment is how they are presented.   Decided to take a bit of time on this and next week it will be on the top of my list and I will give myself the time and space to focus.  

Started the course Hello Soul Hello Business earlier this month and it is really getting us to think about the what and the why of our businesses, and I have gained new insight into where I want it to go.  In February I will be taking a break from the 30 day challenges, life can sometimes be one big challenge and need to just consolidate everything else that I am doing and get down to the meat of the course, and follow up on some of the things I unearthed over the past few months....also want to get back to some journalling, have been doing some as I have been clearing the clutter, will be sharing some of the pages soon.

I also want to play around with some digital art, itching to start doing some work from Susan Tuttles book - Digital Expressions to see what I come up with.  So with this it's good bye January, and hello February! Do share what will be new for you in February?  Do you have a course or book you want to try?

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day - 244 - 250

Joy
What makes you feel joyful?  We can find it in what we do, there are some whose presence we can be around and we feel joy, we can find it in the simple things - the sun shining on our faces, the bird song, the cool breeze against our skin..  Make a commitment each day this week to experience Joy - look out for the miracles!.


Day 244
 

Reflection 
All your experiences make you stronger 

Quote 
Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that’s what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer… but never judge it. ...Nick Bantock 


Scripture 
The Lord is near to the broken hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit....Psalm 34:18


Day 245
 

Reflection 
Use your strengths 

Quote
I give thanks for this perfect day. Miracle will follow miracle  And wonders will never cease. ...Unknown 

Scripture 
Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit...Psalm 34:12-13


Day 246
 

Reflection 
Today is a great day for starting over. 

Quote 
Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. ...Louis E. Boone 

Scripture 
But He gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says; ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’...James 4:6



Day 247
 

Reflection 
A new beginning is calling you 

Quote 
Make voyages. Attempt them. There is nothing else. ...Tennessee Williams 

Scripture
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord dost make me dwell in safety....Psalm 4:8

Day 248
 

Reflection 
You deserve to be blessed 

Quote 
Artists are more able than most to perceive the world in all its wonder and glory, and more willing than most to give themselves over to the experience. ...Marney Ward 

Scripture 
The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth...Exodus 34:6

Day 249
 

Reflection 
It’s all beginning to unfold for good 

Quote 
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. ...Rilke

Scripture 
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble....Psalm 41:1


Day 250
 

Reflection 
Look out for the miracles today 

Quote 
Were it possible for us to wait for ourselves to come into the room, not many of us would find our hearts breaking into flower as we heard the door handle turn. ...Rebecca West 

Scripture 
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation...11Corinthians 5:19

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Clearing the Clutter Challenge - The Teenagers Room










   












What to do in my son's room, there are a few options, not sure he would appreciate all of them..though he would get the leg space he needs in this one!  
 

This one might work without the extra beds and suspended from the ceiling, but with more leg room he's still growing and his legs currently hang over his current bed (help!)

Might be forced to use the two palms in the garden to recreate this, there is lot of storage space out there, not sure if  he would enjoy sharing his room with the wild life! But I would get my studio (Lol!)


I think I've found it give or take the colour and the posters and wall space.... (Sekani....come here and look at this! :) 
Source: Uploaded by user via Kaye on Pinterest 

Now maybe a new look for my room is due......
Source: bhg.com via Natalie on Pinterest                                                                                                                                                                

Friday, 27 January 2012

Clearing the Clutter Challenge - What's happening in the Garden? Day 27 and 29

Well, what can I say, nearly the end of the challenge and I have been quite on it (for most of the time).  I know we all have that part of the house, or our space - somewhere that needs clearing, organising or just plain dumping.  Wanting to make a fresh start and catch up with yourself.  I have unearthed many delights I forgot I had.  I will be posting for previous days to let you know how I got on.

Today's challenge was to sort out the garden and I have combined this with day 29

Its amazing what the wind can do, we have 2 New Zealand Cordyline australis palms in our garden I planted about 8/9 years ago, didn’t realise that we would be constantly picking up the fallen leaves, but they do look glorious in the summer with their lovely smelling flowers. When you open up the kitchen window you get a whiff.. 
 
Once fallen I have been using the leaves to tie plants together, when you split the fallen wet leaf they are quite strong and you need scissors to cut them width ways.  I haven't come up with any creative weaving ideas for the Cordyline Australis.... here is more information about the plant if your interested... .  They have also been useful as ground cover to protect the roots of some of the plants, I haven't yet tried to dry them and use them in an art piece....
 
The back of the garden got quite a bashing in the high winds. I have been thinking of converting the shed into an art space, at the moment it has a lot of things that also needs sorting, but thats for another day!
 

The other thing that needs work is the plum tree, it should have been cut back at least 2 summers ago, so we will be cutting it back this year. Hopefully we'll get a better crop of plums, though the birds have fed off the ones we couldn't reach.

Speaking of the birds I hung some fat balls, I love hearing them sing and thought I would take part in the RSPB big garden Birdwatch this weekend. It is an opportunity to see which ones are coming into the garden.  The RSPB also suggest ways in which you can make your garden or space more bird and wildlife friendly. I am hoping to get some pictures of the birds that are our regular visitors, and may be inspired to get some ideas down for the shed come studio! What outside jobs have you been putting off?






Wednesday, 25 January 2012

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day - 237 - 243

Kindness
When was the last time you were really kind to yourself, treating yourself as you would a close friend?  Do you appreciate yourself and show it, taking time out for you to recharge and renew your batteries.  Sometimes because of what's going on around us we can leave ourselves till last.  This week how can you make a point of taking even 5 minutes out of your schedule to reflect? 


Day 237

Reflection 
Prepare for the journey, you are not alone 

Quote
A traveller am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. ...Kahlil Gibran 

Scripture 
....who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s...Psalm 103:5

Day 238

Reflection 
Don’t waste your time on unnecessary pursuits that do not bring you closer to your dream 

Quote 
Work of sight is done. Now do heart work on the pictures within you. ...R.M. Rilke 

Scripture 
He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life...John 5:24

Day 239

Reflection 
Be yourself, it is enough to let your light shine

Quote 
The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead. ...Charles Eames 

Scripture 
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies....11 Samuel 22:4


Day 240

Reflection 
You are wonderful 

Quote 
Love lights up the world… with its generous flames. ...Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Scripture 
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes...Psalm 19:8

Day 241

Reflection 
This was meant to be

Quote 
Life is a work of art, designed by the one who lives it. ...Unknown 

Scripture 
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry...Psalm 34:15

Day 242

Reflection 
Miracles happen every day 

Quote 
You have to operate from the sense of everything is new and you’re starting again. ...Nicole Kidman 

Scripture 
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; and they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds

Day 243

Reflection 
Nothing can compare to the gifts you have to bless the world 

Quote 
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ...Dr. Edwin Land 

Scripture 
ow we have received, not the spirit of the world, but  the Spirit of which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God....1 Corinthians 2:12

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 230 - 236

Understanding
Understanding comes through experiences, the 'Aha' moments and sharing with others.  It can be hard to understand why at times we go through the hard times with the feeling that it will never end, but one day you are able to look around and celebrate coming through.....  

My favourite reflection this week is Day 230, 'Time to wake up and smell the chocolate' - I love dark chocolate especially the 85% Cocoa one (and it's good for you!).  The quote by Jeffrey David Lang, on Day 235 really spoke to me 'There will be times in life when impossibility is felt, but then there are dreams - and dreams allow us possibility. and is reminding me that I need to give my dreams the right foundations.  And the scripture that will keep me is Day 236 from Psalm 139:5 - Thou has enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me.  

What area will you be focussing your time on this week?

Day 230


Reflection 
It’s time to wake up and smell the chocolate! 

Quote 
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.....John Muir 

Scripture 
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace..Psalm 37:37 

Day 231


Reflection 
Time to change your style! 

Quote 
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. ---C.G. Jung 

Scripture 
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you..1 Peter 5:7

Day 232

Reflection 
You are a dear friend and much loved 

Quote 
Every time you don’t follow your own inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. ---Shakti Gawain 

Scripture 
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me for I have redeemed thee...Isaiah 44:22


Day 233

Reflection 
You inspire others to be who they were called to be 

Quote 
Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us. ---Roy Adzak 

Scripture 
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me  with songs of deliverance...Psalm 32:7


 Day 234


Reflection 
Step into the light and shine like the star you are. 

Quote 
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.....Mary Little 

Scripture
Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted...Matthew 5:4 


 Day 235


Reflection 
You can become whole again 

Quote 
There will be times in life when impossibility is felt, but then there are dreams - and dreams allow us possibility. ...Jeffrey David Lang

Scripture 
Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments...Deuteronomy 7:9


Day 236


Reflection 
It’s time to take action 

Quote 
Art is about paying attention. ...Laurie Anderson

Scripture
Thou has enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me...Psalm 139:5 


Friday, 13 January 2012

Clearing the Clutter Challenge - Day 12 and 13 - Ephemera and Magazine cuttings


 
Nearly half way through the challenge and understand just how big a challenge I set myself.  Want to make it as practical as possible so that I don't find myself being overwhelmed and lose interest along the way.  Being flexible I understand the most important thing for me to do now is to for each area decide what needs to happen to it.  I had half hoped to be super efficient and have all the areas locked down by the end of the month, but I have not been feeling it, and had lost enthusiasm, was change too bigger price to pay!!  
 

Rome wasn't built in a day, and my collection won't be cleared in a month but it can be better organised the Pottery Barn has some interesting 'schedule systems' ...little and often rather than all at once and fizzle out.    How too when the cares of life come and weigh down on us we feel as if we need to solve the problem there and then, but often taking a fresh set of eyes, talking about it, looking at the possible benefits that may come out (lessons we can learn) then we can see the problem in a whole new way.  

One of the things I knew about the collection was that I wanted to clear it, and knew I had to look at the individual area, why was I keeping it, what could I use it for, could it go to a better home, how long would it take to clear....then when you do have 15 spare minutes it can go to one of the tasks on the list that has already been identified.  So, back to the list.....

Ephemera 

I have got quite a lot so after going through them decided to use a lot more attachments to my paintings and journals, looking at ways to use more of it in my work especially some of the smaller pieces of work....I will also be using more in the journals and assemblage art that I would like to do. You can find some free printable ephemera at Sweetly Scrapped to get you started.

News paper/ Magazine cuttings 

I had seen some of Teesha Moores work and wanted to do some myself with the cuttings.  I put them all in a large folder, and will separate them into categories to make them easier to find.  Some of the images will go into my source book and I want to find a space to put my dream board.  A virtual way of combining the images that I like as been the pinterest board.  Do you have a dream board? Are you are on Pinteres?  leave your details and we can have a look.



Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Clearing The Clutter Challenge - Day 11 - The Filing Cabinet


The filing cabinet is hidden behind the plastic containers, this whole area will be getting an overhaul

The Filing cabinet is a Big Job.  There are 3 draws filled to capacity and I will need to go through each section and get new file holders, get rid of files that don’t need to be there.  I know that this was an area not for one day, but probably one week if not more.  To start with I got plastic wallets and will look through files to see what could be dumped. I will also make sure that all loose filing is put away.  I also found whilst going through the in-tray work that needed to be actioned, so will spend time doing this as well.  It can be difficult not to drown in paper, there are some things you need to hold on to because of the legal requirements, and most people keep their certificates from birth, graduation etc.  With the inside of the cabinets sorted the outside would also be great to change, and rather than the black wood to have some sort of design on them.  Mandy P from Fabric Paper Glue has a great design that she put on one of her cabinets and also check out her pinterest for more great ideas, if your looking for a tutorial on how to change the look of your cabinets heres a handy one at Piccadilly Market .

With the new technology it would be great to see how effective having everything computerised, but then you wouldn't have all that lovely ephemera to work with??  How long do you hold on to your paper work?


Monday, 9 January 2012

365 Days of Colour - Flower of the Day 223 - 229


Patience
Patience is something I prayed for, I was going through a trying time and finding the best solutions was a challenge.   What I got in return were situations and events that would definitely try my patience, but what it also did was take me through and make me stronger.  What was important for me was that I was not leaning on my own strength, but God, who showed me that he was making a way.  I had to look at things differently and step out in faith.  What have you been asking for that you realised you already had?

Day 223
 

Reflection 
The more you step out, the more you will understand 

Quote 
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.....Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Scripture 
How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and has not turned into the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood..Psalm 40:4


 Day 224
 

Reflection 
Live today as if it is the last day on earth, get rid of the clutter 

Quote 
If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.....Joseph Campbell  

Scripture 
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost..Luke 19:10 

Day 225
 

Reflection 
Stop what you’re doing and make a plan 

Quote
I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. ...Wayne Dyer  

Scripture 
For Thou dost light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness..Psalm 18 28

Day 226
 

Reflection 
Treat yourself with kindness 

Quote 
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. George Elliot 

Scripture 
Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him..Hosea 6:3

Day 227
 

Reflection 
Be gentle with your dreams 

Quote 
Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia....Russel H. Conwell 

Scripture 
Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go..Joshua 1:9

Day 228
 

Reflection 
Treasure your heart, it’s going to be OK 

Quote 
Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places… I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body...Saraha 

Scripture 
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation..Psalm 62:1

Day 229
 

Reflection 
You are learning to trust the wonderful things that are happening in your life 

Quote 
Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside...Dr. Melba Colgrove 

Scripture 
....When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your do, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you...Matthew 6:6











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