Sunday, 29 July 2012

52 Weeks of Colour - Tranquility


Reflection
Take the time you need to work on you.

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

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it...Hebrews 13:2


Hello from Barbados!

As I write this I am relaxing in the sunnier climbs of Barbados.
Came away with family and friends to enjoy a few weeks in the sun, though in London at the moment I hear they are experiencing a heat wave.  We had a few days of thunder storms but those who know the rainy season in the Caribbean, one minute it pours then the sun comes right back out and its hot again.  We have been touring around, after hiring a car which just makes it so much easier, though the local transport buses are quite frequent depending on where you are going on the island.  Barbados is approx 22 miles at its length and 14 miles at its widest point and some of the beaches are spectacular.  
 
I have been taking lots of pictures and also can't resist photographs of my favourite subjects - flowers and plants, which are definitely a feast for the eyes.  One of my favourite flowers is the Frangipang (which is my current blog photograph), comes in a variety of colours and has a beautiful aroma. 
As this isn't our first time to the island we are trying to do some of the visits that we didn't catch when we were here a couple of years ago at Christmas - which was a lovely time to come by the way!  We have found lots of activities that are easy on the pocket and really informative. 

I have been slacking a bit with my art even though I brought some equipment with me, I'm still trying to get some sketches done...I have no excuse really as there are so many lovely subjects around me.  I've met up with a few artists and visited a couple of galleries which I will share in another post, so that has been great.  


Amongst some of the places we have visited are the Flower forest, Lime Grove - which has the more 'expensive' shops and boutiques among its mix, it also has some lovely courtyards and an art gallery called NuEdge, my favourite piece of work was by an artist called Terrance Piggott - check him out on the NuEdge site to see some of his recent work. Sekani took time out to play the piano, it would be lovely for him to regularly play on one of these!  This particular piano can also be programmed to play on its own!
 
We finished our day at Dover Beach for a swim and something to eat and met up again with a lovely man called Mr Mayers who has a food eatery near the beach and  is very hospitable.  When we visited Barbados on our last trip he very generously invited us and a few other guests into his home for lunch and his wife put on a lovely spread, her cooking is amazing! 

Friday was Fish Fry at Oistins and after catching up with some of my husbands family we went there to enjoy the freshly caught local fish and take in the cool breeze and entertaining music.  Sekani is enjoying his time in the water, and I am sure that he will grow another inch at least while we are here. 
 
Lots more adventures to be had in the coming week.  August marks the main Crop Over Celebrations, though there have been activities taking place from the start of July and people from all over Barbados and the rest of the world come down to celebrate.  We have been keeping ourselves updated with the Olympics and the teething problems with the roads taking place in London, we pick up coverage around 8 hours later here in Barbados.

It is another hot day today so I think a trip to the beach is on the cards, after I get some work done!  I have some mini videos to share, until then....Blessings.......

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Gratitudes - Birdsong


Bird song – it sometimes seems as if the birds come out for me, chirping away, just when I need to hear them, makes me feel free and thankful for Gods miracles

Sunday, 22 July 2012

52 Weeks of Colour - Progress


Reflection 
Live life to the full every day, don’t take anything for granted 

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

Scripture 
By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy...Hebrews 10:14

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Gratitudes - Walking


Walking 
.......helps to clear my head and get new perspectives, it is also great to
see how the environment 
changes from one day to the next.




With everything we do we have the ability to touch others lives, 
a very special responsibility that we cannot take lightly.  
Whenever you can, take a moment to really appreciate 
the little things in the big picture.  

It would be great to hear about the things that you are grateful for, 
how they have changed your life and 
how they inspire you to change the lives of others....

Sunday, 15 July 2012

52 Weeks of Colour - Peace

Reflection
God knows the desires of your heart, trust him in all your ways and he will make your path straight

Quote
For those who have the interest to look closely, life becomes art...Diane Mariechild 

Scripture
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us...1 John 5:14

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Creating in Faith - Leap


The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  Psalm 28:7




If you would like to see how I made the pockets check out the post Bookmark Pockets

Come join the group - Creating in Faith, show us how you will be incorporating the words and scriptures in your art. Each week I will be sharing words, reflections, scriptures and the bookmark holder for that week.  Step out and be a blessing and you will also be blessed!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Gratitudes - Morning pages


.........Morning pages 

I love writing.  
Taking time to do my morning pages
allows me to be free with my writing
 and express 
any and every thought...



With everything we do we have the ability to touch others lives, 
a very special responsibility that we cannot take lightly.  
Whenever you can, take a moment to really appreciate 
the little things in the big picture.  

It would be great to hear about the things that you are grateful for, 
how they have changed your life and 
how they inspire you to change the lives of others....

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Gratitudes



What is it that you are thankful for?  Where would you begin?

The Friday gratitude’s posts will be my way of taking a minute to be thankful, whether it be for a particular art material or that the sun came out today, being able to take a breath and smell the roses or that my mum had a restful sleep.  I was originally inspired by Ann Voskamp and her book 1000 gifts.  

With everything we do we have the ability to touch others lives, a very special responsibility that we cannot take lightly.  Whenever you can, take a moment to really appreciate the little things in the big picture.  

It would be great to hear about the things that you are grateful for, how they have changed your life and how they inspire you to change the lives of others. 


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

52 Weeks of Colour




Since completing the 365 days of colour I have missed posting the images.  I am still coming across some beautiful flowers and taking photographs.  I  wanted to try my hand at combining images and using photo-shop, and so I decided that I will continue with a weekly offering of an image with an inspired word added to the mix.


I will be posting on Mondays so you can carry the blessings with you throughout the week. I hope it does continue to bless you over the next year, and that we see much creative growth and development.  


Creating in Faith - Prayer bookmark holders



I have been asked by Mika from Motley Soul to contribute on a weekly basis to her Creating in Faith group.  Each Sunday I will be posting a word and sharing a reflection and scriptures, it would be great to have you join us in the group and share your faith filled insights and the creative activities that you get up to.

For my creative pieces for this project I am making a series of book mark holders for each week, decorated with the word for that week in what ever style speaks to me at that moment with an image or collage or both!  The bookmark holder has a space in the side that allows you to place your prayer requests, thoughts and what ever else comes to mind.

Here is how I went about making them

 I took card, cut to 35cm x 8cm, decorated with stamps and inks and folded in half

I then took some fabric, painted and stamped on it, then cut them into strips that I then sewed in between the  longest side of the book mark holder, the two shorter sides were also sewn together to form a pocket
.  The book mark inside the holder is cut from the same card and 
is 15cm x 8 cm 

 I decorated the sides of the book mark with Washi tape that I also had a go at making - will share the process in another post.  The book mark is where I will be writing my thoughts, prayers, achievements, and wow moments for the week.

The aim is to be able to look back at all the prayers and scriptures and see how God has truely been working in my life.  The bookmark holders will eventually be joined together to create a mini book

This is the holder for last week, with the word for the week being Hope come and see the scriptures shared

Growth is this weeks word.  When I look back on my journey I see how much I have grown as an artist, and the changes that continuously take place, also thinking about the steps that I have taken and have yet to take and the amazing creatives that I am meeting  and have yet to meet along the way.


Come join the group - Creating in Faith, show us how you will be incorporating the words and scriptures in your art. Each week I will be sharing the next word, insight or reflection, scriptures and the bookmark holder for that week.  Step out and be a blessing and you will also be blessed!













Monday, 9 July 2012

Tuesday Feeling - to be or not to be

We ended last week with some sunshine amidst the downpour which for July seems to be a common occurance.  Our summers have changed over the years, and we see the changes in the climate in other countries and the unusual weather they have been happening.  I have been spending more time in the garden, pottering around 'weather permitting' and decided to grow some cherries,  it would seem as if I have 3 growing strong, I'll do my best to protect them from the slugs and snails that frequent the garden.


After some lovely scented flowers, my young Honeysuckle plant seems a bit poorly, have to keep an eye on it, be grateful for any advice for the yellowing and, dropping leaves.

Every time I open a fruit or vegetable I have been saving the seeds to plant to see what will grow,  this is my latest - squash, I think this was meant to be...!


I've also tried to grow some, apples and pears - not sure that the weather is warm enough for these but worth a try, alongside some pulses that I sprouted - the black beans seem to be coming up quite well and I will transfer them in a few weeks.

I have made an effort to improve my diet and have been eating more pulses and salads.  I will be sharing some of the recipes   I did a butterbean casserole  and today I will be doing a recipe that uses aduke beans.  I have also brought some split peas, lentils, and a whole range of other beans to try.  If you make enough you can freeze them and be able to have a readymade snack as and when you want.  Let me know what your favourite recipe is.


My son went to his prom and here he is all done up in his suit and his patent leather black shoes!  He had a great time, there were all dressed up and polished as they danced the evening away.
Last but not least I forgot to share the biggest news, which actually happened on the 5th May.

I became a Grandmother!  Say hello to Malakai Dominic William Springer.  I was initially not wanting to be called grandmother and searched for examples of words used in other cultures – maw maw, numa, nana, and the rest, feeling that the term was mostly associated with old people.  I felt I didn’t qualify!.....and so couldn’t embrace the word...... but with maturity comes understanding.  Grandparents should be elevated as there is so much wisdom that they have, many of the lessons that my mother taught me now have stood me in good stead as an adult, and I pass the wisdom down to my son.


 Malikai is definitely a bundle of joy!




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