Monday, 31 December 2012

Looking back over 2012

Here are some of my highlights of 2012.  I am not organised enough today to write a blog post about the year so, I'm posting some photos of the highlights.
After having looked through my photos I am amazed at what has happened this year.

My brush with fame at Salamanca Place Hobart.  
Master chef was filming for the latest series
Vision board I created.  
By the way, I did drop a dress size but gained the weight back.  
So, I know I can lose weight!!

Piece of art I created to remind me who I am

I did this painting after watching a video tutorial by Cheryl Urwin

 Another piece of art from a video.  
I can't remember who the tutor was for this piece.

Youngest Grand Daughter

My new Daughter in Law.
She is from Ohio.

Dottie Jean's 83rd Birthday
If she knew she was featured on the web she would not be amused.

A collage piece 

Eldest Grand Daughter

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Well it is nearly the end of the year and what a year it has been.

I have had my ups and downs with health issues, nothing serious just the usual 
aches and pains associated with aging.  
I have accomplished many things this year but alas, I still haven't 
joined a yoga class.
I have however started to meditate regularly.  If I don't do a physical meditation
I always do an active meditation like create a mandala.




Sunday, 16 December 2012

Mandalas

I have rediscovered the meditative process of Mandalas.  Creating Mandalas is such a relaxing, peaceful and satisfying pass time.  these Mandalas are drawn with a black ink pen then coloured using Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Ink.  This is the first time I have used these beautiful silky inks and I can tell you it won;t be the last time.  They are $10+ a bottle but are very economical to use.  one drop goes such a long way and if mixed with water they stretch even further.







Saturday, 8 December 2012

Quick Mandala


I felt in the mood to draw a Mandala this afternoon.  I added some paint to the paper then spread on gold paint with a credit card, I am happy with the end result.  I decided to try a free hand design using black pen then I used white ink and coloured pencils to add the finishing touches.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Spring has Sprung

I have come to realize a fact of life-I do not function well in winter.
I sit curled up by the fire, staring at both the TV and my laptop, feeling depressed and alone, thinking dull thoughts and believing the world is against me.  The copious amounts of vitamin D I have consumed over the winter just haven't snapped me out of my gloominess. Then suddenly, one day (like today) I wake up, the sun is shining through my bedroom window and I emerge, my long withdrawal from life is over and I breath again. 
Forget the Sounds of Silence. The sounds of spring through my open front door is what today is all about. Cows, birds, sun, smells!!! The doors and windows are open, I am wearing light clothing, washing is drying on the line, no heating needed till tea time. OMG, I have sooooo missed these small things during the cold bleak winter!!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sunday Selection # 3

Another Sunday Selection 
Wow, this is becoming a habit or an addiction - I'm not quiet sure.
Happy Mothers to all the Mothers who read this blog or any other blog.
I have been reading a few blogs lately, last week I came across this great blog by Eden Riley who has just had her blog Edenland voted best Australian blog for 2012.  I actually heard Eden interviewed this morning on Radio National.



Monday, 7 May 2012

Am I finally turning into a girl??

I have always been a bit blase about clothing.  As long as it fits, is cheap and respectable I will wear it.  I have never been interested in fashion or accessories, that is until Annah Stretton came to town.  The shop has been open for a week and I have been in there 3 times already, I really must stop going in or the staff might think I am casing the place.  I love everything about the shop, the decor, the sparseness of the shop fittings and the glamour and style of the clothing.  The staff are delightful, glamorous and friendly, not pushy and so knowledgeable about styling.  The style of clothing is somewhere between Steampunk, Victorian & Contemporary, everything I love in clothing.  I am yet to buy a piece of clothing but I do have my eye on a couple of pieces.  My favourite outfit is the Rosiland Bow Skirt and the Oscar the 2nd Coat , just my style, a little bit of Helena Bonham Carter. inspired. I would have to modify my lifestyle dramatically to wear this style of clothing but who knows what the future may bring.
I have been inspired to try my hand at wearing skirts, jackets, & tunic tops so I went shopping today on my day off and found everything I need at the right price.  It is amazing what you can find at the local St Vinnies, I just popped  in on my way home to buy a couple of bowls for cat food and was guided by an invisible hand to the Women's clothing section.  I just let my hair down and bought clothes I would never usually look twice at, and they were still in style, not like a lot of the cloths on the racks.  I only had $7 dollars left after buying the cat bowls so had to layby my new outfits!!  Can't wait for payday to collect my lot and start my new life as a girl.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sunday Selections

Another Sunday Selection
This month I am participating in the full Moon Dream Board with Jamie Ridler over at her studio.  Although I didn't go with the theme I did go with the intention of the theme.
Funny how things turn out.  I created this Dream Board yesterday with the intention of adding things I need/want.  I took my time, set myself on my Gypsy Dream Bed with scissors, magazines,cute white dog and coffee.  I found some amazing pictures and words that I wanted to use, all the while with my intention in my mind.  After collecting enough to fill a large piece of cardboard I moved to my Creative Studio to glue everything in place.  But all was not what it seemed, there were pictures of healthy food, blissful beaches and inspiring words.  What had I done?  My real Dream Board had manifested.  for a long time I have wanted to get back into a healthy lifestyle which includes more raw food, walking on the beach and generally taking better care of my soul self.  I am so happy with what manifested, the Universe knew exactly what I needed.
I usually have this bed folded up into a couch but my family came to visit at Easter so it was converted to a bed.  Instead of folding it back into a couch I decided to leave it set up as a bed for for when I want somewhere cosy and exotic to laze about and dream.  
 The only thing missing is a Gypsy.  Note to self: Ring Johnny to fix my squeaking door.
I went for a garden walk earlier today, nowhere special, just around my land,  I took several photos, intending to add to this post. then I came upon a huge Banksia tree  which is just outside of my bedroom window.  I took a photo then another then another, each one was of a Banksia cone in different stage of life.  It is so amazing how many changes a Banksia goes through before it becomes a shell of it's former self.  Much like us humans.  Again I was guided by the Universe because I had no intention of writing about Banksia's and the many stages of life.




Saturday, 5 May 2012

Interesting Blog Jargon

Have you ever wondered what all the Blog Jargon means?  I came across this post explaining it all.
Do you ever feel bamboozled by all the technical jargon involved with blogging? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed of.
We all had to start somewhere and we all start knowing very little. So here’s a mini overview of blogging jargon to get you started although it doesn’t include my favourite blog jargon – blawg – which is a blog about law.
Akismet – A useful plug-in which catches spam comments.
Blog – Stands for Web Log.
Guest Posting – Writing a blog post for someone else’s blog without getting paid. Find out what you’d want to do that here and how to go about it here.
Link love – Linking to another blog without being paid or asked to.
Lurker - A blog reader who never comments.
RSS Feed – A way of following a blog and finding out when it’s been updated. Find out more here. Stands for Really Simple Syndication.
RSS Aggregator – A service that automatically checks RSS feeds for new items so you can keep track of changes to multiple blogs in in  one place.
Permalink – The website address for each of your blog posts which someone can use to link to your post and which Google will refer to when ranking your blog. or example: http://www.successfulblogging.com/blogging-tips-a-z-j-for-jargon/
Podcast – An audio recording of a blog post or a blog post which is only available as an audio file. Learn more in the podcasting guide.
Susbscribers – These are your most loyal readers. The people who sign up for your email updates or register for your RSS feed are your subscribers. Nurture and cherish them.
Themes – Templates which govern the lay out of your blog. I recommend free theme 2010 or the premium theme Thesis.
Trackback – A protocol that allows a blogger to link to posts on other blogs and pings (emails) the other blogger to let them know. Blogging software that supports trackback includes a trackback URL (website address) so each post displays other blog posts that have linked to it, usually above or below the comments.
Troll – Someone who leaves mean comments on blogs.
Vlogging – Video blogging where you create video blog posts instead of text-based blog posts.
There are many more fun blogging jargon examples but hopefully you can guess what they mean and avoid getting blogstipation or becoming a blogaholic.
Although they’re both perfectly normal and almost certain to happen at some point in your blogging career.
So don’t get bamboozled by all the blogging jargon – just keep blogging – or blawging if you’re a laywer.
What did I miss? Suggest some blogging jargon in the comments below and I’ll add them here.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sunday Selection-Alpha bits about me

Check out Frogpondsrock for more Sunday selections.
I haven't blogged for awhile, (must be suffering from writers block).  I found this fun idea on this blog and thought it a good idea so here goes:
ALPHA BITS ABOUT ME
The first word that comes to me.
A~Apple crumble.  Love it but don't make it often.
B~Beach.  I love the beach, breathing in the sweet salty air.
C~Currants.  Love these little fruits but hardly ever use them in cooking.  I love their slightly sour taste.
D~Door knobs.  So many beautiful door knobs to be photographed.
E~Elephants.  Beautiful huge animals but oh so gentle.
F~ Frederick.  Husband of Princess Mary of Denmark.
G~Green Tea. Not something I volunteer to drink.
H~Home.  I love my home to bits.
I~Ingenious.  I would love to come up with an ingenious idea that would make me rich and famous.
J~Jeckle.  Sometimes I live a Jeckle and Hyde life.
K~Kitchen.  Not my favourite room in the house.
L~Lemon Tea.  Now, this is a tea I can say I would volunteer to drink daily.
M~Mother.  Not going there.
N~Nettle Tea.  I have never drunk it but am willing to try sometime.
O~Orange cake.  One of my favourite cakes to make and eat.
P~Pancake Tuesday.  Now why did I think of that?
Q~Queen Elizabeth.  What a waste of a life.
R~Raspberries.  Very sad my parents no longer grow raspberries, a family tradition gone by the wayside.
S~Stephen King.  Writer of interesting novels.
T~Tunnel.  I love our local disused train tunnel.
U~ Underwear.  I desperately need some new frillies.
V~Vivienne.  Lady of the Lake in Camelot.
W~Windows.  My windows have a lot of artistic doodles created by my dogs nose.
X~Xrays.  A wonderful invention.
Y~Yellow Submarine.  I love the Beatles.
Z~Zzzz's.  I never seem to get enough sleep.


Monday, 12 March 2012

I'm eating an Elephant

Today I startd eating an Elephant!!! To put it bluntly I HATE GARDNING!! So, today I decoded to eat my Elephant (the Garden) one small bite a t a time. I took my kitchen timer into the garden, set it to 20 minutes and gardened. When the timer went off I went inside to do something else. Twenty minute intervals worked perfectly, because my back won't allow me to garden for more that 20 minutes at a time and my mind gets bored after 20 minutes also, so I need to move onto a new project. I accomplished much today with this new regeme. At the end of the day I had the first garden bed weeded and pruned with little pain to my back and body as well as other smaller projects completed inside the house. I am not a goal setter really, more of a time setter so the kitchen timer worked, it is my new best friend.

Monday, 2 January 2012

New Beginnings- Sunday Selections

As a new year begins I begin my usual mental list of changes I want to make in my life. The 2 biggest changes this year will be that I will blog more often and create more art. I know I have said that many times before that I will blog more but this year I really do mean it. Now it is written for all to see I can't go back on my word. I have also decided to take part in Sunday Selections from Frogpondsrock another fellow Tasmanian blogger. This is another something I have been meaning to do for a while. I am going to start the year with some photos taken at my Spiritual home - a rainforest. This particular rainforest is Liffey Falls, a beautiful enchanting piece of nature in the North of Tasmania. I have been to Liffey many times and it never ceases to energise me with the wonderful array of rocks, ferns and plant life. The area was covered by sea millions of years ago then a glacier carved out the valley and river. If you look very close to the rocks in the river you can see fossilised paw imprints of animals. In this photo you can just see a huge paw bigger than my hand. To run my fingers through the grooves in the fossil trying to feel the energy and imagine what type of animal made the imprints was mind blowing. One day I will revisit the falls and sit on a rock on the edge of the river and spend time meditating.
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