The past few months have been a far more creative time in my life, a lot of learning and trying to find out what I like.
I did some sewing through soul comfort ( Brave Girls club) and have learnt art journalling. Now I am trying to learn to draw, I like the whimsy , non realistic look best as that fits with the type of mixed media I do and currently I am doing The Boot series by Christy Tomlinson , looking at learning to draw figures and clothing, especially boots.
I am also doing Jane Davenports’ beginner classes in drawing and art journalling, Draw Happy and Supplies me
below are some of the pieces I have done recently and they are up as a record for me as hopefully I progress and can look back at how naive these pieces are.
It has been a few years and yet always feels such a short time between blogs… Mia and Jessie are 6 , Jessie has a new sister Tiajna Lily Grace… And I was at the birth… Amazing. Also Grace had a baby ,Brooke Isabella and I was also at her birth and cut her cord too. Amazing watching grandchildren be born.
Maddie qualified as a nurse and works in Paeds A&E. Gracie is due to finish her degree in June .
I started my HV training last September and it is flying by – a full on course, but am learning so much. Safeguarding is a large part but there are many good days too , although it certainly makes me question my parenting styles…
I have really started learning to draw and paint via an online course, it incorporates all the things I love about reflection on life, quotes, positive affirmations as well as mixed media art – I really enjoy it and would love to learn it well enough to sell my art – maybe it is a thing I do when I retire !
life flies by…we take little notice and maybe we need to slow down to make life slow down a bit…I love the poem by WH Davies…What is this life if we are too busy to stop and stare… so true but hard to remember sometimes.
so since dad died which is over 2 years ago now we have a new addition to the family , Tiajna Lily Grace who is Melanies 2 nd daughter.
Grace is due in November.
we left NZ on 14th November 2007, we stopped on route in LA and stayed in Venice Beach which I loved.
We landed in Heathrow on 18th November and were picled up by Melanieand Jessica & Maddie and Mia…It was great seeing them all, we went for coffee and then went in different cars to be taken back to Angie and Daves, where we stayed whilst we found a house etc. This was hard when I wanted to see the girls as the dogs don’t like children and so it was a bit strained spending time with them.
Angie was so sweet though and had done out the upstairs rooms so that we could have a private area and had set up the room downstairs for Grace….the stairs creaked though at night and every time I got up for the loo, I set the dogs off.
We viewed many houses and had it down to about 4 we liked….in the end we went for the one with most space, near to facilities and Gracies school. However, it had not been touched for about 25 years and was like going back into the 1970’s! Anyway we completed within 2 weeks of giving our offer and were able to move in on 19th December……however, our furniture was still on the sea, so we used some furniture that got left behind and borrowed blow up mattresses for the floor, but it was ours and was great.