Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Carry on...

I've caught a bit of a cold from my little nieces. They are so lovely and sweet but both unwell with chest and ear infections.

On the creative front I've come to a bit of a stand still. I'm trying not to do what I always do and give up, thinking everything I've done is rubbish and useless, but it's hard!

I met up with Cristina today. Its always a pleasure to see C! she really inspires me and makes me feel that bit more optomistic than I felt before I'd seen her.

I just need to keep strong, carry on... and get rid of this cold!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The last couple of days have been quite emotional for various reasons. I've been thinking back over this and the previous year, a bit of a walk along memory lane really.

On the creative front I'm not giving up, and taking baby steps but none the less steps to get out the art work that is locked inside of me and kicking to get out in some form or another! One way that I relieve some of this is by singing. I don't yet, have the courage or inclination to let anyone hear me unless on the rare occassion I get to do a bit of karaoke. But I'm working on building my confidence in this area as I love to sing and enjoy how it makes me feel.

I have this wooden rubber stamp set which has various words, mostly in french relating to posting letters and parcels. At the moment I've been stamping onto air mail envelopes and postage tags that I have distressed by crushing and creasing them to create an old and used look to them. I love the whole nostalgic element of it all.
At a time when everyone is sending e-mails and text messages I love the old fashioned notion of this form of communication and the whole aesthetics of it all. You can't touch, hold or smell! an e-mail or text message, to me there is a lack of real emotion and connection to it all, unlike a handwritten letter which can contain so much more emotion and feeling.

Memory, nostalgia, touch and texture have always been strong and important factors in my work, they are like the DNA of it!

A couple of quotes:

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying". Michael Jordan

"victory belongs to the most persevering." Napoleon Bonaparte

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two weeks notice!

Again another year is almost over, how time seems to fly by. I hate looking back and thinking of time wasted and missed opportunities.

I have two weeks of time to myself! A friend said to me when I told him: 'two weeks away from this place is a beautiful thing'. It kind of stuck in my head.

I really need to tap back into my creative side, I know its still there because I have this restless energy, gnawing and nagging away at me to get it together and do something, anything but nothing.

I met a lovely woman last week who really gave me food for thought and was so inspiring!
So now I'm thinking that anything is better than nothing, a start is something and time waits for no man, or woman in my case!

A few quotes that I found this morning:

" The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it." W.M. Lewis

" We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough." Helen Keller

" The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." Allan K. Chalmers