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Wednesday Already!

Published February 17, 2010 by isisimaginings

How is that possible?? The days are definitely getting longer, but they are also whizzing by, seemingly faster than ever. What they’re not doing, is getting any warmer; it is still so cold here in Kent. Last year, I got a gift of a pair of fingerless gloves & this winter, I’ve been wearing them in the house; they make painting & cardmaking a LOT easier. I must take a photo of them to show you; they’re very cute.

On Sunday, I met a friend in Camden, London & we went to The Stables, which is full of shops of all sorts & various restaurants & bars. There is also lots of interesting sculptures, but it was so cold we couldn’t walk around for very long. We had a bite to eat in a tiny Moroccan eatery – the mint tea, hummus & bread were delicious – and a great time catching up. I want to go back to The Stables, spend more time walking around & take photographs, but I’ll wait until the weather improves a little.

I have got lots of new things to show you, but they will have to wait a little longer. There’s lots of birthdays coming up in the next six weeks or so, so I’m going to hold onto the new cards until they have been received. I’ve also been trying a few new techniques, but the photos are still in my camera. I’ll download them later & hopefully show you tomorrow.

These cards are very simple, as you can see. I don’t have a lot of baby stuff in my stash; I bought some toppers when I went to Ally Pally last year & Jen included some papers in the huge collection of 12×12’s she gave me, so I put them together with a few other things to make these two.

The wedding card went to friends who got married in January. They had a black & white theme, which explains the card. I had made their wedding invitations, which incorporated a black heart on white card, so I decided to include a heart on their wedding card too. The heart is only attached to the ribbon, so it swings freely.

Do you remember last week I highlighted the work of Kelly Rae Roberts? Well, this week she told us that her decorative girlies are featured on the cover of the March issue of ‘Somerset Studio’ magazine. Needless to say, she is very excited & her fans are thrilled for her. I predict the magazine will sell very quickly! If you haven’t visited her website yet, please do, I’m sure you’ll be inspired.

Thanks for visiting me & a special thanks to those who have visited for the first time. I appreciate you all. Until next time,

Love & light.

Oy Universe, Stop It!!

Published February 7, 2010 by isisimaginings

Let me start with a question…..Why is it that just when you think you’ve got a handle on things, you can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, the universe turns around & slaps you upside the head?? Five weeks ago, I got the news that I’d been waiting eight months for; weirdly, it threw me for a loop slightly, but once I got my head around it, I was ok. Then the whole thing collapsed around me & now I’m back where I started. I’ve been angry, upset, frustrated, but now I am trying to find the lessons in this whole experience. I have made decisions that will make some of the people in my life unhappy, but at the age of almost 46, I have finally decided that I cannot live my life for other people. I have spent my life doing what was expected of me, agreeing with & to, things that made me very unhappy. I have been incapable of making virtually any decision, in case other people didn’t like it. I now firmly believe that the way I lived my life is one of the reasons I got breast cancer. I’ve been a second chance & I’m hoping that, Goddess willing, the people who love me will respect my decisions & respect ME as I am expected to respect them.

During the last four weeks of turmoil, I have been creating; not much, but a few bits & pieces. The first objects I made still make me smile, even though they no longer exist. One night during the snow I was waiting for a train, (long story; I got the wrong train originally & ended up in the middle of nowhere – almost!), feeling like I was slowly freezing to death, when it suddenly occurred to me that I could not remember the last time I made a snowman/snowperson. There was plenty of snow on the low wall beside the train track & these are what I made……
An angel & a………….. Fertility figure. They certainly wouldn”t win any sculpture prizes, but I like the basic nature of them & I enjoyed the few minutes I spent forming the snow – they are MY little pieces of art & as I said, they are no more, except in these pictures & my memory.

This week, for the first time in about thirty years, I picked up a paintbrush, dipped it in acrylic paint & put the paint onto pieces of cardboard – I’ve been saving cereal boxes for a while. 🙂 It’s a strange feeling, I’m battling with my inner critic, who takes pleasure in repeating what my art teacher told me all those years ago; “I don’t know why you’re in this class, you’re completely hopeless at art”. So, while thanking the IC for sharing, I tell myself that I am simply playing with the paint; putting colour on card, making shapes & not being concerned with whether or not the end result is any good; in effect, being a child again. So far, so fun!

I’m getting a lot of help from a number of creativity books that I received as Christmas gifts. At the top of my list at the moment is “Taking Flight”, by Kelly Rae Roberts. In many respects, Kelly’s journey mirrors mine, although she is further along the road. She is inspirational & hugely creative. Her book combines her story with that of other artists, as well as easy to follow techniques, which add great depth & layers to her work & I’m excited about trying them for myself. Please visit her site & if you like what you see, you can purchase her pieces & her book is available on Amazon, & no, I am NOT on commission!! 🙂

That’s it for tonight, I’ve waffled on enough. Until next time,

Love & light.