Yikes

this morning awoke at 4.45am.  not unusual for me on these long summer days, I then had the urge to create something, not the usual paper, paint, pencils kind of stuff but some flapjacks !!  Then It suddenly dawned on me I have been in the creative doldrums! Yikes !.  So much of my energy has been consumed by the interior design side of my creativity which has been very much to the forefront these past couple of years, but  that when it comes to my time, the output has almost come to a standstill.

peanut butter and almond flapjacks

Design doldrums, kind of design constipation, but if I am honest the interior design is like a fast flowing river and maybe separating this from my personal work is actually diminishing my talents?.  Maybe it’s not Yikes I am in the doldrums, it’s that I am creating  so much that I need me time to rest . replenish and find inspiration to keep the river flowing

 

The nuts and seeds here, not only look delicious and nutritious, but they are an abundant mass of ideas that inspired me to make an entry on my blog. Nuts and seeds are kernels of ideas, this is where the magic happens and design ideas get triggered.  However this morning “little meeces” came to mind,   I have been invaded by mice, dear sweet faces looking up at me whilst stuffing their faces in my cupboards !!.  I have caught three in a humane trap, but still they come.  They are now bypassing the trap and  gnawing their way through hard plastic containers,plastic lids and having a feast !!  3/4 jar of peanut butter and a whole untouched jar of Nutella whilst away this week !!  I love mice, had them a pets when a child, but having them cheerily peeking at me from my food cupboards is getting a bit much.  Going to bait up my trap with some of my flapjacks, all the things they love here, so keeping fingers crossed I can catch the blighter’s.

 

Have to save some for me !  especially as they contain wonderful golden  honey from my daughters bees !!

1 1/2  cups of toasted whole rolled oats

1 cup of whole toasted almonds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1  1/2 cups dates, sour cherries and barberries (combined)  dates only whizzed to a paste in blender

1/4 cup of whole Earth crunchy peanut butter ( heated until runny with the honey)

1/4 cup of Honey

Combine all, flatten in an oiled tin and refrigerate. When cold slice

Be warned, put in a small tin so they are at least 1.5-2cm thick, too thin they fall apart.

also they are very morish so cut and put in a tin out of site, and bring out one with a coffee.  If you don’t it will disappear in a flash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart growth

Recently I had an angiogram at the new local hospital, seeing my heart on the screen I hadnt realised that the arteries looked like the branches of a tree.  Thankfully the consultant told me ‘GOOD NEWS” so very relieved, but it all this got me thinking and researching and being creative.

We are literally just like a tree inside, the heart is our tree of life, and its something I just cannot stop drawing.  I started drawing a “heart” before I went to the hospital, it helped me to understand what was going on but then I wanted to draw a happy, supported and nurtured heart, one that thinks, is full of love and is abundant in all ways.

This is my latest offering.

 

 

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Happiness, a special gift, from a special friend

What gratitude I have for my dear friend SP who gave me a plant pot recently and told me “to water it and you will have a lovely surprise”.  After a week of careful nurturing and watching and waiting, a huge green been shape thing forced its way up through the soil.  Then miraculously in three days this very stong  shoot revealed a word that made me feel very warm and smiley.  What  a wonderful friend, who went to all this trouble…..

It always amazes me, the miracle of life, as it springs forth………………

Morphing 7


this image was part of a morphing series which started out as small eggs, all I could do for a few weeks was to draw these shapes. They were full, ripe, bursting to take on a new life, but frustratingly I could not seem to move. Then one day, I drew them with sprouting life, like seeds germinating, the floodgates opened and the small egg shaped “seeds” grew long tendrils, and gradually morphed into fluid body shapes . Unusually never with heads, just long “searching” tendrils, both male and female forms who nurtured “eggs” of their own,

This time I felt the need to create a tributary, take one of the images into a new direction, chose morphed image no. 7 and these are the results

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A path well travelled

 carols-personal-mapI haven’t posted much in terms of my artistic creativity of late, have been busy creating in other areas of my life.

There are many seeds that are constantly being planted deep within, some are small and need constant tending to enable them to flourish and burst through into bloom, some have vigorous growth, some are dormant having spent all their energy on seeding themselves, resting and restoring their energy.  Some have strong roots and healthy growth that have flowered and are now bearing fruit.  As you can see by my image, there is abundant growth that constantly changes, this was actually done in 2006, if I were to to do this again the paper would have to be huge, so much has grown, born fruit and self seeded !!

One of those strong root systems with loads of new shoots that are bearing fruit is a PATH WELL TRAVELLED.  This path has been a long journey in finding me, a healing journey for many, many years, leading me to numerous adventures, teachings, teachers, therapists, workshops, training, research and books.  The path has led me far and wide, Hawaii, India, California, Egypt, China, Mongolia, to name but a few, a rich tapestry of colourful experiences.  Two of the most significant shoots that set me seeing my world differently and ultimately changed the course of my life is The Hoffman Process And  The Four Winds Society Healing the light body school, culminating in myself and two fellow graduates creating magnificent fruit in the form of our own collective teaching and workshops, LIVING ENERGY HEALING http://www.livingenergyhealing.com

During 2008 we helped many people through an energetic process that has allowed us to sow seeds for them, to see that they too can grow them and bear fruit and stand in their own true power.  For 2009 and beyond we are in the midst of producing a series of workshops THE WAY OF THE SHAMAN to help even more people start that journey.

I also do shamanic energy work on a one to one basis and remotely by phone, please visit my site at http://www.livingenergyhealer.com for more details

I will not die an unlived life

In the summer of 2008 I spent a magical weekend with friends at Glastonbury, Isle of Avalon.

During the weekend I was read this poem, it really touched me,  at that time I had drawn a whole series of sketches, one seemed to illustrate these words perfectly………….   what do you think?  The poem is by Dawna markova, a lady who has single handedly changed the live of so many.  see her blog at http://dawnamarkova.blogspot.com/

morphing-27-small-file-72dpi1I will not die an unlived life.

I will not live in fear of  falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible;

to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom,

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

 

by Dawna Markova

 

 

marmalade and inspiration

 

img_1477Mmmmm, you just cannot beat it, this is how I usually start my day………..  Marmalade, the orangey sweetness with a real sharp tang of juicy seville oranges, just delicous.  It needs to be spooned  over lurpak slightly salted butter  spread on really crunchy toast.  This morning whilst sipping a large steaming cup of columbian flavours, looking out of my window I began to think about the time of year, how its a beautiful clean sheet, everything wiped clean for the year ahead………  How its time to water the growing seeds within, the creative seeds, the burgeoning strengths I have here that have been left to stagnate for many years.  This year is the year they will come to the forefront of my life instead of  letting them sit within the wilderness……  My interior design business is now a more balanced part of my life, I can have both ! ……….  that is a good feeling.  My biggest seeds of all are my two very adult children whom I love dearly, but I have so much more, my new attempts at paper cutting, photography, clay sculpture, drawing and sketching in oil pastels, writing, its all so exciting.  Etsy, and new people I have met through the blog have been so inspiring to me, a big thankyou to Elsita for starting me on the road of paper, its magical.  Even think I may open an Etsy shop!!