Creative Fun – Mini Canvas Art – Button Love

Sometimes it’s nice to create something for no other reason than an impulsive urge and just for fun!

As you know, I love buttons and incorporate them (usually as embellishments) into my creative endeavours wherever I can. But here I decided to show them even more love and let them take centre stage.
I’ve painted a mini canvas and given it a bit of a grungy antiqued look with paint and walnut ink, a scrap of lace and floral paper, wording Love, rose themed ribbon trim and at the centrepiece are two buttons – one wooden concaved yellow and a luscious red heart. A coat of protective gloss medium was applied to the canvas after painting.
There you go!  Next time you get a creative urge, please do follow that impulse – you don’t need to be a formally trained artist or creative, just relax, go dig out your paints, magazine cuttings, buttons, fabric or whatever and let yourself just go with the flow……and have fun! 

Wonder Hill High Market – Saturday, 3rd December 2011

Tomorrow I shall be at Wonder High Hill Market (The Miller, near Borough Market). 
Will be selling my button and cabochon jewellery at sale cost.  Why? because in the new year all such jewellery will be moved out of my shop on Etsy, as I focus more on the gemstone, pearls and crystal bead jewellery I’ve been making of late.

 If you are in the area, do pop in and say hello!

Collage Gift Tags

Ok, I admit it, I am a bit of a hoarder.   But, I’ve found use for some of the bits n pieces from my hoard you will be pleased to know!  I created some ‘inspirational’ collage gift tags.  Some of them contain digital images I recently purchased.  These tags are now for sale in my Etsy shop……..and yes, I’ll be making more of them 🙂

Rose Geranium Bath Salts – Soak Away The Stress Of The Day

As you know, I love roses, how they look as well as how they smell.   So……I’ve just been shopping and treated myself.  

  Come on now….how could I resist  Sarah of SweetSallysSoaps  (who has been making handmade organic soaps, lotions, perfumes, and bath bombs and other awesome goodies  for the last 6 years) enticing description: 

” Soak away the stress of the day. Rose geranium essential oil is known for stress relief and elevating your mood. Not to mention it smells delightful. Dead Sea salts are therapeutic for your skin and great for relieving tried muscles.
Himalayan pink salt is considered to be the purest salts available. It is mined in the Himalayan Mountains. It has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements.
Add desired amount to a warm bath and soak away. Your skin, body and mind will be happy you did”.

Could you have resisted?

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll upon the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play:
So just let me be beside the seaside
I’ll be beside myself with glee….

Written and Composed by John A. Glover-Kind (1907)


Yes, I do like to be beside the seaside, so that is where I was, in Brighton with my DB at the weekend for my birthday.

We went down on the Friday… rained.  It was also cold and windy!

Yay! the sun came out on Saturday 🙂  and yes, we did stroll along the prom….although….there was no brass band playing.

Fish n chips? Of course we had Harry Ramsden's

Others enjoyed the sun too!!

Our hotel

Former Royal Residence (The Royal Pavillion) next time I'm in Brighton I must find time to go inside and have a look around

Time for coffee

...and yummy homemade organic carrot cake

and explore the Lanes

How could I not treat myself to some fabric, buttons and beads!

New Year Resolutions

The start of a new year…a time to let go of what is old and a time to renew ourselves, open upto new experiences and ways of being.

At this time of the year many people make resolutions.  Personally, I prefer not to use the term ‘resolution’ as it reminds me of so many times in the past when I would have a mental list of around 8 or 10 resolutions and was lucky – if by the end of the year I’d managed to achieve even one of them!  Why?  Because, like many people, I made the mistake of relying solely on  my willpower,  as well as  keeping a lot of it in my head and having no real game plan, nor of really examining if the steps I was taking would really help me to achieve what I wanted to achieve or whether they were setting me up for failure!

For instance, I would take out a membership at a gym, attend a few sessions and then give up or let myself become easily distracted by being ‘too tired’ to go, after a hard day at work, or because of a multitude of other reasons…..does this sound familiar to you?

It took me a long time to realise  (and accept) that actually, going to the gym was not really ‘my cup of tea’.  Experience has shown and taught me that I’m more apt to stick with exercising if it is something I actually enjoy and come away from the activity exhilerated and full of energy (i.e an egyptian belly dance or bollywood style dance class) or as in the case of my once weekly pilates class – feeling stretched, graceful and serene.

Now, this was all before I got into reading a lot of self-development books and learning about things like positive affirmations,  the law of attraction, visualisation, journalling, life mapping and so much more.  This was long before I became a life coach and really got to understand the concept of goal setting.

Tomorrow, I want to share with you 10 ways to help you keep your resolutions that I recently came across.