The end of 2017 was a bit of a blur... we madly packed and moved interstate!
I used my One Little Word 'JOY' right to the end and now I welcome my new word 'KINDNESS' into 2018.
I always do a little purchase of an item each month of the year but this year I am just going to share a little tale from a little book "Make the most of you' each month. I hope you will enjoy them. Value your loved ones:
It seems so obvious.
But how often do we take our
dearest ones for granted?
Remember how they have supported us
at times when nobody else would.
Think of how they form part of the fabric of our lives.
Take time to tell them how much you love them.
Treasure the time you have with them.
'Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.'
My first flower for 2017 arrived via a different way than expected last night. While out walking in the evening with hubby, we passed a small group of teenage boys. When one stood in front of me and asked would you like this FLOWER. I, of course, couldn't refuse such a lovely item from a sweet fellow. He was so darn polite in the asking. It is a lightish yellow with a touch of pink in the center. A beautiful summer flower called a hibiscus.
I have held my one little wordSTILL close to my heart this year., and I learnt a lot from bringing Stillness within my heart and actions over the last 12 months. As I leave 2016 and go into 2017 I have chosen the word JOYto carry throughout the new year. I am a little sad to let go of the Stillness that walked with me in 2016 but I look forward to sending out JOY to all and living by Richard Wagners quote 'Joy is not in things but is in us' Have the Happiest 2017 blog readers. This year I will be looking out for Flowers as my little personal shopping item across the year and I have choosen YELLOW as the yearly colour. It is such a happy Joyful colour.
My word for 2016 has been 'STILL' so when this little quote popped up in a little online class. I knew I had to save it to my blog. I choose to still my mind & actions this year, next year I will be returning with a different word. I have been purchasing a few birds as the year flowed by... Will share a photo of them when I get around to taking a photo. My camera has been sitting gathering dust, along with a lot of crafty stuff. I slowly return to a digital world.... I have been letting go of a lot of my personal stuff and making a simple less cluttered home. Looking forward to keeping my word STILL until 2017 rolls around, it's been wonderful to let my mind still and not stress about blogging or keeping up with the JONES in the crafty world....
I thought I would post a little about myself to requaint you with me.... :)
What is your name and profession?
My name is Lucy O'Malley-Powter, I am -- years young. My profession? I have a dream to create, as I want to be a graphic/creative designer! So I am a STUDENT who is studying the fundamentals of design to make it happen...
Tell me about the place that you call home and how it inspires your work?
I reside on the beautiful Central Coast in New South Wales Australia, which for me has a huge influence on my work, it is such a unique and exciting environment, it has the feel of a small coastal town but has the innovation of a big city. It’s a perfect place for a creative to constantly feel inspired.
Do you have a favourite little escape or local hangout?
If I’m not at the beach or sitting down close to the lake by the jetty, you’ll find me at a local cafe within a short stroll from my house, it has amazing coffee.
When do you work best? I’m very guilty of being a night owl when it comes to my creative work, I find it hard to sit at my computer inside if it’s a beautiful day outside, I'm easily distracted (sigh)....
My 2016 mantra is “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” Victor Hugo
I have been debating if to climb out of my rabbit hole in 2015 or wait until 2016 but I decided to wait until in the New Year. I do need to move from the rabbit hole to the big gum tree on the very top branch in 2016. I have dreams to create, and they will not happen in a rabbit hole.
I want to be a bird looking down into my lane not holed up in a rabbit hole in the ground, which I did create for myself in the lane. Gee wiz I didn't surface to write a single post in 2015 after January. Now that 2016 is here, you will find me in my nest within that beautiful gum tree here in the lane. I need to SING again so sing I will...
I did follow through on purchasing GREEN CUPs in 2015,... I have 4 new cups: 2 stuffed with pens & paint brushes, 1 is for chinise tea and the other is a special gift from my best best friend. I couldn't believe that she choose me this special gift without knowing my theme, and it is the right colour too. Trish doesn't do the internet thing and I hadn't mentioned it to her at all... You have gotta love it when those sort of things happen... I heart her to bits, she is a beautiful friend who has stuck by me like for ever.
My theme for 2016 is going to be BLUE (my happy colour) and I am going to fly and search out some feathered friends to share the branch in my big gum tree...
Oh My I do love my very first green cup purchase for 2015. I do know they really are not a coffee cup but they are a tea light cup.... And I just couldn't walk pass them for $2.50 each. They called out to me. It was the birds you see, they whistled at me :) :) I had to have each colour and they will look awesome lined up on my craft table.
The other photo is of our new dinning table set, the real reason we went to town to shop. Now we have some where that allows guesses to share a coffee with us instead of squeezing them on the outdoor setting. We can pull this one out and add the other two chairs when needed.
As I move into 2015, I want to keep my little purchasing idea... One item under $20.00 in a colour theme every now & then. I have been wondering what I should aim to purchase for my HOME over the next 12 months on a whim.I want to set a theme instead of random items, though I enjoyed the hunt, the I spy a white item that took my eye. I ended up with a little bunch of lovely items that I wouldn't have had if not for this little gift purchase for myself.
I couldn't decide on the colour theme, to start with so I decided to go with a colour that POPPED up on the next blog I entered. It was GREEN so I am running with that... I want to keep with the coffee part of the challenge that I used in 2014 as it is something I enjoy so so much. In 2015 I will be hunting down GREEN COFFEE CUPS. Any shape & size but the twist is that they must be a coffee cup that I can use on my desk to store paint brushes or pens etc. :) :) I LOVE that idea!!! It is something for me alone, a keepsake for my HOME.
I still need to loose a number of Kilos to get back to my healthy weight again, so that is my resolve for the next 12 months, but I want to enjoy food again instead of struggling week after week like I did this year so I want to move back into the Kitchen this year so each month I am going to find a desert & cook it (I will blog the results) but I will OWN the challenge again of loosing weight just for me.
I love this quote & it is going to be my Mantra for 2015
My last WHITE purchase item for 2014 had to be this beautiful white bird to hang on the tree, I think he will stay on my shelf and remain with the other items in my craft room at the end of the Christmas season.
This year my theme here in my blog was all about a coffee break...
You may have remembered my coffee cup showing up on a few posts here & there. So I have designed a new design for 2015.... I am going to go with the design of houses & with that home scrapping will hopefully be something I can get back into.
And the last symbol/logo below is hopefully going to be added when I do a Digital layout... Love the whimsical feel to these ideas. It is so so me! :)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year dear blog lurkers. Stay happy xxx
The following photos are from the Bondi yearly 'Sculptures by the Sea' We meet our beautiful Son & spent hours walking along the shore line viewing the wonderful art. It was a wonderful display & even better having my two favourite men along.
While on my coffee break I have created the following pages :)
This is a framed scrapping page that I created for Margaret as a gift on her retirement this week.
This is another frame I scrapped for Elaine who also retired last month. Yes they are all departing after being with the company for quite a number of years. We are all taking guesses at who will be next :) :)
Wow it has been ages since I posted any status reports to my blog......
Op's that is a big SORRY! from me, life has just slipped by so so fast. I went off to our National Capital for a visit to my twin in early August, it is a wonderful place and I was able to catch up with my nephew who I haven't seen for years & years. All their children are young grown adults so it was really sweet to touch base with them all again.
On the creative front... There is not much doing at all, with the healthy kick I have been on, I haven't had time to open the program let alone create. I only have 4 layouts to speak of and they have been of the paper kind. Two have already been given away for a friend as a gift (Leanne I forgot to take a photo of them), the other two need a photo taken and as I dropped my camera while down in Canberra and the lens will not open & now my phone has decided to stop... I have no means to take a photo of any kind at all at the present. I'm not having much luck with techie items at the moment. It is so sad :( I do have a number of layouts floating around in my mind, so I am trying to factor a time into the planner to just open Photoshop & play to my heart's content. (once I get the TAX done for the 4 people on my LIST).
What have I been doing on my coffee break well I have been off enjoying the world of scrapping Project Life. I went off to a retreat to see if I could kick start my MOJO and to learn how to start this type of scrapping as I have had 2 full kits sitting in my stash unopened (Pulling a SAD face here). The retreat was a total eye opener on so many levels... I meet a bunch of wonderful scrappers & became one of the flock at Scrapbooking from scratch Honestly you need to check this on-line shop out. Peta is one very cool/sweet person. With the size of the participant's at retreat being over 60 scrappers, there was nothing left undone or not thought of.... HONEST it was a totally AWESOME!!! weekend of laughter & scrapping and I'm signing on for next year.
I’m not posting on a regular schedule. I love blogging. And ever since I started blogging, I’ve noticed that posting on a regular schedule really helps with my creativity. But here’s the thing: I’m working on getting healthy and fit, so now that regular schedule takes away from the time I have to write blog posts. So for the time being, I’m throwing out the schedule and posting when I have something awesome to say/record in a blog post. I will be putting a few photos up from our holiday to Britain & Paris over the next couple of days. We took over a 1000' or more of those, so I may as well share a few more here not just on face book. I haven't had much time to scrap any of them, as it was straight back to work for me, and after laying on the kilos since arriving home, I need to take a reality check and get those kilos off as they are causing me grief with my health The tip of the Virgin Plane out the window of the Plane when we flew to Hong Kong, it was the last fight for Virgin on this leg. Australia to Hong Kong. (Virgin have discontinued this leg. They no longer fly to or from Australia via Hong Kong ). We had to return via a Qantas Plane, loved that it was called GOSFORD being close to were we live :)
Life has been flat out for me... It seems like I am on auto pilot - I am on fast forward without a rewind button! In between all the craziness, I've had the joy of attending a most relaxing retreat at the Northern Beaches in Sydney. I created only 3 layouts the whole long weekend but I also created a beautiful little travel journal for our up coming overseas adventure in May. Still need to take photos. We then returned to Sydney for our darling boys birthday... We went off for a special dinner at the restaurant called BLACK at the Star Casino building. No we didn't attend the casino. It was a magic night. we also trooped off to check out the markets, WOW how crazy is the fruit market in there. VERY!!!
Also these Rino's are appearing in all sorts of different spots in the City & even in far flung small towns out west... but what a beautiful splash of colour :)
My first White Item for less then $20.00, I purchased for the house is a Hour Glass Oil Burner on special from the body shop back in January so that I can simply enhance the mood within, but it found a home in my craft room... shhhhh!
At the present moment I am burning orange & lavender oils with a dash of frankincense. Blissful! :) :) Now I'm on the hunt for my item for February...
I've been scrapping in paper & digital land :) :) such a lovely change to dashing here & there. I finally took a photo of my grateful jar, were I write little notes on little tag strips of things that bring me pleasure over the next 12 months and I will open & read them on New years day.... such a sweet idea, and easy to keep up. I love scrapping easy to do off the page items. My photo here is a bit wishy washy as I took it at night time. sorry.
Below is the yearly digital layout to mark, our wedding anniversary, which happens to be on Australia day back in January. 34 wonderful years. I am trying to journal more on my layouts this year.
The weight loss zeroed out for both January & February. I lost 1.4 kg over two weeks so thought woo hoo! how good is that, but then in the next 3 weeks gained it all back again. I did have a over all loss but only a smidgen like .3 Not being able to hit the gym is doing me in.
Not a real lot happening here in the lane (village), other then me heading out to appointment after appointment for my rehabilitation, to get me better after my operation.... It seems it is the only thing I am doing after going to work each day. I didn't really realise it would be such a slow slow process. It has put a big dent in my creative process. I haven't had much time to create in digital land.
I did start a small patchwork table cloth (which hubby had to cut out for me). It has been slow going with the machine quilting, but it will soon be completed. Sadly what should have been a one day project has taken weeks. It will look awesome on my little outdoor setting so that will make up for the pain. :)
Update on the weight challenge... last week I lost the money for this month, as I gained .3 grams but so far I have lost over all, to the tune of at least 1kg or more. I will be back to record the full month when I weigh in tomorrow for the last time for January. Keeping my fingers crossed that I didn't gain again xxx
I have purchased my first WHITE item for my home, now I need to take a photo of it. :) which will happen tomorrow now.
I'm a girl who LOVEs coffee! so while I was sitting in my craft room today drinking my brew, I decided to set up a couple of personal challenges for me to do in 2014....
1) Is to get off my butt and get back to my GOAL weight before my accident, I was under 60 kilos now I'm well over & not in the healthy range for my height. I am a shorty!!!. To help me on my way I have created a reward system. I've put a little (a whole lot) of cash into a jar. Now the challenge I must meet is to loose 1kg each month to earn my reward of a given $ amount to spend on a gift just for me. (So I must not put any weight on at all). If I don't reach this target then the money will end up with a children's charity. Easy you think, not if your restricted in the type of exercise you can do because of your type of injury & the operation you underwent a short time ago. So at the moment I can only walk for exercise & do light rehab strength exercises as set by my physiotherapist but I sure can cut out fatty & unhealthy foods. From time to time I will post how I am going.... I've set the time span of January to May 2014 to lose at least 10 kilos before our big trip to England. Hubby is going to keep me honest & will dish the cash out either way. I am not going to FAIL :) :)
2) As I am making a NEW home here in the Village I thought it would be nice to do a little challenge like the
that I did in 2012 but with a big twist. This time I will only purchase WHITE items & they must be for the HOUSE to give the place a sprouse up & a little character & I will restrict the spending amount to under $20.00.... Also I'm playing along with this idea.
This isn't my jar I don't know who own's it!
3) A distant family member put a challenge out to us all on facebook about keeping a grateful jar (yes another jar). This one I've scrapped as you have to write & place little stripes of paper or tags into the jar with what you are grateful for during the year as they happen in your life... At the end of December you will be able to open it up & read & remember all the good stuff that happened in your year.
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I've been scrapping my jar & doing a digital layout & I also have a journal cover gessoed ready to paint & scrap. Did I tell you that I plan to scrap a lot lot more memories this year. I've started :) :) :)