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Friday, 27 June 2014

I'm off to Woolfest...

painted, priced and all set up, leaving chaos and an empty studio in my wake...maybe I'll see you there! It's all looking fantastic!!






See you soon 
xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

a life of pleasure?

ooh yes please!!


Dear friends
I am finding pleasure can come from so many things some little, some large and under the tutorage of Mama Gena I have decided to become a pleasure researcher! find out more here...

So yesterday as my family were off to athletics I headed off for some pleasure...BY MYSELF! Outrageous I know, but as my dear Mother bless her spent her entire life looking after others and doing little for herself I realise that is not the way for me, because by increasing MY pleasure and being happy myself, whatever that means, by reading a book, or eating a little good quality chocolate or listening to some fab music or wearing something that makes me feel good...I fuel myself with Life Force and then I will have so much more to give to others...self love and self care is selfish yes and that is the best way to be for if we first feed love to our selves even more love will spill out to those around us...


so I drove my lovely car (named Miranda! because then every time I get in to drive I smile and relax!) to Penrith and indulged my love of fabrics and bought gorgeous organza and threads, and some lace and delicate material (from charity shops!) for creating beautiful things...


and I wandered round the shops and enjoying the simple sense of freedom with no time limits as the joy of having a 16 year old so I am largely off the mother time constraints...

and then headed to my favourite Larch Cottage nursery for some more pleasure...I have been going there for years for my annual treat...I always buy a little plant or two, but mostly I just enjoy absorbing all the beautful plants set off in the stunning surroundings... carefully designed italienate and slightly crazy 'ruins' abound, imagination and plants running riotously, large and wild, some amazing rare and unusual treasures...inspiring and joyful!
 

 
the gravel filled green zen garden, so peaceful

and pops of colour...




ahh the delicious scent of roses...
 

and these gloriously outrageous peonies...


 and how about this young man loitering in the shrubbery...


and what a pair of beauties...
 

roses to me ARE summer...




there's even a beautifully orderly vegetable garden...



it's seven years just since my Mum passed on and here I have found a the most beautiful scented rose to put in my garden to be 'her' rose..she loved gardening!
 

so I return home refreshed and happy to greet my family and hear of athletic successes...not one but two hurdle races won by my daughter so I am proud indeed! wow!


as I sit in my garden with a cup of tea and look around with new eyes I see all the beauty around me and give thanks...and as ususal there is a cat to show me how to live! just relaxxx...


I hope you have a pleasure filled week, even in small ways as you make food and wash dishes...enjoy!

Emmaxx


Sunday, 8 June 2014

a Spring Fling day out...

The catalogue has been sitting there for weeks and finally the day arrives, Bank Holiday Monday...and unlike last year it isn't pouring with rain...so I jump into my car and head off to Dumfries and Galloway to fill my soul with art! A feast of artist and studios and glorious countryside awaits me...

I always enjoy driving by myself, plenty of music to sing along to (no one to embarrass but me!)...it's amazing how much I was able to fit into one day...driving around and finding little out of the way places and getting to see wonderful art and all kinds of studios...note the photos of floors and paint spattered palettes... this way you get to meet the artists and get a real flavour of how and where they work...


 

Reader, I had a ball, came home exhausted but so happy and inspired, thank you to everyone I met for sharing your work and workspace with all your visitors...and I can't wait for next year!

if you want to check anyone out or plan your own trip please visit the Spring Fling website here

Sunday, 1 June 2014

take an old wool blanket...

add some fabric scraps, needlefelt together and get whizzy with some machine embroidery...have fun...enjoy the process of creating!








is it wrong to love what you make?? hell no, it's therapy and joy and fun and better than chocolate!!

anyone else watching and listening to HAY HOUSE Summit this week...just been watching Loretta Laroche this morning and laughing like a drain...sign up do and get some of her 'juicy living'...

it's made me quite giddy...so now I'm off to dance around the kitchen and do the dishes to some funky music!!

havea great Sunday xx