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Monday, 20 July 2015

Sunshine and flowers...

but not a beach in sight on a hot sunny day in Blackpool! Stanley Park some of you I'm sure may know, hosts an excellent running track and stadium, and it was there that we found ourselves last Sunday to watch daughter mine doing a brilliant 100m hurdles and a 400m hurdle and 400m relay! All exiting stuff. I love watching all the young people taking a pride in their fitness, skill and ability, all in such a good natured and sporting way no matter who wins, and seeing the months of training in all weathers pay off!

sorry no photos....she moves too fast!

and in between watching I had a lovely time wandering round the park and gardens, even catching a cool band in the bandstand, lots of families out enjoying the weather, ice creams and small children on scooters, (I want one!) boats on the boating lake, all of life was out to enjoy the day. I found quiet corners and even lay on the park bench looking up at blue skies and seagulls...it was as good as a holiday!


and my artist's eye was caught by so many beautiful inspiring shapes, colours and textures in the gardens...














just to prove it really was Blackpool...


and back at home we have 12 ducklings to raise, bought as the cutest day old hatchlings they're now 21/2 weeks old...growing larger by the hour...


we've never had such a large brood before and it's such fun to watch them zoom about, pecking in the grass and then moving as one duck they run to hide from 'dangers'...they're currently out in a large pen, having been in by the Aga for a week and then in my studio for a week as the only place large enough and safe for them! Ahem, I am glad to be back in my creative space, without peepings and strange smells...so that's why there's been no making this week! 

and it's the start of the summer holidays so who knows what's going to happen round here...
 


hope you're enjoying your summer holidays too, rain or shine!



Emma xx



Friday, 10 July 2015

what's my story this week?

sometimes I know exactly what I'm going to post about, other times I just start off and like when I just allow the process of my making to show me the way, I just let the words appear and see what they say and where they lead me...


and then the images will pop up too and some coherence of thought may emerge...or not! As I travel along my life path I seem to be truly learning that less is more, and that quiet and calm can create as much joy as bouncing around and trying to 'make' something happen, seems to be the more I just allow and receive, the more things just flow...my mantra of  



"I love the ease of my world"

(thanks to Abraham Hicks for that one!)covers all eventualities and smooths the way nicely...



I have been doing a lot of reading in books and online and new ways to live keep finding me, new thoughts and ideas float to me...and I just love what comes along... 

learning about neuro movement and neuro plasticity, science meeting meditation, the power of our minds and brains and bodies

the power of sitting for half an hour doing nothing, the power of attention and focus, doing things differently, doing things which are scary...

the power of just being...of being kind and being gentle, but having strength when I need it

listening in and doing what comes to me rather than doing what I think needs doing...
 



so today started with a green juice and millet/quinoa porridge, in the quiet of the kitchen...and I was inspired then to clear the dishes and put in the washing, wash and dress...and spend a little time on the computer, yes, facebook, yes blog...and then who knows...

  
so some doing of necessities but also some doing of nothing...some resting, some music, some dancing or walking, trying to be more childlike in how I view the wonders of the world, having fun, I'm so over endlessly planning the next thing when I could just be enjoying the moment I'm in...and see how it expands for me...focussing on pleasure...



it takes practise but I'm getting better at it...

and maybe it will help me create even more beauty for the world, as being myself is the best I can be...

have a beautiful Friday my friends...

with love


Emmaxx


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Art in The Pen

summer days and a rest...this week has been strange as daughter mine has been away for a few days with school looking at potential universities...and I have made the most of this sudden freedom, whilst acknowledging the big change ahead and the emotional responses to that, it has been a rather lovely simple week, with some glorious hot weather and the luxury of just being outdoors, with bare skin!! The garden is floriferous...



I have done as little as possible, recovering from Art in The Pen, and the many months of thought and preparation that went into it. C-art is not yet on the horizon and I decided it was time to let go and just relax. I have tidied little bits here and there, I have gently sorted and hoovered my daughter's bedroom, I have eaten delicious salads in the garden, read a novel, watched day time tv (how shocking!) and generally tried to be as lazy as possible!

it's strange to think that just a couple of weeks ago I was at Art in The Pen...once I was set up I had a wonderful time networking and chatting, and I was delighted to have so much space around my stall, positively luxurious...



there are some talented people out there, working in such a wide variety of media...
 
Jane O'Neill with her Abundant Glass designs...

Keith Shorrocks who makes beautiful wood even more so...



Julie Gibson...stunning designs in glass mosaics


Jan Huntley-Peace...delicate ceramics, jewellery in wire and beads



Helen Russell's fun creations in ceramic and fabric...



Elizabeth Shorrocks always original and delightful in paper and stitch



Diane Jones with her beautful printing, dyeing, devore and stitch...




and in a totally different scale the sculptural work of David Singleton...



Christine Bowron paints in unforgettable joyful colour...


and Bridget Wilkinson's jolly seaside pictures and wee wooden houses caught my eye...



and Wendy Ann Stanger, another lass from the North East, working in a unique way with dried flowers, silk fleece and stitch...




and beautiful floral art from Vivienne Cawson...


and there was of course much more...too much to show and tell...

have a really relaxing weekend...daughter mine is off with her Dad to pick up 12 day old ducklings so I may have some cute photos to share next time!


Emma xx