Sunday 30th April 2017

Words and Pics This Week. 2017.43.

Words and Pics This Week. 2017.43.

It’s been a blah week because of the weather and I have made some time, where I could, to get outside for capturing a snapshot or five. As I do.

Here are some of the pics I took this week…and some words in the captions.

Saturday morning. Driving along and saw how still the water was. I was rewarded with this capture and many others! How amazing is nature!


I’ve grown sweet peas successfully back at our former home so decided this year to give them a go here. Love the sweet pea flower. Memories of childhood and taking flowers to school to the teacher.


My view from our back verandah. The house at the back is unoccupied since it was sold (this is the garage) is very old, made of fibro/asbestos I guess..and this is my view…making it better with trellis added to back fence to coax the sweet peas up!


After a weekend at home because of awful weather I ventured out to see the big seas and high tide at Soldiers Beach.


A walk around the garden and this pattern of raindrops caught my eye.


This 8inx8in mandala on black was both meditative and creative to complete. I could not stop adding to it. It was such fun. Now off to a friend for her to frame to put in her new house!


I hope your week’s been a good one. Mind you, the weather…let’s not talk too much about it shall we?


I am linking to photography friends who host links: Sue and Jen on Friday and over the weekend with Sammie here for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.



What Did You Create This Week? 366/254.

What Did You Create This Week? 366/254.

In the past week what have you created?

It may be that you made a particular meal for the first time.

You may have decided to team accessories in a new way with an outfit.

Maybe you walked outside and took a different walking path so you could enjoy a new view and create memories.

Perhaps you painted something that was both practical and useful but you had fun choosing the colours.

In other words, creativity does not have to be all about music, art, drawing, craft and so on…it can be taking a different path for something that’s been regularly done only one way.

Here’s what I got up to:

  • made a friend two countdown charts for her little ones to be able to mark off the days till Daddy is home
  • completed mandala #70 of 100 which was actually a black and white mandala a while back, but I coloured it
  • changed the way in which I dealt with my ‘lonely day’ on Friday when my hub does his volunteering work
  • listened to a podcast I had not heard before
  • began a new book based on a more spiritual approach to living


So, what do you think you may have created this past week or so?

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P.S. I have a NEW weekly link-up starting here this Monday 12 September called “Life This Week”. There are optional prompts! I hope you will link-up too when you can. Here’s the details from a recent post! 

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Joining the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here this week with The Geeky Shopaholic and also where this link up appears too with Karin here at Calm to Conniption along with Shari from here at Good Food Week.



Creating Art For Stress Release. 366/247.

Creating Art For Stress Release. 366/247.

There are days where doing something art-y is about getting rid of tension and frustration and yesterday was one of ‘those days.’

My need to scribble in Neocolour 11 crayons helped with the actions to ‘unwind’ me from what was troubling me and then as I started to slow down, I could spent time with the water brush.

I also was able to ‘let it dry’ before I got to the next stage with the black outline.

Here are the photos of the stages of the SPRING flowers I did to help me feel better!!

First stage.

Drawing with the crayons. Felt good!


“wetting” the crayon to soften look.


Progress shot – difference between (dry) on left and (wet) on right.


Final Art Piece! SPRING flowers.

Do you ever create this way too?

It really is a good idea!!


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Joining the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here this week with The Geeky Shopaholic and also where this link up appears too with Karin here at Calm to Conniption.

I hope Sammie is having a great time at Disneyland.



Black And White. 366/240.

Black And White. 366/240.

I have much love for the black and white in art and in photography.

I also adore making white on black designs with my signo pen.

My mandala challenge is going well. I’m up to 58/100 today.

Today’s creativity post is celebrating Black and White!

57/100 Mandala

57/100 Mandala


Yet to be posted “mandala” which I may or may not colour-in!


An ‘ode’ to spring’s near arrival


53/100 Mandala. This is a large one. Done on A3 paper.


#muse30 Challenge on Daisy Yellow. Prompt: 21. Dream. I used Aboriginal dreamtime for my inspiration.

Do you like Black and White?


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Joining Sammie for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole over here. 


I.C.A.D. 2016 Is Almost Over! 366/205.

I.C.A.D. 2016 Is Almost Over! 366/205.

And just like that, we are about to enter the final week of the 61 day art/creative challenge, Index-Card-A-Day (I.C.A.D.) for 2016.

I wrote about it earlier this year. I have updated too since then.

Now, I am sharing two collages of cards from I.C.A.D.

It’s been fun and always interesting to see how others decide to create. The restriction is to use the ‘simple, cheap and readily available index (file) card’ which can be ‘small’ at 3X5 inch or ‘larger’ at 4X6 inch. I remain imperial for this as it is a US-based challenge and to be honest, the millimetres does my head in.

Most of the time in 2016 I used the smaller cards. I followed the prompts each time. I mostly used a prepped background card which often helped me decided how to interpret the prompt.

Here they are.


L>R. PROMPTS Rainbow (extra card) Prisms, Meditation, Folk Art, Lens, Surfboard, Yellow



L>R. Aurora Australis, Rainbow-Making Machine, Monochromatic, Play On Words, Lighthouse, Mint, Latitude/Longitude

Have you followed the I.C.A.D. challenge? How was it for you?

Each year I learn something new and I certainly enjoy connecting with artists from around the world.

Again this year I was a moderator on the FB page and we did have a busy time but well worth it. With over 1600 members it is like that! Thanks to Tammy Garcia for her work and her ‘idea’ some years ago now. I would not have the art-confidence I have now without starting at I.C.A.D. in 2013.

Special shout-out to Alicia over at One Mother Hen who also joined in this year and I have so enjoyed seeing her cards which she has on the blog too.


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Joining with Sammie over here for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

And over to Create-With-Joy as well.

Thanks for having me!



Making Magical Mandalas. 366/184.

Making Magical Mandalas. 366/184.

I am hooked.

I have always enjoyed making mandalas in a free-hand drawing kind of way.

But, in the past week or so, thanks to my new book by Kathryn Costa, I have been learning about the geometry and more which help make up the mandalas I am really enjoying.

I was transported back to Year 6 when I began making my first ones with the use of the compasses and a pencil. I recalled how much I loved those patterns!

Here are some of the mandalas I have created since last weekend!


First One. I followed the instructions on this. Did not colour it. A4 page.


Once I drew it via instructions, I also coloured in similar way to the book. A4 size.


Some Instructions followed, used some design ideas from the book. In crayon and texta over that. A5 size.


Fascinated by the notion of this so gave it a go. Made the mandala on cardboard, marked into 30deg segments, then looked for pics in magazines to fit to make a ‘magazine mandala’ A4 size.


Freehand mini in a small 4×6 inch gridded book.


Influenced by a you tube vid then I went ahead and made the biggest one yet. This is A3 size. Coloured in copics.


I told you I was hooked!

I am yet to delve into the meaning behind mandalas and I know there is a spiritual connection. I look forward to learning more. I know that I find the process engaging and mindful!

Have you ever made one of these or coloured one in a book?


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Joining Sammie over here for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

P.S. Did you vote today?

P.P.S. Did you have a sausage sizzle?

Hoping to join in here with Create-With-Joy too.

And on post-Election Monday…I am going to open slather here with Alicia at One Mother Hen



Small Acts Of Kindness. 366/175.

Small Acts Of Kindness. 366/175.

It does not take much effort to be kind.

However, we may not always been in the frame of mind to be kind. I understand that.

Through my meditation practices and learning in recent years I know that to be kind to myself …I can be kind towards others.

I am getting better within myself as I recognise this and need to become less ‘hard on myself’ as my doctor remarked recently!

Beach Writing Yesterday!

Beach Writing Yesterday!

When my art friend Jade, who is now an art therapist put out a call on Facebook for some small cards of encouragement, kindness and greetings to be added to little care packs for individuals doing it tough I said ‘yes’ without hesitation.

The brief was this:

“the cards will go to women and men: homeless people, women in shelters and long term patients in hospital.”

The packages that will have the cards added have more information here.

Here is what I came up with and these twelve cards are now where they are needed, ready to add to the little packs of care.


All twelve ready to go. Made on index cards.

Back of the card

Back of the card


The front of my cards.

How has someone been kind to you recently?

Have you been kind to another?

And…are you being kind to yourself?


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Joining with Anne at Domesblissity on Thriving Thursday

Grace at With Some Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday

Create-With-Joy in Friday too, over here.


Gum Leaves. 366/163.

Gum Leaves. 366/163.

In my creative world this week I continued to make Index Cards each day as I take part on the annual Index Card a day Challenge.

I have found a bit of resistance to new ways of creating because I was  ‘stuck’ I suppose.

When I was driving back to the coast from Dad’s on Thursday I stopped for my usual comfort break at St Ives Showground where there are many trees. I actually enjoy noticing the trees as they change month about and according to the seasons.

Looking at the debris from weekend’s east coast low I saw quite a few leaves attached to part of stems from branches lying on the ground.

Ah, I thought, interesting shapes and maybe I could try to draw and paint these.

So, they came home with me.

It is nowhere near as ‘simple’ as I may have thought to replicate the colours of nature. My art teacher friend is advising me more about this and I have welcomed her help.

But, in the meantime here is what I did create from the gum leaves.


Painting and Model!


Finished painting.


Leaves from a stem I did not use, added as a collage to paint-backed art paper.

So, that’s my latest creations!

Have you been making anything creative this week…art, sewing, knitting, crochet, writing…..?

For those who have a long weekend in Australia – enjoy!


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Joining with the fabulous ladies who host The Ultimate Rabbit Hole and here’s Sammie’s place. 

Popping over to Alicia here for Open Slather. Glad you are enjoying the art over at ICAD, Alicia!