100 things to do in 2015! (Okay, 21)

 

Hello chickedy chickpea chickens!

What do you think of my little gift basket that was auctioned for charity by the Barcelona Women’s Network?  I might start selling gift baskets in my shop, I think they look quite sweet.

So, all set with the resolutions?

Inspired by Leonie Dawson (that woman is a true goddess genius) I present to you my random list of things to do in 2015.  I’ve been making these lists for about 3 years now, and when I’m not feeling too overwhelmed, they seem to work!

This year I’m going to post my list up on the pinboard above my desk so I can see it every day and remind myself of stuff I would like to do this year (is that weird? Do I really need reminding of things I myself want to do?)

Well actually yes I think so!  It’s helpful to see something physically, especially if you are a visual person, and I believe the list will act as an aid to planning and organising my life and scheduling stuff on my calendar (a resolution in itself that I’m determined to carry out).

I’m the sort of person that panics about making sure I maximise the use of my free time, trying to ensure (manically) my time is used in the best possible way.  Ah, how very relaxing!  What a completely first world problem to have.  Anyway, we’ll see how this goes….

Things to do in 2015

(in Leonie’s workbooks she suggests writing 100 things, but I’ve found that to be a touch too overwhelming)

1.  Get a new computer.

2.  Make yoga a regular practice.  (Do you know doyogawithme?  Amazing free online classes!  Thanks Cath for the tipoff!)

3.  Continue to shun normal high street shops when buying clothes.  Second hand, charity shops, Etsy or small cool shops selling clothes handmade in Barcelona is the way to go for me.  (Read To Die For.  This book prompted my decision)  Still need to solve where to get underwear from though!  Any ideas?

4.  Write my journal regularly, at least 3 times a week.  Cheaper than therapy and probably just as effective.

5.  Continue with therapy.  Ha ha!

6.  Drink hot water and lemon first thing in the morning.  (That old chestnut has been on my list a few year’s running.  Starts off well then always seems to peter out…

7.  Create 12 collages.

8.  Give Poppy and Jamie regular massages (just did a wee course and ’twas so simple and lovely!)

9.  Take myself out of the equation and stop shouting when Jamie is playing up.

10.  Start a proper bookkeeping system for This Rosy Life.

11.  Start selling wholesale on Etsy.

12.  Read Show you work.

13.  Do Poppy’s baby book.

14.  Practise Whimsical Lettering exercises.

15.  Get on Instagram

16.  Delve about in Pinterest a bit more.

17.  Watch Mayi Carles videos on Youtube.  I love her!

18.  Use my lovely Parker pen and not balk at 5 euro ink refills every couple of weeks.  It’s in keeping with the idea of using beautiful quality things as everyday objects instead of saving them for ‘best’ or keeping them hidden unused and unloved in a drawer.

19.  See Sophie and have ninja productivity dates with her.

20.  Do ‘blog hop’ blog post.

21.  Buy myself some flowers.  (Already done this one, hooray!)

I love how I’m posting this in February.  I started writing it in January though, so it doesn’t count.

Big creative love,

Jenny xx

PS.  Check out my Etsy shop here.

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Favourite things week 42

winter wedding card picmonkey flowers

Right I’m getting organised!

My mailing list subscription is up and running and I’m using the week of the year number in my blog post title!  There is literally no stopping me.

I’m also giving birth either this week or next Tuesday, so that actually might stop me a little bit, but hey you do what you can.

I’m going to start back with my favourite things/gratitude/happy lists at the beginning of each week, and keep it up each week.  This is my public declaration so please feel free to pipe up and hold me accountable if I start to slack (which I won’t, now I’ve said all that.  Will I?)

So onwards and upwards!

Not sure what’s come over me today, it must be the hormones.

Here’s my list (week 42, as I mentioned before)

(I love knowing what week of the year it is, it makes me feel like a different person.) (Can you put brackets back to back like this?) (Who cares, it’s week 42!)

Favourite things list:

♥ Essential oils ♥  Japanese fabric collage (I’ll take photos when I can) ♥ The above collage which I turned into a winter wedding card ♥ Jamie’s LOVELY new school teacher ♥ French graphic novel (ok comic to you Joe) birthday present from Sophie ♥ crunching ice (the only craving I’ve had this pregnancy; I’m quite pleased it didn’t turn out to be something really depraved like sardines with chocolate mousse or something) ♥ Castelldefells beach and this chiringuito ♥ Ghosts of Spain book (FINALLY read it after 7 years of wanting to) ♥  balmy October beach weather – although having said that I’m looking forward to autumn which hasn’t arrived yet, it’s too hot and I want to put the duvet back on the bed!!  Hey you know it’s always about the little things!  ♥ Feeling equipped and organised with lots of baby handmedowns, street finds (hello perfect condition good make carseat!) and second hand bargains ♥ solo cinema trips (will try to squeeze another one in this week) ♥ solo Arabic baths visits ♥ yoga dvds,♥ lunches out ♥ getting to 101 items in my Etsy shop, woohoo!!!

Yes I feel like I’ve made the most of my 4 weeks of free time.  Now how much more will I get…?

Hope this finds you well and happy and skipping about in crunchy autumn leaves.

Big love and pumpkin lattes to you (I must try one of these coffees that everyone seems to be obsessed with at the moment),

Jenny xx

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11 Non-fiction books that will make your life better!

fave spiritual books

 

Entirely subjective, of course!

I won’t review them, but a few comments, as I can never resist giving my opinion he he 🙂

(Which is something I’ m working on actually:  listening without commenting, or trying to fix, summarise or find a solution.)

So...’Living out loud’ is my all time Keri Smith book.  It is full of creative projects and ideas to fuel your creativity and discover more about yourself.  Includes loads of her drawings, stickers and free postcards!  She’s got a great blog too, with absolutely no adverts on it even though she’s so popular now she could be making millions.  A woman with a lot of integrity, say I.

”The gifts of imperfection’ – basically about accepting yourself as a HUMAN and loving yourself and others.  She writes really clearly.  This is a book I need to read at least 10,000 times.

‘You can heal your life’ – empowering but a bit scary because she says it’s ultimately our responsibility to deal with whatever it is we have in our lives, and whatever is in our lives is there because we put it there through a series of choices and behaviour.

I know ‘The Secret’ is a bit controversial, and I avoided it forever in a snobby manner, but you can take from it what you want, and I found some useful messages in there.  Plus the fact it’s repeated over and over kind of makes it sink in.

‘Love is letting go of Fear’ was one of the first ‘self-help’ books I read.  It is such a classic, I need to revisit it soon.  He speaks about the opposite of love being fear rather than hate, and how basically the emotions we feel are variants of either love or fear.  It makes a lot of sense and is written really compassionately.

Well you know how I feel about SARK, anything by her or Julie Cameron is an absolute winner. Ditto Caroline Myss.

What makes me really excited in this day and age is how most if not all of these authors have websites and blogs and YouTube channels, giving us so much more inspiration and resources and links for free!!

Have I missed any essentials?  Let me know your favourites too!

Big bountiful love my fairy cakes,

Jenny xx

Things to remember when buying handmade!

things to remember

 

These pearls of wisdom were on the Etsy forums the other day, original source unknown.

I made them into a mini poster, feel free to share!  (You might need to enlarge it a bit first if you want to print it out)

Happy hump day!

Jenny xx

Click here to visit my Etsy cards and art shop!

Etsy love!

etsy banner new

 

Hello dearest gorgeous beautiful cherubs

This is my new Etsy banner, thought I’d show it to you here so you can see what you think…

I’m almost happy with it, the whimsical face is a bit pixelated so I’ll change that I think.  I really like the colours.

Created once again on the marvellous Picmonkey!

Continuing with the Etsy theme, I’ve just come across Handmadeology, a wonderful site that I’m probably the last to know about, which gives loads of tips for improving your Etsy shop and selling handmade.  I also learned about this great tool for sharing Etsy treasuries, which I am about to put to use here:

(YAY!!  It actually worked!  Go me with my non-techie ways!)

 

‘Mixed MEDIA Darlings’ by Irrationalartscom

Gorgeous and so colorful mixed media prints.


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Three’s company…5 x 7 …

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Wanderlust – fine art print,…

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There’s Nothing Like Sta…

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Whimsical girl art print, wi…

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Banksy Art Style Print – New…

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Original Mixed Media Collage…

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Can you spot which artwork is mine without looking at the shop name underneath the images?!

If you want to see the treasury online, click here.

Sigh….I love being featured on other people’s treasuries.  Would LOVE it if it could lead to more sales!  Repeat after me, ‘I will make a living selling my creations, I will make a living selling my creations….’

Anyway sugarplums, hope all is well in your world.  Wishing you a crunchy summer salad with amazing strawberry and balsamic vinegar dressing, and maybe a little catnap in the sun under a friendly tree in a park.

Big love as always, Jenny xx

My rosy cards and art shop

 

 

Favourite Creative Books

creative books

Hello sugar plum fairies!

Well it’s April and I have 3 months left to complete my 39 books-this-year challenge.  I’m on 26 so far, so I need to up the ante (whatever that means) and get on with it!

To help myself along I think I may include non- fiction creative books, i.e books with lots of beautiful pictures in them so I can cheat!

These are some of my favourite ever creative books that I ll never get tired of looking at.  Such inspiration and so many ideas to kick-start your own!

What are some of your favourites?

Hope the sun is shining on you and Happy Sant Jordi’s day to my Barcelona friends!

Jenny xx

These are the books I’m reading

 

 

 

books

 

Not all at once, obviously, and I must admit I’ve finished the Pawnee one, which was as hilarious as you might expect.

I love having a pile of books on my bedside table, full of potential.

Have you read any of these?

What books are you reading at the moment?

I hope you’re having a delicious week! xx

The importance of taking time out

santa pau mirror

Goofy family picture before we set off for our long walk through the hills

Leonie Dawson is always talking about working smarter not harder.

She works 3 hours a day and has such a beautifully thriving business.  I love this advice!

Identify areas in your business or life you where you can improve your time management or productivity and this has nothing to do with working until midnight every night.

santa pau walking

For me, identifying that I am so much more awake and productive and alert in the mornings means I don’t waste time trying to do anything important after 7 or 8 pm, or it’s simply counter-productive.

santa pau cows

santa pau view

santa pau hills

Similarly, taking time out, away from everything, or at least away from your normal routine, can also work wonders.  We went to the Garrotxa region of Catalonia a couple of weeks ago and I found it so restful and restorative being away for one little night.

santa pau snow

I´ll never get tired of looking at the snow-capped Pyrenees

santa pau hill

santa pau buildings

santa pau jamie and statue

Jamie takes a shine to a him-size sculpture. We had to drag him away after he’d given it the 100th kiss!

Making time in my working day to grab a quick coffee with a friend or do some yoga is also simply maravilloso!!

How do you ‘fill your well’ and take time out?  I ‘d love to know your ideas!

With much love,

Jenny xx

11 quotations to make you feel rosy

 

dr seuss intrepid

I love collecting, all the more so when it consists of items which can be documented on paper rather than physical objects – not so messy or space-consuming!

I’ve been collecting quotations and paragraphs that jump out at me from books, magazines, songs and overheard conversations since the age of 14.  I have them all documented in notebooks and scrapbooks, which are great to look back on. They also serve as a kind of journal, a reminder of what was important to me or what particuarly spoke or stood out to me at that time in my life.

You might well have heard most of these before.  The oldies are the goodies! The quotations I’m including below are old and new (to me) that I continue to find relevant and inspiring, in the hope that you might too.  I’ll definitely be turning some of them into collages in the future!

If you have any other amazing favourites I’d love to hear them!

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“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, novels, stories, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting.  I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans.  I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.” (Ray Bradbury)

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“When he said home it always sounded so natural.  This residence filled with the scent of fermenting fruits, cigarette butts, French perfume and alcohol, filled with books and music and limitless space for fantasizing, was tightly wrapped around our bodies like a bank of clouds from enchanted forests.”

I have no idea where the above quotation is from.  I didn’t note down the source (foolish me in the past!!)  All I remember is that it comes from a novel set somewhere eastern, maybe Japan or Vietnam.  Let me know if it sounds familiar to you!!!!

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“If you’re not being rejected, you’re not reaching far enough.”  (Albert Wiggam)

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“You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.  When you truly possess all that you hae been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.” (Florida Scott Maxwell)

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anaïs Nin)

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“Sometimes we don’t notice that we are loved like fish don’t notice they are swimming in water.  We are surrounded by an ocean of love.” (source unknown to me)

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our life are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.  Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”  (Rilke)

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“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” (Dr Seuss)

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“How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Annie Dillard)

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Desiderata

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

(Max Ehrmann)

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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.  Help someone’s soul heal.  Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”  (Rumi)

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