4 weeks to go…woop woop!

hello you leaves

Excitingly, I found this almost-finished collage in my art journal book.  I call it my art journal but I don’t actually do any art journalling in there!  I just use it to make collages that I intend to turn into prints or greetings cards.

I would like to do art journalling and PLAY a bit more, but find I’d rather be doing other more ‘serious’ creative stuff whenever I get the time.

Which I know is actually completely counter-productive because with art journalling you can mess around and play and it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes.

You can experiment and discover new methods and tecniques or whatever, and I would most likely come up with something better or more original than what I create intentionally, but I can’t seem to get myself to do it!

I can’t get away from the idea that I should be doing something concrete that’s going to further my fledgling business…gah!  I didn’t realise I was such a serious person, ha ha!  Any tips?

The words ‘hello you’ make me laugh as well because they remind me of my friend Cath’s lovely boyfriend Diego (who is so chirpy and smiley and genuine the whole world loves him!) who picked up the expression a while ago and didn’t stop saying it every chance he could.

Anyway, I’m pleased to have found the collage, which only needed a couple of finishing touches – as it brings me a step closer to my goal of having 100 items for sale in my Etsy shop.  Woo hoo!  I’m up to 95 at the moment, and I’m determined to make it to 100 before our baby comes.  (4 weeks tomorrow if she’s on time…)

I hope all is well in your world my jelly beans, here’s to an intensely productive 4 weeks!!

Some pictures from the summer

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It’s not over- not over- not over ye-et, la la la…

Even if summer is kind of officially finished, it doesn’t feel like it weather-wise at least in Barcelona.  We put the fan away only to bring it out again, and I’m waking up at night by annoying little beads of sweat running into my eyes. Lovely!

Weighty problems aside, I hope you enjoyed the summer.  I’m now coming at you from the other side of 40, so get ready for some juicy pearls of wisdom!!!

Five weeks today and our new little baby is due!  Jamie started school today (Sooooo young -to start at the age of 3!) which leaves me with a few weeks of very exciting freedom!  I’m planning all sorts of indulgent trips to the beach, cinema and Arabic baths, as well as working on some new card and poster designs.

Here are a few photos taken on our trips to the Costa Brava and France.  Such beautiful countryside!

With lots of love, especially to all the other mamas whose babies have just started school,

Jenny xx

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Bagnères-de-Luchon in the South of France. 17 degrees in August, the cheeky monkey!!

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View from our tent in a campsite near Auch in the Gers region of France. Totally isolated and no light pollution so we saw lots of shooting stars!

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Someone with a sense of humour!

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I’m going to use this as a model for another wooden whimsical house. So cute! I think it was originally a gatehouse.

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Near Tamariu on the Costa Brava, one of my favourite places ever.

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Joe’s arty shot of our flip flops intertwined!

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View from the pool of our guest house, when it wasn’t raining, which was only half the time, grrrr…

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Swimming in the rain. It must be what I like to think of as my determined British genes!

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Tossa de Mar.

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These cacti make me really happy!

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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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She felt free Christy Tomlin…

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Tween Girls Art,Inspirationa…

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robot 5×7 mixed media art pr…

$10

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$20

8 X 10 “She Who Sings&q…

$12

Three’s company…5 x 7 …

$15

Wanderlust – fine art print,…

$18

There’s Nothing Like Sta…

$15

Whimsical girl art print, wi…

$15

Banksy Art Style Print – New…

$12

inspirational print | motiva…

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Mixed media girl picking wil…

$18

Original Mixed Media Collage…

$54

Love came down and rescued m…

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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

Sewing love!

jamie letters

 

Jamie’s starting to put the letters of his name in the right order so I made him these little fabric letters to help him along.

Plus it gave me a chance to do a little sewing project, which I find sooooo relaxing!

I really should learn how to work my (extremely basic) sewing machine, but there’s something really satisfying about sewing by hand, and the more hand-made it looks the better, as I like to tell myself!

They’re about 10cm long, just the right size for his little hands, and he seems to like playing with them.  I just drew the letters on to fabric using chalk, cut round them, hand stitched then stuffed them with cut up socks…so, yep, feeling pretty smug about this little achievement!  It reminded me about the owls I made just before Jamie was born, in the heat of the summer – we holed up inside under the aircon sewing owls.  It was very therapeutic!

Any little projects you’ve been working on?   Oh…by the way, you probably know it already but I’ve just discovered the Soulemama blog and what inspiration!!!   I want to go out and buy all her books and go and live in rural New England with a dog!  Anyway check it out for a lot of creative inspiration, projects and lovely photos if you haven’t already..

Lots of love my butterbeans,

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