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30 Days Wild-Day 4

I recently found a set of watercolour pencils which I bought many moons ago but have hardly used. Feeling very lazy today I decided to use them to complete another page of my colouring book, “Ivy and the Inky Butterfly” by Johanna Basford. I found a page of flowers and leaves to tie in with doing something connected with nature with this result;

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I have been very busy the last 2-3 weeks. Plenty of little creative projects keeping me busy on my travels like my patchwork quilt, knitting and crocheting poppies for friends and family, making special occasion cards and reorganising my stash.

However, my main preoccupations have been losing weight/getting fit and securing myself a new job.

I can say that I have rejoined Weightwatchers and lost 3lbs in my first week-a solid start to my latest campaign but I can’t say anything about my new job yet other than I am incredibly excited and thrilled to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to start on my new journey. It looks like this won’t be until January but that gives me some time to prepare as best I can, and get organised.

It will be a huge challenge, but I love a challenge!

Go me!

ATC Saturday

I woke up this morning feeling very tired, frazzled and unrested which led me to I think that the past few weeks have finally caught up with me just as I knew they would. My mood is grumpy and wavers between teary and angry. I am generally unsettled and frustrated with feeling out of sorts.

I know that it will pass and that I need to be patient. I have to rest and ensure that I sleep well and not fret about things that I have no control over. Easier said than done but needs must.

Today I have therefore abandoned the mountain of ironing, consigned the Hoover to the corner and left the washing in the basket. Instead, I have swapped being a “Domestic Goddess” for being an “Artiste”. I have been making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) mainly because these take no time at all to complete and they are perfect for me to do in my current state of flux. Flux for me means that my concentration levels are poor and as I can’t face starting any bigger projects I now have more ATCs to add to my collection.

I laugh at myself as the point of ATCs is to trade them with other craft-bunnies but I haven’t got round to that yet and so they are accumulating in piles around my workspace.

Here are today’s efforts….

Sunday is “tag” day

Today I have turned my attention to making tags. I fancy a bit of stamping combined with watercolour painting for a change. Here’s my first effort.

For this tag I used the Crafty Individuals stamp CI-176.



More tags followed;

Crafty Individuals stamps CI-320 and CI-149


On the mend

I’ve been poorly all week but I will spare you the details. Suffice to say that I’m on the mend thank goodness and able to stop coughing for long enough to get my inks and stamps out and make some “miniature works of art” or ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I suppose that one day I’d better start swapping my efforts with others but I just haven’t got round to it yet. The result is I have an ever-increasing gallery of 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pictures in a box. Here are just a few of my recent experiments.

Stop to smell the roses…

This post has been inspired by certain members of the Depression Alliance who have a wonderfully addictive talent for photography. Some people take pictures. Others take pictures that you want to look at over and over again. Is it just my imagination, or does the Depression Alliance have more than their fair share of  talented photographers?

From personal experience, I truly understand why someone who is depressed might want to take up photography as a pastime or profession. I take hundreds of pictures, but I am no more than a seasoned snapper in comparison to some DA members I have had the pleasure to come across. So why photography?

By carrying a camera and focussing on your preferred subject matter, whatever that may be, taking photographs motivates  you to get out and about. This is something that can be a major hurdle towards recovery for those of us who find making the giant leap over our front door step impossible at times. Wherever you live, there will be fascinating topics to photograph close by if you just spare the time to stop and look.

If you are concentrating on finding subject matter and taking pictures you will be blocking out other thoughts. This in turn gives you welcome relief from the stresses and strains caused by those dark, brooding  musings which can trigger anxiety and depression. Hopefully, you will also feel re-energised and relaxed as a result. Taking photographs  makes you focus on and enjoy the moment, something which depressives are not great at doing. In other words, photography helps you to “stop to smell the roses” and enjoy the peace and tranquility that being as one with your camera can bring.

Photography also enables you to express yourself and your emotions through an art form. This is important as depression often suffocates the normal channels of communication leading to greater frustration and anger which is more often than not turned inwards. This is not healthy as emotions need to be expressed and expunged so photography is a welcome outlet for many.

Last but not least, if you enjoy taking photographs, and those you share them with also enjoy your pictures, how wonderful does that make you feel? Everyone sees something different in a photo. The picture means and represents something unique for all. So, whatever you think of your picture , the chances are that someone, somewhere will think it is fantastic. What greater accolade can there be than for someone to tell you that your photograph is beautiful?

Members of the DA are able to post their photographs on a private Flickr site created by the photographer John Gass. This ensures that DA members can post more personal work in a protected environment.

Otherwise, I recommend that you take a look at some photograph galleries created by Ian Francis which are published on the BBC Mid-Wales website. Taken over the past few years, they are truly gorgeous and some are just downright brilliant.

Take your inspiration from Ian. Grab a camera and go-you won’t regret it for one minute. Enjoy!