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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

50 : My Time to Shine

June is Birthday MONTH - and even more of a big deal this year cos I turned 50! One of the reasons I chose SHINE as my word this year was because I wanted to make sure to celebrate in style the special occasions of our 25th wedding anniversary and my half century birthday (whaaat!). It's also meant looking at the world in a wonderful way all year and has made this month especially sparkly!
Highlights of birthday month : 
* I got a tattoo and I LOVE it so much. I have thought about it for a long while and it all came together for me at the right time. 
It's an expression and celebration of my creativity and individuality. I surprised some people by getting it, but everyone who knows me has commented how perfectly it suits me. The swirls and purple are found often in my art - it conveys movement, growth and joy - the 3 stars represent my husband and 2 sons - it's pretty - and it also represents my word of the year SHINE. I wanted it on my right fore arm so I can see and enjoy it often. 50 is significant, and this helps celebrate all that it means to be here. I feel fantastic!
*12th June BOD journaling prompt : How's your mood?
My response was as follows : Ebullient! I'm excited it's birthday week. Looking forward to seeing everyone cos how I celebrate is always through my relationships. Feeling so supported and loved right now 
* I've celebrated by meeting up with various friends for dinners and coffee dates over the last couple of weeks. I was so touched by their thoughtful cards and gifts. I got many arty treats that show just how well they know me :
- I now own a Kelly Rae Roberts figurine which inspired a recent art journal page and I have a lovely range of fabric squares to inspire another quilt
- LOVE Chris Cozen's work with colour - this book is both useful and coffee table gorgeous
Get a peek inside via Amazon HERE
- lovely tape and stamps - and beautiful handmade card
- and I got the most amazing Klimt Tarot deck - it is all kinds of sparkling gorgeousness - check out a review of this deck HERE.
I use Tarot cards for Inner Work (what does my response to a card tell me about my inner landscape? ) and also as inspiration for art. 
* I had a fabulous birthday party on Saturday night with my lovely family and most of my wonderful friends. There were many who travelled especially to be there, and there was laughter, love and dancing.
I stitched some streamers from circles punched out of old books 
and they decorated a table on the night, and will now decorate my school library
My mum made the delicious cake and a friend did an amazing job of icing it 
It was on a pedestal and she even added a butterfly for me ♥
I had a lovely blank journal of khadi paper which I got people to sign - the sparkly fairy lights made it a special place, and the lace tablecloth was my grandmother's....
I was moved to tears the next day when I read some of the messages.
Birthday month's not quite over yet! 
* I still have some money to spend - I bought some special jewellery, and now I am trying to decide between some art supplies or another (I know!) online class. I'll let you know what I decide.
* And I need to book in for a creative play day with a couple of arty friends....past birthday play days have included crepe paper flowers, play with alcohol inks, paper mache tea cups and paper and stitch collage. I just have to decide what I want to do!
I'm having a deliciously happy and SHINE-filled June. I wanted to celebrate how I feel about my wonderful life, who I'm with, and what I'm grateful for. Even my birthday outfit had plenty of Shine right down to my sandals ♥
I'm an extrovert, and this has been my ideal birthday - your ideas of joyful celebration might be different but I hope I've inspired you to start a birthday month tradition!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free classes!

I like to keep tabs on cheap and free online offerings to share with you - you can always find the link to the classes that last all year or indefinitely HERE (and via the link in my top right side bar), but I've just found out about a couple of things that are only available for the next few weeks.
Tamara Laporte is offering a free taster lesson from her Ever After 2016 class - it's only available until the end of June HERE.
Watch the videos to create your Little Mermaid until the end of June and you are able to download the extensive PDF file to keep.
There's a variety of free online workshops available at the Woman Unleashed Online Retreat - register HERE.
Do as much or as little as you want - I always register because there are some of my favourite inspiring teachers involved. It doesn't matter if there's only one lesson that speaks to you....available until mid-July.
It's been a special birthday fortnight for me - I'll be back soon sharing about my celebrations and lots more art. Hope these links inspire more creativity in your week

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book of Days : mood journaling

Here's another art lesson from Book of Days. We get 2 main art lessons like this (PDF + video lessons we can save forever) per month. When Effy shared her photos of this class on her blog, people wanted to learn so she now offers it as a stand-alone mini class HERE. If you sign up for her newsletters you get it even cheaper. Get a taste of Effy's style of teaching and see what fantastic value joining Book of Days really is....
I wasn't really in a particular mood when I started so just threw down some colours that were a mix of excitement that June is here (Birthday month!) and what June colours mean as Winter and an unknown flurry of activity coming
Then this sat....and sat...while I waited for inspiration. I think part of the problem was I love the background as it is! Then it was birthday week and I was given this gorgeous Celebrate figurine by Kelly Rae Roberts
And it was immediately clear what I wanted to do next  : masks and glazes
edged with white pen dots
A bit of gold through stencils and then it was time to add my words, inspired by my birthday celebrations and my word of the year SHINE. 
I printed them on tissue paper this time so I could choose the size I wanted. I went over them with pen after the glue was dry to make sure they stood out.
Here's a few close-ups of my favourite words
and the lovely details of layers
Here's the completed spread (click on the photo to enjoy it larger)
I simply LOVED how this lesson turned out. See my Flickr album for all my art from classes with Effy HERESign up to Book of Days (Full Year or Session 2) or other classes with Effy Wild HERE 
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