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Quote for the Day : Footprints in the Sand

“…While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction…”

— James Branch Cabell

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Trigg Beach, Western Australia
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Millie and the Modern World

Hello everyone and welcome to another week.

This weekend was a busy one, with everything from car crashes to crafting.  My cousin and I were in a minor bingle – no one was hurt, just lots of damage to the cars.  But even a minor bingle can cause major dramas and really shake you up.  We were both a bit stiff and achey afterwards, possibly more from the stress of it rather than any injury or physical issue.  But we consider ourselves lucky that it wasn’t a worse accident and that we didn’t have any of the kids in the car at the time.

It seemed to be a weekend of dealing with dramas, so Sunday afternoon and a few hours free for crafting was a welcome distraction.  I actually got lots done in a really short space of time.  I am still struggling with the crappy weather and its effects on glue-drying time.  I keep getting lots of wrinkled paper and creases where I don’t want creases!  But this is mostly due to my impatience and lack of care taken, so I can’t really blame the weather (though I will continue to do so).

The first piece I finished was this framed collage.  Very simple but I liked how it turned out and I might do some more framed pieces.  For some reason “Thoroughly Modern Millie” kept popping into my head when I looked at this little mousey-girl, even though her style of dress is not of the right era.  She’s definitely a “Millie” though, and ready to take on the world, as a single girl (rather than the original Millie had planned).

Hope your weekend was drama-free and full of creativity and fun.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Just What I Want to Be

Hello everyone.  This painting came together surprisingly quickly and easily.  You know how sometimes things just work?  Doesn’t happen very often, but this one was made with a minimum of swearing and preparation.  Maybe that was the key – just getting stuck in and not worrying too much about anything.
When I think too much, things go wrong 🙂

Not sure what “just what I want to be” means for me – I’m still trying to figure that one out.  I keep hoping for some great epiphany, but it’s very late in coming, so I just muddle along and hope I find my way eventually.

Anyway, I was happy with this little painting. And I’m going to leave it at that 🙂

Thanks for reading.  Have a happy day x

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Cardmaking

Hello everyone.  I have been very slack about posting lately and I apologise.  No real excuse – just life getting in the way.  Plus I am trying not to use my computer too much at home, just to give my eyeballs a break from screen-time.  Which means I have about eight thousand emails waiting for me right now.  There’s probably bills in there.  Oh well.  I will get to them soon enough, possibly when they turn my power off or cut my water supply.

I have been crafting when I can.  The weekends go by so quickly and the evenings after work just don’t seem to be the right time for me to get my art on.  I am tired and squinty and headachey.  And lazy, to be honest.  So I try and utilise my weekends, which isn’t always easy when you have other commitments to take care of.  I don’t include housework in that.  I think we all know that is very much at the bottom of my “to do” list!

I haven’t made any cards for AGES.  Last weekend I decided to make a few, just to get me over my crappy-collage-why-is-nothing-working-phase.  Working on cards means no base-coating or varnishing or anything that takes too much prep.  And working to a nice small scale always feels right to me – I’m not very good at larger projects.  Even most of my collages are less than 8″ x 8″.  Cards are a prefect size.

These are the three I made one afternoon and I am reasonably happy with them.  Especially the octopus (even if cutting out all those legs was a bit migraine-inducing!).

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More of an exercise in “just getting on with it” than an attempt at perfection, I just wanted to makes some quick little pieces that would help me get back into a crafting groove.  Sometimes you need to change things up a little.

Hope you are all having a happy, creative day.

Thank you for stopping by x

 

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Dr Mosley’s Eggplant Brownies

Hello everyone.  These delicious brownies are from Dr Michael Mosley’s Clever Guts Diet book so I take no credit for them whatsoever.  I was lucky enough to attend a talk he did last week in Perth and his book was part of the package I purchased.  I try not to jump on diet bandwagons, but his makes so much sense and is nothing crazy or onerous.  In fact, most of the things he suggests are things I am already doing or eating (so I feel fairly smug ha ha).  Do visit his website and read his book if you are interested in improving your health and feeling better in general.  You may lose some weight too, although that’s not the focus of the diet (it’s just an added bonus).

Anyway, I have recently given up sugar (sort of…I fall off the wagon regularly) and, because of this, have not been craving as much sweet stuff.  That’s not to say I don’t want it at all – we ARE talking about me, after all – but I have been less inclined to raid the cookie jar at work and haven’t been wandering around the house at night trying to find something to eat after dinner.

These brownies are yummy.  You would never know they have eggplant in them and hardly any sugar (none added – just dates).  They are really moist and fudgey and will satisfy any sweet tooth and the most fussy chocoholic.  Do try them 🙂

Ingredients

  • medium eggplant (200 g), peeled and diced
  • 150g dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • 60g coconut oil
  • 60g soft pitted dates, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 80g almond meal

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Steam the eggplant for 15 min­utes until it’s soft. Put it in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir in the chocolate and coconut oil. The warm eggplant will melt the chocolate and oil. Add the chopped dates and salt. Using a hand blender or a food processor, blitz the mixture until it’s smooth. By now it should be cool enough to add the eggs and baking powder. Blitz again for another minute or so, then mix in the ground almonds. Spread the mixture onto a medium-sized baking tray lined with baking  paper and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. It is cooked when a knife comes out clean.

Cut into squares to serve.

 

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Quote (Poem) for the Day : The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Rumi

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