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Quote for the Day : Everyday Blessings

“…As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm…”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder :  Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder –  On Wisdom and Virtues

 

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Christmas Wishes (Robin Card)

A quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
Let’s make a pledge to fill our world with kindness, love, understanding, and empathy this year. We’ve had enough hate, violence and suffering to last us into the next millennium.

I made this quick little Christmas card for my Mum (she loves robins).  I always seem to end up cutting out teeny-weeny bird toes, don’t I?

Best wishes to you all.  Be safe this festive season, and stay close to your loved ones.  Thank you for all your support and comments throughout the year 🙂

Happy Christmas x

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Birds with Hats (When all else fails…)

Last weekend I was trying desperately to make some decent cards.  Sometimes, the creative Gods turn their backs on you and you have to just struggle along on your own.  That’s what happened to me last weekend.  I mucked about for ages, trying to put things together that I liked but, sadly, I ended up not achieving very much and being less than impressed with anything I did manage to finish.

To the rescue came IKEA.  That beacon of light when all is darkness and you can’t see the woods for the badly-collaged trees.  I’ve had these little bird postcards for AGES – I can’t remember exactly when I got them – and they’ve been sitting, propped up, in my bookshelves.  It suddenly occurred to me that I should try and incorporate them in my own card-making.  Mostly because they’re birds, and I love birdy-related things, but also because they were a good background piece that wouldn’t need much embellishment.  Basically, I was lazy and wanted a quick fix to my creative dilemma.

With a few tiny scraps of paper, text, lace and other bits and pieces, I made these quirky little cards.  They’re not perfect, but I kinda like them, their simplicity, and the fact I finished each one really quickly.  Plus, you know I love a bird with a hat.

A friend has already nabbed the yellow (finch? canary?) one and I will probably use the other ones myself or just add them to my sales stock.

It would be nice if we could fix our lives this easily, just by donning a hat (although, I haven’t tried…maybe it could work?) and bunging on a few bits of text (I wonder what mine would say?).  But, if all else fails, there’s always IKEA – that fixes everything.  Or at least distracts you for a few hours while you wander around looking at all the pretty things and stuff you don’t need and trying to figure out how to pronounce things.  Which is a bit like life, really, ie wandering around bemused and confused and getting sidetracked.

Hope you’re a happy little birdy today and always

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Quote for the Day : Life

Quote for the Day : Life

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

— Mother Teresa

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A Portrait of Friendship

A Portrait of Friendship

I am very blessed to have a amazing group of friends.  In this funny, ever-changing world, it is wonderful to know you have people you can rely on to share the good times and the bad.  I have been very lucky that way.  I have the same friends now that I had in high school, with a few “drop-outs” along the way.  I’ve got friends from every workplace I’ve ever had and I feel so fortunate to have made a brand new group of friends at my new job, friends that I know I will keep in touch with even if I eventually change career.

I had morning tea with a dear friend of mine this morning.  We used to work together years ago and have always remained in touch.  We are both going through similar things at the moment – marriage break-up, new homes, new jobs and we are a comfort and support to one another.  She is amazingly centred and zen-like, in a way that I will never be, and helps to ground me and bring me back down to Earth a little bit, when the world seems scary and unmanageable.  I think, in turn, I help her, even if it is just to provide a listening ear and some understanding.  We “get’ each other, which is such a relief…not having to explain yourself or make apologies for who you are is a gift.  Today she said “If I could give you anything at all, it would be the ability to see yourself as I see you…how beautiful and strong you are…”  I wish I could say lovely things like that! 

It is my birthday in a couple of weeks and my other long-term friend GK (we’ve known each other for over 25 years now…which is scary!) gave me my gift early this week.  She sketched a beautiful portrait of me in pencil that I am going to frame and hang on my wall.  She doesn’t consider herself artistic but I beg to differ!  Look at the amazing eyes on this picture!  I can’t “do” eyes at all.  She got the shape and characteristics of mine just right.  A wonderful gift from a wonderful friend!  She even got my nose right, which is disappointing as I don’t like my nose ha ha!  I would have been happy with some poetic licence on that feature! 🙂

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I am so grateful for the friendships I have.  Without them I would be lost.  I have had the same best friend for over 32 years now and I couldn’t imagine life without her in it – even if we don’t get to catch up as often as we’d like.  We have seen each other through first loves and training bras, new jobs and career changes.  We’ve cried together, laughed together, shared secrets and confided in one another.  We’ve never had an argument in all those years and we think of each other as family, accepting one another’s faults and believing in each other no matter what.  I have been incredibly lucky to have someone like that in my life but, in all honesty, all my friends fit that bill too.  It’s like I am a magnet for awesome, loyal, courageous, accepting people.  I like to think that maybe, just maybe, I am a pretty good friend too but I’m less sure of that – it’s harder to see good qualities in yourself than it is in others.

Friendship is one of the things in life that help you weather any storm.  Friends are the family you choose for yourself.  Friends accept you for who you are, whether that is crazy, sarcastic, quiet, shy or loud.  They stop you from being too hard on yourself and won’t hesitate to give you a metaphorical slap in the face when you’re being pathetic and hysterical.  They console you through breakups and celebrate your new loves.  They help you change and grow but also believe in the person you are deep down.  Friends call you, out of the blue, when you need them most and leave you alone when you need to wallow by yourself.  They know when to speak up and when to sit in silence.  They embrace your questionable fashion choices and sympathise when you make a fool of yourself.  They never poke fun at your dance moves and will gladly waltz with you when you find yourself alone on the dance floor.  They cheer you on when you are near the finish line, exhausted and about to give up.  They accept your faults and, in fact, find them charming and delightful.  They always think you are ten pounds lighter than you actually are and won’t hesitate to tell you when an item of clothing makes you look ten pounds heavier.  Friends are the glue that hold you together when you feel as though you are falling apart.

Friendship is everything and I am so blessed to have an abundance of it.

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