24 November 2019

WEEKLY GRATITUDE


^^ I'm so grateful to have these gorgeous trees right outside the front door ^^

After a long time without writing here I am (finally) back. I wanted to come back to the blog sooner after we moved, but we had several problems with the internet, resulting in us having to rely on a 4G box thingy, which liked to turn itself off all the time, so I decided to wait until the issues were resolved, and they now are! Hooray for 'BT man Sam' who visited twice this past week!

I feel like the last month has been a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, sorting and organising (and looking for things I had 'put somewhere safe', like my pens and washi tapes for example! But finally we are 'there' and this house feels so bloody good to live in. It is quiet and peaceful all the time, with no busy road noise right outside the window. Gizmo came home a week ago and instantly slotted in to life in a new house; she seemed so much more relaxed and chilled out as soon as she got here, so all in all we are a happy bunch!

Right then, let's jump into this weeks list!

:: Having missed it when it was on TV, due to it being on a tad early for me, at 5pm, I have been catching up with Junior Bake Off and, oh my goodness, what a wonderful programme it is! I absolutely love it and cry each time it is on out of sheer happiness at how sweet all the contestants are! Whenever one of them gets upset over something that hasn't gone to plan, and one of the others runs over to hug them and give them words of encouragement, I get so emotional; they have so much empathy towards one another and it really is refreshing. I highly recommend you watch it if you need a pick me up, but warn you that you will want to immediately bake everything you see!




:: Today, finally experiencing a gap in the torrential rainfall, we drove the short journey over to Marazion beach for a walk. It has been so long since we have been there and, as I breathed in the fresh sea air, I vowed to not leave it so long, after all, being just five minutes away there really is no excuse. I picked up two thin pieces of slate from the beach, which I intend to decorate with botanical illustrations, using white paint and a fine brush and then a varnish to seal in the artwork. Keep an eye on my Leaf Lane Studio Instagram for those as I may sell them if they turn out well!

:: I have made a few pieces of work this week for clients who have ordered from my website, and it was nice to spend my first week in the new studio/office space just painting and relaxing into it again.  I created one of my 'initial paintings' for a lovely lady and a special gift for a friend too, which I can't tell you about until it is in her hands because it is a surprise; I just hope she likes it! I have been feeling so 'out the loop' lately, which I may write about on here soon as it has been a difficult thing to understand, so having time to sit and paint allowed me to do some inner reflection and try and work out what is going on with me! Maybe more on that later this month or next.



:: We let Gizmo out in the garden a couple of times today for a sniff about. I think it you are 'meant' to keep cats in two to six weeks after moving, but she was so relaxed and at home that we figured that some supervised outdoor time would be okay. She has been indoors for over twelve weeks, since she went missing at the old place, so her little face lit up when she went outside again and she went right back to her old habits of sniffing the plants and trotting about. I am so nervous about her being out again, but I know how happy she is outdoors so would never take that away permanently from her. Keeping her inside, after almost coming close to being hit by cars on the main road at the last house, wasn't a decision we made lightly, but it was totally the right thing to do, so I am happy we persisted with it. She came around in the end, but it is times like that where you wish you could communicate with your pet!

:: I did a huge batch cooking session recently and made three types of dishes to be frozen, which has been so much easier after a busy day working. I made a meatball and bacon dish and a pasta sauce, filled with veggies, but my favourite so far is the chickpea and sweet potato curry, it was super yummy and a great Friday night treat with some naan bread we bought from Morrisons! I really enjoy cooking in this new kitchen, it is set out so much better and feels great to be in, so I am far more inclined to cook properly!

:: I am noticing now that the little Cornish villages are putting up their lights and decorations ready for December and it is making me feel a little more festive too! I have struggled with that festive feeling this year so far; I am usually feeling all the magic by now and enter December in a full on Christmas mood! I decided to make some Christmas cards too and have been chopping the card this afternoon ready to start painting the various designs. I am thinking that doing the cards will help get me in a more festive frame of mind! What do you do to help ignite your Christmas spirit?

:: On the subject of Christmas, Joe made some mince pies yesterday! I'm sure he won't mind me telling you that cooking isn't his 'thing', it really doesn't interest him in the slightest, but one Christmas, about two years ago, he wanted to make mince pies and set about looking for recipes. Recipe found he set to work; about three years later he had made a batch of mince pies. I would like to add that, this years 'test batch' as they are known, only took an hour! All that said, and jokes aside, I have to say that they are really delicious, they really are, and I would greatly encourage further cooking experience (but I don't think it will happen!).

I will leave it there for now but hope to be back to my usual schedule of two posts a week now, so please do come back and visit soon! Have a wonderful week!

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4 November 2019

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



I am sitting down to write this after a busy old day! I launched my new, mini-collection on Leaf Lane Studio this evening; it's called 'Floral Brights' and consists of a card, notepad and print, but there will be more to come for sure. I am super happy with it and can't wait to see some of you using the products in your homes too! I have so many ideas for Leaf Lane Studio and have to keep jotting things down because I know that I will get to every single one!

Let's get stuck into this weeks gratitude list!

:: This week was my last week at the hotel and, as it was so quiet, I had some bonus days off to paint! I was super grateful to stay snuggled in my office, with a coffee and Netflix and just lose hours painting (time always flies by when I am doing anything creative). I am happy with the progress of my pieces so far, as you can see from the picture, I have some work still to do, but you can see them coming together nicely! One is off to a new home for a Christmas gift and the other (which ever one isn't chosen by my beautiful client) will be available to buy! You will be able to tell me a quote, or whatever you would like really, and I will hand letter it in the centre for you! Make sure you are following my Leaf Lane Studio Instagram account for when that goes up for sale!



:: During the early hours of Saturday morning Cornwall was hit by the most severe wind and rain we have had for a long time. We had 80mph gusts and were woken by lashing rain and said gusts at 3am. As much as it is a tad scary to wonder what will be happening outside in weather like that, I was grateful to be cosy in bed, with Gizmo all cuddled up and safe too. There is something kind of nice about listening to storms when you are wrapped up in bed and hankfully there wasn't too much damage in our area, but driving to work the next day was interesting!

:: I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded my free illustrations this week! They are still available to download, just click here, and you can make your phone or computer (or whatever device you like) all cosy for winter with my artwork or calendar! If you haven't seen what I am giving away, check out the pictures below! You will receive an email with the artwork ready to use, but please make sure you check your junk email if you aren't seeing the freebie, some providers file things straight in the junk box (little rascals!). I hope you love it!



:: I almost dread saying this, but I am loving that the Heart Radio Xmas channel has appeared on the radio again! I didn't think I would be into Christmas songs as much during the first week of November, but it turns out I am! 

:: I listened to a really lovely Lori Harder podcast episode this week (you know I love her stuff!) and she was talking about fear and how we need it in order to grow. She told this cute little story, which I will retell in my own way because I never remember things properly, it was about a glass bottle who saw bigger glass bottles that could hold more water than he could, and how he desperately wanted to become a bigger, more capable vessel. One day he stood in front of the ocean, dreaming about becoming a bottle that could hold vast amounts of fresh sea water; telling his friends about this they took him to a place to make his dream come true. As he stood in front of a big fire, where he saw other glass getting melted and reformed, he began to feel a rising panic; he didn't know what to expect, what was going to happen to him if he jumped in there? Taking a deep breath, and a leap of faith, he went inside... he finally emerged a bigger, even more capable version of himself, with more room to hold water, just like he had wanted, but he just had to go through a little fear in order to emerge as the bottle he wanted to be. How much do you love that story? It really touched me to my core, especially as I am currently feeling a lot of fear around money (seeing as I am no longer at the hotel for a bit) and know that I need to push through the unknown to make my business thrive. It really made me consider just how much we have to gain from being out of our comfort zones! Find the episode, Fear is Your Power, right here!

:: This coming week will be all about the house move and I need to start packing my studio up as much as I can. Gizmo will be going back into the cattery again, which I feel really guilty for, but I am grateful that she will be in there, because I cannot stand the thought of her running out an open door as we are moving or being let out of a room we are keeping her in by mistake. I am so looking forward to her being able to be outside again. The new house is so much safer for her and I am confident she will be so much happier. She has been inside since late August and has taken to sniffing the fresh air coming in at a vent down by the sofa in the lounge (this doesn't help my cat mum guilt!). Almost there now Gizmo!

That is it for this week; stick with me as we are move and things may be a tad all over the shop. I really will feel relieved to get back to being settled and in a proper routine again; I don't feel like anything normal has been happening for months now! See you soon!

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