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This…

 

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1109313-1,00.html

 

That is all.

 

Thank you…

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While the title of this post sounds like a pre-school article (which is deliberate!) I actually want to tell you (brag…!) about a very cool new art toy I treated myself to.

 

I've wanted some gelatos since the first time I saw them – pastels that are creamy and water soluble? Sign me up!!

 

But I had plenty of paint and even watercolours, so I was a good girl and turned away – sad, but vaguely virtuous.

 

And then in April, Shari Carroll made a page for her Art Journal series with Simon Says Stamp and I wanted them soooo bad… But I was packing up my home studio to make a room for Baby Girl so again, I turned away – desperately dreaming of them and eventually, unable to stop thinking about them!!

 

And then… I couldn't stop thinking about art journal pages, and the fact that – with all my studio packed away – it would be nice to have a small versatile product to hand, to make and create when the urge just gets too much (like when I'm ground down from seemingly endless days with a newborn…) – and wouldn't gelatos fit that bill very nicely… being small, versatile, and painty…?!

 

So I looked at prices and colour collections (and the utterly fabulous complete gift set…!) and decided to get the special edition 50's diner palette – because I can see my magpie eye falling on that gift set in the future and I didn't want to double up colours.

 

 

(image courtesy of google and iheartartblog.com)

 

They arrived today, and I had a pleasant little play in my art journal – once again, cursing the fallibility of the moleskine I use, because although it is the sketch book version – it can't take water on a page to save its life…

(see and ignore the damage inside the yellow circle…!)

 

So I gessoed the bottom half of my test page and made some nicer discoveries – that gesso as a background lets one blend that creamy colour with the heat of a finger tip, rather than needing any water (although I could imagine that some cool things could be achieved with the precision of a water brush…) so I am a happy, happy artist – and look forward to many hours and pages with my newest toy – while I resist the lure of buying all the colours!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I'm sure no one else will see this as a great achievement – and I'm not really asking you to… But personally, I'm so proud of myself : )

 

Today, I made a simple salad dressing – using honey, oil and fresh lemon juice.

 

This is a thing to celebrate, because it is the first time I have made nice salad dressing, from ingredients in my kitchen. I even shared it with a friend, over for lunch, and she wasn't just being courteous when she agreed that it was tasty!

 

I have less than four days til my predicted due date… That means (theoretically…) in a week's time, I could be wrangling a household of four and a half (TimCat doesn't count as a whole, but he's work enough to be counted : P ) – so I'm taking the time to acknowledge simple little things before the chaos of newborn plus Boy hits my worldview : )

 

 

My recipe (adapted from Jamie Oliver…)

a simple Honey and Lemon dressing

 

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste.

 

That's seriously it… Nothing more : ) And it was sooooooo good!!

 

 

 

For a moment, I'm bored and browsing my Internet bookmarks when I find an article whose title and idea I find appealing – towards my never-ending quest to post my blog more often.

 

However, it quickly becomes apparent, that I don't read books at the moment.

 

Magazines, and blogs and too much spam on the web; sure, my quota is filled daily, let alone week by week…

 

So should I start reading better sources, or should I read less all together and try to DO MORE??

(bearing in mind the impending time-suck that is baby number 2!!)

 

 

 

Does a magazine's cover ever encourage you to buy certain issues (that you were holding out against)?

 

Mollie Makes, a favourite publication of mine; launched a new title called The Simple Things – a charming collection of lifestyle articles. As their tag line says – “eating, growing, sharing, making, living, escaping”…

 

And I furiously resisted buying a copy because : I shouldn't be spending money on them right now, I like trees, I don't have the shelf space, the internet is constantly updating and opens discussion of content longevity. But issue 7 (March) just looked so appealing – soft blues, wooden utensils and EGGS! – that I gave in to temptation, resistance was futile and purchase was inevitable.

 

I'm so glad that I did…

 

I have previously read a free digital sample on 'a popular tablet device' and knew what to expect inside but (for me…) nothing beats the pleasure of holding paper in my hands and physically turning a page. The difference in reading experience was staggering. I've had this issue for two weeks and must have flipped through it every other day – at least! I'm still seeing new things in the pages (interpretation) and finding inspiration from its content. I've copied a quote from it into my Project Life album (that randomly tickled me and it keeps making me smile whenever I recall it) and I'm trying to decide what my simple thing might be…

 

curled up in an armchair reading a book

was my old standard (before the Boy)… But now, I'm torn between

Monkey Boy's smile and bugled “Hi, mama!” when he sees me after a period of absence – which is sometimes only three minutes because he's a funny cutie, that way!

Or the smell of my baking – because the pride and pleasure it brings me is a simple but important tiny (victory) in this Mama's busy life : )

 

What is your simple thing today? How long has it been since you took a moment to consider one…?

 

 

 

I am listening to Man and Boy make bread in our kitchen

I am dreaming of drinking tea and coffee – but I’m placated with regular servings of hot chocolate : P

I am plotting an new approach to days at home with my Boy

I am smelling the juice from satsumas/clementines and craving all the orange-fruit I can get my hands on!

I am inspired by colour and shape – and noticing a trend in what draws my eye right now

I am delighting in the chatty boy who lives with us. While his incessant questions at times, grow annoying, he asks such wonderful things that push me to give good answers and prompt often fantastical, conversations : )

I am enjoying the aftermath of some serious house clean-up (although at times during the process I found it tough to let go of things…)

I am choosing to be amused (rather than miserable) that I have seen my doctor so many times in the past two months that the receptionists recognise me – and tell me I’m looking better….!

I am anticipating our second antenatal scan and finding out what’s in my belly – boy or girl…

rescued a bee today.

That was fun  : )

That is all.