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Cheerful

Debbie’s theme for One Word Sunday this week is ‘Cheerful’, and I’ve scoured my vast collection of photos to see if I have anything at all cheerful. I have many that cheer me up, hence they are ‘full of cheer’, so I have included a selection of them here. They have been on the blog before, but I do enjoy seeing them.

The first photo I like because it is full of colour. The image has been ‘tweaked’ somewhat, but a burst of colour is always cheerful, I find:

Photo number two is of my old friend Tufty the Duck! He’s deep in thought here, on a bright and cheerful day:

And the third photo is of a nice shaded place on a scorching hot day. As in the previous photo, sunshine always brings in cheer… but on those overly hot days shade helps to keep those cheerful levels up.

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Poppy

Poppy

I was inspired by Jodi’s painting to have a go at painting something abstract myself. I haven’t touched any watercolour equipment for a while, and I thought now is as good a time as any. I attempted three abstract paintings, the first two being so bad they even fell far outside the ‘abstract’ category. Never mind, I will paint over them with some texture paste, and then use the paper for something else in the future. Something hopefully better.

For my third painting, and I am calling this a painting as I actually like it myself, is the one above. It’s still wet in the photo at present, and I’m not entirely sure how it will look when dry, but I like how it looks now.

I’m not sure this is classed as abstract, as I intended on painting some kind of poppy this time, but I just sploshed the colour onto the paper and watched what happened. First, the red spread over the wet watercolour paper, and then I added the black which started to do its own thing and blend slightly with the red before stopping. A bit of tilting this way and that allowed the red to run further, and then I added just a few finishing details in the red, yellow and green. Just a dash mind, as I really wanted the emphasis on the red.

The thing is, it reminds me of a poppy, and I am happy with that.

Posted also for Remembrance.


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From Across the Miles

At the beginning of September this year, I received a very nice surprise. Totally out of the blue, and completely unexpected.

Every month, Raili from SoulGifts in Australia, chooses one of her followers to be the recipient of one of her Soul Gifts, and in September she chose me. I didn’t receive the gift until the beginning of October, and decided to wait until November to post about it so that this post didn’t get lost within all the Halloweeny madness that went on last month. And the gift that Raili sent to me was not only a gift to my soul, but one for my sight, sound and smell senses as well! Fabulous!

The first thing I noticed was the relaxing scent that greeted me as soon as I opened the parcel. Raili had wrapped her gift in several sheets of different coloured tissue paper, enhancing each layer with a blend of essential oils to match the individual energy vibration that each layer represented. Upon each layer, Raili had written the names of each blend:

Transformation / Abundance

Sacred Mountain

Joy

Awaken / Balance

Inspiration

Grounding

Clarity

Raili also included a letter and a poem, ‘Birth’, as well as the framed picture. I didn’t remember reading the poem on her blog, but in finding it to link to for this post, I received another surprise. The post had appeared on my birthday. You have to love synchronicity and coincidences. I do… and I experience rather a lot of them!

Could it just be a coincidence that this past weekend’s One Word Sunday theme was ‘Orange’ and the top layer of tissue paper is orange? The Universe moves in mysterious ways indeed!

Now, the picture that Raili created was another surprise. As I was looking at each section in turn, I suddenly realised that I wasn’t looking at one picture, but four of them. Raili had created four ATCs and framed them. I’ve recently started creating ATCs (Artists Trading Cards) myself, so this made the gift even more special, even more personal, if you like.

Each image that Raili created seemed to ‘speak’ to me, as I thought of two words to represent each image

CREATION

ENCHANTMENT

EXPANSION

MAGIC

ILLUMINATION

STARCHILD

COMPLETION /  The WHOLE

 

Raili told me that this gift had been a labour of birthing which included many weeks of staged and guided steps. So, I’d like to finish this post with one more step, inspired by Raili’s Soul Gift:

Birth of a Starchild

Across all miles
Across all time
Await for the joy to awaken
Through grounding
Through clarity
Appears inspiration
From Sacred Mountain to nursery of stars
There begins transformation
And then balance
And then abundance
Of the magic of creation

Enchantment follows a path of expansion
Where everything slots together
New ideas meet forgotten memories
Burdens become light as a feather
Illumination of all things good
Glows brighter than the Sun
And in that moment, that spark of light,
The creative process has begun

A Starchild
An Idea
A Gift from the Soul
Marks completion of one cycle
But not on the whole
Ideas flow forever more
So grab them with open arms
And through gratitude
And sharing light
Experience never ending charms

Once again, Raili, thank you.


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Letters to the Universe… The Edition Where They Begin Again!

Dear Blogland,
Yes, it’s true! My weekly Letters to the Universe series returns. They’re BACK! Yay! It’s a series where I write letters to anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere, and USUALLY they are focussed on all things positive. Even the little annoyances are there to help us, if we looked at them in that ‘right’ ‘special’ way. Sometimes, the help is a little hidden, but delve deep enough and that ta-dah! moment will emerge.
May I say it is good to be back writing these letters? No?! Well, I just have!!!

Dear Hallowe’en,
I’m sad that you are almost upon us, but I hope I’ve given you a nice build up. I love all things related to Hallowe’en: the spooks, the colours, the cobwebs… even the monsters can be forgiven for being monstery around Hallowe’en. The fun monsters that is, the imaginary, legends of folklore monsters who love nothing better to make us feel fearful with a big smile. The real-life monsters do not even deserve a mention, but I’ve mentioned them here so as not to confuse the two. So, Hallowe’en… bring on your spooky best for next week!

Dear Bloggers,
Yet again I feel I must apologise for my lack of visits. I’m going to stop saying I will get to you when I can, as it seems like a ‘monstrous’ task (see what I did there?) trying to fit everything in into the small window of time I have available. Instead, a better phrase from me for moving forward: I shall see you when I see you. I may miss posts (and when I do, I do miss them by the way), but there are so many wondrous yous and only one flustered me. I will get to visit you, I always do, just get your flags ready to fly them on my next visit! I also have replying to your comments issues as well at present, so hopefully with a little less fluster that should improve. I’ll get there, however… just watch me!

Dear Cooler Weather,
Nice to see you once again. I much prefer things cooler, but I do enjoy gorgeous sunshine as well. Maybe this year the two of you could get together for a nice, crisp Autumn/Winter time. As always, though, it is up to you… we’ll have whatever you throw at us!

Dear Mystic Springs,
I hope you are almost ready for Hallowe’en… Sorry I wasn’t able to shape you into the series of posts to replace these letters posts, but the Hallowe’en specials should be just as fun. Starting at 7pm UK time, and posting on the hour every hour until almost midnight, I hope you add a little zany magic to Hallowe’en this year. Or fun. Fun will do just as much!

Dear Superheroes,
Thank you for filling in the gap between the last series of Letters posts and this new series. It was good finding out about your exploits once again – although you were all missing for virtually all of this run. Hopefully next year, you’ll be back (and with far better snippets of information to share!)

Dear The Word Adscititious,
Thank you for being the first word in this new, regular, supplemental part of these letters posts where I write to an odd word. I quite liked these ‘Dear The Word’ letters in the first series of posts, so have decided to make it a regular feature now. Less additional, or supplemental, and more just another letter, I know, but I had to link you in somehow!

Dear The World,
Are you any nearer to sorting yourself out yet? I’ve given up watching the news about you as the reports are always filled with the same stuff, and instead of being an observer, I felt like I was being manipulated into thinking one way about you, when I really don’t. You’re a great place, and I would really like to see you on the right track once again. Not that you are that far off it, I hasten to add, but we would be led to believe otherwise.

Dear Artistic Side,
I can see you, hiding there. What’s the point in hiding in plain sight? Just start with your mojo once again and get creating artistically. Just do it! (For want of a better phrase!)

And Finally, Dear Letters To The Universe,
It is so good that you are back. I am now already looking for inspiration for next week’s post, and this one, as yet, isn’t even finished… although it soon will be.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. Always one to stick with tradition, here’s a picture to finish the post:

It’s just a quick picture I threw together of a bunch of pumpkins, what with it being Hallowe’en and all soon. I may or may not have posted it before, but it seems fitting to end this second first post with a picture totally unrelated to firsts or seconds, but completely related to the prevailing topic of the month. Ah. I waffle. Have a great weekend… and if I don’t see you before, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


 

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Pink

It’s One Word Sunday once again, and this week, Debbie’s theme is ‘Pink’. The Seedlings are on their way out now, but every time I look at them there is always a new flower that has opened. They have been a remarkable surprise this year, those little Seedlings have!

A few days ago, I spotted this blood red flower, all by itself apart from one of the pink flowers a little way behind it. I knew that this week’s theme was going to be ‘Pink’, but I used one of the pink Seedlings for my interpretation of ‘Wet’ last week, so didn’t want to use another one of those… I saw this and thought it would be a good compromise. The pink element has been fulfilled, if only as a splash of background colour, and this little flower now gets to live on forever more! And it has a subtle link to my Hallowe’en theme for this month as well!