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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

🌿🌻🌿Finding my feet 🌿🌻🌿

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The last few weeks of July I spent mainly in bed with the most awful of viruses... 
I tested for covid but that was clear... I felt completely wiped out, feverish, tired, sick & chesty with eye aching headaches too... 
My daughter had been in the musical Mary Poppins and I'm so glad I made it to see her perform as the chairman... But literally days after I caught this dreaded virus. She had also been so busy with work experience in an office reception in between and then shows at weekends & 4 week nights... So immensely proud of her. Sometimes I look at her and think where have these years flown to... Such a big academic year coming too for her with g. c. s. e's... But so wonderful as a mother to see her blossom and shine ⭐🌟⭐⭐
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Sunflowers and heat... Hasn't it been hot! Record breaking temperatures a few weeks back. Way too hot for me... I do love the sun beams and the all the pretty blooms but the humidity really gets me down but luckily we have incredibly old thick, stone walls in our cottage so it's cooler in here. 
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One of the hottest days stevie took it as a holiday day off from work and we had a wonderful trip out to Totnes Market town. Actually it was cool with the shade of the shops... We always enjoy the book shops, art shop, charity thrift shops and little cafes. 
Then we drove to Aveton Gifford next to the estuary... The tide covers the causeway and reminds me of my childhood on an island on the east coast. There was a sweet cool, sea breeze along the marshy estuary. And we sat with our water bottles watching swans gather on the low tide... I found a child's washed up boot... 
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So I've been trying to find my feet again and enjoy the summer again after being ill. 
Gentle steps into August... 
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July had its moments but I'd also been enjoying my creative time... 
Busy in my junk journals and making & painting. 
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Being back out and walking and being outside with nature has helped my mental health... Horrible being cooped up inside. 
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Saltrum House Gardens... 
And a peaceful duck on the large pondπŸ¦†πŸŒΏπŸŒΎπŸŒΏ
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Apples on the hill top nearly ripe for the picking... 
I've finally started to get my creative buzz back and started making some whimsical black pussy cats with felt, lace and trims. 
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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

✨Pin Dolly Studio⭐

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As promised I thought I'd share my little studio space which I've named Pin Dolly. My lovely partner stevie made it for me... Nothing grand or expensive, but to me it's everything & more... Its literally a huge piece of plywood desk & underneath a vintage cabinet with fixings attached to strengthen it... It was really teeny my old desk space so now I feel spoilt. I'm still under the attic beams. I think having all my drawings & around me helps my creative soul and keeps me inspired and with art supplies always out & ready to use. You can tell already its been well used & starting to look a bit of a jumble... But it's my happy creative space & I love it πŸ’–✨⭐✨


I've put all my little whimsical cut outs in the wildflower tray & with magazine cuttings & inspirations from old books & magazines. 

I've definitely been more inspired πŸ’•
Lots of painting and collage and whimsical brooches in the making✨✨⭐❤️
ive been enjoying looking through the thrift shops & vintage Market for old books to junk journal , ephemera & old magazines. Found some lovely selvedge magazines which are usually expensive. Also one of the articles was on Julie Arkell, wonderful, whimsical artist. Julie is Very talented & very inspiring.
Last weekend we got a few house jobs completed, garden tidying, shopping and a few rather important emails sent. Lots going on behind the scenes including my daughter starting a work experience placement & in her secondary school theatre production and in the middle of mock exams. All feels quite stressful. We decided to take a break from it all and headed to the peaceful moorland and ended up driving to Buckland Abbey, national trust with picnic on the lawn of the garden, we also played a game of tennis... Enjoyed the wildflowers & bird songs. But at least it's a few more weeks & then it's the summer hols. The weather has been a real mix bag all this week... And some beautiful rainbows... 
Cosying up with candles on the grey early evenings a few nights ago... Though today has been rather lovely glimpses of blue sky as the swifts and swallows swoop over head... Thank you to those who take time to comment & read my ramblings ✨🌟

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Saturday, 25 June 2022

Moments of mine🌱🌼🌱

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June moments... 

πŸŒ±πŸ’›πŸŒ± Window blooms... Pickings from the hill top garden
✨✨πŸŒΌπŸ’›Inspired by the garden... Watercolour, pen & ink... FoxyπŸ’•πŸ¦Š
✨✨πŸ’›πŸŒΌ✨🌟Precious moments in the meadows... Buttercup heaven
πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±Walking the Devon lanes... 
πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±Buckland Abbey Gardens, national trust... Exploring the kitchen garden, Court yard... Beautiful new blooms in june✨πŸ’›
✨πŸ’›✨🐝Happy buzzing, busy bumblebees 
πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±Wildflowers fill my eyes with joy
✨✨πŸ’›✨ Another watercolour, pen & ink... Gnome in June... 
πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±✨🌟Working on my junk journals... Lots of mixed media collage & painting... Lots of cut outs, trimmings, collections of ephemera πŸ’—✂️🎨✨🌟✨
✨✨✨🌟My lovely partner stevie made me a bigger studio desk... Oh my its just wonderful!! (i will show you more in another post) I just love it πŸ’—
✨✨πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸŒŸπŸŒ±Dog Rose in the hedgerows 
✨✨πŸ’›Sweet peas & good reads... By Alys FowlerπŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ± under the dappled light of the apple trees
πŸŒ±πŸŒΏπŸ’›πŸŒΏπŸ’›πŸŒΏπŸŒ±Happy shelfie life filled with posys and National trust book shop finds... πŸ“–πŸ’›πŸ“™πŸ“–πŸ“™πŸ™‚
🌊⛱️🌊πŸŒ₯️πŸŒžπŸ’™πŸŒŠAnd a trip for an early eve walk along the spectacular coastline of Slapton sands... Its been a busy, hectic & rather stressful few weeks with one thing after another... We definitely needed some vitamin seaπŸŒŠπŸ’™πŸŒŠ
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Monday, 6 June 2022

πŸŒ±πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒ±Jubilee 🌱🌹🌱

Well, what a wonderful jubilee...πŸ’•πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ’•πŸ‘Έ

Sometimes I do get a bit anxious around large gatherings of people... I definitely prefer to escape large crowd's but actually I found the whole jubilee long weekend quite exciting and joyous... Our little market town literally went to town on its street party's, live music from 40s,50s,60s...each day they had something rather lovely planned... Punch & Judy, vintage Market, art & crafts Market, food & drinks, cream teas and a steam fair & a party picnic in the park and mini fair for the little ones. Oh and not forgetting lots of wonderful bunting everywhere... πŸŒ±πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒ±πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒ±πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒ±πŸ’•
Wonderful vintage cars dressed for the jubilee... 
And did you get to see that wonderful clip on TV of the Queen at Buckingham Palace with Paddington bear?... πŸ’•πŸ»πŸ‘ΈπŸŒΉ Enjoying tea & marmalade sandwiches ☕πŸ‘‘ The parade was so wonderful too... So many wonderful costumes & puppets & vintage cars... 
I found a wonderful vintage scrapbook of royal images, so I handmade lots of bunting & hats with it... We may of eaten too many cream teas and strawberries but we definitely all had a jolly good jubilee celebration. πŸŽ‰πŸ“πŸŽ‰πŸŒΉπŸŽ‰πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ’•πŸ‘ΈπŸ‘‘πŸŽŠ
A little catch up too... Just before the jubilee my brother came to to visit with his wife from the East anglian coast... They took us out on a couple of trips... We had a wonderful time with them & we went to the Cornish Coast of Boscastle... πŸŒ±πŸ’™πŸŒ±
Wonderful to explore the harbour town. 
May came and went in a blink of an eye, such a fun packed month too... Its my favourite month when the landscape looks so pretty with cowparsley, pink campion, bluebells & lush meadow lands. I've walked and walked my way through this month too. But that's easy when the Devon landscape is so pretty... πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±
Saltrum house gardens, national trust... The big headed poppies starting to bloom. 
And a medieval window at Cotehele with sweet peas πŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸŒ±
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