Colour me happy

I wrote recently about feeling blue and felt overwhelmingly grateful for the beautiful and practical comments I received. I have followed much of this advice and did things which I knew from past experience would help lift my spirits.

I spent a whole weekend by myself, painting and making owls for an upcoming market. I haven’t had a whole weekend to myself for seventeen years since my first son was born. I’m not saying I want this all the time or even often but I needed it and loved it. I didn’t get in the car. I ate what and when I wanted to eat. I spread my art and craft mess everywhere and cleaned it up when I wanted to. I played my music. I wasn’t lonely, Ruby kept me company and we walked together when my neck got too sore to paint and sew any more.

I had a weekend of colour and peace and am feeling so refreshed from it that I decided to tackle a post I have been putting off due to feeling a little daunted by the work it would involve.

Recently Anna Cull nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger award as did Bebe Butler. Bebe’s words struck me when she described this award as ” like a cyber style warm fuzzy…you pass it along as a thank you to the blogs that have inspired you and moved you.” Thank you so much Anna and Bebe for thinking of my blog, it gave me much encouragement. Visit Anna and Bebe’s blogs, they’re both wonderful artists.

It was also a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by The Girl in the Yellow Dress. There are lots of nice things to look at and read about on this blog so make sure you visit!

I’ve discovered that one way to feel happier is to pass on happiness to others. So I decided to get to work and pass on the awards,  a “warm cyber fuzzy” as Bebe said. It is a bit of work to accept the awards, so if it’s too daunting, don’t feel obliged to pass it on, but just enjoy knowing that you have inspired me, made me laugh, given me lots of eye candy or made me think deeply.

Beautiful Blogger

The Rules A Few Guidelines:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you — tick.
  2. Post the award image to your page — tick.
  3. Tell seven facts about yourself — keep reading…
  4. Nominate 15* other bloggers for the award and let them know about the nomination.

*Some blogs suggest nominating seven other bloggers for the BBA if you find this daunting! Yes I found it daunting!

Seven facts about me:

  • I love dark chocolate.
  • I was force-fed Brussel sprouts as a child and I still detest them(hope you’re reading this family).
  • I met my husband when I was 18 through his older brother who I went to art teaching college with.
  • I’m a bookworm.
  • Quite frequently I can’t go to sleep and then I can’t wake up which I suppose makes me  a night owl.
  • My grandma threw my snuggle rag in the bin when I was six so I rescued it and still have it.
  • At sixteen I turned up to a fancy dress party with a friend, both of us dressed in garbage bags(why I can’t remember) and nobody else had dressed up…………

In no particular order the nominees are:

People, places and bling!


A Conversation with Moo

Beth Butcher

Hills of Nottingham

Moving in time

3 wishes studio

Versatile Blogger


The rules of this award are as follows:

1.  Display the award certificate on your website.
2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
3.  Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

  • I am very unmusical and can’t sing in tune but have managed to produce two boys with lovely voices and one who loves to play flute and guitar.
  • I love cooking, especially baking.
  • I love the ocean and the smell of the sea air but it makes my hair go frizzy.
  • I love to dance and will frequently do so whilst doing housework.
  • I was a sleep-walker until I was twenty-one and would carry things around the house.
  • My favourite childhood shows were Gilligan’s Island ,The Brady Bunch and Skippy the bush kangaroo.
  • The first record I bought was Bryan Ferry’s Let’s Stick Together.

And here are the very Versatile Blogger nominees:

Love Notes Restyle Studio 


The crafty pioneer

Sky blue with daisies

Obsolescence Project


Deep in the heart of textiles


Poppy goes happy 

Sara Quinn Designs

Lucky Porcupine 

Paper Cotton Love 

Gentle stitches 

Crafty Baba


Finally, I hope you enjoy the two below. They were found in a charity shop by a friend and given to me for a birthday gift in January. I can’t help but smile when I see them.

Colourful owls in the apple tree

I think we might need to rethink our camouflage attire.

Which of us is the most colourful my dear?

My dear I’m worried we look a little penguin like from the side.

Our backs are a sight to be seen

Never mind, our backs are a sight to be seen.


46 thoughts on “Colour me happy

  1. What a delightful post. I especially loved the little Owls, I was particularly pleased that the colour was happy and then I saw my blogs award. Thank you so much! I accept with honour! I was glad to read of you getting some time out. I am teaching the children in my life to always take excellent care of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. It took me a while to learn the importance of self care but believe it is one of life’s great lessons. I am not always good at it but keep trying. : )

  2. I am glad you are feeling better, a weekend to yourself to do whatever you wanted when you wanted I’m sure was helpful. While I enjoy my company I do make sure I get to have my alone time as well, I just need it. I enjoyed learning a little more about you from your things about me sections here. You have quite a few wonderful blogs nominated I had never heard of before and have been checking them out. Then came the surprise that you nominated me. Thank you for the nomination, I’m honored to be in such wonderful company.

  3. So glad you had your weekend to yourself! Seventeen years! Wow…that’s a long time to wait. As a suggestion (take or leave it as you like) perhaps you can give yourself a mini version of your weekend on a more regular basis, whether it is an afternoon, a late night since you’ve discovered you are a night owl, or at times maybe a whole day. I think it’s so important as busy women that we learn to take care of ourselves. Most of us do not give ourselves enough time to just be ourselves for ourselves. (This also comes from the psychotherapist in me, too, just a little free professional advice LOL). And congrats on your blogger awards!! You certainly deserve them…I love how you weave your personal life into your blogging about your art. I’m so new to blogging that I really need to work on this, as you have gently suggested with your idea to post about my bunnies (which I haven’t done yet). I enjoyed your answers to the seven things about yourself (double duty for you with doing it twice). I”m really happy for you to get this recognition for your blogging and I’m looking forward to visiting the blogs you have nominated.
    Thanks so much for all you share with us! Peace to your heart, Sara

    • Sara, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. You’re right about needing to make time for our selves, sometimes I just find it hard to find! I love the way you sign off with Peace to your heart, it’s very special. Jen x

  4. I’m so glad you’re feeling upbeat. The award came at just the right time. Congratulations.

    I love these teensy owls.

  5. Jennifer – I’m so glad you got to spend time alone doing for yourself. It sounds like it was such a good thing for your soul. I adore your owl birthday gifts – totally charming. And, thank you for the lovely gesture of the nomination. Nothing like a little pressure! xok

  6. Jen, many congratulations on your nominations! You deserve it as your blog, including your artwork and photography is wonderful. Happy to hear you had a lovely weekend 🙂

  7. Alone time!! A gift that is so great because you know you are part of something greater than yourself. I love my solitude, only because I know it will end and boys and husband disturb it! I would go mad without it though. Thanks for the fuzzy award, I will co operate I promise!

  8. Congratulations on your well deserved awards, and thank you so much for nominating me…what a lovely surprise! It may take me a little while to ‘pass it on’…over the busy Christmas season my blogging has had to take a back seat, but I will be back and posting more regularly very soon. Thanks again! Tracey 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your nominations, they are well deserved! I’m glad you had a relaxing weekend, it’s necessary when you can. Thank you for my nomination, I’ve had a stressful week and it really brightened up my day!

  10. I am not surprised you received those awards – what lovely compliments but well deserved too! I had a dream last night that I was walking along the road with my two sons and saw a family of owls huddling together peacefully. Of course, I stopped to take a photo. I will never know how the photo turned out but I think I can thank you for inspiring the lovely dream 🙂

  11. loved your post…I too have been craving a getaway and was literally pondering it five minutes before reading your post…a weekend with paints, quiet time and nature sounds lovely…thanks for the inspiration

  12. Jen,

    I would like to accept the nomination you gave me. You are going to have to tell me exactly how to do that. I’m not that savvy lol. I greatly appreciate your nomination. Thanks!!!


    • I’m so pleased you like it! Don’t worry it’s easy to get the picture on your blog. Just cut and paste it from my post to your post(draft page). You could cut and paste the instructions too to make it quicker!! Let me know if you have trouble and I’ll try to explain it in a different way! The bit that took me ages was to get the links to the other blogs!!

      Jen 🙂

  13. I’m late. I’m late to the party. Apologies! Bravo!! I loved your description of your weekend of color peace. Very inspiring! I also love the photographs of the little owls. The captions made me smile! T. (And thanks for the warm and warm, fuzzy and positive cyber thoughts!)

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