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.
The Rules A Few Guidelines:
- Thank the person who nominated you — tick.
- Post the award image to your page — tick.
- Tell seven facts about yourself — keep reading…
- 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:
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:
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.