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.


Salt and pepper anyone?

When our family eat dinner there are no salt shakers on the table. My boys would love to douse their already seasoned food with salt, so for health reasons, only pepper makes an appearance.

That doesn’t mean though, that I can’t appreciate kitschy salt and pepper shakers. A couple of lovely owl shakers live on my painting table, after their rescue from a charity shop shelf. I think they are quite old, underneath is a made in Taiwan label. Interestingly the brown owl has holes on his sides as well as the top of his head. Perhaps to suit left and right handers?

I wonder who first came up with the idea of novelty animal and bird salt and pepper shakers? I was going to write that I hadn’t seen many people, car or bicycle shakers, but a quick image search revealed such masterpieces of novelty as:pipe shakers, cottage shakers, beer Stein shakers, corn cob shakers, bus shakers, ice-cream cone shakers, acorn shakers, tap dancing peanuts complete with top hat and cane shakers, people of all types shakers, mushroom shakers, telephone shakers, naked lady shakers, lawn mower shakers and my personal favourite, half peeled bananas wearing hats and playing the drums shakers. Who knew?

The wordy gentleman

Defining owls: 1956 dictionary

I have little need to study this word

I think this is my best side

I’m a little  bashful

Side view

How now brown owl

Owl la la

What is it about op shopping(or thrifting) that gets my heart beating in anticipation? Is it an  inbuilt gathering instinct? I love poking around old, discarded objects, never being sure what treasure might be unearthed.

Of course often, I find nothing. That’s okay, it just makes it all the more satisfying when something does jump out at me.

Today, I hit the jackpot. My breath caught when I spied this whimsical owl cup complete with  lid(or perhaps it is a sugar bowl?). I especially love it’s tail poking out of the back, how surprising!

In the company of owls

Where I paint, I have surrounded my self with owl friends. My husband fears that owls will inhabit the whole house, so I have grouped them here(plus in a few other unobtrusive places too…..).

In the company of owls

Two of these owls are especially treasured. This beautiful vintage amber glass owl jug was given to my mother(who collects amber glass), by a dear friend. Mum then gave it to me to add to my collection. It is one of my favourite things.

The other very special owl, is a glass bell that I found on a holiday in Coolangatta, in an amazingly crammed full antiques and collectables store. It will always remind me of a holiday we shared with special friends.