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This quote inspires me ~ particularly the use of the word ‘stumble’ in between ‘soar’ and ‘flourish’. It takes away the fear of so~called failure and frees us up to learn what’s right for us, so that we can live a ‘glorious life.’ 

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. To read her inspiring posts and learn about how to join in, please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.

Kaboodle Doodle Number 6

When Gilly, author of the excellent blog Lucid Gypsy, read my last Kaboodle Doodle she commented that she didn’t understand the ‘chocolate box’ reference. So I thought I’d better explain.

Anyone who has ever given me a present knows that I’m excited by the wrapping paper and ribbons almost as much as what they conceal. I save them ~ not to wrap my gifts to other people, like my grandmother did (although if you iron them they can save the day in an emergency)  ~ but for future art and craft projects.

It doesn’t stop there ~ I think about the potential of all my ‘rubbish’, before (reluctantly) consigning it to the recycling bin. Plastic containers, glass jars and bottles, labels from items of clothing…..etc…..etc….. get stashed on shelves and in empty shoe boxes and ~ until they started charging us 5p for each one ~ plastic carrier bags. Which is why it takes an entire building to house my collection of art materials.

I’ve even been influenced to buy certain products, based on the desirability of the packaging ~ £1 shop chocolates being an excellent example:IMG_1799

Once we’d scoffed the contents, which tasted surprisingly good, the empty box reminded me of a deep~sided picture frame:

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So I masked the holes on the inside and papered over the cracks……

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…..primed it, painted it and added special effects ~ the one below (yes, I bought several more) has had a coat of home~made moulding paste slapped all over it and the protective material from some flat~pack furniture wrapped around the edges, to give it a more rustic feel:IMG_1806.jpg

So there you have it ~ empty chocolate box picture frame done!

Now all that’s left  is to decide what I’m going to put in it. Maybe it will end up with hearts and flowers, like Kaboodle Doodle Number 5.

Or perhaps it’ll turn out like this:

Kaboodle Doodle Number 6 ~ The Circles of My Mind

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The design in the middle was originally intended as part of a larger, Steampunk~themed project but when it didn’t fit in as well as I’d hoped, I decided to use it as a stand~alone piece. Martin created the background of cogs, which I distressed with used tea~bags; the studs around the edge are dead batteries and the washers, nuts and other round thingamajigs were simply lying around.

Putting it together was so relaxing that I didn’t have to concentrate too much. I could allow my thoughts to wander while my hands worked and suddenly it was done ~ hence the title, ‘The Circles of My Mind.’

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m just popping into town for another box of bargain chocolates.

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p.s. I’m lying ~ I gave up refined sugar weeks ago, so the current ‘chocbox’ series will be a strictly ‘limited edition.’

 

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This message follows on beautifully from the one I posted for Nurturing Thursday last week.

Cultivate and nurture your true self!

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. To read her inspiring posts and learn about how to join in, please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.

The Return of Kaboodle Doodle ~ Number 5: My Valentine

Way back in 2014 The Artist and I converted a derelict outbuilding into an art studio, intending to share the space. But as soon as I started to gather up my extensive collection of recycled and found materials ~ squirrelled away in dark corners of the attic, beneath the spare bed and at the back of the cupboard under the stairs ~ it became obvious that it would be just large enough for one. So it became my Kaboodle.

Whilst I was busy moving my ‘stuff’ in, Martin painted the master bedroom deep blue and claimed it as his ‘man~cave’. Which works well ~ we now sleep in the quieter room at the back of the house, his trusty iMac remains indoors, where he can easily fire it up and I can make as much mess as I like without having to clear it away!

At the time I began to publish a series of blogs called ‘Kaboodle Doodles’, documenting  ~ for myself as much as anyone ~ the process of learning to work in mixed and unusual media. Scrolling back I can see that I only managed four posts, before other priorities claimed my attention ~ but that doesn’t mean that I gave up experimenting. Because that’s what this is ~ a challenging, exciting, liberating experiment in expressing something I know but can’t seem to put into words.

Finally the hours of sketching, researching and ‘trying’ to get it ‘right’, of dumping failures in the bin and starting anew seem to be paying off. Whilst the pictures and 3D objects I’m designing aren’t conventional works of art, they are literally ‘Works in Progress’, which satisfy me in all sorts of ways. And, as The Artist himself keeps reminding me, that’s all they have to do.

So, without further preamble and sixteen months after it’s predecessor, may I humbly present:

Kaboodle Doodle Number 5 

Heart My Valentine 

The content of this simple composition, with it’s traditional message of Peace and Love, is secondary to my original purpose ~ to discover whether I could create an ornate frame out of a pound shop chocolate box. Having said that, the papier~mache heart is also the basis for a more intricate design that is taking shape in my mind ~ luckily (but not surprisingly) I made several at the same time! As I said, ‘Work in Progress.’

It proved tricky to photograph, owing to reflections from the metallic finishes and shadows cast by the deep edges of the frame. So  a big ‘thank you’ to Martin for taking the time to make this image the best that it can be and for encouraging me to keep going.

He’s My Valentine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The preoccupation with being in other people’s gardens and tilling their soil and looking at what they’re creating keeps us off our purpose. We must learn to cultivate our own garden’  Dr Wayne W Dyer. 

 
My Secret Courtyard. 

I don’t know about anyone else but I find it all too easy to get sucked into the curious demands of 21st Century life ~ whether it be joining online campaigns against global injustice, having my say in local affairs or supporting the interests of  close family and friends. 

In the past my eagerness to be involved has led to burnout ~ which renders me quite useless and frustrated with myself. I’m learning to prioritise my time and respect my boundaries. It stands to reason that unless I do, I can’t expect anyone else to either. 

Given my enthusiasm for gardening, the above quote could have been written for me ~ encouraging me to allow others to get on with their lives, while I nurture my own ‘backyard’ and unearth my true purpose. I’ll let you know how I get on! 

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. To read her inspiring posts and learn about how to join in, please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.
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The above quote is resonating with me right now ~ for some reason I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Finding myself wide awake in the wee small hours a thousand thoughts fight for my attention. Eventually I remember to run through a meditation routine, finally dropping into deep slumber around about dawn. 😟

I know from experience that when I get tired and tetchy the best solution is to take myself off and become absorbed in something creative ~ whether or not I actually feel like it. 

With temperatures in my Kitchen Courtyard hovering around zero, the plants look enchanting in their pots ~ but gardening defntely isn’t an option just yet:

 

So I’ve been spending time in the warm and cosy Kaboodle, messing around with a ‘Steampunk’ themed collage that I’m currently experimenting with……

  

……. upcycling empty chocolate boxes (yum yum) into picture frames …..

  

…..and writing a Gratitude List:

  

It takes a bit of focused concentration to shift my grumpy mind~set but once I get into the groove my spirits begin lift, chasing those mid~winter blues away! 

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.

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We’ve been experiencing more gale force winds and higher rainfall than usual on the island this winter. Last night’s storm chased empty flowerpots around the Kitchen Courtyard, up~ended the washing whirligig and kept me awake for hours. 😦

So today I’m taking heed of these words, posted on Facebook by ‘the rockstar and Indiana Jones of the superfoods and longevity universe’ David Wolfe. (How could anyone not take the advice of a gourmet chocolatier, passionate about the ‘….health giving and mystical properties of dark, organic chocolate’?)

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This enchanting scene inspires me to look forward to less turbulent times when I’ll be able to sun~worship in said courtyard ~ quite possibly partaking of a few mouthfuls of dark, organic chocolate (but not looking quite so ethereal!)

But with temperatures outside plummeting, I’ll settle for snuggling up with a mug of organic cocoa, warm and cosy indoors!

Whether it’s blowing a hooley, pouring with rain or the middle of summer where you are today, you have permission to put the cares of the world to one side, while you nurture yourself and recharge ~ with or without chocolate! 🙂

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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