School holidays my friends, around here it means we get to sleep in a little, wear our PJ's till whenever we want, our lunch bags don't have to be packed & homework is not obligatory at all. Most of all it signifies three weeks I get to spend with our girls. And boy have we been busy. So I have had a little break from here, technology & my studio. It's been really nice to just reconnect with them.
I can't believe how cold it is here at the moment, compared with two weeks ago where we were swimming at the beach & visiting friends at their holiday home. Even though it was a relatively short break, we packed in a lot & the girls loved it, nothing better than fresh sea air & salt water.
I took my first panorama picture with my iPhone, it turned out not too bad. Beautiful beach isn't it. We had it to ourselves, the girls & their friends couldn't get enough of it, swimming, making sand castles, rock climbing & just hanging out. Perfect. We did not want to leave.
On the weekend I watched another lesson from Celine Navarro on Big Picture Classes
I had some Gesso in my studio that I purchased a while ago but was too nervous to use it, till now. Now I'm going to brush that Gesso on everything, well maybe not everything but you get the idea, it wasn't hard at all. What I loved about using it the most was that I have had this yellow scrapbook paper in my stash for a while because I wasn't quite sure how to use paper with such big patterns & by just adding the Gesso to it, it softened the yellow enough to add a picture & embellishments without looking lost. I have plenty more paper similar to this & I will be trying it on those too. I really recommend the class, have a go. Join.
Today I finally ordered my new Black Midori Traveller's Notebook, I've had my brown one for a long time & it's my favourite planning tool by far, this new one is going to be used for a special project, I can't wait for it to arrive.
Over the weekend, our creative community received terrible news, Heidi Swapp & her beautiful family lost a son/brother. When I read it on Instagram, I felt my heart actually ache for her, I don't know her personally of course, I only follow her on social media & of course indulge in her craft items at Spotlight once in a while. But as a mother, I instinctively understood what her grief & sadness must be like, we all have as mothers I think worried about our children passing before us or at least I have at times let my mind wonder to a place I hope & pray I never have to go through - ever. However, Heidi is there, she's living that nightmare, I just can't imagine the pain, if I try to imagine it, my heart just aches. I don't attend church, but I do believe in God & I will be praying for Heidi & her family everyday. What did I learn from it, I learnt that life is precious, I learnt that relationships with your children & family need to be worked on daily. Have grace.
Enjoy the rest of the week my friends.