Somewhere in the mayhem…

…I found peace.

It felt like a miracle – after several days of major work and upheaval we have new windows and smooth flat walls in our kitchen – the rest of the house is still upside down but I managed to clear enough space to work today for a little while.

At the moment Im creating a class for a student Ive got next week, so its all go but in a good way. Im sending more prints out to the gallery and designing some new Christmas cards, but I expect it will be a couple of weeks before they are put together.

When I have lots going on, I can easily feel overwhelmed, I don’t make time for myself as much because Im constantly running through mental lists like ‘go to the bank and get the plasterer his money’ and ‘go to the DIY store to buy screws and new sockets and switches’ as well as ‘ironing, cooking and cleaning’ and the big one ‘keeping everything dangerous from the kitchen out of the way of investigative little fingers (which is pretty much most things – lol)’

So I plan extra long baths, where I can dream up new art work in peace. I have been listening to some great tunes on my ipod in the evenings to help me unwind and have discovered a somewhat unbelieveable distraction called Bowling Buddies on Facebook which has relieved me of some unwanted tensions (beware, if you seek this game out you stand to become addicted!!)

Another way Im coping with the strains of decorating our kitchen (perhaps the most utilised room in the home) is to look at the positive aspects of the experience – to visualise the ‘before and after’ that I have in my mind, to pick the soft furnishings, to browse cool tiles in shades of mellow sage and faded blues, to flick through shabby chic websites and choose wrought iron heart hooks, a new clock and french linen tea towels…its so exciting!

I can be creative amongst the worst mess!

Im taking pictures of the work in progress, when the whole thing is completed, I’ll share here the creative project with you all.

Oh ~ a nice thing happened – I was put in the Etsy treasury! Well, one of my paintings was! Here’s the link if you want to take a peek: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=11275

I’ll check back soon…probably next week.

Sending soup mugs of warmth and crispy autumnal walks to you-

J x

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