Monday, 1 September 2014

My own products

Throw Pillow
This is just a short blog to let you all know I am selling my products on Society 6. They sell a variety of items made up with my original photos and paintings.
Tote Bag
It is lovely to see my work not only on prints but on household items such as pillows clocks bags. They make me smile and I hope they do the same for you.
There will be many more to follow and I hope you will come back and have a look as my range grows.

So head on over and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

1 Year Anniversary

Flowers from Work

This week was an anniversary of sorts for me. I have been in my new job for 12 months. 1 year of my life and it has been a happy year. I remember that first day and my nervousness. I was to begin in a job that I knew nothing about and was concerned about remembering all this new information. 

When you are twenty or so and you start a new job you are so sure of yourself because at that stage of your life you are bulletproof. Your confidence will see you through. But as you get older sometimes the bruises and battles you may have had to endure in workplaces make you unsure or nervous about your self. I had been through such an experience in my previous job. I worked for an angry man that impacted my life. Work doesn't just stay with you in those work hours it comes home and becomes part of you. 

What a great pleasure to now work with people who are kind and generous with their knowledge and experience. Every day I am happy to go to work. Each day I have different things happening and although it is a administrative position - no two days are the same.

You know we all have a choice in life and some people choose to make others lives unhappy and every day a battle but yet others take the road of support and encouragement. Which person are you or do you want to be - it is a choice?

The truth is you don't know what effect you might have on someone's life. Look at our beloved actor Robin Williams - on that particular day he left us, life was too much for him but the next day or the day after he may have felt safe and happy again . I don't think he realised what influence he had on others, because there has been such a big out pouring of love for him. He gave us all so much happiness and so many lesson on life. He taught us 

 "Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys ! Make your lives extraordinary"

"All you have to do is think one happy thought and you'll fly like me"

"To live would be an awfully big adventure"

We never know what a kind word to a stranger or the people you work with may change the whole outlook for the day.So give and receive kindness at work, at home or  on the street.You can make a difference and share someone's load - it happened to me and I always try to pass it on to others. 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

My Parents


My parents had a love story.

My parents spent  57 years happily married before we lost Mum, and then Dad passed three years and 1 month later. We always knew there was something special about their story. You see my parents had all these little quirky things about them. My Mum's initials were HJ and my Dad's were JH. They were born 1 day, 1 month and 1 year apart. They went to the same school at the same time but Dad was 1 year older so they never met.Then my Mum worked with my father's cousin and she was going to try and get them together at her wedding (unbeknown to my father), but my Dad being his own man he asked her to dance and they got together without anyone's help. That was it for them and a match was made.

They married and my Dad had a good job but someone at his work was going to be sacked because the work was running out. It was going to be another man who had a few children so my Dad put his hand up and volunteered to go.So his wedding present was losing his job. But shows what a good man he was and little did he know that soon he would be going to be a father himself. 

He found a job, but it was in Darwin and they were in Brisbane. For anyone reading this that is not in Australia, Darwin is at the top of Australia and Brisbane is on the East coast so this was a huge distance. 

So they needed to be parted for a while while Dad worked up there and he also had to build a shack for them to live in. It was rough and ready in the 1950's. Not the perfect place for a new couple but it was a good way for them to make some money to buy their first house.

Now comes the reason that inspired me to write this blog. We have been going through all their things to see what we want to keep and see if there is anything we can give to people to help them out, like clothes and blankets. That would be what they would have wanted because they were as kind as the day is long.

Amongst the normal household goods and loving memento's of our childhood we found the precious diamonds of their belongings.We found Mum and Dad's love letters from the time they were parted. They had a couple of months apart until  they were both up in Darwin together and they wrote such beautiful letters.

Mum always told us their were love letters here but we never read them. But we stumbled upon them one Sunday afternoon and sat together and heard the words of a young couple in love. My Dad was always a man of few words as he got older but in his youth he speaks of his darling wife and his love for her. That he is sorry he forgot to tell her he loved her when he was speaking to her on the phone one night.

When you have lost both your parents and that unconditional love that you received all your life - to find these precious words that remind you of who they were and the love they shared it is the most amazing gift in the world. I cannot share their letters completely with you because they are our treasures but wanted to share the feelings they brought to the surface. 

All I can say to those out there who still have parents make sure you treasure them and hug them whenever you can because one day that is the one thing that you can never get back. But you will be warmed by the memories you made with them while they were here. And listen to their stories because they are your history.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Handmade by Susie and Wendy

Well it has been a few days since my sister Susie and I started our new Etsy shop with our handmade and original cards. It has been a rush loading the photos. We had been going to do this for such a long time because when you do things that you love you get that wonderful feeling inside and you go to that happy place. You want to share what you have created with others. But then you need to find an outlet.

We use our cards to give to those we love but we have gone way beyond that amount.We have also put them in different shops but sometimes you just don't get to display them where or how you would like.So Etsy has become our new shop front and we are loving it. And guess what we have our first sale. And our card is on it's way to California. Wow.So our card is travelling half way around the world. What a buzz to think of that. Let it be the first of many. And with each one we send love in the envelope. We hope it shows. Here is our little traveller.
And here are some of our favourites that we would like to share with you and we hope that they all end up travelling across the world to find new homes.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Well here I am back at the computer and it has been awhile since I last wrote. 2013 was such a whirlwind for me with ups and downs of the major kind. The year  began with me being in a very unhappy situation that really challenged my ideas about people and myself. I had to learn to dig deep and face issues that none of us like to deal with - bullying and aggression. When you have been brought up in a loving family with support and you have to face those in the world that are only interested in bringing you down it is such a shock.

But you know these tests,as painful as they are let you find who is really there when you need them. I was lucky enough not only to have that continued family support but found that my circle of friends closed ranks and gave me the confidence to fight back. Bullies should never win. We all need to be aware of the signs and look out for others because we should never let anyone suffer alone.

This was the down but following that came a burst of painting and creativity that helped pull me back to the person I am and got me on the road back to who I was. Then came a wonderful stroke of luck that got me working in a workplace that is kind and supportive. We all spend most of our day with those people we work with, even more than our families and friends. What a pleasure to want to get up in the morning and love to go to work. We all deserve that. So my year ended on a high.

Now on to the beginning of this year.

I have just started a new Etsy shop with my sister. If you have read my blog before you will know I paint and I have an Etsy shop with prints of my work also I sell jewellery using my images.

My sister Susie and I have been making cards for years and love to put all our heart into them. We have spent all weekend getting organised and putting together our new Etsy shop and feel wonderful to start a new venture. I would love to share some with you here.  Or come over and see them all at