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Just a heads up that I plan to put some calming ideas on this blog starting in July. Think art books, artists, card decks for inspiration, meditation links that kinda thing. If my hands allows some books that have projects that calm the mind n soul too.

The world sure is loud, shouty, spiky at the moment, so I’ll try to share some gentle things with you to help you through.

I fully respect that what one person finds calming, may well drive another nuts, so as with all things, take what resonates, step away from the rest. I don’t want to use the mindfulness word, as for me I find that devisive. Its a very marmite thing. Personal soap box moment on this topic; like any great idea that is shared, each person tweaks it a bit, adds their own spin and for me there are some parts of what is touted as mindfulness which (to me) feel judgemental. As if, you are failing if you don’t do this or that.

THAT’S not me and not for me. There is far too much of that in the world. Eek did I fall on my own sword there ??? Did I judge others, SORRY. Its simply that Mindfullness stems from Buddhist ideals, ways of life, things to live by, and that’s totally fine. My issue is as its been shared and rebranded as mindfulness it seems to have been modified past the original concept. I have found it being used as a mental health as a tool but in that situation as it was presented badly [to me] it was being used in ways that felt judgemental.Β  I own my part, I have tried to use it in situations that it turn out not to feel right for me, not at the right time and not in the right situation.

However, personally and for myself I feel surrendering to this current world situation is the way through for me. I have learnt Reiki from You Tube and will share where. Meditated lots, which has helped my anxiety grately.

I have learnt not to try to fix my mental health issues, been TRYING to fix for years and that’s not helped or worked. I have learnt to walk WITH stuff. Allowing it to be what it is, and witnessing it, giving it space to be, doing my best to take care of myself during the worst of times, and then waiting for the gaps in the clouds, the storms to break. When IΒ  realised others can’t, won’t help then it was time to use a different approach. The phrase ‘no one is coming to save you.’ is one that has been repeatedly shown to me in this journey.There are more options that NHS offer, they simply have to stick to budgets and what NICE guidlines allow. It is what it is, not bashing anyone but waiting lists were long and its a circle of pillar to post for precious little of help, things aren’t going to be better with more people in need of help after the c19 situation. We gotta build our own boat here folkes. Work out what works for us, gather that, stick close to those who love and support us, who love us for who and what we are and beilive in. I have learnt that as someone wise also once said; ‘Its better to be alone, than be someone you are not’

So next month I’ll start to share what I’m using right now, see if it helps you too.

Holding safe space for all those struggling right now.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

UPDATE: If you were sad not to see the promised posts. Tech fail, my computer fell over. My health is suffering so I’m not able to post as much as I used too. I will post when I can.

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Just popped into wish you all a Merry ‘whatever’ and may the season be as kind to you as possible. Please know its always OK to say NO especially if your health or sanity depends on it. The expectations of others are THEIRS, not a to do list….just saying.

Christmas or Yule card 2019

Winter wishes, you choose your celebration.

To all those I forgot to send cards too ‘Sorry, brain fog’.

To all those I have lost contact with, I send you love, wish you well and hope the coming year is as kind to you as possible.

Thank you to everyone still reading this blog, even though it gets neglected. I have plans for some more videos, taking that You Tube channel in a new direction in the coming years. Expect Crystals and card decks and maybe some bullet journalling as I figure out ways to cope with high pain levels, anxiety and depression etc.

I started a new blog for the crystals and card deck stuff its called The Willow Tree Retreat, I had hoped it could have the same layout as this one but this theme has been retired now and I need to spend more time tidying it up and adding more stuff but its a work in progress and like this one, dependant on health limitations but I’m doing the best that I can, like all of us.

Links

The Willow Tree Retreat

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you when I can

Billie x

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Bookmarks for Filofaxes

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some bookmarks I created to quickly get to the pages of interest in my Filofax.

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design.

Items used

  • Zig Art & Graphic Markers.
  • 160 GSM cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pens

When you are designing bookmarks, it is important to be aware of how permanent or not your ink is. Lovely though they are, these Zig Art & Graphic markers are water based and will reactivate if they come in contact with moisture. For that reason I’ve only used them in the lower sections of the bookmark, not the areas you would ‘grab’ so the ink doesn’t spoil on your hands or book. TBH they are fine for this Filofax as the pages they are in contact with are replaceable but if you are making these for reading style books then make sure you use an ink that will not reactivate.

Pitt Artist Pens are waterproof once dry so they are perfect for this project and for using on the tabs, where they will get most use and handling.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a tutorial for making your own markers for your Filofax and I’ll get one written up for you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Today I”d like to share a bird themed doodle I drew, inspired by Flora Chang’s designs.

Bird doodle page, inspired by Flora Chang

Bird doodle page, inspired by Flora Chang

Items used

  • Daler Rowney Basic A6 Sketchbook
  • Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pen
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

First I drew a few birds, then I wrote the word. Gave me the idea that looking up a word and doodling from that or the thoughts/ideas that you associate with that word might be fun πŸ˜‰

What inspires you to draw & doodle?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie πŸ™‚

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Do you Doodle? Or wish you did? In today’s post I will be reviewing; Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh. If the winter blues are getting you down, or your life stresses you out, you need this book.

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh

  • Title: Craft-a-Doodle
  • Author: Jenny Doh
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • ISBN: 978-1-4547-0422-5
  • RRP: Β£12.99 at time of writting

My Reason for Buying

Growing up I used to doodle quite a lot, but gave it up for no particular reason. Lately Doodling has become the latest craze and since I used to love it so much, I wanted to see what other artists doodle.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose πŸ˜‰

Contents

This book brings together a number of artists and has tutorials/doodle prompts for each of them. The artists included in the book are;

  • Cori Dantini
  • Gemma Correll
  • Carla Sonheim
  • Flora Chang
  • Corinne Dean
  • Dawn Devries Sokol
  • Jessie Oleson Moore
  • Dinara Mirtalipova
  • Julie ArmbrusterStephanie Kubo
  • Cynthia Shaffer
  • Aimee Ray
  • Teressa McFayden
  • Hanna Anderson
  • Mafalda Laezza
  • Pamela Keravuori
  • Jennifer Taylor
  • Teesa Moore

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Good clear font used throughout the book
  • Most of the text is NOT on patterned or textured background, some is in red ink but not too much and some is on coloured panels but the background isn’t mottled so that helps.
  • Lots of different style brought together in one publication
  • At the back of the book is a paragraph about each artist included in the main book
  • Links to artists websites/blogs are in the back of the book
  • Details of materials used by each artist are included with the tutorials

Cons

Haven’t got any

Value for Money

Excellent, covers a lot of different styles in one book

Would I buy it Again?

Totally

Summing up

You know when you were a kid and saw someone drawing something cool, if you were lucky they would teach you how to do it, then you went off and made it your own.. This book is like that. I like that there are different styles in the book, I didn’t love them all but found lots that I did. I like that there are lists of websites in the book so if you fall in love with a style you can visit the artists site and find out more.

You don’t need much to doodle, if you have a sheet of printer paper and a biro you can doodle. Just bring an open mind and your favorite brew and this book will inspire you to get back to doodling and all the fun and relaxation that it brings. You can get pretty with it with coloured pens and pencils or paints of your choice if you like, but whatever you do, its a lot of fun and will bring a smile to your face. Who doesn’t need that from time to time?

Go get this book, its excellent, you need it. πŸ˜‰

Links

Craft-a-Doodle on Amazon

Jenny Doh; Blog

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie πŸ™‚

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Well we got through the dark days of January and here we are in February. Time for a new stash dive. This month I’m going for some colour to brighten up a gloomy time of year. Lets have some drawing fun and have a go with doodles. Dig out some coloured pens and pencils and chill out with some creative scribbling.

Art and doodling great stash dive for Feb 2014

Art and doodling great stash dive for Feb 2014

How about you, do you doodle? Its very relaxing, as a lot of the time you aren’t too focused on where the design is going, just scribble away till you get some thing you like. I used to doodle a lot in my teens but gradually gave it up. When I saw Jenny Doh’s book it inspired me to have another go.

Will you be joining me for some arty fun this month?Β  Do you doodle?Β I’d love to hear what you like to draw the most. Don’t let the gloomy weather get you down, why not choose your own colour for your day and wear something bright that makes you happy or create a project with a happy colour.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie πŸ™‚

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Today I’d like to share another doodle I have drawn.

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

This one was created after watching a Shoo Rayner tutorial on You Tube. I used Faber-Castell Pitt pens for the outline and their Polychromos pencils for the colouring.

Links

If you are new to the world of doodling and want to learn how to draw a paisley shape check out Shoo Rayners tutorial and channel on You Tube.

Really enjoying doodling, just turn of your brain and let the line go for a walk. I leave the design uncoloured and go back to it another day when I don’t have inspiration to draw but want to colour in. A win win really πŸ™‚

Do give doodling a try, you only need a little notebook and any pen you have to hand,Β  great for waiting rooms or long commutes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie πŸ™‚

Thank goodness for the awesome light DH bought in the Amazon sale, the natural light is far too low to photograph without it.

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