When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

WOYWW 273 - I'm here!

Hello, I'm here I haven't disappeared just been very quiet in blog land. Not much crafting done either. But I thought I'd better pop in and say hi.

Obviously the only place to be on a Wednesday is at The Stamping Ground for the weekly desk sharing phenomenon. Head over to join in or just a nose.

My desk is pretty standard - 
Right hand desk - pens galore and that book is for my Clothing colouring class I'm taking online at Kit and Clowder. Not done too much as Summer holidays seem to have muted most creativity.
Not sure why pic this way round but anyway photos (me as a baby!) and a smash book. That's a pic of Keagan in his suit ready to go in a frame and the pink image is ready for a name card I want to make.

I've so many projects I want to make but each day slips by without them happening. I guess school holidays do that. 

Take care Zo xx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Another tick off the list - Tattoo!!

We all have one. You know, that list of things we would like to do, see, places to go, that whatever you call it type list.

I'm no different. As my health has deteriorated I have come to terms with the fact that some of the things on my list really aren't achievable now. But they haven't been deleted. No. Because in the future there may be a way. Who knows. But as I approach 40 (next May) I'm determined to start ticking a few things off that list and to stop letting life pass me by.

So a few months ago I booked up to have my second tattoo (yes I already have one!!). My first I had done when I was 21. It's a small cartoon tropical fish positioned to look like it has swam out of my belly button! But I wanted a different idea this time, I've always wanted to have Keagan's name incorporated but didn't want it to be a usual type name thing. I spent months looking at ideas and then on Pinterest one day I came across this image, it was posted in different colours, and it jumped at me. Blue (for Bristol Rovers), Paris skyline and inky watercolour in style. Perfect.

So I took the jpeg into CraftArtist and added Keagan's name in a font I liked. My tattoo. There are a number of tattooists round here but Max has been in the industry for years and I know his wife. So today I went round and had it done. It didn't hurt, scratched really.

 Took this as Max started.

Took this as soon as I got home so only about half an hour after finished. It's a bit swollen but it will settle. The blue is a bit brighter but that's because it will fade down a bit.  It does go round one side of my wrist so part is seen when my arm is turned over. I love it! 

Just wanted to share it with you all and will post another pic once it's settled.
Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

WOYWW 270 - Can you see who it is?

 Hello Wednesday and hello desk dashers!

So my desk is bare today after tidying up but luckily I had the thought to take some pictures last night as I was working on my Smash Book so here they are - 

Usual right side - need to put all those pens away really! The bound book under the images is to keep all my class info & exercises from the Clothing class at Kit and Clowder, I've finished the Skin and Hair class already and learned so much!

Window side, Ottlite lighting the way.

So I'm working on my Smash Book, one that is about me. I've got one for Keagan which I've gone right back to when he was born so decided to do the same for me. 

That black and white pic is of me 3 days old! My mum let me have the albums so I took photos of the photos to use. I've realised just how few were taken as back then it cost too much to keep snapping like we do today. There's the small piles of photos that I've sorted into how old I was to add. That photo on the right is of me with my grandparents (mum's side). I'm adding as much detail as I can and questioning mum if I don't know!

So there's me; pop over to The Stamping Ground to check in with Julia to link up, nose or whatever!!
Take care Zo xx