Dear Santa

A girl can dream right? I don't expect to get any of these, my husband and I don't really buy much for each other.We spend what little money we have on treating the girls. But still, just in case Santa is reading this, here is my christmas list!

Table-Top Easel

Hoo Are You owl necklace

Cute Owl necklace by Violet Bella

Women's NEIL YOUNG t shirt american apparel  S M L XL (14 Colors Available)

The Flight of the Bohemian - Feather and Chains Necklace

The Flight of the Bohemian - Feather and Chains Necklace

 Owl Addict Fabric Bundle

 Vintage Owl Dish

Vintage Ruby Red Cowgirl Boots

Vintage Ruby Red Cowgirl Boots

We're gearing up for Christmas here. The bigger two girls are getting very very excited! We're putting our tree up on Thursday, ready for family visiting at the weekend.

I've made ornaments for my ornament swaps, and we're planning on making paper chains to string up as well as paper snowflakes to put on the windows this week!

Oh... and I remembered that I have a formspring account! So if you want to ask me anything, hop on over here


Living LIfe Your Way....Interview with Mon

I've been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I'm running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they've overcome it to live life their way...

*Hi Mon , tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a listener with a big heart and blunt tongue. After living in Uruguay, Australia, and England, I'm currently in Montenegro, up a mountain, by the sea, with a hubby and toddler. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

*Aside from your blogs, what else keeps you busy?

Mostly my spirited 2.5 yr-old girl. I'm an Intuitive Mentor, a spiritual life coach of sorts. But that's not a paid gig (yet). I also, take photographs, create mixed media art, crochet, I help bloggers with web/blog design, cook, do yoga, am writing a book, and read, and read, and read. Yet I have strived for simplicity in the last two years, so I aim for not being busy. I spread all the above out thinly. I'm an ideas person, so it takes work to choose focus or a nap instead of something else to do.

*Is the life you lead now the life you've always dreamt of?

No. I once dreamt of being an actress, an educational psychologist, a professional photographer, a natural health therapist (and others!). Many choices were down to trying to push my life into what others thought it should be. Yet when I have allowed myself to be fully me, I have always been about the process. It didn't worry me to 'become something'. To be respectable with a 'proper' career. I love tasting life. When I've been at peace with myself, I have never dreamt too far ahead.

*When you have faced difficulties, what has been your inspiration to keep going?

The belief that this is my one life. Even if you believe in reincarnation, this is still one specific life. I believe it's
precious. I believe it's amazing. I consider myself an optimistic realist. I don't view life with rose-tinted glasses, and I do have a cynical streak. Yet I always trust that something good is around the corner. But we have to be open to receive it. So when I've been at my lowest, I allow the dark emotions, and then work my way out, to be ready. I also view difficulties as opportunities for growth as a person.

*Fear affects most of us at some point. What part has fear played in your life and how have you overcome it?

I'm quite audacious. You can't live life fully if you're timid. Yet I've spent most of life owning the fear of trying to be perfect. I feared for many years not being good enough to be an artist, or writer, or mentor. I used to think if I couldn't do it perfectly, there was no point. And when you think like that, you're consumed in Fear, even if you can't see it. Instead of doing what you love, you put it off. Crazy. It took me a loooong time to work out two simple facts. The doing is everything. And, a satisfying result is not the same thing as a perfect result.

*What advice would you offer on following your heart and living your dreams?

I'm terrible at this sort of advice. Actually, I wrote a post recently, just do it. Synchronicity!

*What do you think are the three most important things you need to lead a happy and radiant life?

This list might change....

An acceptance of and work on your Shadows.
When we walk life wounded, we walk an obstacle-ridden path.
Compassion, for yourself and others. This gives us an enormous capacity for gentleness towards ourselves and empathy with others.
Gratitude for what you already have. Focusing on what you don't have and/or still want to have is living half a life.

*Where can we connect with you?

My main cyberhome is over at Holistic Mama. Doing arty things at Bohemian Shadows. Healing and creating community at Spiral Sisters.


a new glittery friend


Look who I found in town today! I saw a similar reindeer on the internet for £5 last night, and found this little fella for only £1.50!

I'm happy!


Saturday Link ♥ Love



I hope you've all had a great week and have fun plans for the weekend. We're spending today baking and crafting and re-dying my hair red! Throw in a visit from a friend and her baby and it's a perfect Saturday. Tomorrow we're going to a mind, body and spirit fair (as long as the snows not too bad).

I am loving my hair now the dreads have come out! I feel like a new woman. I don't regret the dreads for a minute, but I feel like the outside reflects the inside more now, if that makes any sense?!!? It was worth the time, and all of the pain to get them out. I hadn't expected my hair to be this long - so that was a nice surprise! I think I may have to do some shopping for new hair accessories now!

I've done a bit of blog surfing this week, anything with a picture of a deer or other woodland creature will always get me to click on it! So here's some cuteness from my week:

  • The Dainty Squid - Kaylah's blog and business of the same name. I love the things she makes to sell, and all the cuteness on her blog! A girl after my own heart.

  •  Deer Little Fawn - Beth's blog for her crafty projects, pretty things and whatever else takes her fancy! Love it.

I've updated my etsy shop this week, headbands and hairpins are in stock. I'll be putting some bags and tops that I've made up over the weekend too!

Have you treated yourself to Goddess Leonie's 2011 Goddess Workbook? I've been filling mine out, celebrating and relasing everything from this year, and setting out the 2011 I want to have! You can buy one here if you haven't already.



About Me!

I updated the 'About Me' page - check it out here!

Hope you're having a fun friday night :D

List 19: Things I'm Thankful for Right Now


  • Love
  • Freedom to Choose
  • Music
  • Stars
  • Life
  • Creativity
  • Art
  • Laughter
  • Rainbows
  • Films
  • Books
  • Acceptance
  • Forgiveness
  • Imagination
  • Smiles
  • Surprises
  • Inspiration
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Peace


Loving It!

I feel like a different person! So happy I decided to take the dreads out. In need of a trim and a colour but loving it so much.

I was going to dye it dark, but I 've been loving the colour now the dreads are out, roots need bleaching and the rest needs re-dying to brighten it up but I think the red will stay for now at least!

Now - to re-learn how to do my hair!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.

I'm thankful for you all taking the time to visit me here x x



No more dreads

A day and a half it's taken. A day and a half of combing, combing, combing. But at last I am finished!!!! NO MORE DREADS! And a morning out with half dreaded hair (hidden under a hat)

When we got home I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening just combing out dreads. The girls asked (!) to do some workbooks, so we all sat around the table for the afternoon. And I carried on until half 11 last night - determined I'd be done before I went to bed. Slathered my hair in conditioner last thing. It's nice being able to brush my hair, but I have NO idea what to do with all of this hair now.

I look so weird ha! I got a shock when I looked in the mirror this morning. I have so much hair. It hasn't been this long in years. I don't know what to do with it all.

I'm thinking of dying it dark and letting my fringe grow out some. I think I'm aiming for something like this:

What do you think??


Words of Wisdom

Poet: Jo Deeprose

Throughout life comes good, comes bad
Things make us happy and make us sad
People give out love, but also hate
Those that share love are closest mates

At times in life we feel unappreciated
And that all people are filled with hatred
We could hold grudges but what are they worth
Feelings of bitterness whilst we live on this earth

Forgive and forget the mistakes people make
We’ve all fallen guilty to giving less then we take
Share love, laughter and positive feelings
And you'll begin to see that life is worth living!


Time for a change


I've been busy crafting this morning. Making christmas ornaments for those of you who signed up here to swap with me! I'm so excited to get them finished and sent out. They're all made, and parceled up - hoping to pop down to the post office soon! I'm really looking forward to getting some through the post too - I <3 it when the postman comes knocking!

Also, I've decided it's time for a change. I've been thinking for a while about taking my dreads out, and I've decided to do it! aargh... I'm still not certain, BUT I've been on about it for so long that  I think I'm just going to do it. They can always go back in. I really really miss having hair I can do something with.

Lately, as I've been blog surfing I keep coming across photos of people with long, dark flowing locks and I'm jealous! I don't feel as if my dreadlocks fit me anymore, if that makes sense? I've changed a lot in the last 18 months, and I'm finally finding the confidence to be who I want to be. Sod what anyone else thinks... I don't care if I'm a mass of contradictions. I need to do/look/be how I want.

And then I read Julianna's from hello,serendipity post on why women desiring beauty is a beautiful thing and I realised that it's OK to want to look beautiful. It's ok to wear make-up, and do my hair and get dressed up. And honestly, right now? I don't feel pretty, I hate my messy hair, and while I like the idea of dreadlocks, and maybe if mine were neater, tidier more perfect, but as they are, I just don't feel very feminine.

So - I have the long and probably painful task of combing them out - not looking forward to that one! I'm going to make a start now, sitting on the sofa while the girls watch Peter Pan, as I'm not feeling very well right now.

Stand off with Dark

 thistooshallpass.png picture by MoNnYcKa - Photobucket

Through much of my lifetime, up until the begining of this year. I haven't been comfortable with the Dark that lives within me - anger and sad feelings, etc.

In the past when I felt the Dark rising within me, I would push it down, pretend that I was fine and distract myself to numbness.

Earlier this year, triggered by old feelings, I allowed them to take over me. It felt as though good and evil were fighting it out inside me. Squeezing me hard.

The evil fighting was a 'false self', the voice that told me I'm not good enough, or pretty enough, or worthy of being happy... It was trying to take over. I didn't try and put a mask on, I let it be known that I was fighting the Dark... and  let them see it.

I did not run away.

And now I have come out the otherside. The Dark has passed, and I am stronger for it. I am still here - knowing that I have been given a second chance to live the life I want and deserve. Knowing that I am strong enough to fight should the Dark ever rise again. Knowing that I am worthy and enough.

I have grown immesurably from my stand off with the Dark. And I no longer fear it.


In need of some TLC

I'm tired and feeling a tad blue this evening. I'm realsing the last few weeks, that when I get tired and run down I my emotions run wild. I start to feel those old feelings again, of not being good enough etc... I know that it's not real, and is simply becasue I'm run down.

I have so many things that I want to do. So many things  to try and squeeze into my days. The little one usually gets me up anywhere between half5 and 7 in a morning, then we're on the go constantly until they all go to bed btween 8 and 9 at night, I fall into my bed somewhere around 11 and usually get woken up at least once a night. I'm dreaming of the day when I can have a full nights sleep!

The last week I have done so much, as well as our normal family things, projects the girls are working on, reading, game playing, nature walks, meets with friends, I've been sewing like a demon. My head is full of ideas and I have a tendancy to get carried away once I start!!! I've made 8 tops and 5 bags this week - crazy ideas of selling them, either online or at craft shows, I don't know yet. I will post some pics later in the week and you can tell me what you think of them!

And last night, instead of the early night I'd planned, a flash of inspiration came and I painted the night away. I've had half an idea floating around my mind for couple of weeks, and last night it came to fruitation. Apologies for the rubbish photo - I took a few nad realised they were all terible but honestly don't have the energy to go take any more!

Tonight the girls are tired, so I'm going to get them to bed early(ish) and have a soak in a hot bath followed by an early night. Promise!

Tomorrow night I'm going to a knitting group organised by a girl I know./ Leaving Daddy in charge of bedtime for the first time (!) and going out on my own at night! Truthfully I'm a little nervous.... but I'm sure it will be fine.

Living Life Your Way....Interview with Pixie Campbell

I've been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I'm running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they've overcome it to live life their way...

This weeks interview is with Pixie Campbell

Photo by Denise Andrade

*Hi Pixie, tell us a  little about yourself.

 I'm a mama, as well as an artist and writer. I love unlearning about art and life, keeping my creative pot stirring, and surrounding myself with kindred souls to enhance my experience of this beautiful, sacred planet.

*Asides from your blog, what else keeps you busy?

I paint, teach my children, write, collaborate with other artists, garden and travel as much as possible 

*Is the life you lead now, the life you have always dreamt of?

 I didn't really ever have a prescription for a dream life. But I'm very pleased with what I have and what I'm able to do. Once I tearfully and truthfully declared that I wanted to make art all of the time, and began doing it, the rest was easy. 

*When you have faced difficulties, what has been your inspiration to keep going?

My children inspire me to gather my energy when I feel low on resources. I never feel I have to be perfect for them, but I do try to have energy for them. The same goes for my creative babies. I work with the animals and their teachings in my art, and so I typically run into the ones who want to help me in my personal life-in dreamtime, in nature, in my backyard. I like to study the medicine they bring by observing their habits and how they adapt. I also run about about 12 miles a week, which is just enough to keep negative energy at bay, and if I'm facing a very difficult challenge, I seek bodyworkers, and healers, as well as ask for help from connected souls. Too many years facing difficulty alone has taught me to reach out. There's always some-thing or some-force ready to aid- this I trust. I find that creating anything at all helps to shift stagnant states of being, as well.

*Fear affects us all at some point. What part has fear played in your life and how have you overcome it?

 I consider myself rather fearless about most things, somehow I have a covenant with trust when fear rears its ugly head. However, when I was pregnant with my first child about six years ago, I was terrified that he would imprint things from my family that would cause him to suffer (as I had). It was my own fear of making mistakes. So out of this terror, I ran in all directions to seek the teachings that would eventually bring me back to trust that I am not my mother, my father, or any of their mistakes. I also accepted, rather religiously, the idea that humans get to make mistakes. Even with our children. And that not allowing mistakes and enduring shame when they do happen (which of course they will) is a recipe for depression and a very conflicted inner life. So a No Mistakes Allowed Ethic is not allowed in our home! :) It's made life so much easier on all of us.

*What advice would you offer on following your heart and living your dreams?

Find many ways to open up to your own intuitive guidance. In the ways of Native Americans, we use a practice called journeywork to meet our inner council and totems which in turn help lead me to the information I need to make choices. When ego learns how to step aside, out of the inner conversation, and we learn to distill the truth from all of the messages swirling within us, we can really do no wrong. I don't believe anything happens without imparting an important teaching just for the individual, so I'd encourage your faithful readers to enjoy life as one long continuum of lessons. And, of course, risk doing what you love instead of doing what you or others think you should do!! To me, its the difference between living life awake instead of asleep due to burying the soul's desires. 

*What do you think are the three most important things you need to lead a happy and radiant life?

I would say that's really up to the individual to discover. For me, I feel happiest and most radiant when I'm very comfortable in my own skin. Whatever it takes to be at home within, I try to do that first. I have to live with myself every day, so I may as well learn to like all of my quirky foibles and flaws, as well as my lovely bits. We are all so divine. I do wish every mama and woman could feel it in her bones. Oh, you know, one more thing: Make friends with with women much older than you! They know so much more than we and can be so nurturing when needed.

*Where can we connect with you? 


Saturday Link ♥ Love

just a little bit louder

Back round to the weekend again! I've had a truly fantastic week - I'm feeling so blessed to live the life that I do. I've done lots of crafting with the girls, lots of sewing myself - made many new tops and a bag(will post about them in the week). The sun is blazing right now and we're all in a great mood! Long may it last. Thank you for all of the kind words you left on my giveaway post - and huge congratulations to the winner Shell - I really hope you like your prize.

Here's some inspiration from my week:

These words of wisdom really touched me this week:

  • Photo prints are now available in my etsy shop, and I shall be adding brand spanking new, made by me items this week :D (if you mention my blog when ordering, up until the end of November, I shall refund your postage costs)

Hope that you've all had a fantastic week too




List 18: My Commandments


 Inspired by 'The Happiness Project'

  • Laugh Daily  
  • Let It Go
  • Stand up for what I believe in
  • Have Faith in Myself
  • Stay in the moment
  • Focus on the positve 
  • Celebrate the little things
  • Explore through creativity
  • Seize every opportunity
  • Love Deeply


Ornament Swap?

Late last night, as I was trying to get to sleep... an idea popped in my head. The girls had been asking about when we would get the christmas decorations out yesterday... and I was thinking it'd be nice to have some new ones. Then I thought how nice it would be to have ones that people had made - not shop bought. SO - I thought if anyone was interested, if you made an ornament for me, I'll make one for you. Swapsies! Might be kinda fun, and a nice way fo getting a new ornament too! Anyway - if you fancy it, either leave me a comment below or email me!

Goddess Workbook 2011

goddess workbook goddess calendar 
I was excited this morning to see that Goddess Leonie has released her workbook for 2011. I LOVED this years one, and found it incredibly helpful in manifesting the year I wanted. So much has changed for me this year, and I'm sure in part it's thanks to the guidenace in the workbook - actually making me stop and THINK about what I wanted to achieve this year.
I've already bought and downloaded my copy of the 2011 workbook. Here's some of what you get:

I can't recommend Goddess Leonie's workbook enough - if you want one for yourself, go here


A day full of fun

It's been a busy day today. Woke up to grey skies and bucket loads of rain. We had to go pick up a parcel I missed yesterday, so we wrapped up in waterproofs and splashed in the puddles on the way to the post office! It was worth it tho, because inside my parcel was this beautiful macrame owl gifted from a friend

After making hot chocolates (complete with cream and mini marshmallows) to warm us up, we got on with the crafting! Lola actually chose to do some of her 'Mathletics' programme on the internet (?!), so Kiki decided she wanted to do some weaving. I set my peg loom up for her, showed her what to do and she was away! She hardly needed any help, and is very pleased with the results -

I kept myself busy sewing the straps on a top I made yesterday, and made myself a nice new bag, modelled here by Tallulah (is it wierd to name your mannequins??)

We had such fun today, singing along to the ipod whilst the rain pounded on the windows. Bliss :)

These 3 songs were ones the girls kept asking me to put back on over and over today -

Giveaway winner!

Thanks for all your entries to my giveaway! I loved reading the things you liked about the blog/my shop etc :D Nice to know there is someone actually reading this AND enjoying it too!

I wrote all of your names onto pieces of paper, folded them up, put them into a bowl and got Kiki to pick a winner!

Congratulations Shell!! Email me with your address and I'll get your prize in the post to you.



Words of Wisdom

Truths For Living By William Arthur Ward

The more generous we are, the more joyous we become.
The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become.
The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become.
The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.
The more outgoing we are, the more helpful we become.
The more curious we are, the more creative we become.
The more patient we are, the more understanding we become.
The more persistent we are, the more successful we become.


Living Life Your Way....Interview with Juliette Crane

I've been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I'm running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they've overcome it to live life their way...

Hi Juliette , tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Mixed Media Painter and I just love anything full of imagination and color. I’ve always been doing something creative (making cards, jewelry, sewing, writing, gardening, baking, floral design), but if I ask myself what I always wanted to do, but never thought I could, I would say painting. I also fill my life with eating good food, traveling, yoga and enjoying the sunshine!  

Have you always considered yourself a 'professional artist'?
Not at all. I always knew I was an artist, but I didn’t actually feel that mattered or that I could ever do anything with it professionally until the Fall of 2009. Earlier that year, I’d finished writing a novel for children, then lost my job, and realized I was seriously burned out and unhappy. Luckily, a friend of mine started up an Artist’s Way group (reading Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way) and having that supportive creative group gave me the confidence to start painting (which I hadn’t done in 10 years).
I remembered then how much I enjoyed painting and couldn’t stop! People told me I should exhibit my art somewhere and luckily there was a gallery space at our local library. I put my art up there and got such wonderful feedback and loved painting so much, I decided to put all of my creative energy into getting my art out into the world. I posted my paintings as prints and art jewelry on etsy, started a blog, got on facebook and twitter, and keep exhibiting my artwork locally and constantly tell everyone what i do. 

Is the life you lead now the life you've always dreamt of?
Absolutely. I feel like everything I’ve ever done, professionally and otherwise, has prepared me for what I’m doing now. The art creation part of it is maybe thirty percent of my time with my creative business. The rest is all about marketing, publicity, networking, blogging, photographing etc.

I’ve had careers as a graphic designer, photographer, journalist, web designer and programmer (and more!) and I use all of those skills now. For me, it just makes a huge difference that I’m using them for my own projects and art and not to promote something else. And the best part is that all of my outside interests (like caring for and wanting to inspire others) have found their way into what I’m doing. So I get to meet the most wonderful people who are also passionate about life and beauty and following their hearts.

When you have faced difficulties, what has been your inspiration to keep going?
The greatest inspiration for me is knowing that if I keep going and pushing through, then others can use my experiences and story as their inspiration. That’s something I didn’t know could happen until I started blogging about my life as an artist.

I also tend to look back at my own experiences and use them to keep myself going. For awhile I was always going through the same difficulties and standing in my own way. What helped me, was starting a journal where I document all of the things I’m always going through-like I often go through the feeling that no one is looking at my art and that what I do doesn’t matter. So in my journal, I’ve reminded myself I often feel this way and list what’s worked before to get through it-getting in touch with a supportive community, painting, taking a break, doing something nice for myself. Whatever I’m going through, I’ve realized those are often the same answers and it just helps me to remember it’s all just part of the ebb and flow.

As an artist, I also started documenting my painting process. This became a way for me to overcome all of the doubts that always come up in my head whenever I paint. There’s almost always a point where I feel lost, like I’m no good, I can’t paint anymore, it’ll never turn out. Especially when I’m trying to do something new. But seeing step by step photos helped me realize, those doubts always come up and time and time again, I figure it out. When I see initial photos of a piece I have the proof. And even if I’m not completely happy with a painting, I push through, and always learn something. That undoubtedly helps my next piece or the one after that. And that is very comforting.

Fear affects us all at some point. What part has fear played in your life and how have you overcome it?
I was always scared to pursue my dream of being a painter. That’s why I stopped painting after college and didn’t start again for ten years. I wasn’t so much scared of people seeing my art, but more so I didn’t think anyone would really care about it. I had this impression that being a creative person wasn’t worthwhile. That’s what stopped me from pursuing my dream. And having the support of my husband helped me deal with it. And once he started showing friends and family my paintings whenever they’d stop by, they started giving me the encouragement to have a local exhibition at our public library. And the support just sort of blossomed from there. Building a supportive community and finding like-minded people has been huge for me. And so much of that happened from having a blog.

What advice would you offer on following your heart and living your dreams?
My advice to others is to follow your instincts and build a supportive community for yourself, whether it’s locally, at home or online. And keep going. If you know you’re passion, go with it, honor and nourish it. If you think you don’t have anything you’re passionate about or “good at” just keep trying things and something will click or lead you to the next amazing thing. Just follow whatever it is that makes you happiest, and if you want to make a career out of it, ask lots and lots of questions and create your own path. Don’t think there’s one way of doing something. There’s no right or wrong way, but there’s always a way.

What do you think are the three most important things you need to lead a happy and radiant life?
I’ve found it’s a balance of lots of things. And for me, it’s been so important to figure out what makes me happy and then making sure I am doing exactly that. And doing those things most! There’s a book called the happiness project where the author documents their life to figure out what makes them happy. It’s a good read. I started treating my life like a scientific project and carrying a pocket notebook and actually writing down when I was smiling or feeling happiness and joy. I realized a lot of the things I thought made me happy like having lots of hip events to attend and living in the city-those things didn’t really make me happy. When I was honest with myself, taking walks in the woods, reading a book I loved and watching 80’s movies with my husband really made me happy. 

Where can we connect with you?


Saturday Link ♥ Love


Saturday again! I was going to write this last night, but I so wasn't in the mood. But after 8 hours sleep (with no interruptions!!!) I'm feeling way brighter this morning. Yay!! Just hope the sun decides to shine as I feel like getting out and NOT getting wet today!

I've been in full on sewing mode all week, making tops and headbands, and I've drawn a pattern for a dress - might tackle that later if I get a chance.

Here's a few nuggets of  Link ♥ Love from my week -

  • I love reading Jen Lemen's wise words, they never fail to make me feel better. 
  • Yes and Yes -  a great blog I stumbled on yesterday by Sarah Von. I love it! 
    • I've been reading Little Chief Honeybee for a while - Miss Kayleah always puts a smile on my face!  Right now, she's running an AMAZING giveaway on her blog, go check it out:

    What are the highlights from your week?

    And don't forget to enter MY giveaway either!!


    List 17: Authentically Me


    • After a lifetime of being a night owl, I'm slowly realising how much I love early mornings!
    • I am insecure
    • I laugh a lot
    • And cry a lot
    • People often comment on how smiley I am
    • I'm a terrible napper - I wake up in a FOUL mood
    • I would love to live in Italy one day (or Greece, or Spain... actually just somewhere warmer and drier than Wales!)
    • I singing REALLY loud in the house
    • I'm finding my way as an artist
    • I'm trying to worry less
    •  I talk to myself.... a lot
    • I want to live a life full of joy
    • and spread joy to everyone else

    p.s did you enter the giveaway yet??



      In honor of the chilly weather... and the fact that my etsy shop is open ... it's time for a GIVEAWAY!!!!

      You will receive:

      1. 'Wings' 5x5 Print (not yet up in my etsy shop)
      2. Heart Whispers 8x6 Print
      (and a few other secret goodies!)

      NO RULES!!!

      BUT... if you want, tell me your favorite thing about either my blog, my shop, or Pixie Mama in general.

      Deadline is November 16th



      Words of Wisdom

      The Victor
      Poet: C.W. Longenecker 

      If you think you are beaten, you are.
      If you think you dare not, you don’t
      If you like to win but think you can’t,
      It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

      If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
      For out in the world we find
      Success begins with a fellow’s will
      It’s all in the state of mind.

      If you think you are outclassed, you are.
      You’ve got to think high to rise.
      You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
      You can ever win the prize.

      Life’s battles don’t always go
      To the stronger or faster man.
      But sooner or later, the man who wins
      Is the man who thinks he can.

      the power of a kind word

      { source }
      After last weeks minor blip when I felt really blue, and my gremlins were shouting very loudly, I've been making extra effort to be kind to myself. To speak kindly to myself, to not compare myself with others, to not put crazy expectations on myself.

      It's not easy to do all of that some days. I've found myself surfing late at night or early in the morning, looking through blogs and etsy shops.... and comparing myself. Comparing myself unfavourably.

      "Why can't I do ...."
      "Why am I not that good at..."
      "Why don't I get that much done"
      "I wish I was her instead of me..."

      I'm trying to put a stop to that, harnessing the power of  a kind word, spoken deep in my soul. No more comparing myself.

      Asking why I don't get as much done (creatively) as someone who has no children.... 
      Asking why I'm not as good at something as someone who's been doing it for years not months....
      Wishing to be someone else when I AM ENOUGH

      Changing the words of my heart

      Being proud of what I HAVE achieved
      Seeing how much progress I've made in just  a few months
      Celebrating what I do get done in a day (with 3 small children to look after too)
      Being content to just be me

      What are you doing to harness the power of a kind word?


      How excited am I???

      Look what my lovely husband went and bought me this morning!

      I am hopping up and down I'm that excited - she's modeling one of the tops I started at the weekend, now I'm brimming with ideas and can't wait to get sewing some more!


      Living Life Your Way.... Interview with Goddess Leonie

      I've been working hard the last few months at overcoming my fears and following my dreams. So I'm running a series of interview with inspiring people to see what part fear has played in their life and how they've overcome it to live life their way...

      This weeks interview is with Goddess Leonie

      Hi Leonie, tell us a little about yourself and your family.

      Why of coursicles!

      Here's me in dot points:
      1. I'm totally in love with life.
      2. I see a goddess in every woman.
      3. I'm an artist, writer & goddess guide. And I help women to see what I see... the goddess inside them. Life is better when you know you are a goddess!
      4. I have an exquisite baby daughter, Ostara Faith Avalon.
      5. I am in love with a wise man who is also very hot.
      6. We live in my grandmother's old cottage in tropical paradise.

      Have you always been self employed? And if not how did you make the change?

      I'm very blessed to have a job that is my dream come true, and also manages to support my wee family so that my love and I can stay at home with our daughter.

      I have been full time as a goddess for seven months, and was working part time as an editor before then as I grew my business. I took a few years of working part time to get my business to a point that it could really support my family happily.


      Is your business as it is now something you've always dreamt of?

      Heck yeah!

      I love saying that my job is being a goddess!

      All of us have our fears, some rule stronger than others. What part has fear played in your life?

      Hmmmm. Good question.

      For me, I use fear as medicine. As a teaching.

      Fear is always leading me back home, to wisdom, knowing and love.

      I was afraid of going full-time with my business. But it wasn't a fear that was based in practicality or logic. I knew that my business could earn enough. I was just afraid of the what-ifs: The what if I ran out of ideas? Or luck? What if, like Henny Penny, the sky fell in one day?

      But I grew some cahones, and I leapt.

      My love and I left the city and our public service jobs. We bought a small cottage {my grandmother's!} in tropical paradise. We did something that took our breath away. And it was perfect.

      And you know what? Even if something does happen. Even if one of my fears does come true. I'll always be glad that we leapt. We will always just find the next step of what we need to do, and do it.

      It's simple. 

      What do you think are the three most important things you need to lead a happy and radiant life?

      1. An attitude like my grandmother's. Her motto is this: "I woke up this morning, and I was still breathing, so I thought: Today is going to be a GREAT DAY!"

      2. An attitude like my mother's. Her motto is this: "Everything is always going to turn out okay."

      3. An attitude like mine: My motto is this: "Joy is an option."

      and the bonus:

      4. An attitude like my daughter's. Her motto is this: "I rock!"

      When you have faced difficulties, what has been your inspiration to keep going?

      The 5 Rule.

      How will this still affect me in 5 minutes? 5 days? 5 months? 5 years?

      Everything always gets better, easier, gentler, kinder.


      What advice would you offer on following your heart and living your dreams?


      That, and grow some cahones and share your gifts with the world, pretty pretty pretty please.

      You are going to bless the world with your incredible talents. It is so flipping true.

      Example: A beautiful woman took my Creative Goddess e-course two years ago. She hadn't painted for years and was feeling so lost and stuck in it. And during the course, holy dinger she opened up so much. It was like floodgates opened. And she sent me the most beautiful letter thanking me for helping her to heal that part of her.

      This week, she opened up her store of her artworks. Selling art that heals the mother soul. And it really did heal my soul. My daughter is still so young, and like most new mamas, it has been an intense time adjusting to this new life of mine. When I saw Mel's artwork, I couldn't stop staring at it. It opened up a floodgate of healing and joy inside me.

      And it felt like this incredible healing had come full circle.

      I had courage, and shared my gifts with the world, and it helped to heal a woman.

      A woman had courage, and shared her gifts with the world, and it healed me.

      Imagine how amazing it would be to have your gifts healing other women.

      We need you, sister!

      Where can we connect with you?

      Oh! I would so love to connect!

      My blog + website 
      Oooh! And I just released a free printable mini Goddess Gratitude Diary!
      You can also sign up to my VIP Goddess mailing list to get free healing meditations and posters and all kinds of scrumptious goodies! 
      Thanks for being you, darlinghearts!!!


      A little bit of craftiness

       I'm back on a roll guys!! Yesterday was a GREAT day, I got loads done - finally found the energy and the motivation to do the housework, blitzed the whole place from top to bottom - it looks soooo much better now. If only it'd stay that way!

      We did some thrifting in town in the morning, and found a couple of bits but nothing great. Then I pulled out my sewing machine, dusted it off (!) and made myself a new top (out of an old pillowcase) I'm pretty pleased with the results - I'll be making more I think. Looked to find some embellishments to brighten them up.

      I've just finished listing 8 x 6 prints in my etsy shop. Hopefully will get the 10 x 8's listed this afternoon. I'll be running a giveaway later on this week - so stay tuned :)

      And don't forget to come back tomorrow to check out Goddess Leonie's interview


      Saturday Link ♥ Love

      It's been a funny week. My middle girl spent most of it really sick, laid up on the sofa the whole time. So we've had a lot of time at home this week. We have done quite a bit of crafting and a little decluttering! I finished a painting and done some soul searching. How was your week?

      Here's some inspiration from my week:

      fantastic t-shirts for your kiddlets

      11 ways to be more positive

      A beautiful reminder

      A fantasitc (free) e-book from a recent guest poster

      Reclaim your prayers

      What has inspired you this week? Leave me a comment or a link below