07 March 2017

Nourishing my creativity

On the weekend I dragged Hubby and the girls through IKEA...why is it that husband's don't like IKEA? We had a mission of buying an insert for Cherub's cupboard. We knew they had it in stock, but I also wanted to pick up some frames for some artwork I had created for the girls. Popette and I also had a browse around, oohing and ahhing at lots of pretty things. I was on a strict budget, so couldn't make too many purchases, but I was taking a mental note of all the things I liked so I could go back another day - probably without Hubby! So 2 hours later, and we finally leave IKEA!

A friend posted this article on my FB page, so amusing!

Anyway, the wardrobe is now sorted thanks to Hubby and the girls putting it together, and Cherub has a little more space for her growing wardrobe.

I also finished off a little gouache painting I made for Cherub's bedroom of a rainbow. Along with her classmates, Cherub sung "Somewhere over the rainbow" in sign language at her preschool Christmas concert last year, it was so beautiful. So this painting has a special meaning!

I finally got to frame the horse I painted for Popette's bedroom, and hung it in her room.

I also framed a painting I recently did of a jug holding eucalyptus leaves and a sprig of wattle, which has been hung on to the wall entering our kitchen, and looks nice with our aqua curtains!

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Since Cherub started Kindy, I have been trying to make sure I spend a little time each day doing something for myself. As well as creating art, I recently created a new Instagram account for sharing my artwork (@jm_artdesign), I'd love it if you would follow me!

I am being brave and sharing my work more publicly, and separating it from the blog's IG account. I have also been busy working on an online portfolio of my artwork and designs. I am hoping to build up my portfolio and creations, and one day sell them online.

21 February 2017

5 ways to nourish yourself

This year I chose Nourish for my guiding word. After being a full-time stay-at-home Mum for the past eight years, I felt it was time I put my needs first (for a change), and to start taking better care of myself. I want to make sure I balance my time better, so I am not feeling so drained by the time school holidays roll around. 

As a Mum I often find myself mentally drained and feeling rundown (especially towards the end of a school term) because I have been so concerned with the girls health, getting things done for them, helping my Mum out with chores, or dealing with the housework and clutter etc. I usually find an excuse not to exercise or make my own health issues a priority, resulting in me getting sick or not feeling 100%.

Today I thought I'd share with you some of the different things I do to nourish and look after myself.

My vision board for Nourish

These are just 5 ways I have been taking time out for myself:

* Create - As you may already know, I love to be creative! Whether its drawing or painting, taking photos or baking I love to create something. I find when I spend a little time (even if it's 20 minutes) to create something, it perks me up for the rest of the day. It had been a few weeks since I painted and had been really missing it, so last Friday I spent an hour or so creating this painting.

An aqua jug with some Eucalyptus leaves and a sprig of Wattle in gouache

* Music - Lately, while I have been washing the dishes or tidying the house, I turn the music up on the ipod. I like to listen to the latest songs by Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble or my all-time favourite Bon Jovi on YouTube.

* Coffee - savouring a good cup of coffee is important on my daily to-do-list, especially in the morning. Once I've dropped the girls off to school, I like to come home and make myself a nice cup of coffee, which I can sit down and enjoy.

* Reading - I haven't really read a proper book for ages, I mainly read blogs and articles online. So a few weeks ago I bought myself Ellen Degeneres book "Seriously...I'm Kidding", which is a good laugh, and a nice, easy to read, non-heavy book to lead me back to reading books.

* TV - My latest show weakness has been the American house renovation shows (Masters of Flip, Listed Sisters) that have been on TV. While I've never loved ironing (I'd rather iron something when I need it, then iron a basket full of clothes and hang them up, only to get creased again!) I have been ironing Hubby's business shirts for the week, along with the girls uniforms on a Monday morning while watching the renovation shows I had recorded the night before. I may take a little longer to iron them, as I like to enjoy the show while savouring my coffee!

I hope one of these ideas helps you to take better care of yourself :)