17/07/2013

Don't worry, everything's going to be amazing





What I'm Currently Up To.... 

Reading // I picked up "To Kill a Mockingbird" again this week, and I love it as much now as I did when I was a teenager.  (and thanks so much for all your book recommendations the other week, I now have a great list of books to read in the coming months!)

Anticipating // A few weeks of travel as I go to Montreal for my cousin's wedding, and then spend some time with my mom in the big, wide prairies.  I can't wait! 

Working on // A painting of a Marie Antoinette ballgown in greens and pinks.  I love losing myself in the detail.  I'm working very slowly for a change, and I'm enjoying the zen of it.  It's ok if it takes me all week, I want it to be perfect. I'll share it next week, I promise. 

Taking Care of the Small Things //  For some reason life has seemed a little off-kilter in the past few days.  You know that slightly off-balance, fluttery feeling in the tummy that makes you feel that the world is spinning out of synch and you don't know why? I can't exactly explain why the feeling arrived, as things are going really well at the moment. 

I have this instinct that if I take care of the small things, then the big things just have to fall into place.  I think that a sense of "rightness" might grow from small seeds planted in the depths of the every day. So, I polish my finger nails, I put my papers in order, I make grocery lists, I plump the couch cushions... I hope that the impact of these small actions will grow like ripples in a lake, spreading rightness throughout my life.  This goes exactly against the whole "don't sweat the small stuff" movement, but I've always been a bit rebellious. If I tend to these small, enjoyable habits, then hopefully the great, grinding wheels of fortune will turn in my favour.  

Grateful for // Naps.  I came up with the theory the other day that something that might take me three hours to do when I'm tired, would take me one hour if I were rested. That's reason enough to take a nap, don't you think?  

Loving // The fact that my book Magic at the Museum was featured on Play by the Book as part of a post of the best books for children featuring art masterpieces. There are some really inspiring books on the list. 

Excited About // I've teamed up with my friend Emily at And Nothing Else Matters and her fab sponsors to offer this amazing giveaway. How does $35 in paypal cash sound?  What would you do with that money?  Treat yourself? Buy a gift for a friend? 

Just enter below! 





7 comments:

  1. That's a goodly list of doings! I had to read that book for O level back in the day. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan at the time but nowadays a different story!
    Well done with your picture book and the ballgown sounds lovely!xx

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  2. I am super excited for the wedding!!! How nice we'll get to cross paths in our own country for once!

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  3. I liked that you have a picture of yourself on the blog now. Bon voyage.

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  4. Wow, I really love your idea of taking care of the little things to help the big things fall into place. It is exactly the outlook that I have adopted for myself lately., along with letting myself take baby steps towards my big goals, instead of thinking that I have to achieve things in leaps and bounds to make them count.

    To Kill A Mockingbird is such a wonderful book! I read in a few years ago for school, and loved it so much. I was one of very few people in my class who did, I think! xx

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  5. Love the illo of Marie! The background compliments her so nicely! And congrats re: Magic at the Museum!! Always nice to hear that people appreciate what you do!

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  6. I 100% agree on your theory about naps! Some days, I don't know what I would do without them!

    Ellie
    www.ChoosingPeaceBlog.com

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  7. That painting is INCREDIBLE!!!!!

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