First off, I wanted to give you a heads up that there’s a new  Smitten release from Simon Says Stamp. I’ve not had creative time to delve into the release as yet but I’m hoping that after Christmas, when there’s that spell of quiet that I will get a chance. I do love Christmas, but it is in it’s nature a busy time of year. I rather like the peace afterwards as we roll into a new year with all the promise of a fresh start.

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winding up the year

I thought this post at the end of 2023 to be a good opportunity to reflect on where I’m at. The last few years have been a rollercoaster.  With my own health diagnosis in 2019 and treatment through lockdown in 2020. Then there was surgery in 2022, nothing major, but I can see I will be the bionic woman at some point, with further surgeries likely!

In 2022, we also had the devastating news that a family member was seriously unwell. Thankfully, treatment seems to have got things back on track and hoping it stays that way. Unsurprisingly, these events have had a huge impact, and my focus and priorities have changed. This has meant less time to make and share here. Certainly less time for videos, which I know many of you have missed.

However, my creativity has got me through these times. Even if it was just a few minutes, that moment to turn off the worry brain and concentrate on painting was so valuable. I don’t share that here, most of it is simply puddles of paint but I am a huge proponent of the power of art to heal. That and getting outside, being in nature. Watching the birds at the feeders or the changing colours on the fields. That chance to look and really breathe it all in. It’s as if that breath lifts the cloud hanging over you.

I will leave it there for this year. I hope you enjoy the holidays in whichever way you celebrate. I will be back in the New Year. In the meantime, take that moment, if you can, to get outside and breathe and then pick up a paintbrush and watch the magic happen as you push a puddle of paint around.

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