Off to class ….

Off to class, originally uploaded by gilfling.

The last few weeks have been full of exciting news, some of which I have been able to share and some that for now I have to keep secret. This week has been no different in that I have discovered that thanks to Seek & Adore, Tomas has been popping up in a few magazines and newspapers as part of a feature on Fairy Tales. I was then delighted to receive a phone call from Design Factory letting me know that they were featuring me on their website as their very first ‘Blogger of the month’.

So with a noticeable rise in my blog readers and comments received, I had better make sure I continue to write something as often as I can! Thank you so much for popping in here and/or leaving such thoughtful comments whether you have found me via the Design Factory website or are a long-time reader.

This morning I trotted on off to class. I have not mentioned it here but for the last few weeks I have been attending a creative writing course at my local Maggies Centre* and I love that walk up the above steps on Friday morning where I have a chance to do something completely different from my normal day to day. The tutor is brilliant and I have learned so much about how I can write and just be myself using prompts and various writing tools. The course is coming to an end soon unfortunately but I think the class members are hoping to continue meeting and inspiring each other with ideas to keep writing so I shall be doing that for sure.

One thing that I think may come out of it is that I am hoping to regenerate my very short-lived blog ‘A Notion To Wander’ which I began a while ago but the timing was bad for me to continue it. Now that I am writing regularly again I hope to revisit it and possibly share some of my meandering thoughts over there. I am also hatching another wee plan loosely connected to this so will keep you updated on that!

This afternoon is a date day with my husband and we are off to the cinema and for something to eat so cheerio for now!

*The Maggies Centre website seems to be down at the moment so I have linked to an article which explains a little about them and what they do

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Today on my worktable …

Today on my worktable …, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Well actually this was yesterday on my work table – I still have to make it up the stairs to my work table today!

So I have decided (once again) that I can’t always dedicate the time to long well thought out blog-posts and that possibly a wee snippet and a photo is better than nothing in the meantime? I always have something to share, even if it is just an image of my work table or my daily sketches that I have returned to when I have a free moment during the day. It wouldn’t be so bad if much of my blog was more photographic and a diary of what I get up to on a daily basis. I LOVE looking at what others get up to in their working lives and find it inspiring so that is the way I am going to go for now.

I have been feeling so under the weather lately and it is good to have something to refocus my mind whilst I am trying to work through the fog. It also helps me to remember how lucky I am to be doing what I do. Every day is different.

Yesterday was photographing and listing brooches in my Seek & Adore shop as it has been looking a little neglected since Christmas. Today I need to do some character making and get things together for tomorrow afternoon demonstrating my work at The National Centre for Craft and Design. I hope it doesn’t snow for the drive there. As much as I like snow, I don’t care for driving in it. It can snow as much as it likes on Sunday when I am home!

Hello 2011…

1 1 11, originally uploaded by gilfling.

A Happy New Year to you!

I am not one for news years resolutions.  As soon as I make them I set myself up for failure but I always have a few wishes for myself for a new year and this year is different in only one way. I am making these airy fairy ‘wishes’ more concrete – they are plans/aims/goals. Nothing too difficult, nothing impossible and nothing really new. They are just things to work on and things to look forward too!

I plan to dream more, make more art, re-discover painting, exhibit more.

I plan to connect more with present friends, re-connect with neglected ones.

I plan to be a better daughter, wife, friend, artist.

I plan to be healthy, have more fun, live in the moment.

I plan to spend less time on the computer and more time doing.

I plan to carry on being a thinker and dreamer but to also not forget to live, be and do and see. Oh and breathe. Taking time to breathe is always good.

I plan to spend more time in the studio and push my work in new and unexpected ways.

I am sure there are a whole lot more hopes and wishes for 2011 but for now I am going to get up to the studio! Whilst I am recovering from my treatment I am mixing napping with new work beginnings and taking some time to work on some more personal projects like making myself a new dress. In the past I have found it so incredibly difficult to put time aside to just work on things for myself and this is another plan for 2011!

I do hope that this year is a great one for you and that your own plans are forming and becoming reality!

Still here……

Gosh I had not realised how long it had been since I had posted to my blog. I have so much to catch up on although I fear that I may not be able to fill in ALL the gaps! I am slowly creeping towards the finishing stages of 7 weeks of radiotherapy so am increasingly tired and each day it is all I can do to get up, shower, go to the hospital and fit in a nap in the afternoon. But I am almost there!

I have been wanting to get back into the habit of blogging for a wee while now but after 6 weeks of broken internet, it has been a struggle to get my bloggin mojo back if ever it was there in the first place. So I start again here…..

I am not always the best at catching up on where my work appears, on blogs and such like but I did find this wonderful feature on my work yesterday. Although I had to use the translator to understand her words, she has managed to capture the spirit of my work, imaginations and dreams in a way that I often struggle to capture in words myself. I am overwhelmed and grateful that anyone would take the time to do this.

Hopefully I will be able to catch up on things here and update more often from here on in.


A brand new blog!

Hello there! Well after intermittent and ongoing blog problems I have decided to try setting up a new blog – so welcome! You never know, it may be the fresh start that will encourage me to post more regularly – no promises, though I will give it a try!

So this is just a wee test to make sure I can work the thing and hopefully I will be able to find out how to import my old blog posts here too (although… again… no promises!)

Back soon!