Flower {the last Sunshine Sunday}

 

 

The Quincys Poppies

This is a little painting for an animation I am making for our first Quincy song {more on that later.}

Until recently, it had been a long time since I sat down and painted. I have been playing around on Bamboo Paper on the iPad for the last couple of years, liberated by the fact that I can erase and delete lines and shades that aren’t right.

But a bazillion hours of screen time later, I have been craving old fashioned paper.

Sitting across the table from my older daughter while the little one slept one afternoon, I started painting again. And it felt good.

In the time it took me to paint one flower image, my daughter painted an entire picture book, which I later transcribed for her. It’s a story about Betty and the Enchanter, who comes to babysit. They go to the play park and then the sculpture garden. My favourite line: “This is a sculpture of nothing. Betty was surprised it wasn’t a kind of a thing.” Every time we read it together, I laugh.

Our afternoon was a haze of loveliness. It felt good to be creative side by side, and I realised that this is exactly what I hoped parenting would be like.

{Back to the animation}. As you know, we are releasing our first children’s song for The Quincys soon – actually, we have a date! Wednesday 5 November. Put it in your diaries, friends!

So for the first song, I am putting together an animation using my watercolour paintings. I don’t want to build it up too much – I am a complete novice, and I am just using the tools I have; i.e. my own paintings, Photoshop and iMovie. As frustrating as it can be trying to work out something complicated for the first time, it’s also satisfying when it {kind of} works. Anyway, will share it here when the first song’s out. You have to promise not to laugh though.

That’s all from me for the last Sunshine Sunday. I have been too overwhelmingly busy to be able to commit to a weekly Sunday post. And so often I crave Sundays with my family.

So I am {responsibly} handing the baton on to Tegan at Musings Of The Misguided. Tegan is a mental health blogger, who has been part of the Sunshine Sunday community since its inception. Thank you Tegan! And go well. I will pop over and say hi on a Sunday, and share a post when I can.

Share your ‘flower’ posts here for Sunshine Sundays. Thanks you all for being part of this lovely warm community. x

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Good {Sunshine Sundays}

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Ahem…I have an announcement to make.

Drum roll please…

This week, I lay in a hammock.

Yes, I did. For about five minutes. Five whole minutes. I didn’t even check my phone (actually, I did take a photo for the blog, but then I quickly threw the phone into the grass, so it didn’t really count.)

Life’s felt a bit crowded lately. Being the Do-er I am, by about last Thursday, I realised I have lost the ability to relax. Truly, deeply relax. Unwind. Can’t. Because every static moment is suddenly interrupted by a blog post idea, a story idea, some kind of promotional idea for the Quincys etc. etc.

OR…it’s interrupted by a request to help a child off the trampoline, or get them a banana, or something or something, and I don’t mind – really I don’t. I like moving and being busy. After 31 years, I am finally very comfortable with the fact that I have a busy mind and meditation and sleeping-in are definitely not for me.

But when life gets crowded, lying in the hammock for a moment – literally a moment – is enough to let the busy go, and the big still blue sky seep in. I call this moment “Being Good To Me”. It felt especially like I was being good to me, because I intentionally chose to lie in the hammock rather than get the veggies on for dinner.

Part of my recently launched “Being Good To Me” program involves blogging less and Facebooking less. I’ll have my weekly interviews with authors on the blog, and will be here again for one more Sunshine Sunday {Flower}, but otherwise, I am just going to pop in when I can, or have something really worth sharing, until life settles again. Meanwhile I will be busy doing fun stuff for the Quincys, and looking after my actual real life children.

What good have you done for yourself or someone else lately? Share your ‘Good’ stories here for Sunshine Sundays. x

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Share {Sunshine Sunday}

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It’s funny, but I am not really in the mood to share. That’s not what you were expecting, was it? I think I am just burnt out – doing so many extra projects on top of very intense contracts for work, on top of emotionally exploding children, and not being able to run because of a sore ankle etc etc. I just want to climb into a hovel, and read a book.

So unlike me. This is a very untopical topic, for me at least.

But…I thought I would share a few lovely things. It’s always nice to do that.

Reading…

A.L. Tait (Allison Tait’s) new children’s book Mapmaker Chronicles, and am drawn into a world of adventure. This is the first long book I have read for a very long time, and the process of sitting down to read more than 24 pages is very very good for the wiring of my brain.

Anything by Oliver Jeffers, but particularly Heart in a Bottle. My daughter the other day asked why the chair was empty, and when I told her it was because the father had died, she asked ‘Why is the heart in the bottle?’ and we had all kinds of interesting kinds of conversations. The kind you should have with kids.

Inspired by…

This lovely family at Dreamboat Studios in NZ. They illustrate, write, design and publish their own books for children, they make music, and live on an island (!)

Also inspired by Sash Milne from Inked in Colour, who has recently done a TEDx talk about her ‘Nothing New’ project. Sash promotes a simpler life in a busy consumer world. I like that.

Looking at…

My friend Janine’s cakes on Instagram, and am salivating. Her business, Love In A Cake, has been busy making brides and grooms happy, and making my Instagram feed more beautiful.

What are you reading/inspired by/looking at at the moment? Anything else you would like to share about sharing? Please, join me for Sunshine Sundays, and have a lovely sunny day while you are at it. Next week’s theme is ‘good’.

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Two {Sunshine Sundays}

 

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Hello, Nearly Two. My littlest.

How I adore you.

If I could eat you, I would. You are so divine. So precious. Those cheeks. My god. Beautiful.

You look out into the world with huge, soulful brown eyes. You are taking in every moment, every shape, colour and word.

You are trying out new words, and phrases. We say it. You say it.

Your big sister does, you do.

And now occasionally, you do, and your big sister does too.

Two peas. Teaching each other tricks. Oh dear.

Two peas make the best of friends, it turns out. You whisper your sister’s name as you fall asleep… “Bootiful Elka…Bootiful.” you say.

You are good, little one. Full of it. Your only intentions are to love and to learn. What a good age this is.

You follow your mummy around. I don’t mind. I like having a pint-sized companion, with a “hippy-yup,” here, and you are on my hip. It feels good having you snug into my hip bone, like you were meant to be there.

At night, I lie with one arm above your head, and one arm over your waist. We are face to face and I sing to you. You request the song. “Hallelujah.” “Open wide (Playschool).” “Lullaby.” I have to laugh when you also request I change the lyrics from “little angel” to “big angel”. You are good, but authoritative. You know how to make a point.

On that, did you know that nearly-twos aren’t meant to have such a defined opinion? You have years of that to come; of telling your mum which pair of pants you want. “Not that one. That one!” You even tell your mum what she can and can’t wear. Hang on! This is starting too soon.

There are perks being the second child, i.e. a live in child to play with and learn from. But, yes, there are draw backs, like when your own mother elects not to throw a birthday party for you, or your parents only just got around to sending away for your birth certificate, or the fact that this is one of the rare blog posts about you…

Thankfully, though, you are forgiving and kind, and hopefully won’t remember these injustices.

Little angel, little girl…oh, sorry, I mean BIG angel, BIG girl. I love you so much my heart hurts. Thank you for being my constant companion, and the dear little thing you are.

Share your “Two” stories below, in the comments, or via social media. Next week’s theme is ‘share’. Have a lovely Sunday!

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Leaf {Sunshine Sundays}

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Leaf animals

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Winter leaf

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Poppies for Quincys

Leaves for the quincys

1. Dead leaf

2. Leaf animals

3. Edible leaf

4. Lichen {not really a leaf I suppose}

5. Succulent leaf

6. Poppie flower and leaf {for the Quincys}

7. Budding leaves {for the Quincys}

Share your leaf stories or images for Sunshine Sundays. And here’s the Sunshine Sunday list for October if you would like to play along. #sunshinesundays

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