We should take a closer look at the beauty that surrounds us, in nature. Most of it is free and is sheer therapy to the body, mind and soul.
The magnificence of nature and the process from seed to flower is amazing to contemplate. Watching the simplest rose open from bud to full flower, is so rewarding.
Taking time to plan the inside of your home and its colour palette, is worth the time and effort. It is always fun to decorate and refurbish your home or apartment. Here are some ideas when embarking on this interior décor project, also to save you cash, while you are making important decisions.
A poem about the simplicity of vacations at the coast, where every member of the family can relax. The beach is one place where children can play for hours, without much ado and spending exorbitant amounts of money.
There is nothing more satisfying than creating something from something that you could easily discard, after use. I used a rusk box and created a gift container, with a watercolour painting on the front. Try it and see what you can achieve, just use your own painting stencil or design.
We have enjoyed the rural life on a small holding and also the city life. Both have their own rhythm and pace. The city is very convenient for shopping for groceries and keeping the mind active, with cultural spaces and art galleries etc. Farm life is much slower and you can smell the roses.
Nature has a way of commanding our attention, with it's beauty and perfection.
Seasons appear and disappear so quickly and before you are aware of it, the year that you are in, has passed by. Taking note of time and grabbing it with two hands, is important. Some opportunities only pass by once, too. Lets enjoy the good times, while we have energy and health to do the tasks.
Hiding under the waves on deep ocean floor, lie secrets and stories, covered with time. The ocean cannot be tamed and needs to be explored, ever so carefully.
The country is always so beautiful, when driving through the green pastures and hills. There is always a lot of work on farmland and we only see the end result and beauty, as a passer by.
We often get moody when things do not go our way and our plans go awry. Life has many twists and turns and everyone goes through difficult times, at some stage or other. I read somewhere that your attitude equals your altitude. Just a shift in our focus can mean all the difference in our lives.
Deserts are a world of their own, with their own rhythm and beauty.
A garden is a place where you can find yourself and be at peace from all the outside distractions, which beset us, in our daily lives. Surround yourself with flowers and fragrances, to lift your spirit.
So wonderful to share memories around a sizzling fire at night in the open air. The night a seems to add to the ambience and carries the laughter and love with the smoke from the barbecue, high into the air.
A good idea to get kids interested in planting seeds of veggies and flowers when they are still young. Appreciating how vegetables get from seed to table is a great way to spark their imagination, for when they have gardens of their own, later on in life.
Every season has its pros and cons. We need to appreciate the rhythm of each and plan accordingly. We could take a trip in winter instead of summer to a beautiful wonderland of snow capped mountains and cosy cabin, with fireside suppers. It is just a matter of changing one's mindset.
A song from the heart can lift the spirit of a person. That is why when you go to a church meeting one feels so joyful and revived and renewed. Singing has a way of bringing positive experiences and images to mind.
Children are so clever and can learn most things fast, if taught correctly. Fabric printing and paper craft is so exciting too and sparks the imagination, to do greater things, in design. This can be a start to other more complicated courses, when they are older. Kids are so clever!
This poem is about the futility of war and the devastation of many innocents.
Here are some ideas to lessen the calorie, fat and portion intake, in your eating plan. Add your own ideas to a recipe to transform it into your own rendition. We are all so creative too.Hope you find this helpful and encouraging.
Creativity will grow as you use your talents however small you think they are.
We forget that the sea can change from being still like a mill pond, to a raging torrent. with rips and waves that are a force to be reckoned with.
The sweet scent of fresh lavender, picked from a bush is so satisfying and rewarding. It has been used for centuries for all sorts of ailments and other uses. Recently I have also used it to create calmness at bedtime.
Remember to dream and keep your hopes and aspirations alive.
Gold has been mined from times of old and still has a hold on the mind, promising great wealth and power. The timelessness of a quiet spirit, free from restlessness is priceless. Riches in earthly form is fleeting and your accumulated fortunes can also disappear very quickly too.
A fictional short story of a hike up a mountain, whilst on vacation in the tropics.
Here are some ideas for your festive celebrations. Have you ever thought of turning a plain white candle into something creative and festive? A friend of mine inspired me many years ago. We do not have to break the bank when having a celebration party. Try some of these ideas to save some cash.
Storms are always foreboding as you never know what is in store. Might be much needed rain, or even a flood. Every storm is different. I personally love a storm, especially when tucked up in my bed. The flashes of lightening illuminating your room at night and deep rumbling, creates your own imagery
The love of all things tropical, especially going to these exotic islands on vacation, will be etched in our memory forever. The tantalising colour of the sea and the whisper of the palm trees, really beckon you from cold areas of the world. A remote exotic archipelago of islands, also draws one.
Amazing how versatile chicken is and how many different ways there are to produce a delicious meal! From picnic ideas to roasts, chicken is so popular and tasty, in many shapes and forms.
Summer sunrises and oranges, on a beach picnic, plus the sun on your shoulders, reminds me of the colour orange.
It is so nice to eat a good dessert after a meal. We try and cut down on too many and have them mainly on weekends, as it is so easy to pack on the pounds, if you let yourself go! After a relatively light meal, a baked cheesecake and ice-cream, does the trick
When you feel as if the world is on your shoulders, remember that as summer comes after winter and spring after the frost, so your healing will appear too.
I have always loved the colour yellow. Here is some of the inspiration gleaned from this sunny colour palette. From flowers to bright yellow scarves, yellow has a way of creating a sunshine ambience. I love yellow daisies in Spring, especially carpets of them growing in the wild open spaces.
A simple heart can be used in many designs, from scrap-booking, journals and card creation for friends and family. Keeping your heart images in your file on your laptop can make your life much easier and your art work will be easily accessible too.
Here are some ideas for you to consider when decorating your table for entertaining your family and friends.
Sometimes we need some encouragement to pick ourselves up and move forward, at our own pace.
Bring some colour and fun into your old denim wardrobe with colour and accessories. Make last season's fashion pop.
Have you ever tried your hand at making some simple greeting cards for birthdays, holidays or other occasions? Here are some innovative ideas. Some are my own and some I've collected from around the web. Get crafty and enjoy!
Nature calls and the rains come and the cycle of weather patterns create new life and wash our lands, until they glisten in the sunlight, vibrant and green. Rain is so important to us all.
A poem of inspiration and hope of a new tomorrow. When dawn appears over the horison, shadows have to give way to the Light.
Peace and love can only survive if we all make a choice to live and embrace those attributes. We can choose darkness or light, love or hate - it's up to us.
I have been through many ups and downs in my life and this poem I was inspired to write, when in the middle of my trials. Glory to God. He is always ready to listen to our prayers and give us solution to our problems.
Let God take you to the streams of Living Waters where His peace shall overshadow you and you will be refreshed, as trees planted by the river of life. The Lord will never forsake you, or leave you. Put your trust in Him.
Beautiful food presented in such a way to enhance your appetite and senses. A plate of food that has thoughtfully and creatively been put together, will always be appreciated. On the other hand a slapstick approach, leaves one uninspired, especially at an hotel or restaurant.
Chocolate cake is one of my favourite treats. Here is my own recipe to enjoy. I always love experimenting with recipes, changing them to suit my taste and making them my own. The chocolate mousse was also tweaked, to put my own stamp on it. Most people love chocolate and it's many variations. Enjoy!
There is something mysterious and enchanting about a warm summer night, with the moon appearing from behind the clouds and bathing one with joy.
If you take the time to create your own gift giving boxes and wrapping, you will enjoy the D.i.y. journey and the fulfilment it brings. You can use all sorts of items around the house, to create that special gift wrapping item.
This poem is about simplicity and we humans need to practise, living in a worry free environment and creating an attitude of rest.
There are so many options for children's parties and a range of expensive items, wherever you look. Alternatively, there are also many budget stores where you can purchase party items. You just need to find one, that supplies your needs. Jot down your ideas and keep to a budget.
Help yourself to get out of a rut in your life and move into a greater space, where you can be free and actually feel the freedom. Planning will be part of the way forward and a change of direction.