Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Spring is in the air...............and up my nose!

Yes you guessed it I have hayfever. First time in about 4 years and it is driving me nuts. I hate sniffing and not being able to breathe and the sneezing is enough to give a girl a hernia. I don't like taking drugs unless I have to so I have pulled out the big guns today, the blue lace agate and citrine crystals, the garlic, horseradish and vitamin C tablets and the olive leaf extract. I rattle like a pill bottle and I have crystals stuffed down my bra and in bracelets and necklaces.
 I have looked up Louise Hay's book to see what the metaphysical reason is, here is what she says - Hayfever is usually caused by emotional congestion and fear of the calendar. Now we get to the nitty gritty.
Christmas is coming and I am usually running around like a ninny and not organised till the last minute, although this year Kerryanne over at Shabby Art Boutique is helping me with that this year, I have my sons 21st in less than 3 weeks and I still haven't finished his scrapbook album or put together the photo slideshow for the night and we have ALL of our relatives (that would be 9 ) staying at my place. Don't get me wrong I love having the family here as it doesn't happen very often that we are all in the one place at the one time. Lucky for me I have a great neighbour who has generously donated the use of some beds. So yes, I think I am scared of the calendar at the moment and that I won't get it all done on time!
So my affirmation to rid myself of hayfever is I am one with all of life. I am safe at all times.

So on a lighter note here is what I have been up to in my absence.

I have been playing with a new toy. A Big Shot embossing and die cutting machine. As you can see in the background I have taken over the dining room table with this "little" project so I will be glad when I have finished it and it is cleared away ( and so will dear husband).

 I have been using it in my sons scrapbook with the coloured core cardstock so when you sand the embossed areas they reveal another colour underneath, so neat. I have also bought a couple of die like this tag below. You can emboss and cut out shapes with the one stencil. Here is a photo from his school pages.

Another thing I have discovered and hence now have an addiction for is Opals embossing powders. My friends at Scrappers Warehouse had a sale on last weekend and so I went to support my friends :) and bought a few more things for my sons album. Here are some chipboard letters I played with using two or more colours.

In the Water baby photo I also used fantasy film on them as well.
I am still perfecting it but love the look I can get.
You can also paint the chipboard letters and then just clear emboss over the top so I can see endless possibilities here for my scrapbook and art journal pages.
What do you think?

I have been doodling a bit too. It keeps me sane and relaxes me when everything else is getting too hectic. Just 15 to 30 minutes and I feel so much better. I especially love doodling after a meditation so it keeps me in that habit as well. The first one was inspired by a lotus flower hence the name, and for the second I wrote - 'the eyes of the soul in a woven tapestry of life'.

In this next one I painted the background first in Jo Sonja Prussian Blue Hue and Aqua and then thought white pen would be nice over the top but I had a terrible time getting the white gel pens to give me nice flowing lines. Then I remembered a packet of Souffle pens I recently aquired and they worked a treat.

I leave you with a photo of my rose which is gloriously flowering and smelling delicious.

and a quote

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 
I hope you are all having a glorious day wherever you are and that you take time to smell the roses



Carin said...

Hayfever is a pain in the bum. Hope your natural remedies and affirmations help- it sounds like you'll need it with all that going on!

Love your doodles! They're all beautiful, but I just adore that blue and white one. There's something about it that reminds me of (an abstract) Indian goddess.

Still haven't tried my hand at embossing, though I bought some embossing powders the other week in the hope I'd use them.

Ann said...

Beautiful post and I hope you'll feel better soon! It's funny... I usually find the holidays stressful too, but I blame it mostly on our freezing weather which makes all the running around that much harder. I've always been envious of you folks Down Under enjoying the major holidays while the weather is nice, but I hadn't thought about the hay fever aspect and can see that it can be an energy-draining problem too. Peace to you!

Janet said...

Sorry about the hay fever but with all your remedies and the affirmation it sounds as if you've got it under control. And you're keeping busy!! I love, love, love your doodles!! And the one with the white pen is gorgeous over the blue background.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Oh dear, Hayfever is yukky.
I hope you get it under control with all your remedies!
Now you look like you're having way too much fun with your new toys from the Scrappers shop.
How cool for Scott's album.

I'll have to come play some day when you have everything under control.
Take it easy,

Serena Lewis said...

Hi Lee,

WOW...you have quite a bit on your plate at the moment. So sorry to hear you have hay-fever symptoms...I'm a big believer in natural remedies too. Have you tried Fess Nasal spray or the Neti-pots? Completely natural and I've been told they work great for hay-fever too as they help to clear the sinuses.

I'm sure you will have LOTS of fun with your new toy...LOVE what you've shown us so far!! The doodles are fantastic too! I have made a note of the Souffle pens....gotta get me some ~ :)

I hope all goes well for your son's 21st.

Love, light and peace,

Denise said...

hello Lee, My first visit with you .Love your doddles.I too doddle my art.It is relaxing and entertaining.Please drop by and visit with me anytime.

CreativeMish said...

Awesome doodling! I especially like the on with the blue background. I love my big shot! I use it all the time. Spring Fever? We're supposed to have snow this week. :)

Anonymous said...

so much going on in your post..let's see how good my memory is!

i love your new toy...want it!

sorry about your hayfever...don't want it!

and your doodles are great! i find so much sweet release too...great stress reliever!

and what a beautiful flower photo to end on!

thanks for sharing!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh I know how awful allergies can be ~ really dreadful to live with but you do have a great mantra and I hope it helps to raise you above the ill feelings.
What a fabulous tool to play with, love it! Gorgeous rose too, some of my favorite hues.
Really enjoyed my visit ~ thanks!

beachvintage.com said...

Sorry to hear about your hayfever. Nothing worse. But that flower is beautiful.

Wini said...

Hi Lee, I also have hay fever this year and agree its a pain! Its also affecting my energy levels. They say its the worse year for hay fever because of all the wind and rain. The embossing looks like heaps of fun and your doddles look fantastic!! Have a lovely weekend. Wini xo

Tyggereye said...

I never bought a big shot or any real die cutting machine. I always go back and forth about it. Now that Tim Holtz has dies for it, I'm about to break down. lol. Love that flower pic.

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