Monday, 24 August 2020

"Don't get your feathers all ruffled. Just chill."

 

I can't believe it's been a month since the last post, its crazy how quickly time seems to go in this new world. I've been in such an awful headspace for weeks and really need to shake it off but on a more positive note, Opeie has been able to see his friends a little more and tomorrow he's finally going to see his bestie after not seeing her since march.  I'm so glad its happening now as I get the feeling that another lockdown (maybe just in Telford) is inevitable. Plus with the schools going back, I don't think we'll be seeing anyone that we know that goes to school for a few weeks to see what happens. I kind of feel like were at the start of some insane science experiment. 

Anyway, doom and gloom aside, we have been playing a lot of Animal crossing new horizons over the last few weeks. Opeie wanted me to join him in playing and despite looking at it and thinking 'there's no way I'm going to enjoy that!' it turns out its really bloody relaxing and has spurred on lots of creative projects too. This week we drew our Animal crossing characters and the villagers that we most wanted on our island. I love having all these pictures of ours around the house, they are a constant reminder of just how awesome our Homelife is.



Thursday, 23 July 2020

"Sometimes brightening up the outside of your store is just the thing to perk up business, yes?"


Day 126:

Conversation in the house recently has been heavy on the Animal Crossing. Since picking up a copy of New horizons a couple of weeks ago Opeie has been busy building his island and creating and it has been so much nicer hearing about that rather than Fortnite. While he was having a chat with his friends yesterday I decided to build him Nooks Cranny. His smile when he came off the phone and saw it was contagious and leaving the build empty means that that smile can continue tomorrow when we are building the furniture together. Another win for those amazing bricks.



Wednesday, 22 July 2020

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."


Day 125:

I love it when Opeie shows me a picture he's found on the internet and says "Can we build this?". Mainly because it means an afternoon of sitting down with the LEGO and working something out together. Its rare that he ever wants to add Technic functions into builds but this kinetic cowboy build by Tankybrick had really got him excited. So we watched their video about 50 times to try and work out the functions. After building pretty much the entire thing no matter haw many times we watched the video we couldn't work out the final piece that got the horses moving as the video wasn't very clear. After a stressful 30 minutes or so of trying all sorts of different elements we finally cracked it. It definitely wasn't the same piece, and the horses the finitely don't run as smooth as theirs but overall it came out great and ended up being a fun afternoon building with my bestie.



Sunday, 19 July 2020

"You're gonna need a bigger boat!"


Day 121:

I have been so rubbish at writing and taking pictures since my birthday and I really need to get back into the rhythm as it was doing me the world of good mentally. This week has been lush hanging out with Becci and the boys, painting and playing LEGO. Opeie is loving his LEGO photography at the moment so we've been putting a lot of time into that. Hopefully these pictures are all going towards something amazing. Watch this space.



Saturday, 11 July 2020

"Forget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things are yet to come."


Day 113:

Every year for as long as I can remember my birthday has always felt like just another day of the week, this year was different though. There was a feeling in the air that I wasn't expecting on the build up and as it got closer I felt myself feeling all warm inside. Becci and Opeie had been busy doing some top secret prep for weeks and my unexpected warm fuzzy birthday feeling was definitely coming from their excitement. By the time the big day came today I felt like I had already had my birthday twice over because of the first two days of their three day celebrations.


You know you are on to a winner with your choice of partner when not only does she buy you a thoughtful toy from your childhood but also creates new patches for that magical toy (which are always battered because of their age). And Opeie couldn't be any cuter, knowing exactly what to get me because he is so bloody awesome. By the time we were ready to head out I was feeling like a princess.


As we drove out of the road to start our journey to Lake Vyrnwy, I spotted pictures of myself all over the place, these pair had clearly been having a blast getting ready for today. I liked to think that everyone one on our road thought I was a young dad but now they all know that I'm a crusty 40-year-old.


Lake Vyrnwy was a little busier than we expected but we found a quiet spot to have a picnic and a good stomp while Opeie took photos for his next comic. On the way home all I could think about was that delicious looking backed cheese cake the Becci and Opeie had made. Today was perfection, it was so nice to have a clear head for a few days. Now to start think about Becc's 40th, hopefully next year the world will seem a little calmer. 



Friday, 10 July 2020

"Don't ever, never say we're through, We gon boogaloo"


Day 112:

Day 2 of the birthday celebrations has been awesome and I'm feeling so loved. It's a shame I don't turn 40 every weekend.  I woke up to coffee and breakfast in bed again, more lovely presents and then we backed up the car to the river in Jackfield, opened the boot, dropped the seats and lay in the back drawing. I feel like Ive already had my birthday twice over and it not until tomorrow. I've been treated like a princess. I'm currently banished upstairs and I'm not allowed to go downstairs until tomorrow, I have no idea what those lovelies are up to.

I was so chill today that I didn't even think to get my phone out to take a picture, so here's a song instead.  



Thursday, 9 July 2020

"It takes a long time to become young."


Day 111:

I woke up today to what I am told is the start of my 3 day birthday celebrations , which began with gifts and breakfast in bed. I then had to put on a blindfold (or corona mask which was very fitting) and get in the car for a surprise day out. I've been so desperate to get my feet in the sea since the start of all this lockdown craziness, In the past if I've every not been feeling myself I've always jumped in the car and driven to Borth so when I realised that's where we were heading I was so excited. The weather wasn't great, but I was pretty confident that it would keep people away and we'd have a nice quite beach to ourselves... we weren't disappointed. 

I could have lay on that beach all day listening to the sea, it put me in such a great headspace after  feeling off for a few days. Even when the boot lock decided to go on the car, nothing was going to ruin our day, Me and Becci went full on team Moonstar and got us home safely. We finished off the first day of celebrations with wine and some painting, it was a day of perfection with those two cuties that always make me feel so smitten.

Turning 40 is already feeling pretty magical.



Wednesday, 8 July 2020

"Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk."


Day 106-110:

I've really not felt myself over the last few days so I decided to skip a few days, I've not felt very inspired and if I'm honest 'getting through the day' has been as far as I have got. I feel like this whole Covid thing has changed me and some of those changes I really don't like. I think part of this unmotivated feeling is because of the news, I do my best to avoid it but for some reason a few nights back I ended up sat in bed reading and the ridiculousness of this country hit me hard. I'm hoping for a relaxing, creative few days to get me out of this funk. 

On a plus note we found another female Lesser Stag beetle, which made us both smile.





Friday, 3 July 2020

"It's important for every child to have a bit of a naughty streak."


Day 105:

Last night we were very irresponsible and stayed up until 3am doodling and paint while emptying a couple of bottles of wine. It's so lovely actually being in a relationship with someone who has some of the same interests especially as we both thrive off of each others creativity, it really makes all the difference. Last night we decided to but paint the same beetle (Necrophila Formosa) as the pumpkin style markings really caught our eye. I find it so interesting that we can both be painting the same thing yet the come out so different because of our personal styles. We probably would have continued painting had it not been for Opeie walking in, telling us we were too loud and shaking his head at us disapprovingly. The look on his face was too much so we went to bed like a couple of naughty kids.



Thursday, 2 July 2020

"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time."


Day 104:

For many of us the last 100 or so days has forced us into seriously changing the speed in which we are living. Ive always been fairly chill but I've seen the people around me have to adapt to this new way of getting through the days. I had high hopes for the lockdown period, I was going to learn new skills and pick up things that I had put down a long time ago, and although I definitely have learned some new skills and have tackled some new projects, this time at home hasn't been as productive as I had invisioned because of concentrating on our emotional wellbeing. I lay in bed tonight thinking about how much creative fun we have had, Both myself and Becci have really been empowered by the things we have been doing and Its been awesome watching Opeie get into his drawing too, I've been putting a lot more thought into how his home education is going to be going from this point and I'm really excited to see where it goes.





Wednesday, 1 July 2020

"Create with the heart, build with the mind"


Day 103:

Opeie has been all smiles today because he has built one of his favourite teddies. Jonathan (or pinky butthole as we like to call him) has been a mobile pillow for Opeie taken all over the house for him to lie on. As he is so loved Opeie decided to immortalise him in bricks to show his appreciation. I bloody love LEGO!!!



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

"Passion surprises. One doesn't search it. It can happen to you tomorrow."


Day 101-102:

Yesterday seemed to fly by and I didn't take a single photo so I'm lazily adding these two days together. Last year we visited Attingham park a few times around this time of year in search of the Lesser stag for Opeies photo collection of found beetles. Each visit we came away with some photos of some interesting new beetles but sadly never the Lesser stag. As we walked home yesterday through the woodland near us, we turned over logs looking for beetles and there she was, sitting there waiting for a photo. I love how things like this can really make our day and we can now cross off Lesser stag from our list. Next up... we still haven't found Opeie's favourite, the elusive violet ground beetle.







Sunday, 28 June 2020

"Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it."


Day 100:

I can't believe it's been 100 days since I started doing this picture a day lockdown thing. I'd really lost the umph for writing before I'd started this so its really good to have that back now. The last 100 days have been a huge turning point for me with my creativity too and that has definitely been helped along by that amazing girl of mine. Ive not been in a relationship before where we are creative together and all those bottles of wine and late night creative sessions are definitely what I was missing in life. Last night the conversation went from deep to just plain stupid and went on till 4am. What I loved most is that we doodled and painted during that time and the evening/early morning flew by. This relationship is completely different than anything that I've ever experienced before and I really hope that she is getting as much out of it as I am.





Saturday, 27 June 2020

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."


Day 99:

The plan for today was to go for good stomp around snail beach, we made pizza and wrapped it up for lunch but when we arrived the weather just didn't want to play ball so we drove a little further up to Stiperstones and dropped the backseats so that we could sit in the back of the car and paint. Before we could start painting though Opeie asked whether we could do a drawing activity he had created where we design products for a supermarket based around themes. I love things like this as you end up drawing things that you would never usually think of drawing. 



Friday, 26 June 2020

"We loved with a love that was more than love."


Day 98:

It kind of feels like everything has realigned over the last few days and all is where it needs to be. Ive felt more myself than I have done for weeks and it's been a huge relief as I was starting to feel a little lost. Opeie has been a lot more perky too, which to me just reinforces that we are filling our life with people that are helping us to blossom. 



Thursday, 25 June 2020

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."


Day 97:

I rarely get any time to just be a grown up and its been that way for so many years. Opeie is the greatest company I could ask for and I wouldn't change anything about him being with me full time for that time, but every now and again its nice to not have to worry about anyone and just concentrate on being. Today was one of those rare occasions where he wasn't with me for a few hours so me and Becci went for a long walk deep into the woods by the house. We had nowhere to be, and zero responsibilities for that time so we just walked. We looked for fungi, spotted deer and lay on the ground amongst the trees listening to the birds, it was bliss.  

Its hard to remember to breath sometimes with all the day to day stresses and strains of life. The expectations of being a parent at times can feel like a heavy weight, especially with Opeie being home educated too, it really adds to the pressure. 

But for today, just me and that girl of mine and a day filled with love. 



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

"Intense love does not measure, it just gives."


Day 96:

Today there is excitement in the air, it's been over 2 weeks since I last saw Becci and it's not been easy being away from each other fo that time. She'll be over this afternoon and I can't wait. This lockdown period has played havoc with the both of us emotionally but I know that as soon as we see each other everything will be perfect. As the boy and I were up nice and early we headed out for a walk up the lane by us. The sheep never fail to put a huge smile on my face and as we walked, Opeie and I chatted about the future. With the current situation the way it is I think the summer holidays have started for us, so we plan to concentrate even more on creativity and having lots of fun and for the next few days we'll have someone fun here to share that with.



Tuesday, 23 June 2020

'As soon as I'd finished tinkering, it was a wrap!'


Day 95:

Ive said it so many times but this lockdown period has been all about the mini projects and I've really been loving that side of things. The Raleigh Choppers have really been keeping me occupied and today I found myself with an hour and a half to myself. I lay on the sofa and did contemplate having a cheeky nap, but my need to be tinkering got the better of me and I decided to attempt to vinyl wrap Becci's chain guard in some fitting leopard print. I had tried to wrap the mudguard last week and made a complete hash of it but this one I was pretty chuffed with. Im seriously considering looking for a cheap frame to completely wrap it in this stuff.



Monday, 22 June 2020

"The toad, without which no garden would be complete"


Day 94:

When I popped out in the garden last night I saw this little cutie quickly disappear under the shed. Tonight when I walked outside they were obviously feeling a little braver and came over to say hi. Our garden is only really small but backs on to an undisturbed piece of land with a stream so we get all sorts in there. The frogs always freak when I pick them up but this little dude happily sat on my hand for a photo shoot, my toady encounter really made my evening. 



Sunday, 21 June 2020

"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."


Day 93:

Fathers day has always been one of my favourite days of the year and this one was lush, I got breakfast and coffee in bed, a lovely card and most importantly lots of cuddles. The weather wasn't great but we managed to find a spot by the river in Jackfield where we could park, open the boot and paint in the back of the car while it thrashed it down, perfection.





Saturday, 20 June 2020

"The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer."


Day 91 and 92:

Opeie has really been getting into his LEGO photography for his latest comic idea. He's been in the garden with all sorts of kits and bricks creating scenes for each picture and its been so lovely to watch. As I really wasn't in the mood to write yesterday I decided to use two of his photos for today. I can't wait to see the finished piece, its starting to look really interesting.





Thursday, 18 June 2020

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”


Day 90:

Homeschooling (in our usual way) went out the window pretty quickly when all this crazy started. For most of us the days have all just merged into one big oddity, Ive lost all track of days and time and in my foggy head I'm now stuck at 'before Corona (BC)' and During Corona (DC). It's get harder and harder to motivate Opeie in the way I would have BC because he misses his friends so much. So I now just fully focus on what makes him happy. His latest idea for a comic has been keeping us busy in the LEGO department, focusing on set designs and letting our brick creativity flow. This should be a pretty awesome project, stay tuned.




Tuesday, 16 June 2020

"The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes."


Day 88:

Last nights awful lack of sleep meant that when I got up I just wanted to get out. At times like this I feel so claustrophobic and I just can't breathe. Opeie and I decided to pack a lunch, books, and sketchpads and head to Titterstones (our own peaceful getaway). The weather wasn't great but we drove up as high as we could get, opened the boot and listen to the thunder, it was pretty beautiful. 
I hope these storms pass soon (all of them).



Monday, 15 June 2020

"Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture."


Day 87:

Life is really starting to get me down, It seems like the only thing I can get right these days is being a dad, which to be fair is a pretty good job as I love that kid to bits. It doesn't look like I'm going to be sleeping tonight as my head is so busy and I'm struggling to clear the noise, so I decided to paint, because it's one of the few things that seems to calm me these days. I'm so thankful for this creative brain of mine, I feel like I'd be a wreck without it.





Sunday, 14 June 2020

"The essence of pleasure is spontaneity."


Day 86:

Ever feel like you are living Groundhog Day over and over? I wake up some mornings thinking 'well here we go again'. I'm so used to being spontaneous, jumping in the car and driving wherever in search of adventure, This whole lockdown thing is slowly sucking the life out of us. So In order to combat the ever growing rutt we are trying to add a little crazy back into our life. With the weather looking like it's turning a little, we decided to bring the trampoline indoors and use it to build a den in the LEGO room. It's partially filling that void but we are definitely desperate for our lives back.



Saturday, 13 June 2020

"Treat your friends as you do your best pictures, and place them in their best light."


Day 85:

Ive distanced myself from FB since all this lockdown craziness started but today I signed in and was greeted by this and it really perked me up. This smug face (because of that amazing boy of mine) hasn't changed in the 9 years he's been with me. Becoming a dad was my defining moment and it has shaped everything I have done since that special day. Ive been through happy times, Ive been through heartbreaking times but he's been there next to me through it all. Theres not a person on this planet I could love more, my best friend



Friday, 12 June 2020

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love." ... 'and LEGO'


Day 84:

Today was another one of those days that can just do one. When these days pop up you can guarantee that myself and Opeie always turn to the LEGO for a pick me up. Those magical bricks have some crazy healing power. 

Hoping for a few happy days please.



Thursday, 11 June 2020

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."


Day 83:

I don't know what we'd do if it wasn't for all the creativity in the house, it seems like we are always drawing and painting these days. Since becoming a single dad the evenings have always been the hardest for me and this whole lockdown thing has just magnified that. That feeling of being alone and disconnected is horrible. sketching has been a huge way of taking my attention off of that and has helped to keep me in a much more positive headspace. It's been great to look back on all the things we have created and I look forward to putting it all into a fun photo diary for Opeie to look back on. 



Wednesday, 10 June 2020

"Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self."


Day 82:

I never really understood why people created self portraits? It always seemed like such a bizarre thing to do. Currently though we are living in a pretty bizarre world so as I enjoyed creating the picture of Opeie and Becci earlier in the week so much, I thought I'd give it a go. Its definitely not something I could see myself doing again but I'm glad I had a go. Im really loving this new style of drawing, we may be mid lockdown but this limited life that we are all living has definitely unlocked my creative side and given me a real hunger to keep those creative juices flowing.



Tuesday, 9 June 2020

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."


Day 81:

We've been out and about taking photos of Opeie's LEGO minifigures for an upcoming project of his. I really love how we've managed to get through these bizarre months by being creative every day. I like to think that by the end of all this Opeie will come out of it a lot more confident with his creative abilities and even more open to trying new things.



Monday, 8 June 2020

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”


Day 80:

I have absolutely loved cruising around Telford with Opeie on the Raleigh choppers over the last few days. It''s not only been us with the smiles on our faces either. We've had people honking at us, giving us thumbs up and a few people stopping for a (distanced) chat about how they owned one when they were younger. It turns out that these little beauties are happiness on wheels. 








Sunday, 7 June 2020

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."


Day 79:

One thing that I'm excited to take away from this insane lockdown period that we're all going through is this new 'just do it' attitude I seemed to have developed from a very creative couple of months. We've really created our way through this time and we've both got a lot more confident in our artistic abilities. The old me would have had an Idea for something but then gradually swayed towards his comfort zone but this new blasé me just throws himself in there with no fear of messing up because Ive realised that for me it is more about the process than the end piece. Its that relaxing time focusing on nothing but what I have in from of me. Its been nice to see Opeie picking up his pens so much too and he's also really thriving with all the creativity. This positive, colourful, design based learning is definitely a path I'm sticking with for both of us.





Saturday, 6 June 2020

"It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project."



Day 78:

Today we all went out on our new rides and it was lush. I was so gutted selling my chopper years ago when I knew that Opeie was on his way and after picking one up for Becci last weekend, me and that retro loving boy of mine couldn't stop thinking about riding it around the park. So I sold my mountain bike and went hunting online for choppers for ourselves. We managed to find a couple pretty easy and picked them up on the same day. Since then we've been tinkering, adding parts and cleaning them up. It's like I always say, it's good to have a project or two on the go, and now we can head out on some seriously stylish adventures.





Friday, 5 June 2020

"Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow."



Day 77:

I found myself parked up on my own for an hour today which is unheard of. My first thought was to put the seat back and have a nap with my music on but instead I grabbed my sketchbook and started my piece for todays #creativelockdownproject. Id told Opeie earlier in the day that I was going to draw Charles Darwins head and he needed to pick me a Pokemon body for him. I figured he would pick one of the cute ones but instead chose Rayquaza, it ended up working perfectly I thought.





Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Hmmmmmm......


Day 75:

Its just one of those pictures that is only aimed at one person, so I'm not even going to explain. Enjoy.



Tuesday, 2 June 2020

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working."


Day 74:

I went to bed last night with the intention of having a creative morning but when I woke up and got going I had zero motivation to to do anything. This is frustrating not just for me but also because it can have a knock on effect to how Opeie is feeling too. After passing back and forth a few messages with Becci as I drank my morning coffee she talked about what she was getting up to and I was flooded with inspiration. I went straight for my pens and within 10 minutes me and Opeie were sitting in the sun and our creative juices were flowing. All it takes sometimes is the right person to get you going and that lady of mine always does.



Monday, 1 June 2020

"“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”"


Day 73:

Ive said it so many times since this lockdown started, The #creativelockdownproject that Becci started has really kept me and Opeie in a happy creative headspace and I don't think I've ever been this creatively motivated in a long time. Its been great to really reinforce to Opeie that art is everywhere and it doesn't have to be something that has taken a chunk of time to create, to make people smile. as the creative word today is 'books' Opeie decided to search through his collection and make a book rainbow. It certainly put a smile on my face.



Sunday, 31 May 2020

'A project keeps the wheels of creativity spinning'


Day 72:

After talking about going out on bike adventures it was clear we needed to get everyone on board with our plans, so today we went and picked up a bike for the female member of our posse. Both Opeie and myself ended up a touch jealous of said bike (especially after I had sold my custom pink one when Opeie entered the world). Im sensing our future bike adventures may have just taken a more retro path, watch this space, I feel a project coming.





Saturday, 30 May 2020

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."


Day 71:

Today was one of those days where everything just seemed to fall in to place. A mixture of great moods, fun, creativity and a picnic in the woods. Last year Opeie and I found a really lovely area not too far from where we live which we've used a few times to sit and do home-ed work. This evening we decided to take the garden parasol, a blanket and some art supplies for a relaxing peaceful evening under the trees. Just what we needed to take out minds off the current madness. We took loads of pictures of our paintings but this little guy that joined the party (with his heart shaped markings) really summed up how I was feeling.



Friday, 29 May 2020

"Froggie jumped all over the stage that day"


Day 70:

Today at chez Twinklestar during the busy lunch time period one of our customers requested a frog sandwich so I had to think fast. Hopefully he didn't notice that it was a green pesto and gherkin sandwich as he munched it down, but he left with a big smile on his face.



Thursday, 28 May 2020

"“Somedays you eat the bear, somedays the bear eats you”"


Day 69:

After a pretty crappy few days I started to feel myself again today, Opeie clearly picked up on that too which really made all the difference to our day. We went for a really long walk around Jackfield and sat in the sun... with Mr.T and talked about everything. Turning my phone off really helped too, I'm finding it really distracting at the moment and need to remind myself that its not something I need to check all the time. Today has been a good one and I'm going to hold on to that tightly.



Wednesday, 27 May 2020

"The creative adult is the child who survived."


Day 68:

One thing that I have loved about this lockdown period is the projects, tackling those little jobs that I'd either been putting off or just didn't seem to be able to make time for. Last year when Opeie was deep into his beetle project I decided to up-cycle a bureau for him, beetle style. A place for a Coleoptera enthusiast to keep his entomology books, research material and beetle hunting items. Typical individual homeschool kid never used it and kept all his bits in various sections of the house, so today I thought I'd reclaim it for myself and use it for all my painting and sketching things. Opeie helped me repaint it, the feet had been waiting to be done since I painted it and we found all the creative bits we needed to really make a fun space for me to create. It was the perfect little project to start pulling me out of my funk and it was great getting my sidekick helping too.



Tuesday, 26 May 2020

"Smile is a good reply to the dark world."


Day 67:

Life can throw some serious curve balls at times. The last few days have been awful, If it wasn't for the endless smiles caused by Baby Yoda being delivered today I think I may have had a mini breakdown. One thing I can always rely on is this little dude being there to pick me up when I'm having an emotionally challenging day. Being a dad (especially to this superstar) is what life is all about. 



Monday, 25 May 2020

“True emotional healing doesn't happen without feeling. The only way out is through.”


Day 66:

I used to be one of those people that would think 'bloody hell another blogger hash tagging 'mental health'. A few years back everybody seemed to be jumping on some sort of mental health band wagon and I really didn't understand it. It turns out that I'm an idiot, and the reason that everyone was talking about it back then was because it was the start of society really giving it the attention it deserves. The last two years have been an emotional rollercoaster and have really made me appreciate how hard it is sometimes to stop myself (and Opeie) feeling like we are emotionally sinking. This Coronavirus has become testing to most peoples emotional health and when there are other issues in your personal life too (especially ones that are unnecessary) it really adds to those negative feelings. Tonight is one of those nights where I feel like I've been on the verge of tears for quite sometime, So, as todays word on our #creativelockdownproject is 'Afloat' I figured my brain and emotional wellbeing were the things that I'm always trying to keep above the surface. 

Be kind to each other, It really makes a difference.



Sunday, 24 May 2020

"There must be something in the water"


Day 65:

You know those days that can just f#€* off? well today was one of them. I seriously need to wipe it from my memory and have a nice do-over tomorrow. Despite the day being an absolute flop Opeie and I still managed to build something colourful for our daily creative word, which was 'Rainbow'. I'm definitely looking forward to more colourful days.



Saturday, 23 May 2020

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."



Day 64:

It was one of those rare occasions today where I found myself actually having a bit of time to myself as Opeie happily played with his friends online for a couple of hours. My first thought was 'clean the house?' yeah right! I grabbed a coffee, the watercolours and some music and sat on my bed with the windows opened and painted my do-over for the piece I wasn't happy with yesterday for the #creativelockdownproject word 'bugs'. The word made me think of an afternoon cycling up the Long mynd when we spotted some Bloody-nosed beetles for our ongoing beetle collection. I bloody love beetles!



Thursday, 21 May 2020

“This is the way.”


Day 62:

I never really thought that much of Star Wars, always swayed towards the super heroes instead but over the last few days we've been watching the Mandalorian and I'm pretty hooked. So as todays word over on the #creativelockdownproject is 'Kindness' and Mando is so lovely to Baby Yoda 'this is the way' we went with our pieces. I am loving painting, its really keeping me in a lovely headspace and all this creativity is working wonders for Opeie too.



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."


Day 61:

As I lay in the woods today staring at the lush blue sky through the gap in the trees, I concentrated on my breathing and really took some time to think about how lucky I am. I have an amazing little family and they really make me smile. The last 60 or so days have been a rollercoaster of emotions and although we're still here in the midst of this madness, we're still smiling and that's so important.