Friday, 6 April 2018

April mindfulness

Yesterday I was busy working on a project for a magazine with a very short dead line so I enjoyed a whole day, from 9am, creating. I have not yet got back to working in my garden studio, I am still working from the breakfast bar in my kitchen but I opened the back door as the sunshine was so beautifully warm. 
I was able to enjoy a cuppa outside and as I took a few mindful moments I revelled in seeing how far my garden has come along over the last couple of weeks. I could even hear the low buzzing of a bee,  looking for nectar.
I snapped these photos to share my few minutes of mindfulness. At this time of the year I just sit on my back door step.
 My magnolia is bursting into appears unscathed by the late snow we experienced.
 What is there not to love about a blue sky and blossom?

How good it was to see the shadows cast by the bright sunshine through my trellis.
I also felt such joy to see the bulbs I planted last autumn now flowering in glorious colour. I love the way daffodils turn their heads to face the sunshine.

and yes my tulips have flowered too.

For those few moments I was able to just still my thoughts and be mindful.  I recharged my internal batteries in that sunshine and appreciated how very lucky I am to be able to do what I do. 

I am going to share a tag I made using Tim Holtz products including a Distress oxide background. The dies are all by Tim and I think his chit chat words are brilliant.
Here are a couple of close ups.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Lil patch of craft friends 1/3 anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more 1/3 anything goes
Emerald creek dares spring has sprung

The sky is not quite so blue out there today but it is still a wonderful spring morning, one to "stay simple".

Have a lovely weekend ahead...I have some very exciting things to look forward including flying...I jest not....and visiting the Stamping show at Ally Pally in London.
Enjoy yours whatever you do and I will try to fit my minutes of mindfulness in too.

I am back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image DT post. I am so looking forward to catching up with Helen and Mark Alexander, aka Mr and Mrs Visible Image at Ally Pally on Sunday. There will be lots of hugs from this delightful pair and a lot of catching up to do. If you happen to be going too I would love to say hello...give me a tap on the shoulder 😃

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane!..Lovely post, your garden is definitely further on than ours here in W Yorkshire. I like your tag with it's profound words,and super oxide background. Hope you have a lovely weekend at Ally pally....a bit far to go this time...a bit expensive too with having to stay over in London. Enjoy it for me! Hugs xx

  2. That's a wonderful tag. So many pretty details and I really love the sentiments. Those yellow butterflies really add some spring feel! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  3. You come up with the best sayings. I really love the colors and textures of this. My weather is still unseasonably unreliable. Your flowers give me hope :)

  4. Yesterday was a lovely spring not so much! Your garden is looking lovely and your magnolia is so beautiful! Pretty little tag too!
    Have a great weekend my friend and enjoy your show...hope all is well with you all!
    V x

  5. What lovely photos of your garden, Jane, thanks for sharing. Beautiful tag, lovely design and I love the quote. xx

  6. Your garden is simply wonderful! I am looking forward to planting some annuals in my pots. I'm so happy winter is gone! Love your tag and the sentiment to keep things simple is good advice. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Such a pretty collage-y background, Jane, such great depth and texture ... the die cut tree and kaleidoscope of fluttery butterflies are fabulous against it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  8. Hi your tag is stunning. I love the photos of your garden. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for challenge 411 the theme is Anything Goes with the optional theme of the Colours of Spring and the sponsor is Lacy Sunshine. Hugs Jackie (DT)

  9. In Wisconsin, it is still cold and we have snow on the ground so I have spring envy. It hasn't quite reached us yet. But the robins are back so there is hope. Love your tag. It's a great combination of colors. thanks as always for sharing.

  10. Wow, I can't believe how much green you have, and so many flowers blooming already! Gorgeous! Love your Tim Holtz tag, your work with the oxides is fantastic! Such a great spring scene you created with the still bare tree and the wee butterflies fluttering about. Fabulous! hugs :)

  11. Wow! Your multimedia technique is so pretty! Love your inspiration! Thanks for playing along with our Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Cathy ATSM DT

  12. Such a beautiful garden and such a beautiful tag, Jane! Love the quote as well as the fab fab background you have created! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x


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