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Using Craft to Chase Away the Blues

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ATC/card toppers

Top right: Dream card and Bottom right: Sunshine card made with Artist Trading Card Kit: Sunshine Shades (Leonie Pujol) plus other embellishments including Nitwit Collections Essentials Butterfly Kiss bee stamp.

Top left card – made with Santoro’s Gorjuss Simply Gorjuss….! A4 Ultimate Die Cut and Paper pack plus other embellishments.

Bottom left: Golly Gosh card made with Artist Trading Card Kit: Memories (Leonie Pujol)


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Red Balloon

The day before yesterday, I looked out of the window at work and saw a red balloon floating slowly down the middle of the road.

There was no one else about, inside or out.  It felt as if it was there just for me and time seemed to stand still.  It felt symbolic, it felt like a sign.  But of what, I have no idea.

I just had a quick look at Google for some interpretations of what red balloons symbolize.  I couldn’t find much and what I did find referred to symbolism of red balloons in dreams.

One site stated that red in dreams is a warning sign or a representation of strong feelings and that balloons represent childhood or your hopes.

dreamdictionary.net stated
“A balloon in a dream represents happiness and childhood innocence.  You may dream about balloons when you have taken on a lot of responsibility or are under a great deal of stress in real life. The dream is your dreaming mind’s way of telling you that it is time to give yourself a break and have some fun.”



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Restoring Equilibrium

I have tried to write a post on several occasions over the last 3 months but have not been able to find the words.

My Grandma was diagnosed with inoperable brain tumours at the end of July.

I feel like I have been holding my breath since then.

During the last few weeks I hit what has been perhaps my lowest point with high levels of anxiety and negativity overwhelming me.

I have been feeling guilty about this as I know family members have been worrying about me when they have more than enough to worry about already and this made the anxiety and negativity spiral even more.

I want to be strong and supportive, not a further source of worry to those close to me.

I picked up one of my journals the other day and read through my The Happiness Hop Workbook (Tim Pond) exercises and it seems to have re-centred me a little.

I have realised how emotionally and physically drained I have become and that I needed to give myself a break.  I booked two days off work (today and tomorrow) so I could have a long weekend to work on restoring my equilibrium.

On top of everything at home, work has also been pretty stressful lately so a couple of days away should help me refocus on what’s important.






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More photos

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Some of these are a little (ok – a lot) out of focus but I took them after climbing a very steep hill and half a cider in the pub at top of steep hill.

Climb was definitely worth it.  The view was absolutely incredible.

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Walking in Derbyshire

Spent yesterday walking the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire.

It was incredibly beautiful, though my pictures really do not do it justice!

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More to follow…..


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Tiredly tangling

I have started a new blog so I have somewhere to share my zentangles without cluttering up Thinking Space:  http://leannestangles.wordpress.com/

I have been doodling in my sketch book every day.  It is getting to the point where I am staying up far too late because I cannot put the damn thing down!

I have not been pleased with the ones I have done the last few nights.  They are so relaxing to do and absorb me completely but I do have to start being more sensible about bedtime on work nights!!

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