Wednesday, 27 August 2014

a wonderfully intentional wednesday

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday, wherever in the world you may be.

today i wanted to continue with my series of 5 free intentional lessons, based on bringing more mindfulness into our day to day lives.

i am offering them for free as part of the celebration of the launch of my newest ecourse "living more intentionally". in the full course i share my monthly intentional practices over the whole year and some gorgeous candle ritual magic too.

today i wanted to share with you the key ingredients to a successful wednesday.

wednesday is ruled by mercury. it's energy is of the most benefit to writers, poets, actors, teachers and students. the reason for this is that its influences vibrate towards inspiration, communications, the written and spoken word and all forms of study, learning and teaching. it is also a good day to begin efforts that deal with self-improvement or understanding.

wednesday is a day for communication and memory skills.

another good day for getting things done, but perhaps in a more learned and scholarly way than tuesdays burst of energy would allow. it's a great day for teaching classes or writing down new ideas - any activity that stretches your intellect and your mind.

here are the herbs, stones and colours that will best support your wednesday:

wednesday colours

light blue, gray, green, orange, yellow.

wednesday herbs

cinnamon, mint, dill, sage, goldenrod.

wednesday stones

sodalite, moss agate, opal, aventurine.

again, i would prepare my altar with the above stones and herbs surrounding a green candle. i love the colours and the speckled qualities of the agate stones for this altar - they are so unusual and so lovely.

i also would use the corresponding colours for my clothing and jewellery. i tend to stray towards mainly green and light blue for wednesdays as it seems to me to fit better into the colour scheme. the yellow and orange are an option, but for me the greens speak more clearly.

i would set up this altar early in the day, and use this intentional time to focus my mind on my goals and desired outcomes of the day.

it's great to quieten your mind for a while and to focus on setting up your altar (a task that many would say is a waste of valuable time) when you know for yourself that it isn't. it grounds you, supports you and makes you feel at one with things as you head off into your day, and that is very important.

i hope you've enjoyed this lesson, and that you will try to use it's ancient wisdom to enhance your own life.

i'd love to know how you get on if you do try any of these techniques.

if you'd like to purchase the full 12 month ecourse, feel free to do so. simply click on the picture below to make your purchase. the course is on sale at half price until monday 1st september, to celebrate its launch. don't miss out!

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

tuesday in an intentional way

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i am continuing with my series of 5 free lessons based on my daily intentional practices.

i am sharing these for free as part of my celebration of the launch of my newest e-course "living more intentionally". in the full e-course i share my monthly intentional practices for all of the 12 months of the year, including printable planning sheets and gorgeous candle rituals.

on with today's free lesson - we're all about tuesday today!

mars is the ruler of tuesdays. any work involving men, conflict, physical endurance and strangth, lustm hunting, sports and all kinds of competition will all be extra successful on a tuesday. it is also a great day to work on anything involving surgical procedures or political venture. particularly if this work is ritual based.

tuesday is a day for energy and action. after the dreaminess of mondays tuesday is more of a get-up-and-go kind of day. 

before i practiced this mindfulness i always found tuesdays to be particularly grueling and exhausting. i think because i didn't allow myself the time i needed to reflect and relax on mondays, tuesdays were a step too far for me and my tired soul.

now i find tuesdays to be a much more energetic day. i am fully charged after my nurturing, soul searching monday and raring to go.

here are the magic ingredients for a balanced tuesday:

tuesday colours


tuesday herbs

copal resin, elderberries, hawthorn berries, nettle, ash leaf, conker.

tuesday stones

ruby, garnet, carnelian, bloodstone, pink tourmaline.

i set myself up with an altar, similar to the one i set up on monday. i place in the centre of it a red candle, surrounded by the above herbs and stones. i especially love the herbs for this altar - i just think they look wonderful there, surrounding my candle and boosting it's intention as i head off into the day itself.

i also make sure to choose something red to wear, either via jewellery or clothes. i recently bought myself a healing chakra necklace at a local fair and i wear that most often now, as it has some of every colour of the week on it. it's my go to piece!

i even try to choose hair accessories that match the days colour theme.

these mindful acts seem so small and almost inconsequential, but really they are vital to my success and sense of wellbeing.

i then head off into a busy day full of goals and targets, knowing that i am working in alignment with the natural order and that all is right with whatever i choose to achieve.

i hope you've enjoyed this lesson and that it really adds something to your tuesday. i know that these intentional practices can be invaluable to anyone wanting to live a more balanced, present and mindful life.

if you'd like to get your hands on the full ecourse, now's the time! i have it available at half price - only £15 for the full twelve month course until monday 1st september. simply click on the picture below to check out all of the details.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Monday, 25 August 2014

an intentional monday

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today is the launch day for my newest e-course "living more intentionally". i am so excited to share this course and it's wisdom with you all - it has become a way of life for me, that's for sure.

i honestly don't think my life would be the same without it!

when i look back and see how far i have come, in terms of my mental health and well-being, the satisfaction of my soul and the expression of my creativity i can hardly recognise the me from before. the life i had when i didn't venture to do all of these things.

it's completely amazing to me that a few short years later my life is completely different than it was. i am happier, more centred and much more in control of my life and destiny, which i love.

i have invited creativity into my life and i couldn't be happier about that.

i have welcomed a more intentional practice into my life and it has been powerful.

i have embraced a more ritualistic way of life and i am feeling it's benefits.

the course itself guides you through 12 monthly lessons which will relate to the month they are set in. i'll share the best colours, stones and herbs to use in order to amplify your success and achievements during that month, alongside a gorgeous candle ritual you can perform as an extra boost.

i will advise on what colours to use to decorate your home, your altar and your body in order to work with nature and the seasons.

basically, we will be revisiting the ancient wisdom our ancestors used to live in harmony and balance with nature, centuries ago.

i'll also share goal setting and tracking techniques, which will include monthly printables to help you plan for your goals and celebrate your achievements as you move through the year.

you will have lifetime access to the course itself so you can continue to use it's wisdom throughout your life's journey, limitlessly.

i know that this wisdom has helped me to nurture a more grounded and intentional life, and i feel passionately that it could help you too.

to celebrate the launch of the e-course itself i am offering on the blog here five free lessons, all based on my own daily intentional practices for you to enjoy.

so, let's get started with the first of your free lessons!

today's lesson focuses on the key elements for a successful and balanced monday. 

monday really belongs to the moon. the energy from the moon benefits any efforts that deal with women, the family, home and hearth, the garden and medicine. it also boosts any work you may do to improve your physic development and dreaming with meaning.

it's a day for dreaming and intuition.

if you can make some time within your day on the monday for meditation or any other form of quiet reflective time, you will really see the benefit of it.

i tend to give myself a little break on a monday - if i don't feel like doing much then i don't force it. if i want to daydream, read or relax i allow it. i know this is in alignment with the natural order of things. it also is a day when i know i can give myself a break.

i think it is often the case that in the fast-paced world we live in today we can forget to give ourselves any time to dream.

of course, the opportunity to dream will be valuable on any day of your week, so don't worry overly if monday's just can't fit it in for you. if you can though, you will know you are working with the balance of nature and that is a powerful feeling to have.

here are some more practices to adopt each monday in order to be more in line and in balance with the laws of nature:

monday colours

shiny silver, pearl, pale rose, white, lavender.

monday herbs

jasmine, bracken, dandelion leaf, chamomile flowers, anise  seed, hops flowers, parsley.

monday stones

moonstone, pearl, quartz.

you can see from the picture at the top of this post (taken on a monday) that i am wearing the colours recommended for the day and am ready to face the world :) it's also a great way to get you to think of different outfit combinations and jewellery to wear, if you ocassionally get into a rut of wearing the same clothes over and over.

i would then take those stones and colours and usually either just before or after breakfast, set up my daily altar with them.

i set in place a pink candle, surrounded by the herbs and stones listed above and supported  by some gorgeous rose incense.

this daily act of ritual mindfulness i find really centres me for the day. i find myself more focused and feeling more in touch with my spiritual side by doing this.

in order to make the ritual as easy as possible to fit into my life, i have prepared a little bag, labelled monday, which contains my herbs, stones, candle and incense for that day. it just means i can set up my altar each day easily and without too much fuss.

in fact, i set up all of my days altar ingredients into labelled bags in order to make the whole thing more sustainable, especially in busier times (which are often the times we need these rituals the most).

the daily reminder to be more mindful, plus the thoughtfulness that now goes into choosing my clothes and jewellery makes me feel much more in line with my intentions and gives me a little buzz, or a pick me up as i go about my daily tasks and routines.

i hope that this will also be the case for you, if you decide to try it yourself.

i'd love to know how you get on if you do try.

so, that is my mindful practice for monday. i will be back tomorrow with tuesday's lesson.

if you'd like to get your hands on my monthly intentional practices and ideas you can do that via my new ecourse "living more intentionally". simply click on the pic below to head to etsy and make your purchase.

as an extra special offer, as part of the celebration of the launch, it will be available at half price until monday 1st september. you'll get twelve months of intentional lessons, printables and advice for only £15 (usual price £30). don't miss out!

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 22 August 2014

freebie friday

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be! today it is of course freebie friday time, and i have a lovely art print for you this week.

this is one of my gts designs (which i shared with you on tuesday). simply click on the picture mock up to view, download and save your printable. i would recommend printing onto photo paper or canvas paper.

it would look lovely framed in a conservatory especially.

have a fanstastic day lovelies and a wonderful weekend!

ps. offers galore! my bundles of ebooks and ecourses are still available lovelies. you can check them out here. also, keep an eye on the blog next week for the launch of my newest ecourse - "living more intentionally". it's going to be awesome!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

going tribal

signed art print available here.

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be.

today i wanted to share with you some of my designs for brief 2 of the make it in design summer school challenge.

i had to get designing these pretty quickly before we headed off to ireland (as photoshop isn't as easy to manage on my little netbook!) but i managed to get them submitted well before the deadline.

i'm sharing today my initial sketches - i actually used these to create a pattern (which i can't share until i'm sure the brief has been completed and all entries submitted). so i'll save the final pattern for another day ;)

anyhoo, the theme for this challenge was tribal, and i had so much fun with the patterns and designs for this one. it was kind of like zentangling - and therefore a great way to relax and let go!

again, i wanted to make this brief more my own, so i made a tribal faceless girl (above) full of gorgeous pattern and colour. i really loved making her - especially her hair!

signed art print available here.

of course it wouldn't be me at all if there wasn't a kitty involved somehow! here is my tribal kitty! again, full to the brim with patterns and colour.

for the final brief i combined both of these images into a pattern - which was awesome. i am really pleased with the final product and i'll definitely share it with you when i can.

i also wanted to share with you my final design for brief 1 - this is the one i submitted as my entry into the challenge:

signed art print version available here.

the theme for brief 1 was tropical and i really loved this kitty shimmying with his pineapples! as i know this brief has definitely closed i am ok to share my final design with you.

all of this design work has got me a little addicted to creating patterns with my illustrations i have to confess!

because of this i have had a go at starting a spoonflower account! you can find me here. i have all of my MIID patterns featured there, but not for sale as yet (as the little samples are still being printed and sent to me). i'll let you know once they are for sale. i can't wait to see the samples though - i am hoping they are just as cute as they look on the screen!

have a fantastic day lovelies!

ps. don't forget about my brilliant bundle offers! still for sale, still fabulous. you can find out more here.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

wednesday wonders

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share another link love post with you.

life has been so busy here lately, with design competitions, ecourses and so many other wonderful events, that i have been squirreling away lovely links but not having the chance to share them with you.

i've had so much to share from my own life i haven't made the time to share the good stuff i found online!

so, here's my round up of great links from across the interwebz. enjoy!

first up, this gorgeous lifebook lesson from tam at willowing is available for free for a limited time. make sure you get yours while you can!

i've been enjoying learning to weave (pics coming soon!) and this is my inspiration. i am going to start a beginner's weaving group locally too!

this site is awesome, because we all need some positive news for a change, right?!

this is a handy site for all wiccans who might be wondering about herb substitutions (and a whole host of other questions!).

this tutorial saved my life! have you ever tried to draw around the edge of a picture in photoshop to make the background transparent then ended up with the most horrible jagged edges? this tutorial makes it all so very simple :)

have a fantastic day lovelies!

ps. don't forget about my special offer bundles. still in store, still superb value. make sure to bag yours before they sell out! you can find out all of the details here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

terrarium times

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some of my design ideas for my entry into the lilla rogers global talent search.

the deadline for brief number 1 was yesterday, and i submitted my final design about a week ago actually (i am really crazily productive lately - not sure why!).

anyhoo, i can't reveal my final design until after the round has been judged and i find out whether i made it through to round 2 (will find out on tuesday 26th august - wish me luck!). but, i can share with you my two also-ran designs i created for the initial brief.

i decided to take the terrarium theme and (as i did for the MIID summer school brief 1) make it my own. and by make it my own i obviously mean "add in kitties"!!

so, in the above picture you can see i created a nice shaded area in my terrarium for a cute little black furry kitty. i really enjoyed creating the giant-sized plant drawings (in comparison to the kitty anyway) and the idea that if i made a real terrarium (which i totally should - genius idea!) it would all be in miniature. so cute.

for my other idea i took a quote from shakespeare's macbeth as my starting point. i actually thought this one up lying in bed and couldn't wait to get up the next morning and get drawing it! here we have a cute little witch lady heading on back to her country cottage on the hill with her kitty. the moon and stars? just because!

i love this one too, and had the hardest time choosing which to submit.

the third design came out the favourite though, and i will share it with you once i can. i just hope i picked the right one!

anyhoo, wish me luck for being picked! it would be amazing to go through to the next round - they whittle the entries down from around 3000 to just 50 going through, so that would be a major honour.

i've really enjoyed the design work i have done for both challenges this summer and have been in my element creating patterns and designs to a brief. it's been really great fun.

even if i don't go through, i have learned a whole lot from the experience, that's for sure.

have a great day lovelies!

ps. don't forget about the special offers i mentioned yesterday. still available, still awesome value. get yours while stocks last!