I know one thing you really shouldn’t do is start a blog post with, ‘it’s been a while since I blogged’ but really…it’s been a while!! Truth is I’m juggling with getting ready for the Summer art fairs, being with the family and as the weather is now perfect – gardening like a mad woman. The warm weather makes me, a) want to rush outside with my sketchbook and draw everything in sight, b) keep on top of the weeding and c), yes there’s a c, just keep the back door open to let the warm sunshine in as I cut a few more books to put on my stand. What a whirl!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve done all of the above and more so I think I’m in a happy place right now. I think my stand at KUKI will look pretty good, not bursting at the seams but who wants that any how? I want it to look cohesive, bright and smart. I keep forgetting that the next one is only a week later so I need to keep creating books and cards whenever I can.
One of the things I’ve been working on recently was a bunch of scrapbooks. Honestly, when I rediscovered them I was prepared to pull them to pieces and start all over again. Actually I should rewind a bit here. I made these books a few years ago for one of the last art fairs I attended before ‘Rona’ and as they were the last few which hadn’t sold they sat on the shelf doing nothing. Fast forward a couple of years and the way I make these type of books has changed so they were bugging the heck out of me. I mentioned this to a friend who told me basically I was totally over thinking the whole thing (which I tend to do) and suggested a small but fairly obvious change which made all the difference. So much so that I added a couple more scrapbooks to the pile and now love them. I don’t know why I didn’t see it before.
I think it’s easy to over think things and as I had been looking at these books so often and for so long I had become far too critical and would spot small niggling things which no one else would even notice. That’s why it’s good to step away occasionally, take some time out then come back with a fresh eye or better still get a good friend to give you some advice. They’ll see things you can’t!
It’s now the last week until KUKI and I’m getting down my to-do list so it’s all good. This week will be table mock-up, labels and packaging. At this point I’m not stressed but then maybe I should be? Oh now I’m stressed about not being stressed!! Just kidding, it’s all good.
I’ll post a picture of my table mock-up when I’ve done it and I’ll compare it with the actual table later on just for a laugh!
I love our little valley in the snow. It’s so pretty. This morning we had a big snow storm and like a kid I couldn’t wait to get out there in it. I used the dog as an excuse mind. I actually wanted to be the first one to walk up the lane and put our footprints in the snow, that’s a bit odd isn’t it?
Cooper loves it, he has his nose permanently down and his tongue out so he can lick it up.
Thursday evening we had a massive storm as did large parts of the UK too. The forest path was a bit like an obstacle course over the weekend but none the less still beautiful.
One of the things I love about life in Luxembourg is the feeling of community and togetherness. Here in my tiny village we have plenty of opportunities to get together and any excuse for a BBQ or beer tent and we’re on it. We’re so lucky to have our own chateau too which is a very pretty addition to the skyline.
The orchards around the chateau are managed by the villagers who trim the trees, plant new ones and collect the apples in the Autumn. A couple of weekends ago was apple collecting time and I went down with the family to help pick.
It’s all about the juice and of course we get to keep that too once it’s been processed.
Of course the Autumn is making the forest feel so magical at the moment. It can be misty, cold and wet but the forest stays the same all the time and my morning walks with Cooper are a real joy.
The beautiful view from my kitchen door.
I know these beautiful colours won’t last long so I have to get out and make the most of it.
I hope you’re enjoying the Autumn colours where you are.
Oh my, how our lives have been turned upside down and as I might have hinted at before we’ve gone and got ourselves a little fluffy baby. Well to be truthful, he’s now not so little even at 3 months old. He’s growing fast and is now as big or bigger than quite a few full grown dogs I know. I suspect he’s going to end up almost as big as a donkey! His face easily reaches the table when he stands up on his back legs.
This was taken a few weeks ago when he’d only been with us a week. He’d just been digging in my Veg patch, something he’s become quite good at doing. He’s an Australian Shepherd crossed with a Collie and is such a beauty. We’ve named him Cooper.
We love him dearly but this puppy phase is tough for sure. Tough on clothes, skin, nerves and furniture. It doesn’t matter how many You Tube videos you watch about puppy biting, until you actually experience it first hand (or arm) you have no idea how bad it can be. On the plus though I’m really really enjoying the walks, just the two of us in the morning and it’s keeping me in shape too. I’m looking forward to the time I can go further into the forest on a proper hike but for now I’m having to be content with the short walks around the village. If anyone has any tips about gardening with dogs please let me know I’d love to hear. It’s a good job everything has to be cut down now anyway because the garden is becoming trashed!
I’ll update you on our adventures together but for now, happy Monday.