My man. On top of the world. Beloved memory.
Rannoch Moor Scottish Highlands. A place of wonder where silence fills the soul.
Just to recap over the past year – and remind everyone what I do as the day job! Working from home is often considered as not working at all. Having worked in industry during the eighties and nineties, then being a stay at home mum I can definitely tell you that choosing to create a business from a hobby is not the walk in the park many may think. Working daily at creating new designs is great fun…. and time consuming work. It’s not comparable to a shift at the coal face on a daily basis, but believe me, I put the hours in! For the past few years I have been building a profile at print on demand sites, mainly Society6 and have seen lots of changes -new products, new algorithms (?) and lots and lots of new players. It is increasingly difficult to be seen on a print on demand site, but perseverance pays and last year was my most successful there yet. Below are a few of the designs that made my best sellers. There’s no rhyme or reason for what sells and what lies unheeded. I am just delighted that some of my work is being enjoyed all over the globe!
2018 will see more of my eclectic design – inspired by nature, past masters and using my photography too as reference points to create something new, fresh, and ready to hang, wear or use. Dependant on which of the myriad of products you choose to purchase!
I would love to hear from you if you want me to concentrate on a particular theme – you can have a hand in making your dream duvet or your best thought as a phone case! You can link to my page at Society 6 by navigating to the S6 on the menu or link here My S6 store – lots of stuff!
South winds jostle them,
Drink, and are gone.
On their passage Cashmere;
I, softly plucking,
Present them here!
Emily Dickinson remains one of my poets I return to time and again. She was 56 – my age- when she died , and in that span had written around 1100 poems. She didn’t publish in her lifetime, lived a life that has been described as reclusive and yet her writing exposes a fullness of human experience. I am left curious, and moved by her poetry. It is no surprise that her poetry is so enjoyed . I think I may just have my next project!
It doesn’t get more serene than early morning by the Loch in Glen Affric, in the highlands of Scotland.
My response to the Daily Challenge prompt, but actually it was taken by my husband. But I was there!
Every now and again I manage to complete one of my ongoing projects! This one has been on the back burner for some time – I already have a title that includes three of this poet’s work , but I wanted to investigate the poet a little further.
I was an early fan of his poetry – the musicality within it is magical – and I really do know how much my life has been influenced by listening to the power of the written word by a genius. I count my poet influencers amongst my friends – they have informed my thinking and feeling for the majority of my life. I truly believe they are life savers.
What I really find out when I dig deeper about any of my literary heroes, is how human they are – how full of paradox and confusion – and that endears me more. They above all others have shown me how truly miraculous it is to be human and alive and suffering as well as exalting. I lead a secular existence – and I am no apologist about that – but the spiritual exists within and poets help me to embrace that side of my nature.
A deep gratitude to artists everywhere, for the attempt to connect. And to Mr W. B Yeats – the everlasting love of the listener and the reader.
‘Like along-legged fly upon the stream
His mind moves upon the silence’
If you are interested in seeing more of my finished tribute, it is going to be available here Tribute hand made book at Etsy
I don’t stop experimenting with my photography but in this case the experimentation was after the deed had been done, in the editing suite. I love conker shells, and had to use these as a design for surface pattern at my site on Society 6. There’s some smoke and mirrors going on!