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Thursday, August 27, 2015

When it's Complicated! Paint Party Friday

Decorated envelope instead of wrapping paper, acrylic and washi tape!
 Have you ever noticed how sometimes life is complicated?
Often too complicated to explain yourself. Anytime
one has a crisis, does a home renovation,  has an illness, 
a divorce, are grieving, or just plain worn out, life can get 
Digital Colour  Change
 Usually when this happens you are functioning on empty
so when anyone asks anything of you it's hard to comply!
Please be sure to forgive yourself when you say no!
Sometimes you have to say no! Sometimes it hurts others,
but for your own sanity you have to do it! 
I'm telling you that's okay! 
Give yourself permission to say NO!
Other side of the envelope! So fun to create!
When you live with an illness, or grief, or a crisis,
you are enmeshed in the mess of it all day long.
You don't necessarily feel like sharing all the gritty
details or explaining yourself....sometimes
you just want a reprieve  to do your own thing!
So do it!!
Image created for a card
 There is a possibility there will be judgement or hurt feelings.
Again if a person knows you and truly understands your
character they won't take it personally! Hopefully
they will give you the space, and the  benefit of doubt
 that you may need a bit of silence to finish a project,
grieve peacefully, heal,unscramble a crisis or adapt 
to a new way of life!

 Sadly that is not always the case and relationships
can be put in peril. I have a rule with friendship. 
Always know your friends have the best intentions! 
So when you have hurt feelings you can resort to the
 thought that your dear friend would never intentionally 
hurt you! If they're caring souls and always treat others
well, you know they don't want to hurt you 
in any way! Therefore the misunderstanding
is probably somethings they are wrestling with...  
Let them, and love them anyway!
 However if someone has an addiction it's 
feasible there are those who will 
refuse to witness the disintegration of 
a person into  a mere ash of their
true self!  They may just be sick
and tired of toxic worry that hangs
 out with drama!
 Rightfully so!
Love them from afar! 
Either way sometimes life is complicated and we
just have to leave it at that and know eventually
things will straighten out into your semblance 
of normal!
It's pickle time!! Cupcake and I both wanted to do
up pickles this year. So this week I have been a 
pickle lady. It's always way more fun doing it with 
a friend. A couple of jars didn't seal, so the three of us
 ate a whole jar of pickles in one sitting they're delicious! 
I can only imagine how good they'll be in two months!!  
In the meantime Cupcake went out and bought thirty more 
pounds of pickling cukes! So guess what I'm doing tonight?

I was so excited that I found my moms recipe in her
hand writing. When I bit into that first homemade
pickle it brought back so many childhood memories, 
 of my mom and of cheddar cheese
and pickle sandwiches for lunch day after day!
Now I know why I loved them!

Moms Dill Pickles

16 cups of water
4 cups of vinegar
1 cup of pickling salt
fresh dill and dill seeds or
 (dill weed instead of the seeds)
Two cloves of garlic for each jar
we use more!

We oven sealed them 
instead of the water bath!
Many friends have done 
that over the years!

We soaked them in ice water
too!! Nice and crunchy!

 The last month Beardo has spent his holidays 
and pretty much every day off building a wrap
around desk for our loft! It's 75 percent done.
The desk is in the living room along with 
many pieces of cupboards and drawers as he 
layers it with paint! The house is a wonderful
creative schmozzle right now!

Isn't this a terrible combination of colour! Some colours just aren't right together!

 While we were pickling Cupcake said," The creative muse is here,
she seems to  like a messy house"...and I piped up
" Well I don't," we all laughed so happy to at least
be making things!

Two random interesting gals I saw in a photo, couldn't help but sketch them!
 They are a work in progress as I await my 
derwent inktense colour blocks! Susi was my inspiration as 
she sketched a face last week and always has new fun ideas!
 This is what is happening to the trees around here! The drought like
hot weather has them sadly turning way too early! Amazing how they 
adapt! Tomorrow the rain starts and I am so looking forward to 
the long awaited rainfall! Let's hope it happens!

 Does your life get complicated at times to the point you just don't want to have to explain yourself?


Ritu Dua said...

I am glad I visited you today!!
What a bright cheerful post !!
Much love :)


Kate Robertson said...

Oh I love the cats in sunglasses. Such a fun image.


Valerie-Jael said...

Great post, fun art, my faves today are the pickles and the cat with glasses, fantastic. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

Christine said...

fun art as usual! yes, life is certainly complicated!

Wanda said...

Some good and deep thoughts to ponder along with some delightful artwork. Life can be complicated and it's good to give yourself permission to say NO. If we don't take charge of our own lives, then others will. That's when resentment come in...so I agree with your narrative.

BTW ~My maiden name was "Dill"....so what can I say.. Of course I love Dill Pickles...HaHa

Sending Hugs.

Mascha said...

What a colorful, thoughtful rich post! I like the cat in different colors...
In friedship I never was successful, I dont't understand the rules and make many misstakes.
I dislike to explain autistic complexity of life, most people already don't understand. Well, that's life!
Happy PPF

sirkkis said...

Thanks for a big smile! They are wonderful folk. Love them :)
Happy PPF !

BrownPaperBunny said...

Love the decorated envelope idea, that's really cool! Happy PPF!

Clare Lloyd said...

Loving the art and well done on the pickling. I am tackling some marmalade making tomorrow! Happy PPF

Nordljus said...

I absolutely love pickles! And I would love to pickle my own, though I wouldn't know where to get the cucumbers from. I only ever see those big salad ones. They look delicious. Love your fabulous animals too! Ah yes, life can get complicated, and you just want to be left in peace. I like to get things down in my journal, it always helps me to feel calmer.

Nic McLean said...

I love those pickling jars - I really like little gerkins and cornichons that are shop bought but I wouldn't have a clue where to buy them to pickle myself and I admire you for doing it yourself when often it's so much easier to just go to a store - there must be a certain satisfaction in doing it yourself though. Hey ho, turning part of our paddock into a vegetable garden is still on our to do list so you never know someday I might be a bit more self sufficient when it comes to food! I like the cat in the sunglasses and your sketch of the two ladies is fun!

Anonymous said...

Love the CAT! Too cool!

My name is Erika. said...

Hope you got your rain. And I hope you like to eat pickles! Love your critters this week, they are SOOOOO cute and cheery. And this week's post is all about my life right now....too complicated. The hard part is lots of people forget what you are going through when life is complicated only making your life more complicated if you let them. Have a great weekend.

Faye said...

Sherrie, love your bird, too! True, life is complicated, especially for me at this time. Great post with your pickles, paintings, and wise comments.

sharon said...

Great post, it really spoke to me, I am just coming out of a period with massive complications and I went totally silent, it was the only way I could cope. ove dill pickles, I make pickles with my courgette glut. Yummy. I love the cat he looks my Ambrose!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I find that I make things more complicated then they need to be. My One Little Word this your is Simplify or Simplicity. I'm focusing not only on simplifying my life but how I approach things. While some folks make think KISS is a little crass, it has been a simple reminder for me this year. as always, your post always makes me think and reflect. Love it!

Neesie said...

A thoughtful post Giggles with great illustrations.
It's incredible how each one can look so different with changing their colour. It shows how easy your choice of colour can affect your creation.
I've never tried pickling anything but love the idea. Maybe I should give it a go.
I love the idea of you finding your Mum's handwritten recipe. That's certainly a family treasure.
Have fun and Happy PPF to you

Ginny said...

Life definitely can get complicated. My husband's illness was a time when I learned to say No often. Those who cared understood. Luckily, that was most people. Going through the grieving process is also difficult. Everyone handles it in their own way and I'm slowly learning what works for me.

Your wonderful cats with their sunglasses brought a smile to my face today. I enjoyed them this morning. A smile and great art - the perfect way to start the day. Thank you. Have a great week.

Linda Kunsman said...

First of all it is SO good to be back to blogland again-I have missed you girlfriend!! This post is totally speaking to me right now-wow. You have said it all so well. I LOVE your painted envelopes-what a gift in themselves! Those pickles look yummy, and it looks like you will all be enjoying the fruits of your hard work for a long time:) Fun sketches too. Happy PPF!

Susana Magenheimer said...

Loveeeeeeeeee your commentary today. Took a longggggggggg time for me being ok with no. Perfect timing your words! Love the art you know I'm total fan <3

Katie Jeanne said...

You brought back memories for me. My mother always made pickles every year from the cucumbers she grew in her garden. Mustard and sweet pickles are what she made. As I remember, it was quite a chore, and long process. I've never wanted to tackle a project that size myself. I think you're brave!! :)

Our trees do that every year, too. Turn brown, and fall off from the heat and dryness. This year isn't as bad yet because we've been getting some rain now and then.

I had to chuckle a little at your question. I never want to explain myself, even when life is going smoothly. ;)

Susan said...

A fun collection of art and thought this week. Thanks and Happy PPF

Lynn Richards said...

Love those bird faces and yes, I agree-life is definitely complicated and NO is such a good answer at times!

peggy gatto said...

Gosh I love your mail art!!!
Some good words of wisdom too!
Some friends come and go when you need them.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I can certainly relate to your post, based on the week I had. However, I am looking forward to relaxing during the next 2 days. I love your cool cats, especially the purple one with red shades. I've never pickled anything, but it sounds like fun. Blessings, my friend!

Carol said...

Love your post this week ;) Right on target for TN me tjis week...too much going on to even get any art done . Your pickles look so yummmy♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

SusuPetal said...

I became a fan of that cat! It looks so peaceful, content and relaxed!

mandysea said...

Hee hee, hello pickle lady! Its total fun isn't it! Love the eye's in your little birds... and the cat in sunnies is definitely cool. Yes look at your trees turning colour...... ours here are sprouting leaves to blossoming! Roll on Spring!!!

sheila 77 said...

This is such a good subject, and a difficult one to resolve. Turning away requests and invitations is really hard and can offend, but as you so rightly say, sometimes necessary for one's own sanity.
I so love the cool cat with the sunglasses, what a marvellous invention! I hope we see him again. Your envelopes looks great too, what a good idea.
These two "girls" you have drawn - what a laugh! - I wonder if they read your blog and recognise themselves, hahaha!

sirkkis said...

Hi, and thanks a lot for your nice comment. You asked about homemade modgpodge. It's very easy to make: you mix water and some white, cheap glue.
About 1/5 glue, it depend on the materials you are using.
I've got the recipe from Susi's tutorial long time ago.
Have a woonderful weekend ♥

Studio Kaufmann said...

Love popping by! You cheer me up
Love the cat in the sunglasses
You are right sometimes you're running on empty and have to say NO to requests for help. It's hard though
Happy PPF

Anonymous said...

love to read your wise words ;) happy PPF and a great weekend...

kat said...

Such funky bright art as always!
Pickles, my hubby loves those, he too likes to make his own.
Enjoy the rain when it comes, I know what you mean about enjoying those first rainfalls after so many hot sunny days!

Julie Ann Lee said...

I so know what you mean about saying 'No' sometimes. When I was younger I was always saying 'Yes' to everything and getting myself into all kinds of stressful situations, which I did not need to. I often neglected sorting out my own life because I was so busy with what people asked me to do for them. I have learned now that saying 'NO' doesn't necessarily mean we are unfriendly or unhelpful. Sometimes we just need time to charge our batteries so we can help more effectively in the future. I love your cat in sunglasses. You always choose such superb colours to combine in your posts. I can find it quite challenging knowing which colours are going to work together. It was interesting and helpful to see those which don't. I can't wait to see your ladies when you have received your Inktense blocks. xxx

leekrek said...

your post made me smile, some people don't understand when you say I don't want to talk about it right now, some do....I looked at the pickles and said to myself, why don't you pickle, and myself said
because its to much work, but yours looks fabulous....

denthe said...

a wrap-around desk .... that sounds interesting! Please post pics when he's finished :-) Very wise words again this week, hard to do sometimes, but so necessary for our piece of mind. There's so much misunderstanding and hurt going around, while just being aware of what you're saying here would already clear things up...

Paper rainbow said...

I'm full of pickle envy! Love your jars!!! As for rain...Scotland must have got your share...its rained every day since February ....I'm building an ark...:)

Ayala Art said...

The trees around here are so sad too! :/
Your art is so much fun to see! The cat is awesome!

Laney said...

Yes! So important to say "no" at times! Love seeing your artwork in different colors, as usual! Hope you are having a great weekend.

Gillena Cox said...

luv the Descartes quote; luv the birds, my favourites this week

have a good weekend

much love...

Shannon McGee said...

What fun and colorful animals! :-)
As for a complicated life and describing it to someone. Oh yeah! I can't even describe the part of my life that your question asks.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Life can indeed be complicated from time to time, love the cat with sun glasses and your dill pickle. The faces are very expressive! Hm, I just might need to buy some cucumbers too.

Love and hugs

Indira said...

Wonderful post and a lot to think about.

Thanks for visiting y blog.

GlorV1 said...

Oh those pickles looks delicious. Yum!! Love your drawings and the meanings behind them. Have a wonderful week. Sorry I'm late visiting.

Marianne said...

Your pictures always make me smile :)
The cat is stunning - and the birds are so fun...

Abigail Davidson said...

These creatures are so sweet filled with emotion -- of course the cat made me smile!

Suz said...

I love your arty birds and the way you change the colors digitally. My gosh I still eat cheese and pickle sandwiches! Love them and your pickles look so good my mouth watered! I have never heard of oven heating!

Kim Dellow said...

So true and so wise. It takes me forever to work out what your seem to know instinctively. I LOVE pickles! I will have to try this recipe, thanks for the share :) and the lovely art as well of course. Thanks for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out too! Kx

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