My week in photos 2

Hello again,

Another week has gone by, with little to write home about. Mainly have stayed at home, and allowed myself to go on a few walks. Have been hit by the dreaded fatigue and worried a lot about lots of goings on. I can’t believe how quickly this week has passed.

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My week started well, with my favourite bright smoothie (orange, carrot and ginger) to brighten my mood. I then had to go to the doctors and then onto the beach with my little chap. I can’t quite believe we are in february. I was sweating and it was over 20 degree’s!

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Lots of squirrelling away in my little studio and on my kitchen table drawing like a fiend. Its my little escape.

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18Walks and walks. Keeping it fairly local (bad knee and back) and enjoying the bashed up, industrial area that I am currently living it. It looks so scrappy from the outside but you soon appreciate its charms after a while. There are also some great studios dotted around here. Often when out and about in Barcelona you are scurrying around like a little ant and its good and refreshing to sometimes take a look up and appreciate your surroundings and interesting things you may well miss. Such as good patterns, colours and tree skeletons.

19 20 21 22 23 31A trip to the centre and trying to remember to keep in mind the phrase “don’t forget to look up”. Such beautiful buildings all around. And funny interesting things like a little weird tree shed thing attached to the building. The mind boggles.

26 2832Criss crossing through the streets that are El Borne. Its like a maze here!

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Finding sweet little shops/workshops along the way.

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Visiting art and craft fairs and spying secret ally way’s.

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And a trip to the market.

That was my week. Tired, not very busy but grateful to get out of the flat a bit and explore for a few hours. More of the same next week!

Dear October

On the night before Hallowe’en (Hallows eve!) I got a bee in my bonnet about making a halloweenie wreath. I had exactly what I wanted to do in mind, it needed to be dark and creepy and deathly. I always start these monstrous tasks without thinking about the sheer amount of time it takes. So after hand drawing each element and then having the task of cutting it out (a new found technique that I am adopting- a real life photoshop if you like) and then placing it onto the board to photograph. I am yet to scan and work with each element but I am  so pleased with the effect. I also love spooky ghoulish stuff. I love the macabre and the eerie every day of the year, not just for halloween. I love vampires, zombies and old halloween iconography (old masks, eerie animals and dolls). I look forward to creating more of these in the future for different celebrations. Everything should be celebrated with nature and hanging up wreaths.

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So October. You have turned into November with a flurry of emotions and bad (good) weather. What a month. Its been one of my worse, thats for sure. I am still quite sick (an understatement). Keeping my everything crossed that I am going to get better soon.

You have been up and down, trialing new treatment. You have seen me in and out of hospital (my admiration of doctors and nurses has grown so much). You have also seen me try and get out of this ill slump and believe in myself a little more creatively.

You have been wonderful dog walks, watching the leaves turn and the nights draw in sooner. Duvets back on the bed, cups of tea and lots of rain. Pink skies at night and enjoying being inside a lot. Lots of soups have already been cooked on the stove. Dark lipstick has graced my lips and jackets have been pulled out. You have been so very happy and sad at the same time. You have been watching series on the sofa under blankets. You have been a slow quiet month. Sometimes they are the most tiring. October you have made me feel lonely this year. Heres to November!

 

A bit of cake… (pineapple upside down cake)

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Cake. What with the #gbbo being over and feeling a sense of loss for all things kitchy and bake like I thought I would keep the cake alive. There has certainly been a cake shaped hole in my life this week. Is anyone else having cake/baking withdrawals?

Over a month ago (I know I know) my blog turned one years old. It has been limping along as of late, much like myself, but it has reached it’s milestone and I am glad. I may have great plans for this little here blog that might never materialise, I make promises I can’t keep with it. I also feel intimidated and daunted by it, especially when more and more time passes without a proper update. However it has served, and still very much serves, as a source of inspiration. A place where I can do/say/make what the hell I like a some sort of release. And what better reason is there to celebrate than that. I must remember that blogging is to enjoy and to have an outlet. Its not something that MUST be done.

I was thinking the other day (ok a lot of the days, I have a lot of time on my hands to think and not do much else lately) that its the small minute details in life that are worth celebrating and should be done so on a regular occasion. Cake should be brought out in a ceremonious affair for those tiny little battles that have been done. I want to start to try and be a bit more considerate and grateful of the small little winning moments in my life. The big stuff is a bit too scary at the moment.

The other day I set it upon my self to make an easy cake, something that was simple and didn’t require to much physical exertion on my part. Something tasty though. It was baked on a Sunday. To celebrate Sunday.
Good things in my life worth celebrating this week are:
Wonderful friends and especially family. Its the small little bits of contact that keep me going.
Dr’s and nurses and their tireless amazing work that they do every single day. I have a lot to say on this subject so…
Autumn chill finally starting to arrive here, all the leaves are turning and it is sunny and cold. Just the way I like it.
The simcity game on my phone.
Lindt salted chocolate is the best.
Cups of tea.
Puppy warm duvet hugs.
Being bought magazines and treatment survival items.
Burgers for celebrating a long day of being scared and hospital procedures and treatments.

Here is the recipe in full for this weeks celebratory cake. The Pineapple upside down cake:
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YUM