Today I took the bull by the proverbial horns and took on some house clearance at my mum's. I've been terrified by the prospect for so long, having only just moved house for myself, packing, clearing, sorting and moving - downsizing and letting go of so much. It was so completely exhausting and to even THINK of doing that again with my mum's well-loved possessions - so VERY few I actually have room for - just seemed impossible.
BUT - a family friend was there to help. I've not seen her for a few weeks and she's THE busiest person on the planet, but today she was there to keep me company and give me support. I've not been able to face the house since Christmas, but as the bank will be taking it over soon I need to get shifting. The BEST part of the day was finding some precious things my mum had made for me that I feared very much had been lost. It's a bit late to scan and photograph right now but I'll share some of the wonderfulness with you tomorrow, I promise!
I guess the thing about today was realising - or more accurately reminding myself - that the support of good people is so vital....like glowing fairy lights in the darkest night. With that in mind I'm sharing a journal page with a few process pics - hope it sparks good feelings and helps you remember the love that's there in your life, even if it seems hidden sometimes.
Journal pageyness - First I gave the paper a quick coat of white gesso, then roughly coated the gessoed surface with some warm acrylic paint colours.
I blended the colours a little more, allowing the page edges to be a little darker then took a yummy deep red paint (actually a paint tester from the local hardware store) and painted a big fab red heart shape.
I wanted to add a bit more texture - some 'oomph' to the page so I scraped on some some dark warm colour and some awesomely contrasting turquoise. Yellow, red, turquoise - a favourite combination! I picked out some background stamps and a couple of inks and added another layer of interest -
I used a black Gelato crayon to border the page like a frame. I was especially chuffed with the gold pattern on the heart - VERY scrumptious! All that remained was to add text and say what was in my heart -
Et voila! A bright and warm journal page to serve as a reminder of good feelings. That's it for today...I'm shattered and suspect that I might actually SLEEP tonight! Sending hugs from me to you...see you tomorrow! Love from Shroo :) xxx