29 January, 2009

On holiday

I have been on holiday this week on the wild west coast of the South Island. We went to one of my favourite spots in the whole country today - Punakaiki - to watch the blowholes. We timed the tide just right and were rewarded with a fabulous display.

As I haven't been at home I have been taking lots of photos as part of being Creative Everyday.

25 January, 2009

Creative Everyday

Blog hopping this morning I found this inspirational blog about being creative everyday. Now my goals for the year are to improve my fitness and do more creative activities. My fitness is coming along - I have built a good habit over the last few weeks which I know I can continue so that leaves creativity, which I've struggled with because I jut can't 'make' something everyday as my other big passion - my children - take up time as well. The Creative Everyday idea is low-pressured with the aim of bringing more creativity into peoples lives. To quote the blog:

Creativity is meant in the broadest sense, so it doesn't have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be in cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of collage, paint, or clay...or whatever!

Easy - we can all do something in that list.

Anyway my creativity today is cooking - or should I say baking. I made this gorgeous loaf of focaccia for lunch. It looks pretty good, and tastes even better than it looks :-) Yum!

Go on over and have a look - you might find something inspiring as well - oh and there are challenges and themes to help things along.

21 January, 2009

Exciting times we live in

What an amazing day. I am really looking forward to seeing how this man changes the face of America. He is a very charismatic man who speaks to the hearts of so many people.
"My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors."......
"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

These two passages are the two that have stayed with me today. I sincerely hope that this man can deliver on the promise he has shown.

That's a bit of a departure from my usual blogging :-) back to normal tomorrow!

17 January, 2009

Blog candy

Crafty Makes: Blog Candy Kim at Crafty Makes has been announced Papercrafter of the year at Papercrafts Essentials. Now I'm a new fan of Kims but from what I've seen this gal is well deserving of her award! Go and have a look - she's got candy for you too! I'm sure you'll find some inspiration as well