I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts as I watch my grandchildren grow and discover all the wonderful things around them like flowers and clouds and the moon and stars and all of those glorious creations we have been blessed with, I am reminded of some of the fun things from my childhood, and more importantly the dreams and ideas I had of who I would become when I grew up.
My earliest career thoughts came when I was about 6. I loved dancing and so wanted to be a dancer. But then I liked the idea of being a fireman and running in a rescueing people, so that had my interest! But then my Mum was a sewer and always lots of scraps of fabric to spare, so my sister and I would set about creating dolls clothes for our barbie dolls. We even got that good at it that we started auctioning off the outfits and various other creations to our neighbouring friends. So thought s of being a fashion designer or even a model came into my thoughts.
I loved my dolls and loved the example of mothering that my Mum had set for me, so then I decided I wanted to be a crafty mum. I had even decided that I wanted to get married and have six children of my own and then adopt another seven! Talk about high aspirations!!
Well, I got married and we have six beautiful children. And now, this year we are applying to become foster parents....... so I just may get my seven adopted/fostered children!!! I didn't become a firefighter but did become a Communications Operator and then a Patient Transport Officer within our local ambulance service.
I guess you could say, that deep down inside my was a desire to firstly be a wife and a mumma as well as someone who served her community in an emergency capacity. But along side that I had always had a desire to be creative. I have always loved exploring new things, challenging myself and seeing where it took me.
You would think with such high aspirations, how could you possibly forget? I suppose sometimes it's not that you forget but that you allow your life to get so busy that you forget to stop and enjoy your accomplishments and allow yourself the grace to slow things down, refocus on your goals, or even change your goals completely........ sometimes you just get lost in the lives of those around you and then in the process forget yourself.
Well this painting serves as a reminder that you are still there. That the little child inside you still has dreams waiting to be fulfilled and that you can achieve your hearts whispers.
Reconnect with yourself and remember you are so very very loved xxx
I then took a scalloped lace stamp and my black stazon ink and stamped along the top of the grass line and then used a doillie stamp and my ink and stamped along the top edge of my canvas. After I'd stamped along the top edge I decided I didn't like the look so smudged some blue paint and gesso over parts of it, leaving some of the stamped area peeking through.
I then adhered some checkered ribbon across the grass area just below the stamped scallop. Once the gel medium had dried I then went about stamping the saying I wanted with stazon ink and various acrylic alphabet stamps. Then lastly I gently smudged my stazon ink pad around the entire outside edge of my canvas.
I hope you take some time out of your busy day for a little art therapy and remember who your heart wanted you to be.
Love love love to you all xxx