Monday, 16 January 2017

Encourage Your Hopes!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! How often do we hear the phrase 'Fairy-tale Romance', or the comment 'She led a fairy-tale existence'. Fairy-tales have come to be associated with impossibly perfect lives in which problems are magically solved almost before they arise. We talk about a 'charmed existence' and 'happily every after'.

 That's not how I see fairy-tales at all. I've always found that authentic fairy-tales are about tough quests and struggles, symbolic of our human pursuit for happiness and meaning. Voices from long ago whisper to us about our relationship to the natural world and animals; the importance of courage and acts of kindness; loss of innocence and treachery; jealousy and cruelty where we least expect it and the hope of redemption and reconciliation. My project over at Calico Craft Parts today is inspired by fairy-tales: it is about the start of a personal quest as well as a homage to folklore and it's a reminder to me not to lose hope. Please check out how I made my arched ATB at the Calico Craft Parts Blog here.

In 2017 I am starting a quest. I have had brief attempts at this in the past, but now - rather late, I know - I want to explore my family history properly and not to be too easily discouraged. I'm apprehensive about what I will find along the way and I know that what unfolds will be no fairy-tale in the idealised sense! I suppose, like many fairy-tale characters, I am searching for buried treasure. If I could be granted one wish it would be to discover images of my father or members of his family. I don't know if I will encounter a good fairy or fairies along the path who make this magic happen, or if I will discover that I don't actually need this but some completely different treasure. Whatever happens I want to hold onto hope - my special word for 2017. Do you have a quest? Whatever your plans or dreams I hope they yield fruit for you and that all your creative endeavours bring you joy!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Warmest wishes to my followers and friends. I do hope your Christmas was a Happy and Peaceful time and that 2017 will be a fulfilling and a creative year. Have you made any resolutions for 2917? I don't often make New Year Resolutions, but this year I am resolving to blog more and to set myself some new creative challenges. I don't even know what form they're going to take yet - I'll just have to see what comes my way and listen out for the muse whispering in my ear along the way!

Meanwhile, I'm over at Calico Craft Parts today, just looking back briefly, with a round-up of my favourite makes for 2016, so if you have a moment, please pop across and take a peek. If you haven't done so already, do look back over the beautiful projects from my team-mates too. They are so inspiring! I never cease to wonder at their imagination and invention and the beauty and versatility of Calico Craft Parts: Calico really do give us a wonderful opportunity to spread our creative wings!

May you step into this New Year with Hope in your heart and the Muse at your side! Love and Good Wishes for 2017 and many, many thanks for your support throughout 2016!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Calico Craft Parts - Snow Globes Baubles

Time passes and Christmas is suddenly just around the corner! Why does this happen to me every year? I have a project over at Calico Craft Parts today, featuring their beautiful animal craft shapes and some very inexpensive DIY baubles, which don't take very long to create.

Here is a sneak peek of one of them. If you have time, I'd love to see you over at Calico Craft Parts Blog. As the days grow busier, it can become difficult finding the time to be peaceful and creative. Maybe invite a friend or 2, put some beautiful Christmas music on and create a few decorations together in an oasis of calm, or just close that craft room door and get into the Christmas creative zone in sweet solitude. Have a lovely week whatever you're doing. xx

Monday, 21 November 2016

Calico Craft Parts - Baubles!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. The days are growing colder and shorter and Christmas won't be long now! We're not that far from December! Around this time of year I always have the best of intentions about being prepared for the Festive Season and then it comes along all in a rush and usually finds me hopelessly unprepared! Never mind, for now I'm feeling everything is under control because I've created some hand-made baubles, including a little paper-clay moon face over on the Calico Craft Parts Blog. If you have a moment, please do hop across and see this and the two others I created.

Have a lovely creative week and here's hoping you're well and truly on schedule with the Christmas planning!

Monday, 7 November 2016

An Invitation to Narnia

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Those who know me will be aware how much I love stories! Winter is a time for tales by the fireside, so, if you have time, please grab a cup of something hot and pop over to Calico Craft Parts for an invitation to Narnia.

And have a lovely, cosy week!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Twine Goddess

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I do hope that you're all well now as autumn drifts towards winter. I've been feeling a little under the weather with a sore throat and a temperature, but today I'm so much better and I'm sharing another little spool shrine over at Calico Craft Parts. I hope you'll be able to pop across and see how I made this kindly autumn twine goddess, especially for a friend.

If you would like to see how I made her, please stop by the Calico Crafts Blog here.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Catrina and her Beau - Calico Craft Parts.

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Autumn is here and this time at the fabulous, Calico Craft Parts Blog, I have a little Day of the Dead ornament to share with you.

It would be lovely to see you there if you have time to pop across and see it. I hope you're enjoying a happy and creative Autumn.