Dream A Little Dream

Leonie Dawson

Right now. As I write. I’m putting the call out to all Entrepreneurs, Mamas, Artists, Healers, Creative Souls, Dreamers and Women ready to shine!

I absotively, posolutely never do this but I really, really want to take the time to share this resource with you because it honestly is for something worthwhile. So, before you roll your eyes and back away slowly, take a look.

Leonie Dawson is a wonderful woman who created something amazing called The Goddess Circle. It’s a place where 20,000+ women learn and play and create and get excited about their lives every day and where they can access all the wisdom, tools and support they need to finally get to live their dreams. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

Despite it’s name it is not, I promise you, just for the rainbow wearing, new age, overly gullible types who waft from room to room on a cloud of their own joyous juices. It is for women, like me, who dream of finding my ‘path with heart’ and being able to make a living following it.

Leonie has done with her life what many of us wish we could do with ours. AND she’s shared the hows and whys and everything she has learned along the way. Pretty generous, no?

Now I have no wish to refer to myself (now or at any time) as a ‘Goddess’ but I have paid up for my second year with the Goddess Circle because just the Business Goddess course is worth the paltry $99 I paid for another years membership. And just wait until you see all the other courses, audio courses, creativity courses, meditations and everything else you get included for FREE in that one tiny payment. Yup. It might seem like a lot of money until you actually go and look at everything you get. Seriously, I was quite taken aback when I joined. Two years on and I still haven’t taken advantage of everything she offers because she keeps adding more!

So, do yourself a favour – don’t be put off by the inital hippy-ness of it. Don’t be put off by the floweriness of the language sometimes. Leonie is in the process of shaking off the hippier elements of her website and making it more mainstream and more accessible to people who don’t use the word ‘Goddess’ like most people use the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. I had to get past all that too. But I am truly glad that I did.

Use this link or the ones above to take a look around and, if you like what you see, and are as blown away as I was by how little it costs for the whopping amounts of benefits, then you can use my affiliate link and sign up before the costs rise, which they are due to do on the 3rd of July. If you love it like I do, then using my link means I earn a little money (which as a stay at home mamma of two, is lovely so thank you,) and you get to finally get your dreams in motion with a little bit of help from a woman who has doubled her income every year for the last five! Call me shallow if you will but I know I’d like to do that.

Or if any of the links don’t work for some reason – copy & paste this link (http://tinyurl.com/cr4anv3) into your browser and have a poke around. (These are not spam pages, I cross my heart). See who else is there, what you can get for your moula, which of the many courses appeal to you, if any. If it’s not for you then the most you have lost is 15 minutes of your time. If you find something that grabs you, then sign up now before the price doubles (which it will on 3rd of July).

I hope you find something that you love and that Leonie inspires you, as she does me, to get out there and DREAM BIG. What’s the worst that can happen?

Enjoy, my friends.

Kat

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What Have I Been Up To – A Picture Post

I know. I know.

Where the feck have I been? And a Happy New Year to all 6 of you!

So – because I have no desire to write at the moment, I invite you to take a look at a little photo gallery I have created of all the things I have been doing since my last post. I’ve been crafting my ass off and cutting my own hair courtesy of YouTube. Until next time…


I Am Giving It Away – Literally!

Hello

This is just a shortie to tell you about my very first GIVEAWAY! I know! I’m so excited!

Anyway, because I’d love you all to be in with a chance to win my little gal, I suggest you pop along to This Cosy Life and have a gander at Julie’s ‘Meltdown Mondays’ page. And if you leave a comment, you might win our beautiful Winter Angel.

I’ll be back soon with a more detailed catch up. I’d put up a picture but you know, still having ‘ishews’ with uploading photos, so not sure how I’ll sort all that out. Booooh!

Hope you are enjoying a fantastic start to the week.

A Little Birdie Told Me

It’s sort of like Tree Lightning, don’t ya think?

 So – I’m working on another nourishing post right now but while we’re waiting (cue elevator music), here’s something we made earlier…

The lovely (and enormously creative) Margaret over at We Bloom Here hosted a wonderful little ‘Birdie’ swap recently and I was excited to take part. (I know, I’m turning into some sort of swap slut now too). And so I whipped up these little critters for my two swap partners.

Inspired by the beautiful Fairytale of The Wild Swans

 They are made of wool roving following a lovely, easy tutorial from the Living Crafts magazine. I have linked up to the page with the free patterns but you will need to buy the magazine to get the tutorial for these babies.

Birdie Num Num

 I should have made them in black as we have black swans over here in Australia, rather than the more traditional white. But I’m from Britain and they don’t make black wool roving around these ‘ere parts, so white they is.

Showing off now…sparkly white winter tree..yum

I enjoyed making these birds so much that I made too many (even after the one I made for my beanie girl) and so I thought it would be nice for Margaret to have her own. After all, she created the swap and organised it all. So my little swan flew half way around the world to land on the cutest little heart doormat outside the gorgeous red door of the Blooms. It was serendipity I think.

Swan Lake

Would rainbow coloured swans be weird do you think? I’ve gotten quite the passion for them now.

Oh and I had the delightful news that something created by those wonderful crafty hands is winging it’s way to me! I shall have to prepare a comfortable nest for it to rest in – it’s a long way to fly after all. So excited.

So now, go check out her wonderful blog, be inspired by her thoroughly original creations, take a gander (gander, get it?) at all the fabulous birdies people have made here,  and keep an eye out for her next swap. I’m sure it will be wonderful.

Oh and here’s a little Gnome, Toadstool and Fairy love to show y’all what else I have been making.

Rainbow Fairies

A wheel of fairies (as opposed to cheese)

These delightful little flutterers were created for the One Hook Wonder craft swap. We had to make 16 items! 16! Naturally, as I had access to her at the time, I took sore advantage of the lovely Docwitchy in order to complete mine in time for the deadline. I swapped her skills for dinner and red wine, heh, heh, heh. It was good fun and the two little witchlings got to take home/keep some of the loot too, some of which they they made themselves. Awwww.

Lovely to look at, lovely to make, but if you eat one, consider yourself dead. 

A gnome away from home

The toadstools were made for the Mushrooms, Hedgehogs and Gnomes swap with Bits of Goodness. Can’t wait to see what I get back, there are some seriously talented crafters on that site!

Anyhoo, I’ll be off now. It’s late and I have more swap items to make. Well, I what can I say except…”Lookin’ for a littull company, Sir? I can show you a real good time wiv wool rovin…”

Nourish Me:: Week Five – A World in Colour

Bing, Bong, Bing

I like black. I wear it a lot. Too much, probably but it suits me, it’s slimming and, (after many years of being a Goth in my late teens/early twenties), it’s a difficult habit to break. Plus, it goes with everything and that’s important when one has limited wardrobe choices due to excess baggage of a wrinkly, skin coloured kind.

However, I love colour. I seem to need it  more and more. I have begun to surround myself with it in quite a lot of ways, without really being aware that it was happening. Red is my colour du jour right now. It just love how vibrant and exciting it is. Without wishing to be cliched, it is a passionate colour – hence it’s association with all things love and sex related. But it is also bright and warm and welcoming. It’s popular as feature walls in dining rooms – it stimulates appetites and conversation. So over the last few years I have been slowly accumulating things red.

The Red Tent from The Divine Feminine

This reaching out for colour started with a beautiful red chinese teapot and 6 little handleless cups decorated with cherry blossom. Then slowly it radiated outwards and collected red and white striped mugs, damask mugs, gorgeous little red cups and saucers with white polka dots, (my ‘happy’ cups). Then suddenly a red clock appeared on our white timber walls, then a red kettle for the hob, (we have an unseemly number of blackouts up here in the hills), so that the Brit doesn’t die without tea when there is no power. Then a new dinner service arrived – not strictly red but white with a big red poppy on it and finally, last year, a red Ektorp sofa arrived for our family room. Then yesterday, on impulse we bought a massive rug for our family room to stop Finn from head-butting the slate floors more than is strictly necessary. Guess what colour it is?

Red.

That’s right.

It’s a lovely red persian style thing which beanie insists that everyone enjoy by removing their socks and really ‘feeling’ the carpet. “It’s so soft mummy. Now I can play down on the floor!” Yes, we have evidently being abusing our daughters knees by not having a covering on the hard slate.

But that’s not the only colour that is creeping into our house. Oh no. There is the heather coloured feature wall in our room. The heather and clover coloured walls of Beanie’s room. There are the new cups that have appeared over the last year or two. A beautiful sunshine yellow and gold china cup and saucer for herbal tea, the little turquoise coffee set (6 mini mugs and saucers), I got for $3. In total. (I know!). And then there is the latest addition. My Chinese teapot and big cups had babies – three of them – three little handleless cups, decorated with cherry blossom in the colours of red (you guessed it), orange (aha! shock new colour!), green (wait! where is she going with this – it’s multicolour madness!), and blue (it matches the turquoise. Kinda.). For these I paid the princely sum of $4. What can I say – I’m made of luck.

Mamma’s special teacup. 

Suddenly I am surrounded by colour. I am drinking out of it, looking at it, wearing it, putting it on my nails, surrounding light-bulbs with it, hanging it on walls and on beds and surreptitiously squinking it into little nooks and crannies. There is a veritable flood of it and it’s quite wonderful. I am being drawn to images that are colourful and bright and inspirational. That make me want to make stuff and create. There is not much inspirational about looking at too much black. Even the darkness has stars to decorate it.

And so this week I have found myself focusing on colour intentionally. How I use it, how it uses me, what colours I am drawn to (I think we’ve established I like red) and what they might symbolise, how different colours make me feel, what I instinctively am drawn to and why I think that is. It’s been an exploration of the vividness and diversity of colour in my life and it’s been delightful. I never fully realised how our choice of colours reflects not just our personality but also our mood. It is entirely possible to change how you feel by simply adding a colour that makes you feel up, or calm, or relaxed, or sexy, to yourself or your environment. I find that blue makes me feel calmer and more mindful, red gears me up and makes me want to connect, yellow makes me smile – it’s such a sunny colour and its so damn bright. Green makes me feel earthed and held while black makes me feel mysterious, powerful and yes, hidden. Sometimes I need that. And then there are stripes (of which I am a HUGE fan), polka dots (second only to stripes) and patterned things. I even do subtle colours now though I will never really be a pastel girl – too flacid and pasty for me.

Oh my! Red AND Stripes.

The whole exercise has been so liberating. I have been influenced by my girl’s colour sense, her crazy combinations, her multi-coloured wardrobe. I have stopped wanting to hide in black and have started to really surf the colour wave that has engulfed me. Colour makes me happy. It reminds me that life is not monotone – it is a rainbow peacock strutting it’s wonderful stuff. It is a field of poppy’s and the emerald green of the grass after rain. It is the toothpaste commercial colours of the sea – minty green and turquoise with foamy white. It is everywhere and it is available all of the time. So why limit ourselves with our habitual colour palette. Go buy something out of your colour comfort zone. Buy two things that blatantly don’t match. Try something different and see how you feel.

And so, I drink my coffee out of my happy cups. I eat my cereal out of my poppy bowls, I put my compost in a little red tin bin and I bring flowers into my house whenever I can. It gives me a little lift and it makes me smile. What’s not to love? Most of all though, it feeds me in some subtle way. It gives me energy to get through the day. It gives me just a little bit of courage to try something else new. It reminds me to enjoy life in all of it’s hues – even the darker ones.

The Aurora Borealis
Coolest Style EVER! (can’t remember where I found this, sorry!)

So, what have you been doing this week to nourish yourself?

As always remember to leave a comment with a link to your nourishment post and to link it back to me. I hope you will join in – it’s a much needed gift to ourselves.