Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall is here..

It's cold and leaves are falling..pine needles everywhere,,orange, yellow, red &'s autumn craft time in the spirit of the holiday season..I have a collection of great art n craft ideas to share with my friends at school...we'll be busy crafting, cooking and celebrating.
The clocks have turned back an hour which will make a Huge difference for me.
I found these perfect creatures at Skunkboy and since I am recently obsessed with owls,,I had to share!

Skunkboy Creatures

Super cute

Check out our classroom Owls

'O' for OWL

Friday, July 15, 2011

'Surviving with Wolves' - Incredible Book- A must read

Any animal lover will find this book a definite winner of all time!Do yourself a favour and read this book- it helps one reflect on your own life ..and realise- it's not that bad!

One of the most extraordinary and poignant survival stories to come out of world war II. Misha was only six years old when her parents were taken away from their home in Belguim to Auschwitz.
She was given a new name,a new home and forced into a new religion. No one told her why her parents were no longer with her, only that they had gone East. So, one day,equipped only with a tiny compass,the size of a coin, and a few provisions,she ran away from her foster home,and set out East to find her parents.
Misha crossed Belgium, Germany and Poland, on foot alone- until close to starvation in a vast forest,she was adopted by a family of Wolves.She ate and played with the wolf cubs,and was protected by their mother.Finally,at the end of the war,she found her way home to Belgium via the Ukraine,Romania & Italy.

Mischa Defonseca was born to a Jewish family in Brussels in 1934; when she returned to Belguim at the end of the war after her 4yr epic journey, she met her future husband.After they were married they emigrated to United States,she now lives near Boston,close to a wolf sanctuary,and visits her friends the wolves everyday!
This beautifully written book is about how a young girl witnessed the appauling cruelties of war,and for whom the animals of the forest proved safer than humans. It's about Life and living it without materialistic means,getting in touch with nature and it's true beauty,eating worms, bugs,leaves & adopting the animal instinct for survival. It's about the power of mind over matter,fearless strength & determination.One can learn so much from her hard life- story, and be thankfull.
It is a book that will never be forgotten by anyone who reads it....and quite frankly, the most beautiful book i have ever read! (In a sense- i can relate to her feeling or wanting to be an animal rather than part of the human race)

Little hands artwork

ART in the classroom:
Next week's theme is Dr.Seuss

camping & forest week

leather tents & Handprint campfires

african huts made of twigs & toothpick spear

thumbprint monkeys

clothepin Giraffe's

sunflower welcome classroom door

Summer has Come

It's on this lovely warm summer's day that I share some news with you! It's been a while and as usual I have been busy but promise to make time for chatting & sharing more often!

Well,what have I been up to lately...hhhmm let's see..
  • we went camping, fishing,
  • celebrated July 4th,
  • had a picnic in the park,
  • canoeing- which i loved,
  • celebrated my birthday in June & of course
  • I have been painting :)
At work,I did some lovely artwork with my friends and I bought 2 goldfish to be part of our family in the classroom :) The kids named them 'Nemo & Dorie'

here's some pic's I have to share with you

Canoeing - my new favourite hobby
gemini girl

4th July Fireworks


Happy Campers

my yummy birthday cake from special friends


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Well, Hello there!

I'm back on my blog again..after a few months of settling well into my wonderfull,fun-filled job!!! i absolutely love it and am totally absorbed in it! I feel blessed!
 I completed my exam for a few courses I had to do,so that's over and done with now and I feel confident in passing with an A! I dedicated much time to studying! phew! hard work pays off!
I woudl love to share some of our classroom art with you! it's so much fun.. & it keeps me young!

Pre-school Art
feather ducks
summer cotton ball ice cream cones
polar bear different size circles

Our Spring Garden
lacing leaves made from fabric
potted flower face plants

The Liger's welcome you

Sunday, February 13, 2011

LoVe month


LOVE our Family
LOVE our Friends
LOVE our Jobs
LOVE our Pets
LOVE ourselves
LOVE our neighbour
LOVE children
LOVE Earth
LOVE art
LOVE our spouse
LOVE reading
LOVE our body

the list goes on & on..
feel free to add on if you like..

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Individual Value

I extracted this from a reading..and felt the need to share ..      

"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

True success in life has to do with what we focus on. If we focus on becoming "successful," our human weaknesses may lead us to do things that seem expedient at the time, but, in the long run, may lead to failure, both in results and in character. It is a temptation to step on other people going up the "ladder of success."
However, if our focus is on becoming a person of value, then we will almost surely develop a high quality of character and that will lead to success.
What are the qualities of a person of value?
First, a person of value is reliable and dependable. You know they can be counted on. You know they will keep their word. If they say they will do something, then you know they will.
Second, a person of value usually is one who has worked to develop at least one skill and sometimes many that are useful and they are available to use those skills to help others. A family we know comes to mind, who have raised several sons and taught them many useful, practical skills. This has developed solid character and also success in making a good living using those skills. They are men of character and men of value.
Third, a person of value is others centered. A person focused on just being a "success" is more likely to be self-centered.
The person of value, values others! And, when we know someone values us, we appreciate them and are happy when they become successful.
So, focusing on becoming a person of value means focusing on developing skills that will enable us to be useful in meeting the needs of others and it it means developing character qualities that are worthy of emulation, like dependability, trustworthiness, and caring about others more than ourselves, which is unselfishness.
Well, today is one of those days I feel ignored & unworthy..when I came across this while reading,I stopped and thought about it for a while...I myself am guilty- I mostly focus on what I want to achieve and forget about what's really important in life,to take the focus off myself and start focusing on others for once! I thought this is something that comes with age, maturity, but it's a choice we make and what we focus on. To be a person of value is to become a genuine soul..and in today's society..we all becoem so absorbed in teh demands of our daily lives, that we forget about what's improtant and loose focus on who and what really matters..I understand the needs of family demands and work demands and balancing it out with friends and making time for everything else becomes overwhelming at times..I myself have thought there's not enough time in a day to do everything..but what one needs to focus on is being compassionate in every aspect of life!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fashion finds

I can't wait till summer starts!
Love this skirt!

so pretty & feminine!

fashion feet!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday's quote & delight

HI folks!
Hope you all had a wonderfull weekend!
Time is flying by..we already in the 2nd month of 2011-Wow!
This is my last week off untill I start work for the rest of the year!


Have yourself a fruitfull week!!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Tarryn Tinky Stanford's Art!


mom's latest painting of a wild dog!

Monday, January 31, 2011

old piccy -whahaha!

Monday's quote & delight

Hi Friends!!
So, I am starting a new teaching job on valentines day! I am so excited! I have been very busy getting things together and preparing for a wonderfull year ahead!

This past weekend was warm and sunny.
I spoilt myself and made a bowl of cocolate mousse! Well, I really enjoyed it and will probably start shaking off some extra weight when i get up at 7 am every day.
My schedule seems to get busier and busier as the days go by.
I do plan to start volunteerwork once a week at a Pediatric centre, helping disabled and special needs children. This could only be beneficial for them and myself in the long run.
I am still an active volunteer at the animal shelter which I very much enjoy.I encourage you to start volunteering some of your time towards a good cause aswell! It is rewarding.

This week's delight

Hope you have a lovely week ahead!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Did you know?
Mineral salts help maintain and balance vitality in the body.Our body is made up of cells. Bioplasma cell salts or mineral salts help regenerate and restore our body to avoid illness and disease. Tissue salts are safe to use, it's not a drug, or nutritional suplement or herb.It's simply a part of our biochemistry. I personally have used Hylands combination of 12 for years now and never had a problem.Overall I am healthy.There;s also a brand by 'Natura' in a purple bottle. Any pharmacy or natural organic store should stock it.
Be good to your body,take care of it,it's the greatest instrument you'll ever have.

"You are what you,eat, drink & think"

There are 12 Cells Salts contained within the human body:

#1 Calcarea Fluorica (Fluoride of Lime)- Calc. Fluor. is found in enamel of bones and teeth, elastic fibers of the skin, connective tissue and in the blood vessels. It is used for bony tumors; sluggish circulation; cracks in the skin, loss of elasticity; rough, loose and sensitive teeth; delayed dentition; relaxation of tissues and blood vessels causing in flabby flesh; varicose veins; hemorrhoids and displacements of organs.

#2 Calcarea Phosphorica (Phosphate of Lime)- Calc. Phos. is found in fertile soil, new blood cells, bone, gastric juices and dentin of teeth. It is used for growth problems; broken bones; cramps; spasms; numbness; cold feelings in the body and head; sluggish circulation; susceptibility to colds and mucous; spinal curvature; sore breasts; chronic tonsillitis; cracks in the skin and night sweats.

#3 Calcarea Sulphurica (Sulphate of lime)- Calc. Sulph. In nature occurs as gypsum, alabaster, selenite or commercially known as "plaster of Paris". Present in connective tissue and in liver cells. Used for cellular regeneration; infection due to pus; pimples, sore throats, colds, pancreatic, liver and kidney disturbances; frontal headaches with nausea; excessive sensitivity of nerves as well as cravings for fruit and acids.

#4 Ferrum Phosphoricum (Phosphate of Iron)- Ferrum Phos. is found in all cells of the body but primarily in the hemoglobin of red blood cells and in the muscle cells of the blood and lymph vessels and in hair cells. Used for acute phases of disease. Increases body development; regulates the bowels; improves the appetite and relieves debility and listlessness. Also used in vomiting of food and blood; nosebleeds; teething fever; inflamed hemorrhoids; retention of urine in children; excessive menses; congestion, inflammatory pain in general, high temperatures, increased heart rates, insomnia and congestive headaches.

#5 Kali Muriaticum (Potassium Chloride)--Kali Mur. has a special affinity for fibrin and is useful in diseases causing blisters. Indicated in all inflammatory or catarrhal conditions such as chickenpox, measles, burns and scalds, leucorrhea (white blood cells flowing out of the system via diarrhea), jaundice, acne and asthma. It is also used for sluggish conditions, sore throat, white colored tongue, light colored stools, coughs and colds.

#6 Kali Phosphoricum (Potassium phosphate)--Kali Phos. is in all cells, especially the gray matter of the brain , nerves, muscles, blood cells and plasma. All oxidation processes use this. The exchange of gasses in respiration and breakdown of fatty tissue depends on it. It is natures' great "antiseptic" hindering decay in the organism. A remedy for offensive secretions and excretions, for nerve depression or excitement, sexual impotence, nervous headaches, lack of pep, ill humor, skin ailments, occasional sleeplessness, timidity, tantrums, loss of nerve and mental power or after great mental and bodily strain, and for nervous giddiness and squinting.

#7 Kali Sulphuricum (Potassium sulphate)--Kali Sulph. is found in epidermis and epithelial cells. Carries oxygen to the cells. Used for hot flashes; chills; weariness; heaviness; giddiness; boxed in feelings; stomach catarrh; inflammatory conditions; eruptions of the skin; shifting pains; palpitations; anxiety; fear; sadness; toothaches; headaches and pains in limbs that tend to increase indoors especially in warm and close rooms or in the warm air of the summer; yellow/slimy catarrhal discharges; dandruff; psoriasis and diseases of the nails (rough or ribbed).

#8 Magnesia Phosphorica (Magnesium phosphate)--Mag. Phos. is contained in beer and cereals. Note a craving for beer may mean a deficiency of Mag. Phos. It is a constituent of bone, teeth, white matter of brain tissue, nerve, muscle and blood cells. Used for headaches with darting stabs of pain, muscular twitching, rheumatic pains, throat spasms, muscle cramps, hiccoughs, squinting, teething, hypertrophy of the prostate gland, colic, asthma, spasmodic palpitation of the heart, spasmodic yawning, menstrual pain, stomach cramps, flatulence, neuralgia, sciatica, insomnia from brain exhaustion and in profuse sweating.

#9 Natrum Muriaticum ( Sodium Chloride)--Nat. Mur. is a constituent of every liquid and solid in the body. A salt craving is indicative of deficiency, but the molecules of table salt are so big they cannot attach to the cells. It is the most important cell salt of the body as all the other cells are dependent on it for their distribution. Used for delirium tremors, eyestrain, vomiting of watery mucous, hay fever, low spirits, heartburn, toothaches, craving for salt and salty foods, weak eyes, either excess of heavy sleep or insomnia, falling hair, early morning headaches, headaches with constipation, chronic constipation due to dehydration, rapid pulse intermittent with palpitation, hangnails, cracked finger tips, numbness of the hands and feet and greasy skin.

#10 Natrum Phosphoricum (Sodium Phosphate)--Nat. Phos. is found in blood, muscles, nerves and brain cells and in intracellular fluid. Converts lactic acid into its byproducts. Used for gout, stiffness, swollen joints, lumbago, inflammatory rheumatism, high cholesterol, acid blood, headaches on top of the head, sour breath, pain over and inside the eyeballs, red blotched tongue coated yellow at the root, nausea, loss of appetite and habitual constipation.

#11 Natrum Sulphuricum ( Sodium sulphate)--Nat. Sulph. is found in the intercellular fluids (the fluid between each cell). Draws water out of the cells helping them to breakdown to be recycled. Used for influenza, humid asthma, malaria, liver ailments, vesicular eruptions containing serum, herpes, twitching of hands and feet, constipation, liver and kidney disorders, gallbladder troubles, earache, burning in nose and mouth, brownish green coating of the tongue, bitter taste in the mouth, enlarged prostate and awakening at night with asthma attacks.

#12 Silicea (Silicic acid or silica)--Silicea is found in connective tissue and in the brain. Found in bran, egg whites, hair, nails, epidermis, and in connective tissue. Used for fatigue, greater mental than physical strength, over- sensitivity to noises, absentmindedness, crankiness, headaches from nape of neck to top of head settling in one eye, nausea, nervous exhaustion, falling hair, sties, floating spots before eyes, red tip of nose, violent sneezing, thickening of nasal mucus membranes with congestion, intensely painful hemorrhoids, large abdomen in children, uric acid deposits in urine, smelly feet and armpits, pus formation, boils, tonsillitis, stomach pains, brittle / ribbed nails with white spots and weak ankles.

Monday's Quote & delight

Hi Folks!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Today was so lovely & warm, I have a feeling we might have an early spring .yay!
I have been studying my naturalization test and still waiting to see 'The Naturalized', I heard it's a good movie.
I'm looking forward to the royal wedding coming up in teh next few months - i think's its going to be beautiful,a real fairytale wedding.
Well, Hobo the cat is back..she's made herself home.During the day she keeps herself busy outside hunting for birds,bugs and mice i guess and sure enough around 10pm she jumps in through the office window and we see her white snout peeking under the door. She's so sweet and loveable. 
I will post pics of her soon.

Monday's delight

These are too pretty


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Patterns of Life

“Art is pattern informed by sensibility.”  - Herbert Read
Patterns make up every aspect of our lives.  Since patterns take on many guises, we are sometimes unaware of their presence.  It may be the patterns of our actions – kindness vs. thoughlessness; the patterns of time revealed within our daily routines – work, play, rest; or the visual patterns of nature and art – contrast, repetition, and balance.  These are but three examples of many that surround us.  So, what patterns are you aware of and how might they inspire or affect your creative work?  Let’s consider some visual patterns.
Decorative patterns are literally commonplace.  Check out the amazing architectural detail in many buildings.  You’ll see the stark, clean lines of contemporary spaces along with the elaborate, ornate patterns of old buildings and mansions.  Our homes are filled with pattern – clothing, furniture, rugs, and quilts.  Shopping trips provide an overwhelming amount of visual pattern.  Observe dishware, window displays, greeting cards, journal covers……..  Look high and low, pattern is everywhere!
Nature is full of beautiful patterns.  Study first nature’s details, such as veining on leaves, ridges on shells, symmetry in flowers, and patterns on the fur of animals.  Next, take a mid-range view.  You may see the vertical space divisions between trees or within a patch of cattails, repeat patterns on water, or the ridges of wind-blown sand dunes.  Finally, look into the distance at the patterns a field of grasses and flowers present, the horizontal space divisions of land, trees, mountains, and sky, or an aerial view of fields, roads, and rivers.
You get the picture; our world is awash in glorious pattern.  Absorb it all and be inspired!
Wishing you a pattern filled day.
from inspiration-studio


“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”  - Camille Pissarro

I know how hard it is to maintain happy feelings. Life happens. Stress takes over, sometimes bad things make it impossible to be optimistic. Or we just simply forget to notice the wonder we live in, every day.
I forget, a lot. All it takes is one crazy day and I start complaining and stop looking at the world around me. I suppose it's only natural. But I have learned to make an effort to find my way back to a place that isn't cynical, that place that allows me to see the world for what it truly is, a marvel of mystery. Even so, I don't get there every day.

There will always be good and evil, beauty and ugliness, sunshine and rain. We need to see both ends of the spectrum to appreciate those times when we stand in the middle. And if you think about, most of life is spent right there, in the middle.
We live a whole lot of average, ordinary days that we don't remember because nothing spectacularly good or bad happened. But the truth is, there is no such thing as ordinary.
Every day is unique, each day is a new beginning. They might not all turn out to be pretty or fabulous, or even forgettable, but each and every day is a clean slate with its very own pencil right there, hanging from a string.
We wake up each morning and we look in the mirror, and we see all the yesterdays that came before this day.
But do we see the beginnings? The possibility? Do we turn away from the mirror with a smile on our lips?
The yesterdays have molded us, the tomorrows give us hope, but we only ever get to live in today.

Breathe it in, this day. Reach for it. Embrace it, in all its glorious imperfection.
It's the only today you will ever have.

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain a book about Using The Power of Your Imagination To Create What You Want In Your Life.

The idea behind creative visualization & affirmation is to use the  power of your mind to create positive change in your life. Such as achieving your goals, becoming a better person or living the life you've always wanted. You'll need to visualize what you want and genuinely believe that it is possible. That will give your affirmation the greatest power it needs, the power to remove negativity and allow the positive thinking to become a reality. 

An affirmation can be a general statement or be very specific. Here are a few from the book ... 

Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.

Everything I need is coming to me easily and effortlessly.

My life is blossoming into total perfection.

I am the master of my life.

I love to love and be loved.

Perfect wisdom is in my heart.

I love doing my work, and I am richly rewarded, creatively and financially

It's ok for me to have everything I want!

I am now attracting loving, satisfying relationships into my life.

I am healthy and beautiful!

I am now enjoying everything I do.

I am now attuned to my higher purpose of life.

I give thanks now for my life of health, happiness and self-expression

I am an open channel of creative energy.
Do you have your affirmation – what is it?  Can you visualize it?
Think about it, repeat it to yourself. 
Now Create The Life You Want!
from: the inspiration-studio

Tea Time


How's your week been? I hope it's been ok for you.
I have been keeping myself busy, exercising,volunteering, cleaning up the house and painting.
It helps to do productive stuff to make everyday more usefull and feel a sense of accomplishment.
My tea collection needs to be stocked up pretty soon.
I really enjoy my tea's..While on vacation in Portland I made a visit to the Chinese gardens.It was soo quiet and peacefull. I stopped in at the Tao of Tea, ordered a lovely flower tea and yummy chinese lunch..followed by a bus ride back to my hotel room to get ready for my flight back to Florida.
The drive around the Pacific coast, Florence, Oregon and Newport was healing.It's so green and lush around there..

Have a look:

Food was delicious- wish i could remember the name..

Scenic drive along the coastline, pretty lighthouses & bridges along the way..

Thousands of Pine trees..perfect habitat for Bears

I kind of imagined the movie, Pocahantas was made in has the native american indian influence and culture..definately worth a visit i say!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fabulous finds

This wall-shelf is a natural beauty-easy to make
I'm loving this old school brown leather bag!

Pwetty vintage shoe collection!

Mosaic Bathroom sinks @ Moyo


Hi Lovelies!

I have to apologise for being absent for a while- I enjoy blogging, but this week has been busy.
I'm back in full swing for now.Have a look at some pics I took in town while being out n about. Just thought i would share what it looks like around this college town/ FSU area.North florida.
 I will be posting more over time.

Government building- Tallahassee- Capital of Florida

a church

old bus