A quick stop to say hello!

It’s been a while now that I wrote my last post! I have been reblogging some wonderful posts of other writers that have moved me, but never really had the time myself to write anything! For those lovely people who had been following me, and for the new folk that my statistics page show me have been viewing my pages, this is to let you know that lately I have been following my passion in becoming a papercut artist. I have just recently set up my shop in Etsy (I’ve placed the link above too). If you wish, you can join me at Facebook here , where I update on all of my new arts.

That’s me and my brand new baby son going out for a walk! :)

Take care everyone, and hope to see you around soon again!!

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Say Yes to Marching in Dublin for Palestine – Stop the Slaughter!

Originally posted on Yes Woman 2014:

Dublin March for Gaza

Every day fresh reports are streaming out of Gaza highlighting words like ‘death’, ‘destruction’ and ‘slaughter’. Over the last 3 weeks, the Israel-Gaza conflict has reached new heights of violence and, as of today, over 1,190 Palestinians and 50 Israelis have been killed. Both Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force have blood on their hands and must live with the knowledge that families on both sides of the Israel-Gaza barrier are in mourning. Yet occupation is a terrible thing and are Hamas justified in trying to end five decades of human rights abuse?

Girl in GazaI have been keeping abreast of the news updates since this conflict intensified and watched as the death toll continued to rise. Yet, nothing affected me more than when I saw a photo of a little girl in Gaza, untold terror unfolding before her as she covered her dolls eyes so it would not bear witness too. That is…

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Saturday: Sit Back and Do Something Special

Originally posted on Toni Andrukaitis:

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”

Judy Collins
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Another whirlwind of a day. I got up early and walked about three miles, then went to Saturday Zumba at 9:30-10:30. I didn’t have my usual writing group, so Zumba was a special treat. Then, scramble home, shower, straighten the house for a showing, and get out the door by 11 am. Can you say, “Run around like a mad woman?”

I decided to hang out on the Square, have my yummy yogurt parfait at Snug, visit Dana and Judy at Art on the Veranda, and then paint champagne flutes at Sweet Spot and…

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Birth of a baby, and the end of a blog

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For my readers and for those wonderful bloggers I have got to know in the past year and half I have been blogging, here’s a wonderful news : my baby has finally arrived! :) With the new role of being a mommy, and the many things I have yet to learn of everything to do with babies, and learning how to be a good and efficient mommy, sadly, I don’t have the time to be a good blogger! I have decided to permanently stop writing, though this blog won’t close entirely. There are certain blogs I like checking into every now and then, and it would be with pleasure that I look in on them at times.

Wishing you all the very best! :)

Vibrant Spring, and Tino, watercolour 3

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Though Spring arrives officially in France in a week’s time, it already feels a lot like Spring. The skies have been clear blue with the sun shining brightly now for many days in a row. For most of my life, before I settled in France, I never really paid attention to nature, or the flowers or vegetables that grow in particular seasons. I decided to pay a lot of attention to all the green things growing around me this year. I discovered daffodils are Spring flowers, and they will grow only for a month. I notice them growing everywhere. The first shoots of Spring are definitely the daffodils, daisies and pansies. I can tell because I see them growing by the sidewalks, in the forests, in gardens etc.

When I was in school, I remember I had to study Wordworth’s poem ‘The Daffodils’. He seemed so happy to be in the midst of daffodils and I always wondered how it must feel to see so many yellow and I guess, pretty flowers all around you (In India, I doubt daffodils are Spring flowers, and I was brought up in India). Here’s the first paragraph of the poem to get you jogging your memory if you had to study this poem too :

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

I made my watercolour inspired by the daffodils growing in profusion around my house. When I saw Tino, a white and grey cat, one day playing amongst the flowers it gave me the idea to get the drawing started. I am happy to note that I can see a slight improvement in my watercolour techniques compared to my previous two.

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Here’s Tino below, along with the daffodils and my pink watering can!

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Breakfast in Other Countries

SnowFlake:

What a lovely video, and I think every breakfast looks delicious! :)

Originally posted on roodonfood:

As an American, I grew up eating eggs, toast, bacon, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, grits etc. I’ve often wondered though what people sit down to eat for breakfast in other countries.

This video via Buzzfeed answers that question. My favorite from this list would probably be the Indian dosa with sambhar or the Vietnamese Pho. Which of these would you try for breakfast? Are you from outside the U.S? What’s a typical breakfast for you? Did they get it right?

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