Wednesday, 16 June 2021

 

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Allow your imaginative to turn creative and get inspired.

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View painting and 'how to do' projects. You can also find perfect papers, handmade books and art journals right here. Weaving magic through the inspiration of art.

I sincerely welcome you to these pages. Art inspiration website. I hope you see something that inspires you.

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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Now in March as the saying goes, it comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.


Now in March as the saying goes, it comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.
If only that were true every year.

This particular year Feb/March 2018, the year of the Beast from the East, the lion roared March in with snow blizzards and continued to do so on the way out, and apparently we shall have a white Easter. If you believe everything you read.

Not on your life will we have a white Easter.

The weather forecast is often right, and often wrong. So for argument sake let's say it's 50/50.

As you already know, top of the news has recently been the Beast from the East. Those journalists love the stories that will make people sit up and read. Always looking for that particular story and the shock factor photo that will catapult them into the top trends. So they couldn't wait to put this horrendous news out about the beast of a blizzard that would stay most of February and March. It doesn't have quite the same headline effect as 'oh what a lovely sunny day we are having again'. So the news channels were reveling in the Beast from the East headlines and couldn't wait to tell us that more was on the way too.



 We have as much chance of getting the forecast correct as those in the know with their satellite systems. I check my phone and look at my weather app. It shows 39f and I look outside and it is sunny and warm. They have it wrong. Then 2 minutes later their app changes and is now showing it has gone up to 46! All they do is stick their noses outside the same as we so. It's not rocked science. I could change their updates quicker than them.

You'd be better off listening to your Aunt Mary when her arthritis plays up. You know there is a storm heading your way when she hollers. And she never gets it wrong.

Remember that year it rained all the time? As soon as that tune got to number one in the music charts it never stopped raining, in fact it poured from the heavens day and night. Some tune about 'brella ella's'. I'm not going to name that tune. In case the rains come back again. 

Saying that we did get a freak week of non stop sunshine at some point that Summer. So I will try not to be too English and complain about the weather too much. I shall complain about the time instead. Yes, those sleep robbing gits! They do us out of an hour's sleep in March.
That's a vital hour for most people. The farmers these days have a lot more high tech equipment so do they really need an extra hour daylight? 
What do they do with it anyway?

I know!
They are spending the extra hour in bed.
Who needs spare time anyway?



I shall wave goodbye to my extra hour from March to October. 
And will look forward to getting it back again come the end of October.

Until then Spring days and Summer nights here we come.

And if I had any spare time at all (I don't by the way, I haven't had any spare time since the year dot), it would be to go bungee jumping in Honolulu, scuba diving in the Maldives, or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. Actually that all sounds wonderful but how it would really go is someone like this :
 I would have a lazy morning in bed with the sun singing through welcoming the day in. The sheer thought of knowing I'm not going anywhere in a hurry or doing anything in particular sounds like perfection to me. Just taking the time for myself to have a mosey around the garden, speak to the cats/kids when I bump into them and the most worrying thought would be along the lines of deciding what time to go on a nature walk later that day, and choosing art material for my next project while watching the sun go down.



In fact it is a bit of a shock to me when people who say they are bored, are not at the very least learning how to speak Swahili, Mandarin Chinese, or knocking out Mandarin Caprioska for breakfast Mary Berry style.

Jokes aside, this time lark is a funny old business.
Time is indeed going quicker and quicker for me, and I thought it was because my life was so fulfilling, but apparently it isn't!

The reason why it seems that time goes quicker can be explained scientifically. (Leans to skeptic side here.) Scientists explain it like this: As you get older your memory capacity shrinks and you have less memory cells, so you don't hold as much information.

Therefore the older you get, the less time you think you have, because you don't store it as well. But you wouldn't remember all that anyway, so let's not worry too much.

I still feel as if I am missing out though, hmm.




I an still going to enjoy getting up after having a full hour taken away. 
Take a nice shower to invigorate the mind, and disperse the grey woolen feeling of not enough slumber and too many late nights. Let's not look too long at the negatives, instead look forward to the lighter nights.








Sunday, 27 August 2017

Kid Literature and Art Inspiration juggling!




 I was just getting into my post holiday blues phase after the most amazing holiday in Crete when social media started to take over again. 
I jumped right in to take my mind off the fact that I wasn't in a sunny hot country, going for long leisurely walks by the sea every morning and evening.
Then I decide to open my blogger. Which has been growing cobwebs at the most alarming rate. 
I mean I can manage everything right? The whole social media upkeep, with the likes and comments and the shares and the scrolling. Not forgetting the updates, regularly. Keep checking on those who like posts, and reciprocating whenever possibly. So what do you do when you have so much to keep up with?




You have to pick out the main things you want to stick with.  as its unrealistic to manage everything and keep it going at top speed like clockwork. 
So something has to give.
 A few years back that something was me. Totally taking over my life, this social media lark, with all of the promoting and organising all of the statuses and photo posts and then going back to check on the messages. So your brain just doesn't get a rest.
It mushed my brain so much I became anxious and unable to switch off.

Reading someone else's words and story helped me reaffirm my own life and help me get a prospective of things. I knew what I had to do all along, but just needed a gentle reminder from words of a friend.  It then came in the form of a swift kick from reality.
That sort of worked.




On holiday I decided to live for the here and now while looking forward to positive things in future. It helped blood pressure and anxieties. I also am learning not to think or care too much about others opinions, as we are all unique and yet all the same. Always a learning path to follow. I hope to always find like minded others on that path.

Organisation is the key. But what if you have so many apples to juggle? And you really do not wish to let any fall. Also having supportive like minded folk is another key. 
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I have 2 children's books out. Teeny magic owl  (free on kindle) and the Sunday Sloth. Both picture book.
Parents, Grandparents and children should watch out for some funny animal tea-time behaviour! Perfect for weekends, and shared reading. The parents will love it! find all updates at twitter handle @kidliterature  https://twitter.com/KidLiterature  and see me here most days https://www.instagram.com/artcraftinspiration

Take Care ~ Karen at Kid literature and Art inspiration. 




Thursday, 9 March 2017

The secret of good writing is to just get started


Why is it sometimes it takes a lot of effort to just get on with it?  ..                                           


..the writing.
You have pens, notepads, digital and otherwise, but it still can look tricky. 
Here is what you can do to overcome that feeling of blank and to get on with the flow of writing.

Tips on writing 
Give yourself permission to write  nonsense. Write things down that don't make sense at first. Write badly. But once you have started to write that nonsense, the good stuff will soon start coming after.
All writers whether good or established do not always routinely feel wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes masterful first drafts. 
So it is ok to write badly and illegible, as this is what is going to come before the legible elegant draft.





Just get those first few paragraphs or words down, any way you can manage. Think of the topic only when writing. This is key. Forget about sentence structure and grammar. Just concentrate on the topic when writing your first drafts. 

Then you must be firm with yourself.
Lock the door. Set yourself time. Turn the internet off initially, especially if you tend to procrastinate a lot and get side-tracked by what is trending on twitter.
Where, for example, you find yourself watching Youtube videos over on the dark side and wonder how you got to that point.
Yes, we all do that. 
Where you feel guilt for not texting back those people who have been waiting for a message, but they have seen you sharing posts to said social media page.





Back to writing.

Write what you want to write. Whatever it is, as if no one will read it. 
Refer back to your ideas you write down on scrap paper or diary. (If you don't do this you should, any little idea that pops into your head write it down for future reference.) 

Write every day and keep a blog or diary.

Try not to proofread as you are writing. There will be plenty of time for that later. Once grammar is learned, we then break all the rules, so write it down any old way.

Once you have finished a first draft leave it for a while, at least a week or so if possible. As then you go back to it brand new and see it with new eyes and see all the mistakes. Then you can correct it with an edit. This is then your first edit. 

Keep all your writings in the same place and no one is allowed to go near it. Always put the notebooks back in the same place. This makes life so much easier. 
The secret of a good writer is to just get started they say. I feel it is more likely the secret of  good writing is just to get started. 
Write those first few words down now.
Then congratulate yourself. 



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Friday, 20 January 2017

To all you writers out there ..



I have downloaded blogger to my phone eventually.
It feels a bit strange and alien. Will it publish ok? Will it look the same as when I blog on the computer?
Well there is only one way to find out.
Anyway
Back to "to all you writers out there"
Writing away, never giving up. Always striving to write that perfect sentence and hopefully inspiring book.
That's the thing, you, me, we never give up.
We might take a break to spend time with family, or life might have just got in the way and social media is put on the back burner.
We might not be telling everyone every single thing we are doing via social media.
But it doesn't mean we are not writing or editing or creating something new or wonderful.
So to all the writers out there plugging away whatever the weather. Good for you! Well done. You should be more than proud. As you are survivors. Not quitters. Today and every day I salute all you authors that keep writing. And will always write. Support the writers!
 
I am back on social media after some time out. A new job, family sadness, childcare consumed all my time. Then when I found some time there was a lack of desire for social media.
Thank you to those who supported and stepped in to take the reins to stop us completely going the way of the tumbleweed. 
Keep your eyes open on Kid Literature twitter and instagram for the website for new posts and blogs and books. New art illustrations and inspiration too!
Enjoy your January and be inspired this New Year.  Write down all you wish to achieve and your goals for the year.
After all you are an inspiration to so many.
Take care for now.

Karen @kidliterature



Monday, 5 September 2016

This Summer I didn't blog, I spent time with my children.

  • This summer I didn't internet, text or email (much) and I didn't blog and to be quite honest and blunt I didn't get that much done in the way of work at all. I didn't meet targets or goals. Even the laundry got done on the familiar 'as and when' needed basis for a month. (It could be longer.)


  • Did I care?
  • No.
  • I might have done at one time, but these days getting less done had a positive influence over all as I  caught up pretty quick.. so all in all I found doing less was more.
  • So what was I doing instead?








  •  I spent all the time with my children. We went on walks, stayed up watching movies, went out for family days, went to the zoo, talked to the owls, the penguins, even stopped by to chat to a koala.
  • The best day was with the dolphins.We not only saw the dolphins in the wild putting on a spectacular show for us, (yes in the wild, of their own free will)  we also got to see them up close and personal at Zoomarine Portugal.
  •  We baked, we went to the bookstore, library and the book club, where we read stories to children and to owls and cats, (oh yes we did) real owls and real cats, and of course real children.
  • In fact we became more than real, we lived and we loved it.

  • We had sleepovers, we all sat on the bed in the morning sharing laughs and snuggles and laughed so hard at the antics of the cats who also try to climb in bed with us.

  • We ate picnics in parks and on beaches, we made things from old toilet roll holders and cereal boxes, we got everything out of the attic as if we were moving and sorted it out for charity and also discovered one or two things we thought we had lost. Best of all we shrilled with delight at the finds, as if in a car boot sale, or an old curiosity shop and revelled over old photos and old toys of yesteryear. 


  • And just like any other regular family there were sad times too. 

  • And sad that Summer is leaving us soon.
  • So very soon!
  •  Must I stop clinging onto the Summer days and long Summer nights with the chilled bedtime routine I love? I won't protest too much as long as we get an Indian Summer, and it's almost due in the UK.
  •  It does seem as if Summer spits and starts in July and August, and then decides to linger longer in September.
  • If this is to be, then I will accept September well, along with all the newness and colours and the bountiful goodness telling us Autumn is approaching. 
  • I will also take head on Spetember's goals. (Plus work, engagements, book releases, and art.)
  • So let's be sad only for a while and embrace what is around the corner.


Back to school
Whether excited or scared, all kids are going to feel apprehensive in one way or another when they start school for the first time or they go into a new year. So September is an amazing month with the start of the school year, and the tantalising feeling Autumn is approaching fast. Why, I could swear you can even smell it in the air, waiting around the corner ready to roll on in.




For the children: make sure you are reading to them until they pick the books up themselves to read without being asked. They will then love books as much as you, and also it really helps make them excited for school. 
                                  Reading=enjoyment=education=confidence.
                                It really is as simple as that.
                                So keep it up! 
                                Enjoy your September days :) 
                                P.S. photos are mainly from my personal collection of my                                                                          Summer, I have yet to sort them in order, but do I care? 

                                            ;) 








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