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‘It’s impossible,’ said pride ‘It’s risky,’ said experience ‘It’s pointless,’ said reason ‘Give it a try,’ whispered the heart. – unknown

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You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel. – Johny Depp

Pheasantries: a lino cutting story

Here’s something a little different from my hearts. Over the last few years I’ve started linocutting, I love it, it suits my textiles background as to me it’s about colour and pattern. I’m based at The Maws in Shropshire. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while ‘Pheasantries’ a couple of pheasants tipping…

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Heart exchange. This one I painted after a night at Stokies  my Tango class after we’d spent the night chest to chest learning the embrace.

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Water of life, to nurture your heart. Nice this heart came out on a Sunday, it’s one of my favorites xx  

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sometimes you just have to spoil yourself… I remember this day, discovering very yummy macroons in London with my lovely cousin Heather over from Vancouver. ummmm I think it’s time to go back to Yauatcha  

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Be with me always, take any form, drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights  

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What we see depends mainly on what we look for. – John Lubbock. I love this quote it says so much, is what we see free? or do we package it up ?

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Don’t forget to play, breathe, joy, balance. Happy Valentine’s Day I was in Aberdeen last weekend to visit my kids, and walking the dogs on the beach we were so lucky to see a whole pod of dolphins swim by quite close to the shore.

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Don’t eclipse your horizon. Lovely quote on the radio this morning something about if you keep doing the same things you’ll get to where you’re heading, best check that’s where you want to get to ? xx

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Heart transmissions. Sending out messages to the Universe. Sending out hearts anyway xx  

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Be you xx To dare greatly. – Brene Brown. Yesterday was ‘Vulnerability’ so why not her ‘Shame’ talk today. I’ve watched them before but for some reason they meant a lot more to me this time, so I hope you get something from them xx

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Let your heart be reached. I thought I’d re listen to Brene Brown’s TED talk on Vulnerability, I didn’t really get it the first time and I realised it’s because I do and I am xx What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. Brene Brown

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If you haven’t felt like quitting your dreams aren’t big enough !!. – OK lots of people have said this so I’m not acknowledging the quote to anyone specifically xx Never give up. – Diana Nyad. To be is to do – Socrates

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A flower trapped inside my heart, contradictions of passion and fragility. I tried to do something different and cut a heart out of one of my textile designs. Originally from a photograph of a flower.

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Eventually all the pieces fall into place. Until then laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know everything happens for a reason… Albert Schweitzer. This was a popular heart, I remember painting it, sitting in my uninspiring office in the somewhat neglected, cold, rented farmhouse. For some reason I just wanted to paint…

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The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes.   I have to say it’s all moving forward, even going back to something is moving forward. So don’t stress where you’re at, it’s just where you are at this moment……

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When you can’t see the wood for the trees, stop breathe look again xx Go for a walk in the countryside, it always helps.

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On days like this, don’t forget you have these xx so i googled quotes for friends support and got these xx

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Everything feels better after a bear hug x hug your teddy x

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I wish my brain had a map to tell me where my heart should go… If only it could be so easy! I do think my brain keeps trying, but my heart just screws it up and says ‘ Hey brain… listen to meeeee.’