oh happy day and news!

Friends, I have been really enjoying making my hearts, madly! I am using a new cotton as I need to source the previous one again. But I like the effect, and it makes for a change! I will be popping these in my shop as they emerge.

My news is that I have decided to take a break over the summer. Possibly for the whole of August. Maybe I will drop in here and there and carry on posting to flickr and updating my shop. The hearts, soon to become garlands will be keeping my creative hands busy, but my mind needs to empty out and become fully present in my life right now.

I have been pondering some questions lately, which I will share with you;

How am I really feeling?

Who am I now?

What do I do?

How do I spend my time?

What do I want to put into my little red suitcase, or take out?

Am I making the best of where I live?

How can I be more present in my sons life more?

The truth is we are having some difficult times and I feel like I need to get right behind him and show up more.

.......phew heavy stuff .......I'm also hoping to see the sea at some point this summer and plan on finding my way back to some kind of self-care routine, local leisure center here I come!

Enjoy the holidays, catch you here and there,



  1. .....in this case, a break is what you need Heather. Hope you have the time and the strength to solve your problems with your son....I would love to be there for you, but we are not really neighbours, isn't it?
    I'll be there with my thoughts, love, xxxxx Ale

  2. apart from the son bit, I would be v interested to see how you answer those q's.... I am guessing that its not only me or you that have these thoughts, and I often wonder how people solve these q's of life? I will be reading here avidly to see what others say too! I can never think of a answer no matter how much I think about it all!

    hope you have a wonderful break,and those hearts are so sweet!

  3. Hi Heather, I think sometimes we just ask too many questions!!!And we pressure ourselves immensely to then answer those questions!!!None of it really matters!!!Just change what you need to and do what you have to!!!And just be!!!No pressure!!!Just be!!!Appreciate the little simple things in life and be happy!!!The rest will sort itself out,including your son!!!A happy Mom makes for a happy family!!!!You really don't need to constantly validate your reason for being!!!Just be happy and really there is a million and one things to be happy about!!!Stop searching because it's right there for you!!!May this be the holiday of your life,my friend!!!The one you will never forget!!!Peace and happiness!!!

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  5. Take all the time you need to Heather, we'll all be here upon your return. There really is no pressure, and I hope you resolve all the little niggles you have, and feel better for it x

  6. Oh I soo love these little hearts, I'm so glad you had some in your shop! Have a wonderful summer Heather, I hope you feel better for a break. xx

  7. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor" - whatever happens you will get through this time and be all the stronger for it. Look after yourself and your son and fit in that trip to the sea, it will be worth it!!

  8. hi there...I love those beautiful hearts and I totally hear what your saying about needing to take some time away...my thoughts are with you!

  9. You have a well rested break, do what you need to do! See you when you return! :) x

  10. Just the gentlest hug for whatever you do

  11. Hugs to you and yours...
    Enjoy!! Cx

  12. By doing this, you are showing exactly just how healthy you are Heather, as it's always good to reflect and it's always good to keep yourself grounded... Also... I can relate to boy trouble, my oldest 2 boys have left home and there were never really any huge issues with those two, as they were easy to raise, but my 3rd, when he was the age of 14, 15 and some of 16... OI VEY! He gave me a run for my money, he even managed to get himself arrested at one point! Which was devastating to me, I took it personally as a mother. He's going to be 17 in 3 weeks though, and things are going well, I did what you are doing and I made myself as present in his life as possible, I even moved cities to get him away from his dodgy friends... But all I have to say is, personally as a woman and a mother, you're doing the right thing Heather and I completely admire you for it.
    I do hope you get to the sea, there is nothing like going to the ocean.
    Have a great week my friend,
    PS... May I have your address? I'd like to mail you a little something xx

  13. Lovely hearts! I'll be waiting for a new post when you are ready:)

  14. Have a wonderful, nurturing summer break, Heather, and may you find all the answers to your questions and more. Chrissie x

  15. Thinking of you lovely Heather ... take all the time you need and enjoy the break ... I hope your answers come easily for you ... Bee xxx

  16. You will be missed greatly Heather but I understand you need to do what you feel called to do - I wish you well and look forward to reading more of your lovely posts when you are ready to return!
    Joy xo

  17. Good on you , taking a break ,
    Especialy boys need all the atention you can give
    Patience and mindfullnes will do it for you,
    Enjoy the summer!

  18. Enjoy your break lovely - I hope it's just what you and your son need. Take care. xx

  19. Have a fabulous summer Heather. I do hope you can find some answers to those questions, and when you do. let me know ... I've been asking myself some similar ones you see!

  20. Take care, Heather! Sometimes a digital break helps to eliminate distractions. You'll know when you're ready to come back.

    You'll find the answers. Of that I'm sure.


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  22. Stepping away sometimes is best. I took an unplanned blog break last month, and it was needed for all that was happening in my life. I hope you enjoy investing in what is needed for now.

  23. Hello friend. I want to address the question of how many? How many blogs can one follow and feel connected with? For me it is three or four. Wish it was more. There are so many wonderful inspiring women creating beautiful blogs full of excellent photos and stimulating thoughts. But when I do have the urge to sit a spell and see what others are up to, you have been one of my regular stops for the past year. I totally relate to the numbers/validation thing. My interest in my blog waned a while back as I saw others taking off in readership numbers while mine sat, rather stagnant. But then the question begs to be asked, for whom and I writing? I decided it was for me. And that has removed the pressure to produce for an audience. So if I don't
    t write for a month (or more?) it's all good. I will blog when I have something that I want recorded. I hope you will find satisfaction in you own answers quickly. I agree with Tammy, above that is it good to reflect on these things but in the long run, I have to line up with Anne-Marie. It is better to just be.

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    Its easy you nominate a blog with less than 200 followers and do a tonne of question swapping . :) xx

  25. Just popping back to see that all is well - I hope that you have had a restful and energised summer

    Lovely hearts by the way
    Best wishes