Lime green and purple rays

fine umbellifer flowers in a vase seen from above

Umbellifers are my favourite flowers. Budding, full flowering or gone to seed and withered after a long winter, I like all stages of these most fairy-tale of flowers.

During a walk with my little girl, we saw many pretty things: rosehips, golden leaves and pink flowering wild marjoram. Large parasol mushrooms that we picked and had for lunch with butter and garlic on toast. But the most beautiful of all finds during our little walk was this beautiful umbellifer… The autumn cold has changed its colour to magnificent purple combined with fresh acid green; wow! I carefully picked some, it was a big plant, and put it in a vase…

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives… for more info and to join in see Friday Finds by Kim Klassen.

Custom header images in WordPress

In many WordPress themes, you can set a custom header image for your WordPress website. This is great if you want to give your site your own look and feel.

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In this brief tutorial we explain how to set a custom header image for your site. You’ll also find out how you can let WordPress automatically display a random header image on every page (which is great if you have more than one header image and you want to add some variety to your site). Plus we discuss how you can set a specific header image for each page; so a different image for every page.

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Package to 13 year old self: Water, Paper Paint

water paper paint

I was a little girl when my interest in watercolour was first sparked. My parents gave me a tiny watercolour box for my birthday, I think when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I still have it and I have to admit that it hasn’t been used a lot… And I also still have some sheets of watercolour paper that I got at the same time! Continue reading …

No seashells in Greece! but something better…

Well, not entirely true, I found about 4… I was really looking forward to hunting for some amazing shells, but they were almost absent where we were staying. But there was something way better than seashells; amazing multi-coloured pebbles and tiny stones in soft pastel shades. A beach combers’ fantasy come true. I turned into a magpie and couldn’t stop searching and collecting them. There were also quite a few small heart shaped stones. Swoon!

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Treasury – Sea side fun

Sea Side Fun Treasury

The summer is almost over here, but we’ll be going to the sea in a little while!! I love spending time near the sea in the late summer, the weather is not so blisteringly hot, and everything is so mellow and golden. To get me in the mood I collected some lovely items in this sea side inspired treasury. We’re going to Greece by car, and we’ll be meeting family there. Sanna will love spending time with her grandparents. Can’t wait!!

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storks and pensive moods

stork

We had some lovely guests; they came in the night and stayed over, all 14 of them. They were a bit noisy but it wasn’t too bad. They stayed till nine in the morning when the rising sun painted them lightly with gold.

Seeing these storks is a sure sign that summer is nearly over and autumn is almost here. They are migrating south again, where it will be warmer. Each year, this change brings me a pensive mood. A time for reflection and time of peace but also memories and thoughts of ‘that was another year again’.

As always my little girl was very good at snapping me from my musings, bringing me right back to the now again; she was most fascinated by the droppings of the storks, that were white, thick and drooping from their resting places 🙂 Yes, storks also have to go! So much for romance and poetry 🙂

Interview: Susie Ghahremani of Boygirlparty

Interview with Susie Ghahremani - boygirlparty

I thought it would be fun to start interviewing some illustrators and crafters regularly. I see so much beautiful work on my journeys on the internet! Everyone has their own unique style, way of working, and places where they get their inspiration. I thought it would be useful to ask them for a few tips too, which you and I might find useful for our own work and businesses.

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If you can dream it, you can do it

if you can dream it, you can do it. Photo by Jiunn Kang Too  CC BY_SA 2.0

Image credit: photo: Jiunn Kang Too - CC BY-SA 2.0

I strongly believe this, if you can’t do anything practical right now, just spend a few minutes each day imagining what it would be like if you were living your dream life and doing your dream job. This will bring you lots of joy and excitement, and this is the kind of vibe you need for real things to start happening! Go for it!

This lovely balloon image is by Jiunn Kang Too, CC BY-SA 2.0.