Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 xxx

Bringing 2015 to a close will be welcomed.  Lots to leave behind and time to look forward to 2016.

My word for 2016 is ...
SIMPLIFY

If you have not already done so, take a look at Susannah Conway's site by clicking here
A fabulous free resource called Unravelling the Year Ahead is waiting for you.



Added bonus, need help to find your word for the year?  There is also Finding your word or the year too!!!


Very thought provoking! Searching, grounding, revealing, enlightening.. you get the idea!
Enjoy
xxx

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Full moon xxx

I know it was yesterday so belated post! Yesterday I created a new #fullmoon goddess for my wytchy window. Been a while and will be accepting new commissions in 2016  xxx



Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Barefoot Diaries + competition giveaway! xxx

Yesterday a most wonderful package arrived.
The current, and back issue bundle, of The Barefoot Diaries
I first came across this via my travels on Instagram, namely via Holaweg - do check out her gorgeous work!

I am brilliant at buying magazines, reading the first few pages, flicking through then forgetting all about them.
However, this, this amazing, grounding, resonating paper present to myself, I sat and read cover to cover.
Lots of nodding, agreement, it felt like it had been written just for me? It made me sit up, feel, think, question, journal, go and follow up, mentions to places I knew of, places I had finally been to this year.  Synchronicity? Perhaps.
Either way, I am left still thinking even now.
What if everything was pulled from under your feet, your new outlook on life, maybe clues in nature when you look back, using nature in your creative ways, what does nature offer to you for free... brain ticking again. Time for a walk to ponder further.

But first, I urge everyone to go and buy a copy, even better, go and subscribe. You will not be disappointed.
I have a free copy to giveaway, all you need to do is hop over to my Facebook page and click here to like and leave a comment. Please note the usual red tape that needs to be said, this is in no way linked to facebook and is a free giveaway funded and organised by me etc etc etc....




Friday, December 18, 2015

Last Post xxx

Please note the last posting dates below.  I will be posting out the last of the orders form my shop on Monday xxx


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My art over on Spoonflower xxx


"Inspired by the autumn weather with leaves falling and the worldwide craze for colouring therapy, I created this leaf pattern.  It is a collection of leaf shapes I have been using in my journal and sketch books.  "

You can now buy my designs as material, wallpaper, gift wrap and more!!! Just click here 
xxxx

Snowdrops in December??? And pineapple sage! What!!!! xxx




Monday, November 16, 2015

#embodiedterrain Day 1 photo prompt rock, #luminousyouare xxx

I am taking part in the daily photo prompt hosted by #embodiedterrain 
Everyday a word will be given and in response those taking part share an image  relating to that word over on Facebook or on Instagram

Today the word is:

 'ROCK'

For me the word immediately makes me connect with my local beach at Kingsdown, so I whizzed here this morning in the rain and wind to get this picture. 

This connection to nature for me is grounding, watching the sea from the rocks and pebble beach is hypnotic.  A fabulous way to escape and balance with nature. 
xxx

PS a little extra, over on my Instagram you can see a video

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Leonie Dawson Shining Biz & Life Academy xxx

The new 2016 Leonie Dawson Shining Biz & Life Academy Planners are out!!! Click HERE to order and find out more before they sell out! 


Why am I telling you this? Simple.  They work! They give you ideas, tips and tonnes of resources to use.
The materials are a joy to read and use, I have used them for the last 3 years. 
The ideas work. 

Here is a sneak peak of just the diary!!! I have the bundle on the way that has the planners, the diary, the to do list and wall planner!!!


You can also get just digital copies of the planners if you prefer, they work out around £7 that's not even the cost of a coffee and a panini.  The contents of the planner could potentially help you plan, create and grow your life and or biz, doubling your current income! Coffee and paninis all round I say ;) 

So they are the planners which have been released, do you know about the academy. There is also a payment plan now too so joining could not be simpler! By the way, if you join the academy below is an idea of what you get - it is all included once you join! Also as new courses are released, or new videos, meditations, coloring books, videos the list goes on, you get those too. 
Oodles of resources for well being, business, creating and being happy really. 

This is another blog post where someone is selling stuff... no as it is up to you what you do or do not buy. 
I am sharing this as it is a fab resource. If it was not, I would not keep going back! 

Why not check out the freebies Leonie offers if you want to dip your to into the water first - click here

So why Leonie Dawson? Ha, just watch her in action and I challenge you not to smile or come away with an idea to try or be agreeing with something she has said. Leonie is a larger than life character that you cannot help but smile when you listen or watch her.  Energy, inspiring and to the point. Have a look over on her site here and watch any of her videos and you will see! Or carry on to see her in action below!

Yeah but I don't really have time for all this? I have family, work, to do list you know all that...
Just take a look! Something for everyone, bite size chunks and Leonie is a busy mama herself. 
For me this is what rings true. Leonie includes her family, which for me resonates as the two are not mutually exclusive.  Watch below - I love this, it is real and how life is! How many of us know this truth, creating or just being, then the kids scramble over :) 


So there ya go, I hope this inspires and leads to fabulous things.  Let me know how you get on and if you join, come and say hello :) 

xxx







Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wordy Wednesday xxx

Welcome to the second #wordywednesday, yes I remembered! Been one o those weeks!

A candle is lit and the festive smells of orange and clove are gently warming the space. 
What could you do today to make 5 minutes just for yourself? How about go and get a cuppa whilst you have a read of my post.  You have full permission to have time just for you!

So what has been happening? Well, this week it has all been  about creative business. If you follow me over on Facebook you would have seen a freebie... there are lots more on the way, I am hoping to do a new freebie every week.  Yes every week! You don't follow me over on there? No problem, quick go and have a look and click like and come back...Link to my page You already like my page, brilliant you are a star thank you!!! I also have the newsletter setup I plan to send them out around 8 times a year, alongside festivals, so no inbox overload!

Also, the shop is up and running on my blog, see link above or click here. I am still deciding whether or not to keep Folksy  and Etsy as after listing costs,  fees and commissions taken it can add up quiet pricey. If you use these platforms or know of something better, please comment below as I would love to hear about other peoples experiences selling online. My greetings cards are due to be delivered on Friday, yes Friday the 13th... once they appear they will be put in the shop.  2 designs are festive,  perfect for Yule or Christmas.

Next up I rejoined Leonie Dawson's Shining Academy.  More on that in another post coming soon!
So why Leonie? What I really like  is the no 'bs' approach, she tells you as it is, no faffing around.  Just yesterday a post pinged up and woah, did it resonate, I literally stopped in my tracks.

What does light up my cells? Certainly not what I was doing at the time, in fact it was the stomach fall feeling hence it made me stop in my tracks.  Why was I doing that? I could have been doing what I love, making and creating, now that does make my cells zing. 
What makes your cells light up? What is your truth? Are you listening to it or just treading water?

Ok enough of the deep heavy heavy stuff.
The trees are finally turning here properly.  The beech tree is starting to look like a skeleton with the gorgeous copper orange leaves over the floor.  It is also turning a bit colder, so look out for the beautiful red leaves here in the Northern hemisphere.  

I am now off to carry on creating using some hazel I gathered a few days ago.  Hopefully some festive decorations to share, and I feel a competition coming on :)

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks #wordywednesday

xxx

PS... Friday is Children in Need day,you can dontate here 
If you are a parent in the UK, no doubt this a quick reminder that you need to dress the kids up and send in a £1 with them!!! We have Back to the Future and a Sleeping Beauty theme to sort out! 




Saturday, November 7, 2015

New for sale: Autumn Winter pendant earrings with pyrograph spiral detail xxx

Description

Approx. 3.5 cm drop earrings comprising of antique colour tibetan alloy fixings, ceramic beads and ash wood cube beads that have been hand pyrographed (burnt) with spiral design. 
Comes in custom The Mistletoeoak packaging: illustrated mount board and organza green bag... plus a few extra treasures!

Inspiration

With the autumnal weather there are many berries, hips and haws in the hedgerows. They look like natures natural beads to me; sparkly, reflective, red, oranges, creams and mottled patterns adorning the pathways I walk along daily with my dog. I noticed that often these autumnal fruits are highlighted by the stark light stems of the elderflower bushes, now with no leaves or fruit just a natural structure all too often holding up the dropping fruits. I liked the way these colours and shapes contrased with each other, and so the earrings were born!
Using some ash wooden beads that I already owned, I sanded these back and using pyrograph (burning onto wood) I added my usual spiral design that I like to add to all my work. For this piece the spiral signifies the spiral of the year, the trees and the fruits, ready to rest until Spring or the next stage o going through it all again. Why use ash? The ash tree being significant as at this time of year they too carpet the pathways with their brown and yellow leaves.
The beads I have chosen are subtle reds, browns and creams, almost marble like. These are flitting as not only do they remind me of the fruit in the hedgerow that are now blending into their surroundings rather than being garish and standing out for all the wildlife to find, they also look like the autumnal sky. As I sit here typing it is blowing a hoolie outside, leaves flying about and the clouds and flitting across reddy grey sky - just like the beads.
A piece of autumn winter nature in a wearable form that will last.
Thank you for taking to time to read about my new creation... next week my new greetings cards arrive so look out or my Yule cards!!! Limited print run so be quick!!!
xxx

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wordy Wednesday! xxx #wordywednesday

Now usually, okay sometimes, I post an image on a Wednesday as part of the #wordlesswednesday tag. However, I am attempting to start, finally, writing posts and thought a good start would be 'wordy Wednesday' or #wordywednesday.

So where to start? Trees obviously! Back from Yorkshire, and my first escape from Kent ever, I am noticing more so that ever the sheer amount of trees here in Kent.

I love trees - hence the name mistletoe - oak and my obsession with tree images, photos, painting and drawing them and even my logo.

With autumn and returning to the woods here, the vast array of colours at this time of the year are truly stunning. A complete spectrum can be found.

Today it seems to be the beech tree that kept wanting to be noticed.
I was out walking my batty spaniel and I noticed how the very top of the old beeches here are still quite green. Yet lower to the ground deep oranges, coppers, browns and almost speckled hues of handpainted ochre crusted jewels form on these leaves. If you look closely tiny little mushrooms and fungi can be spotted, but be warned if near a chestnut tree - mind you do not prickle your fingers on a rogue spiky case hiding under the carpet of copper unturned leaves!



Moving on from the beech, to the ash tree.  A wordy recommendation to read, I last night discovered 'The Man who made things out of trees' by Rob Penn. Some may remember Rob's BBC Four programme Tales from the Wildwood Sadly the episodes in full are no longer available but you can see some clips by clicking here 
I am two chapters into his new book and cannot wait until bedtime to carry on reading some more!!!


"Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood."

Finally, a sort of wordy wishlist, the Ben Law Woodland Craft - on my to save up for list of reads.


Oh and finally finally, sorry the 'c' word is coming up, look away now if you are not festive! 
My neighbour has planted the cutest tiny Christmas tree in their front garden, I need one!!!
 According to my calculations, including today - 7 Wednesday's left before Yule! 
Know you needed to know that ;)


I hope you have enjoyed my #wordywednesday this week.

Trees, woods, words. 

Content :)
xxx


Monday, November 2, 2015

Home again xxx

Back from Yorkshire.  My landrover yesterday made it to the top of the Peak District 1800m above sea level on the way back home :)
Lots of creative ideas and inspirations, along with new artists to share from my travels
You can see all the pictures by clicking here to visit my Instagram 
xxx

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mandala drawerer (is that a word???) xxx

Today's creation was made using http://www.mandaladrawerer.com/ I thought I would see what was online about mandala's and found the above site.



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Housey mandala xxx


Foraged ideas ... xxx




































I opened up my emails earlier and had a lovely message following up my earlier post.
I was asked, how do I spot things that then turn into pendants or artwork then?
Fab question, thank you!

Well...hmmm how do I explain that?
Then, out on a walk with my children - lightbulb moment and a working example!!!
It can be as simple as spotting the patterns today.  This gorgeous snail was in amidst the teasels and as I took the photo and looked up I could see the skeleton of the conker trees above me.

The spiral tree design is something I have done for a while, but had a break.  Looking back on other sites I sell from, the last one was September 2014.

So back home and after a cuppa,  I created this piece inspired by the pattern on the snail shell.

The full listing can be found by clicking here 

I wonder what I will spot tomorrow?

xxx


Thought it was time to blog... #samhain is coming time fo change xxx

The crows they are calling,
Like markers, reminders?
A constant, no a changing
Out of nowhere I find. 

From young to present,
No doubt a time beyond.
Like guardians and watchers
A prod to carry on.

So I listen, Finally. At last maybe?

To the crow man he is whispering
Finally a new chapter opens. 

(C) The Mistletoeoak 2015 



'The Preacher in the Wheatfield' by Jamie Sheehy. 
You can visit Jamie's website over at http://www.jamiesheehy.co.uk/ 
Give Jamie's Facebook a like too click here

About a week ago I had the pleasure of going along to Jamie's art exhibition, and immediately I fell in love with the above image. Needless to say, I am now sitting here looking at a limited edition of it in front of me.  It makes me stupidly happy, and I am still grinning now as I look at it. 

It made me stop. It still does.  It calls out to the path I follow and what I do, what I have grown up with and encounter everyday still. 

Who recalls the crowman in Worzel Gummidge? 
Who recalls the rooks and crows nesting up in trees making a right old noise, maybe signalling bad weather or worse? 

The image is titled 'The Wheat Field Preacher'. And for me, the idea of nature, outdoors, convention, not convention, something of familiar surroundings but not conforming, shouts a resounding yes!

And so maybe it is now time to get back to creating and doing just that.
The work that calls to me. Nature, outside, the small details, the markers in the seasons unfolding and turning.
My love of black and white pen and ink work.
Transforming the many foraged treasures into a new purpose.
Opening the journals full of works I never ventured to share.
My path is winding back to where it should be.
It will be a long journey.

But the crows they are calling you know, and I am finally listening ....