"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
Hmm ok so how happy are you ... not at all, a bit, a tiny tiny bit, lots .... The truth is that happiness is not a continuous state of mind is it? Happiness comes, goes, comes back again .... it comes in small bites, big bites, small again ...
Does your happiness entirely depend on others, yourself, a combination of the two?
What do you do when you want to be happy for a few hours? Go for a walk, read, paint, watch a movie, dance, write, meet a friend .....
Last week I've decided to ... take myself for a walk near the sea almost every morning. It was really hard to resist to the glorious sun.
Little did I know that my walk will trigger in me a passion to photograph the sea, the waves, the nature, the birds ..... with my iPhone ... no sophisticated camera.
And when I came back home I was inspired to experiment with superimposing the seascapes upon photographs of some of my paintings. It was such an interesting process that I'm really determined to carry on and create more colourful images, transform them into cards, prints and maybe more.
It all started with ... giving myself permission to be happy ..... to a simple walk by the sea on an October morning!
What are you going to give yourself permission to do today?
Now that the cold season is here to stay for at least a few months I have decided to experiment with 2 products ....aimed to bring a smile on your lips and a warm, glowing feeling all around you.
As a mixed media artist I love to experiment with all sorts of materials and styles ... from acrylic paints to chalk pastels, from fabric painting to ink painting, from diary painting to digital art ..... and from time to time ... i feel the need to stretch myself and .... use my creativity in ways I've never done before.
This is why ... lip balm came to my mind. 10 years ago, 6 years ago ..... even 6 months ago this would have intimidated me ... really ... But not now! It is very clear to me that anybody can do this in their own home if they have the ingredients, the recipe and .... lots of enthusiasm.
But first ... the ingredients:
1 Tbsp bee wax
1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
1 /2 shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
1 tsp vitamin E essential oil
6-8 drops of essential oil (I've used tangerine)
a tiny bit of lipstick (just for colour)
Place all ingredients (without the essential oil and lipstick) into a glass measuring cup.
Get a pan and fill it about half way with water, bring to the boil.
Once the water is almost boiling, place the glass measuring cup into the water to melt the ingredients. After all are melted, (the bee wax will take longer) you will have a golden liquid.
When all are melted, take them from the stove and add the essential oils and the bit of lipstick, stirring continuously. You can experiment with the essential oils until you reach the smell that you like.
This is about it really ... once you are happy with the result, pour it into containers and allow to cool. It will not take long at all.
There are lots and lots of variations to the recipe but this is a good start.
And if you are willing to spend just a few more minutes in the kitchen why not make a pumpking soup .... something i always connect with autumn.
Here is what you need
3 cups of water
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 cups (1 kg) cubed pumpkin
parsley or coriander (about 2 Tbsp)
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the nutmeg, pepper, pumpkin and saute for about 10 minutes. Add the water, bring to boil.
When the pumpkin is soft, blend it carefully, add the milk and return it to the stove for a fe more minutes. Season with salt and add the parsley.
There you are ... done ... i like to add some sour cream and lemon juice as well but it is just my taste. Do whatever is right for you my darlings and ... bon appetit! Enjoy it while watching an Inspector Clouseau movie. Here is an option: