Friday, 21 October 2016

Rebecca's Sanctuary

There are bloggers' blogs that I have been reading for ages.
What keeps me visiting again and again?
They are TRUE, honnest, and even when they lose themselves, they find their way into a brighter space of Liht and understanding.
This year,  I have a good 10 years since my first blog post in 2006!
Blogs started and abandonned, 
my mom blog that is now put on hold,
this blog that was just for collecting images, right before Pinterest came in our lives.
Rebecca is one of my favorite bloggers. 
She is talented
Well travelled
Well mannerned
did I say
I love seeing hr discovering and developping her skills of beautiful, personal, soulful photography. 
So happy for House of Bliss, her Sanctuary.
Ine her own words

I keep stopping wondering,
almost as if on the brink of something new. 
Time to see feel
in a whole new way. 
Seasons change
in more ways than one. 

I love seeing my internet friends evolve in their lives. move on witht their tastes, spreading wings and relaxing into a conscious whole hearted living. 

All images, Rebacca's own.
Please visit her blog and say Hello! 



Thursday, 20 October 2016

The First Monday in May

A night at the Met?
A new film starring LA Anna Wintour? 
Oh yes, please!
Rendez-vous on April 13, 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


PSA: It *is* possible to have a stress-free morning.
By: Jodi Taylor
We all have those mornings where you wake up a good two hours before you have to be at work, just so you can get your shit done. You think you have all the time in the world, and then before you know it you’re throwing on the closest piece of clothing (likely what’s on the ground) and tossingwhatever makeup in your bag to do in the Uber. It happens to us more often than we would like. But finally we’re setting out to change that by doing a few small and easy things to make our mornings more productive.


Our day doesn’t *really* start until we’ve had a cup of coffee. We bet the majority of you are the same. It could also have to do with the fact that we may be a little too fond of Wednesday wine nights. Kidding, guys (maybe). And while we’d love to say that the best thing we’ve ever invested in was our first CHANEL Boy Bag, it’s probably actually our programmable coffee machine. Just set the timer to five minutes before your alarm goes off and the smell of coffee will be enough to get you out of bed.


We’re firm believers in not snoozing. Or, if you really have to (because the struggle is real), snooze only once. The best way to get into practice with this is to plug your phone in on the other side of your room, or in another room altogether. That way, once your alarm goes off, you’re forced to get out and turn it off. Getting out of bed should wake you up so that you can get started on your day.


Rather than going through pretty much every article of clothing in your closet (you know you’re going to wear the first thing you tried on, anyway), plan it out the night before. You can thank us for the extra twenty minutes we just added to your morning.


Meal prep, guys. We’re not saying you have to spend all of your Sunday cooking meals for the next five days, but if you prepare your protein ahead of time, you can save yourself hours of work throughout the week. Spend a little bit of your Sunday afternoon or evening cooking up the big *hero* features of your meal and a few extra minutes the night before to make the next day’s breakfast (hello, overnight oats). You’ll easily free up enough time to start going on those morning runs like you’ve been planning to.

Melina (October 18,1920-March 6,1994)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Making Your Own Cross Stitch Charts

By Jane Greenoff & Sue Hawkins

‘Oh that’s no good for me, I can’t draw’, I can hear you all cry! In fact, you don’t need to be able to draw to make your own charts. With the cunning use of tracing paper, you will be surprised how easy it is. Always begin with something small. As an example, I am going to show you how I made the chart a pansy design. If you have access to a computer design program, see below.

To Start

To start, you need a very simple outline drawing. I drew mine freehand, but you could very easily trace any flower from a picture in a gardening book or even from a photograph of your own garden. Choose a simple flower with large petals and no fiddly bits. Lay tracing paper over the picture and trace the outer edges of the petals and leaves. At this stage you may want to alter the size of your drawing.
If so, take it to a photocopier for enlarging or reducing. The size of the finished embroidery will also be altered by the size of the squared paper that you use and by the count of the fabric that you work on, but you need a drawing large enough to get plenty of squares in each petal in order to add enough colours and therefore detail.
Making your own charts
Trace the outer edges of the petals and leaves to create a simple outline.


Next, use ordinary coloured crayons to add colour to the traced outline. Lay the tracing back over the original picture and shade in the different areas of colour. Do not worry too much about matching the colours, as you can take the original picture with you when you go to buy your threads.
Making your own charts 2
Lay the tracing back over the original picture and shade in the areas of colour using crayons
Now transfer your black outline on to squared paper (10 squares to the inch [2.5cm] is the best size), again by tracing. I use an artist’s light box for tracing, but you could tape the outline on to a window and lay the squared paper over it - the outline will show through clearly to be pencilled onto the squared paper. (A computer screen also makes a good light source for tracing, especially at night!) As you trace the outline onto the squared paper, faintly pencil in lines to show where colour changes occur.
Now square off the design; make a new outline, using the squares closest to the original line. Do this in pencil first and then ink in the lines with a fine felt-tipped pen when you are satisfied with the result. Trace the outline onto squared paper then square off the design.
Making your own charts 3
Trace the outline onto squared paper then square off the design.
To put the colours in, use the crayons again or create your own black-and-white symbols. Experiment to see which you prefer.
Making your own charts 4
If you use symbols, choose heavier ones for the darker colours and lighter ones for the paler colours, so that your chart will be easier to follow. When buying threads, choose colours from the same families to achieve good shading effects. (To help you, manufacturers group their shades in these families on the racks.)
Making your own charts 5
Put the colours in, using the crayons again, or by creating black-and-white symbols.


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