I am a wife; I am a mother; I am a grandmother. As my family grows I become more and more aware of how we are all connected and how we are all dependent on each other. This is an essential truth and one which the Lakota Sioux have a way of expressing.
It is this: Mitakuye Oyasin. It means We Are All Related or To All My Relations. Profound isn’t it, for it expresses with great simplicity our global family and our great responsibility to each other, and to the Earth that supports us.
I love to create and I have gained great pleasure through the old fashioned art of card making. One of my granddaughters says “We always know which card is from Nana and Gramps because its ‘creative’! How cool is that?
My favourite hobby of all is making scrapbooks. I take a photo with my camera and I make it into a layout so that other people can enjoy my memory too. And that becomes a whole book of memories – how wonderful that we live in an age when such a thing is possible. My little hobby room is filled with supplies of embellishments, papers, inks, paints – other scrap bookers will relate to the way this simple hobby can soon become obsession, taking over whole rooms and disrupting normal household service!
It was the desire to find new ways to express my art that drew me to digital design and I quickly embraced this new technology which allowed me to produce anything I could imagine and place it on my scrapbook page. It also meant that I could share my own designs with other family members and friends, so enhancing their own enjoyment of this hobby. In this circle I will continue that tradition by offering freebies to you, perhaps in the form of a ‘quick page’ that you can simply drop your photos into and print, a selection of embellishments or sometimes a taster of one of my kits. If you like my work, I do hope you will pop into my shop at Etsy and browse through my range of papers, embellishments and kits.
Sometimes I write, when the ‘muse’ is with me. I really do feel that I am inspired, for sometimes the words just flow and I put them on paper. It has always been my feeling that when I write poetry, it is not really meant for me, that I am an interpreter and that I really must share it. So it is my pleasure to do so with you. Please enjoy using my poems in your cards and scrapbooks. I am very happy for you to use my words but if you pass them on, I would only ask that you do so in the spirit of love in which they were created and let me know how you used them
Let this circle be a happy place, a place for sharing, a place of kindness.
So that is it really. Be welcome at my camp fire, stay a while and read my poetry, download some of my artwork for your own memory making and as the Lakota say: