one must always be different

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I don’t mean to be irreplaceable, that’d be a little bit pretentious. But I just understood that I need to be different if I really want to feel like myself.

These last weeks, after browsing my own blogs, flickrs, computer archives … I understood that there was something from the last two decades that I loved. I couldn’t put a word on it, it’s always been a special feeling.

In the early 2000, I used to draw (and sell) pen tablet/computer drawn graphics for websites/blogs. It was so much fun, I virtually met so many people, and made wonderful friends along the way. Many of them have left the blogosphere, don’t have a website anymore,some of them are on social medias. Sadly at least one passed away (keeping Elizabeth in my thoughts), and to my knowledge, in the circle of my own friends, only one still blogs, my dear friend Sadie. (her lovely blog can be found here)

But I digress. I’ve recently changed the landing page of the website, and I didn’t want to stick with the modern looking, page-wide photos … like most websites look nowadays. I’m not a lifestyle or fashion blog, and my creations can be seen as slightly flowery-nostalgic-out of time-I don’t know … it’s rather hard to fit to a category. (I’ve never been able to do that, anyway !)

Concerning my business, as much as I’ve never been able to focus on it fully, because of my family life & situation, I’ve always made a point at not being like all the others. Sometimes I think it was not really a choice, I couldn’t do any other way. I’ve never aimed to make a living of it, we moved too many times for me to have a stability in this domain. I never advertise in French magazines, never made a market, never sold mu wares in someone else’s shop.

And that’s fine with me because I’m an INTROVERT ! I love making things, creating, yet the contact with people doesn’t come naturally. You need to have this in yourself in order not to look “obliged”. Who knows, maybe in the future (you never know what the future holds, good or bad), this part of myself will change, but for the moment, I’m in peace with my personality.

My last point is … when remodelling the landing page of the site, I finally understood that I needed to make things look like something I personally love, not like what I think people expect from me (or from anyone else, btw !) I know it really sounds obvious, but things don’t always happen like they should, do they ? Life is not a jigsaw, not everything always fall into its final & logical place !

Wishing you the best for the rest of the week ! Take care !

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once school break is over

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I should have known better … the last two weeks were my teen boys school break.
Do you really think I had a break from daily life ? Do you think I had extra time for working ? Erm, the answer is NO.

They had to update their glasses so that was done during the school break. So many other things were done (at home, by me), but none of them were related to work. We played ping pong as soon as the wind could allow (oh that wind … pffff), we played UNO, we ate popcorn, we watched a couple of movies, we only regretted that hubby wasn’t with us. He had to stay in Lille for almost the entirety of the school break. Sigh.

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But now the break is over, and I have to get myself back to work !

I have been browsing my computer files, my blogs archives, my Flickr archives (& favorites), hoping to declutter a bit (computer), and hoping to find ideas from the past to resurrect ! I have such a nostalgia for the 2010’s (and even earlier), that I’m actually having a wonderful time walking down memory lane.

… Am I the only one in this situation ? (please say no !)

Today my maternal grandpa would have been 100 years old, but he passed away on January 04th. Thinking about him today. And about my father too. He would have been 77 years old in January, but he didn’t have a chance to turn 70, sadly.

I love my life right now, but some days I wish I could go back in time. Knowing my dad would get ill, I would have told him to enjoy his life more fully, specially the last ten years that I think he didn’t really enjoy.

On a lighter note, I’m so happy about the life my mom lives now. She helps me with the boys, and with grocery shopping (I don’t drive) and I see her almost everyday ! She therefore sees her two grand-children on a (almost) daily basis, which I think is just awesome. They have such a great & fun & loving relationship, that I wish I had had with my paternal grandparents (my maternal grandparents were sweet & loving, on the other hand).

We both feel very lucky & grateful to be so close for one each other, and we absolutely don’t take it for granted. We’ve moved so many times, after all !

OK, enough talking for one day, I should get going ! Thanks a lot for visiting today ! Have a wonderful week !

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is it May or February ?

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On this last day of February, I’m wondering what month we actually are : May or February ? It’s been very warm for the season, and I know that some of you in the UK or the Netherlands (or even anywhere in France, coucou je sais que vous êtes là !) have been experiencing unseasonal warm temps.

mini daffodils bought last year, that grew back this year !

Good thing for the laundry, and the plants suddenly think we’re at the end of spring, but it is not reasonable to think it’s going to last ! And I wouldn’t want it to last ! I’m in short sleeve teeshirt & flip flops … I actually have put my wooy slippers for a couple of months only. Then back to the flip flops … oh well.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying my blooming flowers & plants. I recently bought some new, that I will be sharing soon.

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I hope everything is fine in your life & in your corner of the world. I hope you’re having a nice so far.

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