Sunshine in my shadows

Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

What day is it?

I'm really not doing a very good job with this blog of mine. I never anticipated blogging every day but hoped I could post at least 3-4 times a week. It just isn't happening for me right now. We have a lot going on and most of the time I am not even sure what day of the week it is!
When I start feeling stressed I tend to do several things:
  • comfort shop
  • eat too much chocolate!
  • start several new projects instead of finishing ones half done
  • procrastinating about even the smallest decisions
  • Lose myself in a good book
  • Withdraw
  • sleep too much in the daytime
  • don't sleep at night
  • All of the above
Please tell me I am not the only one guilty of the above sins?
That was a rhetorical question, I know from experience that many of us do all those things and more. I know this time will pass and I am endeavouring to have some fun in my life until it does!
I blogged recently about my discovery of zentangles and zendoodling and am still enjoying this relaxing art form.
I have also recently ventured into the world of ATC's. (artist trading cards) If you are unfamiliar with ATC's you can read about them here. You can see examples of ATC's here.
There are lots of ATC galleries online, I just chose one randomly for this post.

Swallowing my anxiety about being 'good enough' I joined swapbot.
Swapbot is a website for people all over the world to register and join in swaps of all different kinds of things. I am currently doing my first swap of an ATC with two friends who kindly offered to get me started. I was super excited to receive my very first ATC in Friday's mail along with some pretty glitter and ATC sleeves from my friend shabby-jules who also keeps a couple of blogs. Jules is a very talented and creative lady. You can see some examples of her work on her craft blog here.
You will be GLAD you did!
This is the gorgeous ATC I received from Jules.
Isn't it just lovely? Our theme was nature. I can't show you the cards I made just yet as the ladies I am swapping with haven't received them and they might be peeking at my blog. (and that would spoil the surprise) I am hoping with practice my art/craft skills will improve and grow!
Does anyone here belong to swapbot? Make ATC's?

wishing you sunshine in your shadows


  1. We all start things and don't finish them Helen - don't be hard on yourself.

    Which is why I don't join in those swaps on line because I would probably fall behind and not do the posts on time.

    Take care of yourself and stay warm.

    Love and hugs,

  2. I have lots of UFOs as you know and that card is lovely.I will have a look at swop bot but may not join just yet xx

  3. I am struggling to get a blog post up with this horrid weather, my procrastinating, a good book, a warm bed, etc
    But I do adore the cards you are all doing and maybe one day I will join in

  4. I don't go to (paid) work, I don't have children at home, I don't do much housework, I don't do much crafting, but I still don't seem to find time to do the blogs I think I will.
    so don't worry Helen, take each day as it comes, do what you feel like doing... forget the rest for now... ♥

  5. Linda, Nelly, Lynne and Lyndel thank you all for taking time to comment. I do need reminding sometimes to just slow down and relax. Life really is so fleeting and worry is usually a waste of energy.It helps to know others understand what I am feeling.

  6. Wow! I would be happy blogging once a week,but sometimes even that escapes me. I find it very difficult to blog about things as I do them.To cheer you up I will tell you that I have five craft projects started,one just finished and a few pieces of furniture calling my name. The days seem too short at the moment.I am loving your trinket posts,tough decision what to wear.

  7. Thanks Simmone. I guess because I don't work outside the home I feel like I should have ,lots of hours in the day up my sleeve. Travel between home and school, shops etc does take up a lot of my time when I think about it. Glad you are enjoying my trinkets posts.Some day I will probably sort my collection and cull it down. I really do own a ridiculous amount. It has been a lot of fun for me going through the boxes as I haven't so much as looked at much of it for a number of years!The irony is I hardly ever wear any jewellery LOL. A lot of my vintage pieces are too fragile or just don't fit me. Ladies used to have the smallest necks and wrists!
    cheers Helen :)

  8. hey i didnt know you had a blog or i may have peeked,i know now but hehe