Two weeks ago as Meggie and I lay in the lounge waiting for the vet to arrive, McCaw sat in the corner of his kennel looking in through the window at us. Every now and then I would hear him whimper. He knew.
After I had dropped Megs off at the crematorium I came home and stood outside staring at the sky. McCaw came over, sat on my feet and looked up at me as if to say, 'I've got this now Mum'. Meg made sure there were two things in place before she was happy to go. That Charlotte would keep me company, and that McCaw would have my back. For that I will be forever grateful.
McCaw always loved Meg. Meg always pretended to tolerate McCaw. But every now and then you would find her playing with him in the back yard, or cuddled up beside him. Out of all our dogs McCaw spent the most time with Meg and I know he misses her.
I miss her too. So this afternoon we did what McCaw and I do best together. I studied and he snored loudly in the corner. He seemed happier and so was I.
No-one will replace Meg, but the bulldog might get pretty close.
F R I D A Y ✨ I N T R O D U C T I O N S
Time to say hi to all you new friendly faces! I'm Courtney, the creative soul behind Courtney Potter Studio. Let’s get to know each other better today! 😍 Here are some fun facts about me you may not know:
1️⃣ The tattoo on my left arm is a gladiolus, which symbolizes strength in adversity. When I left my abusive relationship, I developed a slight obsession with painting flowers. The gladiolus was one of my favorites to paint; I felt myself getting stronger with each floral brushstroke. 🌺
2️⃣ When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill 9 years ago, I landed my first creative job working as a photojournalist for @unchealthcare. I met some amazing patients who allowed me to share their stories of cultivating hope during their illnesses, and I remain friends with many of the bright souls I met. 🙏
3️⃣ While photography and story-telling are still near and dear to me (y'all know how much I rave about yummy light!), right now I focus most of my creative efforts on abstract painting and teaching. In addition to my monthly fluid painting + yoga workshops, I teach art to a bunch of wiggly, wonderful @durhamnativity middle school boys and also teach adults at @pinotspaletteraleigh! 🎨
4️⃣ I love my two furbabies Calypso and Thorn, and my furless baby Spike the water-turtle. My partner Adam moved in with me and my kitty this fall, and our house has grown quite a bit! (Can you guess which pets were his?) 🐱🐱🐢
What about you? Do you have a surprising first job or adorable furbaby you want to gush over? Comment below! 💗
📸 by @xxcjintong
Happy Friday loves, i hope you have a lovely weekend like myself - with no plans whatsoever - we often need this badly 😅🌟🙏🏼💗 Artworks - 30x30cm each, framed in floating pine frame and can be found in #linkinbio#artistsoninstagram
Little product photoshoot time lapse. I thought about releasing the necklaces in collections rather than random ones at once. Which means I need collection names..and this means I need your help! I’m planning on giving away one wood+resin necklace to whoever gives me the best creative name 😀. So make sure you check out my following posts to help me find names and enter the giveaway. #woodandresin
Congratulations on yet another sale by Gallery Artist @rebeccazookfineart! “Swift Hunter” | 12x12” | Acrylic on Masonite 🎨 More of her works are available through the link in our bio 👆
A statement from the artist: “Fast feet to capture the swiftest lizard prey. A harsh life in a severe environment, he makes a home and thrives in the adversity. Body well adapted for this life, the fearless roadrunner hunts even the venomous rattlesnake. Running tirelessly, but hiding his path from those who would hunt him. X-shaped tracks, do not reveal direction.
While working on this piece, I had a pair of roadrunners visit. My husband spotted them running on the railing of the back deck, then on the deck itself. Being very poor fliers, they were trying to find a way onto the roof which is about two and a half stories from the back of the house. We were laughing watching their antics. One jumped onto a small table and peered in the window before jumping to a deck umbrella and finally to the roof. I hope they are nesting nearby.” R.Z.
I met a cool kid this weekend in Sister Bay. Guess what? He lives in Madison and lived in Colorado for awhile. He makes amazing pieces of art with skateboards! Which reminds me of my Dad giving away his board to my cousin #stillhurts Check him out @joeart #christmasgifts ❄️ #onmylist ❄️ #remembermybirthday
Self-care is the new healthcare.
I don't know about you but sometimes I feel totally done. With a to-do list a mile long, a laundry pile a mile high, a sink full of dishes...you get the picture. When these feelings would start to creep in, my old MO would be to ignore how I was feeling and just power through. I might have ended up with clean dishes and clothes in that moment but I would also end up feeling depleted and frustrated and likely resentful.
Over the years I have learned that when those feelings pop up it usually means that my self-care is slipping, that I haven't been taking care of myself on the daily. I've also learned that when those feelings bubble up, it's basically a code red emergency for me! I go into self-care lockdown and my lists and piles and to-dos and mommy pleases get put on hold and I gets to filling my cup back up! .
This could be a bath with oils, candles a good book and wine, it could be a walk by the ocean or in the woods, a really sweaty workout, it could be a little retail therapy or coffee with a friend and it definitely includes lots of oils and multiple check-ins through the day. .
What are you going to do for yourself today? It doesn't have to be grand or expensive or involve a day at the spa. It can be anything that reminds you that you're worth it and fills your cup. What is your radical act of self care going to be?
Tag a friend that might need this gentle reminder.
I want to walk on grassy paths
Lined with petals,
Where floral decorations,
And Nature’s perfume surround me,
And the melodies of wild birds delight me.
I want to dance under raindrop confetti,
And drink the fresh air.
I want to celebrate every beat of my heart.
That’s my kind of party.
It’s ‘Meet The Maker’ Friday. .
As Carolyn’s Roehm says in her new book “Few of us set a course in life and stick with it” ..... and so it is with me. .
In the 90’s I commenced my colour and style journey as a trained ‘Color Me Beautiful’ Image Consultant in Singapore. .
When I had the opportunity to move to Indonesia, I picked up the art of silk painting, got involved in fashion shows (professionally) and writing for magazines. .
Back in Singapore whilst bringing up a young family, I returned to design school which led me to many years of professional training with some of the worlds best floral designers and event planners. That journey took me all over the world, to Scotland, Delft, Bangkok and even Brisbane . I studied the art of floral design and am grateful to all, who were so generous with their knowledge. For the next 10+ years, I ran my Professional Floral Design business ‘Karen French Floral Designs’. .
I have to admit those were some of my most diverse and exciting years.
One day I could be styling a clients interior with gorgeous blooms, the next holding a floral workshop for a luxury perfume brand or planning a large event on one of the floral committees I sat on. .
In between all of this I had my first book published and continued to write for both local and international magazines. .
Last year I decided to take a much needed sabbatical. With ‘creativity’ still burning away I’m not allowing the grass to grow under my feet and am now midway through an interior design course. .
My biggest rewards on this journey are the skills I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been along the way. It’s that feeling of purpose and fulfillment that keeps me motivated and it’s that constant drive to share and inspire others through colour and style on their own creative journeys that my Instagram Gallery was born. .
So this is a ‘Thank You’ 🙏🏻 to my latest followers and my many loyal supporters who continue to ‘like’, comment and support - As long as you’re around - I will be here to share. .
Keep posted for my next journey with the talented botanical artist @lucinda.law 🌿We’re off to Chiang Mai in a few weeks ✈️
Love & Light
🌥⛅️🌤 // more lessons from the sky: as quickly as things can change from light to dark, clear to stormy, amazing to sh*t...
they can also shift right back to smooth sailing easy breezy blue skies & sunshine
it is so beautiful to me that in witnessing the continual changes in nature 🌏🌱🌊🌞🐛🦋🌻
I can more easily find inner peace during the metaphorical storms of life ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀