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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Monday, 25 January 2016


A deliberately out of focus picture, don't worry your eyes are not going funny.

Belated Happy New Year to you all! I took a little break from blogging to try and focus on what I wanted to do, what direction to go in. I don't know if it's just me, but finding focus is a difficult task. There is so much stimulation all around and it is so easy to become distracted, and go off at a tangent.

I recently came across a fabric and quilt designer whose work I love. You can find her website here.
She said that she no longer has New Year's resolutions, but chooses a word to focus on throughout the year. I thought this was a great idea, especially for anyone who is creative. I thought I would do the same and had chosen the word RESTORE, but have decided to change it to FOCUS, as I feel this is what is important for me.

I haven't found it yet, but certain things are beginning to become clearer. I would love to hear from you my dear readers, as I know you are all very creative and busy people, to discover how you focus on what is important for your lives.

I took on the challenge from august wren artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis, to do a quick painting a month. I enjoyed the first one so much I decided to do one a day. It is a long time since I have sat down to paint just for the joy of it and not for a specific project. I realise how rusty I am, and probably a little uptight, it will be interesting to see how it develops over the year. Here are a few of my favourite ones.

So if you can bear it, would you join me on my voyage of discovery and help me to find focus? With much love, Linda xx


  1. Hello Linda, How I enjoyed this!! I hear you on so many levels!! I chose the word renew for my word this year but the runner up was focus as I also feel like I am way too easily distracted by stuff. Your art is beautiful. Blessings and I look forward to coming back for another visit!

    1. How interesting that your first choice is renew and mine was restore, and then focus. Hopefully by focusing, we will feel renewed and restored. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments.Love Linda xx

  2. Love your artwork. You are not rusty!
    I like the word focus. My goals are to focus on what the LORD's will is for me by reading my Bible daily and prayer.
    Blessings to you, my friend.

    1. Bonnie, so lovely to hear from you.Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you well with your goals. With love, Linda xx

  3. Linda, Your focus on artwork is my true love. Painting and expressing yourself through art is so calming. I love gardening too, but art is my second love! By the way, Iove your paintings are inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Jody, lovely to see you. Yes I must say I am really enjoying this challenge, and as the paintings have to be done within half an hour. I can do it without guilt! Thank you for your lovely comments. I enjoy gardening too, but the weather has been too awful lately! Have a great weekend, love Linda xx

  4. Your paintings are lovely, Linda! So sweet (and you are not rusty at all). And focus is a great word to choose for the year. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  5. Happy New Year Linda. I've gone one step further and chosen a sentence rather than a word for 2016.
    "Breath through the amazing, hold on tight to the awful and relax and exhale through the ordinary".
    It's from a quote by LR Knost.
    sending best wishes,

  6. Oops, got my quote a little mixed....
    "Breath in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary."


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