A pondering or two

My blog AppleApricot has reached its 5th anniversary last February, I just realized. A good moment to look back, chew on it for a moment or two, and then curiously look forward to what the future might hold. Or not.

Looking back I see:
* love received and given between blog friends
* wonderful and meaningful new friendships developed
* lots of inspiration received from watching the work of other creative explorers.

Looking back I also see:
* explorations in different styles, materials, and techniques.

 Which brings me to some of my pondering of late.

You see, if you have been following my out and abouts for a while, you know how I constantly wander off in quite different directions. Keeping track is not being mentioned in my dictionary, I'm afraid.

And since a while now, I noticed that I tend to wander away from the shabby romantic style with lots of lace, which I used to share here on AppleApricot. So, what's a girl to do?

Shall I just let AppleApricot wander with me on a different path? Or will I keep business here as usual? Will I still want to make things like I made before for AppleApricot? Or will I abandon it all together?

Honestly? I dunno.

Meanwhile, I keep on creating, taking photos, exploring and wandering, in whatever direction speaks to me at that moment.

So, if you don't find me here (which might be likely), may be you'll find me wandering around in one of these places:

Love A Rustic Life (for my nature inspired wanderings in photography and art)
Wen's Paint (for bright and bold explorations in paint)
AppelAbrikoos (for cheerful crocheting, illustrating, and gardening - and ramblings in Dutch)

And something that goes for all of these places, is a quote I love from Tif of Dottie Angel:

"Sometimes I'm here a lot,
sometimes I'm not."


Wishing you a wander-ful day!

xx Wen

Healing Garden

Hello sweet friends,

Sometimes you need to take time for healing. Sometimes you feel it coming, sometimes it's suddenly there. Or may be it was already there for a long time, but the signs were grossly ignored :)

I took up the paint brushes again. Painting to me is soothing. The mixing of colours, the layering, the way a painting evolves. Especially when I work with soothing colours, like these greens and blues I used for the painting above.

In the first layer I wrote down all the things of last year that I want to let go of. On top of that are many layers of paper collage, drawing, and paint. The blue flowers then contain things that I wish for in the coming year. Gentleness, stillness, peace, loving and caring, calm.

In the real world garden the weather has been cold.
One morning I woke up to see the garden covered in white.
Not snow, but beautiful frost.

A beautiful start of the new year.

And what will this year bring? I don't know yet. I will see where the flow brings me.

I do know though that I have to put the Simply Neutral parties on hold. They have been wonderful parties with beautiful entries by you. But for the moment I have to let go of them.

Sweet friends, I wish you a wonderful year, filled with love, gentleness and peace!

Big hugs,

xx Wen

Simply Neutrals #28

Simply Neutrals linky party at AppleApricot

Hello sweet friends,

How are you doing? Hope you're having a wonderful summer (or winter)! Not so many entries last party. And I'm not back in full swing either. The summer vacation just ended, kids back to school, re-adjusting to the normal schedule. It's just too busy here at the moment to get back to creating again or be online much, I'm sorry.

Also, I know that some of my blog friends have a busy schedule, or have other priorities or things on their mind at the moment. All in all this means less interaction here on Simply Neutrals. I do hope you still enjoy the parties though.

Simply Neutrals #27

vintage mixed media collage by AppleApricot

Hello sweet friends!

How wonderful to be back again for another Simply Neutrals party!
I hope you had a wonderful month of July?
We enjoyed beautiful mountain trails and scenery, waterfalls and wildlife.
I will share more of that later on my other blog Love A Rustic Life.

Since we're still busy unpacking and washing etc, and since I'm a little late at the party, I share with you today a golden oldie from my archives. A mixed media collage on canvas board.