On Chapters

Everybody has chapters in their lives; from your first day of school to graduating University; from your first job to retirement and everything in between.

Obviously everyone has different chapters. When I first got sick I never saw that time in my life as a chapter; because I wasn’t sure if I would survive it. However it’s been 11 years since I first realised there was something different about me; and through all the different medications, the therapy, the self-harm and the suicide attempts, I survived and it is a chapter. It’s an ongoing chapter; there’s no full stop yet just a semi-colon – I still have a mental illness, I just have better control over it.

Tomorrow I start another new chapter in my life; a pretty huge one. This one is MY choice; I have my college induction – I start full time college. I’m doing Art and Design Portfolio and I am excited (and a little nervous). I suppose this chapter had a prelude – I did my higher art last year but that was just 3 hours a week in college and was kind of a practice go – to make sure I could handle it (I passed my higher too!!!! which was a bonus). This new chapter is exciting, it brings with it possibility. I won’t spend as much time with my boys or my wife but the days we are all at home together will be so special and so treasured. For each chapter there are things that change, sometimes big things and sometimes not but the biggest thing that changes in a chapter is YOU (well me, as it’s my blog!!!). Tomorrow is my next chapter; who knows when the chapter after this one will begin. Chapters begin and end sometimes without us knowing and I think that ok. I want to celebrate this chapter of my life; but I feel like I should also celebrate all of the ones that have gone before because (for me) they show I survived.

V xo

Mysterious Green Shawl

Remember my post about my mystery knit? Well the shawl is finished and I have to say I absolutely love it. My Mysterious Green Shawl was worked sideways which I’ve never done before and the lace section is stunning. I’ve blocked items before but I’ve never done anything with this much lace so seeing it blossom into something so pretty was quite amazing. I chose to aggressively block the lace and Wendy (publisher of the pattern) advises against blocking the garter stitch so I stuck with that – the difference between the scrumptious garter stitch and the beautiful lace detail gives the shawl a whole different dimension to what I was expecting:Mysterious Green Shawl

You can see my project page for the shawl over on Ravelry and as always on a FO Friday I’m playing along with Tami!

What have you finished lately?

V xo

Inside Beautiful Minds

Obviously my fundraising for MIND is over for the time being; thank you to all of those people who did sponsor me – all of that money goes to MIND and helps someone with a mental health problem.

The prize for sponsoring me was entry into a raffle to win a brand new Inside Beautiful Minds piece; I have finished the piece and contacted the winner (who is the lovely Amy). This is the first time I’ve framed one of my pieces; I’m particularly happy with this piece – from the hair to the tears falling on the little girl. These pieces are designed to be emotive; to give people a glimpse into the inner mind of a person with mental health issues:

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V xo

Mystery Shawl Knit


It’s been a while since I did a Work-in-Progress Wednesday; mostly because I got so caught up in college with deadlines and then my exam. And of course with the deaths of both my Gran and my great aunt, the beginning of the year wasn’t exactly filled with knitting. I know I have like 10 WIP’s already; the last thing I really needed to do was cast on something new BUT the main thing I needed to do was cast on something new – does that make sense? When WendyKnits posted a mystery knit-a-long on Ravelry; that was all about knitting something comforting and soft, I jumped at the chance. I dug around in my stash and decided to knit a DK weight shawl in a Debbie Bliss merino yarn and I’m so glad I did. The first clue came out on Saturday and after a few false starts (gauge issues etc) I got into it. I’ve done 10 pattern repeats so far; I won’t share the whole section that I’ve done because it is a mystery knit but here is the garter stitch edge and a little bit of the lace thus far:10405470_10152206349812401_7709817375186653258_n

I have to admit after a really tough start to the year this knit has been very comforting; I’m enjoying it so much and I’m glad I took the plunge. I’m even going to get one of my older WIP’s out of my yarn bin and so some knitting on it. Sometimes you just need those comforting knits to plough through.

As always on a Wednesday I’m playing along with Ginny and Tami for WIP Wednesday. Go check out their blogs and see what everyone else is knitting this week.

Have a knitty week.

V xo

Outdoor Painting

I’ve spent the last 3 days at my parent’s house just outside Edinburgh. Today I took the opportunity to go down to the docks with my sketchbook, fineliners and watercolours. It was so peaceful, the sun was shining and I set myself up at the end of the dock. In the end this is what I came up with:


I’m really quite happy with this, I really wanted to capture the gentle movement of the boat with the still calm of the fisherman.
This weekend I’m starting a new knitting project to take me through the summer and painting a still life of some beautiful shells I happened across.
What are you working on right now?
V xo

Fashion; Change It Up

I’ve always been a big fun of mixed media work; in fact I would say that is where I started my art – before I really knew my destiny as an artist and before I would have even called myself an artist.

It has actually been a while since I’ve done a mixed media piece; and to be honest I really struggled on where to begin this piece. I decided to start with tissue paper on canvas; then cutting lots of pieces from a magazine and just putting it together. The background actually happened last – which is a little weird but it just worked out that way. I’m actually really happy with this piece; it’s just the right amount of weird/pretty:10336612_507506956060459_5400389489413494419_nWhat have you been working on this weekend?

V xo