May Flowers

my cherry tree

We planted this cherry tree in our backyard a few years back. She was 2 feet tall, a say a baby tree. Now she’s maybe 8 feet tall and she is blooming!

I say ‘she’ because to me all the trees are female. They are fertile, they give flowers and fruits, they are home for birds and other animals. They are always ready to give security and love. Oh! if you don’t know yet, I’m a tree hugger too!

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.

Luther Burbank

Wishing a wonderful May to you! Stay safe!

Nurt Thurs :: Expression

Refreshing and creating

Expression is the essence of thought.

Tony Calderone

We all need fresh air from time to time, to open up our mind and let our feelings surface. It’s like that say: Thinking outside the box!

Expression is the mystery of beauty.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There are so many rules and directions to be followed for each task at any moment. We get lost in the middle of them. Where is the creativity in all of this?

To express one’s inner self so that others can understand you, is art. If your expressions are elevated and beautiful, it is good art.

Anonymous

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Sunday Stills :: Planet Earth

simple breakfast

This week we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. During breakfast, I was thinking about which photo I should post today as a celebration. The answer was on my breakfast table!

Blueberry and coffee! I felt immense gratitude to the Earth for providing us with such wonderful fuel. Blueberry and all the fruits loaded with vitamins and fibres, coffee beans full of energy, and many other delicious and nutritious nourishment for our body and soul.

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Nurt Thurs – Let go

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress.

You were never in control anyway.”

Steve Maraboli 

I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. I’ve many things to solve/check but the world has stopped. Online services have slowed down and phone calls aren’t answered. I’m still working full time from home and I’m trying to be as efficient as when I’m at the office. I get frustrated when I’m trying to do my job and I depend on another person/institution that isn’t doing the expected job. I know most of the employees are working from home, but at least try to do your best, if you can’t answer or solve the problem at that moment at least send a message acknowledging that received the email or the call and will take care of it later.

Sorry for the outburst, this week has been tough. I should learn with the quote above and let go!

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Nurt Thurs – Baking

Chocolate cherry cake

If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love.

A love that gets passed from generation to generation.

Regina Brett

I’ve been baking a lot these days, so much that my older son asked me to stop baking or we will be too fat to go outside when the stay home ends 🙂
I enjoy baking and trying new recipes, love the smell in the kitchen when I’m baking. My mom used to bake a cake every Saturday afternoon when I was a kid. I remember that my brother had already moved out, but on Saturdays evening he would stop by to have a piece of cake. I guess I got the baking gene from her!

Bread and pizza dough are my weakness in the kitchen, I can’t bake them. I’ve tried many recipes but they don’t work. I’d love to have fresh bread from the oven these days and I tried one recipe I got online this week, but the dough didn’t rise! I want something simple, nothing fancy, only a piece of bread to spread some butter on it and enjoy with a cup of coffee. Please, share with me if have a simple one.

Softness that melts in the mouth

 I got the recipe for this delicious chocolate cherry cake from IG @silviacollocaofficial, it’s super easy to make, and interesting that instead of butter and milk we use olive oil and yogurt!

It’s all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients:

That’s the art of baking.

Peter Reinhart

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100 day project

Today is starting the #100 day project! It’s a famous Instagram challenge that has been going on for few years. It consists of doing some art related project for 100 days. Something simple that you can do in 10 min to sparkle your creativity. I’ve completed this challenge a few times, and I’ll join this year again.

My project theme is 100 days of messy art cards. Here is my first one:

Hope you are going to follow me along. I’m not sure yet if I’ll post one everyday, maybe not, but I should do a weekly recap for the cards.

In case you want to join, check me out on IG #teandpaper or check the hashtag #100dayproject to know the challenge details.

A random page # 17

Good Morning! Here are a few pages from an IG art party this weekend:

prompt 1: yellow and turquoise
prompt 2: a quote

It’s the journey that’s important, not the getting there.

John McLeod

prompt 3: growth

Today is starting #100dayproject, where we choose one creative project and stick with it for 100 days. I’ve joined it for many years and it’s great to see all the work done at the end of the project. This year I’ll make an art card per day.

Have a great and safe week!

Nurt Thurs – Writing

Morning pages

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

I hope you are doing OK!

Finally, I’m settling down into a routine of staying home. It isn’t the same thing as a staycation, where we are at home to relax, forget about work and enjoy time with the family.

Stay home now, means taking care of the home, the kids and still keep up with the office work. Everybody expects a lot from you.

How can I set up priorities? Should I get ready the lunch for the kids or should I work on a project deadline? 

Little by little, step by step, I’m adapting to the new, creating a routine, and most importantly saving time for my me time, where I can spend few minutes journaling, blogging and enjoying my garden now that the weather is getting warm. 

Stay safe!

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Nurt Thurs – Popcorn

popcorn for lunch

“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well

if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolf

These days my mind is revolving around food. Breakfast, lunch, snack and supper! What do I cook for 4 people everyday? I’m running out of ideas, seems everybody gets hungry being at home. I, myself, have been craving cake, popcorn, candies, chocolates…

morning pages

My cravings are showing up on my morning pages as well.

Only this week I’ve baked bananas cupcakes, a marble cake, and more chocolate cupcakes. Lots of popcorns during the afternoons too!

I’ll make a bread pudim soon, if I can have some bread leftover today.

How are you doing during this lockout?

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