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Back in the studio today!

Back in the studio today!...for the first time this year. 
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New year!
If you live locally...haven't we had a gorgeous start to the year weather wise? But wherever you are...all the very best for a fabulous 2015!



 I have spent the day making cards for my online shop...

The set I have completed is a set of 6 cards...2 rose, 2 daisy and 2 chrysanthemum. The designs are printed in black on a background of pale blue, turquoise and lavender fabric.





Are you still on holiday, or are you, like me, getting back into it?

I have been fortunate and have had a wonderful break, showing my lovely grown up niece around Auckland. She wrote a postcard home to her family in Australia which said ...Shopping...Eating ...Swimming... Says it all really! :)

Jill xx

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And I have taken a few days off during the past month and being rested helps a lot too. I got a bit too tired toward the end of last year and that wasn't much fun. But sometimes those bad times can instigate some good changes. It certainly has this time. I feel like I have strengthened my boundaries regarding my social life and prioritized eating well and getting enough sleep. Already I am feeling huge benefits. The challenge will be to keep these good things going! But I'm feeling determined and optimistic.
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