Cloudbusting: make it happen

But every time it rains,

You’re here in my head,

Like the sun coming out

Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen.

And I don’t know when,

But just saying it could even make it happen.

— Kate Bush, lyrics from Cloudbusting

Lately I’ve received a few very nicely worded rejection letters (emails actually). Hearing “no” doesn’t feel great initially, but it’s not as bad as you might think.

Strangely, rejection is  kind of empowering. These little setbacks don’t make me want to quit; quite the opposite they make me feel a little more fearless. Rejection brings out that inner voice that says: “I can do this”. It reminds me that success is the process of doing, not the end result.

Flaunt It – new fabric collection

Have a peek at my Flaunt It collection of fabrics that I’ve just added to my shop on Spoonflower.

This collection was inspired by a day trip I took back in October to the 159th annual Rockton World Fair where I saw the most stylish poultry and pigeons imaginable. If you’d like to see some of the photos I took of these beautiful birds please click here.

I’ve been inspired to create many fabric designs based on the photographs I took that day and I’m excited to share more with you in the weeks ahead.

I ♥ trees

Photo by Lila Cheekytree

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”

From a letter written by William Blake (1757 – 1827) English poet, artist

A tree is one of the most beautiful things in the world. If you’re like me and love trees please follow my ‘I ♥ trees’ pinboard on Pinterest a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. Lately I’ve become a bit of a Pinterest addict; it helps me find beautiful images and get inspiration from like-minded people who share my interests. Click here to check it out.

The blogosphere is beautiful

SEVEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

  1. I enjoy the sound of quirky words like “lollygag”, “codswallop” and “hullabaloo”.
  2. My favourite cities are Toronto, New York and Barcelona.
  3. I’ve read lots of books on Zen and Buddhism yet still … (read point below)
  4. Seeing someone litter makes me MAD.
  5. I love big, old gnarly trees.
  6. Dancing makes me ridiculously happy.
  7. My blog was just nominated for The Versatile Blogger award.

This week I had the unexpected pleasure of being notified that my Cheekytree blog has been nominated for The Versatile Blogger award by Sketches & Jottings – a wonderfully creative blog that looks inside the journals and sketchbooks of artists and other interesting people.

First, I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Sketches & Jottings for your high praise: “An imaginative, always upbeat maker of amazing silk scarves, who writes as well as she designs”. It feels so good to be among your list of blogs that inspire.

The idea behind The Versatile Blogger Award nominations is to use these nominations to make others aware of other great blogs. So in return, I’m pleased to nominate the following. I hope you will enjoy discovering them for yourself.

10 Blogs That Inspire Me (in no particular order): My love of art, textile and surface design has led me to find these creative and interesting individuals from all over the world including: Canada, the United States, Scotland, Spain and Brazil. All of these blogs have sparked my creativity and imagination this past year with the inspiring art and design they have shared. These are my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Canadian Art Junkie 
  2. Laura Speirs
  3. The Littlest Comma
  4. Chicquero
  5. Eva Carlavilla
  6. Needled
  7. Small Sweet Steps
  8. Gallant and Jones
  9. Blue Bergitt
  10. Cover

These are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Awards:

  • In a post on your blog, nominate 10 to 15 fellow bloggers.
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and be sure to include a link to their blog .
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award logo on your blog post.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.