1.02.2014

A New Year - so full of possibilities!


Happy 2014. A New Year. I love it! I just know that this year is going to be filled with an absolute explosion of creativity!! I cannot wait, and, I have the exclamation marks to prove it!

O.k., some stuff to get out of the way first:

* The e-book giveaway is finished - I sent my final mail out this morning. I had lots of fabulous feedback - thank you! I'm sorry if you missed out, but it was only for December and I did give it an extra day just to make sure.

* The new e-book - well, it's probably pretty obvious that I didn't get it done by late December - the end of year school stuff, Christmas, family/friend commitments and the hay carting just got away from me. I am still working away and am up to my final edits - I just keep thinking of more stuff I want to draw to get in there! I now have videos to tape and am looking at having it available mid-ish January. I'm way excited and hope you are too!

Back to the hay carting..............it's the gift that never stops giving, I tell you. If you've lived on a farm and annually lock/ed up your paddocks for hay, you'll know what I'm talking about. We do square bales and it wasn't so bad when we had all the kids at home but now it is just my youngest (15) and me (too old to be doing it), helping my husband. This year John messed up his setting and made the bales way, way, WAY too big and heavy - I could just barely lift some of them and we ended up bringing in around 800 - this usually happens in 35degC+ heat. Fortunately this year was a little cooler.

Right now the baler is broken with one more  paddock to go - it's only a small one and we have enough stockpiled for the cows, so is it bad of me to hope it doesn't get fixed in time? Yeah, probably - so let's keep it between you and me, o.k.?

These pics are from a few years ago - it's pretty much the same though now we have a larger trailer, some equipment to help get the bales on the trailer, the baby in the pic is now 15 (back then she was just along for the hay rides), my husband still looks pretty hot (literally and figuratively) - pretty sure he was wearing exactly the same gear this year  - eww, I hope it's been washed since then! And, site supervisor, Goldie had to be put down in 2013, aged16. We miss her.

Aside from the book I've managed to squeeze in a bit of other drawing here and there and had fun playing around with a bit of an aquafleur interpretation - I know it's not done correctly, my edges are round, there's no guideline, inner shading, etc, etc. - I was just inspired by what I'd seen and just went with what was happening once I started.


I hope 2014 is full of love, laughter, fun and creativity for all of you (and me!)
hx

13 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed my e-book so very much - it is wonderful!!!!!
    Your drawing is beautifully done as usual - I love your work.

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  2. i love your work, helen, the ebook is exciting. i can't wait to see what else you've incorporated into it!
    and has anyone told you, in that last picture of you on top of the truck with your daughter, you look like jennifer lawrence :) hunger game fame

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    1. Ha ha - I wish, Alice - that is my (now 22) eldest daughter - . I'm probably driving the 4wd hidden behind the reflective glass.

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  3. Helen, I did not receive my ebook...is it on it's way...I have been a subscriber for a while now...Thanks much..Darlene

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    1. Hi Darlene, I've checked and you should've received it 7/12 - I've emailed you :)

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  4. I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!!
    I love your work. And I love your free e-book you gave away in December.
    You have added one more thing to my list of "I want to do this". There was no room for this. But I'm making room for it since I am so inspired by your work. We'll see where I go with it. I'll let you know.
    In the meantime, I have your videos to watch, drawing to do, and I will enjoy every minute of it!
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Art...
    Happy New Year!!

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  5. I love your aquafleur drawing. It is great! I never received a book from you in Dec. I think I should have received it by now. Looking forward to seeing it!

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    1. Hi Barb, thanks! I just checked and it was sent to you December 15, 10am (my time). Hope this helps.

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  6. Hi Helen! I was away in India for a Month and missed out on a lot here esp your PDF book. I just subscribed by email (ragkavi2000@yahoo.com) though I do follow u everywhere! Pinterest / FB / Blog....LOL. Ok Im not a stalker...but LOVE ur work....:) Would it be possible for you to send me the PDF?

    Thanks so much - for the PDF & inspiring me always...:)

    May this Year bring you lots of Joy / Happiness & Creativity!

    Tinks

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    1. Hi Tinks, How fun that you were in India for a month - lucky you!

      I love that you are an avid follower and I feel so mean, but the PDF was only available during December (I'm sorry). I'm sure you can understand that I have had quite a few requests since the offer closed. I had to limit it's availability - sending these out was quite time consuming as the delivery process was not automated. I am looking at ways to perhaps incorporate it as an add-on with my new e-book for those who missed out, otherwise an updated version will probably come up again some time in the future as I add more patterns and find a way to automate the process -so keep your eyes out.

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year!

      Thanks,
      Helen

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    2. Hi Helen,

      Aww too bad I missed it but thats OK. I can understand the logistics behind sending out the PDF to all those requests and Im sure you must have had loads of requests...:)

      I will wait for the update :)

      New Year was gud and I hope it stays that way. Wish U all the very best Helen for the New Year....!

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  7. Hi Helen, Happy New Year to you and your family! I don't comment too often, but I wanted to let you know that I was one of the lucky recipients to receive you free ebook and absolutely love every page. I showed my husband your book and he was so impressed and was amazed that you offered it for free. Your work is amazing and truly inspires me to continue to explore my own art more. Thank so much for this post and everything that you do for the art community!

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    1. Hi Danielle. Thank you! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the ebook - it was a lot of fun for me to put together and I love knowing that it is useful :) Hope you have a fabulous, creative 2014 :)

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