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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

January 04, 2006

the journal of ms*robyn

so just what is an illustrated discovery journal? hmmm please don't ask me as I truly don't know. I first heard about it from Alison at brocantehome.An idea from Simple Abundance.It is just something that sounds like lots of fun & a simple pastime - very childlike. So off I went a day or two ago and found myself a little book with handmade paper pages. And I decorated the front cover and created a title page. I am really not sure where it is going or what I will be doing in it. So far, just a few favourite pictures - ones that touch my soul every time I look at them. My problem is that I get so hung up about 'doing things right'.... I need to let go. Oh and the fact that I find it hard to cut up magazines that I love.

divine reality
alison's illustrated discovery journal


Blogger Kali said...

Just let it all go...Let your authentic self out and bit by bit it will be an amazing journey, all laid out in your journal. Another testiment to who you really are. I've started mine too, and I can't wait to learn more of myself as the pages start to fill out. I feel so excited!

2:03 pm  
Blogger Flossy said...

ok robyn, you have gotten me all inspired! I'm going to do one of these too :)

2:44 pm  
Blogger BrocanteHome said...

Get chopping those magazines up Robyn: you will only really "see" them when you force yourself to stop being precious...

8:19 pm  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

I actually tried this project once before and it was very fun. I did have that problem of letting go! Everything had to be perfect...try to lose yourself and be childlike. Those were the best journals I saw.

Good Luck with yours. No matter what it will be beautiful cause it is yours!


8:54 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Oh Robyn now you've inspired me doing one too! On Christmas at my parents house I went through a whole lot of childhood pictures of my sisters and me, borrowed them and then my daughter has scanned them all for me. Now I can post them or print them out, whatever I like, I think this is a good start for a journal about myself and then er.... let's see what's coming out of it.

10:17 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

I know what you mean about tearing out pages of magazines that you like, I often have the same problem, but you can also print out so many beautiful pictures from the net and then use them. It's even easier to glue them than magazine pages because the paper is making less wrinkels and bubbles. I have the feeling that my altered book which I've done last year was kind of a discovery journal to me.

Btw when I see a magazine that has lots of beautiful pages, I go and buy two copies, one for collages and the other one is, well to keep.

10:38 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

Ms*R I started this a couple of years ago - the results were nothing short of amazing, it has almost totally changed how I see *myself* and life - eeek that sounds all dillydally but its true. do it at night with a nice soothing drink and wait and see what happens, don't choose stuff you 'think' you feel you should pull out...


11:15 pm  
Blogger berryhead said...

I have actually done stuff like this my entire life most times though I have only pegged things in clusters above my head on a bulletin board I'm always surprised at what I actually rip out depending on my age and feelings...I wish now that I would have actually glued them down somewhere..have fun!

11:47 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Looking at the example on Brocantehome, it looks to me like another form of collage, which you are no stranger to, Ms Robyn! I have a box full of pictures and other things that I have cut out or just collected over the years; far too many to stick in a book, but I suppose I could pick out the very best of them. Come to think of it, I did do that once, using one of those Coles scrapbooks. I pasted pictures of cute baby animals that I had - kitties, pandas, and koalas mostly. Must get it out and have another look!

1:56 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

I would have a hard time cutting up magazines too...but I do save articles or pages of decorating that I like and save in a binder!

10:54 am  

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