A new creation

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new creation. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”- 2 Corinthians 5:17 🦋

I keep thinking of butterflies this week. Aren’t they beautiful little creatures. But they spend the first part of their lives crawling in the dirt until they are fat and dirty and can’t move. Then a cocoon is formed around them. Whilst inside the cocoon, the butterfly is literally being transformed from the inside out. Every part of his inner being is rearranging itself and recreating itself into something beautiful. The brand new butterfly eventually emerges and has freedom to live beautifully!🦋🦋This is what happens when we become part of God’s family. He literally gives us a new Spirit and a new mind. When we stop, confess our sin, repent (turn) from our life sin, and get into the “cocoon” (shelter) of Jesus’ redeeming love, God transforms us from the inside out.He no longer sees us as the old caterpillar dirty with sin but sees us through His filter of love. Our old stinkin thinking ways no longer satisfy us and we find new life and freedom. Isn’t that amazing. 🦋I love how God speaks to us through nature. Some of us have been caterpillars for far too long and it’s time to shake it off and emerge as beautiful butterflies 🦋🌷you are so very loved.

So I made a whole batch of butterfly paintings for Mother’s Day. ☺

A work in progress 

5 weeks to go and the countdown is on! 

I didn’t quite gauge how much work would be involved when I signed up for the Country Living Mag Christmas Fair this November. 

But I am enjoying the challenge of ‘quick-decide-what-your-actual-style-is-and -stick-to-it-then-make- a-tonne-of -art’ 

That was the biggest challenge – learning what art style of mine I actually love. Then deciding what I am going to paint? And how can I produce a lot of it within my budget? What’s the best size to make for shoppers? What does my ideal customer look like? 

My lounge, ahem, ‘studio’ has now being overtaken by piles of white frames and canvas’. Some will make the cut, and go proudly to the printers, others will be tossed shamelessly into the slosh pile.  

Must stop looking at other artists’ Instagram! It’s really interrupting my flow of imagination.

However, I am enjoying making a few pieces of retro nursery art. Retro kitchen art. Just retro art in general. I think this is my jam. (I have actually painted retro jam) 


Watch this space for updates of how I pull it all together in the end. 

Cheryl x

Happy New Year

_20160101_123505Happy New Year guys!

I hope you’ve all recovered from the December shenanigans and not broken too many resolutions already!

I’ve decided that 2016 is going to rock!

I had a great chat with my friend whilst we were out walking the other day about resolutions – ” so what’s your resolutions blah blah ?”. He surprised me by listing all the resolutions he’s made in the past years and always successfully kept. The way he did this was by not making blasé plans with no actual substance, but by making realistic goals and having micro-goals underneath to support them.

For example- Lose Weight =no alcohol,chocolate,lifts (elevators). After a few months, goal achieved.

My goal for this year? (Obviously to become fulltime artist and work from home 😁). Really though it is to just be the best version of myself, have fun and be content. This is a work in progress but there’s a definite shift happening.

There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content and thankful— with my life, where I am, what I’m doing, what I have, who I’m with, who I am

If you are in a bad place in your life, and are unhappy with everything about it (job, relationship, yourself, house, habits, etc.), it can be a miserable thing. But here’s something interesting: it can also be the thing that strengthens you

In the past couple years, Ive had a few ,”This is not my beautiful life! This is not my beautiful house!” moments.

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The problem however wasn’t in the external circumstances, but in my mindset — Im now learning the joy in appreciating what I have, instead of focusing on the things I dont currently have or dont like. You don’t need a lot. You just need the basics and some good company along the way.

If you can learn to develop the right mindset, you can be happy now, without changing anything else. You don’t need to wait until you’ve changed everything and made your life perfect before you’re happy — you have everything you need to be happy right now.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Be thankful . What in your life is amazing? There will be something! Find something, and give thanks for that.
  2. Catch yourself out thinking negatively – I can’t emphasise this enough! You become your thoughts! Think good ones!
  3. Have fun every day.-find your happy place. What do you need to be happy? I love simple things, like taking a walk in the woods, painting , drinking coffee- do something that makes you happy every day
  4. Be nice to yourself. -We tend to criticize ourselves easily, but what if we turned it around and asked, “What do I do right? What am I good at? What is loveable about me?” Make a list. Start to focus on these things rather than what you’re unhappy with.
  5. Find the gold in people  everyone has gold in them. Instead of criticizing people you meet, ask yourself, “What is good about this person?   Be careful of people around you who do this to other people too!
  6. Don’t change yourself for anyone! If you are actively being the best version of you then you’ll attract the right people in your life. Sometimes the wrong ones slip through the net. But if someone comes into your life and needs you to be something your not-take your boot and swiftly eject them back to where they came!

Decluttering and eating well also helps- i guess that’s personal choice though. Have a great January!

Here’s a video from Talking Heads in the meantime. X