Tuesday, 30 August 2011

On my mind.....

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar" - helen keller.

"One should never count the years -- one should instead count one's interests. I have kept young trying never to lose my childhood sense of wonderment. I'm glad I still have a vivid curiosity about the world I live in." - helen keller


This beautiful old building has been in my thoughts a lot lately......:)

Friday, 26 August 2011

Give Away on my Atelier Blog :)

Sitting here this morning after a week of bad headaches (even though I did get some Christmas designing down YAY!!!!!), so I thought I would have a give away over at Cathy Penton Atelier...so please go and take a look :)..... I took my darlin boy to school yesterday to finalise his senior subjects for next year....english, german, maths B, Maths C, Chemistry and Physics....WOW!!! is all I can say..... glad it is him and not me.... so we talked about the trip we will do as a family when he finishes and he wants to go to Germany and back to PARIS ..... He is a gorgeous young man and I am extremely blessed....Have a wonderful Friday and may your weekend be filled with happiness and flowers......

Monday, 22 August 2011

Sunshine on a winters day :)



Oh sometimes I am just the luckiest person alive opening up new boxes of stock from wonderful and creative people from all over the world.... and I love packaging and it was so divine !!!!So then I created this little area in the corner of my studio room.... and it felt like sunshine on a winters day.... I know I am not really a colour person but after a reasonably cold winter some bright vintage yellow just makes you smile ........ then the textures of old books, just marvelous...
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Chair take 2 :)



So had a little bit of a play with my chair yesterday afternoon.....What do you think???? It was definitely fun..... :)

Monday, 15 August 2011

a new week :)



A bit of a random post this morning.... So many exciting things running through my head today but definitely not enough hours in the day, 3 1/2 hours in the car on a Monday with both my beautiful kids :) I think that everyone that has known me through this blog knows that packaging is very high on my list of priorities having a mail-order business (making it as special as I can for the person that receives it)... So I have started to make little linen bags, made of vintage linens for some of my treats to be shipped in....this one is heading into NSW's with a clock charm necklace in it.... Second image is just a random going into Spring photo...there was just something about the photo I liked and the 3rd photo is of one of my Nan's old chairs that has been in the shed for years and I thought I would show you before its make over, don't tell my hubby but with a paint brush in hand it may fit a little better in my studio :) Please drop by and say hi and tell me what you have been up to ........
To those who can dream, there is no such place as far away........

Sunday, 14 August 2011

A wonderful day




Well my dear friends it has been a wonderful week, to be honest I am feeling a little melancholy this morning....but I know she has enjoyed every single moment so that is all that is important... She has so many adventures ahead for her and I can't wait to see what the future has in store .... I finished her book and wrote sayings all through it.....
Listen to your song. Somewhere deep within you is a song that plays softly always. A song you can hear only if you are very quiet and very still..... A song of life and dreams and wisdom... A call to adventure on a path thats uniquely yours.... Take time to listen to the song of your soul and see where it leads.....(I love this one)
Actually need to get some work done this week.... :)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Day 4 :)

DAY 4... 6.07 am only one more sleep my pretty girl.... Today was sort of about another tradition, always have something new and pretty to wear on your birthday so a little gift voucher from her favourite shop... Tomorrow we will probably get up early as she will want to talk to her boy before he heads off to work (he is away on prac for nursing at the moment and starts at 7 )... She wants pancakes, strawberries and golden syrup for brekkie.... then off for a little shopping and a coffee from coffee, tea and me...Then we will pick up some balloons for the party and her cake (I don't usually get a cake made but they used to have what she calls a celebration cake at school so we ordered one of those lol).... then lunch at the chocolate cottage and a quiet afternoon and then out to tea at 5.30 to a nice little restaurant cafe with her friends... Being a mum is a blessing and I am a truly Blessed mummy !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Day 3 :)

Day 3 .. 8.12 am (has uni later today) wake my lovely one and tell her only 2 more sleeps :) she looks at the present and has no idea....Today I wanted to read her the little tag - title DREAM....Since you were 5 years old you knew you wanted to be a teacher, to make a difference to inspire... This dream is becoming a reality. Just something little to help with this journey. Your mentor helped me choose them....I am so proud of you .....xxxx.... so I bought her some little books (Jenni Hill her mentor and inspiration said they were some of her favourites for reading to the little ones) to have when she starts teaching... and one especially for her called Guess How Much I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Day 2 :)

Day 2.. 6.12 am (running a little late this morning) good morning gorgeous only 3 sleeps to go..... Present in hand....Tag said to my beautiful girl, something to keep the tradition of turning 18 alive :).... I was one of 5 children, 3 girls and when we turned 18, each of us received a gorgeous birthstone ring to symbolise our special day....so I love traditions so I searched the internet for a lovely simple birth stone ring...Found one with a sweet designer in the uk.....she loved it...:)

Monday, 8 August 2011

Day 1 :)



Day 1: 5.55 am wake Kirstie tell her there is only 4 sleeps :)....and she giggles under the covers...First little gift has a clue, she looks very puzzled.....the tag says.... to the most gorgeous daughter in the world..... so many memories but this is one I think will always be ours....xxxx
She knew it was a CD of some description..... Gilmore Girls has always been our series (as it probably is for a lot of mothers and daughters)... We watched it on Tv and then we have bought the 7 seasons and watched them at least 7 times but really I think we lost count.... We have watched through sad and happy times but it is our cuddle up in bed show..... I bought her the soundtrack and we played it loud on the way to uni this morning...... She will get her car in the next few weeks so I thought if fitting that it would be her first CD...... Sun is shining again in my little cottage this morning....house work and doing some more of Kirstie's album and picking her up from uni..... gosh I am a lucky mum .............


Saturday, 6 August 2011

my sweet girl...






I have been playing with photos all afternoon, trying to get some together to make one of the special treats for my girl this week... a bit of a life this far type of book with blank pages at the end for the rest of her journey.... Lovely sayings, quotes and photos... The first 2 images she was only one day old... The last image is my gorgeous mum in the park with baby andrew and Kirstie.... Kirstie loves polaroids so I have made all the photos into Polaroids and have put them into a black leather photo album I bought in Italy last year.... I am also working on a cooking journal with recipes from her great nan and nan and ones she and I make.... I must admit I have had a few happy tears while doing this....I can't believe she will be 18....

Friday, 5 August 2011

only a week till her big day .....

Dropped into to see my gorgeous 17 year old daughter at her work today with a lovely bunch of flowers... You see it is her 18th birthday next Friday so we start celebrating early in my house...I have a bit of tradition of buying them a combination of the numbers in their age...so this year Kirstie gets 9 little bits....The surprises will start early Monday morning and she will get the remainder of her surprises by Friday :).....She is finding uni pretty hard and then working two full days a week she is a busy little trouper.....I have always told both my children, they are my dreams come true and she definitely is......

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Cathy Penton Atelier - my website....the beginnings

Well my dear friends, I have been playing with a web site for a little while now....It is by no means exactly how I want it yet but I thought I would give you all a look....You can find it at http://www.wix.com/cathypenton/cathypentonatelier.... Would love any feedback you can give me.... Now I have toyed with the idea of having a shopping cart but for me I love communicating with my customers and a shopping cart sort of feels a little impersonal....So you can write to me on my order form and we can go from there... Spending a fair bit of time on mummy duties at the moment (loads of driving to and fro), but I think you all know that is the way I like it. Big plans ahead for my business, and just need to work out how to juggle things a little better..... I just loved this photo so I thought I would share... Beautiful wine corks from europe a beautiful reminder of family at the table, on a vineyard in Provence.....