Sunday, January 24, 2010

Don't Count Your Chickens...

A New Day Dawns

And now it is suddenly January 24th and I did not, for one moment, stick to my new years resolution! I had every intention mind you, but things come along in life so unexpectedly and we are powerless to change them.
When I first heard about the earthquake in Haiti my first thoughts were 'how could this happen and what can I do to help'. I think everyone felt the same at the time but little did I realize that my husband would be whisked away to help with the relief effort - indefinitely. I am so glad that he had the opportunity to do his bit but I must admit (and I am being a bit selfish here) I am constantly worried about his safety. I feel that I have spent the last few months in a state of disbelief and this just adds to my state of mind. During the frenzy of trying to get him ready and on a plane, a very close friend of mine was taken seriously ill and was on life support. I spent a lot of time trying to contact her friends, letting them know her condition, as I felt they would want to send out some positive energy and prayers for her and her family. All I can say is that thank god, after three soul searching days - she woke up. She will be fine but she has a lot of recovering to do and a very long road to travel. I only hope that her family and friends will be allowed to travel it with her.
So, with all my good intentions out the window I think I will just have to come up with a new resolution. One that is very flexible and I don't feel guilty about if I break it! Maybe I will just learn to knit or crochet... on second thoughts.
I did manage to do some digital artwork during my week of mayhem and I must admit I am very chuffed with it. While I was back in the U.K. I managed to scan lots of old family photos and send them to myself via email for when I got back home. I then cropped and re sized and played around with the resolution and saturation and made them into a family tree. I started this project weeks ago and was so glad when I finally got around to finishing it last week. I think it is such a lovely keepsake for my family and is so much nicer than keeping those memories in a shoe box!
If enough people are interested I will try and write a tutorial on how to do it in Photo Shop but as you may have figured out by now - nothing ever really goes the way I plan it so don't hold your breath!


Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Love Anji


  1. I love this! It shows a lot of painstaking detail, and that it has personal meaning is even more special.

  2. Oh this is very nice work! I would love to learn how to do this! Thanks for sharing. I hope your friend continues to get better, and your husband gets home soon and stays safe.

  3. Very lovely flower - I think I have one like it. Very heartfelt reflection and you are clearly not too distracted. More cloud chasing for you!

  4. Love, love, love the family tree!!! If you find the time to share the "how-to" I will find the time to make one of my own :> Thanks so much for finding the time to blog in the midst of your hectic-ness. Kim

  5. Beautiful photo - full of hope and the family tree is superb- what a creative idea. I enjoyed visiting your blog for the first time- very beautiful art!

  6. love the family tree idea, have recently fond an old stash of photos which my mother had and still considering how to use/display them. Food for thought!

  7. Hi Angi,
    Beautiful idea - and so so well executed. I won't keep my fingers crossed but it would be fun to see howyou accomplished it.

  8. Your family tree is fantastic!