Love and Be Loved

  Here she is all finished and loved. The mantra I choose for her came from a place I am uncertain of. It just was. Being loved and knowing we are all worthy of being loved is a hard lesson. Once you get it you will never loose it. Actually the most important lesson is to love yourself and being loved comes naturally from this place. 

I am still finding my place with my art and painting angels I am not sure is my groove. What I do know I am loving the process and was truly surprised when her beautiful face emerged from my pastels and pens.

This painting is called Aroha which is Maori for love.

Melanie M 

First Time

  It has been quite an exciting weekend with the opening of an exhibition at our local museum and I have entered a piece. Nervous excitement is surrounding it yet I don’t feel anxious. I thought I would because I feel like an imposter, that dreaded imposter syndrome that we all have at times.  I dearly hope it sells, I would hate to have to rock up there and pick it up at the end of the exhibition. Hope, Courage and Belief is my mantra at the moment.

My lovely partner also put a piece of his own photography into the exhibition and it sold on the opening night. I am very proud of him and so glad he has sold it.

Hello hope

Hello Courage

Hello Belief

Happy Sunday everyone

Melanie M


Who Wouldn’t Love You

I started my Angel tonight, her face emerging is definitely surprising me.

 I wonder what her mantra will be. 

I am doing Kelly Rae Robert’s eCourse, Spirit Wings. There is a link in the sidebar to her Mixed Media Mantra course. I totally recommend both.

Hello Angel

Melanie M 

Selfless and Shameless Plug

As part of my appreciation in being nominated by Kat for the Versatile Blogger award I am posting her post. I love the idea of her weekly event, Music Mondays and also the ‘My Gratitude Project’ event she is taking part in. These are also tasks I haven’t completed for Writing101 so thanks for the ideas Kat.
Melanie M

Make a Wish


My latest piece, totally love it. I played with my colour choices on this one, moving away from my go to colours and challenged myself. This one really messed with me on too many occasions. Once I finally let go, embraced the process and trusted, it became what it was meant to be.

I really wanted to post this today because of the date, the 8th day of October. I am currently at a work conference for the week so have disappeared to post my Number 8.

Number 8 is my favourite number, I have written about that here

Make a wish and trust your dreams.

Melanie M

Pixie Magic

In my appreciation of Malousu nominating my blog for a Blogger Recognition Award I am reblogging this post because I wanted to read more. I loved the characters and the mystery behind the story. Thank you Malousu I am looking forward to more posts.
Melanie M

Mondays Musings: On Holding Anger

The beautiful Rosema has nominated me for The Infinity Dreams award. In my appreciation I am going to reblog her post, On Holding Anger, from her Monday Musings, a great post which resonated with me greatly. Thank you Rosema, such an honour to be nominated by you.
Melanie M

A Reading Writer

Monday Musings

Start the week with some wise words worth pondering. – rosemawrites

Last week has been so fun as Writing 101 has been really an enjoyable class packed with awesome bloggers/classmates.

Today’s Monday Musings is inspired by our Day 9 assignment, particularly by Annie and TLizzy. These two have all the right to live with hatred but they chose the opposite direction. 

So here is my word-to-ponder for this week:

Image by JJP at

From: The Five People You Meet in Heaven byMitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

My thoughts:

I am honestly not a forgiver. I keep records of wrongs. I may say I forgive you, but I will surely not forget.

But as I grow, as I experience rejections, as I experience life’s harsh realities, I have learned that everything really happens for a reason.

Someone may have wronged you, but that is the best way to make you…

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Nominated for the Creative Blogger Award

Thank you Weird and Wonderful for your nomination. I am totally humbled by this, sharing my story has been a wonderful journey that has bloomed inlife is a canvas a way I never imagined. Thank you

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Facts about me

  • I survived cancer
  • I am a descendent of pirates and gentry
  • I am terrified of heights
  • I am the number 8 child of a clan of 9
  • I have a very ugly cat and a stupid dog

I nominate Runmarionarun and Band-Aid-Betty and What the Women Wrote

Good Luck