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Adding up the good moments

The above illustrations are stickers printed from Lisa Hoffman’s watercolour and sketch collection. When I’m feeling creative but have only minutes to create something on days when Lottie is not at nursery and refuses her nap, I create a sketch using Lisa’s work as a starting point. There is always this need to make something. Draw something. Make a mark. And it bothers me when I don’t find the time to do this. 

She dishes these out in limited collections. To have a batch of your very own please find her on Etsy.

With L’s realisation that none of her other buddies are napping, she has decided to join their ranks. Gone are the halcyon days of her two hour afternoon naps. Shortly after closing the door to her bedroom I would gather my supplies, sit by the window and paint something like this:

So now the afternoon is filled with activities. Yesterday we created cut paper houses, drawing lions inside. We found our inspiration from Helen Stephens’s book How to Hide a Lion. The activity lasted all of ten minutes but those ten minutes were pretty wonderful.

We also make cookies or watch a movie or find dead mice in the garden. That last one wasn’t planned and I nearly vomitted all down the front of myself when I almost stepped on it. Or, we cheer that atmosphere right up by listening to Paul Simon on a loop.

Each one of these things add up to the goodness of life. And some much needed thankfulness in the heart.


I am an artist living and working in a rather gorgeous city. My art can be purchased in various shops throughout the city as well as from my online shop. Most of my work is for commission, private and corporate. I am the founder of Crash Course in Art History Limited.

4 thoughts on “Adding up the good moments

  1. Oh I love Paul Simon – he definitely can cheer up any days! As for the dead mouse – we had a similar incident with mouse in cat sick. I hosed it down but Katie got excited that there was a puddle to jump in. Explaining to a 3 year old that she can’t jump in cat sick puddles – not my idea of fun! So gross!!


    1. Oh no! It’s so difficult to explain in a calm manner to an over excited child. I took a spade, flung dead mouse in a plastic plant pot then chucked it into the hedge. Nice.


  2. Thank you so much for including me in your wonderful Blog! If I didn’t have to race to work right now, I’d read about a billion posts. I’ll be back. Keep writing. And painting. And parenting.


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