Cinnamon City

221 Cinnamon City

Ah, feels like Christmas is finally over… ! NOW. Oh well! Minila Louisa (who gave me the idea for this post) is one of the other people besides me who is going to be missing the cheery festival more than ever… We are weirdos. Cool weirdos, though! There’s much that I will miss: Cold and winter-ish days, sweaters, hot cocoa, LOVE, Christmas sweets, December, shopping, wrapping presents under the tree, listening to Christmas carols the whole day, discussing what movies to watch on THE DAY, blah blah blah blah. In fact, I decided not to be so glum about it so I finally gave in and ordered the very same tea I once gave away; it’s delicious, smells oh-so-wonderful and those darling cinnamon bits swirling around in the golden liquid – JINGLE ALL THE WAY, OOH HOORAY! Okay bye, I can sense you are closing this window, please come back tomorrow, or in a few days? I will see you soon. And if you are missing Christmas – shall we share a moment then? Farewell…

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Poulet aux Prunes

215 Poulet aux Prunes

Thankful for the coming year, and all that has happened this year! 2014 has proven to be a bit of a rough spell (with magical goodness interlaced between) – truth be told, but I know some of this is only momentary, nothing too earth-shattering (and all in my head). I’m anticipating all that the coming year will bring… And I am determined to take better steps toward improving myself and surroundings. “I solemnly swear that I am up to good, good and only good!” SIRIUS-LY.

P.S. Chicken with Plums is one graphic novel that I have been itching to read for ever, now; I want to get my grubby paws on a copy! Also, doesn’t my chicken look delicious? A very, merry Christmas to the lot of you, you and yes, you.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Merry Christmas Polka

214 The Merry Christmas Polka

These are a few things on my list… There’s so much to look forward to!

1. Buying a drawing tablet; it has been on my list of “Things to Do!” for ever, now… I am looking at a few options, so hopefully it should be with me, soon.

2. The Jupiter Skye Shop – Well, I will be selling some of my wares (yes, truly) on Tumblr, for starters… 

3. Reading more books, and setting myself up to complete more challenges based on the same.

4. Learning more about make-up! (At least, the basics. Would love to attend a class/workshop conducted by Virginia Holmes of FAT MU or perhaps, Shrutika Rao – that would be if she is teaching… )

5. D-R-A-W-I-N-G

6. J-E-W-E-L-L-E-R-Y

7. Striking out unrealistic goals from my very many lists… There are goals that seem petty, and are just not ME anymore. (This has come from my ability to let go! Passionately following this mantra.)

8. Writing the book, or well – one of the many, I have always wanted to…♥ 

On that note, I wish all of you good tidings as you chart out a few simplistic goals for yourself… Or just things, to look forward to accomplishing/doing in the coming year. Lots of LOVE!

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Dawn of the Present Moon

213 Dawn of the Present Moon

Brown paper packages tied up with string… These are a few of my favourite things! Ooh, how I wanted to take my own pictures for this post, and write an ode describing (and entailing) my love for wrapping presents the old school way… BUT I DID NOT. Okay, but pish posh! Brown paper lends that old, vintage touch to otherwise regular gift paper; I love the rustic feel, and there are so many ways with which to decorate your present.

Because I’m fond of moonlight and roses, lover-ly thoughts, the 1920s and all things Parisian and vintage – I felt most inspired by this D.I.Y idea that I came across on Green Wedding Shoes – for me personally, brown paper looks lovely with deep red and dusty gold tones… I am certain that you can find some silk flowers lying around at home, or old ones that your mother wants to discard, and refurbish them a little bit (before using them to fasten on top of the gift) by painting them gold.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes, and picture by Jen Campbell