TINE SPARKLES

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Moving

I have moved my site to this new location.
Take a look:
http://www.tinesparkles.squarespace.com/

I am still polishing parts of it.
See you there!

Friday, December 31, 2004

Illustration Friday: MAGIC


magic, originally uploaded by tinesparkles.

This week has been not only very hectic and loaded with work but also very magical for me. A lot of wishes and dreams have come true: we got our move-in date for moving into our new house, we will be getting a Golden Retriever puppy soon and one of my paintings of an elephant I have been working on lately inspired a whole story for a children's book!! That was pure magic!

What a way to end this year and things look extremely promising for 2005! I can't believe it is over, time has been flying by! No regrets, this has been a good year for me.
I have made no New Year's resolutions at all as I must confess. I don't believe in them, never really have and don't see the point. But I will continue to listen to and to follow my heart.

I wish you all a magical New Year's Eve, see you in the new year!

Sunday, December 26, 2004

When we are in need for a little push...


federengelchen, originally uploaded by tinesparkles.

...there might be a push angel near by. There are push angels all around us.

They are very suttle and ever so gentle that you can't quite feel them. But they are there even if you aren't aware of them.
They are there when you need them and when you least expect them. They give you a little push.
That push that you sometimes need when you are procrastinating and thinking and pondering too much before you're taking action on getting or doing that one thing your heart really wants and desires.

In such a moment a push angel swooshes by and pushes you, and before you know it, voila! you said that one thing out loud that lay under your tongue and there, voila!you did that painting, voila! you just created a website for yourself, voila! you picked up the phone and booked some piano lessons ....etc.
All those moments when something miraculous and beautiful and wonderful happens.Those moments when you're wondering afterwards about how on earth you ever did it and where you got the courage from. It was your angel giving you a little push...

My push angel was pretty busy lately with giving me lots of pushes in all different kinds of situations and moments. Each single time it was as if a little miracle had happened for me and I am ever so grateful.
So I started to design my little angels you see above to pay tribute. They are all unique in their own way and have different coloured halos.

Should you or someone you know be in need for a little push of courage or inspiration or hope, let me know and I will send you an angel.

Friday, December 24, 2004

ornamentbird


ornamentbird, originally uploaded by tinesparkles.

I wish you all
happy holidays -
may they be filled
with joy, love
and laughter!!
bcbc ~ bcbc

Thursday, December 23, 2004

the birds of christmas


birds of christmas, originally uploaded by tinesparkles.

I was never a big fan of birds. My mom was a licensed breeder of budgies when I grew up. Budgies? Nah, way too loud and not snuggly enough for me especially not with their sharp beak.

These little feathery bird creatures you see above though just flew through my window one sunny afternoon. They have found a very cozy spot in my soul for themselves so it seems where they've hung out since.
They are not loud at all. They whisper their little stories in my heart and they are all fluffy and soft and move very gently.
They also have their own moods and feelings and they go on excursions and adventures.
I will keep a very keen eye on them. Don't want them to get up to no good.

I like my little birds. They inspire me.
It will be interesting for me to see what happens and where my little feathery birds will take me. I will keep you posted on what they are up to.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

decorating for the holidays...



I think by now everyone probably has a Christmas tree up but us. I confess that our's still rests in it's box in our cellar. A sad state of affairs indeed. Since our place here is in a state of transition it is tough to get into the Christmas spirit (I guess we could always wrap all our moving boxes to have them look like some giant Christmas gifts, that would be a neat christmassy solution).

No tree or tree decoration this year also means not having to chase our cat away from it all the time either. That makes life a little more mellow around here and less nervwrecking, true.

To be in a phase of transition, being between places is a tough one to be in. We are counting the days til the big day comes at the end of January that we will finally be in our house. Next year's Christmas will be fantastic that much I do know. For this year's Christmas we decided not to decorate and made our peace with it. Our cat seems to be allright with it as well, so is our ferret and are our three guinea pigs.

Christmas for us will be when we set foot into our house for the first time. Christmas will also be when we unpack all the little neat things we bought for the house and collected over the last couple of months, stashing (I call it hamstering) them away. And then I will be in the mood to decorate, maybe not for Christmas anymore but for our new home.
Our cat found his own little Christmas home for now in a paper bag we brought from a store the other day. It has bright colours and a giant snowflake on it. It's his new favourite spot to hang out in. Now this is the spirit.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Illustration Friday: HOME



Night has fallen on the little planet.
The moon shines its silver light
down onto the little house.
The stars are twinkling in the sky,
tasting salty and sweet.

Someone
is in the little house.
The fireplace is burning,
its warmth radiating
throughout the rooms.

Someone
is feeling protected and safe
in the crisp cold,
drinking a tall cup of love
to keep one warm
all down to one's toes.

Someone
is home.

home

My husband and I have been watching the "birth" of our newly built house and home for about a year now. It is our first. When we bought it the ground was still untouched. It was an exciting experience for us to watch our house grow week after week. And although we were only able to watch it from the other side of the construction fence that didn't put a damper on our anticipation at all.

As it is when one builds a nest we are collecting and "hamstering" all sorts of neat little things which to decorate our house with storing them away for now. It will feel like Christmas again when we will take them all out and put them up.

End of January is its due date and move-in time will come for us. What a fantastic way to start the new year.After having moved around so much for the past 2 years due to my husband's career we will finally and truly come home. Good things will indeed come to those who wait but sometimes being patient is so tough.