Well this is my first post and as I'm new to the blogging world I'm sure to make some monumental errors but I'm determined to keep trying. I recently participated in an online course entitled "Embracing the Passion" which was facilitated by Kerryanne of Woodberry Designs http://www.woodberrydesigns.com.au/. I came away from the course with so much inspiration and enthusiasm and can't speak highly enough of the direction the course gave me. I was in the middle of a bit of a creative block and needed a kick start to get back into what I love doing the most, which is spending time in my craftroom, surrounding by my "supplies" and lost in a world of creativity. One of the many pieces of advice that I received from Kerryanne was to remember that if you are creative you are not alone and there is a whole world of like minded artists out there willing to share their experiences and knowledge. So here I am having a go at reaching out to this world. I shared my artistic experience more so with Lee from the same course than anyone else and she shared quite a bit of her work and I was able to see the different slants that interpretation brings. It was so interesting and encouraging to realise that there is no right or wrong way, only your way and if it makes you happy then that is all that matters. As part of the course we were encouraged to start journalling, by either prompts given to us for inspiration or just by use of daily experiences. I tended to stick to the prompts although did veer off on a tangent at times. It was a vey liberating excercise and one I am still enjoying. I am in a new phase of my life at the moment having just had my youngest and last child move out of home and I guess I was really ready to plunge my energy into something like this. I guess too, for the first time in years I have time to spend on myself without feeling guilty. These are a couple of the pages I created, each one a challenge and each one very different but so rewarding.I can't believe just how excited I can get when I sit to start creating on a new blank page with all the design ideas swirling in my head.