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    10 to-dos for 2015 - Jan 2nd, 2015
    I really do love the start of the New Year, because it’s a great opportunity to start fresh. To that, I generally love the end of the year, too, as it’s a great motivator to finish one year’s tasks before moving on to the next. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Autumn falls - Oct 18th, 2013
    Ta-da! This is my latest swirl, Autumn Falls. I swirled it whilst sitting in my parents' living room over about a week's time—whilst sitting in a lovely, comfy arm chair that Paul and I purchased for our home from a little antique store. [more...]

    Clutter-flies - Aug 27th, 2013
    Oh my goodness! I have just realised that I never told you all about the lovely swirl-fly I created way-back-when. But, thankfully, when I was packing up for my upcoming move, I ran across a bit of clutter that reminded me all about it. [more...]

    Swirls for sale! - Mar 17th, 2013
    I have finally done it! I have finally started selling my swirls! [more...]

    Just Swirls - Feb 28th, 2013
    I swirl for a bit of relaxation and peace of mind. I suppose it’s a form of art therapy and I must admit that it really does help me to see the world in a brighter light. [more...]

    Rare Disease Day 2013 - Feb 28th, 2013
    Today is International Rare Disease Day. It's a day when people around the world band together to make a lot of racket about something that impacts the lives of millions of people–despite the fact that, individually, some rare diseases impact only one. [more...]

    Working swirls - Feb 2nd, 2013
    I’ve finally completed my latest swirl drawing. It’s one that I started way back in December for a friend who was embarking on a life-changing journey. It seemed to me that I couldn’t be there to hold her hand, but that I could be there for her in my spirit—and with each swirl I thought of her and sent her all of the positive energy I could muster. [more...]

    Peachy-keen - Nov 17th, 2012
    As you probably know by now, I like to swirl. It’s relaxing and rather enjoyable (and maybe a bit addicting at times). In addition to swirling for my own inner peace, I really like to swirl for my friends and family—and am always up for swirling away at custom pieces when requested. [more...]

    Spent pennies - Jul 27th, 2012
    As you may know, I like to save all of my ‘spare’ change so that I can cash it in for something fun and frivolous. So when I am out shopping, I never give the cashier exact change, I keep those jingly-jangly coins to feed my coin jar! [more...]

    The cruelty of random memories - Jul 14th, 2012
    There is something ever-so-cruel about random memories. OK, not always. In fact, most of the time random memories are happy moments. But sometimes, like today, they’re just reminders of a future that was stolen from me. [more...]

    Swirl sets - Jul 8th, 2012
    I almost wasn’t going to post anything today, but then I remembered my promise to post more often so I thought I’d best post something. And so, I thought I’d post my first ‘series’ of swirls for you. [more...]

    Swirl research - Jun 27th, 2012
    As you know, I like to swirl. It’s a relaxing pastime and I find it extremely helpful when I need to unwind for a spell. [more...]

    Getting back into the [blogging] game - Jun 14th, 2012
    You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet these past few weeks. Maybe you’ve found that refreshing or maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and if I’m still alive. So, I guess I should tell you! [more...]

    Quiet-ness - May 26th, 2012
    I’ve been quiet again. (Still?) So I feel that I should pop in and say hello, since so often I’m quiet when life is hard and I’m feeling down. But that’s not the case right now. Well, mostly not the case. [more...]

    Swirls for Amy - May 3rd, 2012
    I recently finished another swirl drawing and I thought that I’d share it with you. (But you have to read to the end to see it!) This was more than just a drawing though. You see, my swirls began as a way to occupy my mind and my thoughts, and have actually become a great way of relaxing and meditating for me. [more...]

    Swirls, old and new - Mar 17th, 2012
    Back in August I was finishing up a swirl drawing at my folks’ house. I had left my work-in-progress on the coffee table and whilst I was out, my 14-year-old niece, Ivanna, stopped by to visit her grandparents. [more...]

    Blue swirls - Mar 11th, 2012
    I started this swirl drawing back in January and have finally finished. Not because I’ve not been swirling, but because I’ve been working on a couple of other swirls that took priority. And now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to send it off to Mom! [more...]

    Swirl-flies - Mar 7th, 2012
    So I spent the past weekend on the couch dying of the common cold. OK, I wasn’t dying, but I wasn’t feeling too great, either. However, all that time convalescing meant time spent swirling! [more...]

    A winning announcement - Feb 21st, 2012
    As promised, today is the day that I’m announcing the winner of my anniversary contest. (But you have to read a bit of a ramble first. And more of a ramble when the announcement is over. I offer no apologies for that.) [more...]

    An anniversary contest - Feb 15th, 2012
    Two years ago, JustFrances.com entered the blogosphere. Can you believe it!? In that time there have been 572 posts, the writing of which have provided me with great deal of enjoyment and comfort—and have hopefully provided you with some entertainment, too. [more...]

    31 happy things - Jan 31st, 2012
    The last couple of months have been a real struggle for me emotionally. I don’t know why; I don’t know what triggered it. (Well, I think I know some of the why and what, but I’d rather not talk about it just yet.) But, the struggles have left me feeling bleak and weak and teetering on surrender. [more...]

    Thankful swirls - Jan 28th, 2012
    As you probably know by now, I’ve found a lot of solace in creating swirls. There’s something relaxing and peaceful about them. I have to admit that my first-ever swirl drawing was rubbish. No, really, it was. But from the time I realised that swirls were my sunflowers, my skills have improved. [more...]

    Apologies for the delay - Dec 27th, 2011
    I don’t know why I feel the need to apologise for the delay in posting a story about my Christmas weekend, but I feel bad for not having shared with you yet, so… Sorry for the delay! [more...]

    Wants versus needs - Dec 10th, 2011
    Once again, I wanted to spend the day inside, hiding away from the world. I wanted to sit in and sulk and cry and feel sorry for myself. I don’t know why I feel this way, but I imagine that it has a lot to do with the sadness of facing another holiday season without Paul. [more...]

    Three more sleeps - Sep 29th, 2011
    Oh my goodness! Do you realise that there are only three more sleeps until the Loch Ness Marathon? Well, restless sleeps would be my guess, but I’m sure I’ll get a bit of sleep in between now and then. [more...]

    Fun with maths - Aug 4th, 2011
    [Please note that the ‘S’ at the end of maths was intentional, and not an error. It’s part of my attempt to use that funny British English stuff, since that’s (almost) home. However, I’m not quite ready to add the ‘S’ to words such as toward, forward, and backward. [more...]

    Widow dreams - Jul 30th, 2011
    For more than two years now, my nights have been haunted with horrible dreams. I call them ‘widow dreams’ and I understand from other widow(er)s that they are very common. [more...]

    Logo-ing - May 25th, 2011
    The last couple of nights have been rather fun for me as I’ve started to gear up for life as an unemployed bum. And part of that life—I hope—will include a bit of freelance writing and communications work. [more...]

    Monday swirls - May 23rd, 2011
    It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting couple of days. From an out-of-the-blue emotional crash on Friday, to marking the anniversary of my marriage on Saturday, to a long day of preparing for The Big Move on Sunday, I’ve just been feeling battered. [more...]

    From happy to crash - May 20th, 2011
    It’s been a bad day. It started good, but then something happened that caused me to come crashing down. I could tell you what that something was, but it’s so silly and makes me look completely and totally insane and unstable which hurts my ego which just makes the crash so much worse, so let’s just say it was something and leave it at that. [more...]

    Swirly tree Ts - Feb 26th, 2011
    Right! Remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago about a project I was working on for His Majesty? Well, I can talk about it now. Yay! [more...]

    Swirls by commission - Feb 17th, 2011
    I am working on a secret project, which means that by Royal Decree, I am unable to tell you what it is. Or even that I’m working on it. However, I don’t think that this picture will give enough away to cause my banishment from the kingdom. [more...]

    Too much - Feb 9th, 2011
    Sometimes I try to do too much all at once. And sometimes, that means that my coffee table suffers and becomes covered in half-finished projects. [more...]

    Swirls are my sunflowers - Jan 19th, 2011
    This post started out as a long ramble about how my [hopefully temporary] malaise got the better of me and I gave up on my silly worksheets and sketchbook project. And, as sometime happens, my long ramble brought me around to a solution to my artistic mental block. [more...]

    An inspirational lunch - Oct 1st, 2010
    I remember visiting a friend not too long ago and being shocked to learn that he rarely took advantage of the great cultural and historical sites around him. I challenged him to use his lunch hour to see some of the places from time-to-time. [more...]

    Art? - Sep 1st, 2010
    I wish I was an artist. You know—a really good one. I wish I could draw things with ease and make them look pretty. In my mind I can see myself standing there with a paint palette creating these amazingly-beautiful landscapes or amazingly-accurate portraits. [more...]