October - moving forward, creating once more ...

I was thinking today how very lucky I am to be able to create, to be able to do something with my heart that hopefully touches someone else's in some way or form.  I love finding pretty sayings to make the collage that I put on instagram and facebook, usually they have some meaning to where I am in that moment in time or where I would like to be...  I absolutely adore taking photos and to be totally honest I have no technical skills but I know what I like and that is what you see.  Making my little inspirations in glass really holds a magical place in my heart for a few reasons, meeting extraordinary people and their stories.... One of my first ever custom orders was for a girl whose sister had just lost a baby... they found me through an advertisement in Country Style magazine and I remember crying {the dad had written this gorgeous verse for baby Remy} while I made this ornament that they could hang on there tree each Christmas as just a tiny reminder of this beautiful little soul that they had lost.  It was such a privilege.   I have some days where I think I have been doing this for so long should I try something new and then someone asks me to do something special for them {one to wrap around there wedding bouquet, babies names and dates, anniversaries, special birthdays, special travel and so much more} and I know that is why I continue to do it.  So on this pretty Spring afternoon in my little railway cottage I feel pretty content and blessed to be doing what I love.
To live with purpose, to say the courageous thing, to celebrate the simple gift, to follow your dreams.  This is a happy life. - wayland henry

My body isn't behaving .... but I suppose I am learning more about myself !!!!

{Images from my pinterest page}
Life can definitely be a little hard on you sometimes .... I am so a glass half full kind of girl.  I try to see the positives but for the last 7 weeks my body has not been how is should be and it was like a switch one day I was healthy and the next day not so much... I am not going to bore you with whats going on but it has been HARD !!!! I've worked out that I am terrible, I mean terrible at resting, taking care of myself or even putting myself first.  I am independent and quiet driven but I am definitely an everyone else comes first type of person.   Anyway, I am hopeful that one day soon I will wake and my body will say this is enough of this rubbish but for now.... I am TRYING to be good and rest.
It is about 5 degrees outside so I am snuggled in bed just about to watch a little Anne of Green Gables... I might need to get a little help to get my business back on track but hopefully it won't be too far away.   I update my instagram feed most days so please drop by and follow me.  I would love that.
“Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts.” 
- L M Montgomery - anne of green gables

New York City - Part One Central Park

through my lens ... New York City .... Central Park

After a very long flight {My hazel eyed girl had been very sick on the flight} the sight of Central Park on our very first morning in manhattan was just beyond beautiful !!!  We were staying on 87th street in a tiny little hotel called The Franklin, the staff were beyond helpful and it was such a lovely quite location.  We had perfect weather so we walked everywhere taking in everything, exploring and immersing ourselves in this beautiful city. I was quiet surprised how much the locals struggled with my language.... considering we both spoke english so I think as the trip went on I got quieter and quieter as the looks I got when opening my mouth with how is your day going and people just looking at me as if I had two heads was quiet funny really...  I definitely felt well and truly like a tourist and a foreigner... The park was so quiet on our very first morning, hardly a person in site... Trees where starting to bloom and it made you sigh because it was so spectacular... All the scenes from movies we had watched over the years were all there in front of us and it was definitely a pinch myself moment.  and I got to spend it will my gorgeous hazel eyed girl... how lucky am I ....
and our adventures continues .....

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Van Gogh 

In my store ...

{photos by CathyPentonAtelier}
It has been a crazy hectic year already.  One day just becomes the next...  I am trying to create and get new things in the shop as often as I can.  I am also in the process or slowly cleaning and sorting  things that I don't use as much any more so they get new homes to love them.  So please drop by from time to time as it changes often :)
cathy penton atelier

"From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves." 
— Henri Matisse

Friendship - Inspiration - Family - Love !!!

{Karla Obst Photography}

Happy Wednesday dear friends
A little post about a very talented friend of mine ...

Friends come to your life for all different reasons and I must say some of my dearest friends have come to my life around the time of big change....  My beautiful friend Karla I first met as a customer in my retail shop...  I remember seeing this beautiful mumma with at the time a little boy and 2 little girls and one on the way... She was so sweet and then after making the decision to leave my shop Karla had written me a couple of beautiful emails that I will never forget and since then we have been the closest of friends and I was blessed to spend a part of our Christmas Day with her and her beautiful kids this year playing cricket !!
She is one of the most loving mums I know and has just started a blog and a new photography business. She captures exquisite real moments in her photography.... So extraordinarily lucky to have her in my life.

{Friendship isn't a big thing, it is a million little things}

The start of a New Year {sorry its a little late}

{images from pinterest}
Well it has been nearly 6 months since my last post.  Last year was one of those years that didn't inspire me to blog... Some of the people that are dearest to me were going through so much that I thought instead of spending time here I needed to be spending time with them in the present...Loving them, being a support and each day just seemed to become the next.
Well I am hopeful 2015 will bring lots of new starts, joy and adventure...  and calm....  I hope that I can share some of the love I have for beautiful quotes, images and what I am creating. Inspire you with some of my friends beautiful spaces and creative people doing what they love and even a little exciting travel and renovating.
It is 8 years this month since I started blogging and so much has changed but really I am still the idealist with a few more wrinkles..
{when it rains, look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars}

Beautiful October

{source pinterest images}

Happy Saturday morning dear friends.  My beautiful ones are in there last few weeks of uni, I am busily working on christmas for my shop and as always my hazel eyed man is travelling the country side working so hard.  Life is slowly starting to get on track for the ones I love so with that comes a calm in your heart that each day is a pretty new start.  So as I sit here in my little studio and watch my hubby water his dear plants in the garden I feel very content that today's a new and beautiful day and there is so many wonderful things ahead for all of us.

{photos by cathy penton atelier}
Beautiful new calligraphy ribbon in my store this week and new little initial charms that I have made using it and a sweet little black and white botanical on the reverse.  Over the next few weeks I will add more charms, christmas charms, vintage stockings, a little bit of sparkle with some gorgeous ribbon.  I have also just ordered the last Jeanne d arc Living I will get into my store and as it is the Christmas edition most are already pre-sold but all the rest of the past editions are now on sale.
I would love you to drop by... I hope your week ahead is a beautiful one.
“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams aren't as real as the here and now?” 
― john lennon