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March 2016

No is an answer

A no from me is all about me, it's not about anyone else. 

Cheralyn bird of paradise
I've had that pang of ~ "Oh no why don't they want me/like my idea, it must be me!" The truth usually is that the idea or offer just doesn't suit the other party. No matter how increasingly attractive it is made, there are a multitude of reasons why someone will still say no and they mostly have not a thing to do with you. 

Unfortunately, a few months ago, I experienced someone taking my "no thank you" as an affront because they felt their offer was more than they had ever offered anyone else and that I was being ungracious by turning it down. I turned it down for my own reasons which primarily included my current obligations and personal goals. Under pressure, I did share these with the person. They then offered ways around these for me. Still saying no because I did not want to get out of my obligations or change my goals, only infuriated the person more. 

They just could not see how something they had made so enticing would be turned down and they still burn in anger over this today, creating in their mind all manner of 'reasons' as to why I would refuse them. I've been astonished in this instance to watch a person I thought was professional, gossip, fume and become incredibly nasty over something that had not a thing to do with them. 

When someone refuses you, your offer, your book, your art, your idea, it's not about you, it's 100% about them. Maybe your art or book just isn't the right fit for them, maybe your offer is something they just can't see in their life right now or envision being part of their personal story. 

Being gracious in accepting a no and staying friendly, leaves the door open. This way, maybe sometime in the future, a yes may be more likely but even if it isn't, the energy surrounding your own work remains clear, true and grounded. 

May Nature always bless you
and may you always be a blessing to Nature

Cheralyn xx 

Flower of the Day ~ Pyramidal Orchid

Flower of the Day
Every time I look at this artwork and all the sketches and notes I created while learning the language of this flower I find myself really warmed by the Flower Wisdom that not only this Flower, but all whisper to the world.

Webcards pyramidal orchid

This actual artwork has interestingly gone on to be integral in leading me on another long~term project of research and discovery. It's not about Stonehenge and it's not even about England but it did ask a question, a visual one, which began another, almost Indianna Jones style, trek through the Language of Flowers and Plants Botany for me.
So I see this card today and smile and remember that my actions, my word, my thoughts, are all connected and that one must work with honour and unity within facts and truth, in order to do good work, to live a good life.

May Nature always bless you and
may you always be a Blessing to Nature,
Cheralyn xx

Red Rose ~ Flower of the Day

Webcards red rose 3

Red Roses are so intricately entwined with love for most us because they signal relationships and passion in all it's facets. The youthful tightness of a new bud, holding so much promise and mystery. The new bloom going through the stages of unfurlment and discovery, growth and then gently letting go of petals to reveal the new life to begin again. The strong stem needed to hold up the blossom signifying the strength and direction a relationship requires and then the thorns which are both protective and challenging. The leaves so green and jagged, mapping the many detours and rises and falls along the way.
I not only think of them for romantic love but also for love of projects, of situations and of dreams and to love is to be courageous, not matter where you place that love.

Sketching Red Rose this morning ~

Rose drawing

May Nature bless you always and may you be a blessing to nature in all that you do.
Cheralyn xx

Gymea Lily ~ Flower of the Day

Lots of you have asked, yes it is ok to share these Postcards!
So today I've drawn Gymea Lily from my Australian Wildflower Reading Cards. What a proud, interesting flower. The largest Lily in the world, this majestic flower sits upon a 6 metre spike. A crowning glory of brilliant crimson flowers usually about 10cm wide.

Webcards gymea lily

The plants has contractile roots, which means it can pull the plant into the ground during intense heat so that it may survive. Good lesson in there.
Mental strength and being carefully aware of your surroundings will assist you today. Don't let the external stop or hinder you but make sure you are also aware of what is going on it's effect on you and others.

May Nature always bless you and may you always be a blessing to Nature!
Bunches of love,
Cheralyn xx

PS, lots of questions too about my artwork. All the artwork for my decks and books is created by me. My current two card decks feature hand painted linoprints and the sketches you sometimes also see me share in these Flower of the Day postcards are from a book I am working on or my Nature Journal.


Flower of the Day ~ Japanese Cherry (Sakura, Cherry Blossom)

As I move into this week after what has been personally a very challenging fortnight, I feel peace and I can see a way forward but this comes after doing things differently, a lot differently. I wish the same for those of you seeking the same. A Flower to assist you in reconciliation, in seeking calm and peace within and without is Japanese Cherry (Cherry Blossom, Sakura).

Webcards japanese cherry

Sometimes you can find yourself in a domino situation. One thing fails and then a succession of events seems to tumble on with this energy. Japanese Cherry whispers for us to be patient with ourselves but to take action. Look at the seemingly dead branches at the edges of seasonal change that will soon show flowers first to remind us that it is not dead, not over and will soon bring forth the lush healing green leaves we usually associate with growth and life.
Even in Nature, things do not always follow the patterns we expect. So perhaps to achieve Peace, to achieve balance, you may too need to do things a little different. Reach out first, begin now and watch the growth evolve.

May nature always bless you and may you always be a blessing to nature.
Bunches of love,
Cheralyn xx

Flower of the Day ~ Sacred Blue Lily 

Whenever I study and work with Sacred Blue Lily I'm reminded so much of the misunderstands we make when we think we are aligned with something or that we know a thing and really, it is only the echo of what we wish to believe.

Webcard Sacred Blue Lily

Listen to what is in your own heart,
be true to you
because happiness is found right there,
in what you already do
and yes you may need to start again, back to the truth.
May you always be a blessing to Nature
Cheralyn xx

Flower Magick ~ How to see Faeries

Can't believe I drew this and shared it online 2 years ago!

Flora faeries copy

The reveal of this journey is so close! An oldie that I know many of you have but here it is again.
Thank you Jill for asking for it again. (timely!!!)
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Bunches of blessings!
Cheralyn xx

Please note: educational information only, always consult with a registered professional for correct identification of plants and personal suitable usage.

Flower of the Day ~ Daffodil

I am working on a few publications and projects right now and over the past month have been challenged by things that have hurt, have tested me and threatened a darkness that I really never anticipated but I refuse to give up the hope that most people are genuine, most are good hearted
and most importantly, that I can do 'this'.

Web Card Daffodil

Healing on all physical levels is offered by daffodils through pray, meditation and positive meditation. When things are at their darkest, when it seems the cold winter will never end, the sun breaks through the earth in the petals of golden hope for those who seek them.
Oh and never give anyone a single fresh daffodil!
It's considered rather bad luck. A bunch brings hope, happiness, new possibilities and sunshine when most needed.
May the Flowers always bless you
and may you always be a blessing to them,
Cheralyn xx