I think watching Indian Summers on tv must have inspired me as my doodling on silk seems to have gone all ethnic! This kind of painting is very easy and would be fun with children joining in. Once you have drawn your shapes you get all the fun of colouring in!
In my last post I mentioned decluttering - here's the link to a blog which I really like on this theme:
It is very therapeutic to give away (to a good home/charity) items/clothes you don't need and the space gained is wonderful. Here's a link for a minimalist website that features real people and their success at letting go of 'stuff'.
It seems possessions can have a huge hold on peoples emotions - I found it difficult to part with some things simply because they had been given to me, but if something makes us feel negative or guilty then I think that's all the more reason to say goodbye to whatever 'it' is. People and memories are more important than objects. I do allow myself a small hoard of two boxes containing all the pictures/paintings and school reports/badges and swimming certificates etc. of my two boys - those two boxes aren't in the 'stuff' category - they are treasure and make me feel happy when I take them out and have a look! How do you feel about getting rid of that awful cushion your friend gave you or that ugly lamp your mother in law passed on to you?!!