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Latest book launch – proceeds for the heroes in our community


I recently felt drawn to revisit the words in my original story with Little Bear. This book has been inspired by our time at home and the continued discovery of creativity both at home and in nature.

. *Proceeds made from this book will be donated to heroes in our community making a such a big difference during these uncertain times.

“Stay home, Little Bear.
Take a moment,
Take care.”

Share a moment together and join Little Bear on a discovery.
Sit and stare at the starry sky. What will you see?
Be patient and you may just see a “river of bright” or “rainbow at midnight.”


Stay home, Little Bear is available in all Amazon stores

Thank you, as always, for your support! You are all wonderful!

Sending 💜💜💜

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Picture Book Release: Bright Blue Balloon

So excited to let you all know that my first picture book, Bright Blue Balloon, is now available in paperback on Amazon.
It is also available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Paperback

https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Blue-Balloon-Moralee-McLardy/dp/1712549200/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=BRIGHT+blue+Balloon+Book&qid=1577108496&sr=8-1

Kindle

Owen and Carson win something special at the carnival…

A bright blue balloon. “It floats on its own and has a long string.
Oh, what a wonderful thing to win!” They have so much fun with their bright blue balloon until it accidentally floats away. Little do they know they will see it again in an unexpected place. In order to save it they make something using materials from the recycling box.

Join Owen and Carson on a great adventure and bring the bright blue balloon home.


Bright Blue Balloon is a picture book aimed at young children (but can be enjoyed by all ages). It has rhyming text and brightly coloured illustrations.

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Tell yourself you CAN


Tell yourself you can, you’ll believe it eventually.

Tell yourself you can’t, you’ll believe it instantly.

It takes time to believe in yourself

A daily check-in of mindset,

Regular meetings,

Charts and the like

A flitter of light amongst the shadows of doubt.

It takes time to believe in yourself,

A daily check-in of mindset

Until eventually…

No meeting required,

New habit acquired

Tell yourself you can, you’ll believe it eventually.

(C) Lisa Moralee McLardy

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We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below

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Craft: Honeycomb Pumpkins for Autumn & Halloween

Autumn is in full swing and you know that means an excuse to do crafts –  to be honest any excuse will do!

In April we made  decorative Easter Eggs out of honeycomb board. The kids had such a great time making these. They were made from recycled materials and made little mess. We couldn’t resist making pumpkins for Autumn and Halloween.

Materials:

  • Honeycomb board
  • Seperated corrugated cardboard – cardboard box which has been peeled
  • Construction paper / magazines / newspaper / paper for recycling
  • Garbage bag twisites
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Green marker (or any one you choose)
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Draw a pumpkin shape on one side of the honeycomb board
  2. Cut out the shape
  3. Peel paper off one side of the shape
  4. Tear small pieces of construction paper (or magazines, newspaper etc)
  5. Crumple the small pieces of paper and place in the holes of the honeycomb board
  6. Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard (wide and long enough to go around the pumpkin shape, we used one strip for the pumpkin and a smaller one for the stem)
  7. Glue the corrugated strip and place around the pumpkin shape, add some sticky tape to help secure it to the shape)
  8. Take two a garbage bag twisties and colour it green (or any colour you wish)
  9. Tie one garbage tie strip around the stem of the pumpkin
  10. Twirl and attach the second garbage tie

Both boys (and I) really enjoyed making these pumpkins. Most of the materials were used were recycled. Clean up was pretty easy as it all went into the recycling box. It also gave the boys an opportunity to be creative with the colours they chose. Carson chose to make a purple pumpkin and Owen added black construction paper to make a Halloween pumpkin face.

We would love to know if you make your own honeycomb pumpkins. Take a photo and let us know in comments / Instagram @bright.blue.ballon / email abrigthblueballoon@gmail.com

Happy crafting x

My Little Dream

My little dream⁣⁣
⁣Whispers in the morning⁣ “Please make time for me,⁣⁣
Just a little moment,⁣⁣
⁣While you have a cup of tea.”⁣⁣
⁣⁣
I make my dream a promise⁣ “Let’s check in a two”⁣⁣
⁣Then I go about my day,⁣⁣
⁣Listing things to do.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
It’s all so very busy⁣⁣
⁣And soon enough it’s two.⁣⁣
⁣My dream is right on time,⁣⁣
⁣But I’m nowhere to be seen…⁣⁣
⁣⁣
My little dream,⁣⁣
Shouts in the evening⁣ “Where were you?”⁣⁣
I say “I’m very sorry,⁣⁣
⁣Tomorrow is anew.⁣⁣
⁣Let’s arrange a meeting,⁣⁣
⁣Just me and you⁣⁣
⁣I’ll be there – let’s make before two.”⁣⁣
⁣⁣
My dream says “Will you really?⁣⁣
⁣You’ve promised for a while.⁣⁣
⁣I’ll only wait so long,⁣⁣
⁣Make some time,⁣⁣
⁣Don’t let it pass you by.”⁣⁣
⁣⁣

Thank you for visiting brightblueballoon.com

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

“Sit and stare at the starry sky. Be patient, It has something to share.”

“Sit and stare at the starry sky. Be patient, It has something to share.”

Illustration from Stay Home, Little Bear

Sometimes it takes a little patience to experience wonder. Patience to sit and be, to sit and stare at the starry sky.
I am trying to take more moments to sit and be, to feel the breeze and absorb nature’s palette. Even if it is just a few minutes…


This week I will be sharing illustrations from and inspired by my new book Stay Home, Little Bear. Get ready for some polar bear love and “a rainbow at midnight’” *Proceeds made from this book will be donated to heroes in the community making a difference during these uncertain times.


It’s available on Amazon kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Happy creativity!

Sending 💜💜💜

Thank you for visiting Bright Blue Balloon

I’ve learned to rather observe than seek

Sometimes sunshine and rain collaborate to create a rainbow
Each time they do it’s a fantastic sight
Colours vibrant,
Colours bright
I’ve tried to capture all the rainbows unique
But I’ve learned to rather observe than seek
Moments created to stay with me,
Long after they find new skies and flee

©️Lisa Moralee McLardy

Sometimes sunshine and rain collaborate to create a rainbow
( Illustration created using Procreate 5)

🌍 Stop for a moment, while the Earth spins 🌎

Stop for a moment, while the Earth spins.
Reflect on our presence,
And footprints that remain.

Will they fade or blow away in the breeze?
Or will they linger for many journeys around the sun?

Let’s stop for a moment, while the Earth spins.
Listen to the birds sing,
Close your eyes and really feel the breeze,
Watch as the clouds illustrate their story,
Absorb the offerings of the season.

It’s all connected and so are we.
It’s our ultimate commonality.
The base for all,
The place we call home.

Stop for a moment, while the Earth spins.
Reach out and offer your connection.
Answer the Earth’s wish
Join together on this day (and every day).
Take steps (big and small) to leave footprints that fade and blow away in the breeze.


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🌍 HOLDING HANDS for our PLANET 🌎
This Earth Day, I’m virtually holding hands with a range of artists across countries and cultural backgrounds, to celebrate 50 years since Earth Day.
To see all contributions, visit Instagram @storisse and #2020planetproject.

I had honor of helping to design the logo for this inspirational project. Big thank you to Alex for all the support🙏💜. Its so wonderful to see all the evolving contributions and virtual chain. Together we can indeed have a big impact. #2020planetproject visit Instagram to see all the contributions.

This is a wonderful project and community inspired by Alex from @storisse https://storisse.com

💜💜💜

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