Posted in Poems

Hold on tight to the string

Just over year ago I felt inspired to start this blog and instagram account (@abrightblueballoon). I had just started illustrating the children’s book I wrote about a bright blue balloon (entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win).

I have always loved to write and its been a part of my journey for quite some time. Additionally I have always loved art and being creative, this unfortunately was put on the shelf for a while. It was something I ironically never had time for.

My children have provided me with a world of creativity and joy which has lead to a rediscovery. An opportunity to clear the dust and explore. This is a place to share and be creative. It’s not easy to allocate time to this space with little ones but I am grateful when I do manage to make time.

Brightblueballoon.com is place to share stories, poems, drawings, photos and books we love. So far I love seeing where the bright blue balloon will float to next, what will we discover and where will it be?

This is a poem inspired by the bright blue balloon journey and the pages we turn.

Hold on tight to the string

Tie a loop in the string,

hold on tight

To the blue balloon, so bright

Float up, up ,up

And begin…

Soar through journeys told,

And yet to be discovered,

Journeys far or just a step in the cupboard,

Journeys with an important date – not to be late,

Journeys to woods of enchantment or caves of wonders

Look below

Remember the things you know

Look up

Soar high

Roam the sky

Question why

Learn the reasons

Enter worlds of imagination

Epic wonders,

Unique creations

Hold on tight to

The loop on the string

Absorb everything

Take a moment,

Take many

Pause and reflect

Before you float down, down, down

Reach the last page,

With the looming full stop

Breath

It’s complete

You are still you but more

Different to before

The words stay with you

They are now a part of your existence

Let them inspire

Let them be free

Until the next journey begins,

With the turn of a page

And once more you float up, up ,up

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Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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365 days of bright blue balloon!

A year ago I published my first blog posts here @brightblueballoon.com

I have loved being a part of the WordPress community and am so glad that the page turning will continue! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to give advice, read, like and follow my journey here.

Have a super weekend everyone!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

How to make your dream a wish come true

Last night my five year old, Owen, asked if he could go to space. I said yes, yes you can. Anything you want, anything you dream. If you believe it you can achieve it but it takes hard work and focus. I felt inspired to write the poem below.

How to make your dream a wish come true

Wish a dream

Make it big

Make it high

Anything above 

Or below the sky

Take one step,

Take many

Believe it,

You can achieve it

A word of caution though my child,

Something you should know

To make your dream a wish come true

It needs a bit of reality

It’s not enough to wish a dream

Just wish and you may just miss

It takes more,

So go explore

Read

Learn

Design

Question

Set goals both big and small

Be proud

Stand tall

Be humble

Accept help

Take a break

Get back to it

Be positive

Focus your energy

Make a list

Tick the list

Have fun

Remember it’s a journey


Design a rocket

Build a rocket

Test the rocket 

Strategise

Evaluate

Implement

Reflect

Perfect.

Launch the rocket

Blast off…

Arrive in space

Float around

Look up and down

Take a moment

Smile

Breath

You’ve achieved,

And you dreamed it for a while.

High five

You did it

I knew you could and would!

Wish a new dream

Make it big,

Make it high,

Anything above or under the sky.

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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The last day of October

It’s the last day of October which means it’s Halloween (and my awesome hubby’s birthday). Great excuse to get up early (this is not out of choice as our boys are early risers) have waffles and light the pumpkins.

The kids get so excited for Halloween. We love to indulge in spooky crafts, stories and baking. So much so that it will probably continue after Halloween.

Thought I would share this illustration from my new children’s book. Which will (fingers crossed) be available soon.

Happy Halloween everyone

And happy page turning!

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in eBook

To the recycling box!

Owen and Carson find a way to save their bright blue balloon, which is floating on its own next to the moon.

“We’ll need a rocket to get there fast

Mummy and Daddy are sleeping now’s our chance.

To the recycling box! Let’s go,

Walk slowly and don’t make a sound.”

Click here to find out more about A Wonderful Thing to Win

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

A penny for the well-made-for-wishing

I came across a penny

And I knew it crossed your palm.

How long before?

I cannot be sure

All I know is it will lead me to you.

I followed the clouds to the well-made-for-wishing

I heard many stories along the way,

Little tips on know-how

And to cherish life’s chimes

I told my own story so far,

All the while holding the penny-

The focus at hand

The well-made-for-wishing appeared suddenly

Just as quickly I made a wish let it part from my palm

As it journeyed into the well I closed my eyes and thought of you.

It was here my fairy tale turned its page.

As moments later you appeared,

Frantically searching for your penny,

(The one that fell from your pocket)

(The one you saved for a single wish

Of love pure and true)

I came across a penny

And I knew it crossed your palm.

How long before?

I cannot be sure

All I know has lead me to you

We bid farewell to the well-made-for-wishing

And follow the clouds palm to palm.

Turning the pages of our fairy tale

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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“Floating on its own next to the moon”

I have recently published my first picture book ( A Wonderful Thing to Win) on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. I really enjoyed working on this illustration where the bright blue balloon is “floating on its own next to the moon”. Thought I would share it with you all.

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in eBook

Starting the illustration process…

I have recently published my first picture book entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win. The whole process was exciting and challenging. It felt like everyday I had butterflies in my stomach.

Once the story was written I realised very quickly that a children’s story needs illustrations. When I first challenged myself to illustrate the book I had a very definite starting point – to draw or design Owen and Carson.

This week I have been looking through some of the first illustrations and designs. I used graph paper and pencil to play around with shapes and styles, and boy were there a lot of them!

Here are a few below.

I think Carson got a hold of my pencil and made his own contribution to this drawing

Carson took my pencil and made his own contribution to this drawing.

It was a great feeling to finally settle on a design/ style for Owen & Carson’s Bright Blue Balloon. At this point it felt like the journey had finally begun.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy