Raquel English

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The Week Before Yule

Good Morning darlings,

The fall has come and in less than two weeks it’ll be Yule. I am tickled pink to share this Christmas holiday with Oliver and my BG. Last year I was spending the time with my children in Oklahoma, which was lovely in itself too. I do look forward to having all my children visit me here on the coast, perhaps next year. That’ll be a dream.

This is a little picture I painted for our holiday card. It turned out adorable. The inside caption says,”Merry kisses and Christmas wishes. Love, The Stafford’s” I love it so…

It’s so interesting to me that when I was raising all of my children I had so many traditions and carried on with all of them. Things in my life now are so much simpler. I find having a lovely fresh Frazier fir, a few handmade ornaments, a few strands of lights, some balsam pine candles and I’m as pleased as punch.

I think that one of the reasons for all of the bells and whistles that I used to have to have, was truthfully because I was trying to fill gaps that were lacking in my life.

You know what else is interesting? I see that in so many women nowadays. If I could just cradle them and chat with them, telling them life isn’t about “STUFF” or staying so busy. I used to be that woman that would catch onto all those pyramid businesses, like selling candles, cosmetics, pampered chef parties, etc. you name it… I was staying absorbed in it all. That’s not even considering all the volunteering I did. Now, I’m not one to say that I don’t like to serve and be kind in that way, but I know that where my heart was in doing the acts of service weren’t where I should’ve been. I believe too many women extend themselves way beyond their capabilities. All in the name of trying to earn a sense of self-love and acceptance. When the acceptance we are internally really reaching for is our own acceptance. We truly come from a conditioned society of feeling the need to earn our existence. I really believe that if women had more self-love and confidence we wouldn’t have so much depression and stress among women.

I do also realize that I was on my own journey too back then {still am} and we all learn from our own life experiences, not words.

I find that really loving the act to serve out of the sheer joy of it, is the way to go. If we have a guilt, feeling of having to, feeling sorry for, obligation, we should not do anything under the guise of these feelings. It’s all in vain anyway, if you ask me. I say that because what happened to me is that I started to resent people and any kind of act, even down to doing things for my husband, children and parents.

My rule of thumb now is… I ask myself, do I really want to do this? Am I doing it because I really want to, and am I doing it for the sheer joy of it? If those are a ‘Yes’ I’m all aboard!

I happy as a clam for you each swimming by to say hello and spend a little time with me today. I also wish you a lovely Christmas and a most beautiful New Year!

I personally cannot wait! Everyday is truly a gift and I have a whole treasure chest full of them!

I love you each so very much.


A Lovely December

Good Morning Shoal family and Mermaid Junkies,

It’s been a bit of time, hasn’t it? How have you been? It’s been quite a whirlwind of a summer, fall and now winter… I am reminded on my morning walks or mid-afternoon strolls of all the bustling children back at school.

I remember those days with my dearest littles.

I have spent the last few months or so, dwelling at ‘Staffordshire Cottage’ cleaning, rearranging the few little antiques that I’ve come upon and several that my parents have sent along my way. I do love the old furniture that my parents have at Carter’s Cottage. Oh my, they’re splendid indeed.

I’ve also been painting quite a bit. I do enjoy being able to stay home as a full-time artist and make videos for my Youtube channel. I am living my dream. It’s actually come true.

I’m so appreciative that my BG has encouraged me to live my dream, and paint. It has been quite rewarding. To be able to contribute to our household expenses, makes me feel super bubbly inside.

Here’s a few of my latest little pieces.


This was a beautiful little depiction of an adoption story. I had so much fun painting the little girl and the stork above.


Here’s how my little paintings go out to post for their new homes. I infuse the paper with essential oil notes and burn the edges as if they’re an old pirate ship. I accompany each painting with a little shell that I have personally beachcombed throughout the years.


This is a little painting about soul mates. I love the heart around them. It reminds me of Tasha Tudor. She always painted wreaths of sorts around her little artwork.


This is my BG, Oliver and myself. It’s our Christmas holiday card. For those of you who received one, I’m sure you recognized it.






I also spend most of my days with Mr. Oliver Twist. I even took him on a tiny field trip to my dear parents for the day. My mother had been hoping to meet him for quite some time. She tended to him while I spent time with my father working on a few woodworking projects I had wanted to make for Staffordshire Cottage.

It’s now the beautiful month of December and I’m wishing upon the dreamy stars for a snippet of cold weather very soon. I miss all my layers of lovely winter clothing.

Thank you for ‘wading’ around. I know it’s been a long while since I posted. I have been modifying several procedures in my company and I’ve had to learn  a lot more about computers.

I promise to post more often and start embedding my youtube videos as well.

Have a lovely evening.

Yours til my next swim,Rac