Lately…

Did you have a nice weekend? I felt kind of crummy Saturday so I spent most of the day laying around doing nothing. Sunday was a much more productive day; it was also our first day with Spring storms i.e. hail.

Watching… Homeland: Season 2. It’s been over a year since I watched Season 1 of Homeland; since I don’t have cable I’m a bit behind. I wish I hadn’t caught a serious spoiler the other day on the Today show. I purchased it from MGO. If you stream videos on your phone, tablet, or computer, you really should check them out. The price on this particular series was almost half as much as it was with Amazon or iTunes.

Loving… the Apple iPad Air. Last summer I replaced my first generation iPad with a Nook HD+. The longer I used it, the more I missed my iPad. I could do most of the things I like to do on it, but they weren’t the same. For example, the Pinterest App for Android is very different – in my experience a lot clunkier. There were also a few apps that I used on my iPad that weren’t available for Android. I had a gift card originally earmarked for some lamps that have been backordered since Christmas. After selling my Nook, I decided to use that money and the gift card to return to the iPad. I’m so happy I did.

Reading…Simple Ways to Be More with Less. Courtney Carver, of Project 333 fame, always inspires me to get rid of stuff. When I began reading this book, I wasn’t very excited about it, but the more I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the section on creativity by Dan Goodwin.

Wanting…an Artograph Light Pad. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on Molly Suber Thorpe’s Digitizing Calligraphy class at Skillshare. She uses this lightpad when working on her lettering. I will definitely be investing in one of these.

Craving… Terra Chips. Have you had these? They are the best chips ever. I wish I’d picked up a bag when I was at Sprouts yesterday.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Laughing Donkey by Jackson Carson

 

Laughing Donkey by Jackson Carson

Big weekend plans? I am looking forward to some nice weather. I hope to get a few projects completed.

Check out these meerkats.

My first trip to the shooting range yesterday has me feeling adventurous, think I might be ready to try sushi again.

Did you know that only 1/3 of people are left eye dominant? I’m one of them.

A great bedroom makeover.

As a child of the 80′s, this iPhone speaker appeals to me.

I want to go here!

Love these walls.

This is an interesting perspective on keeping up with the Joneses.

Love these pretty tech wallpapers.

Have a great weekend!

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Bedroom Gallery Wall

This has been a week plagued by technical difficulties. Twice this week, I’ve written a post and scheduled it, only for it to not to show up when planned. The second one disappeared completely, which is why there was no post yesterday.  So today I’ll combine the information for what was supposed to be here yesterday and what I had planned for today.

Bedroom-Wall

The gallery wall in the bedroom – it’s almost done! The photo above shows what the wall looked like before. This was taken before painting the room Benjamin Moore Deep Space (actually Valspar matched to Benjamin Moore – when I finally got around to making a decision, Ace Hardware had stopped carrying Benjamin Moore paint). It looks a lot more navy then charcoal, but I love it! It’s dark and cozy.

I read about several different methods for creating gallery walls. I ultimately tore templates of the larger pieces out of  newspaper and played around with them until I had something I liked. I did not have the patience to do a template of every single piece. Please excuse the awful iPhone photo; it will at least give you an idea of the process. When hanging the art, I knew I wanted to try to balance out the TV as much as I could with the scale of the art, as well as the lighter/darker pieces with the darkness of the TV. After figuring out where to place the larger pieces I went ahead and hung them, then filled in with the smaller pieces.

I think it turned out nicely. I still need to fill the two small frames on the left. I think I might do a calligraphy quote for one. I will probably keep the larger pieces the same but I envision changing up some of the smaller prints periodically. Have you ever created a gallery wall? I’m excited to get started on my next one!

 

Now for yesterday’s business. Through April 13, 2014, get $5 off each item and free shipping at my Society6 store. Just shop through this link.

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Lately…

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday – technical difficulties. Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was pretty quiet – did some work, some studying, some practice, and a lot of prep work in the kitchen for the week.

Watching…Inside Llewyn Davis. This movie has pretty mixed reviews. It was definitely not a very exciting movie but the soundtrack was really good.

Eating… zoodles. Zucchini noodles have become a regular in my meal rotation. I’ve tried several methods for making zoodles, but my favorite so far is using this Julienne Peeler. If you are looking for an alternative to spaghetti, zucchini noodles are a really good substitute. They give you the consistency of noodles plus you get a serving of vegetables.

Reading…The Big Leap. Nicole Antoinette recommended this one when she was a guest on the With Purpose podcast. The style is maybe a little too self-helpy for me but I have learned a few things.

Wanting… a Vintage Glove Mold. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the bedroom lately (I’m hoping to share more on that later this week) and have decided that I would love to have a vintage glove mold on my dresser to hold my jewelry.

Studying… Digitizing Calligraphy on Skillshare. I’m not sure why they call this class Calligraphy II. You don’t really need to know calligraphy to use the information provided. She demonstrates a faux-calligraphy technique you can use if you don’t know how to do calligraphy. Most of the information is how to bring your artwork into the computer. Very helpful!

What you have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Doris Day & Rock Hudson

Doris Day (yesterday was her 90th birthday) & Rock Hudson – Photo by Bob Willoughby

When I was in school, we used to beg our teacher to let us have class outside when the weather was nice. The weather was so beautiful yesterday afternoon, I worked outside – one of the perks of working for yourself. Hopefully the weather will be just as nice this weekend.

There’s always another way to save money.

A very unique coffee shop.

These habits of the rich are interesting. They read a lot; I’ll have to share that with my book club.

Wish I was here.

Love this closet.

I think I want a chameleon.

I could have used this, this winter.

Working for Nat Geo would be a pretty good gig.

Looking for opportunities to use this phrase.

Have a great weekend!

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Closet Challenge: Taking Inventory

April 1 marked the beginning of many new Project 333 challenges, which in turn has prompted a lot of blog posts about wardrobe sizes. I love reading about what other people find essential in their wardrobes. I was especially interested in Recovering Shopaholic’s post where she calculated the number of times each item in her closet will be worn during a year. Her goal was to wear everything 10 times. I’m aiming for somewhere between 20 and 30. There are a few items that I only wear in the summer so it might be a little difficult to reach a high-number-of-wears for those items.

Here’s where I currently stand (not including loungewear):

  • 9 dresses - I like to wear dresses so I’m okay with that number. I am actually on the lookout for a navy dress to add to the mix.
  • 9 pants (including 5 pairs of jeans – dark, light, white, black, green). This number seems a little high to me. But on the other hand, I wore all but my Summer linen pants multiple times this Winter.
  • 3 skirts – I am considering getting rid of one of these skirts. We’ll see if I wear it once the weather gets warmer. I am also on the lookout for a black & white print skirt (this one from Kohl’s caught my eye in their “12 Easy Pieces” commercial). I feel like 5 would be a good number here.
  • 4 shorts – This seems a little high. I got by with 3 pairs last summer but recently purchased a pair of white shorts. We’ll see what I wear this summer and reassess. Since I’m working from home more this number may be ok.
  • 7 long/three-quarter sleeve tops - This seems a little high. There are a couple of these tops that are very light weight and can be worn in the summer. I think I can trim this one back a bit.
  • 7 short sleeve tees (not including printed t-shirts) – Also seems high. These are mostly pretty basic tees. I wear these quite a bit in the summer and even wear them in the Winter with cardigans. I will reassess these after the summer.
  • 1 short sleeve blouse – Seems really low. I do tend to migrate towards sleeveless blouses in the summer though.
  • 2 dressy sleeveless blouses – Definitely low. I purged a few recently. I would like this number to be closer to 4-5.
  • 3 sleeveless tees – One of these I rarely wear, but the other two I wore a lot last summer. I might want to trade out one or two of my short sleeve tees for sleeveless.
  • 2 Summer sweaters – Happy with this number.
  • 3 crew neck sweaters – This is amazingly low. Not long ago I had at least 10 – probably more. I think I’m ok with this number.
  • 5 cardigans | 1 blazer – I could probably cut this by one or two. I do wear cardigans a lot during the winter over dresses. I also occasionally use them in the summer when I can’t control the thermostat.
  • 20 pairs of shoes – This doesn’t include all my flip flops which I hope to whittle down dramatically this summer. I’m happy with this number.

These numbers do not include workout gear (yoga pants, running shorts, t-shirts) that I sometimes wear all day long.  Taking into account I have 9 dresses, 16 bottoms, and 25 tops (not counting cardigans since they are always worn over something else), I will not hit the 20-wear mark on many of my items. Looks like I still have some adjusting to do. What’s your magic number?

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April Goals (and March Recap)

Let Spring Begin!

April and May

We are already a quarter into 2014! It’s time for April Goals:

  • Practice every day – I want to spend some time each day practicing at least one of these things: Photography, Lettering, Drawing, Piano, Guitar, & Ukelele.
  • Try 10 new recipes – I would like to find some new healthy recipes, especially ones that I can make in advance to have available on lazy days.
  • Move forward with Fulfilled by Amazon – I am hopeful that this could be a successful profit center. I still have some work to do to get going.
  • Continue purging (average at least one item a day) – I’m beginning to really get into this minimalism thing. It’s amazing how much I’m able to accomplish when I don’t feel weighed down by a bunch of stuff.
  • Begin plotting garden – Every Spring, I have high hopes that this will be the year that I get my yard (my backyard in particular) in shape. This year is no different. I want to develop a plan for the yard and do as much prep (including starting seed) as possible this month.

Here are the results of March’s goals:

  • Complete the gallery wall in bedroom – Done! I will be sharing photos soon.
  • Do another pretty big purge of stuff including selling some stuff that I’ve been planning to sell for awhile (if it doesn’t get sold this month I will donate it) – I purged quite a bit. I am still in the process of selling some of it.
  • Make another trip to the hazardous waste disposal center – Done!
  • Begin to utilize Evernote for business and computer files - I did a little on this but am not utilizing Evernote like I would like.
  • Complete Line Drawing Course on Creative Bug – Done!
  • Start Doodles to Designs Course on Skillshare – I started this but haven’t finished it yet.
  • Learn more about Fulfilled by Amazon program and begin selling on a small scale – This is “in progress.” There are some business/tax issues that I’m ironing out.
  • Develop a habit of daily meditation – It might be a little early to declare this a habit, but I have been doing it regularly for over a week.

What do you hope to accomplish this month?

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Lately…

Eating… Greek food. When I worked downtown, I regularly ate at Suzy’s Greek & Seafood (the food is much better than the name). An awesome friend recently treated me to my favorite broiled chicken. Yum.

Watching… American Dream Builders. One of the things I miss most about not having cable is HGTV. This show lets me get my fix. I’m also excited that Nate’s on TV again. Hopefully the obnoxious designers will be sent home shortly – one in particular, Elaine, makes it a little difficult to watch.

Wanting…the SnapRays Guidelight. I ran across this switch plate on Pinterest. It has a built-in nightlight that doesn’t require an additional power source. I quickly decided to the back the project so I could get a switch plate for my bathroom, after ordering it I discovered it wouldn’t work in my bathroom, but I have somewhere else in mind.

Reading…The Dinner. This is supposed to be the European Gone Girl. I’m not very far into it but I have yet to see how they are comparable. We’ll see if that changes.

Loving…the sun. The weather this weekend was beautiful! It was so nice to get outside and soak up some sunshine.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Sheep Dog

In Focus by Miguel via Pinterest

Big plans for the weekend? The weather here is supposed to be close to perfect. I’m hoping to get a few projects done outside including prepping for some spring planting.

An interesting way to look back at years past.

Best gift ever!

It’s hard to believe these are cardboard.

This looks like a fun way to earn miles.

Some wise lessons learned in an interesting way.

Yurts were a hot topic in my blog feed this week; there’s this and this.

This looks like fun!

Small house of the week.

Think I’m going to have to try to make these.

Have a great weekend!

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Non-Negotiables

Stay True

Original Source Unknown via Pinterest

As I mentioned before, I’ve been listening to the With Purpose podcast. One question they ask each of their guests is what part of their day is non-negotiable. I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s non-negotiable about my day – or at least what should be. The schedule that I’ve had for awhile is changing and I’m in the process of figuring out what my days are going to look like. I want to make sure each day includes these four things:

  1. Time spent creating. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says, “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” I love to create but for some reason I often find myself resisting. Creating something every day is going to become my number one priority.
  2. Some form of physical activity each day. I’ve never been much of an exerciser, but I’ve always been pretty active. I usually prefer physical activity that also serves some sort of purpose, like yard work or DIY. I always feel better when I, at a minimum, get outside and walk the dogs. I think that is what has made this winter so rough; there were several weeks stuck indoors. Thankfully the weather is improving, I’m walking the dogs at least once a day again. When I can get in a second walk in the afternoon it helps with the creativity.
  3. Meditate. I’m an over-thinker/worrier; meditation is gradually helping me to back away from the rabbit-holes. I’m only averaging about five minutes a day but I can tell that it makes a difference. I feel so much better and am a lot less cranky when I do it.
  4. Gratitude Journal. I haven’t kept a regular journal for years, but I try to make a list each day of things I’m thankful for. It helps me pick out the highlights for each day. My goal is to come up with five things. Sometimes it’s a struggle but those are the days I need this habit most.

What are your non-negotiables?

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