Friday, January 29, 2010

puzzle pieces

I have projects that have lingered for years. This shelf is one of them. Though I do love the vintage rustic feel, I am tired of the flaky paint, the nails sticking out. There are soooo many other things that I have held, furniture, etc that I have had every intention of personalizing and making my own...but I have yet to do so. From here on out I will do at a time...little by little, until each one is done. My motivation is posting the process on here.
The act of documenting our lives through photos, blogs,'s such an amazing one. Especially on those days we feel like we haven't accomplished anything....this idea that we can look back and see how far we've come...what we HAVE much we've grown....what we have been able to let go of. So that is my goal document a little of my piece of the puzzle...where I fit in.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

i get by with a little help from my friends...

I've been dilly-dallying around waiting on inspiration for a blog entry, but not one thing has made me want to write. I've been absorbing all the world's events.....daily stresses of life...thinking about how I can help, what I can't do to help....thinking about how I am sitting here with a roof over my head, clean water, clothes on my back, my loved ones safe and accounted for.....feeling so much compassion for those in Haiti...for those who are still displaced from Hurricane Katrina....from anyone and everyone who is or has suffered. Even with that heaviness, I am still grateful for what I do have and what I can do to help.

As I've absorbed so much in, I've also heard so much negativity from Americans about our country helping Haiti. Are you kidding me? I'll say it again....ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I feel like shaking people and asking ' what the hell are you thinking?'.....we are all here....we should have compassion for each other, not sitting around bitching and complaining that our country is giving aid and money to a place that just had the rug pulled out from under them. Yes we have poor, yes we have homeless, yes we have problems in this country....but are we not all human? do we not all have emotions, feelings, hearts, problems, mouths of feed, etc etc.....Why would you complain about anyone helping anyone least there are people getting help that they most assuredly need. What world are you living in that you have an issue with that?
Anyway, that being said.....I understand America as a country has its own issues to tend to....but we are ONE world...we have those issues to tend to as could one ignore a devastating natural disaster and say, 'sorry, we just can't help you this time....better luck next time.'

Blah, blah.....I just couldn't keep quiet anymore about it. We are here for each love, to help, to share. It's plain and simple. That's all we need to know.


If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain.
~emily dickinson

Friday, January 15, 2010

go for the Bold

We create, and then we sit and wait....for sales....for someone to notice....for more inspiration....for divine intervention...etc etc etc.
I wish we all could create without striving to make money. How would that set us free? What would we create then? How far would our imagination and playfulness stretch? Would we use more color? More pizzazz? Would we step out of our comfort zones and be bold? Would we experiment more with new mediums of craftiness and art?
If the idea of money was cast aside, what would you be creating?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

go check out this video.....along with this blog by amy. you won't think of atms the same way.

i have loads of new earrings and new styles in the Etsy shop

also, if you can, go donate to those in need in Haiti.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

what i know....

(three of my favorite things)

~things can always get worse
~things can always get better
~things can stay the same if you don't grow
~things inevitably change
~life is full of contradictions
~life is simple if you let it be
~life is full of everyday mundane tasks
~life is full of wonder, simple pleasures, moments of joy
~things are created
~things are destroyed with no mercy

it's all of it, together, mixed up, some days more of one thing than the other....but it's all there...complex, simple, beauty, ugly, pain, joy, change, idleness, all of it.

live anyway. love anyway. risk anyway. create anyway.

(i'm sure this is a redundant post but i think it could stand to be repeated)

Friday, January 8, 2010


(working on crocheting camera bags for those cameras that only come with wrist straps)

the first thought in my head as soon as i wake up is usually COFFEE. i am trying to train myself to think positive thoughts right when i wake up because usually (in most cases) i wake up stressed....sometimes it's because of the crazy dreams i am having, sometimes it's money issues, sometimes it's just 'what am i doing with my life' type of thing..... this isn't always the more recent months i do wake up at times instantly reassuring myself and thinking of something to get happy about that day....i do better when before i go to sleep i conjure up some creative project to work on...that way when i do awaken i have an agenda, and a purpose of some sort.

i believe in the power of having projects or goals (small or big) to accomplish or even just the process of working on them makes life pass by...and instead of the big picture of life you can ease your mind by taking it project by project, hour by hour, meal by get the point. i think it's so important to find everyday things/tasks to wrap your thoughts around. my extreme love of food makes me excited for lunch and dinner everyday, and what i might make or have...i especially have joy when i make something in the's such a fulfilling process....buying ingredients, chopping, adding to pot, smelling it ALL DAY while it's soothing, comforting, nourishing even before my body consumes it.
that is the way i feel about creating products to sell as doesn't matter that i don't keep the items or wear them....the act of creating nourishes my soul so very's in the process not the finished product.
as is the way of life right?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 list so far...

learn about and absorb myself in some historical figure/person....some bit of history.

learn a dance.

make a video. silly or serious.

paint something big on canvas.

make more homecooked meals. new recipes i've never tried. try to fix at least 5 new ones a month.

learn a foreign language - probably french or italian - at least the basic phrases and words

Monday, January 4, 2010

5 things that made me happy today....

5 things:
maple bbq archer farm chips
season 2 Tudors on instant play netflix
fleece blankets
listening to belleville outfit pandora station all day
warm socks

etsy shop sale

got some stuff marked down in etsy shop