Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
- Rabindranath Tagore
- O. Henry
- William Somerset Maugham
- Oscar Wilde
- Mark Twain
- Jane Austen
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- Charlotte Bronte
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Henry David Thoreau
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Dylan Thomas
- Louisa Mae Alcott
- Walt Whitman
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Can you tell I was homeschooled?)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
There's no formula for creativity. At least, none that I know of. My new ideas, designs, colors, prints and patterns just sort of ebb and flow naturally.
I will say that deadlines don't help the creative process at all... the pleasure I take in what I do is somewhat diminished by a ticking clock and high expectations.
If I feel like carving a new print, I do. If I don't, I don't.
I love how creativity has to come to you. It's a gift. You can't force it, coerce it or bribe it. When you least expect it, it sneaks up and slips into your pocket, and when you reach for your pencil... there it is.
No matter your income, social status, race, gender, age or religion... creativity is completely unbiased. Those who have it, can't help but show it. Even if they don't want to, it springs into everything they do.
There is always enough for everyone.
Do something creative today. Even if it's simply letting your mind play.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
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Looking for a cheap and easy way to spruce up your next outdoor dinner party? Try making these Sweet & Simple Summer Lanterns. They're really a breeze to make, and they look adorable dotting the branches of an old oak tree.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
She made me feel beautiful even in my big purple glasses and hacked-off haircut. She saw the beauty inside me, and she told me about it.
She taught me self-love.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I am a total nut when it comes to organization. I guess I need to be since my studio apartment is so tiny... if it weren't tidy it would look like I lived in a closet. (Well, I guess it still sort of looks like that.)
Anyway, I was tired of writing grocery lists on endless pieces of paper, which I would inevitably either throw away before I used them or lose them completely. So, the other day I picked up a flat canvas at Michaels and some chalkboard paint, and made this little eco-friendly number.
No more paper to throw away, and it's 100% reusable!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to want to make my own strawberry jam, but one fine day after the Farmers Market, I decided to do just that. When I was growing up, my mom was always tending her garden and preserving the fruits (and vegetables) of her labor. I suppose at twenty-six years old, it just seemed like time for me to try my hand at the fine art of making jam.
While I had no idea that it would be so time consuming (and gooey) - I had a great time doing it. I sort of thought I'd get more than two jars of jam out of the deal, but then again I also didn't think it would take nearly as long as it did.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Homemade mini cherry pie! This lady puts great care into her work... it's delicious!
Blueberries and strawberries and cherries... Oh My!
(Trying to make jam... we'll see how that goes!)
Peppers & Heirloom Tomatoes!
And - of course - fresh flowers! Beautiful!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I live in a very tiny studio apartment which I take great care to make into a home. I love to refurbish furniture and repurpose finds from thrift stores to make it an eclectic, relaxing, creative space.
One old friend has been with me through the years, and no amount of thrift store finds or decorating trends could get me to part with it. I'm speaking of my 1932 Underwood Portable Typewriter.
My mom, who is consequently also a written word enthusiast, gave it to me when I was about 8 years old. I used to sit at it for hours and write page upon page of screen plays, tickets, announcements and letters... it was the tool that helped me translate my imagination into reality.
Today I use my Underwood daily. I use it to write invoices for my etsy shop, add a quirky touch to letters, or simply let my imagination play. I highly recommend this model to anyone in the market for an amazing lifelong companion.
Or I guess a puppy would be good, too.