I’ve never seen anything I’ve agreed with more.
♥ Woo! Friday! Tonight I am going to a tweet-up in Seminole Heights that I helped organize. I’m excited to see all my friends, and meet new neighbors. :) Yay! TGIF!
♥ I thought of a wonderful idea that I haven’t mentioned to anyone that I’m actually pretty excited about. In my head it sounds great and will get my creative juices flowing, but I need to brainstorm a bit… but, gosh, I am ecstatic.
♥ I follow every blog mentioned in this article: Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs (+ a ton more!)
♥ Etsy seller Queinteresante combines chemistry and art by creating clear labels of the names of chemicals that make the colors of crayons. Roses are Ruby Al2O3:Cr Violets are Vanadyl VO2+(aq)
♥ With my post earlier this week about wanting all heart-shaped food, this is a good tutorial for making your own biscuit cutter from a tealight. :)
♥ My blog lately has been pretty much a glorified Tumblr; so here’s a bunch of images.
Have a great weekend!
“Gratitude feels so good because it is the state of mind closest to
your natural state in which you were born to live.”
I’m constantly sharing my thankfulness for all the things I find “magical” in my life… sunbeams, dust looking like glitter in sunlight, my kittens sandy tongue, a leaf on the ground shaped like a heart, a child’s high-five in the grocery store checkout line… It allows me to recognize the beauty and blessings of our cosmos to grow within me, to soften me, to inspire and fill my heart with joy.
The saying, “Count your blessings” is *so* simple and extremely powerful. Gratitude is that feeling in your heart which allows you to observe and take in all the astonishing, remarkable things you have and forgetting for a moment all you may lack. It connects your brain with your heart and gives you the ground to be more giving, effective, loving human. Being grateful allows generosity to flow. Many believe it also makes us more receptive, the more you love what you have, the more you get what you want.
Here are some of my blessings to be counted:
Family – I have a very small family; just my mother, father, brother and grandmother. I love them all so much. My grandmother’s memory is getting pretty bad, so I am thankful for every story she shares and all the precious time I am able to spend with her. My mother is the strongest and most motivated person I know; she’s always there for me, always smiling. My father is definitely where I picked up my empathetic heart, sense of humor and adventurous spirit; such a blessing to have received these traits! I’m thankful my brother is a huge nerd, and the only one who will ever understand, “where I’m from”.
Friends – My friends are the family I’ve chosen and they are a constant reminder of who I am, where I’m going, and what I need and deserve. With my dearest friends I share my life, listen, cry, laugh till I can’t breathe, and stick around for the darkest and lightest hours. I can picture all the people who have taken an interest in my life and helped guide and direct me. I don’t know how I could possibly repay them. I cannot express my thankfulness for all the amazing friends (new and old) I have, they are everything.
Emotional Strength – These past few months have been quite crazy and hard for me. I am honestly IMPRESSED how well I have handled everything. The mind is so amazing and adaptable. I will admit though, I’m sure I’m doing so well from what I’ve learned from the past year or so, funny how that works. :P I love waking up happy, radiant and thankful for my inner peace.
Faith in God – I don’t talk about this much, but knowing that there is a higher power I can turn to when things become too difficult for me to deal with on my own is a blessing. Everyone has their own thoughts about this from time to time and most seem to return to the idea that something much more powerful than we are has had a hand in making this all happen.
Epic Thanks Tampa Bay – If you don’t know by now, I’ve been volunteering with Epic Thanks Tampa Bay for the past six months to help recognize a local Tampa Changemaker who is working hard behind the scenes, but never gets the full recognition and support they deserve. Our team took open nominations and held public voting; this year’s Changemaker is Mike Halley’s K9’s for Veterans. They take rescued dogs and train them to help disabled veterans. These people’s lives are changed drastically by the companionship of a service dog. The experience has been one of the best in my life. Late night Tuesday meetings, meeting the runner-ups, helping plan an event… it’s been life changing and has brought me into contact with the most amazing individuals.
Hope – I am ready for 2011. New beginnings! I’m finally not dreading and now excited for my twenty fifth year. I also hope to be involved in anything I can be, volunteering is probably the most amazing thing ever.
Smaller yet still beautiful random blessings:
Starry nights, Garbage the cat, porch kisses, great music, cold beer, rooftop parties, ice clinking on the side of a tall drinks, hot coffee, pictures that remind me how beautiful I am, my neighborhood (Seminole Heights), twitter & twitter friends, free tables, scary downstairs refrigerator jokes, Orson, having a car w/ cold AC & heat, windchimes chiming as I drift off to sleep, snuggly quilts, cute shoes, scalding hot showers, men in button up long sleeved dress shirts, shooting stars, cooking dinner for friends, the smell of a old bookstore, 6pm!, having everything I need & more.
I have no idea what your upcoming holiday weekend will be like, I do know it isn’t about externals; it’s about having an appreciation for all that it is and to be able to feel it regardless of external situations. Simply remember that gratitude as an inherent part of who you are & be joyful. Happy Thanksgiving!
Also! This flood of gratitude has been inspired by Epic Change. I cannot to forget to mention them and how they are back at it again! Their annual 48-hour event, Epic Thanks (formally Tweetsgiving) is happening right now!
They are seeking to harness the power of social media for social good, recruiting people to “lend a tweet to amplify the voice & impact of grassroots global changemakers who need to be heard”. This is social media done right!
You can read the story of three Epic Changemakers that Tweetsgiving supports (One is Mike Halley’s K9’s for Veterans!!), or log in using your Twitter or Facebook accounts to create a custom thank you note (mine is above!) that shares your grateful heart with the world, along with an optional donation.
Ps. I have so much epic love to Stacey Monk & Sanjay Patel and their team for using their amazing talents to the greater good. <3 <3
♥ ♥ ♥
Eee, so cute. Even though I love Garbage so much my heart feels like it’s bursting, I still daydream about a perfect little Westie. Speaking of Garbage, she’s getting bigger everyday. I got her tapeworm medicine last weekend, & had to trick her into taking it – I tried stuffing it in soft treats, didn’t work -Ended up getting her food a bit wet (she does that anyways, it’s weird) & mixing it up in there. Gobble Gobble, all worms are gone! :) YAY!
♥ ♥ ♥
I was reading this blog post about making French Silk Pie & they mentioned taking the pie crust leftovers, sprinkling them with sugar & cinnamon to make “cookies”. I immediately felt warm & miss my grandmother more than ever, we used to bake a TON together when I was little. I need to plan a trip to go visit her w/ my mom, like ASAP. Maybe I can convince her to make a pie with me. :)
♥ ♥ ♥
The walls at my place are pretty bare since I’m so new there – while trying to hang some mirrors I had on hand, I found out that since my place is old it has plaster walls, not drywall – you can chip & crack the entire wall of you do it wrong! So I’ve been looking up some other options, tacking paper flowers, origami crane mobiles, & I have no idea if I’m allowed to paint, but I’d love to cover everything with chalk paint. Do you have any ideas?
♥ ♥ ♥
Anna, at Little Reminders of Love is always posting the best stuff. I seriously would have thought this post was written about me. (No rly, these past 3 weeks summed up!) I’d wholeheartedly suggest subscribing to her blog.
♥ ♥ ♥
I like this chair. Something about older homes w/ modern accessories & furniture is just wonderful. Polished, mmmm… Industrial yet warm. I must love designer Philippe Starck because this chair is BREATH TAKING. (Each chair takes 24 hours to make!!!)
♥ ♥ ♥
–It’s my Mothers birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
–Super short commute to work!! I hardly use 1/2 a tank a week! bahaha!
–Lol’ed at bosses for telling me that Yahoo Answers is probably more correct than Wiki.
–Last weekend being AWESOME.
–Looking forward to working the photobooth @ Necronomicon this weekend.
I’m out of here! Share links! I love silly/awesome/cool/rad/bitching links/stuff! Hive mind this up!
^^ Can I get an AMEN?? ^^
Drinks & stargazing w/ my current favorite posse!!!, baby time (little shorts! little socks!), lady time (Crashing in my bed, oh la la!), walking to yummy burgers, talking to drunk older men while enjoying a beer w/ ladies, exploring the new neighborhood, kissing/playing with Garbage, avoiding laundry & being a couch potato on someone Else’s couch(thank you), Just enjoying company & being content in the moment -no stress, no worries… Just being.
I love Lao Tzu, I read Te-Tao Ching this time last year.
This is an important reminder right now! (#amirite?!)
Last night I sat w/ Gabi on her driveway drinking a beer; we ending up picking up Oz at 1am & going to the trashiest dive bar ever. I heard the worse rendition of Metallica’s, “Enter Sandman” EVER. Although some sleaze-ball in a sleeveless tee totally loved it.
Tonight I am going with my favorite people to Howl-o-Scream. It should be a great time. :)
Saturday, I’m going to pack up the rest of my things & pick up Garbage the cat.
Last night I viewed an apartment, & I loved it! Wood floors, cute little kitchen, I kept telling Renee that I could really see me & Garbage there! There is TONS of windows w/ a garden underneath, she’ll be able to look at the birds & bugs down there.
I’m wanting to pay the security deposit & first month on Saturday. I’m finding it kinda hilarious in it’s own way that last year at this time, I was looking for my own place. Kinda silly how it’s all gone full circle…? I think I’m going to ask the landlord if I can drop the boxed up stuff off there, & I’ll move in officially the following weekend. Just so I don’t have to move stuff to my mom’s, then to my place, it will save a trip. (Since I’m enlisting the help of my awesome rockstar friends!) We shall see what the landlord says!!!
I’m also google-ing about decreasing the stress of a move on a cat, I’m kinda worried about that. I’m thankful she’s young & should be able to handle it pretty well. It will also get her used to different people & noises, she won’t be a scaredy cat! I bought her the Litter Qwitter & books on training cats on Tuesday, those should be coming soon & really come in handy.
Okay, here’s a gift of a song I found; it’s grimey, I hope you like it.
Know who you are, by forgiving who you’re not.
Treasure your dreams…
& Never be dissatisfied with what you have.
♥ ♥ ♥
I think my cat, Garbage, is Bast the Cat Goddess of Egypt. I have a habit of sending Gregg random e-mails through the day, I sent him an e-mail proclaiming that Garbage must be Bast or Bast reincarnated…!
Bast, also known as Bastet, is a feline Goddess of ancient Egpyt. Meaning, “Devouring Lady” (from bas, to devour, with feminine ending). She is said to be the daughter of Ra, the sun God. Bast represented the moon in its process of making a woman fruitful with a swelling womb. She was also Goddess of music, pleasure, perfume and dancing.
♥ ♥ ♥
I saw this awesome recipe for Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups, yummm!
This is on the edge of too tedious for my baking desires, but I’d love to try…
♥ ♥ ♥
Tutorial for sparkly lanterns made from coffee cans! I’d like to make these & solar LED’s in them, charge during the day & beautiful at night!
♥ ♥ ♥
I love this cup, saucer, pen, and journal set designed by Katarina Häl. I’m always writing everything down so I remember it later, this would be useful.
♥ ♥ ♥
Everything you need for a day at the office in a cute jar! 1 pound jar containing pins & paper clips, wooden peg, pencil, eraser, paper ruler, string, tag book made from found paper and an assortment of labels. Now all you need to do is some work! I think this make an awesome gift for someone with a new job!
♥ ♥ ♥
I’m ready for Halloween. Cooler temperatures, costumes, sweaters…
I love this wreath made from folded up old books & buttons!
- Save $5,000 dollars
- Try Vietnamese food
- Take a train
- Take a writing workshop
- Go to a Jazz club/concert
- Buy a flask & carry it for a weekend
- Lose those pesky 20 pounds (entire total being 50 pounds lost)
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Make seed bombs, pick a spot & bomb it for a week
- Spend a weekend in St. Augustine
- Take a dance class
- Make 5 objects/things Etsy shop
- Go to Grandma’s for 3 weekends
- Jump on a trampoline with Gregg
- Hike 5 miles of the Florida Trail when it gets cooler
- Have a theme party for all of our friends to celebrate how awesome life is…!
- Wake up at 7am for an entire week; including the weekend
- Make Oobleck (Non-Newtonian fluid)
What an awesome manifesto. :) Available here.
I think thanks to Iris I’ll be calling my image/link dump this. (Thank you!)
Today is awesome!
My raise kicks in on this paycheck! Woot! :D :D
Twilight was canceled last night; rescheduled for tonight -YES!
Tacobus Tweetup was intense w/ heavy rain, but turned out well & post taco drinking = win!
& It’s Friday!
& My weekend is packed with fun!
& I may (fingers crossed) have Monday off!
I guess I’m on a huge recycling kick.
Here is tin cans mosaiced (is that a word) w/ foam!
Cheap & looks amazing.
Another recyclable –Panties from old t-shirts!
I am always looking for ideas to upcycle tees since I have a boat load of shirts I no longer wear
& I get tons of free shirts from events that are XL or bigger.
I am going to a party for the 4th,
& was looking for recipes so I could bring some yums…
This is way too cute!
I wish I could find that cupcake pan,
anyone else hate transporting cuppies?
Here’s a tute for super cute bookcases.
It seems I’m really in a crafty kick lately. Now if I just got off the net & starting making stuff! I’ll be updating tomorrow about how my Twenty Challenge ends! TGIF!
Sometimes I worry that lurking the internet for crafts and following so many blogs (I am an addict; you have no idea!), that I lose my imagination and creativity along the way. I see items on the internet that I want to make! Then, I feel guilty for wanting to copy someones idea; when I could just by whatever they have crafted on Etsy. I want to support crafters! But, when the time comes, & I am lurking the aisles of Micheal’s, I just don’t… feel inspired. I’m thinking of other peoples amazing ideas.
Currently, I am decently “fluent” in:
– Sewing (Hand, Machine and Embroidery)
– Soap Making (Both Melt & Pour and Cold Process)
– Pottery (I am familiar with throwing clay & a wheel)
– Candle Making
– Pretty much all types of paper crafts (Origami, Decoupage, etc…)
– Resin inlays
– Wet Felting
– Stamp Carving
– Book Binding (v. novice! I can do little note pads and such, not amazing stuff like this)
I would eventually like to:
– Build my own potter’s wheel, and kiln <3
– Glass Fusing/Blowing
– Circut Bending
– Sterling Silver, everything. (Molds, Freeform…etc. )
– Precious Metal Clay
– Dry Felting
In Google Docs, I keep a crazy inspiration & links documents. Here is some stuff that I’ve been eyeing & inspiring me lately. All picture link to source!!
This week since Gregg’s been away on business, I have been cutting, braiding & sewing tee-shirts to make a braided rug for our place. I’m not sure where it will end up, but I’m thinking it would look cute on the patio! :) I have claimed the patio mine indirectly… with all the herbs/veggies/etc I am growing.
This is the idea of the rug I am making, just I chose to make it oval verse a circle. & mine has no colors, just black, white & grey.
What crafty bits have you been up to? Anything inspiring you lately? Any projects planned for this summer? Share!
Realize it’s possible, instead of telling yourself why you can’t.
Become aware of your self-talk.
Squash negative thoughts like a bug.
Replace them with positive thoughts.
Love what you have already.
Be grateful for your life, your gifts, and other people.
Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
But be inspired by them.
Accept criticism with grace.
But ignore the naysayers.
See bad things as a blessing in disguise.
See failure as a stepping stone to success.
Surround yourself by those who are positive.
Complain less, smile more.
Image that you’re already positive.
Then become that person in your next act.