Archive for July, 2010
Hi all! It’s giveaway time…I just wanted to share one of my favorite finds with you so you might enjoy it too.
I just love the whimsical and heart-felt artwork of Curly Girl Designs. I have been in love with Leigh’s creations for a long time… I thought I was so cool discovering them so long ago… but now you can literally find her everywhere you go!
I love her cards, calendars, artwork and gifts. I have bought many things for myself and for others. I picked up some darling cards for my daughter just last week.
Check out the website at Curly Girl Design…. THEN leave a comment HERE on what your favorite thing from her line is… and you may just win it! Yes… a giveaway! Yahoo!
Post your comment about your favorite Curly Girl Design… and one lucky person will win what they love! (Please post comments by midnight on August 2nd CST.)
Thanks… hope you win!
They are located north of London, England, so should you be traveling over there soon it is a great way to see the countryside and if you are not traveling over there real soon, this may give you reason to! Either way, it is a fantastic idea and I’m glad I could pass it on.
They have an entire “fleet” of these darling retro campers, here are just a few I wanted to introduce you to… Constance, Ruby, Flo…
And here are Gracie, Matilda, and Nell and Betty. Don’t you just love that they have such darling names?
Travel on my friends….(oh, and you must send photos to me if you go!)
As I was driving through a neighborhood today, I passed a home with an elderly woman out tending to her chores. I only caught a brief look into this woman’s day, but it has stuck with me all afternoon, reminding me of memories I haven’t thought about for a long time. This woman was out in her summer housecoat with her apron, white socks, and black shoes as her attire. Her frail frame indicated her age was possibly in her 90′s.
This snapshot stirred up memories of my own great-grandmother, who also dressed in her summer housecoat dress when it was hot outside. She also wore dark shoes with white socks, not caring that they weren’t fashionable, because they were practical and suited her simple lifestyle. I remember my great-grandmother’s simple way of life- to get up each day doing the necessary chores to sustain life and enjoying family in between. She wasn’t a fancy person, her home even reflected her simplicity of life, a few special pieces here and there, but nothing to distract from what really mattered. She didn’t even speak English, just Finnish, although my mother and aunts think she could have if she wanted to… she just chose not to. She smiled often and always slipped us kids some pink chalky candy. She rarely even left her home, living on a quiet farm in the middle of Minnesota, she let an honest life that is very rare to come across these days.
My great-grandmother has been gone for more than 30 years, but once in a while something from this life, stirs a memory from her life. Thanks Grama for being an example on how to live a life that is not concerned with the worldliness of today’s society. To just enjoy each day for it’s beautiful simplicity.
One of my favorite rooms in the home is the kitchen. I love the design aspects, the cabinetry and organization options, and the endless meals prepared there. But I think it may be the overall feel that a kitchen represents that makes it my favorite room. You can really live in a kitchen!
Great kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. They can be cozy or grand, bright or neutral, contemporary or country. It’s more about creating a kitchen that works with your lifestyle, so the room really becomes a part of your life.
If your kitchen falls short of being the most used room in your home, maybe a kitchen update or renovation is in order. Yes, the most beautiful kitchen renovations can be quite pricey, yet some of the simplest changes can make your kitchen feel updated, organized or more spacious.
Minor remodeling can enlarge your space and make it work for your family and your lifestyle. Consider consulting with a professional to make your kitchen all it can be. Talking over the ideas and options can make it seem less daunting and more attainable.
So, whether you have the kitchen of your dreams, or are still dreaming away, here are some wonderful, personal kitchens to enjoy. They may even inspire you to do a little cooking… (All photos from House Beautiful)
Cleaning house is such a creative inspiration for me. Not the “run-through-the-house-and-clean-up in 15 minutes” kind of clean, but the really deep cleaning process is what I am referring to. I know that sounds really weird, but I think there’s something about doing a routine task that clears the mind. I also think it’s the physical act of touching and handling every piece that surrounds me on a daily basis. The moving of the furniture, dusting the objects, the small details noticed, I think those are the things that start to stir my mind.
I did just that on this holiday weekend. (Okay, not what you normally would do to celebrate a 4th of July holiday, I know.) But, our kids left us home for the weekend, so the Hubby and I decided to stay home and tend to our place. We re-mulched all of our backyard landscaping and gardens and deep-cleaned several areas in our home. It felt good and was much needed! I do have a few areas that still need attention, but boy I feel much better now. I will be able to start my week more focused now that the dust bunnies are gone and my floors are scrubbed. I know, like I said it’s weird, but it works for me!
What sorts of things get you thinking creatively? Do you like to get out to nature, do you like to draw, do you like to meditate or go for a jog? Let me know what gets you thinking… I may try it too! Thanks for stopping by and live creativity today!!