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Stop The World ~ I Want To Get Off and Write

26 Apr

Howdy!

It’s been a few weeks.

Beach Day

It’s Almost Time for the Beach

I think if you ask most writers we’ll tell you that, given the opportunity, we’d write all day and night. Too bad <insert life’s demands here> gets in the way.

When I started this blog, it was supposed to be an outlet for new writing. A (hopefully) regular way to keep things fresh and write about whatever was going on in the world or about things that interested me. It was going to be for those times when I was editing/revising/revamping my novels or plays.

Being a creative type, I have lots of outlets to channel that juicy energy. Sometimes it’s writing. Sometimes it’s painting. Sometimes it’s sewing. Sometimes it’s soaking up life for future inspiration.

And so I got away from the regular course of blogging.

Then, I decided to embark on a regular blogging adventure. I created “Pin Me ~ 52 Weeks of Actually Doing Something With My Pins.” My plan was two-fold: blog at least once a week and make something happen with all those pins I have pushed against my virtual cork boards.

I’ve made some delicious recipes, tried some new nail polish and read a good book. And I was also keeping up with the blogging. Until March 14, 2013, when other stuff got in the way.

It’s nothing major. Just home improvement projects here and hockey games there. (Let’s go Devils! Even if you aren’t making the playoffs this year). And a whole bunch of other must dos.

But, alas, that is no excuse to not blog. I made that commitment and, by golly, I will stick to it. (I hope).

I’ve actually been keeping up with my weekly Pin Me stuff. I just haven’t been blogging about it. So what does that mean?

It means I have seven pins to write about and pronto because I don’t want this stretching out to ten, twenty, fifty…

So here’s what you can expect ~ seven blog pieces coming at you fast and furiously. I’ll probably stretch them out over the next few days, but if you follow my blog via email, expect to get a couple o’emails from me back-to-back. I promise once I catch up, that it will go back to once a week. I think that’s a good amount of email to receive. :]

My Happy Thang is that today is Friday! Whoo to the hoo!

PS…what do you think of the new look for the blog? I might be changing it up seasonally. We’ll see how it goes.

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OK Winter, I’m Ready for Spring

2 Jan

There is something magical about the holidays being cold. And nothing beats having snow on Christmas morning. But by January 2, I’m ready for spring.

Which is a silly thing as winter is just getting started. salad

I have yet to find fabulous boots but I did score some pretty sweaters for Christmas and I have a plethora of gorgeous scarves and gloves to wear…but…I’m ready to pack it all away in favor of pretty Lilly Pulitzer dresses and coral painted toes.

Rather than wish winter away, I’m going to tackle it with lots of indoor projects that need to get done. Here’s a few that I’ll be digging into this month:

1 – repainting my bathroom door

2 – going through my clothes and making a donation to Good Will

3 – ridding my office of every single pile of papers

4 – editing manuscript

5 – finishing a birthday painting for a friend that is a year over due

It’s only day 2 of the new year, but already I’ve managed to keep stress at bay. I am also going to start eating some of these stress busting foods.

Happy Thang for January 2, 2013: Making an amazingly, delicious salad at Whole Foods (bonus: they had ranch dressing! Whoo-hoo!)

Spring To Do’s–Check! Check! Check!

12 May

So seeing as it is almost half way through the month of May that can only mean one thing. SUMMER is right around the corner. Whoo to the hoo!

This got me thinking that I better check in on my Spring Want-To-Do list. So here is what I have accomplished since March 29:

Become a 3X Script Frenzy Winner – check

Paint that 24” X 24” canvas – check (see photo in this post)

Spend every free moment reading – check (and I’ve been able to read on my porch swing b/c of nice weather…bonus!)

I still have a few more to get done in the near future. Here is my full list of Spring Want-To-Do’s https://redcurlgurl.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/my-spring-want-to-dos/

But I’m feeling like I can cross the rest of them off in the near future.

I want to put my money where my mouth is (see 5/10 blog). I don’t remember the exact quote, but someone once said be the change you want to see happen (or something close to that).  So I promise at the end of each blog to post a moment of happy for you. It might be a quote, a photo or in today’s case a video. Enjoy!

Here is your happy moment for the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kavoAsYkjq4

P.S. It’s National Hug Your Cat Day. So if you got ‘em, squeeze ‘em.

Are You My Inspiration?

30 Mar

I love to multi-task. It’s probably the reason why I also love to create across multiple mediums. At any given time, I can be working on a piece jewelry, while sewing a purse and painting with my acrylics or watercolors.

When inspiration strikes, I just give in to it. I learned (the hard way) that when a scene pops into my mind, to grab my laptop or nearest piece of paper and write it out. I’ve tried jotting down notes to remind me of what I wanted to say but it is never as good as when I am in that moment and text is flowing freely. It’s the same way when I paint. A color combination will present itself and, unless I grab those brushes and get that paint on the canvas, I won’t be able to recapture that feeling I had towards that palette.

I’ve been gathering ideas in preparation for Script Frenzy but I don’t know which ones will turn into that new play until I put fingers to keyboard on Friday.  And honestly, it might all depend on when I decide to start. If I go out for lunch and bring my laptop, I’m quite sure I will choose something different that if I begin writing Friday night. Yes, my environment influences my creativity. 

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who couldn’t believe I didn’t cook. I told her I wasn’t any good at it. She found this hard to believe. She told me cooking was just being creative with food instead of paints, paper or material.

Hmmm…

So I put on a gorgeous damask apron, played some opera and worked my artistic ways on a yummy Italian dinner.

And that tradition has continued three years later. Everything from the weather (a warm summer breeze makes me want to concoct delicious salads with watermelon, pine nuts and feta) to clothing (I am seeing a lot of pink this Spring, so I am eager to make cupcakes with a strawberry glaze), stirs something inside of me to express myself in a creative way.

So where do you find inspiration?

My Spring Want-To-Dos

29 Mar

In my first blog post, I talked about how Script Frenzy helped me to manage one of my want-to-dos (writing!)

Today Cait, who writes the Pretty and Fun blog, (which is FABULOUS) posted a beautiful list of the things she wants to do this Spring.  I was so inspired that I created one of my own.


What is on your Spring Want-To-Do list?