Friday, October 30, 2009
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
I put #37 in bold because it is I often forget that.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So, how do you express yourself? I love the Creative Everyday Challenge. I think that it is a great way to express yourself in a new and creative way every single day. Maybe it's time for you to try something different, loosen up. Speaking for myself I love to paint in oils and acrylics, but I've never tried watercolor. Maybe it's time to do that. You only live once (that you're aware of) and now is the time to do that thing that you've always wanted to try but for whatever reason haven't yet. Take a lesson from Kipper (the dog) and let your freak flag fly. Who cares? I'd be willing to bet that just about everyone you know wants to try something new and totally different that you'd be surprised to hear about. Be the first in your circle, start a trend of adventure and experimentation. Have fun with it.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The following three don't have imperfections, they are on clearance simply because Halloween is so close and I'd like to get them all into new homes before then. Maybe they'd love to come and live with you ...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last but not least is Kipper, he is a blanket stealer at night, and the things that he enjoys most are long walks on the beach (no really - he does) rolling around in dead things, and protecting our house from the masses of squirrels that torture him with their twitchy little tails.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I have a long day of throwing things away, moving things and hanging art on the walls. For such a small space, this studio has A LOT in it. Somehow I managed to pack it all in very tightly.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Right now, in my life there is a need for a huge overhaul of change. I feel that my shop needs change, my house needs change and my to-do list needs a change. I believe that unless you change what you are doing, nothing else will change either, and I need a change in my life.
Don't get me wrong - I am not unhappy. That is not the case at all. I just want more out of my life.
There is so much potential for improvement, and I am determined to make it happen. I do not want my children to settle for less than they want, and less than they are capable of achieving, so I have to set an example.
My shop needs as many changes as my house, and my house needs LOTS of changes. I will be changing the photos, descriptions and even the prices. I think that I will be going by a formula for each piece so that it is completely objective.
I will take photos of the house as the work progresses. I just need to beautify.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Allow the everyday things in your life to bring you joy - and they will. Being happy is a choice. It is true - there are times that are challenging when it is difficult to smile, we all have those. For the majority of the time though, there are things that you can find wonder and joy in and there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
What is you joy? Where does it lead you? A walk with my children in the neighborhood caused me to meet a great friend, a trip to a yard sale just yesterday brought me to sisters who wanted an artist to paint portraits of their family for Christmas, a casual conversation with someone at the post office turned into some great advice, and on and on.
What if we all thought like silly children sometimes?
Friday, October 16, 2009
The above is a 'Touch of Color' portrait which is basically a black and white painting with a little bit of color just where you want it. This is a 5"x5" and is on sale in my shop for only $35.00. The canvas is gallery wrapped (meaning it's thick) so it doesn't require framing. It can be hung on your wall as is. If you have more than one child I think this size is nice because it can be hung anywhere. That is the nice thing about the black and white, you don't have to worry about matching it to your furniture.
I will be offering colored custom paintings as well in many different sizes, right now I only have two sizes in my store but the other sizes will be up there soon. If there is a size you'd like, don';t hesitate to ask.
I will be offering the following:
Black and white portraits in pencil.
'Touch of Color' portraits.
Color pencil portraits.
They will come in any standard size.
If you'd like to order a custom portrait, be aware that with my current workload I need about three weeks in order to complete a painting, but this time may increase as my workload increases, so please plan accordingly.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Then the kids, Shannon and I went to the Scituate Festival and each booth looked like a mini store, they were all so professional looking. I got a lot of ideas about how I'd like to set up my own booth.
This morning I took a deep breath and peeked at the photos of my booth from last weekend's show. Ugh ...
There are so many things that I need to change before next season. First of all, until you get right into my booth, you can't even tell what I am selling.
I need to find a way to get all of my art to stand up straight and face front. From ten feet away, you can't even see my art.
Now that I've seen some gorgeous booths, I REALLY don't like my booth and the way that it is set up. I have one more out door show this season and then my hubby and I need to get crackin' on building some new way to display the art. My husband is a MASTER at building and designing. There is no excuse for it to look like this.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I took my baby sitter/friend with me and away we went. We only got lost once ;) It actually really wasn't that bad of a drive and we knew there would be traffic, this is one of the biggest festivals in the country.
If I had brought $10,000 I could have easily spent it there. The art was beautiful, the jewelry, clothing, glass work, bath and body stuff, stuffed animals, music - it was all beautiful. There was a lot to take in, the crowds were enormous and there were so many vendors.
Next year, I WILL be a vendor there, it is a goal.
This is the entrance to the festival, there were thousands of people, it is almost overwhelming.
I adore this person's glass work. The little pumpkins are just adorable.
Selene tried some killer bee honey and it was definitely different from regular honey. It was super thick and a little bitter.
Driving home we got a little lost - of course. For some reason whenever Shannon is in my car, I get lost.
There was a lot of walking - I guess Beanie's little legs couldn't take it.
Awesome festival - I highly recommend if you are in the RI area for Columbus Day weekend next year that you stop by and see it. I'll be there - as a vendor this time.
Just as a side note - when I dropped off Shannon I went to pick up Clay and this song came on that I'd never heard before and I must say - it's a new favorite for sure. Something about it reminds me of being really little.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Huggermugs is such a cute shop! In her own words:
"I am a stay-at-home mom to a lively toddler, and I love creating things. One of my greatest joys in life is making something with my own two hands, and I also love imagining how much someone else will enjoy my creation. My craftiness knows few bounds: among other things, I crochet, sew, decorate clothing, and make collages on notebooks and journals. And I'm learning to knit! If I didn't have a toddler to tend, I'd probably spend most of my time either crafting or writing, as I'm also a freelance writer. One meaning of the old word huggermugger is "jumble," and this shop is definitely a jumble of different things, so it felt like a fitting name for my shop.All my items are handcrafted in a smoke-free, pet-free home. To learn more about me and my crafting and writing, check out my blog:http://www.huggermuggerblog.blogspot.com.
I love this one, it is probably my favorite in her shop.
My daughter would like this one: