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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Unexpected Inspiration


 Searching for inspiration, I looked to my left...

~a favorite bentwood chair~

then further left...

~ceramic rose art~

then to my right, out the front door...

~a Texas sunset~

Behold, impromptu sunset photo shoot.

Enjoy!












What inspiration lies in wait just over your shoulders?


   Linking with
Funky Junk Interiors

 



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog Constipation



Do you ever sit here and just stare at your monitor and think 
(or even say out loud, if you're one of those weird types who talk to yourself non-stop. Like me)

"What the #@*! am I gonna blog about today?"

 Welcome to my world.

I spent a couple of hours last night
reading a boatload of old posts from Tara of Blondie 'n' SC.
Dang, but that girl has a gift for expressing herself!
And in a way that's completely relatable and identifiable.
She just rocks, plain and simple.

And then I came back here.
Ugh.
And immediately wanted to just wipe out
90% of my old posts and start over.

(utterly DARLING giveaway win from DustyLu & The Agoura Antique Mart)

My days and nights are all mixed up lately...I've been off work
more than I've been working, so I've been staying up
way into the wee hours and sleeping in late like the slug I am.

This is, no doubt, wreaking havoc on my thought processes, hence my feelings.

What feelings, you ask?

Thank you for asking.

I feel constipated.

Creatively, inspirationally, motivationally plugged-up.

Can anyone else out there relate?

Do they make Metamucil for blogging?

Or has it perhaps advanced to such a state
that I now require a full-blown, blogging colonic?

I smile.

As I'm typing these words, I hear Mr. Twig in the other room snoring.

Ahh, the sleep of the content and the well-adjusted.


Just some random 2am thoughts, shared because somewhere,
some place, someone else gets what I'm talkin' about.

Sleep well, my pretties!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gratitude


 Sometimes

like lately

when I tend to dwell on what's wrong

instead of everything that is so right in my life

I look outside

and see this

just beyond my window


 As far as the eye can see, this is our property

Such beauty!

And I so often look past it, seeing only shadows rather than light


My sweet friend Suzanne
of
Privet and Holly
  has a remarkably poignant, thought-provoking post up today
and it really got me thinking

About gratitude

and possibilities

and choices we make

and how beauty is all around us

and sometimes...

even within

Please go pay Suzanne a visit

Read this amazing post

and follow her beautiful blog

She's the writer I want to be when if I grow up!



And the Winner Is.....


Sometimes it pays to come late to the party.  ;-)

Chosen via Random Number Generator
   out of 402 comments/entries...

#397

Deb from Garage Sale Gal

You are the lucky winner of this fabulous book!


Thank you so much to everyone who entered, left comments, 
became followers and shouted my giveaway from your respective rooftops!

I'll be having another wonderful giveaway soon, 
so be sure to check back often!

Happy Wednesday!



Sunday, May 16, 2010

Want Better Photos?


Any who among us doesn't, right?

 

Sometimes the photos come right out the camera looking just divine

 

And sometimes they don't.
Sorry, Winnie.

So for those times when you could use a little sumpin' sumpin' 
to spruce up those images, there's Photoshop!

 






But, as many of you well know, Photoshop can be a booger to learn.
I'm still struggling with it!

Hometown Girl to the rescue!

 

My sweet new friend Susan of the fabulous blog Hometown Girl 
is having a wonderfully generous giveaway
and she's offering one lucky reader this essential book on creating Photoshop art...


I've heard great things about this book, 
so be sure to pay the lovely Susan a visit to enter this amazing giveaway.
Let her know I sent ya!

Click HERE to enter.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cubby Holes



This is the desk where I blog.

I moved my laptop to give you a better view of this
fabulous cubby that I gaze upon while sitting here
hour after hour
telling my tales and visiting all of you and your wonderful blogs.

Now, I must preface this post by assuring you
that any dust you might think you see here is merely your eyes playing tricks on you.
So there.
I'm so glad we got that settled.

Anyway.

As I am wont to do, my mind wandered
and I began to see the blogging world as a giant cubby of sorts.


Each little hole 
each niche, 
nook or cranny, 
represented a different flavor in the blogging world.

In our particular genre, the lifestyle blogs, there are many sub-genres.
Or for the purposes of this post, many different cubbies.

There are the crafters

The junkers

The photographers

The renovation folks

The SAHM's (stay-at-home-mom's)

The beachy-coastal crowd

The humorists

The shop-owners

The mixed-media artists

The DIY crowd

The designers

and so many more who simply defy pigeonholing.


It's funny...

Because I thought I knew exactly which cubbies I fit into.

On any given day, I feel like I fit into all or none of the above.

But the more of the blogging world I explore,

the more of you I get to know and the more my horizons are broadened,

I begin to question

exactly where I belong.

Which niche is mine.


I thought I knew...

Less than a year ago when I began my blogging adventure,
I was the writer who dreamed of one day owning her own shop.
That much hasn't changed, but I've discovered so much more than I ever anticipated,
both about the blogging world in general, and about myself in particular.


I have grown.

I have learned.

I have changed.

And all three can be messy and uncomfortable, but so worth it in the end.
Right?


But still I wonder...

As I begin to peer inquisitively into different cubbies...into your cubbies

I ask myself

will I be accepted?

Or will I be suddenly transported back to high school...
ah, the days of cliques...(regrettably, do we ever really outgrow them?)
looked at quizzically, perhaps given the once over and sent packing

back to

my

own

little

cubby?


And then

a moment of clarity


Just as my charming cubby houses so many disparate objects,

so many different sides of me,

then so it follows that my blog can serve the same function.


My blog is a journey and an exploration of who I am,
much like I'm sure yours is as well.

So if you see me peering around the corner...

exploring your particular niche...


Please, welcome me as I will you!

Because we both might just discover

something new

and

altogether wonderful!


 I hope you all have a happy weekend!
I'll be trying to catch up on household chores,
and as I'm woefully behind on visiting all of you,
I hope to pay many of your lovely blogs a visit this weekend.

As always, thank you for your friendship
and for deeming me worthy of a read now and again.
I love y'all.  :-)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What The???


I need some help from my more blogger savvy friends...
I went to follow a new blog, 
and was met with this rather rude message:

"You are already following the maximum number of blogs (300). 
Unfollow some other blogs first."

I'm sorry, jigga wha?

I know of some people who say they follow 
upwards of 600 blogs, so why the cut-off for me?

And because I know it's the 11th commandment 
that one cannot post without pictures, here ya go.



Now....HELP!




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