happy things

04.11.08 {pretty ladies | one}

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my polka dot dress! Your sweetness made me blush so!

Yesterday I stumbled upon the very fun Muxtape site (via Gala’s recommendation). Let’s just say I’ve probably spent more time poking around other people’s play lists than I probably should–being the music fiend I am! hehe! I’m also in the midst of writing a rather long research paper, which always makes me crave playing music constantly. So, in the spirit of sharing and discovering new music, I’ve created a little play list of my favorite low-key, “study” tunes for you today!! sometimes rainbow: a picture (I know… I stink at titles… lol!).

04.11.08 {pretty ladies | two}

Oh, and as a side note to all Creative Cacophony participants: I sent you emails yesterday with your partner’s information!! Hurrah!! I simply can’t wait to put together a smashup of my favorite tunes and send it off!

 inspiring living ideas [ via ]
 I want one in a “big girl” size!
 gorgeous floral images…
 amazing compilation of interior spaces
 love the organic form’s of Rachel’s artwork [ via ]
 colorful inspiration board

That’s all for this week! I hope you all have a simply lovely weekend!! I’m planning on pretty much staying planted in front of my laptop–until that paper is done!


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p.s. I realize these photos have absolutely nothing to do with this post! But they were so pretty, and make up for my lack of interesting photography today. lol!


03.19.08 {creation sounds}

I have been plotting this for awhile, but the idea of organizing a swap was slightly intimidating! lol. However, the idea has persisted for well over four months (I know… talk about procrastinating!), so I suppose that means I must do something about it, huh? I would like to announce the first-ever (for this blog!) Creative Cacophony Swap! Read on for details…

03.19.08 {swap plotting}

Participants will create “mix tapes” (cd’s) of their favorite music that inspires the creative process. Music has played such a pivotal role in shaping my creative moods, and I am constantly tweaking and changing up my mix of favorites as the days pass. I always find it interesting to know what inspires other artists not only visually but acoustically as well! Interested in participating?

Here’s how: Email between now and next Friday (March 28) to sign up. Be sure to include your name, email address, blog/website (optional), and mailing address. Please be sure to note whether you are willing to ship your mix internationally.

Depending on how many people sign up, I’ll either match participants up individually, or in smallish groups (up to five people). You’ll create up to five mix cds of your “creative cacophony” to mail to other members of your group. Creative expression through the cd packaging is encouraged! All mix tapes will be mailed no later than May 2, 2008 (that gives you more than a month!! hehe!). I’ll email everyone more specifics once I have all the sign-ups.

So, if you think this sounds like fun (I know I do! lol), send me an email me with the required information by March 28.

03.19.08 {antique whites}

I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday! I’m off to do a little reconstruction project…


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a bright spot to the day!

I can hardly believe its February already! Wait. Don’t I say this every month?! Oh dear… Suffice to say, I feel like 2008 is already going far too fast for lil ol’ me to keep up! hehe!

I have had some lovely surprises this week; I feel so blessed by all the nice people I’ve gotten to “meet” through blogging! First, Laura and Vasiliisa awarded me the sweet “You Make My Day” blog award! Thank you both so much!! There are a couple rules for this award: Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times. Oh dear… how ever am I to choose just ten?! If I could nominate my entire blogroll I would! You all are such gems and I love each and every one of your creative, thoughtful and lovely blogs!

Vanessa, Marjorie, Blaze, Tricia, Julie, Kate, Anna, Ysolda, Martha, Christine.

inside the locket

I received a darling package from the lovely Sarah. She was doing a giveaway last week on her blog, and I won! *dances* Thank you so much, Sarah! Its a pretty locket with two miniature “portraits” inside from her gorgeous artwork. I’m so tickled and can’t wait to wear it! Which, of course I did today! Not quite the spring-ish outfit I had envisioned, but alas! The weather continues to conspire against me, despite my earnest pleas for spring to hurry up.

inspiration [ twenty-four ]
make a handy circular knitting needle holder
Blaze’s delightful art studio nook!
a “new to me” knitting site
clever scrap-catcher for your sewing table!
wise words on making creativity personal
gorgeous Japanese sewing book images
alter a thrift-store sweater into something really chic!
50 suggestions to save those “bad days”
a valentine’s day sweet download!

I made a trip to the nice art store today (not one of the art/craft/hobby mega stores). I have been needing to make my annual visit there for months; just to browse and take in the beautiful supplies, drool over the mediums I want to try, and be tempted by the vast array of papers! More importantly: replenishing my depleted watercolors with some new, vibrant hues for some artwork I’m in the midst of! And I also purchased a block of Arches hot press watercolor paper; something I’ve needed/wanted for ages! Hooray!! Now I just need to get over my “new art supplies–eeek!” fear. hehe.

Have a lovely, super-duper creative and inspired weekend, my dears!

Cheers & Creativity,
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