Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Word of the Day

vertiginous  \ver-tij-uh-nuh s\
  • causing or tending to cause dizziness
  • a suffering from vertigo or dizziness
She struggled to recover from the vertiginous sensation after exiting the carnival ride.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Foxy Birthday Card

Here is a birthday card that I created tonight.


I am going to be entering this card in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.   Their December challenge is Tic Tac Toe.  I went with Punch, Stamps & Ribbon.  What a unique way to spark creativity!



Word of the Day

sanguine  \sang-gwin\
  • confident and hopeful
I am feeling very sanguine about 2015.  I am going to make it a great year!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Word of the Day

phlegmatic  \fleg-mat-ik\
  • not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish
  • self-possessed, calm or composed
  • of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm
His phlegmatic demeanor in the middle of a crisis both awed her and frightened her.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Kissing under the Mistletoe

Have you given a kiss under the mistletoe?

This is a tradition that is well know around Christmastime and it got me curious as to how this tradition started.  There are no definite links back to the origin of kissing under the mistletoe, but there are couple of different legends and not even the legends are not quite the same.  One of my favorites is the Norse legend and here is one version.

Baldur was the son of the king Norse gods Odin and his wife Frigg.  Baldur started having nightmares of his own demise and so Frigg, being the dedicated mother that she was, decided to take action to protect her son.  Frigg set out to ask everything from the four elements of fire, water, air and earth for a promise that no harm came to her son.  She asked every being and plant to not harm her son.  Frigg had asked everything except she had overlooked mistletoe.

Loki an evil spirit realized that Frigg had overlooked mistletoe and made an arrow out of the mistletoe wood.  Loki then went to Baldur's blind brother, Hoder and guided his hand to to shoot the mistletoe arrow that killed Baldur.

It is said that Frigg's tears and grief turned the mistletoe plants berries white and brought Balder back to life.  Frigg was so grateful that she declared that the mistletoe a symbol of love and promising and that no harm should come to those under the mistletoe only a kiss as a token of love.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Word of the Day

viridescent  \vir-i-DES-uhnt\
  • slightly green; greenish
Her complexion turned viridescent as she watched him slog down the foul eggnog right out of the carton.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Word of the Day

retinue  \RET-uh-noo\
  • a group of retainers or attendants
She dreamed of having a retinue to be at her beck and call.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Meet Rufus


My husband and I decided that we would try fostering a dog.  Ok...I really wanted to foster a dog and sweet talked my hubby into agreeing with me.  But either way, we are now foster parents to Rufus.  

Rufus is 57# of pure love.  He is such a sweet boy and looks to be a Shepard mix around 7-8 years old.  We are fostering him for Forgotten Paws.  He was taken to the vet on Monday and they said that Rufus is heartworm positive.  He will be staying with us through the holidays and in January he will have the procedure to take care of the heartworms and hopefully will be ready to find his forever home.

Rufus was a sad and confused boy, but he is adjusting very well and he is soaking up the love.  I am also very proud of our princess Jack Russell Terrier, Jade as she is tolerating Rufus.  She is not really happy about sharing the love but she is doing so much better than I thought she would.

Stay tuned for more updates on Rufus.

Word of the Day

taradiddle  \tar-uh-DID-l\
  • fib
  • pretentious nonsense
The small boy told a taradiddle when asked who snuck in the cookie jar and ate the last of the cookies.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Word of the Day

camaraderie \kah-muh-rah-duh-ree\
  • a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group
Christmas gatherings can bring out the camaraderie between family and friends.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Word of the Day

gibbosity \gi-bos-i-tee\
  • a protuberance or swelling
  • the state of being gibbous
We have named the gibbosity on his temple Squishy. It is more fun to to say Squishy than lipoma.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Word of the Day

purfle   \pur-fuh-l\
  • to ornament the border or edges of
Her dress was the softest velvet in a deep jade color purfled with matching satin ribbon.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Word of the Day

flapdoodle   \flap-dood-l\
  • nonsense
It is wiser to embrace and celebrate the flapdoodle in life.  After all, how mundane would life be without a little flapdoodle?


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Word of the Day

sempiternal   \sem-pi-tur-nl\
  • of never-ending duration; eternal
Untangling and getting all the bulbs to work in a string of Christmas lights can seem like a sempiternal process.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Word of the Day

prosaic   \proh-zey-ik\
  • dull or ordinary
The day was looking just as prosaic as any other day until she opened her front door and found a....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Word of the Day

desultory   \des-uh l-tawr-ee\
  • lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful
  • digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random
I love the desultory conversations I have with my girlfriends.  They usually end in fits of giggles.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Pallet Table

Over the weekend my husband made me a table for the corner of our living room.  He made it out of pallet boards and then I painted it.  We make a great team.  I wanted a rustic looking table and I think this one turned out nice.


The Live your Passion box on the bottom shelf holds all our wii games. I picked it up at Michael's for 50% off!

Word of the Day

detritus   \dih-trahy-tuh s\
  • the pieces that are left when something breaks, falls apart, is destroyed, etc.
She picked up the detritus remains of her heart and bravely closed the door on him and her past.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Word of the Day

spate   \speyt\
  • a large number or amount
  • a sudden or strong outburst
Take time to breath and relax during the upcoming spate of Christmas preparations.  If deep breathing fails to calm you, there is always wine.  Works for me every time.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Creative Challenge

 Mojo Monday challenge #374 - 12/01/14 

Here is the sketch for this week:



And here is my card:


Nothing like a challenge to get your creative juices flowing!

I have also submitted this card to the Party Time Tuesdays challenge #192 Anything Goes Theme.

Word of the Day

facetious   \fuh-see-shuh s\
  • not meant to be taken seriously or literally
  • amusing; humorous
  • lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous
Crazy Uncle Bob is the life of the party and is always quick with a facetious remark.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Word of the Day

caitiff   \key-tif\
  • cowardly, despicable
The Grinch is extremely caitiff until he realizes the meaning of Christmas.  

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Word of the Day

lexicon   \lek-si-kon\
  • the words used in a language or by a person or group of people
Posting a word a day has really expanded my lexicon.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Word of the Day

aficionado   \uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh\
  • a person who likes and knows a lot about something
I like to believe that I am an aficionado of chocolate.  There isn't a chocolate that I would turn down.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Word of the Day

wangle   \wang-guh-l\
  • to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone.
He managed to wangle her into wrapping all his Christmas presents for him.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Word of the Day

netizen   \net-uh-zuh n\
  • a person who actively use the Internet especially in a proper and responsible way
The servers are bogged down from all the netizens trying to get the best Cyber Monday deals today.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Word of the Day

benthos   \ben-thos\
  • organisms that live on or in the bottom of a body of water
It is hard to wrap my mind around all the unique benthos that must be living at the bottom of the ocean.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Word of the Day

crapulent   \krap-yuh-luh-nt\
  • sick from gross excess in drinking or eating
Here's hoping you don't feel crapulent after your Thanksgiving festivities!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Word of the Day

humanity   \hyoo-man-i-tee\
  • the quality or state of being human
  • the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals
As I watch the news, I wonder what is happening to humanity.  Am I the only one that yearns for the unity and pride that humanity offers?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Word of the Day

cock-a-hoop   \kah-kuh-HOOP\
  • triumphantly boastful : exulting
  • awry
 I was cock-a-hoop when the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Word of the Day

procaffeinating   \pro-KAF-uh-ney-ting\
  • the tendency to not start anything until you've had a cup of coffee
Ok so maybe you won't find this word in any dictionary, but I do predict it will someday be in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  It was just too fun of a word to pass up; real or not.

 Every morning you will find me procaffeinating; especially on Monday mornings!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Word of the Day

spume  \spyoom\
  • frothy mater on liquids : foam, scum
A large mocha latte with it's sweet spume of whipped cream is just what I need on this dreary, rainy day.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Word of the Day

ambiguous  \am-big-yoo-uh s\
  • able to be understood in more than one way; having more than one possible meaning
  • not expressed or understood clearly
Some of the best examples of ambiguities are found in newspaper headlines.

  • High School Dropouts Cut in Half 
If students do not go to school are they forced to work for a magician?  
"And for my next trick I will saw this student in half."
  • Students Cook and Serve Grandparents
Well I love my grandparents and could not phantom cooking them. 
  • Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
This one kind of makes sense.  The head is definitely going to need the arm first, so that the arm can pick up the rest of the body parts needed.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Me Time

Do you make time for yourself?  You are just as important as everyone else that you make time for.  Maybe even more so.  It is hard to juggle our crazy lives and most of the time our needs come absolutely last.  

When our needs are not been fulfilled it can cause us stress and maybe even resentment.  So why not schedule time for yourself?  Having a little Me Time always makes me feel giddy and recharges my batteries.  This is the time that I indulge in what I want to do!  Through the wonderful ladies in my Collaborating For Excellence group, I learned that I need to schedule time for myself.  Add allotted time right to my calendar just like it was an important meeting or appointment. 

You are important!  There is only one of you.  Celebrate that.

I have decided that my Me Time is going to by Friday Flick night.  Friday nights I am going to rent a movie that I want to see and snuggle in with my blanket and my dog and just veg out in front of the TV.  It doesn't matter if the movie is cheesy, sappy, scary or whatever; because it is only me and there is no one around to judge.  Except maybe the dog, but thankfully she is unable to speak.

What do you do for your Me Time?  

Word of the Day

discombobulate   \dis-kuh m-bob-yuh leyt\
  • to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate
After travelling, I always feel discombobulated.  Probably because I get pulled every time I fly for the random security check.  I must look like a shady character.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Word of the Day

ubiquitous   \yoo-bik-wi-tuh s\
  • existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent
This time of year it is very hard to avoid the ubiquitous Christmas music.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Word of the Day

penchant   \pen-chunt\
  • Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking
My penchant for sweets is going to make my dentist a very rich man.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Word of the Day

horripilation   \haw-rip-uh-LEY-shuhn\

•a bristling of the hair on the skin from, cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh

My very first visit to Lambeau Field to watch the Green Bay Packers play caused horripilation and tears of awe and wonder.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Word of the Day

hoyden   \hoid-n\
  • a girl or woman of saucy, boisterous, or carefree behavior
Hoyden is a word that I would certainly use to describe myself; especially after I have consumed a bit of wine.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Word of the Day

slugabed   \SLUGH-uh-bed\
  • a person who stays in bed after the usual or proper time
Today I have quashed the fear of being called a slugabed as I awoke at 4:30 AM.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Mojo Monday #371

It's Mojo Monday!  

Here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my card:

So much fun!  Thank you for visiting!

Trivia

This is from Trivia Today and I thought it was very interesting:

Question: In which country is it illegal to sell or import chewing gum?

Answer: There is a ban on selling or importing chewing gum into Singapore which is strictly enforced. The sale of gum was banned in 1992 after gum was used to shut down the SMRT, the country's public transportation system, after it was stuck on the sensor doors and brought the system to a halt. The punishment for smuggling gum into the country is a year in jail and a $5,500 fine. Since 2004, only chewing gum of therapeutic value is allowed into Singapore under the "Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations." Gum can be bought from a doctor, but must be prescribed.

Word of the Day

procaffeinating   \pro-KAF-uh-ney-ting\
  • the tendency to not start anything until you've had a cup of coffee**
**Ok, so maybe this isn't an official word, but I do predict it will someday be in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  It was just too fun of a word to pass up; real or not.

 Every morning you will find me procaffeinating; especially on Monday mornings!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Downsizing

When we moved from Wisconsin to Georgia, we moved from a 2 bedroom home to an apartment.  My craft room went from a huge room in the basement...

To a 5x5 foot closet...

Talk about major downsizing.  I have to say downsizing was the best thing for me to do.  I had to change my focus on my oodles of craft genres (beading, polymer clay, scrapbooking, paper crafts, sewing, misc. crafts...you name it I had it) and pare it down to only a couple.  I chose to stick with paper crafting and sewing.  I sold or gave away all the other paraphernalia I had and just kept some of the basics and can't live without items.

What an absolutely freeing experience.  I am no longer overwhelmed when I walk into my Craft Closet.  I used to feel like a little kid in a toy store and just could not decide which toy to play or which toy to bring home with me.  I was over stimulated.

Now it is much simpler and I have to use my creativity to create things that my fancy machines and tools used to create for me.  I am challenged with coming up with other ways to do things and this has inspired me to start adding a Simplify category to my blog.  Don't get me wrong...I love all the tools and machines and wonderful craft supplies out there. I just do not have the room now to have all the wonderful supplies.  Stay tuned for future posts on how to simplify.

Here are a couple of close-ups of my Craft Closet.  The bins, baskets and containers all came from a dollar store.
 

For inspiration, I have a photo of my son when we was born and one of his senior pictures.

The letters DREAM, I picked up at a garage sale.  A young girl had decorated these letters and was selling them in the garage sale. She was such a sweet girl and I loved that the colors matched what I already had for decor in my Craft Closet.  I had to have them.  Now when I look at these I think of that sweet little girl and how inspiring to see someone young be so creative.


Word of the Day

comeuppance   \kuhm-UHP-uhns\
  • a deserved rebuke or penalty
  • Informal. deserved reward or just desserts, usually unpleasant
Strive to live your life so that you will receive lavish rewards instead of a comeuppance. Woody from Toy Story says this very elegantly "So play nice!"

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mojo Monday #370

I love to challenge myself creatively and found this wonderful website called Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge.  By doing the Mojo Monday challenge I will be doing a card a week and the goal will be to actually get ahead on my card making. 

Here is the sketch for Nov 3, 2014:

And here is my card:



Word of the Day

Sinistral    \SIN-uh-struhl\
  • left-handed
  • of, pertaining to, or on the left side; left (opposed to dextral)
Due to my husband being sinistral, we take great care to position ourselves carefully when eating at a restaurant with other people.  I am right-handed and having us bump elbows during a meal would be distracting and a injustice to our dedication and enjoyment of our food.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Word of the Day

Nonchalantly     \non-shuh-lant-le\
  • relaxed and calm in a way that shows that you do not care or are not worried about anything.
I think it would be fun to nonchalantly walk up to random strangers and say random nonsense like "The drop has been made." or "The code word is Hairy Monkey Knuckles."

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thank You Cards

I think it is wonderful to let someone know that you appreciate them when they have touched your heart.  I have some absolutely wonderful and amazing friends and family!  Here are a few Thank You cards that I created this past week.





Word of the Day

Muster     \ˈməs-tər\
  • to work hard to find or get (courage, support, etc.)
  • to gather together (a group of people, soldiers, etc.)  especially for battle or war
On this drizzling and gloomy day, I find it difficult to muster up my go-getter attitude.  I could, however, muster up a good book and a cozy blanket and settle in on the couch. 

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dusting off the scale...literally

Occasionally, I jump ease on the scale while thinking thoughts of light things like butterflies, feathers or whispers.  I have weird rituals that I do before attempting to get on the scale.  Here is my list:
  1. Empty my bladder
  2. Strip down to my unders
  3. Dust off the scale
These are all ways, that I feel, make that scale number a bit lower.  I am sure a full bladder, clothing, and those dust particles and loose hairs lying on the scale will add at least 10 pounds.

So why do I torture myself with this device called the scale? The scale is my appliance tester.  If my weight stays the same or is lower, then I know that my dryer is working properly and not shrinking my clothes.  If my weight goes up, then I know that perhaps the dryer may need to be serviced or that the scale is broken.

Word of the Day

Maffik     \MAF-ik\
  • to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior
If I were to describe girls' wine night, maffik would be the word I would use!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

If you are going to do it, do it right.

I just realized how much not doing a half-assed job has been ingrained in me. Hubby and I had a debate on whether we should make another pot of coffee.  I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl, so when he suggested making a half a pot of coffee I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea!  I sure wouldn't have thought of it.

Word of the day

Stoic     \sto-ik|
  • a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion
When I am excitedly babbling nonsense and my husband just sits there with a stoic expression, I accept that as a challenge.  I will not stop my insanity until I break him and make him smile or run in fear.  Whichever comes first.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

You are such a deer!

Here is a masculine thank you card that I created.  I love that it is simple and yet I was still able to add some bling without making it look girly.  Bling is so my thing!

Word of the Day

Fusty     \FUSS-tee|
  • saturated with dust and stale odors : musty
  • rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary
I was absolutely thrilled at the amount of fusty old books stacked on a table at a garage sale I stopped at.  My mind was a whirlwind at all the reading material and creative inspiration lying between the covers of those books.

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October Unity Stamp Challenge

I was so inspired by the colors from Unity Stamp Co. October challenge.  Look at how beautiful they are:

I absolutely love my Unity Stamps and for this card that I created I used a sentiment stamp from ...bunches of love


The October Unity Stamp Challenge is open until November 12th.  Here is the link so you too can be inspired and challenged.  

Happy Creating!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ode to a Muse

I am feeling a creative block.
You have the key to my lock.
Turn the key. 
Spring me free.
Watch my creativity take flight
And end this uninspired blight.
                              ~Shelly Bowe

I love my muse!  It never ceases to amaze me the things that she and I can come up with.  Do you believe in muses?  Maybe you don't, but I need to believe in a muse.  It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing I am not alone in my creative journey.  My muse and I are a team and we are rocking Team Creativity.

I think we all should acknowledge our muse.  Maybe give our muse a nickname like Musetang Sally, Musealicous, or Velma.  My muse's name is Cindy.  I know, unusally tame for me, but I did an excercise and that is the name I came up with.  I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and thought what is my muse's name and Cindy is the first name that popped in my head.  

It was absolutely shocking and thrilling for me that this was the name that came to me as one of my very dear friends was named Cindy.  She passed away 7 years ago.  

So now when I head for my Creative Closet, I give Cindy a shout out and say "Let's do this!"

What is your muse's name?

Word of the Day

Malapropism     \MAL-uh-prah-piz-um|
  • The usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially: the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.
  • Please pass the Partisan cheese. (Parmesan)
  • We look to have a profit this physical year. (fiscal year)
  • Her cuticle is the second to the last one.  (cubicle)
She said "Pick me up a can of meandering oranges at the grocery store."  I looked at her and said, "I will try but I am not sure I am going to catch them."  She looked at me a bit stunned and then I could see the light bulb go on over her head and she busted out laughing.  I said "You have just given me the funniest example of malapropism!"

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Word of the Day

Rigmarole     ˈ/riɡ(ə)məˌrōl/

  • A lengthy and complicated procedure.
  • A long rambling story or statement.

On this cold blustery day I am going to postpone the rigmarole of making myself presentable to the world and stay in my pajamas a few more hours.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

You Are Creative!

Everyone is creative.  You may say, but I am not creative - AT ALL!  Your creativity is there somewhere inside of you; lonely, neglected and longing for some recognition.  Let's help that little guy out and give him some friends.

Maybe you just haven't discovered what your creativity is.  I do not draw very well and you do NOT want to hear me sing, but I am still creative.  I like to do paper crafting and art journaling and just recently discovered I like writing. Hence this blog. <wink>

There are so many things you could be creative at:

  • Writing
  • Crafting
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Painting
  • Organizing
  • Inventing
  • Connections
  • And many more
And creativity isn't just about making something and selling it.  It can be, but it doesn't have to be.  Creativity is for you.  It is to help you feel inspired, happy, challenged and fulfilled.  It can be something you share with the world or something that you keep just for yourself. What is important is that you do what makes you happy. Let that little guy out!

Don't worry if what you saw in your mind is not what came out in the end product. Creativity is a process.  It is about trying, failing, learning, discovery and fun.  And when you are frustrated just remember the famous words from Thomas Edison - 
"I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work"

I believe that the more you use your creativity the more it will grow and blossom! I am looking forward to coming up with some creativity challenges for us.

I, personally, am going to use a bit of my creativity to try and figure out how to customize this blog.  I am a long time reader; first time blogger .  I have no clue but I am going to keep at it and make it all purty as I go.