Friday, September 23, 2011

Falling Forward

Happy first day of Autumn!

I know.  I realize the expression is "fall backward" with the clock and daylight savings and all that nonsense.


I don't know about you, but autumn is really like another "new year" for me.  A sort of prelude to January 1st and all of those resolutions.  I think of fall as one of my benchmarks for moving forward.

The lazy days of summer are over.  Kids are back in school, and even though we have no children of our own, nieces and nephews and neighbors are all piling into school buses.  School supplies jump into my cart at Target as if I've got a houseful of rugrats to send back to class.

Weather-wise, the last remnants of summer are hanging in there.  We usually have gorgeous weather in September and early October...truly an Indian Summer, which I love.  Late-blooming flowers are a cacophony of color, and people are out and about enjoying those last bits of sun-shiny weather.   Evenings bring temperatures cool enough for a sweater.

This fall, I'm on a major self-improvement bender.  It's amazing how one move in the right direction will encourage another move forward, and then another. 

I'm re-evaluating my creative business (stay tuned).  I'm eating healthy (and yummy - who knew?) foods.  I'm moving my chubby self every day, walking a few miles along our beautiful waterfront in downtown Portland.  b.l.i.s.s.

("Hello chubby girl, have we met?  I'm your healthy and fit alter ego, and I'm dying to get out of this fat suit!")

It's fantastic.  I haven't felt this good in...well, a long time.

These are little snippets of my afternoon walks.  Fall is definitely in the air, but the sun feels delicious.  How are you spending your time as the season changes?  What sort of changes do you feel tugging at your heartstrings?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Making Me Happy Today

1.  My vintage sticky labels, and big, bold, encouraging words on my journal pages.

2.  Two rainy days, followed by a sunny Monday and the forecast of sunshine for the next week!

3.  Fresh peaches.  Daily.  Sweet and juicy and dribbling down my chinnychin.

4.  New walking shoes and my view of the river when I take them out for my afternoon jaunt.

5.  New embroidery floss skeins, wound onto plastic bobbins.  Oh joy!

What's making you happy on this day?  If you've got a blog and want to post your list, be sure to leave a comment so we can come visit you.  If you don't have a blog, just leave your list in the comment section.  It will be a big, online happy fest!  Yay us!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Write Stuff

I've been writing in my journal.  Like, regularly.  As in every morning regularly.  This is quite a feat for me, so I'd like you to be very impressed.  ha ha.

And, can I also please tell you that I simply love my journal right now.  Love, love, love.  I've finally gotten it right!

I've been writing in some kind of journal, off and on, for.ever.  Seriously.  Since I could write my own name I've had lots to say and felt compelled to  And I've tried, I can't tell you how many times, to create an art journal.  But it has eluded me somehow.  It feels overwhelming to me.  And the pages feel like one big stack of blank canvases.

But I keep this travel journal for us of our adventures.  It's a small and simple empty book I picked up a couple of vacations ago at Powell's Books at the Portland airport.  In it, I glue/staple/tape little mementos from our day (ticket stubs, postcards, menu pages, tour maps, paper straw covers, whatever I scavenge throughout the day), and then I write little snippets about what we did.  I am totally in love with that journal, and look forward to working on it nearly as much as I look forward to the vacation itself.

While we were in NYC this summer, I thought to myself, "why in the world couldn't I adopt this same idea for my personal journal?!"  Duh.  So.  I did!  (Don't you love that rubber stamp?!  I don't remember where I got it, but I have several of those cut out and interspersed on my pages.)

Can I just tell you how much stuff I have collected over the years for my inspiration bulletin boards, and inspiration books, not to mention the boxes and files of snips and scraps.  I've gotten it all into one central place, purchased my self this journal, and have gotten busy!  I've been making pages and writing, all summer long.  It' so fun!  The paper in the journal is a medium-weight, and I cover each side with different papers: vintage ledger pages, graph paper, fun papers I've found at garage sales and office supply stores.  That's my base.  Then I weed through my images, words and phrases, and other goodies, and just stick them on pages.  I always make several pages in one sitting, so that I have pages ahead of me when I'm writing.  It's so fun to see this stuff again that has been sitting in drawers/boxes/baskets, and to finally put it to use. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Seeing Red

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
Gwyneth Paltrow

When the leaves start turning, I find this year's best red lipstick.

And who doesn't love a good barn-red paint?

I big, red heart L.O.V.E. this kitchen!

 First thing in the morning...

...and later in the day.

Well-read red.

Fun vintage fabric.

So sweet.  Love, love.

Cheery peppermint stripes and toile.

My rock star fantasy.  It could happen.


"how can you say that I'm too old,
when the angels have stolen my red shoes"

 Hope your weekend is red hot

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

And, we're back...

Are you still out there?  Have you completely given up on me? 

It has been ages and ages since my blog post.  For all I know, I'm talking to myself right now.  Which, really?  Is not all that unusual. 

I guess I just needed a bit of a blog break, a Facebook break, a Pinterest break.  I needed to chill out this summer.  Re-group.  Break away.  I needed to look at what I was doing, what wasn't working, and what was.  I needed some quiet time to imagine the life I really, really want, and then figure out how to make that life come alive.

It feels a bit strange to jump right back into blogging after such a long absence.  It's like bumping into an old friend I haven't seen in a long time.  I'm so happy to see her smiling face, but everything feels a bit awkward, and I feel a little bashful.  I have so much to say to her, but nothing and everything runs through my mind so fast that nothing comes out of my mouth.

So, instead, I think for this first post I'll just say "hello friend, I'm so happy to see you again".