Sunday, March 21, 2010

Champagne, Pineapple, and Yesterday's Pot Roast?

Does one ever need an excuse for champagne before noon on a Sunday? Of the few things found in my fridge this rainy Sunday morning, champagne seemed the most appealing. Mixed with a little pineapple and pared with Friday night's pot roast, all seems right with the world. No one's bad attitude can touch me. So rain rain go away my champagne and pineapple will make it all okay ;)!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Put It Down And Walk Away For Awhile

Okay I think I will. I am feeling creatively stunted. I am putting one idea away for awhile and marinating on a new subject for the weekend.

When I was trying to decide what to do with my life in the latter years of my momentous college experience (we will give that sentence a wink, wink and a nudge, nudge for my cinema partner in crime Micki ;)) I would spend hours asking myself different questions. Questions like: "What do I want to do that would make me excited to get out of bed every morning?" or "What can I do that is both seemingly glamorous but also quietly creative?" If you know me well then you know that I am a bit out there. However, I choose to embrace it as the quality that makes me different. I'd like to think that by embracing it I come off as "normal" (normal meaning sane ;)). I guess you would call me a dreamer with realistic intentions. Long story even longer I found jewelry. It was a love affair in the beginning but currently a thorn in my side.

I love the jewelry making process but I am stunted. I am ignoring it for the weekend and focusing on something else. As I am sure this is part of every artist's creative journey I am fulling embracing it. This new embrace has left me feeling alert and fresh so I am sure I am doing something right!! Who knows what will come of it? It may lead to really great deals on spectacular gemstones or it may lead smack into my Spring collection. For today, it leads me to a wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains. I am thinking snow capped mountains at Christmas or possibly wildflowers and a running stream on the cusp of Spring. Stay tuned if you want and my everyday sanity may return...or not!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Living In The Moment...

It is so refreshing to surf the web and find yet another positive blogger out in cyberland. Someone not just blogging about their life, not just blogging about their goals but blogging about ways to achieve those life goals. If you are someone who enjoys following new and interesting blogs check out Emily-Lou at Always Pushing Forward! Her attention and focus to setting and keeping weekly goals is admirable!!

I am not afraid to say that I am a happy person. In the past I have hidden this aspect of myself for fear of rubbing the cynical ones the wrong way. I am a glass half full kind if gal. Blame it on the merry sunshine of a woman my mother is or the anything is possible kind of father I have. I don't care where it comes from I appreciate it. I want to try to be the best version of myself everyday. Some days I fall sort other days I soar above. Either way I am present in my life for better or worse.

Taking a cue from Emily-Lou here are my goals for the week...

-finish sketches for my Spring jewelry collection (both bridal as well as boutique)
-at least 2 5am workouts (nothing crazy...just a walk around the neighborhood)
-turn the dining room table from a dresser back into a table ;)!
-accomplish the task of preparing every meal I eat this week at HOME (NO RESTAURANTS)
-drink more H2O

What are you doing this week to live in the moment?

No I am not on a cruise! This pic is from my honeymoon but the water looked so good and I am in desperate need of a little sunshine! This is as close as I am going to get until May!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Two Years And Counting!!

Z and I just returned from a glorious weekend away in the mountains for our 2 year anniversary! It was so wonderful. There is nothing like a vacation away from your everyday reality. I was so desperate for a get-a-way!! If you are anywhere close to the Gatlinburg area think about a weekend trip to a cozy chalet. We stayed at Brother's Cove in Sevierville, TN (a less expensive alternative to actual Gatlinburg and only 20 minutes away!!).

My first introduction to Brother's Cove was for my bachelorette weekend almost three years ago. The prices are extremely reasonable. The cabins are spacious and modern. Z and I spent almost the entire trip watching the sun rise and set from the hot tub!! The only picture the website does not show you is of the cabins resting ominously on concrete platforms and metal posts!! Eek!! Imagine our stomachs as our car winded its way up the steep mountain road only to be greeted by a cabin hanging over the side!!!
I will admit the first night was rough for me. I woke up every time Z turned over screaming, "The house is falling forward. Did you feel that? I am not making this up. Can't you feel how the floor slopes?" First night aside I was finally able to relax and enjoy the breath taking view. It reminded both of us how important it is to get away every so often. It replenishes the soul. Everyone is more fun in VACATION MODE!!!!

Two years have flown by and I do try to cherish every moment. It all goes by so quickly. What this year will bring I have no idea but I plan to make the most of every minute!!
P.S. Arthur says he is still watching you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thinking outside the box...

We live in a very old house. A 90 year old house to be exact. With the joy of owning an older home comes the need to be creative with your use of space (lots of charm; tiny closets). Because I am a design junkie, I am constantly making "improvements" to each room. I use the term improvements loosely. Most of these said "improvements" are really me trying to find a home for all our stuff.

Upon falling in love with my Raymond side tables from Target, I knew clutter was going to be an issue. Around the holidays I found these modern desk organizers at my favorite store for inexpensive gifts: TJMAXX!! It took me all of two minutes to decide these would be the perfect wall accessory for our bedroom. Almost three months later they are up and they are even more perfect than I imagined. It never hurts to think outside the box. Now I have my lovely side tables as well a place for my sketch pads, books, and magazines.