We’ve been living in our Detroit home for a little over two months now and I’m going to great lengths to get some pictures to all y’all who have been patiently asking for that amount of time. It’s no easy task … Continue reading
My first home is officially for sale. You can view the listing here.
Please, tweet it, facebook it, email it, or walk your computer over to your neighbor and make her read it.
I’ve loved creating this space, and I thought you might like to see the video tour of my home. Below, I’ve posted pictures of what it looked like before I moved in. Yes, I have been a frequent weekend warrior for the last 3.5 years.
Here’s the 2008 House Tour:
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
~Henry Van Dyke
Today, I’m signing papers to list my house with a realtor. And as I do that, I’m reminded that nothing I have is my own. My dad came with me in 2008 when I got the keys to this house- … Continue reading
Last night, while staring at my Christmas tree and watching “Holiday Inn” with a friend, I might have mumbled something like, “I wish it was acceptable to leave your Christmas tree up all year round.” That wasn’t a joke. … Continue reading
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I looove Pinterest. The app makes it quite a portable addiction.
But, I think it’s tragic that people sit at their computers “pinning” beauty and don’t do something about it.
The moment always comes when, having collected one’s ideas, certain images, an intuition of a certain kind of development- whether psychological or material- one must pass on to the actual realization.
And so, I give to you, this week’s inspiration:
I know. Things never turn out like the model house, do they? Here’s hoping!
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
For some reason, I can’t get enough gray and yellow this season. It could be because winter seemed to be hanging on FOREVER just a bit too long. Or because gray and yellow balance all sides of my personality- the combination feels perfectly urban and serenely natural.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.“
This is what is before me. Another summer as a camp director with SpringHill. A large tree to be chopped down.
Spring is spent sharpening the axe. I do this professionally (oh, the long hours- we won’t go there) and personally.
But oh, the reward. And instead of just one child, it’s many. 8,000 predicted at Day Camps. I know some of you think I’m crazy. This season I keep doing. This life I keep living. But 8,000 children.
So, let me invite you into the nesting. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
When you nest, you have to change things. Even in your favorite room. How lucky am I that I found an amazing color of spray paint and some stray things just waiting to be rescued in my basement? I took two empty frames, an old basket, and two sconces and updated them in the new color for spring. I also found fun fabric from hobby lobby and recovered the two old chairs under the sconces. I didn’t yet get to re-finishing one of them. Let’s be honest, it probably won’t happen before summer.
Nesting means getting your stuff together. Being prepared for disaster. Did you know that last Friday was national “back it up” day? Yeah, that threw me into a panic, too. I ditched my plans, pressed play on “24,” got to work organizing all my e-files and put them into dropbox. Freedom! I feel so much better. And inspired. Saturday I spent the rainy day cleaning the actual piles of paper in my home office as well.
Nesting must involve getting rid of what you don’t need. Look at my ever-growing to-sell/give-away stash that lives in a corner of my dining room. I think this week I might actually start taking things to the mission and learn more about selling books on amazon. Any tips?
And nesting should always involve baking. Even with my weird restrictions. This gluten free/sugar free/dairy free thing has been challenging. And I miss my pancakes. Enter my new favorite mix. Superior pancakes, even if you don’t have to eat gluten free.
“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
I’m so serious that February needs to end. And I need to shovel again. But I just can’t bring myself to do it today.
So, welcome to my working-from-home-today-lunch-break. Since I’m hiding from my shovel and have no food in my house, I had to find something positive to do. Luckily, I remembered a certain project that has been ruminating in my head for a while….
My DVDs just went from this:
And there you have it. DVDs by color, not by alphabet. These are behind a closed door, so no one actually sees them. And also, the driveway’s not shoveled and I’m still hungry. But, you know what? Sometimes it’s important to make the little things around you more beautiful…
Oh, and did anyone else notice that all the guy movies are dark and all the girly ones are lighter colored? Funny. Now they are now unintentionally organized by genre. I was just going for pretty.
Creativity. It used to seem so ambiguous to me. Reserved for the people that were born with the knack for brainstorming. But, I’ve been fortunate to be invited into a creative community in Grand Rapids; here I’ve learned that creativity is an art to be studied, practiced and risked. Please meet one of my brilliant friends, Cornerstone Professor Don Perini, featured in this recent Grand Rapids Press Article (it also mentions my friends Elizabeth Wing, Jeanette Banashak and SpringHill Camps!).
One of the benefits of creative friends? They are always sharing things with you. Like this Creativity Creed (I got it from Don’s Creativity Break-out Session at SpringHill).
- Learn the habits of other creative people with passion and imitate them.
- Time-vampires are those ugly activities that steal your time. Slay them.
- Design your environment to inspire you to do extraordinary things.
- In all that you create, make it meaningful and redemptive.
- Your choice of friends is more important than your work or where you live…so choose your creative community wisely.
- It takes effort to accomplish any creative endeavor. Hoping or willing it to happen won’t make it happen. So get to work.
- Capture all your ideas, otherwise they will be lost forever.
- Resistance comes form hell. Don’t allow perfectionism, self-doubt, fear, busyness, or excuses to defeat you.
- Life is risk. It is unavoidable. There is even risk in playing it safe.
- Keep moving forward no matter how many times you fall.
- What you tell yourself is more important than what others say about you.
- Create. We need your contributions.
- Most people who start a creative endeavor quit. Don’t be that person.
- Reward yourself. You deserve it.
This is posted near my desk. And I’m definitely buying Don’s new book, Rhyming with Orange. What are you doing to practice the art of creativity?
Once upon a time I moved into a house that hadn’t been updated since 1972. Oh, except for that little TV from 1993. Here is the story of the ever evolving office/guest room. It was painted my riskiest color- Bamboo. And it is my favorite. Nothing better than painting white walls!
As you can see from the before and after, the first thing I did was some quick and thrifty things to bring it up to date- trundle bed from Craig’s list, desk from SpringHill (formerly Ikea) and my own mac screen and bookshelves left over from Chicago.
Since fall is the season of change, I’ve changed the look of my office by doing the following completely free things:
- Turned the bed and added a blue pillow to the mix.
- Hung dry-erase boards on the antique ladder and positioned it near my desk.
- Tied back the curtains with binder clips.
- Took the top off the Ikea desk (it was hindering my creativity) and moved the desk to the corner window.
- Brought in a smaller, blue shag rug that was in my basement and placed it on a diagonal.
- Turned my bookshelf on it’s side and stacked books vertically.
- Hung a national geographic map for artwork.
And here are not so free, but real cheap additions. I love the color added by these Ikea holders (already had the artwork of the SpringHill landscape) and this new filing system (I’m totally sold on the “Getting Things Done” book).
I think I’m going to go look for more bookcases to turn on their sides….