Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Secret to Getting Things Done

Here's some advice we can all use in our lives, right?

Are you ready to know what it is?

Cliche? Yes!

Effective? Try it and find out for yourself.

You may have noticed that the advice starts and ends with "keep it moving." That's a favorite mantra of mine that I picked up from a former co-worker. You can apply those three little words to every aspect of your life--physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It doesn't matter where you are as long as you keep moving forward. I think that just might boil down to be the simple purpose of life besides the most effective way to get things done.

This altered board book probably could have just contained that one phrase. But hey! I had a bunch of pages to fill to I paraphrased in as many ways as I could to really make the point.

Keep it moving! That's all you really need to remember.

Don't look back...just keep it moving.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

For the Love of Paper

I love old paper! The color. The graphics. The type. The crumbly deterioration.

To me, all of these qualities combine to create a thing of beauty. Something that I could sit and look at for hours. Or simply frame to hang on the wall as art.

I'm very lucky that exquisite examples of old paper such as this receipt book from 1884 find their way into my life. My friend Cathy gifted me with this one.

The best part is the faint, but still visible, words penciled onto the cover. Cucumber. Pickle. Possibly written as many as 130 years ago by someone. Somewhere. For some reason we will never know.

Cucumber. Pickle. A sweet, sweet mystery.

Spread the love.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Secret to Success - Book 3


Here is the third and last in the itty, bitty secret to success series. They are tiny little books with massive messages. Life is not as complicated as we sometimes try to make it. It's really just all about the love.

It's all about the love.

Spread the love.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spread the Love

Happy Valentine's Day! Although today is a day designated to celebrate love, lately I've been on a mission to spread the love every day. I keep this bowl of handmade hearts on my desk at work. Anytime someone notices, asks, or comments about them I let them know that they are welcome to have one. I explain that it's my way of spreading the love. It's delightful to watch people glow with happiness at such a simple gesture. One person even jumped up and down like a small child upon hearing that she could take one. Most people spend a moment or two to choose just the right one and often tell me who they plan to give it to. Just this week I heard that someone had gifted her heart to a friend who was having a difficult day. I told her to take another for the next time she needed to spread the love. The hearts have gone to people that I see regularly and to complete strangers as well. I keep refilling the bowl. It makes me so happy to spread a little love in the world. It doesn't take much. Really. Everyone can spread a little love. Give it a try and see what happens.

Spread the love.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Secret to Success - Book 2

Here is book #2 in the itty, bitty secret to success series.

Achieving success is really quite simple, isn't it? After all, success is just a state of mind.

Spread the love.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Secret to Success - Book 1

There are many secrets to success. I made a series of itty bitty, tiny books to share just a few of those secrets with you. Here is the first book.

Simple, right? Give it a try today and see what happens.

Spread the love.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

This Horse Isn't Dead Yet


I've always liked this quote that I pasted into a collaborative journal I worked on long, long ago. I think it's a good reminder that when things are no longer serving their purpose it's time to just let them go. This little blog has been sorely neglected for the last few years and I've spent a lot of time wondering if it's time to "dismount." It's not that I lost my art-making mojo. I'm still creating. Possibly more now than ever before. But I've spent a lot of time wondering about the purpose for this blog and whether it serves a purpose at all. A lot of time. Heaps of time. So much time. 

Here is what this blog is not. It's not a marketing tool since I don't sell anything here. I don't have an Etsy site or online shop. It's not a promotional tool since I'm not trying to interest anyone in my latest book or online class or workshop. I don't have any of those things. I'm not even sure I want any of those things. At this point in my life, I'm not trying to turn my passion for making things into my livelihood. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just not my purpose. 

So why am I here? What's the point?  

To share. And hopefully, in some tiny way, to inspire. To spread the love. That's it. And it's enough for me. 

In light of that conclusion, I can now say this horse isn't dead yet!  

Hop on as I gallop off to search for love, truth, and beauty in the world and to share it here with anyone who cares to travel along. 

Peace and love to you my friends.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Random Acts of Art

Recently I started making and leaving little pieces of art in public places as a way to spread around some positivity. They are random acts of art meant to surprise, delight, and (hopefully) inspire total strangers.

I've probably left at least a dozen in the last few weeks in and around the building where I work. I place them on ledges, windowsills, walls, benches, tables, and other places where I think someone is likely to find them. Sometimes I go back a few days later to see if they are still there, and I'm so happy whenever they are GONE. I truly and sincerely hope that whoever finds them really needed to hear that particular message on that particular day.

If you've never done something like this before, I recommend giving it a try. It's actually a lot of fun and the world could certainly use more art, more surprises, and more positive messages.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Think Good Thoughts

Think. Good. Thoughts.

This, my friends, is the secret to...well, everything.

Simple, right? You bet! Easy to do? Not so much.

That's why I put these words in a frame right on my desk. To remind myself to keep an eye on my thoughts. Good thoughts are good. Negative thoughts are not good.

Think good thoughts.

What do you do to remember this simple, but important, concept?

Friday, February 14, 2014