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Thursday, July 21, 2016

INSPIRATION IN TRAFFIC !?

Can you find art inspiration 
when you're in a road construction traffic jam?



Do you think they just appear one morning like graffiti on the side of a building?
Are there a bunch of wild street artists building these things while we sleep?

Is there actually a job for a "Road Construction Sculpture Designer"?
I want to meet this person who came up with road construction sculpture.


I'm thinking it would be a pretty fun job. 
It would be kind of cool to be the person that's responsible for making people smile 
while they're in that annoying road construction traffic. 

Do you think that somewhere there's a sculpture garden or museum of 
orange construction-barrel art? I would like to see that.

I posted a few other pictures of fun road side sculptures HERE
in a past post.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HOW TO CREATE A COLORFUL COLLAGE PORTRAIT




I'ts time to create something!


STEP 1
 Put some colorful paint on your paper.

I used some heavy watercolor paper because I had it, but bristol board or 
anything else that can take paint will do.

STEP 2
Create a design with your paint.

I used a piece of cardboard and scraped across the page to create my design.

STEP 3
Choose a photo, and make a black and white paper copy.

I chose a photo of my nephew's cute son. He's a super-happy little guy.
Technically he's my "grand-nephew" (my older sister's grandson), 
but I'm not so ready to be called a "grand"-anything.  



Step 4
Cut out your image and other shapes that you want to add to your collage. 
Use as many different materials as you like. 

I used gold glittered card-stock for the hair and striped wrapping paper for the shirt (body).



STEP 5
Add your final details and mount, mat, and/or frame your masterpiece.

I call it  Easton 1.5 
because his name is Easton and he was 1 and a half years old in this image.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

AN UBUNDANCE OF INSPIRATION


I'm always inspired 
by the overwhelming amount of inspiration that can be found on Pinterest.
I love seeing a mix of creative, colorful, motivational stuff on one page.


I'm a conservative pinner. And I'm clearly not talking about politics. 
My point is that I don't pin just anything or everything that I happen to like. 
I only pin what I know I want to look at more than once. 



Pictures of things that inspire me to do something. 
You know, like—re-decorate a room, create an art masterpiece or write something interesting.


If you have taken any time to check out my Pinterest page, 
you can quickly get a picture of my style. And you might also conclude, by my lack of food pins, that I probably don't cook a lot. You would be correct about that.

Not because I don't want to—okay, a little bit because I don't want to, but mostly because when I dare to create a masterful meal from a great recipe I find, my family asks... 
WHY!!?


While I might not be a chef, I can whip-up a great decorative pillow. 
It must have a down or feather fill though. If I can't fluff it or give it the ole karate chop—it cannot live in my house.


The problem with an abundant source of inspiration, is that you need 
more than one house to decorate.  


Gotta love a great mirror!



Soon it will be time to re-decorate my office space. There are so many great ideas.
What will I do?

Today,
 I'm inspired by an abundance of inspiration.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE #1



Do it NOW! 
I've learned that these 3 simple words can have a great impact on my life. 
I would love to say that I thought them up on my own, but alas—I didn't.

 "Ugh!" I said as I passed by the filled, but clean dishwasher, "I'll just do that later." 
And then, I heard a voice. 
No, it wasn't God. It came from the couch. Well, not really "the couch" but from my husband sitting on the couch. 

 

"Do it now" he said. 
Before I could even get out a response—which probably would have been something like...,
"WHAT!? You do it now!"
He began to tell me about how he heard (on a podcast) a motivational speaker say that she heard from another motivational speaker, who heard it from yet another speaker, that 
"DO IT NOW" was W. Clement Stone's first commandment of success. 

So, after my husband shared all the details of the wisdom of those 3 words, 
I couldn't get those words out of my head.

While I already had a "do it now" mindset in some areas, 
like—how I always make my bed in the morning,



Suddenly, I couldn't seem to get away with anything else. 

Oy!
At first, it was annoying—like when my mother used to say, "clean your room" 
or "eat your vegetables" (actually that one she still says). 
But then, I started to realize how much I was accomplishing in a day. 
All because of those words that wouldn't seem to leave my head.

From the simple things, such as replacing a roll of toilet paper—at 3:,00 a.m. (it's probably not good to drink that iced tea so late), to a few more complicated things—like writing another chapter of that new book I'm determined to complete.

DO IT NOW! 

But, don't get crazy. 
I mean, if you accidentally cut off a finger, but you see a load of unwashed laundry
 as you're running out to the emergency room,....

But on the other hand, if...



A friend is meeting you at the gym in 5 minutes, because you don't like to go to the gym by yourself, because if you do—you may convince yourself that you can get in 1 hour's worth of workout in just 10 minutes. 

Anyway, if that friend needs to borrow one of your blow-up mattresses for her vacation,
 that you have more than one of by-the-way, because you have boys—
the kind of boys which constantly ask you to allow their friends to sleep over, and even though you first say, "NO WAY!" to those boys, because you know you won't get in any sleep that night, still you somehow end up giving in.

Wait—where was I? 

Oh yes, bag of bags.
So, you grab that bag full of bags from the linen closet, because you need one to put the blow-up mattress into. 
But then, they're all over the floor. You now have a small mess, but you're late. 
You don't want to, but you do—do it now. 

And, seriously! It only took you 2 seconds to do it.
Now you won't be annoyed by that pile of bags when you get home and just want to run straight to the shower because your friend made you complete the whole hour at the gym.

My point is, "DO IT NOW!"