Category Archives: Creative Juices

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone …

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Hello friends! As Audra mentioned, we’re back! It was a crazy spring for me with all my preparation for and then actually being out the country for five weeks, but I’m back and finally settled into my usual routine again. There’s definitely no place like home – and having a steady schedule and routine again feels good.

BUT …

To put it simply, my time Down Under was absolutely amazing. The Rotary Group Study Exchange to Australia I participated in was a spectacular opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone personally and professionally. I didn’t know who I was going to meet, where I was going to go, what I would learn, what I would miss back home, etc. etc. I had to let go of the steering wheel and go with the flow. Initially, I thought it would be fairly easy and I’d have no issues whatsoever. I was wrong, but that’s okay. The payoff for the mix of sadness, sickness, exhaustion, excitement, anxiety, laughter, sometimes awkward moments, and sleepless nights was worth it. I’m now more confident in all facets of my life. Work life is great – I’ve been able to apply so much of my experiences vocationally and culturally into my daily design doings. Personally, things are spectacular too. While my time away from my hubby wasn’t needed, it sparked another level of appreciation and love for one another.

Ultimately, I’ve been inspired in so many ways…

  • to travel and see/do even more new things (next time with my husband)
  • to speak and present more confidently
  • to be even more globally in-tune with news, events, issues and more
  • to give back more to my family, friends, colleagues and community
  • to take a chance … especially if I’m nervous or afraid

I love the fact that I have developed so many wonderful professional connections and life-long personal relationships and friends on the other side of the world.

All that being shared, I challenge each of you to take a step – however big or small you can manage – outside of your comfort zone. I’m not suggesting everyone needs to skip town for 5 weeks and head to Australia by any means (although its a beautiful country). Just make an attempt to mix things up a bit. Take a chance. The reward(s) will be worth it in the end.

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Pinterest… the greatest, but best, time suck

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So, let’s talk about Pinterest.  At this point, I think everyone has heard of it, most people are on it and of those who are on it, a good chunk are officially in the “addicted” category.

Pinterest is a place where we put together our imaginary wardrobes, build our imaginary homes, dream of our amazing weddings/nurseries/holiday parties, plan our rainy-day crafting and realize how much more organized our lives could be.

To date, my girlfriend Kelsey and I have had a Pinterest recipe night (cheese roll ups and Orange Julius smoothies – yum!) and a Pinterest crafting day (ribbon wreath, pictured above, and felt wreath).  It is affecting how we find things, how we spend time together and how we view household items and garbage.  Before an empty oatmeal container was garbage, now it is a perfect headband holder.  Pinterest is changing our culture in ways that I don’t even think we realize yet… and frankly, I don’t realize yet.

So, for those of you who haven’t joined, I encourage you to drink the Kool-Aid.  But be warned, it is like potato chips.  You can’t eat just one.  You can’t pin just one.

p.s. Wow, two food references in one tiny paragraph?  I must be hungry!

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Battle of the Bathroom Sconces

Clearly Creative Collection + Moss Wreath Idea = Final Product!As I’ve alluded to in a previous décor post, my home decoration has been quite the drawn out process. So when I tell you that after 3 years, I’ve finally found sconces to flank the walls surrounding my master bathtub, it’s a big deal. (Big thanks to my Partylite pal, Jackie!) However, purchasing these 2 sconces was only half the battle. As you can see from the top left photo above, these sconces feature a unique glass component (a feature of the Clearly Creative Collection) that allows for customization – be it filler based on an individual room theme, décor trends or to show some holiday cheer.

And here in lies the start of the latter half of the battle…

I tore through old, stored craft boxes for potential supplies, perused through numerous store aisles and shelves on my lunch hours, and clicked through thousands of Google images for ideas and inspiration. I wasn’t going to settle for something that simply looked nice – I wanted something that matched my décor and fit my specific style. And because it was too easy and too canned, I immediately eliminated the option of using store-bought vase filler. I ultimately ended up with a list of potential filler ideas based on colors and theme. I hope you enjoy my brain dump and filler explorations below…

Corks in sconce

Cork filler exploration ... need more color!

Options based on the color green:

  • dried split peas or other
  • leaves
  • moss rocks
  • limes, apples or pears
  • bamboo shoots
  • dried artichoke

Options based on the color brown:

  • corks (see photo)
  • twigs, grape vines
  • coffee beans
  • pine cones

Based on the color orange:

  • varied-sized buttons
  • dried corn
Sea Shells in Sconce

The shells are neat ... but its too soft for my taste.

  • mini pumpkins
  • thumb-tacked or painted Styrofoam ball
  • marbles
  • candy corn
  • flower petals
  • ornaments

Based on a theme – earthly materials:

  • shells/sand (see photo)
  • pebbles/stones
  • leaves/twigs
  • grass
  • straw
  • flowers
  • bird eggs
  • acorns

As luck would have it during this brainstorm battle, I stumbled upon a craft flier featuring the moss wreath pictured above while sitting in the floral/craft aisle of the local JoAnns store. It combined everything I was pondering – I loved it immediately!

The assembly was pretty quick & simple. I purchased small grape vine wreath to dissemble, a box of faux moss rocks, a large combination bag of varying tones of moss and I was on the road. My initial attempt closely resembled an elementary craft project gone wrong! Attempt #2 was much stronger and the final result. The major difference – clumping the similar elements together so the differing colors popped and the varying textures were discernible. And in the end, less is more!

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