nothing to do – fab friday

fab photo from “whatever” – here
The phrase – “nothing to do” is music to my ears.  It seems as fab friday rolls around, I take great delight in looking forward to nothing to do.  A bit of down time is needed for each of us.
Nothing like crayons, white paper covering a table to take us to another place.  Do you allow yourself some time for “nothing to do” or are we all supposed to be scheduled up the wazoo?  I really treasure having nothing to do but color, eat, talk, and listen to my children, my husband and my friends.  Cheers to a fab first of May and to the art of nothing to do.

brains & beauty

   

I take great pleasure in introducing the brains & the beauty behind my new blog look.  Allow me to introduce you to her here. (That is, if you do not already know and adore her!)
Lucky me to work with Bryn and to have had the pleasure of this interview;
1.  How did you begin designing blog pages?
In college I majored in Advertising and I spent all four years designing for the student newspapers and doing some brochures on the side.  Although I didn’t go into graphic design professionally,  I still liked to keep it in my daily life.  I designed our own wedding invitations, and at the beginning of 2009 I re-designed my blog.  I had people e-mail me about it my blog design, and voila!  That’s how I got here.  I’m lucky enough to have a computer engineer for a father, and he helps me with the HTML and CSS.  Although I plant to learn more programming in the future, my Dad and I currently split the projects (and earnings) down the middle.
 2.  Is this a full time or part time passion?  Where do you see yourself in a few years?
For now, this is a part time passion.  During the day, I work at a marketing job and during the evening and on weekends I work on my designing.  I absolutely love working with people and helping them create their vision, and I’m so lucky to have such a great hobby.  In a perfect world, I’ll someday be able to quit the 9 to 5 and concentrate all my time on my passions: interior decorating,  idea boards, web design, paper goods and maybe even painting someday.
3.  I know you are a newlywed – What are you finding to be the most challenging and the most rewarding?
The only hard part if being a newlywed for me are the chores.  We aren’t particularly people who enjoy cleaning, so it’s a challenge when something needs to be done but neither of us wants to do it:)
As for the most rewarding part…,sometime at night we will keep each other up just by talking and laughing.  We’ll laugh and laugh and sometimes laugh so hard that we  cry, and those are my favorite nights.  It’s cliche, but it’s true: my husband is my best friend.
4.  What are a few things that inspire you?
I get so much inspiration from blogs.  I LOVE blogging!  You “meet” amazingly talented people and find the most obscure, cool things that you would never know about otherwise.
5.  Tell us the highlight of your life>
Wow!  This is a tough question.  The highlight so far was our wedding day (it was amazing), but I think the best is yet to come.  I can’t wait to buy our own home, be a Mom and career-wise hopefully to be able to live what I love someday.
Thank you Bryn for being the brains behind the beauty of my “new” blog design.  I appreciate the time and the patience you took to create my blog to coordinate with my web site.  It truly was a pleasure to work with you, “all on-line” and I am in hopes that we are able to meet one day in person.  I wish you much love, luck and success in your life doing what you love with the one you love.  Have a beautiful day full of design!
If you are interested in working with Bryn, please feel free to contact her and tell her that 
pve design sent you!   Are you looking for a new look for your blog?

brains & beauty

   

I take great pleasure in introducing the brains & the beauty behind my new blog look.  Allow me to introduce you to her here. (That is, if you do not already know and adore her!)
Lucky me to work with Bryn and to have had the pleasure of this interview;
1.  How did you begin designing blog pages?
In college I majored in Advertising and I spent all four years designing for the student newspapers and doing some brochures on the side.  Although I didn’t go into graphic design professionally,  I still liked to keep it in my daily life.  I designed our own wedding invitations, and at the beginning of 2009 I re-designed my blog.  I had people e-mail me about it my blog design, and voila!  That’s how I got here.  I’m lucky enough to have a computer engineer for a father, and he helps me with the HTML and CSS.  Although I plant to learn more programming in the future, my Dad and I currently split the projects (and earnings) down the middle.
 2.  Is this a full time or part time passion?  Where do you see yourself in a few years?
For now, this is a part time passion.  During the day, I work at a marketing job and during the evening and on weekends I work on my designing.  I absolutely love working with people and helping them create their vision, and I’m so lucky to have such a great hobby.  In a perfect world, I’ll someday be able to quit the 9 to 5 and concentrate all my time on my passions: interior decorating,  idea boards, web design, paper goods and maybe even painting someday.
3.  I know you are a newlywed – What are you finding to be the most challenging and the most rewarding?
The only hard part if being a newlywed for me are the chores.  We aren’t particularly people who enjoy cleaning, so it’s a challenge when something needs to be done but neither of us wants to do it:)
As for the most rewarding part…,sometime at night we will keep each other up just by talking and laughing.  We’ll laugh and laugh and sometimes laugh so hard that we  cry, and those are my favorite nights.  It’s cliche, but it’s true: my husband is my best friend.
4.  What are a few things that inspire you?
I get so much inspiration from blogs.  I LOVE blogging!  You “meet” amazingly talented people and find the most obscure, cool things that you would never know about otherwise.
5.  Tell us the highlight of your life>
Wow!  This is a tough question.  The highlight so far was our wedding day (it was amazing), but I think the best is yet to come.  I can’t wait to buy our own home, be a Mom and career-wise hopefully to be able to live what I love someday.
Thank you Bryn for being the brains behind the beauty of my “new” blog design.  I appreciate the time and the patience you took to create my blog to coordinate with my web site.  It truly was a pleasure to work with you, “all on-line” and I am in hopes that we are able to meet one day in person.  I wish you much love, luck and success in your life doing what you love with the one you love.  Have a beautiful day full of design!
If you are interested in working with Bryn, please feel free to contact her and tell her that 
pve design sent you!   Are you looking for a new look for your blog?

half note cottage

pve design illustration – “half note cottage”
There is something about a cottage named “half note” that brings music to my ears.  Layla over at The Lettered Cottage has been posting about this sweet little place as it takes on a new look with fresh paint and some tlc.  I remember moving to my home and the sudden urge to make it our own with a good scrubbing, some paint and scouting for items like a bird brings bits to its very own nest.   There is something about a cottage that seems simple and hits just the right note for me.  Are you drawn to half note cottages or full note castles?  What makes your home noteworthy?
* thanks Conni for pointing out my error with its!  I did change it!

half note cottage

pve design illustration – “half note cottage”
There is something about a cottage named “half note” that brings music to my ears.  Layla over at The Lettered Cottage has been posting about this sweet little place as it takes on a new look with fresh paint and some tlc.  I remember moving to my home and the sudden urge to make it our own with a good scrubbing, some paint and scouting for items like a bird brings bits to its very own nest.   There is something about a cottage that seems simple and hits just the right note for me.  Are you drawn to half note cottages or full note castles?  What makes your home noteworthy?
* thanks Conni for pointing out my error with its!  I did change it!

easy chair

Do you have an easy chair?  A chair to come home to and to “take-it-easy” at the end of the day.
Is there a spot in your home or a place you love to sit a spell and gather your thoughts.  Hope you will find the time in your day to take a seat and a load off your feet.  Does your day allow for time to sit or do you run around chasing your tail? (like me!)

easy chair

Do you have an easy chair?  A chair to come home to and to “take-it-easy” at the end of the day.
Is there a spot in your home or a place you love to sit a spell and gather your thoughts.  Hope you will find the time in your day to take a seat and a load off your feet.  Does your day allow for time to sit or do you run around chasing your tail? (like me!)

be a L-O-V-E

All we really need is L-O-V-E.  In New York City, this iconic sculpture (by Robert Indiana) stands on Sixth Avenue while pedestrians scurry by.  While in the city, my daughter and her friend decided it would be fun to have a photo taken in between the V and the E.  I have always loved this statue, the vivid red and the electric blue.  Be a love and tell me what are you in love with today?

Sunday Shelf – "stoicism"

“Cloud Shadows” – Winslow Homer

When we suddenly find ourselves under a “Cloud Shadow” of life, we need to take a moment to reflect.  Life teaches us lessons as well as the history of ancient philosophy.  
“Happiness is the good flow of life.”  
                                                      Zeno
Zeno was an ancient Greek Philosopher, the founder of the “stoic” school of philosophy.
Stoicism placed great emphasis on the goodness of peace of mind by living a life according to nature.
“Weary” – Winslow Homer
When you are weary, find a spot under a solid tree outdoors and feel the power of nature.
Take a moment to find solace in nature. 
“Two are company- Three are none” – Winslow Homer (illustration)
During the last week, my mind has been shadowed with cloudy thoughts, sadness, loss, anger, frustration, yet the virtue of stoicism reigns supreme in my mind.  Often, alone time is best in order to find peace of mind.
Sunlight and Shadow” -Winslow Homer  
(Day’s missed on a Hammock, a gal after my own heart)

As the artist Winslow Homer said. 
Look at nature, work independently, solve your own problems.”  
 Often, finding solace in nature does provide the answers to solving one’s problems but it is also with the help of stoic friends and family who have a way of standing tall, proud and full of virtue.
Are you living a life of virtue?  True good can only exist in virtue.

Sunday Shelf – "stoicism"

“Cloud Shadows” – Winslow Homer

When we suddenly find ourselves under a “Cloud Shadow” of life, we need to take a moment to reflect.  Life teaches us lessons as well as the history of ancient philosophy.  
“Happiness is the good flow of life.”  
                                                      Zeno
Zeno was an ancient Greek Philosopher, the founder of the “stoic” school of philosophy.
Stoicism placed great emphasis on the goodness of peace of mind by living a life according to nature.
“Weary” – Winslow Homer
When you are weary, find a spot under a solid tree outdoors and feel the power of nature.
Take a moment to find solace in nature. 
“Two are company- Three are none” – Winslow Homer (illustration)
During the last week, my mind has been shadowed with cloudy thoughts, sadness, loss, anger, frustration, yet the virtue of stoicism reigns supreme in my mind.  Often, alone time is best in order to find peace of mind.
Sunlight and Shadow” -Winslow Homer  
(Day’s missed on a Hammock, a gal after my own heart)

As the artist Winslow Homer said. 
Look at nature, work independently, solve your own problems.”  
 Often, finding solace in nature does provide the answers to solving one’s problems but it is also with the help of stoic friends and family who have a way of standing tall, proud and full of virtue.
Are you living a life of virtue?  True good can only exist in virtue.