what-not

A “what-not” shelf in my bathroom is home to an a collection of fragrances and snippets of things brought home from a place and a time.  The framed “dunes” scene was bought on Summer vacation on Block Island by the artist Connie Fiedler and the little boy fountain brought back from Brussels.  I love sitting paintings on shelves and an array of  bottles.
Do you have a what-not shelf in your home and what trifles stand on display?

what-not

A “what-not” shelf in my bathroom is home to an a collection of fragrances and snippets of things brought home from a place and a time.  The framed “dunes” scene was bought on Summer vacation on Block Island by the artist Connie Fiedler and the little boy fountain brought back from Brussels.  I love sitting paintings on shelves and an array of  bottles.
Do you have a what-not shelf in your home and what trifles stand on display?

monday, monday

binder from simplify 101
Monday is the start of the week in my home.  I turn to my handy dandy binder which is kept in a spot on my counter.  My daughter loves this book, home to class lists, school permission slips, and more.  My fave are the Menu planning sheets (courtesy of heart-of-light) which help me to plan my weekly menu.  It is fun to look forward to “what we shall eat” for the week ahead.  I save recipes in a file for future ideas for the weeks ahead.  When you plan, you are better equipped to stick to a budget.  I also love stocking the pantry with staples, should the best laid menu plans fail. Shopping seasonally and stocking the pantry with staples is key.
I am especially excited since last week I was waiting for the arrival of a new fridge!
meal planning sheets, click to enlarge and print, cut in half, thanks to heart-of-light
In my quest or desire to feed my organizational lust, I happened to find this wonderful site here.  There are simply super tips to motivate one to organize.  I love the Russel and Hazel binders, notes and other aesthetically pleasing items for storage.
We could all benefit from a bowl of simplicity and a few minutes for noting some time management tips which I gleamed from simplify101;
1.  Prioritize, “eat your veggies first” – then dessert.   Do the highest priority first.
2.  Say NO, for everything you say YES to, you are saying NO to something else.
3.  Balance, strive for a balance.  It is like going to a “buffet” and eating too much of everything and walking away not feeling great.  Feel good with less, limit the choices and you will find balance.
4.  Pick & choose!  Life is all about choice.  Make a list first thing to begin your day.
5.  Order gives light and energy.  
an ordered drawer of candles and matches – image from chez larsson
Learning to plan ahead for a rainy day, or a day without power provides energy and a source of light and contentment for any day of the week.  How do you plan ahead to simplify – so you can enjoy your week?  What would you say needs the most attention today, what is on your list in order of “highest priority?” Happy Monday, Monday!

monday, monday

binder from simplify 101
Monday is the start of the week in my home.  I turn to my handy dandy binder which is kept in a spot on my counter.  My daughter loves this book, home to class lists, school permission slips, and more.  My fave are the Menu planning sheets (courtesy of heart-of-light) which help me to plan my weekly menu.  It is fun to look forward to “what we shall eat” for the week ahead.  I save recipes in a file for future ideas for the weeks ahead.  When you plan, you are better equipped to stick to a budget.  I also love stocking the pantry with staples, should the best laid menu plans fail. Shopping seasonally and stocking the pantry with staples is key.
I am especially excited since last week I was waiting for the arrival of a new fridge!
meal planning sheets, click to enlarge and print, cut in half, thanks to heart-of-light
In my quest or desire to feed my organizational lust, I happened to find this wonderful site here.  There are simply super tips to motivate one to organize.  I love the Russel and Hazel binders, notes and other aesthetically pleasing items for storage.
We could all benefit from a bowl of simplicity and a few minutes for noting some time management tips which I gleamed from simplify101;
1.  Prioritize, “eat your veggies first” – then dessert.   Do the highest priority first.
2.  Say NO, for everything you say YES to, you are saying NO to something else.
3.  Balance, strive for a balance.  It is like going to a “buffet” and eating too much of everything and walking away not feeling great.  Feel good with less, limit the choices and you will find balance.
4.  Pick & choose!  Life is all about choice.  Make a list first thing to begin your day.
5.  Order gives light and energy.  
an ordered drawer of candles and matches – image from chez larsson
Learning to plan ahead for a rainy day, or a day without power provides energy and a source of light and contentment for any day of the week.  How do you plan ahead to simplify – so you can enjoy your week?  What would you say needs the most attention today, what is on your list in order of “highest priority?” Happy Monday, Monday!

dancing with the stars

My girl loves dance class.  She loves the floor exercises.
She really likes to jump, and pretend she can even fly.
Most of all she loves to perform.  
Deep down, she loves to dance and act.
Today is her dance recital, on stage.   Dancing with the stars or “so ya think you can dance”
are shows she loves to watch and copy dance moves.  ( she just said, “no i don’t!)  OK. Right.
Anybody that knows her, knows this to be true, any opportunity to dance, perform, sing, play her flute….she jumps at it!
What do you love to do?  Do you take any dance classes?
Do you ever bust a move, and dance under the stars?

dancing with the stars

My girl loves dance class.  She loves the floor exercises.
She really likes to jump, and pretend she can even fly.
Most of all she loves to perform.  
Deep down, she loves to dance and act.
Today is her dance recital, on stage.   Dancing with the stars or “so ya think you can dance”
are shows she loves to watch and copy dance moves.  ( she just said, “no i don’t!)  OK. Right.
Anybody that knows her, knows this to be true, any opportunity to dance, perform, sing, play her flute….she jumps at it!
What do you love to do?  Do you take any dance classes?
Do you ever bust a move, and dance under the stars?

gouache

Gouache is an opaque paint that is mixed with water to achieve a vibrant and happy work of art.  Normally I work in water-color washed over a micron pen, but sometimes to achieve the saturation of color, I use gouache.  I also just like saying the work “gouache.”  One can find it available in tubes or in a cake palette.  The paper needs to be a heavier paper in order to hold the paint.  I enjoy answering any questions that you might have if you feel inspired to paint! 

lucky red

A lucky red watering can to shower red strawberries.
Lucky red doors for a wedding with red flowers, red lips, and red sling-backs.
Red rose petals strewn down the aisle.
Whenever I spot a red truck, I think of a dear blog buddy who has a dream of having a lucky red truck to shower goodies all about.
“Special delivery” for me!  If you know this gifted person, she has a way of spreading goodness. It sure would be fun to have a lucky red truck – to deliver gifts!
photo from A Gift Wrapped Life” – love this wrapping!
Just knowing that there was something being delivered to someone to make their day special.
I picture the gifts being wrapped, a little red gingham, a touch of red, a vintage rose, a butterfly or a red cardinal.
Can you guess who that blogger might be?  Let’s see how well you know our blog buddies.  
First one to guess wins a box of red goodies!
(Winner of last week’s fab friday, the 622 press – letter press  was random number “21”- Chloedezigns – please e-mail me your address to send your winning!)

lucky red

A lucky red watering can to shower red strawberries.
Lucky red doors for a wedding with red flowers, red lips, and red sling-backs.
Red rose petals strewn down the aisle.
Whenever I spot a red truck, I think of a dear blog buddy who has a dream of having a lucky red truck to shower goodies all about.
“Special delivery” for me!  If you know this gifted person, she has a way of spreading goodness. It sure would be fun to have a lucky red truck – to deliver gifts!
photo from A Gift Wrapped Life” – love this wrapping!
Just knowing that there was something being delivered to someone to make their day special.
I picture the gifts being wrapped, a little red gingham, a touch of red, a vintage rose, a butterfly or a red cardinal.
Can you guess who that blogger might be?  Let’s see how well you know our blog buddies.  
First one to guess wins a box of red goodies!
(Winner of last week’s fab friday, the 622 press – letter press  was random number “21”- Chloedezigns – please e-mail me your address to send your winning!)

playing footsie

There is a direct correlation between playing footsie which goes straight to the heart of one’s soul.  By now everybody is a friend of Toms Shoes, right?  What could be better than buying a pair of shoes knowing that there are “tootsies”, getting a pair on me. 
(For each pair purchased, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need.)   Toms began in 2006.
Just look how happy this child is with new striped shoes! :)
I have been known to fall head over heels for plaid!   I have a white linen dress and a sweet head scarf, now these little lovelies would be perfect for a picnic or an “amble” into town.
Now we are talking, smooth suede, in a lovely tangerine color…how sweet with jeans and tees.
Do you know Tom, have you ever played footsie with these shoes?  C’mon fess up and tell us what shoes are playing with you and your tootsies?