Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stealing Moments: Finding Opportunities For Self Care

Self Care Bitches!

Its not just for Gurus anymore!

Sure you do the Yoga/Meditation/Vitamins/Therapy of ALL kinds, etc...

There's still a Layer Underneath....

And you don't need a ton of $$$ to achieve it!


Once you start, you'll find you can't stop.

Like a Practical Gratitude List...

You will start spotting the opportunities for moments to relish in & encouraging them to happen!

A great jumping off point: FOOD!

(its cookout season! salmon burgers, turkey burgers, regular burgers, pineapple/bacon chicken sausage - throw some sesame/ginger dressing or dill Havarti cheese on 'em that was a first for me! *instagram*)

You were going to eat anyway, right...

Don't hold back, even if you're not a Gourmet...

Get over to Pinterest, find a few Ideas, copy 'em or steal from them!

If they don't look as pretty, who cares! They'll still taste AWESOME!!!

Try one new thing, even if its not too big of a shift from what you usually do...

Try one & more will follow!  

(of course I should be inside finishing up the office project x-p... but its so nice out! we really need some rain so I will have to stay indoors, make another red wine spritzer & put one of my stories on the ipad lol... hunker down & finish up ;-)

You have a break or its the end of a long day, a cocktail or mocktail will be just the ticket!
(when you don't/can't/won't have booze, a mocktail still feels special! for real)

You've had all the hydrating water you need in a day during your work hours, treat yourself with the perfect punctuation to all of your efforts! 


Take those couple of minutes to conjure up an Iced Tea, or Juice/Seltzer mix, throw in some Fresh Fruit... maybe some Wine, or a hint of something stronger (if you require extra help to mellow out).

Find a comfy place to sit & DECOMPRESS!

Leave work at work, get back to you & yours.

Nurture it! Steal That Moment!


The Kitteh & Doggeh know how to just be. Watch n Learn...

(gypsy tent pics from my instagram)

This is one of my Faves!

Enjoy a meal somewhere pretty!

I didn't always have such a nice view, there were times, at certain jobs, where stealing a moment was really hard. I would sometimes take my lunch out to the car, just to escape for a few.  I would try to park so that my view was nice, or I would purposely keep my car super clean, inviting, or even put something on the dash or have an air freshener (sometimes a box of incense can make your car smell lovely & you never need to open it! ;-) to remind me of something relaxing...

Rock Salt Tea-lite Holder & Incense, I need these in every room, its the power of suggestion for some, its more for others... MAKE YOURSELF FEEL PAMPERED!!!! Do it! 

Keep that busy sched! Forget makin time to go to the spa! 

Bitch, Make It Yourself! xoxo

Don't Forget the Sunshine!

Even if you think you don't need to have Direct Sun Exposure, think again!
(read the article in the link it will give you whats up with the good & the bad ;-)

10-15 mins of sun on your skin 3-5 days a week, there are so many ways that this helps physically, mentally, & you feel ridiculously indulgent while you do it!

This is the Stolen Moment that I get the most "Must Be Nice" comments from ppl.

& Yes, it is Nice!

The Self Care Benefits are EVEN NICER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take your Break outside, walk round, sit in the grass/stoop/steps/curb, or just lean against a wall for 10.

The vit D absorbed thru the tissues of your eyes alone has a huge bene to it so don't deprive yourself!

Yeah, I said it, your not taking advantage of something that's friggin for free!

No Brainer, Why the heck not!


I've not had much luck in the past with plants, besides helping them die :-(

In this past year, getting my true creative pants on one leg at a time, I fig'd I think I can do this!

Finding my own balance with Self Care has helped me balance out the care for other things...

There's no more panic of too much water, not enough water, when did I water it last!?

I'm less self absorbed, because I know I have me covered, so I have the patience to learn how to nurture other things with out thinking about being OVERWHELMED.

Do Not Forget, Compassion is a Perfect Circle! You are in there too!

Have Compassion for Yourself, You will have Compassion for Others :-D

Watermelon snack! Its not a picnic or bbq with friends, but the nights are warm & the fruit is there, so yeah, it is happening!

Stolen Moment ;-)

These Moonshine Cherries are amazing!

I can't stand them & I love them at the same time!

If you've never had Moonshine, its like drinking rubbing alcohol but with a much nicer flavor...?


And I don't recommend filling a glass with these, unless you have a huge tolerance for imbibing!

I put a few in a Mocktail (fruit juice & seltzer) and it looks special,
& knowing that I will have to basically Dare myself to chew one & love/hate it the whole time its happening...

I'm such a lightweight!!!

To Sum Up:

Make a point to find lil special moments to steal for your own as often as possible,
(its not about all or nothing, its about often enough ;-)

Make note when you've started to do it unconsciously,



I'll add more posts about Self Care later, K. I gotta go steal some moments!

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luv ya!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Studio Makeover: Chalkboard Flower Wall!

Yay! Studio Makeover Fun!!!

Its Spring! Everything is in Bloom! Even my Studio!

I'm not quite finished yet, but its a chalkboard mural... are those ever really finished?

Or Permanent...? ;-D

No Doubt, Pinterest was my inspo! While searching for Flower Walls or Black Rooms this Sweetie popped up.

So I got to work! 

I took everything off the wall, filled all the nail holes & slapped some satin finish black paint up.
(I used the cheapest paint I could find! If you wait around for a project to become affordable, chances are you won't ever start it... so...)
I started with a satin finish because I wanted a thicker coat as a base so the top layer of chalkboard paint would have something more solid to stick to. Knowing that I would probably need to wash it down (maybe multiple times) I wanted a solid barrier between the black & the white under it.

Here's the big test! 

I put a good coat of the chalkboard black on, (which looked fab btw, I want to paint an entire room black now, thanks!) and I seasoned it with a big stick of chalk. 

Rubbed it down with a rag & started to sketch where I wanted the design to go & flow!

Taking pics as I go helps me make decisions about where things are going & where they need to go!

Sometimes stepping back is not enough, you need to take pause & go away from it, study it, nurture it... see how it feels, etc... Instincts should be listened to.... blah, blah, blah...

Think about the space used & not...

Gawk at the parts you appreciate most...

Some things get added, some get taken away...

Have fun with taking the chances...

I don't usually draw flowers... Let alone in chalk, in a mural...

Getting to know the materials, playing with the textures, Making something Fun!

I will have time to finish it completely over the next couple of weeks... fingers crossed ;-D

Until then I will enjoy the creativity that poured out...

Spilling into every nook and cranny of  my room!

Taking it in... the new lights twinkle in the Fire Flies in a jar fashion...

Get Out Some Paint!

Get Ready To Scribble!



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Front Porch Madness! Part 1: Flowers & Curtains EVERYWHERE!!!

The first blast of warm weather has hit!

Time to do the Front Porches!

This is the progress so far.

Curtains are up, some Flowers have been Placed...

How it usually starts: 

Winding down, just mellow in my moment...

Memories of Last Years Porch Makeover start coming...

Good Times!

And I had already spent some time giving the Downstairs porch some Planty Curb Appeal.

Couldn't Resist!

Making Container Gardens is Fun! Especially if it means putting to use some old drawers I had picked up in my travels...

That top drawer is not cutting it tho... too thick....

Don't want to hide these Pretties!!!

Basket! Better! :-D

The Love Seat Bench now has a whole new life as a Garden Bench!

The Curtains, Year Two!

A Hot Afternoon Stringing up Curtains... Lots of Ice Water was consumed!!!

This year I have Experimented a lil...

One long continuous length of twine for all of the panels! 

The Lounging will now BEGIN! 

I need to collect more cushions! I used them all on our Gypsy Porch lol!!!

The Curtains are all tied down, it is pretty Breezy!

Trusty Eye Hooks! I knotted the Fabric this year to keep it from dragging on the floor or being tripped on & to help me tie them down...

I tied a short length of rope to the eye hook, and then used the knot in the curtain to anchor it down.

Having that loop of fabric to tie the rope around is (so far) working great, no slippage, very secure, and it has been a bit gusty...

One length of Twine you say... poop.

I will rebuild you. I have the technology. 

I will use ALL the Rope!


Ok, Curtains are secured, so far...

Plants are thriving.... so far.......

Tune in next week to see if I can find/make some Cushions & Staging Items for the Front Porch...


Make a Mellow Moment,

Make a Porch Come ALIVE!



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Namaste in Bed! Breakfast R & D!

Oh yes. This is happening!

A bunch of nice weather has us in high gear project wise!

I'm going to take things down a notch & get a lil indulgy!!!

Charli Girl is on the Bed!
Magazines to catch up on & list making materials (hidden underneath)...
Cold Pizza, Cranberry Juice & Ginger Honey Crystals Iced, & ALL the Vitamins! 

Yum! And you know how I feel about Pizza! (gluten free dominos)

I need to bring a lil focus to my inspirations! 
Mags always help.

There are lots of projects, with TONS of details happening in my world right now <3

Taking time to Reflect, & Focus will help keep the pace from becoming overwhelming. 

For Real.

Being overwhelmed or burnt out is no fun ;-)

And Charli Girl makes anything seem more relaxing & fun!

She's so helpful!!!

"Are you gunna take pictures, or get cuddly?"

Boom, Done! 

So Peaceful... 

Make some Brekkie,

Make some Moments,



Don't forget to Steal Your Moments! 

If you don't, the world will!!!!

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