Craft room envy

Originally uploaded by Peacock Chic is FAB.U.LOUS!

Don’t you just want to sit and study these gorgeous craft rooms for an hour? I can visualize myself working in any of them. I found this on flickr from Peacock Chic


How I named my blog

style statement

I highly recommend this book.  It’s fun and, in my case, got me a step closer to re.dis.covering myself. Here’s the premise: we all have our own style that can be summarized in two words. This style, when lived out consistently can permeate not only our fashion decisions but our jobs, friendships, homes, health, etc.

My style is genuine simple. The first word describes 80% me and the second 20%.

Genuine: authentic and real, I want to be fully me and deeply appreciate people and experiences that are free of hypocrisy and dishonesty.  Sincerity is sweet music to my soul. I gravitate to those who are down to earth and unpretentious. I have a knack for taking the best and leaving the rest. I like facts. I don’t make much time for situations that go against my grain or distract me from my goals. It isn’t too difficult for me to walk away from situations that aren’t healthy for me. Ironically, I sometimes struggle with balancing my outer image with my inner desires — sometimes I have to pretend until it feels real. I have a special fondness for originality and appreciate things that last and endure as well as people and principles that have stood the test of time.

Simple: I tend to be humble and modest. What you see is what you get. I try to be a direct communicator. I express myself candidly and am working on doing it with tact. For better or for worse, I’m pretty good at cutting corners. I like designs that are clean, pared down, elemental, innocent, pure, primitive, quiet, straightforward and are unified with my values.

I just love knowing my style. It feels so good to try to bring my style into all parts of my life. Not just art.

if anyone out there has used this book leave a comment with your Style Statement.

Wish lists

Today is day one of my Mondo Beyondo e-course. Today’s lesson was the third reminder in three days of what i call “magic lists”. These are lists of dreams/desires you want to manifest in your life. The catch, for me anyway, is that the list must include only things I really desire — things that will feed MY spirit (not my husband’s spirit, my boss’s spirit, my mom’s spirit, you get the picture). And, not the things the media always tells us we want — bigger house, muscles, size 4, bigger salary, etc.


I did a list like this almost exactly 12 years ago full of characteristics I wanted in my future husband. Within the year, I met my future husband — totally by chance.  We both knew very quickly we were each others soul mate and married the following year. When I showed him my list, he freaked out because it so closely described him.  And now, 12 years later and through all the ups and downs of marriage — I know for certain he was and is the one for me.

This article from an Oprah magazine describes the process well. The only element I added was some prayer.

So now, I realize, I need to be making these magical lists for other areas of my life and see what the universe (aka God) brings me.

This quote makes me sigh in a good way

if you travel far enough,

one day you will recognize yourself

coming down the road to meet you.

and you will say


by Jill Mellick in Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing a Woman’s Body & Soul

Running away?

I saw this on Martha Beck’s blog just now:

If you want to find your passion, know your life’s purpose, meet your soulmate, or feel intensely alive, don’t look toward the fun things that fit logically into the flow of an easy life. Ask yourself, “What am I running away from?” Whatever that thing is, turn around. Walk toward it. Face it and conquer it, or die trying.

Hmmm!  I’m going to have to think about this for awhile.  I’ve been busy “looking toward the fun things” that should fit into an easy life…I guess I need to think about what I’m trying to escape from instead?


All week i have been tired and unmotivated. I woke today to a gorgeous, sunny spring day but just wanted to stay in bed. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t go back to sleep so I tried to think of what I could do to make myself feel more “like me”. I decided that now was as good a time as any to start getting rid of all the stuff we have that just isn’t “me” anymore.

And it was marvelous. Here it is six hours later and my mood has brightened tremendously. I have energy again!

I’m not the only one doing this.  I just saw this on Crazy to be Me’s  blog.

I’m excited about the Mondo Beyondo course starting in May so every once in awhile I google “Mondo Beyondo”.  As a result, Ii am running across blogs of many bright and eloquent women. Women who have the courage to say their dreams out loud and go after them.  Crazy to be Me blog is one of those blogs.

She mentions creating a “clearing” for your dreams — something she learned in Mondo Beyondo. I probably don’t grasp the concept fully but it does speak to me. I have felt the need to “clear” my past, my layers of protection, my fears about revealing my dreams and pursuing them for some time now…honestly, for lots of years.

So I think all my subconscious thoughts about that clearing finally made it to the surface and allowed me to start the clearing today. I started with the easier way to clear — all the material things that take up space but no longer serve a purpose.

I love this photo of our back yard. All the green and the two lone adirondack chairs just speak “simple” to me.

janet bolton


When I discovered Janet Bolton’s work about 5 years ago I felt like I’d found my art. I love her work because it is totally original. Her simple lines and stitches reflect a style i just adore.  I think I have all of her books and I frequently google to find blog posts from people who have attended her classes.  I can’t even imagine how much fun it would be to learn from her at a workshop!

What is waiting to be born

I just discovered my new favorite blog.  I’ve just started browsing blogs again and I’ve found that I keep ending up at the same ones with the same themes.  Reading them is kind of like talking to your same 2 best friends about the same subjects over and over again for months. Its difficult to get new fresh ideas.

But then I discovered Lianne Raymond’s blog.  I will be a regular visitor there for sure.   I just downloaded and can’t wait to read a booklet called “What is Waiting to be Born?”. It’s available for download here.

friday favorite

friday favorite:  desire to inspire.  full of rooms like these (all from her site):

I go to Desire to Inspire and dream about my dream house.  And get lots of inspiration for my art.

How to find what you love

I’m doing the Mondo Beyondo ecourse in May and can’t wait. Until then, I’m revising the whole concept of what it is that I love to do. I strongly recommend taking the time to do it for yourself.  A couple of nights ago i stumbled upon chookooloonks blog and was entralled by karen’s entire blog but especially these three posts:

1.  How I found what I love
2. Journaling Methodology  and
3. Doing what you love, goals and journaling

I feel like such a geek/groupie — but her blog and those three posts really inspired me to take a look at what i really want to be when I grow up.  This is embarrassing for a professional marketing exec to admit but…I even got on amazon and ordered some of the same tools she uses. I hope I never meet her because she’ll probably be scared of me — but I’m really not as much of a wack job as I sound.

So, this weekend I am going to work on my list of what I love.

The craft alliance rocks

Got an email today from the craft alliance and it made me homesick for St. Louis. I lived there for about ten years and loved to browse at Craft Alliance. If i were independently wealthy I would start a small version of Craft Alliance where we live now.

Doesn’t this look totally fun? It was taken at something they call Friday Fun Nights. If anyone from St. Louis is reading this check out the link above and have an artsy-feast of browsing.