I think I have a really good eye…


The past week has been one of the better weeks I’ve had in a long time and I really feel like it’s going to keep heading in that direction.  One of the most important parts of getting back to my happiness  is being able to think without your mind racing and dragging you back into that dark place.

One of my new obsessions is BBC’s Sherlock … I had seen promos for the show, but blew past them. Then I watched and got hooked.  And I’m officially all caught up — just waiting for Season 3 now.  I said all of that to say — the quote you’re seeing, above, is from Sherlock.  It’s what he does when he really needs to sort things out and well, I totally understand that mindset.  I love my ‘me time’ because it allows me to clear my mind and that’s a healthy thing to do.

I’ve been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger with updating/adding pages and exporting my blog content to my new Blogger account — it’s nothing more than a double press — I want a bigger audience and I’ll eventually connect both of those blogs to my own personal website … The Big Pixture — which I’ve been working on to update! 🙂  All of this kinda stuff takes me one step closer to my happiness … it’s the creative side of me that has been buried for months and it’s starting to push its way back … to the front! 🙂

I’ve started to really get into interior design — several of my friends have solicited my opinions and then did the work — and it turned out great. It’s really easy to design when it’s not your money being spent!!!   I think I have a really good eye and love figuring that kind of stuff out … if you have a creative thread in your soul — it shines through in all areas: art, cooking, graphics, design, et al.  It’s kind of amazing to know that being a creative person helps jump start the journey back into the light!

Today is the Wimbledon Men’s Championship and alas, my favourite – Rafa Nadal, is not there. 😦  He never truly even got out of the gate.  I wonder if the entire hype regarding making history at the French Open kinda rattled his mindset?  And with him out, I didn’t even really get into Wimbledon this year – and I always watch every single match live or TiVOed.  I am glad that Serena won her 5th title — I like her a lot now; however, I didn’t care for her that much in the earlier part of her career because of the attitude (which she still has, but she handles it so MUCH better now).   So, hopefully Rafa settles down and focuses on the tourneys left for this year – including the US Open in NY!

Nica poking out from under the bed covers this morning …

So, yesterday was a ‘day for the dogs’ … literally.  I bought a new bed and lots of goodies for Nica.  The two things she loved more than any of the other things were her new bed and the new lining for her ‘house’ (that’s what I call her crate and it’s the only word she knows for her crate).  She rooted around in her new bed and then promptly found a t-shirt of mine lying in the bedroom and proudly carried it to her new bed … and then did the same with a pair of socks to her ‘house’ … it’s amazing, to me, how my scent provides her with comfort when I’m not around … I’ve had to be really careful about what I drop on the floor – clothing wise – because she’ll drag ANYTHING to her bed or ‘house’ … if you have a dog, you know exactly what I’m talking about! 🙂

So, I’m ready to get my day underway … lots of little things I need to do and I cannot procrastinate today! 🙂  Here’s to a great Sunday and what’s left of the weekend!

Hugs,

Ready for the weekend …


the future is looking better and better


One of my shelves devoted to many of my favourite things …

I’m feeling really good today … I took the time to vent to my friend, Lauren, yesterday (my therapist said it’s good to communicate with people that I trust) because she knows what I’ve been going through.  I’m thankful for having a handful of people that I know that I can trust in my life – it’s a part of the process and the road hasn’t been as bumpy as of late.  A lot of people simply get bogged down – they forget to keep moving forward, but thank God that I’ve always been a ‘keep going no matter how bad I feel’ person.  I have a driving spirit and I am eternally grateful! 🙂

So, one of my “happy places” is watching the ole telly … yes, God gave someone the infinite wisdom to invent TiVO. 🙂 So, if you’ve looked at my links, to the right – to the right — now dip baby dip — hee hee … Anyway, yes — links to some of my favourite shows on telly … you’ll see The Nate Berkus Show … 🙂 I love, love, love Nate Berkus.  In fact, he’s the inspiration behind a lot of the design in my house … I love his entire ‘mix-n-match’ approach to design.  It has, in fact, rubbed off in my house!

Photo booth pictures of my Dad and I … Hardy Boys … London Call box … Mickey Mouse Alarm Clock … Tigger as the devil … these are a few of my favourite things!

One of my favourite shelves includes items from my childhood … You can see the top shelf one of my best Home Goods finds ever … the word ‘Dream’ — it was on clearance for $6 — I found it on eBay selling, at its lowest price, at $40 … so, score!  You’ll also see a photo frame to the left — that’s holding photo booth pictures of my Dad and I — it’s the one featured as my LOGO … I love that it’s in black & white!  There’s a small Hardy Boys book, a Disney flip book (circa 1974), a London Call Box bank ( I love, love, love that piece), pins from London, a Mickey Mouse wind-up clock (circa 1967) and Tigger in a devil costume!  That shelf also houses a wood sculpture, one of my bow ties from my childhood and two Lego men pins from Lego Mindstorms.

The next shelf holds copies of first edition Hardy Boys books … they’re hard to find, but I buy them when I find them! It also has an original Tigger (the one that actually looks like a Tiger) from my Papa Ross and another Tigger dressed as Indiana Jones.  The small metal box is like a mini ‘locker’ of sorts — I found it at a flea market and talked the price down from $20 to $10.  The next shelf holds more Tigger beanies and all of the books left from childhood … some of my favourites include Charlie Brown!

Some of my photography, art and stitched ‘stuff’ hanging in my living room.

When I moved into my first house, I remember being worried that all of the frames on pictures had to match … and I did that for a very, very long time, but when I discovered Nate, I learned that you could mix-n-match EVERYTHING … photos, art, furniture!  I’ve used that mantra since seeing him on Oprah and when I’ve found a piece I really liked and could get it for what I wanted to pay – it has become a part of my ever growing collection of ‘stuff’ — I try to keep everything organised, but it does get a bit crazy at times!

My cousin Heather, who I love, love, love 🙂 introduced a money trap to me when I visited her back in 2011 … it’s called Hobby Lobby and I was hooked immediately.  It’s full of great stuff – at reasonable prices – to spice up just about any place you want to add a flair of design too!  I’ve been pretty good about not going into debt because I’m all about sales and finding more for less!  There are a couple of pieces I want from Hobby Lobby right now, but I’m saving up for them — they’re card catalogues one is a 12-drawer and a 15-drawer … I hope they’ll be around since I live about 39 miles from the nearest store!  Heather is a stitcher (I don’t know what else to call it) and she made me some of the cutest Ziggy patterns — which I’m having framed and they’ll hang in my office in the fall!

I’ve rambled enough … I’m really starting to feel like I’m getting back on the right path and that makes me know that the future is looking better and better every single day! 🙂

Happy 4th,