Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Unique Mother's Day Necklace

Mother's Day is next week!  I heard someone say that today and I realized I better get my Mother's Day themed jewelry listed in my Etsy shop, and fast!

I just put these two very unique necklaces up in the shop-  They're both made with teeny silver salt spoons- vintage, of course! The spoons are from Italy. I have a whole set, and each one has a unique headstock. 
vintage salt spoon necklace with cobalt blue beads

vintage beaded spoon necklace
You can visit my Resparkable Vintage shop for all the details on both of them.  I can still easily ship them out to you in time for Mother's Day.  I also have a few "Mother/Daughter" Necklaces I will be listing by the end of the day tomorrow.  Although these are "Mother's Day" ideas, don't feel like you have to be a Mom to wear one!  I have one I wear and I just LOVE it.  I get compliments on it every time I wear it. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Winning and Losing

This weekend, I sang at a Fundraising Gala for the Bath House Cultural Society.  I love White Rock Lake, here in Dallas- which is where the Bath House is located, so I was happy to take part in the event.

The night came with a few unexpected surprises.

While I was singing, Fermin bought us some raffle tickets.  After my set was over, we went to the table of prizes you could enter to win.  There were about 8 gift baskets to chose from, and there was one I really wanted- mainly because it looked like a birdcage, with vintage bird ornanaments hanging on it. Inside the cage were several different cute notepads.  I put all 4 of my tickets in that one basket and exclaimed to Fermin, "I have a feeling I'm actually gonna win this!"  That feeling was so strong, and hopeful, that I posted this photo on Instagram with the caption, "I'm about to win this." 
I'm about to win this!
Well guess what?!  I WON!  Affirmations and visualizations, which I have been practicing lately, really work!

I didn't even realize all the things in that basket, until I got home and took everything out of the birdcage!  I got:
* a pair of tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Center
*the birds!
*notepads, a notebooks, and a couple of small journals
*fancy pencils with a cute pencil holder bag
*a pair of tickets to some theatre production I've never heard of, but am excited to go to!


shoes, post explosion
Although the night was lucky for me, it wasn't all lucky. 

At some point in the night, my shoes started feeling a little soggy. I looked down at my shoes as I stood up from my seat and it seemed I had stepped in a cupcake!  I had little white cake crumbs all around my feet, and white fluff covering the heel of my shoe.  When I tried to wipe the supposed cupcake off of my shoe I realized that my heel had just sort of exploded and the contents of it were spilling out where ever I stepped.  It just wasn't just one shoe, by the way-- it was both! And with every step I took, I was getting shorter and leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind.

Eventually, I noticed a maintenance man with a broom and dust pan sweeping up after me.  It was only a matter of time before he realized I was the culprit of all of his extra clean up work. 

So I took off my shoes, apologized to the man cleaning my mess up, and put my shoes in a trash bag.

You win some, you lose some.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sketchbook Skool Starts Today!

Creative License
For years, I've been meaning to make sketching a habit.  My interest started when I read Danny Gregory's book, Creative License.  He said that to really know and understand something, you need to draw it.  For a while, inspired by that book, I was on a roll, sketching on a pretty regular basis.  And I learned that what Danny said was true.  When you draw something, you really have to look at it. You think you know what something looks like, until you try to draw it.  Your brain sees it one way, and the reality of it can be something entirely different.

For those several weeks that I was on my sketching streak, I looked at everything differently.  And I liked it.

It's similar to when I'm writing songs.  I really learn how I feel about something when I write a song.  I guess the similarity might be simply about being in the present moment.  And I'm always trying to do that.  Because as I get older, I realize that life is short.  And I want to be right here in it.  Not rushing ahead.

So...  Sketching.  Drawing. Doodling. Maybe I can slow the world down for myself, just a little bit.  And see it in a whole new way.

Art Before Breakfast
Recently, I bought Danny's newest book, Art Before Breakfast.  Of course, I love the book. So much that I want to eat it, instead of my breakfast. (I wrote a post about this book you can go read if you'd like!)  When I'm into something, I'm really into it... So, I visited Danny's website, read several of his blog posts, and eventually read something about this Sketchbook Skool that he's involved with.  Then, I hopped over to the Sketchbook Skool website and read all about that and knew, this is what I've been looking for, for years!


I signed up for "Beginnings", and it starts today!  "Beginnings" is the first course in the Sketchbook Skool line up, taught by Danny Gregory and 5 other talented artists.  Each artist/teacher takes on a week of the class and gives lessons, insights and homework.  You, the student, get to share your work, check out your classmates work, and cheer each other on.  All from the comfort of your own home, and at any hour of the day or night.  The class goes on for 6 weeks.  There are three other 6 week courses that follow this one.  That means I will for sure be sticking with the practice of sketching for 6 weeks, probably 24 weeks, and hopefully for a lifetime!
for less than $10, i've got enough art supplies to get started!
Today is just the Beginning!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

My 1,000th Blog Post


When I realized the other day that my next blog post was going to be my 1,000th blog post I thought, "Wow.  I better come up with something good to say for that one!"

I got to work, writing about something that seemed really important at the moment. I slept on it, and when I looked at it the next morning, I sort of hated it.  It just didn't seem worthy of being my ONE THOUSANDTH BLOG POST. 
So I rewrote the whole thing.  But, I forgot to save my changes!  And although that was disappointing, it wasn't really a huge loss, because that particular post wasn't really all that great either. When I tried to start rewriting for the 3rd time, I froze up.  Even though there was a lot I wanted to say, I couldn't find the right way to say it.

Since that, I've just sort of been avoiding thinking about it or working on it.  I'm paralyzed by the legitimacy of the 1,000th post.  Which is so silly, right?

This morning I was thinking about it again and decided I'm just going to write this post and get it over with so I can move onto the non-pressured 1,001st post.

I've participated in on online songwriting challenge several times of writing 50 songs in 90 days.  And each time I've started the challenge, I made it to the end and achieved the goal of 50 songs.  They weren't 50 good songs.  Sometimes, I knew I had to write a bad one, just to be able to get to the next. And the next.  And eventually, I'd stumble upon a good one. Maybe even a great one.

In those challenges, I've learned over and over again how powerful it is to create something that isn't great. To create quality, you gotta create a lot of quantity. I am doomed for creative failure when I approach something thinking, "This has to be the best thing ever". 

So there it is.  Number 1,000. And now... I'm over it.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Impulsive Shopper Vs. Calm and Deliberate Shopper

When I was about 6 years old, I talked my parents into letting me get a kitten.  I begged them for a female white kitty with blue eyes.  I wailed on and on about how much I wanted one, and how I would take care of it, if they would just please, please give in to my very specific request.

The first litter of kitties we went to see had only one kitty left- a male black kitten with green eyes.  Not exactly what I had described, but close enough. I had to have him!!
just the kitten i had in mind!

And that has pretty much been my buying style ever since.  Impulsive.

Fermin, on the other hand, is whatever the opposite of impulsive is.  If he's going to buy luggage for example, he's going to go to a few stores, and look at all the different brands he can find.  Then he's going to come home, get on the computer and read all the reviews he can find about them.  He'll probably take a look at Consumer Reports to see which brands they recommend. This research will go on for weeks until he finally feels confident in a decision and he'll buy the luggage he has decided is the best.  Then he will continue to look for it everywhere he goes, just to make sure he got the best deal, even weeks after making his purchase.

A few weeks ago, after we both got eyeglass prescriptions from our doctor, we went to an eyewear store together to pick out our very first pair of glasses.

Fermin looked around at all the men's glasses, trying most of them on, and then decided to continue looking elsewhere. I, on the other hand, tried on just a handful of pairs before deciding on some I thought looked decent on my face. I ordered up the lenses, and was told they'd be ready in about a week. Done and done. Totally happy with my decision.

Until I went with Fermin to the next eyewear store a day or two later.  This store had a way bigger selection.  I immediately found a different pair I liked so much better than any I had seen at the last place.  In a panic, I called the previous store to ask if I could cancel my order.  They said I could.  Whew! 

In the time it took me to buy a second pair, and cancel my first order, Fermin continued trying on more glasses.  They all looked good on him, and in fact, I couldn't tell much of a difference between a lot of the ones he picked out.  But he said he wanted to keep on looking. 

I was so glad to be done with my search and happy with the pair I purchased.  And this place had an in-house technician so I got to take them home with me that day!
my first pair of eyeglasses
I wore them later that night, when we flipped on the TV.  I felt like I was watching HD TV for the first time.  Such a clear picture! But Fermin, of course, didn't have his glasses yet, so I just described how awesome the viewing was.

well, I thought I was happy with these...
seriously, this 3rd pair is IT!
The next day, we went to yet another eyewear store for Fermin.  The second I walked thru the door, I found THE glasses for me.  Much smaller frames that fit my face better and just felt right. 
I had to have them!  Fermin also found a pair he loved at this place- finally.

As it turned out, because of all my buying and returning and mind changing, my insurance needed a little time to get caught up, and couldn't kick in for the new glasses until the 2nd returned ones cleared the system.

Because of that little hiccup, Fermin and I both ended up getting our glasses about a week and a half later.  Now we are a family of 4 eyes. Well, I guess that's a family of 8 eyes.  Plus Lucy and Ricky's eyes.  Okay!!!- a family of 12 eyes! (See? I'm impulsive in my logic, too.)

the final decisions on eyewear have been made!
Fermin and I arrived at the same place-the land of wearing glasses, at the same time.  Our journey getting there was just a little different.  Impulsive Shopper Vs. The Calm and Deliberate Shopper.  In this case, it was a tie.