More Mustache Please?

I’m starting to make some headway on our son’s first birthday.

Thank goodness it’s been a fun process! In comparison to writing, querying and being a full-time mommy, doing this felt like a mini vacay. Just get me a hammock and serve me a margarita please…

DIY Pennants

Want to make these easy party pennants?

Here’s the how-to:

These DIY pennants were made with scrapbook paper. I shared how I did it here. After cutting them out, I hole punched them, threaded baker’s twine between them and then printed out a few numbers and photos of our babe each month and used a glue stick to paste them on. We still have a few months until the little guy is 1 so a few pennants are still blank.

Mustache foam photo 1

As for the mustache?

I googled some mustache templates online and drew them by hand with chalk. To me, they kind of look like boobs. Hope I’m the only one who thinks so!

That’s it for now.

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Craftie Quickie: Party ‘Stache for a 1-Year-Old

I’m working on a covert project. {Well sort of.}

SShhhh…The secret celebration’s for my 1-year-old’s first birthday. It’s secret cause I don’t want any of our guests to see what’s to come before the big day. But I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at some of the decorative crafts I’ve been working on thus far.

Like:

Pennants and bunting oh my!

Pennants and bunting oh my!

I thought it’d be a pain in my neck and cramp in my hands to cut out pennants. But it wasn’t that bad. With this pennant template, scissors, and coordinated scrapbook paper, it was one of those crafts I could do while watching TV (anyone else riveted with OWN docu-series Lindsay?)

I also spent a few hours at our local craft store. Thank you die-cut machine for making foam mustache cut-outs surprisingly pain-free.

Mustache straws

Easy foam mustache straws

Target was also running a sale on the party brand that’s decking out our venue and our guest’s cups. Striped straws, come to momma!

There’s still many more creative tasks on my to-do list. But I’m having fun doing this one. A baby only turns 1 once. =) I’m planning on enjoying every imperfect, messy, DIY project.

What are you folks working on?

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A Craftie Quickie: Marvelously Magnetic

Every week my husband and I “forget” to tackle a shopping list of weekly goals. Initially I tried writing them down on scratch paper and tacking them up with a magnet. It worked okay until they got lost in a sea of notes, photos and other refrigerator worthy posts.

I had long forgotten about the chalkboard contact paper I used here and mentioned here, when I realized it would be perfect on our refrigerator.

Refrigerator chalkboard

It’s contact paper so it’s not permanent and our fridge is smooth so it’s a perfect writing surface.

Chalkboard on refrigerator

What are you quickly crafting lately?

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Love on a Monday

I’ve been busy writing these past few months. Business is booming, which is always a good thing. Look for my articles in Go Kapolei and the Star-Advertiser in the next several weeks. I’m also [*crossing my fingers] working on a few other magazines, an essay and what I hope to be a published fiction story one day. Now that I put it out there, you need to hold me to it!

In the meantime, I’ve realized the importance of prioritizing play, which explains this…

You are so loved

I know everybody has their own version and mine’s is a little on the childish scrawl version. But painting is so soothing and love? Well it’s a much needed reminder these days that it’s the most important thing.

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Fall Season Fun

Sorry I’ve been so out of touch lately. My excuses start with baby and end with work. Not much in-between time to do the fun stuff like blogging. But while I have a few minutes, I wanted to share a fall quickie that’s add a touch of autumn to our all-year-round summer Hawaii home.

Double Pumpkins

Basically, I bought two miniature pumpkins from the market at $.79 each and placed them on a decorative bowl I already had from Target. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to decorate these guys yet. Time (if there’s any leftover) will tell. {P.S. Thank you Fotor photo for helping me step up it a notch with pretty picture effects.}

mini pumpkins

{I’ve been dropping pumpkins around the house for a sum total of 4 – me, my husband, our new baby and our old baby bunny.}

Gratitude bowl

This idea was inspired by my favorite bloggers Young House Love. Basically, as a way to keep gratitude and love alive especially in a new baby/two work-at-home parents household, I adopted an idea to preserve, recognize and appreciate my spouse through a gratitude bowl. It’s as easy as take note of something your loved one did, write it on a post-it and drop it in. I’m hoping to read these coming Thanksgiving and save them in what I hope will be our 2013 photo album.

How about you? What have you been busy creating this season?

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The Power of Creativity

{Queen Anne Lace Settee from Joss and Main via Pinterest}

{Baxton Studio chairs from Amazon.com}

 

{Boja pendant lamp from Ikea}

I’ve been in the process of buying our first home so forgive me if this platform has been sparse lately. But don’t forgive me for neglecting creativity.

Creativity is the undercurrent of this blog. It is the root of anything worth its beauty and within its process contains the very essence of life itself. It doesn’t matter if you’re uber creative and masterfully write, paint, or craft for a living. It matters only that you try.

Every person is creative. The need to make something out of nothing stems from a sacred place. We were all “created.” Anyone who has temporarily put down a paintbrush and taken up their computer instead has nostalgia for the first time they created something.

For you who sit and work and live and tend to your children, but do not tend to your own creative garden, this post is for you.

If you are harboring fear, anger, resentment, jealousy, discontent, boredom, lack of meaning in your life, you may be neglecting your creative self.

There have been many people I’ve met who are creatives at heart. They are dramatic and over-the-top, fun to be with, energetic, passionate. But the energy that could be spent on their creativity gets transformed into obsessively worrying, overworking, or an unhealthy focus/obsession on others.

Why would we miss the chance to paint or draw or be out in nature? We deem it unimportant. The older we are, the more we lose the voice that tells us this is important too.

I love what author and speaker Dr. Brené Brown says about creativity on her website and in her book The Gifts of Imperfection:

 “I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.

What have you given up as a result of neglecting your creativity?

Is it your life, your freedom, your sense of meaning, your self?

I’ve learned that when I choose to watch TV or internet surf instead of create, my personal and professional life takes a hit. The only way I can continue to grow, to feel purposeful, to feel grounded despite the chaos of daily life, is to partake in an act of creativity.

I vow to take up a creative task daily.

What will you start to create today?

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The Importance of Play in Inspiration

{Etsy art by spunkyfluff}

{Etsy art by spunkyfluff}

Many people get caught up with words like, “progress,” “certainty,” and “maturity.” They worry when they don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. They beat themselves up when two steps forward leads to one step back. They are self-critical and ashamed when they are “acting immature.”

But it’s all part of the process. According to Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore, it’s neglecting the complexities of our inner child (the part of us that is playful, creative and spontaneous) that hurts us most. He says progress and growth are prioritized in our society, but they are not always necessary or relevant. Sometimes in order to grow or heal we need to take a step back. Sometimes in order to know what we want, we need to honor the child. To go forward, it’s imperative that we look back. He believes that taking care of your soul requires that you accept, nurture and pay attention to all aspects of yourself. And in fact, ignoring or attempting to deny your childhood desires, your inner joy, spontaneity, and your creativity can cause significant suffering.

Who you are right at this moment is a conglomeration of who you were, who you are and who you are about to become. To neglect any part of your soul in disgust, distaste or disdain will work against you. It’s like a critical and demanding parent who controls you into being the person they want you to be. You will never know your true purpose or calling if you continue on that path. The only way to awaken the part of you that asks the following:

Who am I?

What do I really want in life?

What do I want to be when I grow up?

…is to listen.

This means prioritizing play in your life. Respect the time you devote to reading, playing, creating and protect it as well as you protect time spent working. Embrace your inner child’s wants without judgment, criticism and reprimand. You’ve had enough of that in your life and that’s the reason why you are where you are in this moment. I’m afraid the only way you can free yourself from the hold of a stifling past is to release your fears and finally respond to the part of you that you’ve been hiding for so long.

It’s a frightening, but worthy cause.

For today, let yourself be immature,

open your eyes to life as if you’ve never explored it before,

and be okay, just for this moment, with not knowing what’s through that unopened door…

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