Sunday, May 30, 2010

I hope you don't mind.

I've recently became obsessed with inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures.
I haven't been feeling to good lately and these have really helped me. 
There is no point in keeping it all to myself. 
Everyone out there is struggling with something. 

I just hope that these random quotes will help someone the way they have helped me.  

So when I don't have anything really good to blog about, 
like when I don't have any new paintings or hats to show you. 
Or when I don't have pictures of trees and flowers.
Or funny things that happened to me or silly adventures.

I will be posting things like this:

They help me a lot.

For when you are stressed or feeling down

This is for you. <3

Friday, May 28, 2010

Just My Luck!

I'm a very lucky person. 
I'm not talking about the "I have the best friends and family" kind of luck.
(Even though I am lucky in that area.) 
I'm talking about the "good things happen to me" kind of luck.

It's true.
I've always been lucky.

I always win drawings and prizes, and good things just happen to me.

Don't be jealous. I will tell you my secret.
Aside from eating black eyed peas for New Years every year..
I just decided to be lucky.
 When I was little, I never wanted to have bad luck. So I claimed I had good luck.

I still do.
Of course bad things happen to me. I don't win every drawing I enter.
The airlines have still lost my luggage.
But I never blame it on bad luck.
Because once you blame it on "bad luck" your luck gets bad.
You start to notice more and more bad things that happen to you.
You start to focus on the negative things that could happen.
Then they will happen.
Tell yourself you are lucky, and you will start to see the good luck that comes your way.
Focus on the positive things that happen and more happiness will come to you.
When something bad does happen, try to see the bright side. (This can be very hard.)
Because the  world is just too beautiful, and we are so lucky to be a part of it.
 "Good luck" can be anyone's. Happy things are for everyone.
It may not even be "luck."
Positive thinking can take you far.
This is my Lucky Four Leaf Clover.
I found it in North Carolina.
I asked Seth, Taylor's little brother to find me one because he was bored.
I looked down at my bare feet and found this guy leaning against my toe.
Begging to be found and taken home.

 He has since been dried and preserved in clear resin for me to wear whenever I need some extra luck.

One leaf is for FAITH...     The second for HOPE...

The third for LOVE...         And the fourth for LUCK!

It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover.

Aren't I lucky?!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm In A Tree


"Live simply so that others may simply live."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, May 24, 2010

Something Tragic

Something tragic happened here.
That is the sidewalk near my house.
(If you can't tell.. this is the imprint of a frog, in the sidewalk)
I noticed darling mushrooms popping up all over the front yard.
 The next day they were all dried up.
 Oh well, I guess it's good eats! 
But, just kidding. I hate mushrooms, especially the ones that grow on front lawns. 
And this is new!  I'm tragically in love with this hat.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lost And Found

This painting took forever. I started it right before the move, and finished it about a week ago. 
It's titled Lost and Found. This lost little bird found a forever friend. Sometimes I think it's perfectly okay to like the company of animals over humans. This will be available in the shop soon as well as prints. (Still working on that)
And then I have added a collection of brooches and headbands to the shop. Maybe it's not a collection but more of a cluster, or maybe a troupe, might as well make that an army of new brooches and headbands. Okay I added 8 new things.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Running Away

Elizabeth Mitchell - You Are My Sunshine .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

I'm running away to live in the jungles of Mexico.
I'm going to live on the beach, where I can see this everyday.
And this every night. 
I will ride a scooter around and collect seashells with bare feet.

I won't mind a house with a straw roof.
Even if it's a pink house.
I won't mind eating coconuts.
I might mind these guys though...
I will explore the ruins.
 And explore the jungles.
And live a simple life.

You in?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Care Package

If you haven't noticed I've been feeling a little down lately. All I've really wanted was a big hug from my mom. I haven't had a hug from my mom since October! She knew I was feeling sad, even before I told her. That motherly instinct of hers kicked in around the time I started having problems, she started putting together a package for me back then. My sister's even included wonderful gifts.
I don't normally get so excited about material things.. but this package was a wonderful greeting to the day. Opening it was like getting a hug. I could feel the love when I opened it up.

Kate, my older sister made me a clock! How amazing is that?! 
The colors are so perfect and I'm so in love with it.
She also made me a lovely card using a twig and paper leaves. 
(I forgot to photograph it!)
I'm trying to convince her to open a shop of her own.
My little sister Sarah made me this tea cup pin cushion. Isn't it adorable?? I had thought about getting myself a pin cushion earlier this week. This one fits me perfectly, and best of all it was handmade.

I love handmade gifts.
My mom sent me my favorite chocolates of all time. They are the milk chocolate butterscotch squares from See's Candy.  
Try them.

If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life it would be these.
They are so delicious the first bite always brings a tear to my eye. Really.
They are the key to my heart. 
The box is already half empty.

My mom also sent me this beautiful pocket watch necklace.
The time was set to Utah time.
And that's how I'm going to keep it.
It will remind me that there are people in Utah who care about me.
It will remind me that they love me and are watching out for.

Thank you Mom, Sarah and Kate.
I miss you guys so much.
I love you even more.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm Trying

 I've been doing a lot of this lately, you know hiding under the covers. I just haven't felt emotionally prepared to face the day. Some days are harder than others. My dad told me to take things one day at a time. I've been trying.

Sometimes I really just want to stay under the covers, or at least be invisible for a little bit. Some days I just don't feel like existing at all.

But today I decided to explore. The plan was to take pictures for my shop. I of course got distracted.

 I discovered,
Even in times of sadness,
The world is still a beautiful place.
Oh, and times can be real sad.
But the sun still shines.
Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart.
I am, I am, I am.
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
The trouble with fiction…is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.
The Genius and the Goddess, Aldous Huxley
  Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.
Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust
  I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.
The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck
It is said that life is too short, and that’s quite true, unless you are lonely. Loneliness can bring time to its knees; an absolute and utter standstill.
Losing Julia, Jonathan Hull
Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.
One for Sorrow, Christopher Barzak
 The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.
Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Lately everyone has been telling me how strong I am. 
You have no idea how little I feel.