Simplicity in Pinterest

Seems crazy that it is already halfway through another week….this last week has flown by!  Where does the time go?  Eek.  Not enough hours in the day for everything I want to cram in!  So with that said, I am going to stick on the topic of indulging our own creativity, but this week I’m going to talk about something simple.  Simple, as in….Pinterest!

Yes, I will admit I was one of the many people who signed up for Pinterest when it first arrived onto the social media scene.  I was obsessed with mindlessly pinning pins that I “might ” cook, craft, wear, decorate….for someday.  Projects that I later looked at to be utterly pointless and to be honest…not even my exact style.  But alas, it was way too mWe’re welcoming March with Issue 7, filled with stories of doing less and savoring more, beautiful messes, 23 ways to light yourself up, and more. Thank you @robinralston for the gorgeous photo! #bellagracemagazine #issue7 #regram #magazine #flashesofdelight #lifeisabeautifuljourney #thehappynow #simplejoysuch effort to clean those boards up, so I just left those pointless pins and continued to add more.  I mean really….how many “best crockpot recipes” or “20 of the best cleaning secrets” do I need in my life?  MORE CHAOS & DISORGANIZATION!

For months I have been saying “I need to clean this mess up” .  I wanted my Pinterest boards to be organized, pretty, and things that would truly inspire me. I wanted them to really make my heart fill up with joy looking at them.  It’s kind of like looking at A night at the Oscars, a whimsical wedding, and a farm-to-table dinner — all in the spring issue of Mingle Magazine!: “People Magazine or US Weekly” vs. “Bella Grace or Mingle Magazines” (if you have never heard of Bella Grace or Mingle ….check them out the next time you are at Barnes and Noble or Michaels….they are some of prettiest magazines out there right now!).  At times I would slowly work on a board at a time, but would get sick of doing it.

  Until last week.  I finally decided this is it…. I’m going to fix this mess!  Now ….TA DA!  It’s clean, simple, and inspiring.  From now on, I am going to be more picky about what I pin and choose pictures very carefully and thoughtfully.  It felt rejuvenating at the end! Check out my pinterest board on the top blog link!   I would encourage all of you…Pinterest is so much fun to do, it provides so much inspiration in so many aspects of life , but make sure those boards really speak to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Before & After

My first before and after!  Wahoo!  First, I will be blatantly honest in telling you that….I was so excited to start this project that I forgot to take a before picture! EEEK, Whoops !(insert weird smirk emoticon of your choice) But, in all fairness, at the time I was starting this project I had no idea that I would be putting this process on my blog (something which I never planned to do either) !  So, here is the closest picture I could find on the web as to what this chair originally looked like!  Just use your imagination to see that there was quite a bit of additional sticky  old food stains which were SO much fun to clean off!

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Prior to starting the painting process, I spent some time cleaning this high chair up with soap and water, sanding it, then wiping it down with mineral spirits.  Now the real fun could begin!  Painting!!!  I chose to go with a different shade than I normally would pick and chose “Sea Foam Green”.  It is a bluish green color, really pretty and could be gender neutral if you were using it for it’s intended purpose.  I painted it with 2 coats, distressed it where natural distressing would occur, and finished it with a top coat of hemp oil.  The process was fun and I love how it came out in the end.  Nothing like seeing a dull, ugly piece brought back to life that was going to be thrown in the trash!  Here are my after photos….leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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A Moment

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In the world that we live it is easy to get caught up in the “to do lists” of life, but lately I have really been trying to concentrate and truly reflect on the “here & now”.  Embracing the moment for what it is and not…what I need to do, what I wish it was, what it could have been, but just joy in the moment.   Pause, breathe, listen, and embrace. 

The time we are given on this earth is so precious.   We think that we have forever to tell people we love them, to capture our dreams, to be creative, to enjoy the beauty around us in watching the sunsets, star gazing, running our toes in the sand, or just hearing the birds sing their morning song.  This existence that we live is fleeting and in a moment, everything can change.   I no longer want to take these moments for granted. 

Every day, we are all given the opportunity to embrace the day and savor every aspect of the world around us.  psalm 39I am trying to spend at least several minutes each and every day to really take notice of the simple joys of this life.  The things that really matter, the sound of my daughters giggling, the touch of my husband’s hand, the warmth of the sun on my face, the gentle breeze blowing through the air.  It all passes by so quickly.

How amazing is this life?  Embrace the beauty around you.  Explore the things that cause a sense of undeniable flutter within your soul.  This moment, today, it is everything….

on a side note:  one of my favorite creative artists is a woman named Katie Daisy.  This is a video based on her book titled “How to be a Wildflower”. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Daring Greatly

I began this blog as an outlet for my creativity.  As the year of 2016 first started…I started to do some serious reevaluating of everything that I’ve known for so long.  I am seeking to know for myself….what makes me truly happy? (besides my amazing family, friends, and faith…those are what I call “obvious givens”).  If I could wake up every day and live a life of true and honest passion?  A few weeks ago as I was “developing my sense of creative living” I stumbled upon a book at the library called “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown.  It was a well-reviewed book on Amazon, but I was skeptical because I’m not one for “self-help books”… I’m a Christian, my faith and the Bible has always been the only “self help” I need.  But I’ll be honest in saying that this book has been so insightful and thought provoking that I had to write about it.

The book starts with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt.

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That quote alone describes what being “Vulnerable” is (how uncomfortable does that word make you feel right now?).  In “Daring Greatly”, Dr. Brown writes,  “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.”  Later Dr. Brown goes on to say, “When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.  Perfect and Bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.  We must walk into the arena, whatever if may be-a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult conversation-with courage and willingness to engage.  Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement or advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen.  This is vulnerability.  This is daring greatly.  “   .  This was just the introduction!  I am only halfway into this book and I’ve already had a lot of “ah-ha” moments.  A question that I am going to leave you with is this ….

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Let us all have the courage to show up and be seen this week…

The Inspired Me

Creative endeavors are something that I have always found joy in.  It is what I would consider my source of therapy. As a young girl it started with simple hobbies such as rearranging my bedroom furniture, painting, cross-stitch, drawing, or just even “daydreaming” of my “someday home”.   When I grew older and became married, the decorating floodgates opened wide.  I became obsessed with HGTV, DIY projects, paint swatches, and Home Goods.  I would truly say that decorating became a major hobby of mine.  Then I became a mom.  As every mother knows, your own “identity” becomes lost when you have babies.  My life was no longer about me and my passions, but instead my days were filled with cleaning, changing diapers, settling a crying baby, taking the trash out, emptying the dishwasher, cooking a meal…cooking another meal, putting children in time out, dealing with tantrums, picking up with toys, laundry (oh, the laundry…don’t even get me started on that one)  etc…etc…etc.   The monotony went on day after day, and don’t get me wrong….I didn’t mind because I have always felt that my true calling in life was to be a homemaker and a mother.  But honestly, I really had no idea the sacrifice that it took until I became one.  It was OVERWHELMING.  I slowly have realized that I can still be creative and enjoy the things that I feel passionate about, but just on a much smaller scale.  My children are now getting older; my youngest is going to Kindergarten next fall which has caused me to A.  become an emotional wreck at times (isn’t that what we women are good at ) b.  Evaluate my own personal creative life again.  This blog is just that….my own personal diary of redeveloping my passion for creativity and my endeavor to push others to embrace their own creative life as well.  Take this journey with me.

Welcome to the blog of Lily & Sparrow Primitives,

Becky