Archive for April, 2011

April 27, 2011

Wednesday::Wishes

by heatherkp

Dear Universe and Great Creator; I’d like to share a few wishes I’d like to manifest in a BIG way:

  • For two special couples who are beloved family members (& no I’m not related to the Royal Couple!) to have beautiful weather and blessed marriages as they join in matrimony this weekend!
  • New curtains for my Living Room, I know they exist.  Preferably a beautiful linen or line cotton blend (perhaps with some nice nubbly texture).
  • Please let the plants I dug up from my mom’s be Foxgloves and not weeds!
  • A great quality local printer who has some beautiful recycled content paper for my new business cards to be printed upon…
  • A big load of compost to be delivered to my community garden plot.
  • A few new clients.
  • For my landlord to please take better care of our home (paint the ceilings, fix the fence, remove the doggone ivy that’s destroyed the fence)…or pay us to do the work for him!
  • To overcome my fear and ride a horse~silly old childhood incident I want to move past.
  • To live nearer to the ocean one day:) I have this belief you are drawn towards nature inspired by your birth place and I’m a tropical baby!
  • To become a better public speaker.

A big thanks to Moments of Perfect Clarity for giving me the idea for this post!  I may make it a regular part of my routine to share my wishes some Wednesdays.

What are you wishing you could have manifested in your life today?

April 26, 2011

Texture::Tuesday::Tulip Time!

by heatherkp

Playing along with my favorite weekly “game” of Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen.  This week’s challenge includes using at least 1 layer of her texture “Serendipity”.

Last week I went down to DC to visit some of the gardens in and around the mall, including the US Botanical Gardens.  It was a parade of tulips all dressed up in their best!  Some tailored, some frilly, some simple and some exotic…I didn’t always love tulips but I’m beginning to understand why the dutch went so insane about them!

Check out this lacy beauty!

Some of the more ordinary tulips are quite spectacular when amassed in large beds creating sweeps of colors!

I don’t think I’d seen these beautiful doubles (if that’s how they can be described) but they are almost rose or peony like with all those petals.

And then there are these frilly, feminine parot tulips with their radical pink and green frocks!

And these spider like spiky yellow blooms with freckles of red…

These red and yellow’s were petite and cheerful in their checkered palettes.

When you put them all together they create quite a showy parade of colors with different heights and textures.  Do you plant tulips in your garden?

April 22, 2011

Celebrating Mother Earth

by heatherkp

Happy Earth Day.  Today I am grateful for the rain that mother earth is providing for all the beautiful spring blooms, buds, all the seeds I planted this week and the overflow from our roof that’s going into our rain barrel!

As I reflect on Earth Day, I have to say thanks to my HS Environmental science teacher for so passionately sharing his love of the environment with me.  My parents did their fair share too but if it wasn’t for Corky I might not be an avid composter, Master Gardener and recycler today.  I remember the first Earth Day I celebrated in DC in my senior year of HS.  A couple of friend and I skipped classes and headed down to the mall for the big Earth Day celebration, concert and vendors etc.  Any excuse for us to get out of class was a good one come final weeks of senior year!  It was so hot that day that many people waded into the reflecting pool by the Capital to cool off.   We would surely have been escorted to a cell if we tried that sort of thing today!  Ah, the good old days.

Never the less, I did stop and reminess upon this day as I was downtown yesterday taking in all the gorgeous spring blooms around the mall.  There are so many beautiful gardens in DC.  Some are right out in the open and some are meandering between the many museums.

I’ll be celebrating Earth Day tomorrow when the rain clears up by heading to the local park I hike in and picking up trash.  If you are in DC this weekend (or wherever you are!), do enjoy all the beautiful April showers and flowers.  This is also the last weekend of the annual Orchid exhibit at the Natural History Museum.  This year they did not dissapoint!

What will you be doing to celebrate and honor Mother Earth?

April 21, 2011

I’m Loving Change

by heatherkp

What does that quote mean?  Have you ever really pondered this and wondered how it works?

If you want something in your life to change, you have to change your actions right?  I’ve announced here that things are changing as I shift over to my new business face for this blog.

It’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s fun…I LOVE CHANGE!  I need to say that a few more times okay?  I LOVE CHANGE!!!

I use to live by this motto and seek out ways to invite change into my life but somewhere along the lines as I got older and more settled into the comfortable life I had created for myself I began to be a little afraid of change.

What?  I’m looking back and saying to myself, HOW, WHERE AND WHEN did this happen?  I don’t like it and I’m going back to LOVING CHANGE!

Part of why I think I’ve been drawn to my new calling as an Organizer that it’s all about helping people through a process of change.  I’m fascinated by what becomes a catalyst for change in peoples lives.  It seems so often that people don’t change something until they HAVE TO.  Why is that?

I’ve always been the kind of person who invites change into my daily life, ask my husband, ask my friends…I re-arrange furniture, artwork and re-organize closets at the drop of a hat.  Then I sit back and observe how one change is the catalyst for another.  I would encourage anyone who is thinking of making a change to consider creating change rather than reacting to something else to allow change into your life.  Creative action will invite the kind of change that is rewarding and lasting.  Allowing things to change as you react to “stuff” happening in your life isn’t a bad way to go either but if  you can decide consciously in action and create an intention for your change then you will shift the change from reactive to creative.  Now that’s the kind of change I want to encourage!

This process is so amazing to watch; once you have laid the ground work you can sit back and let the dominoes follow the new pattern you have laid out!

What is a catalyst for change in your life?   Is it reactive or creative?

April 19, 2011

Texture Tuesday::Old Fashion Flowers

by heatherkp

I’ve created a bit of an old fashion look for this old fashion Wigelia flower.  I love these old fashion beauties, don’t you?

I’m having such a great time with these textures by Kim Klassen.  If you are interested please do check out her site and play along with Texture Tuesday!

April 13, 2011

Wednesday Wellness::Time out

by heatherkp

I’m returning today for a quick Wednesday Wellness check in because Time Out has been on my mind lately.   Partly this is because I’m beginning to incorporate these breaks into my daily practice and partly because I feel like I’ve recently taken a time out from my blogging.  My more sporadic entries will  continue for a little while as I shift gears into my new business of Professional Organizing.  I want to continue to bring fun, creative topics about my personal interests but I also really want to share with you tips and subjects related to my new business venture.  I hope you will bear with me as I take a little time off (not completely but less frequently) to allow myself time to shift gears.

Time out isn’t a form of punishment we only recall from our childhood!  It can be an effective strategy in our daily lives to combat boredom, distraction, stress and a lack of inspiration!  Many experts agree on different methods of time out, or scheduled bordeom as some call it.  The idea here is to give yourself the space and time to breath, think or allow your mind to wander so that when you are deeply entrenched in a project you don’t get so easily distracted by all those “shiny objects”, weather they be emails, blogs, the kids, co-workers chatting in the next cubie etc…

Time out can become a daily practice, stop once an hour if you work at your computer and get a drink, go to the bathroom, step outside or whatever.  Come back re-freshed and ready to focus again.  Once a day schedule a 10-15 min break to DO NOTHING!  This is really hard for some people to grasp but boy is it effective once you start putting it into practice.  If you give your mind a chance to wander freely then when you need it to stay focused it’s a little more cooperative.  This scheduled boredom can be sitting in a chair, lying down or however you are comfortable but you should be in a place where others will not disturb you (including phone’s, kids, pets or co-workers).

I’ve been working on incorporating both of these practices into my daily habits.  Working from home required a great deal of discipline but I’m finding that these scheduled breaks really help me stay on task and focused when I really need to crank something out.

Do you schedule breaks or time out for yourself in your daily practices?

April 5, 2011

Texture Tuesday::Sakura

by heatherkp

Just popping in briefly to share with you a couple images of these incredibly gorgeous spring blooming magnolias and Sakura. I had the chance yesterday to visit the well known Kenwood neighborhood, which in the DC area is second only to the Tidal basin during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

It was a perfectly beautiful day with 80 degree temps, a light breeze and blossoms in full bloom!

With these images I’m playing around with a little texture fun using combination’s of overlays with my photo’s.  So, what do you think of them?

This week I’ve used ‘Warm Sun’ along with ‘She loves you yeah’ and ‘February magic edges’.  Kim Klassen is the artist who creates these textures and all three of these is available for FREE download over on her site.  She has some incredible texture bundle packages and photoshop tutorials available as well.  Check out her beautiful photography and texture work.

April 4, 2011

I Made It Monday::Roundup

by heatherkp

Here’s a little round up of some great patterns I’ve made for my pal Betz White.  She began offering her Make New or Make Do Patterns last year and I’ve gladly done a few pattern tests for her. These first couple were done last fall.

Whimsical Woodland Sewing Set

Isabella Tote front and Back

For the Isabella tote I decided to Make New and Make Do by using a recycled pillow case for one side and a new textured coordinating fabric for the other.

Now for this past weeks projects.  Here is a detail of some embroidery I did to accent a fabric I used on this bag.  I love taking bold patterns and embellishing them!

I made this little bunny puppet for a baby shower gift based upon this pattern by Elizabeth Abernathy.  It’s made from recycled and felted sweaters.  I’m thinking of making some mittens based upon this idea for this upcoming winter.

And finally I made this little bee hat (also for a shower gift) based upon a really simple pattern in the book Stitch ‘N Bitch.

 

What have you been making this spring?

 

 

 

April 3, 2011

Silent Sunday::Thailand

by heatherkp

…from the archives 2003 Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya Thailand

April 1, 2011

Friday Field Trip::Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef DC

by heatherkp

Today’s post is going to be short on words and heavy on photo’s.  “To briefly summarize The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef (HCCR) is a project of the Institute For Figuring (IFF), a Los Angeles based non-profit educational organization whose mission is to develop creative new ways to engage the public with science, mathematics and the technical arts.”- IFF & HCCR  Hyperbolic geometry is creatively modeled by the forms created through crochet.

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.” by Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim

Demonstrations of crochet are on display during exhibit hours.

This ongoing project has had over 10 exhibits worldwide with one of the most recent and current exhibits on view now at the Sant Ocean Hall, Focus Gallery, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with contributions from over 850 participants who collaborated in crochet and assembling this coral reef.  Another exhibit also currently on view is The Bleached Reef at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (NYC, NY).  Each coral reef exhibit is a unique installation with different contributing artist and different themes.

If you or your kids are fans of the spectacular wonders of the underwater world I would highly recommend you take a visit.  One of the fascinating things about the exhibit is the unique materials that individual contributors used.  The majority was certainly various types of yarn but I also spotted recycled plastic bags, wire, beads, VHS and cassette tape, plastic zip ties and various other materials.  I’m sure you could make a game of “I SPY” at the exhibit to identify more variety of materials.

I loved the way they arranged this exhibit in colors that spanned the rainbow.  It seemed that every color and perhaps color combination were represented.  The forms range from super realistic replicas of coral formations to shapes that are beyond the wildest imagination and look to be straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.

While we are on the subject of coral reefs I recently got to see the short film “The Coral Gardener”.  The purpose of this exhibit and the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is to educate and bring awareness to the world’s disappearing reefs.  Did you know that coral can be propagated like a plant and cuttings can be taken and “rooted” to replant the reef?  This award winning short film shows how scientists and volunteers in Fiji are doing this.  If you get a chance to see it, it’s a truly a sign of hope for the worlds reefs.  I hope you will get a chance to view one of these spectacular exhibits yourself!

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