happy monday!

January 30, 2012

Bring it.

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monthly music

January 27, 2012

I can hardly believe that January has come and gone. It's been a busy month for me, filled with acclimating to a new work environment, learning a whole new set of job responsibilities, slowly organizing my apartment, prepping items for the per.used shop (coming soon!), starting new goals, and making more time for family and friends. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season...and the ending of my college career...it has been nice to slow down a bit and get reacquainted with my life.

Outside of all of the busyness, I have been "sorting through the muchness" and finding a lot of inspiration online for my shop, my blog, and my personal life. Including a lot of great music for the New Beginnings January 2012 playlist.  I hope you enjoy these tunes as much as I do.

p.s. I'm trying out a new playlist service (8tracks.com) and you can either click on the cover art to visit the playlist page, or use the widget below to listen in.

Have a great weekend!

New Beginnings January 2012
1. Mr. Polite - The Jungle Giants
2. Sweetness - Pearl and the Beard
3. Bloom - The Paper Kites
4. Old Pine - Ben Howard
5. When Will I see You Again - Lord Huron
6. Crutch & Cane - Peter Wolf Crier
7. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
8. Paper sails - Stu Larsen
9. Shape of Love (feat. Boy & Bear) - Pasenger
10. Mexico - The Staves

it's a grey kind of day

January 24, 2012

Background: Stormy Weather fabric by mazeandvale

It's blustery outside in Seattle and I'm daydreaming about cozy items in the color grey. Here is a quick collection of items I found on etsy that are making me say "oooooooooooh!" today.

a grey felt iPad sleeve by byrdandbelle

Grey Canvas Pumpking Bag by tippythai

Grey Brass Stud Bracelet by xtravirgin

Grey Ombre fingerless gloves by lolide

Grey Patina Pyramid Studs by ALJoyeria

Grey & White Striped Straws by catang

Chai Love Mug Cozy by KnitStorm

Grey Wool Modern Coasters by dagmarsdesigns

I "heart" Seattle Print by LuciusArt

new beginnings

January 20, 2012

I’ve wanted to do this for a while and with the snow day I finally had a little bit of time to experiment. Here is my first joyful.life designs desktop background!

I know it is a little late in the month for a new monthly background, but if you decide to use it, please let me know how it goes. This is my first time making one of these for download, so I may need to work out some bugs. If you are not sure what size you should download just take a look at your screen resolution settings and that should help. The first download is for a widescreen, but the large and medium options are probably the most common.



Open the link and right click on the image to save or apply as desktop image. Make sure the image size on flickr is set to "Original" so you are getting the highest quality. 

Extra Wide: 1920 x 1200 (I use this size for my macbook pro)

snow day...

January 18, 2012

Today is a snow day for me and most of Seattle! So I'm lounging in my pajamas, cozy indoors while the flakes fall outside, checking email remotely and waiting to see if I can free my car for a pampering appointment later this evening. I thought I would stop by and post a few links that I am loving lately...

* Started this detox diet for the week (day 4 today!) and I'm feeling pretty good. If you are curious if you have food allergies, this is a simple place to start. I have been eating a banana and oatmeal for breakfast, almonds and apples for a snack, lentil soup for lunch, carrots & celery with hummus for an afternoon snack, and salmon or tilapia with brown rice and greens for dinner. Though I have been cheating with dark chocolate for dessert I feel great! 

* Spent a lot of time on Foodgawker this week checking out recipe links and pinning them for later. Looks like Craftgawker is going to get a lot of attention from me today. 

* Love this video, this videothis video, and this video. All of which made me smile or stop in awe of amazing people and their accomplishments. 

* Some new bands (to me) that I am loving lately. The Paper Kites, Pearl and the Beard, Peter Wolf Crier, Ben Howard, and Milo Greene

* A few great "How To" projects that will help keep me busy on this cozy day...
So...for those of you here in the PNW who are having a snow day, I hope these links give you a little extra something to fill your day. En-joy and Stay warm!

Have you thrifted lately?

January 10, 2012

Just a quick update to let you all know that I have started working on the per.used launch in my etsy shop. About time, right?

I finally received my used goods endorsement from the state and now have the option to sell my lovely pre-owned finds! Some of them have been fixed up and others are in the raw, but I hope there is a gem or two that you will enjoy too. I've been collecting and collecting over the past few months so I've got a lot to do, but I am having a lot of fun doing it. Can't wait for you all to see the new wares!

Coming soon!

ugly produce project

January 9, 2012

Last night I stayed up to watch The Big Waste on the Food Network. On the show, 4 chefs (2 on each team) are challenged to feed 100 people a gourmet meal using only food that is considered waste. (A nice synopsis here.) Hitting up bakeries, grocery stores, food suppliers, and orchards the chefs and viewers see first hand how much food is wasted regularly. The show claimed that in the US,  enough food to fill a football field is wasted every day. Every...Day...I was floored! While the concept of food waste and overproduction isn't new to me (per my food ideologies class last year) the quantification hit home. Hard.

Within just a few minutes of the program I was reminded how much food is deemed waste simply because it is "ugly". I remember this concept vividly from a study about the creation of baby carrots. While they are called "baby carrots" they are in reality ugly carrots that have been whittled down in the interest of reducing waste. More about that here. While this idea is ingenious and helping to tackle the aforementioned problem, there is always a downside. I could go on and on about this, but overall the negative aspect is the amount of processing necessary to achieve this appealing shape. An enormous amount of energy is now put into creating the baby carrot, all because we want to avoid "ugly produce." For me...that's a thinker.

So...today...I am making a pledge. I pledge to buy ugly produce. Instead of searching for the perfect bunch of grapes, the roundest juiciest oranges, the tomatoes without the cracks and bruises, I will embrace the runts, misshapes, and imperfections.  I will remember that inner beauty is more important than outer. I won't judge a book by it's cover, so why should I judge my produce that way? I'm calling it ...

I will do my best as I cook my way through 2012 to report back to you about what I find. I imagine there will be some produce that is better in "great" shape, but I am excited to find out which are better when bruised. It is my goal to help break the cycle and prove that so-called damaged produce is just a delicious, if not more, as those deemed "perfect". I hope you will join me in this effort. Or at least think about this during your next produce selection. 

The funniest part about it to me is that we have been doing this already...in the name of organic. Organic produce is often smaller and a little less pretty, but costs twice as much! This is just another step towards the challenge against processed foods. Maybe if we can embrace imperfect food, we can work our way back to a real food chain? Ok...enough preaching, I promise. 

But...before I go, if you plan to join me (for the full project or just here and there) please let me encourage you to first ask your grocer if they are currently donating their "damaged goods" to their local food bank. As a volunteer at Food Lifeline I know how important those donations are. Buying up their "ugly" produce would reduce that donation. Sadly, not every grocer takes advantage of that type of relationship, or the local food bank doesn't have enough volunteer drivers to help transport the goods. If you have a truck and some spare time, I encourage you to contact your local food bank and see if they need assistance.  It is a very rewarding experience. 

repins - joyful words edition

January 5, 2012

I had the best day at my new job! I met some lovely people, setup my computer, programmed my work cell, had lunch with 2 teammates, went on a field trip, received some pretty flowers, and got my feet a little wet. I can tell that I have a lot to learn, but my new job is going to be a great fit for me. I'm excited to see what happens next! 

Then, I came home and started perusing my pinterest boards for great photos to put up on my new work bulletin board and noticed that I had a few repins in my "Way With Words" board. I must really like the look of these or the message they send. en-joy!

Hope your week has been lovely too! 

a word, a wish, and a wonder

January 2, 2012

Think Positive print by loopzart

For the new year, I've kicked around several ideas for a resolution. Spend more time on creativity? Write regular blog posts? Find stable ground? Honestly, I felt like one resolution just wasn't enough to sum up my dreams for 2012. Instead, I have decided to pick one word to sum up the year, make a wish for what I would like to accomplish in 2012, and wonder about one great question that I can reflect on in December 2012 and see how well I answered it throughout the year.

Just as I did the year before I started this blog, and as encouraged by Susannah Conway each year, I will choose one word to sum up how I would like to feel in 2012. In 2008 it was (an always will be) the feeling of being "joyful". This year...I really think I need some "positivity". While lots of positive things are happening in my life, I want to remember this and stay more positive. So...there it is...my mantra word for 2012..."positivity".

For the wish, I think I will focus on follow through. As you all have witnessed time and time again I have often logged in to joyful.life to post and apologized for being MIA. Then I beat myself up for not following through on my goals for this lovely space and yet I do it again...and again...and again. So for 2012 I will focus on follow through, not only with this blog, but with creative projects, new ideas, and really anything that I put my mind to. This will also go hand in hand with my "positivity" mantra because I'll beat myself up much less. I'm still devising a plan for holding myself accountable and avoiding the "It slipped my mind" excuse, but I think I can do this. I'm excited to do this!

Last but not least, the wonder. Hmmmm. What to wonder? What to wonder? Well, I know I will look back and ask if I put the word to good use, and if I accomplished my wish, but in my heart I really wonder if this year will end with all the success, passion and prosperity that I am starting it out with? Will I still be excited about my new job? Will my creative side blossom into what I am striving for? Will I see growth in the joyful.life designs and per.used shops and finish tackling my debt? I seriously can't wait to find out!

Thank you 2011 for all of your lessons learned and lovely gifts, but 2012 is looking mighty bright and I am excited for the adventures to come.