October 13, 2012

Hey there, it's the weekend! I'm sure you have lots of fun things going on, but if you are looking for something to do, or if you just like seeing how creative people can be, here are 12 DIY projects that I think are worth a peek. Many of which require no special creative talents, so there's something for everyone. En-joy and I'll see you next week!

  12 DIYs to DIY   

It's time to get cozy and try new things. Here's some fun projects to try, whether you are decorating for the holidays, having a craft party, or making gifts for your loved ones and friends. Have fun and make beautiful things!

  1. No Sew Fall Table Runner (a little fabric a little paint...tada!) by Poppytalk Handmade
  2. Beautiful Fold Over Clutch (free pattern!) by Pattern Runway
  3. Stone Photo Holder along with a few other how tos at Country Living
  4. Felted Heart Elbow Patches for any sweater by Lucky Pony
  5. Self-watering Planters made from recycled bottles at Design Sponge
  6. Homemade Casserole Carriers for my midwest peeps at taylormade
  7. Skull Treat Boxes for Halloween but made from plastic easter eggs by none other than martha stewart (of course!)
  8. Vintage-style Bookplates from How About Orange. All you have to DO is print!
  9. 2 A-Frame Tent tutorials here and here for the kiddies to play in.
  10. Yummy homemade chocolate syrup and homemade magic shell (no chemicals!) for your ice cream!
  11. A Sisal Rope Bowl by Centsational Girl
  12. Monogrammed Mug (just pick up an oil-based paint sharpie and some mugs at GW and go to town!) from Design Mom


October 12, 2012

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's 10 lovely blog posts on 10/11/12. Today I'd like to share a list of 11 new productivity tools available online. Well, at least they are new to me. I hope one or two of these tools add a little something to your day to day, or at lease helps it run a little bit smoother. See you tomorrow!

   11 Awesome Sites    

I love online tools. Anything that is designed well and helps me to make endless to do lists and hoard the zillions of magical ideas I find online is my new best friend. Here's just a few of what is new to me.

1. ohlife.com makes it easy to journal and jot down your life story. Every day it will send you an email asking "How was your day?" (Awwwww. So cute!) Then, all you have to do is answer!

2. DoItTomorrow touts itself as the online to do list for procrastinators. If you're like me and make tons of to do lists but never seem to get everything done, just click the arrow and move it to another day! (This is close to my other fave teuxdeux.com where undone items are moved automatically to the next day.) Also comes as an app for your phone!

3. Skinnyo is a great place to keep track of your workouts, challenge yourself and others to get healthy. It combines social networking and goal tracking. Get Skinny-yo! My first challenge...cut out sugar. (I know. I know. Good luck with that!)

4. Pocket is a great place to stash everything you don't have time to peruse today. If you find something you want to read later (even if you don't have an internet connection then) just click a button and put it in your pocket! Seriously? They make it so easy. 

5. Feedly is another place to link what you want to read later and follow new posts on your favorite websites. One of the best parts is the Explore feature where you can find links to new websites you may love. 

6. Lots of file sharing options with GE.TTDropboxSugarSync to help you maintain access to files, photos, songs from any computer anywhere or share large files with a friend. I use Dropbox every single day at the office and it's super secure. 

7. Instructables is a great place to post your how-to projects or find new DIYs. Tons of stuff for Halloween on there right now!

8. Whichbook helps you to decide what to read next and Hundred Zeros is a great place to find free bestselling ebooks. Or hop on over to What Should I Read Next and enter your favorite author for suggestions. 

9. Wish you could get a wake up call every day? Enter your reminder, phone and date/time for the call and leave it all to wakerupper. Then all you have to do is answer the phone! You can even have it nag other people...or maybe send a love note? (Note: The first 10 calls are free and then it is 5cents/minute.)

10. Coolendar is an intuitive calendar that turns your to do list items into scheduled tasks. Just enter the date, time, and what it is you want to do and it will automatically schedule it and sync it with your google, outlook, or iPhone calendar. It's available as an App too for on the go use. 

11. WorkFlowy will help you make lists within lists within lists...if all you really need is to list it out. It creates an easy and streamlined way to organize anything from notes, brainstorms, shopping lists, journal entries, goals and more.  I wasn't sure about this at first, but after just a few minutes of using it I think it's a keeper. 


October 11, 2012

Good morning boys and girls! Today's post is brought to you by the numbers 10, 11, and 12!

That's right! Today, it is 10/11/12. (So much fun to say!)

Can you believe it?!?!? It's already October 11th and 2012 is rounding the last corner before the finish line. Speaking of corners, have I ever asked you how you view the annual calendar in your mind? I find it fascinating how everyone sees it a bit differently. Maybe I will post about that tomorrow?

So on such a special day, what shall we do to celebrate? Hmmmmm.

How about a roundup? Sound good? Ok, let's do it.

Here are 10 of my favorite October blog posts, tomorrow I will share 11 of my favorite online tools, and Saturday morning some weekend fun with 12 fun DIY projects for you to enjoy.

   10 Lovely Posts   

Fall is here and it seems to me that the blogosphere is spinning faster and fuller than ever. After the summer recharge my bloglovin can hardly keep up with all the posts this month! Here's a few of my favorites so far. 

1. 10 Things We Did Better As Kids on Thought Catalog made me laugh out loud several times. (Warning! Some profanity involved.)
2. Some gentle reminders about how to cope with Wearing Many Hats over at Miss Modish
3. Less Complaining and More Happiness, a challenge over at Treasuring: the blog
4. The Best Bottles of Wine For Under $15 from The Kitchn (Helpful for the holidays!)
5. A Journey Without a Goal from ZenHabits.
6. Are You Living Your Super Awesome Life? guest post at When I Grow Up
7. An inspiring post about 20 Years From Now by Jennifer at giggling in the rain
8. Beautiful and haunting vintage photos of Old Street Scenes of Paris curated by Vintage Everyday
9. For all the bloggers out there...Blogging a Blog is pretty damn funny.
10. How to make space for quality to show up in your life by the amazing Danielle LaPorte

monthly music

October 9, 2012

Today was a good day and now it's time to share some good tunes.

Just got back from the first trip to the doctor since surgery and I get an A+! Everything looks good...cast off, boot on...and in just 4 weeks I should be joining the 2 legged creatures again. The incision looks pretty ugly and my poor calf is about half the normal size now, but it was nice to see my little foot again. It's still there!

Now...it's back to work. Back to the living world. And I am sooooooo ready. 

Tomorrow I will be listening to the Outgoing October playlist from my desk and dashing around on my scooter again. It's time to be outgoing and out going. No more cabin fever! I hope you get a bit of escape from these tunes too. Happy October!

1. All Those Pretty Lights - Andrew Belle
2. October - Broken Bells
3. Emmylou - First Aid Kit
4. Sparrow and the Wolf - James Vincent McMorrow
5. Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men
6. I will Wait - Mumford and Sons
7. The Forest - Mirah
8. Featherstone - The Paper Kites
9. Don't Wait for Me - Josh Garrels
10. Coming Home, Pt. II - Skylar Grey

to my charming gardeners:

October 2, 2012

found on outcamethesun on tumblr

To those of  you who visit this little corner of mine. To those of you who listen to my ramblings and wish me well. Thank you for all you do. You are my charming gardeners and I adore you. 

P.S. Surgery went very well, but recovery has been hard. Apparently anesthesia, pain meds, and antibiotics do not do my tummy well. One nurse even said she had never seen anyone react so badly. Figures. But today I am feeling much better and getting ready for everything that comes next. Talk to you soon! Maybe even have some monthly music headed your way tomorrow!