The past 12 weeks I’ve been taking The Artist Way creative course by Julia Cameron. It was helpful but there are a couple of items she should update in her book. One was where you take around 10 magazines and pull out pictures. I no longer subscribe to magazines and I rarely get catalogs in the mail. I rarely get mail. So I did a pinterest board instead. Another chapter has you record her principles and meditate to the recording. I no longer have a tape recorder and leaving a vm message of the principles and having to hit replay over and over is not going to help me meditate. So I memorized the principles best I could and I just repeated them to myself while I meditated. There was also a workaholic section that did not apply to me at all. I don’t bring work home with me; nor do I take work calls at home and my boss never has me do work on the weekends. I don’t have that type of job. So that week was meh. The book did help me prioritize myself and my art and I did like the section where you write your own creative prayer and I have been writing “pages” since March of 2020 when I found and started practicing manifestation; which is what her book is about but she never calls it that. I am glad I bought the book and did the course. I am also taking a free french class on an app called Duolingo. I plan on learning new things. I haven’t decided on what to do learn next. I am thinking about re-reading an art book I have to keep practicing the principles I’ve learned in this book. I hope everyone is having a good summer. Bye for now.
Memorial Day may those who gave their life for freedom be praised
We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Bob Ross
There are no rules. Just follow your heart. Robin Williams
Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset. Unknown
I like storms. They let me know that even the sky screams sometimes. Unknown
Art is to console those who are broken by life. Vincent Van Gogh
People confuse me, food doesn’t. Anthony Bourdain
It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life. JRR Tolkien
From the movie Legally Blonde said by character Paulette Bonafonte
I’m taking the dog, dumbass!
The best revenge is massive success.
Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.
You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars
I and me are always too deep in conversation.
Cher – Mother told me a couple years ago. Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man. I said, Mom I am a rich man.
I have certain rules I live by. My first rule….I don’t believe ANYTHING the government tells me. Nothing!
Dita Von Teese
Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of God into people.
Dita Von Teese
I think it’s bad manners to stand around in public with ripped jeans and your hair a Ness, holding a Starbucks.
I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who would call me weird.
David Bowie – I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring.
Someone out there is holding their breath waiting for you to fail.
Make sure they suffocate.
“At 70 years old if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words “FU@K OFF” much more frequently.”
Right or wrong make a decision.
The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
A mother’s quote
If I know what love is….. it is because of you.
Never trust someone who isn’t kind to animals.
Don’t judge someone just because they SIN differently than you.
Positive people also have negative thoughts. They just don’t let those thoughts to control them.
Happy Cinco de Mayo
Frida Kahlo quote
You deserve a love who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee and poetry.
May 4, 2021
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
May 3, 2021
He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
Looking over my “creative” list for May I picked Find a good quote. I collect quotes so this is going to be fun.
May 1, 2021 Quote – Don’t take criticism from someone you would never go to for advice.
May 2, 2021 Quote – I am thankful for those who told me NO. It’s because of them I did it myself.
The smell of fresh baked bread. Warm brewed tea and me.
Last poem of the month. I have to say it was fun writing a poem a day. Some of the poems I thought where pretty good, others could they be called poems? This exercise did help me get my creative MOJO up and running. I don’t think I could write a daily poem for a year, but I am not going to stop writing poetry. When I am inspired to write one I will and I will probably post it. Now I am going to work on the artist trading cards and see where that takes me. Thanks to all who enjoyed my poems.
A long walk among the trees.
Listening to birds sing to me.
The sight of a deer and doe eating in the meadow.
The cool night air gently blows my hair and I have no cares.
Glimmer of hope
Bees a buzz by
Birds sing me a song
Flower buds slowly open
Garden bench to enjoy the view
Sipping my morning tea gazing out at my green sea.
Wind chimes, garden flags and a quaint fairy garden welcome all to my little slice of paradise.
Just one more word, then I’ll sleep.
Just one more line, to know my character will be fine.
Just one more chapter, then I’ll put my book away.
Just another chapter to finish then….. zzz
Rain beating down.
Clouds covering the sun.
Gusts of cold April winds blowing toward May.
Goodbye concrete, cars and computers.
So long screen time, facetime and always running out if time.
Voicemail, email and texting is no way to talk to me.
You can find me swimming in the sea.
Or maybe reclining under a big oak tree.
If I’m lucky I could possibly see a butterfly or even a bee. Birds will you please sing a loving song for me, now that I am finally free.
Bookshelves full of memories
A house turned into a home.
I hear our song playing low in the distance. I close my eyes and I see your face. I feel your kiss and smell your scent. Soon we will be in each others arms.
Smell of rain
Roll over and fall asleep again
Quiet anger slowly comes over me
Hatred of all your lies
Smile with villainess fills my eyes
Love once strong now slowly dies.
Mother Nature sings in flowers and crys in falling leaves
A blank canvas
Friend or foe
Sometimes I just don’t know
Splattered paint is a good way to start
A line or two, maybe I’ll draw a smile of you
Friend or foe?
Can’t seem to find my tribe
No one gets my vibe
Not going to dim my light to make me seem right.
Purring cat sleeping in the window, catching the sun.
Slowly stretching, arching her back.
Turning around to sleep so more.
Sleeping in a hammock
Lazy days of solitude
Swimming in the sea, that’s where I’d love to be.
Quiet Sunday morning.
Just birds singing.
Breathing the fresh air of a new day.
Standing in a field of wild flowers she sighed.
A lifetime away he heard her heart beat.
With a blink of an eye he was by her side.
Soulmates separated by time, united by love.
Dancing in the air
Kissin’ flowers and dancing with bees
I see the little brownies jumping from tree to tree
As I hear giggles in the air. I am so happy Spring is finally here.
The earth awakes from her slumber. Spring flowers soaking in the sun. Butterflies flutter by. Birds sing a sweet lullaby. Trees swaying in the breeze and all I can do is sneeze.
Little stray cat. Sadness in your eyes. Little stray cat. Hiding under my porch. I leave you food and walk away but I won’t say goodbye. Little stray cat you won’t let me pet you yet so let me shelter you. Little stray cat someday will you be my pet?
Time is clicking by
I work from 9 to 5
Work is done by two, nothing to do
I sit alone in the dark, gazing at the stars high in the sky. Oh, to be that free and brighten someone’s life.
A poem. Sun kissed. Flowers a bloom. Making all of my dreams come true. Pamela
I see you in my dreams. Your touch seems real. Your kiss is just a breeze. Your smile warm and loving but it fades away as I wake. Pamela
Poem. The love I have to give is slowly dying inside me. Who will release it? The words I have inside me are lost on a flood of nonsense. Conversations are just thoughts unexpressed. Love in the purest form seems to be unwanted. Words, thoughts of life, of laughter never heard.
Of the 101 creative ideas another one was to write a poem a day.
April 1, 2021
A poem a day keeps the blues away. Corny or not that’s all I got. By Pamela
I have been lacking in the creative Mojo lately. I think some of it has to do with the weather, but never the less I am “making”(?) myself to be more creative. I saw a post on 101 ways to be creative. I have chosen some of the ideas. One of the ideas is to post on your blog weekly…….. so here is my first of hopefully weekly posts!!!
First one is create an artist trading card every day. The every day not sure, but I am going to do one this week.
Wish me luck.
One year ago this month I was put on furlough and I was told I would be back at my job in May. May came and I was told it would be July but instead of going back to work I was permanently laid off. I started working for a temp agency at the end of July and after several months I got hired at a new job. Even though I didn’t have a job and money was tight, alot of good things happened to me while I was on furlough. I got alot of things accomplished in my home. I read books I had always meant to read when I bought them, but for one reason or another I never did. I listened to everyone of my albums! YEAH I did! I sorted and gave away alot of “things” that no longer suited my life. I became more spiritual, for lack of a better description. I changed my sleeping pattern. I started to wake up and go to sleep when my body told me to. Now that I am working I wake up at 5:30 during the week and on the weekends I wake up and go to bed when my body tells me to. In the morning after dressing, feeding my cats and having my breakfast; I meditate and write in my journal. I write what I am grateful for and I write my manifestations. I manifested the job I have. I am very happy with how my life is now. Of course I still get stressed or sad and so I journal. Its the best form of therapy for me. So with the time changing and Spring just around the corner I am reflecting, if you will, on my life and also this blog. I started this blog as just a place where I could express my thoughts about life, art and crafts. To record what I wore. Not thinking anyone would find let alone read my blog. I am going to think about what I want my blog to become. Thank you to everyone who has stumbled onto my blog and to the ones who have been here from the start. Stay tuned for updates.
Knoxville has been lucky and so far no heavy snow fall or power outages but the temps have been in the teens…..so cold. I grew up in Northern Indiana so I’ve lived thru alot of snow storms, blizzards and power outages. My prayers are with everyone from Texas to Maine that power and heat is restored.
Happy New Year, everyone.
I have been diagnosed with COVID-19. I have a terrible cough and I ache otherwise no other symptoms. I will be in quarantine for 10 days. So Christmas eve dinner with friends is canceled and Christmas dinner with family friends I’ve been going to since before my parents passed away is canceled also. I have spent Christmas morning all myself since my mom died, so nothing new there. I am trying not to be sad or feel sorry for myself but it’s been difficult. Not being close to my siblings and having no family of my own makes this time of year very lonely. But I am not going to dwell on it. It makes me appreciate everything I have. Merry Christmas and every one stay safe.
Just sitting around on a rainy day so I decided to do some crafts. I can’t wait until I can get back to setting up at a craft fairs.
Here is the wreath I made. Not bad. Wreaths aren’t something I have ever made before.
I think alot of people are trying to make Christmas extra special because of all of the craziness 2020 has been. So I made a list of My Christmas Traditions I want to do.
On my list is to make a Gingerbread house. It didn’t turn out as I had hoped for.
Original Poem by Pamela K. Smith 9/24/2020
He kissed her.
It was like she had never been kissed before.
He touched her face and she felt the spark between them.
He looked into her eyes and all of the pain and loneliness left her.
She wonder what she did for him.
She didn’t know she had slayed all of his demons with her kind words, gentle touch and loving heart.
Going on my second month working for a temp service. It’s nice going to work every day and having a paycheck. The current job I am at is until the end of the year with a possiblity of being hired on full time. But like most people, my mind set this year is, I am not planning anything beyond today. Whatever happens I know my life is wonderful and I am just going to be.
I signed with a staffing service at the beginning of this week and today I started working in the customer service department and if everything goes well they might hire me.
Here is a painting I’ve been working on.
This month is plastic free July. Here are upcycled T-shirts I made into grocery bags. $15.00 plus SH.
The skinny end of the ties I made into headbands. The 2 buttons are so the headband can be adjusted and stays better on your head.
I wont be going back to work until July 24. Trying to stay busy. Here are some hats that I have added some umph too.
Boy how time has flown by. I have been working on crowns made from the big end of mens ties. Here is are a few pictures of the process and the end results.
Staying busy during quarantine. I turned several ties I had on hand into headbands. Below are a few of the ties. Picture 1 the ties are cut. Pictures 2, 3 and 4 are the bands I sewed at one end. Picture 5 the finished product.
Here are some dresses that I bought from Goodwill last year that I plan on turning into veils or fascinators.
Several weeks ago I finished clearing out and organizing my art studio. Here are some pictures.
March I was put on furlough and of course it was jarring but I have accomplished alot around my home. I have also learned a few things.
1. From now on I am going to buy 2 of alot of things that I had stopped when I was thinking of a more simple/ minimalist life. 2 or 4 toilet paper packages, Kleenex, wipes etc.
2. I experimented with cooking and I really love avocados.
3. I need to become a better gardener.
4. Stock piling nonperishable food isnt a bad idea.
5. I enjoy being home.
I hope everyone is safe and healthy.
Today I was informed that Thursday will be my last day at work until May.
I am trying to stay positive even though my emotions have run the gamut since receiving the news.
I have made and written out a game plan so this time off will be used wisely and it will also help me not panic and fall into a depression. My plan includes my normal daily meditation and exercise to a new to do list.
And I know I am not the only one facing this. I have been thru worse and survived. We all will be stronger, not just America but the whole world.
Stay strong and send out positive vibes everyone.
In trying to live a more simple and healthy life I have been eating better. I am also following more of how Europeans eat, how Americans use to eat and how I ate when I was growing up. Simple but well rounded meal that included a meat, vegetable and a nod to the French cheese and always dessert!
In trying to live a simple and clutter free life I seem to be doing it backwards.
Instead of clearing everything out and then arranging say for example the family room. I am arranging the room the way I want to live in it and then getting rid if what doesn’t fit.
Also, I am reusing items that I would have just gotten rid of at first glance. I put my cats treats in a canister instead of keeping the treats in the original packaging. Expired spices my mom had I washed and clean the bottles and now they hold everything from Q-tips to craft supplies.
Talking about crafts my sewing area, that is still on my to do list.
I did read an article that was an eye opener. It said, if you were moving what would you want to pack and have in your new home. So when I am trying to decide if I want to keep something I think of that statement.
When I bought my parents’ house after my mom passed away, I inherited all of my mom’s stuff plus the stuff I had. I had no help from my siblings, they live in another state and quite frankly they are not people I want in my life.
All of the sorting and cleaning was very overwhelming. I would be doing good for a few months and then things would happen, and I would just stop and getting started back to cleaning out seemed to be harder and harder. I found myself going in circles, so I started reading different articles about living a simple life or a minimalist life and well it is really quite confusing and funny. Most articles say about the same thing. Get rid of everything you don’t like and keep the rest. Ok, I can do that, but what I am looking for are articles on more practical or exact steps, I guess.
For example ~ I put a key ring on the zipper tab in my purse and then I put a hook on my key ring so I can latch my keys to the key ring and not lose my keys in my purse.
One article suggested getting rid of your purse and carry a small wristlet that holds your credit cards and cell phone. Well that won’t work for me because I wear glasses to read. I don’t need to wear the glasses all the time, just to read fine print. So carrying a wristlet isn’t going to work for me. I can not find and believe me I have looked for a purse like that that has a holder for the cell phone and for glasses. Also a lot of the little wristlets seem to be made just to hold credit cards. I have a debit card, but I do not have credit cards, I use money for most of my purchases. I did however started carrying a small purse.
Years ago I went thru all of my purses. I carried a different purse for a month and by the end of the month if the purse was any way shape or fashion a pain to use, I donated it. I donated A LOT OF PURSES!
I also did this with my shoes. I made myself wear every single pair of shoes and boots that I owned. It was harder to get rid of my shoes than the purses. So now I have two pair of boots, one in black and one in brown. I have 3 pair of booties, black, brown and animal print. I have one pair of cowboy boots. I have two combat style of boots, one in brown and the other in burgundy.
I also found out that I love to wear loafers.
I am also doing that with my clothes. I have worn everyone of my pullover sweaters this winter and the ones that were too small or itchy went into the donation bag.
Another practical idea I use is turning all of your hangers backwards and by the end of the season, get rid of what is still turned backwards. I started this last year and it has helped a lot. I did it again the beginning of this year.
See that is the type of information I am looking for. Practical tools. Yes, clean out and go thru all of your stuff. That is a big part of living a simple or minimalist life. But when you do start to clean everything out where to start? I started with my smallest rooms, the bathroom. I have 1 ½ bathrooms. The ½ one was easy to go thru; I have a sink and a toilet. So I went thru all the stuff that was in sink cabinet and I was done.
The bigger one was a bit more daunting. My mom had 9 electric blankets most of the blankets did not have any of the controls. Then there were towels, lots and lots of towels and bedding. So I went thru the bed sheets and donated all of the electric blankets and the extra towels I had, I cut up to smaller sizes to use to clean with.
With all of that said, I have come up with a few ideas that have helped me.
- Make a list of all of the rooms; including closets in your house and then start by cleaning and going thru the smallest room and work your way up.
- Color coordinate your clothes. All of your clothes, from the closet to the dressers.
- Put all trousers, skirts, dresses, blouses, blazers etc. together in your closet and dressers. I find this very helpful.
- Turn your hangers around. At the end of the of each season see what you have and haven’t worn. If you haven’t worn something but you like it a lot and just can’t part with it, use this idea I read about, put the item in a box, put a picture of the item on the outside of the box and write a date of when you should open it. Say June 1 and see how you feel about that item. If you start looking for the item you put in the box before the date you set, you know you want to keep it.
- Once you wear an item but it in the back of the row. Example ~ a white blouse, put it back of the other white blouses you have. This is were the backwards hangers come into play.
- When it comes to organizing the kitchen, I would do a drawer at a time and then move to the cabinets.
- Extras and what if’s. So I have stuff that I keep at work, extra mascara and lipstick. Also have a sewing kit and comb I keep in my car. Now, if I was to follow the different articles that I read I would be getting rid of those extras and what if items. I however did not. I keep the extra mascara at work, so I don’t have to keep one in my purse. But I didn’t go out and buy another one, I took a lipstick or mascara that was almost used up and took it to work. I also do with my travel bag.
- Emails, television and cell phone uses. Most of the articles I read talked about limiting the time you spend on each of these activities. I feel each person has to do what is right for their life and job. I do however think that if you are having dinner with friends or family that cells phones need to be put away.
- Subscriptions. I subscribe to one magazine; however I get a lot of catalogs in the mail because years ago I signed up for free catalogs. I have cancelled all of the free catalogs that I signed up for, but I still get them in the mail. Usually with a warning that this will be my last catalog if I don’t order something! My compost box gets a lot of catalogs!
- When I started going thru the books my mom and dad had I took a lot of the books to a book exchange here in town. However you get more money for exchange than you do actual cash, which means more books. Yeah, they know what they are doing. Also, they don’t take all of your books! So the books that are rejected I took to my local thrift store. There were a few books most of them hard back, that I just didn’t want to give away, so I donated them to my library, and I got a tax credit.
So those are some of my thoughts on more practical ideas of living a simple life. I would love to hear everyone’s ideas and suggestions.
I found this Tommy Hilfiger purse at Goodwill for $4.99
So I found this Tommy Hilfiger purse at Goodwill for $4.99
Next month is my birthday and I usually take myself out to eat and I take a week of vacation. Since I am boycotting buying unnecessary things but I do want to buy myself a gift I have decided that I will go to a few of my favorite thrift stores and look around. I will only use my weekly spending money on anything I might buy. Which FYI I have cut in half. I do unfortunately need to buy a new bra because one broke, however I am not going to make that my birthday gift to myself. Bras are a necessary item. UGH. If I find something great and if not even better.
Being the New Year I turned all of my hangers around so that I can see what I am wearing and not wearing. I started this last year and it helped me a lot. I’m not trying to become a minimalist. At one time I thought I would and with that I had to have so many tops, skirts, jeans etc. and then I realized I live in the south and it is impossible to have a wardrobe that fits all of the seasons. I need tank tops for hot, humid days and sweaters for cold dreary days and having just 1 to 3 tanks tops just wasn’t going to work for me. So I re-evaluated my idea of the number of clothing items I SHOULD keep and focused on what I love to wear.
I realize I really want to just live a simple and happy life. I am just going to wear what I love and turning my hangers around helps me do that.
Stay warm everyone!
This year I am going to do my best and only buy what I need to have to live on like food and gas and maybe 2 new bras. Otherwise I really don’t need any clothes.
Happy New Year e everyone1
I’m trying to change the way I see things in life. For instance, on my pinterest board I would keep pins of sayings about how awful and hurtful friends and family treated me. I realized I’m keeping that negativity and dwelling on it, so I have been deleting those pins. I still read them and I’m taken them heart but I’m not saving the pins I’m not saying that I’m gonna be all hearts and rainbows and pink and everything’s all wonderful. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I am trying to find Peace & Love and let the negativity take care of itself.
In my quest to rid my life of unnecessary clothes, I am making myself wear pieces of clothing I rarely wear. So when I get dressed in the morning and I want to change the top or skirt or shoes etc because I don’t like something about that item, I know that is a sign to myself that I really don’t need or LOVE this item and it gets placed in the donations bag. Since I started doing this I have purged several items that I thought I just had to keep. This method seems to work better for me instead of just getting rid of everything but the basics. It’s like I give the item a chance to redeem itself.
Meanwhile, I am 1/2 way thru the first closet in the guest room.
So earlier I had said I wasn’t going to go thru and weed out my clothing, but I have been. While cleaning out the guest room I would continue the cleaning and go into my closet. This is what I have my clothing down to for now. I know down the road I will let go if more. Here is my current list:
23 Tank tops
13 Greek tops
11 Sheath tops
4 Long sleeve tops
7 Long sleeve blouses
42 Tee shirts
5 Long skirts
6 Pullover sweaters
8 Jeans/capris jeans
I bought 6 scarves at the Dollar tree store and sewed them into a autumn wrap. $6.00 compared to $29.99 and up. I like the wrap better than wearing jackets while driving.
Update on sorting and down sizing. I am concentrating on going thru stuff and not so much clothing, but I have narrowed down my jeans to 3 jeans and 4 capri jeans since work has started letting us wear jeans to work. Of course the jeans have to be in good condition, no tears, holes etc… so that’s off of my to do list.
It’s been awhile since I have written. I have been busy clearing out my parents closets. My mom still had some of Dad’s clothing, plus all of her clothing, jewelry etc. I clean out the garage….haven’t touched the shed! Yikes! My mom had 7 totes of stuff. The funny thing is the totes weren’t full. I cleaned out the laundry room and for the most part the kitchen. I am sorting dishes right now. I cleared out my mom’s closet, under her bed and all of the dressers. I finally washed her bedding and the dirty laundry she had from when she went into the hospital last August. That was a hard task. It made everything final… if that makes sense. I have the spare room and the family room still to go and clear out. I am not counting on all of the items my siblings want that I have to put aside and of course they live in another state so no help from them on cleaning and go thru stuff.
As I am clearing things out I have tried to go thru my stuff. I have tried to make my wardrobe minimalist (Insert minion laughing). Biggest problem is that I live in Knoxville, TN and the summers are unbearable. When you wake up at 6:00 AM and it’s 76 degrees out! So I have figured out that I have to have a spring/summer wardrobe and an autumn/winter wardrobe.
So I have narrowed it down to this: (Insert minion laughing again)
7 Tank tops
14 Greek tops
7 Sheath tops
14 Tee shirts
7 Tank tops
7 Sheath tops
14 Tee shirts
7 Pullover sweaters
7 Tank tops
7 Sheath tops
14 Tee shirts
Which is a total of 234 pieces of clothing. I am going to try to narrow it down. This should be fun! LOL
The past 9 months have been a roller coaster of emotions. But after tons of tears, heartache and pain there was a light at the end of my tunnel and I was finally able to buy my parents home.