Even if the grass is greener

Even if the grass is greener

On my recent trip to the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, I was surprised by the abundance of brown. Dusty brown roads. Barren snuff-colored trees lined the miles of brown and brittle grasses. I’m not sure why I was so surprised. We were visiting the arid plains of Guanacaste during the DRY season. Dry in that there is no rain. No rain meaning no water. No water meaning … ummm.. everything is thirsty. And brown. We booked our trip to Costa Rica without doing a whole lot of research. Armed with a strong desire to escape the lingering chilly days in Atlanta,  I hit the “book now” button on the rental home in Playa Potrero with ease. Visions of lush green mountainsides and fields of brightly colored flowers filled my thoughts in the days that led up to our journey. And then we arrived in Liberia. And there was dust. And dirt. And … well… brown. Don’t get me wrong, Costa Rica, even during the dry season, is spectacular. There are beautiful beaches, towering mountain ranges and breathtaking sunsets. Surfers flock to the region and the pace is just what the doctor ordered.  Pura Vida (the law of the land in Costa Rica) is a synonym of “hakuna matata” – Life is wonderful; enjoy it. But I was not expecting the dry season to be so … well… dry. We spent the first part of the week exploring the pristine shorelines, drinking local beer at makeshift bars set up on the beach, and immersing ourselves into the local culture. By day three, we were head-over-heels in love with Costa Rica–already talking about how to make... read more
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know that today, August 22, is officially “Random Acts of Kindness Day in Georgia”? Yes, indeed… it is. Governor Nathan Deal even proclaimed it so. So this morning, my friend Wendy, jumpstarted the day by performing a random act of kindness–and she didn’t even know she was actively participating in an actual event! (That’s because she’s naturally kind-hearted… soooo…”) I had mentioned to Wendy just yesterday that I was learning how to make beach glass jewelry to add to my jewelry collection. I told her about this  VERY kind shop owner on Etsy who went over-and-above by sharing not only instructions on how to make the pendants, but she also included a finished pendant and a half-finished pendant in my order so I could see one completed pendant and then I could finish the other one! How crazy is that? How often do you see people go out of their way for a mere $7 order? I can tell you my theory: The woman is passionate about what she does and is excited to share that with others. That’s it. No secret. Anyway, back to Wendy’s random act of kindness. So this morning, she brings me three jars of glass. Beautiful glass and tumbled rocks I could use for my new projects–and said “pick anything!” I have been grinning all day (and it started out as kind of a crappy day…). Thank you , Wendy. Amazing how one small act of thoughtfulness can make a person’s day. How are you going to celebrate “Random Acts of Kindess Day”? “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we... read more
My Olympic-(like) Moment

My Olympic-(like) Moment

We dug out our Wii Fit-after last week–after a 236 day break. I know the exact number of days it’s been because there’s a woman who lives inside the machine who keeps track of all every single thing you do (and don’t do). She’s part of the reason I stopped getting on that balance board. I couldn’t stand hearing her exclaim “Ohhh!” every time I stepped on! So it was nice of her to remind me how long it had been since I promised myself I would use Wii Fit every day. Yes. I know how long it’s been. And yes, thank you for letting me know “your weight is different from the last time…would you like to continue?” Yes. I. Would. Thank you. Anyway, point being, we’re using it again — in honor of the Olympics, I suppose. Encouraged by all those perfectly-fit bodies, I knew it was time to get back on track. I had forgotten how good my husband was at every single Wii activity or game. He kicks my ass at everything from hula hooping to archery to yoga. All he has to do is play it once, and he’s a master. It’s mind-boggling. Except…in Wii Basketball, I take the Gold…every single time! I’m a rockstar! You think they’ll make it an Olympic sport one... read more

Room for Inspiration

I love to be inspired by words. I’m a huge sucker for those “feel good” words of wisdom etched onto tacky placards and do-it-yourslf wall stickers.  You’ll find evidence of this in almost every room of my house — on walls, book shelves and desktops, and stuck to the front door of the fridge (with a fridge magnet that reminds me to “Seize the Day.”) So I’m still in the process of decorating my spare-bedroom-turned-jewelry-design-studio, and while on the hunt for some art glass to add to my growing collection I found this PERFECT wall stencil. (Love you Hobby Lobby.) I finally got around to getting the stencil up on the wall today and I’m kind of lovin’ it. It will be the first thing I see as I enter my “studio” to escape into my newly-discovered world of jewelry making! WHEE! Okay, so I know it’s just a corny quote, but it’s all about creating an experience in that room. A feeling. A place to escape the computer, the TV — the noise of my everyday life and just BE CREATIVE. What about you? What inspires you to create? Is it a particular color or a type of music playing in the background that conjures up your creative muse? I’d love to know. Tell me about it in the comments below — or better yet, snap  a picture and send it to me! Here are a few more of the “words of wisdom” I have scattered around my house. A good reminder. This one is posted above the doorway in my office. Yes. It. Is. You’re never too... read more