Flowers Power : )

When I came to a stand still today (waiting for things to be mailed) on my flower,
I started a NEW one for another project I have been PrOcRaStInAtInG about for a few weeks now!

I then finished the project today and got the necessary paperwork in mail in time for the postman!!!
Shocking!!  : )

I got an old pot I had, a skewer, some yarn from my mom, and a foam eraser for cleaning.

I put the foam eraser in the pot, wrapped green yarn around a skewer, backed my flower with card stock and taped my new stem to the back of it!

I was asking myself the question today of, "Why does this work for me?"

I then realized this concept works because,

whenever I want to do something creative,
I think about all the "paperwork" stuff I should be doing to get my life in order.

Then whenever  I am doing the paperwork stuff to get my life in order,
 I think about all the "creative" things I would like to do!!

This idea creates a fun balance between the two!

A little offbeat, but it works for me!  : )

I am hoping to have a beautiful bouquet of projects completed soon!!!

I hope you too, are making room for wonderful things in your life!!

Flower Power!!

I don't know what it is about this creative brainstorm I had about coloring a flower, but it seems to be working!!  : )

Step one...

What have I been avoiding?
(Big problem of mine....)

Today I went to a Financial Advisor at the hospital to figure out my insurance options while unemployed.
I told her my usual...."I feel overwhelmed" comment.
I seem to spirt that out to anyone who will listen : )
She (Brandy Ward) then said the funniest thing...

She said, "When you bury your head in the sand, remember what is sticking out."

Ha Ha!
I needed that! : )

I am a visual person.
I like to color.
The reason I am bringing this up is because I realize that I have to make these tasks in the "Get Ready" part of my life fun to tackle at least to help me accomplish them!

Mayi who I mentioned in my last post has a great video (check it out!) on her site about
"Touch it Once"
This meaning, don't tackle something unless you can accomplish it at that moment...don't pick it up...move it to another pile only to pick it up later to move to yet another pile.
I have consciously been making the effort to remember this though out the day and for so many things it is working great!

Some of my projects, for instance unavoidable paperwork, feels like it will take days to get I think
"Can't touch that today!!"
Well, I decided I need to break my big projects into smaller steps and that way I will have time to accomplish them and in the end tackle my end result.

So I came up with a doodle of a flower (visual)
and I am going to color in each section as I accomplish it! (My love of coloring!)

Now if you look at this flower you may (or may not) think to yourself...

"My Goodness...these steps are so elementary my dear!!"

And you know what, They are!!

Hey!  Whatever it takes to get it done! : )

This is just the start of my flower for updating my financial information for the bank for the sale of my condo.

I am pulling my head out of the sand and I am going to start coloring!!  : )

What creative ideas have you come up with to tackle things that are not your most favorite?

"Get Ready"....Get Ready...Get Ready ALREADY!!!

I found a great website if you are feeling stuck!

Mayi Carles'

Mayi is super spunky, has lots of creative ideas and is very motivating!
Her energy is contagious!

I was reminded from watching one of her videos how one of my BIGGEST challenges is

My personal mantra for thinking of self discipline is "Get Ready...Get Set... Go!"

 But, when I honestly think about that phrase, I feel like I am spinning my bicycle wheels in the sand...

So, my goal for now is to REALLY WORK on "Get Ready"and to acknowledge this step.

Because God knows, I have been wanting to BE Ready for a long time....

for what?
We shall see : )

I am opening up the space for possibility in my life! : )

Happy Tuesday!
I would love to hear who, what or where you go to get creative encouragement!!

Pumpkin Bread

I baked banana bread and it disappeared before our eyes....
We all enjoyed...
My son said to save a slice to put in the microwave....
I kept going back for a nibble...
What is left...

So, I am hoping by substituting will do the trick till I get to the farm to buy more ripe bananas.

I added a few pumpkin spices...

The batter was more like cake batter....may have added a smidge too much to be on the safe side I placed the batter in two pans....
Hopefully it won't be mushy or have to be baked for 5 hours!!

Hoping for the best!!
Hope you are having a great fall day!!  : )

Post Script...
They looked good from the top looking down...

but, I forgot the baking soda.
Flat as a pancake...almost...

Even so, it tastes pudding cake!

Now off to buy bananas at the farm to make my son banana bread!  : )

Cranberry Beans....just in time for the holidays : )

My new discovery working at the farm...

Just as pretty outside as they are inside!  : )

What can you find at your grocer or farm stand to try that is new and different??  : )

Recipe from:

Fresh Shell Bean and Tomato Stew
© Kana Okada

Fresh Shell Bean and Tomato Stew

  1. 3 cups fresh cranberry beans (from 3 pounds in the shell)
  2. 1 quart water
  3. 2 garlic cloves, halved
  4. 2 thyme sprigs, plus 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  5. Pinch of baking soda
  6. 1 pound tomatoes, diced
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  8. Salt
  1. In a saucepan, combine the beans, water, garlic, thyme sprigs and baking soda and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the beans are tender, 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the beans, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid in the saucepan. Discard the garlic and thyme sprigs. Add the beans and tomatoes. Simmer the stew over moderate heat until the tomatoes are hot, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Add the thyme leaves and season with salt, then serve.
NOTES One Serving 408 cal, 5 gm fat, 2.8 gm sat fat, 69 gm carb, 25 gm fiber.

My Creative Heart : )

One of my BFF's opened her dream shop Saturday!

My Creative Heart
411 Main Street 
 Rt 6A 
Yarmouthport, MA 02675
Owner:  Susan Pasillo

I stopped by Friday night to help out and took some photos and then sprinkled in some from my other BFF friends photos on Saturday!
Sue and I have been friends for over 10 years working literally side by side in our classrooms.  She teaching Art to middle school students while I taught Family and Consumer Science.  She has talked about opening a store for years and with the help of her super supportive husband, her dream came true.  She is so talented and her shop has such a fun and inviting vibe!
She features her own creative work as well as other very talented local artists including my
 other good friend Sue's husband, who is a great photographer and now has a great place to show off his talent.
It was so much fun to see my friends again and share our love of creativity and share lots of laughs!!
I am hoping to be able to put some of my own wares in My Creative Heart soon!

Please stop by if you are ever on the Cape.
6A was always my idea of a mental vacation....I could drive and drive and drive and I would get so inspired by all the shops along the way!

Enjoy this nice picture getaway with a cup of hot coffee or tea on this beautiful Fall Sunday morning....

I am off to work at the farm, so I don't have time to post details right now, but will fill in more information tonight when I get home!!

A cozy site from outside looking in! 

My other friend Sue took these pictures on sunny Saturday!!  So cheery!!  : )

When you open the drawers to this country hutch you are suprised by a pretty red interior!

Friend Tom Rourke with some of his wonderful photograph!

Sue's written and illustrated books just in time for Fall!

Beautiful beachy themed furnishings : )

Sue's brother made these great fishing creative!!

Sue's jewelry and paintings! : )

Sue's upcycled painted furniture matched with one of the shop's featured artists.

This is a collage portrait that Sue did....just beautiful!

This collage picture was one of my favorites  : )

Antique bottles to hang on the wall ready for fresh flowers!!  : )