Learning Something New


If you click on the URL above, you will find a post that I cannot figure out how to insert on the page. Michelle W. threw out a challenge this morning, and I took her up on it.

It was really fun. I used Canva, which was one of Michelle’s suggestions, and it was great to play around with it and become familiar with the many bells and whistles it delivers.

Now all I have to do is find out how to get the finished product on the WordPress page. Hope you’ll follow the link to my project, which I hope encompasses some of the ideas included in Michelle’s prompt.

I can say that it took me awhile, but what I learned and did not learn made it truly worthwhile. I even visited the holy grail – the wp-admin page, so you know I was in the higher-level thinking mode. I have a slight headache.diary-745303_1280

My end product looks a little like a page from my teenage diary. Please don’t judge. 🙂

Share Your World

Cee Neuner is a hero of mine. She has great ideas about blogging and she gives other bloggers a chance to join her by answering questions she asks once a week. There are no real rules. Cee just says to:

Simply dream and just let loose, or you let your alter ego answer if you want.

Never one to turn away from a challenge, I decided to answer this week’s questions. If you want to join in, take a look at Cee’s blog at https://ceenphotography.com/2016/10/17/share-your-world-2016-week-42/

So here goes!

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with?  (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.)

I think I would tackle my studio first. Well, what I actually mean is I fight with my workspace on a regular basis. I think I am obsessive-compulsive on one level and let’s hurry up and get finished and we’ll clean up tomorrow on another. This characteristic of mine makes for constant chaos. What is it they say? “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” GoodReads says Albert Einstein said this, but I read recently that most quotes attributed to him were not, in truth, words he said. Anyway…


If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work?

My answer is “all of the above.” I write the thing I want to remember in my To-Do book, I write in on my real-life calendar, and I put sticky notes up all around the house. Inevitably, however, I can’t find my book, the dogs have eaten the sticky notes, and my calendar also cannot be found. True story.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)?

Hmmm,really it is the combination of all of these that make a room inviting, but if I have to choose just one, I think it would be sight. I love to see a room that is balanced, meaning the furniture and accoutrements are where they should be and are juxtaposed in a pleasing manner. Color makes a big difference in the way I feel about a room. One room in my house, my bedroom, is a cacophony of colors in a gypsy-esque way. Another, my den, is neutral, peaceful, and more natural.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

I do not know my great-great-great grandparents’ names, but I would ask them how they came to be in the place where they lived. I would ask about their parents, their origins, their spiritual beliefs, their passions, and their children.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

This is an easy one. My husband had a heart catheterization and the results were good. Answered prayer is always a good thing. This week, I am looking forward to cleaning up my studio. :0

Thanks, Cee and your partners.

Daily Prompt: Original

via Daily Prompt: Original

I understand that originality is a necessary, and often rewarding, trait where creativity is concerned. All master musicians, artists, designers, writers, and creators, in general, are considered to be superior in part because what they produce is original. Making a work their own is not only what makes them noteworthy but also will keep the artist far away from copyright boundary issues.

But, I’m going to rock the boat today, something I rarely do, by disagreeing that being original means works of art or crafts have to be unlike what anyone else has produced. I believe this to be true for the following reasons:

  • A large majority of those with creative minds have been inspired by other art forms and artists.
  • There are really just a handful of basic themes from which to draw in all art forms.
  • Sometimes creating in the style of a master in the field in which a person is working is a method that person uses to learn her craft.
  • Exposure to the best of the world’s arts and crafts is critical for those who want to improve their skills.


Of course I am not supporting plagiarism in any form. What I am supporting is inspiration. Reading award-winning books will contribute to a person’s ability to write well.Want to write professionally? Read books by Dickens, J.K. Rowlings. and William Faulkner, to name but a few. Spending time in museums of art, or the Google Arts and Culture site, for that matter, sparks the imaginations of those who aspire to paint, draw, sculpt, or curate.  Is being a musician a dream of yours? Listen to Beethoven, Billie Holiday, and Puccini.

So in the day of Pinterest in particular, and technology in all its iterations, people are more often putting their ideas, methods, projects, and renderings online specifically to inspire or motivate others. The craft culture has become one of sharing, collaborating, and supporting one another. I’m all for that!

Here is a project I made from inspiration I found on Pinterest. It does not look exactly like the one I saw online. It’s not nearly as well-executed. But here it is, and I like it myself.


The concept was beads around bottles. I used three bottles (one was vintage),  beads I had in my collection, and plants I found by the pond. Using found objects and materials I already had satiated my repurposing addiction.

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
– Japanese Proverb


When I make a tray, I like to add a border around the edge of the platter to make it a little fancier. When I make a sign, I love to border it with a vintage-looking edging. But Dictionary.com explains that the word “border”  can also be used to mean “brink or verge.” Now that definition, as we say in the South, will preach.

I feel that beginning my blog puts me on the brink of a new plateau in my writing career, my maker’s movement intents, my freelance writing, and, really, my life in general. This blog has already taught me that success can come more easily when one is in the company of like-minded people. Collaboration, as my grandchildren are being taught in the wonderful, exquisite Memphis University Campus School, is a way to get more done, build self-esteem, boost confidence, and feel empowered. Because of other bloggers’ support and affirmation, I am motivated to make my writing as helpful and positive as I can.

My new project still includes bottles, but is a bit different because I created the centerpiece/vase with a vintage basket I found today at an estate sale full of all the things I like: bottles, of course, baskets, handmade wooden furniture, and so forth.


Thank you to all my fellow writers who have encouraged me with “likes,” “followings,” and “comments.” In the famous words of Orphan Annie, “I think I’m going to like it here!”