To celebrate the arrival of Spring Down Under, last month's Everyday Explorations' theme was Floral Fever. And, part of my exercise was to list as many ideas as possible regarding flowers. Some of you also shared your ideas. And, I thought, it'll be cool to come up with a full list right here.
So, here are floral inspirations for you:
1) Create a garden journal. The one pictured here is something I made, using mixed media on a moleskin cahier journal. I really <3 it.
2) Press fresh flowers. It was in my original list, but Kari suggested it too. And yes, I did it.
3) Make bookmarks from fresh flowers. Another one from Kari. I wanted to do it, but didn't get the chance. Maybe another time.
4) Photocopy fresh flowers to create art. Yes, I did this. Turned out better than I expected.
5) Make flower origami. Suggested by Melissa. I sooo wanted to try this, but didn't get the chance to find instructions. So, another one for next time.
6) Practice Japanese floral arrangement.
7) Write different names of flowers from A - Z. Yes, I did it. But, missed a couple of letters.
8 ) Make a zine on flowers.
9) Write a poem or a story about flowers.
10) Create a flower-related blog.
11) Create a floral painting. Another one I managed to do. 🙂
12) List books that mention "flowers" as part of the title.
13) Take photos of flowers every day. This one's from Kay. I did manage to take photos of flowers, but not everyday.
14) Doodle/sketch flowers from life. Done.
15) Doodle/sketch imaginary flowers. Done too.
16) Use floral fabrics to make a soft toy. Yep.
17) Use floral printed fabric to make wearable art. Done as well.
18) Create floral stamps.
19) Make a floral-themed card.
20) Experiment with edible flowers. This is a suggestion from Candy. I was so curious about this one. I didn't get the chance to try until a few days ago, when I cooked roast lamb and used fresh rosemary with its flowers still intact. But, would be interested to think of other ways to do this.Read More
Spring is definitely inspiring me to do a lot of things. I just love, love, love seeing the world around me come alive at this time of the year. And, I can't say enough good things about seeing more sun and blue skies lately. Yay indeed. That's why I thought I'll carry that inspiration over to my monthly Everyday Exploration project.
One of the spring-related ideas that I wanted to try out was 'spring cleaning'. After all, my house, my office, my email inbox, and many other aspects of my life seem to need a lot of cleaning up. But, it didn't have enough oooooommmmpppphhh for me. At least, not right now. Not on a daily marking kind of way. I'll still do that cleaning bit. But, probably not everyday. 😉
Anyway, I decided to do something simple for my September EE. For the first time, I'm opting to do a single idea. Just FLOWERS. Yep - come up with anything and everything that has to do with flowers. The more creative, the better.
Day One started off with that photo + spring-inspired handbag. Day Two, I filled a moleskine sketchbook page of floral doodles, especially based on flowers that I saw during my weekly walk. Day Three, I made a 'floral-printed giraffe softie' + filled 2 pages of floral doodles based on real and imaginary flowers + listed lots of floral-related ideas. Today's Day Four. Not sure yet what I'll do. I'll go check that list some time and pick one.
Now, if you have ideas on floral inspirations, I'd welcome your suggestions. Maybe I'll do something about your idea (with credit to you, of course).
So, what about you? What's inspiring you lately?Read More
Early this month, I shared my Everyday Exploration project for August 2008. The challenge was to do something fit/healthy on a daily basis. So, I started doing some stretches, walks, and such. And, my favourite "go to fitness routine" was the Wii Fit.
Well, sort of. It's not a massive workout, I know. But, it's still more than what I used to do. Eeps.
Anyway, the gadget was actually a Mother's Day present to me last May. But, before this month, I only used it once or twice. The Fitness Fantasy challenge helped me to use it a lot more.
My personal favourite "gamecises" (game/exercises) on the Wii Fit include: the Steps, Rhythm Boxing, and Ski Jump. And, I reluctantly do the Muscle work-outs and Jogging, because they're the ones that make me feel I actually do something. Heh. Except, of course, the Wii Fit training folks seem to be never satisfied with what I've done. 😛
In any case, after the first 12 days of everyday fitness, I began to flounder. I began missing days and such. Unfortunately. But, I suppose all is not lost.
Now, I'm making a conscious effort to go out for a walk at least once a week. And, I still get to take out the Wii Fit every now and then, to play with my 4.5 year old (who happens to have improved WAY faster than me on the Wii Fit) - and sneak in some "exercise sessions".
I'm hoping that these 'baby steps' to becoming more fit will slowly improve in time.
My current goal: To get the Wii Fit to stop saying that I'm underweight with a fitness age of a 60-year-old. Meh.
By the way, even after this month ends and I move on to a new Everyday Exploration project, I still intend to keep up with fitness stuff. That's why we have the S Fitness Club at the forums. I'm hoping to share more progress there. And perhaps, if you need a place to share your fitness goals and such, maybe you can join in too. Lynn Stevens already asked S Studio Folks to share their Flexibility Goals, Cardio Goals, and Strength Goals. What do you think?Read More
It's the start of a new month! Can you believe it's August already?
Now, I'm ready to start a new challenge. The plan? To do something healthy everyday - from exercise to No Coke Days; from eating more fruits to possibly doing sports. Yes, even spending some time on my Wii Fit will count. Heh.
Everyone who knows me can probably attest that I'm not the most fitness-conscious person in the world. Exercise is something that I know I should do, but never get around to doing. And, while I try to eat a balanced diet, I regularly commit nutrition faux pax.
So, instead of just talking and wishing I can be fitter and healthier, I want to start doing something about it. I'm not jumping on anything big just yet. I intend to stick to baby steps to start with.
This is my first baby step. Making my intention public through this Everyday Exploration project.
Next baby step: Launching the S Studio Fitness Club, in conjunction with this project. That's the section at the forums where I intend to report my daily fitness progress. Just a way to motivate myself to do this health and fitness thing.
If you want to join me in this particular endeavor (or if you've already started doing this some time), do join me at the club. Share your health/fitness goals, as well as your progress. And perhaps, we can all cheer each other on. What do you say?Read More
You can tell when I'm wanting to blog, but I'm unable to put my thoughts together in a coherent fashion. Yes - I end up with a random things list. Like this one. So, here goes another one of those lists...
1. Quote of the Moment: "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." - Barbara Kingsolver
2. Really happy to see the brand new S Studio Forums swinging in to action. Thanks to all who registered and posted already! Don't forget to share with us that you wish to be included as a 52WoC#23 Participant. Some fun threads that you might want to take part in quickly: The Welcome/Intro Post (some interesting tidbits there), Your Dream Job (what's the one job that you really, really want to do?), and List 5 Book Recommendations (any books you wish to recommend? some people have been giving some interesting recos already.). And, of course, you're welcome to start new threads too! Ask questions, share ideas, and more.
3. Writing of books, I thought this might be a good time to talk about another "new feature" here in the Studio. That is, if you haven't noticed it yet. It's the My Books section. Here, I've started listing books that I'm currently reading, I've finished reading - and I'm planning to read. This is basically one of my attempts to encourage myself to read more. I mentioned before that my reading habits have suffered a lot. And, that's not a good thing. So, I thought that this feature is a welcome addition to S Studio. If you check it out, you'd see that my reading taste is so eclectic.
4. If you're interested, my Press | Media Page has been updated a couple of weeks ago. I've been meaning to compile these things for a while now, since some folks want to see what kind of coverage I received via newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, blogs, and other publications. Now it's done. It's there. Another new page I've created in this blog is the Highlights page. I put some favourite and popular posts in there, plus a few other links as a guide to the blog. I will continue to update it. I welcome suggestions!
5. If you're waiting for something from me, thanks for your patience. My Inbox gets so crazy at times. If you need to poke me about anything that you're waiting from me, please do.
6. Proud Mama Moment: Today, my 4.5 year old came home with a note from teachers at his new school (He has been going to an Early Learning Centre since Jan 2008, but we moved him to a new one for this second semester. It was his first week in the new place this week.) They gave him a brand new "reading diary" with a message saying that his reading level is now at Level 3. Not sure exactly what that means, but they seem to be blown away. So, that's gotta be good.
7. I miss my Democracy (Poll) Sidebar Widget. Ever since I upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1, it has gone missing. 'been trying to get it back, to no avail. That's why I haven't done any polls lately. Anyone else having similar issues? Ideas and tips will be highly appreciated.
8. Baby Girl Update: Those who have been asking - Yes, she's doing well. Thanks! She has been walking in the last couple of months. A little bit wobbly still, but definitely on the go. She also started talking using 'real words' a few weeks ago. She says 'dad', 'duck', 'bird', and 'wow'. She also makes some animal sounds like 'baa', snorting sounds for pig, wfff (for dog), and meeooww (for cat). I also think it's cute when she says 'oooooohhhh' (for 'amazing' things, like new presents) and 'uh-oh' (when she drops things or something goes wrong).Read More