Category: Inspiration

Fun Gets Me Every Time

Thursday is here and as we approach the end of the week I just wanted to share this thought I told my tap class last night. We’re working toward a show on April 14th and I’m just trying to get them all as excited as I am. I mean, I’m a big advocate of fun in everything. (including music.)

“If you are not having fun you are not doing it right”

So, I hope you’re having a fun day, no matter what you’re doing!

**My mom’s birthday is this week. (Happy Birthday Mom!) Some fun birthday projects to be revealed soon. Just want to make sure she has time to enjoy her surprises first!**

#Caturday Gets Me Every Time

Enough about #crafturday until another day. It’s time for a little #caturday action, as inspired by Beckie over at Cubicle 57. (She had her very own #caturday last weekend.) And this past weekend, Louise and I had our own.

Look at those paws! How sweet is she?

Sometimes the click, click, click of the camera frightens Louise. To have your own #caturday any day of the week, visit Louise over at Purrspectives.

Changing it Up Gets Me Every Time

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For the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve lived with the above LACK TV stand from IKEA. It was cheap, easy to put together and was a great space saver in the not-so-large-studio apartment I used to reside in. But now that we’ve got two people living in one also-not-so-large apartment, we need something that offers more storage.

First, I looked at how I might hack this bad boy into something a little more substantial. I wasn’t quite digging what I saw. Second, I browsed and browsed IKEA for an inexpensive replacement that might offer more storage and height. But everything just feels the same. And a little too utilitarian for our style.

So, I took to the internet for inspiration, and here’s what I found:

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I’m loving the look of these painted dressers. There’s PLENTY of storage for remotes, DVDs and then some. Plus, some have great ideas like removing the first row of drawers, or, my favorite, creating a “faux” drawer to put the cable box and DVD player in.

So, maybe the plan is to scavage the weekend yard sales and start the hunt.

What do you think? Would you change it up with a made-over dresser as your entertainment center?

Epicenter Gets Me Every Time

This is a long overdue post about Epicenter located in Green River, Utah. Where is Green River, Utah you ask? Well, lucky for you, I’ve got an illustration.

This illustration and all the hand-drawn & hand-written goodness comes to me direct from the fine folks at Epicenter. Just this week I received a beautiful piece of snail mail from them and I just had to share it and all the info I could drum up about the great work they are doing in our country. The informational mailer was produced on newsprint and folded into the cutest square piece. (I really can’t get enough of the printed goods.) I’ve receive many beautiful pieces from Epicenter in the past. (Psst… they’ve got graphic design skills that are up for your grabs folks!)

Now, the reason I know so much about the Epicenter is because one of my dearest lifelong friends, Maria, started the organization with a group of her college friends. I’m lucky enough to receive printed materials from the pioneers of Epicenter quite often—holiday cards, pamphlets, postcards and the like. More on that in a moment. First, a word about Epicenter from the Epicenter themselves:

EPICENTER serves as an affordable housing and small business resource center for Green River, Utah, by acting as a Habitat for Humanity Satellite Office, USDA Rural Development Resource Center, Business Expansion and Retention Resource Center,Utah Department of Workforce Services Information Center, Cottonwoods on the Green Apartments Management Office, & creative design studio.

Now, maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge deal to you, but did you see that drawing up there? The FIRST EVER Habitat for Humanity House in Green River. They did that! Let me add some context. The average annual household income in Green River is less than $30,000. Now, the cost of living may be lower than where you live, but this number still leaves about 15% of the town’s small population under the poverty line. Epicenter is making a difference.

If you want to help my friends make a difference in our country, and possibly get some of this great mail like I do, there are a few ways you can get involved. One, as the above shows, is by making the trip to Green River yourself. If you want to be on the Frontier, go to designonthedottedline.com to learn more. Or, if you can’t do that, at least educate yourself about a part of our country you may not know about. And, if you feel so inclined, make a donation, or pick up some Rural gear from Epicenter’s ETSY:

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(PS. Thanks, Maria, for all you do for your community! I’m grateful to have passionate friends like you making a difference in our country.)

RSS Gets Me Every Time

It’s finally arrived—the blogroll page of Gets Me Every Time. Now, you haven’t known this, but I’ve been working on it for almost as long as I’ve been blogging, that’s about 2 months for those of you who just joined us. Anyhow. Here’s why it took me so long:

1. At any given time, I have at least 100 unread items in my RSS feed. Some days, I manage to get it to about 85, but it never seems to go any lower. Granted, I always have something to read.

2. My RSS feed is not organized! So, I’ve been taking the time to split all my favorite blogs into categories. Some fall into two categories, so I put it where I see it fitting best. (Right now, there’s recipes/cooking, friends & boston bloggers.)

3. I’m still not finished, and I just kept stalling. But, I decided to put up this version for now. I couldn’t wait. And neither should you.

I’ll be posting more soon. Until then, enjoy the blogroll, folks.

Creativity Gets Me Every Time

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Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

In spirit, I’m so many things. I’m a creative thinker. A dancer. A teacher. A crafter. A chef. And so much more. By trade, I’m a writer. Namely, a copywriter. And I work at an ad agency.

That means, every day I get to come to work and write. So, if I’m not writing here every day, not to worry, I’m writing at work.

To paraphrase Mr. Glass, you’ve got to make a lot of good work to make better work. Then, call that good work to make even better work. Watch & listen to this. Then, go make good work over and over.

The Colors of Mardi Gras Get Me Every Time

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That’s right. It’s a two post kind of day. During my lunchbreak I couldn’t help but think about Mardi Gras and how exciting a celebration it can be. Inspired by the golds, greens and purples featured prominently throughout this event, I went on a little photo excursion.

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That’s that. My excuse for looking at pretty pictures becomes an afternoon post for you to feast your eyes on. So, as they say at Mardi Gras, “laissez les bons temps rouler!

Valentine’s Day Gets Me Every Time

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Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! Yes, I know, for a few weeks I went on and on about this day of love. Well, here we are and I am so far behind with no catching up in sight. Things just got busy here with work and the big game and birthday and everything, you know. I had started a Valentine’s Day board over on Pinterest, and so if it were up to me, I would have completed some of those projects, like the above homemade scratch-off Valentines from Little Lovely.

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I would have also made some of these too-cute cupcakes from Bakerella. But, we actually still have some cupcakes left over from the birthday celebration, so maybe I would have just added some new decorations…

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Lastly, I would have made some of these oh-so-simple snow globes as seen on Dandee. There’s not any snow outside this February, but that’s nothing a little glitter couldn’t fix.

As for us, we’re just celebrating a simple Valentine’s Day, filled with love (and with Louise, of course!) What about you? Are you feeling the love?

Louise Gets Me Every Time

Recently, I told you how our cat, Louise, got in on the birthday fun. Well, I thought she deserved a little more blog cred than just one tiny mention. So, since I’m not afraid of becoming the crazy blogging cat lady, here she is. Miss Louise. She gets me every, single, time.

I got Louise almost 3.5 years ago from my good friends Max & Jenn. They found 5 kittens in an alley behind their apartment and I was the lucky new mother to one Louise–then named “Balloon.”

Louise has been an integral part of lives since she came home with me one spring evening and I just wouldn’t have it any other way. I know some people simply are “cat people,” but, Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I sure are.

If you want to know even more about our little devil, follow regular Louise posts at Purrspectives.

 

#ArtSupplies Gets Me Every Time

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I love art supplies. In fact I’ve got a closet full of ’em stashed at my mom’s house.

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So, I went on a little keyword search to conjure up some of those warm fuzzies I remember from endless hours of coloring, and painting, and creating and so on and such.

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I love Instagram… and Statigram is a great web-based feed to follow Instagram users.
(If you’d like, you can follow me, @copykelly)

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So please just indulge my childhood memories. And give in to your creative tendencies.

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Embrace the colors. Oh, and the textures.

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Go paint, draw, color, doodle, bedazzle. Do something creative every day.

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What are you waiting for? Grab some paper. A napkin. Anything. Put your weapon of choice to work.

{P.S. Today is Mr. Gets Me Every Time’s birthday! Happy Birthday to him!
Everyone check back tomorrow for a special look at some homemade birthday treats.}