Saturday, May 21, 2011

Throwing out 50

Today I am starting a little "stuff" purge and throwing out 50 things, a la Jess Constable as inspired by Gaile Blanke. I bought Gaile's book a while back... and never did anything with. Big surprise. So, now it begins.

But I'm not really going to do it Gaile's way. I'm not counting 85 books as one item, or 7 pairs of shoes as one item, either. Sorry, Gaile.

But I am following her suggestion to write down all the things I throw away/donate/sell. So I'm starting a little tab called '50 Things' where I can update the list without it breaking into my regular posts.

To start things off, I'm donating three pairs of cute cute shoes to Deseret Industries. I love them, but I don't wear them--ever. So they can be put to better use by someone else. I'm also donating a hoodie, a grey cardigan that looks horrible on me, and a black ribbed sweater that is also hideous on me.

So far, 6 things. Plus however many French books I end up giving away via Facebook and to my local high school. I bought tons of used novels, philosophy books, etc. in France, dreaming that I would read them all and soak up the new vocabulary like a sponge. Nope. If I'm going to be honest with myself, they are just taking up space and making me feel guilty. So they are OUT.

Anyone want to join me and throw out 50 things?


Psykopaint is a website where you can upload your pictures, and then turn them into 'paintings.' I thought it sounded fun, so I used a favorite picture from our family's Disneyland trip a couple of years ago. The picture was JUST out of focus, so I could never print it... but it was perfect for this.

Here is the original image:

And here is the painting:

Isn't that fun? Now you can paint your own images without years of experience or the cost of all the materials. ;)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I love Papermoth's designs. I bought an 8x10 of the print just below for my best friend's birthday a couple of years ago, because she is always picking up dandelions that have gone to see and making wishes as she blows the seeds away.

So the image above is the only one I've purchased, but I love so many of the designs, including the ones below.