This poster from www.educatorstechnology.com
Orange, blue and grey .
I originally pinned this photo of this gorgeous nursery by Angela Furr. I'm not looking for nursery room ideas (don't get any ideas!), but I really like how the grey walls are a nice base for the orange and blue.
This class by artist, Lori Vliegen.
image via Elvie Studio
If you click the link from her blog, it will take you directly to the website where you can sign up. I signed up for it few weeks ago, and am SO glad that did. Her lettering has inspired me for over a year now, so I was thrilled to actually get to learn how she does it. If you've ever wanted to improve your cursive hand writting+add an artisitic touch to your writing, this is a great class to get you started!
The Noun Project.
I found the noun project, a few months ago. I immediately fell in love with the concept. It's a website full of vector images that are based on nouns. The best part is that they are free to use! I just love the concept of having an image for commonly used words. As a teacher, these can be so useful for my English language learners. But artistically, they can be the inspirational basis for so many fun art projects.
In fact, the noun project was my inspiration for this drawing that I finished yesterday.
Looking at my Second & Third favorites, can you see how both of those were also very inspirational to me as I worked on this drawing?! It's almost like a time line of events & items that I experienced and saw while I worked on this drawing. Pretty sure it's spot on with my First favorite, right?
This excerpt I received as an email from a sweet friend. It's a bit long, but so worth the read.
"Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because many people cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you..
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over."
It is actually an excerpt from the book, Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing from America's Favorite Humorist. A book I have never heard of before yesterday, but was so touched by the sentiments in each paragraph. A reminder to not take the things or people you love for granted.
Thanks for dropping by :)