April 20

Collars (Dress)

Pretty collars are a big deal in the Greyhound world.  Freedom and Casper finally got their first ones.  We’re starting out with “dress” collars.

Freedom is wearing “Creme Silk” from Around the Hounds.

Casper is wearing “Made for Male Series – Burgundy Stripe” from Around the Hounds.

Those are two good looking hounds!

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April 19

4 Faves – Version 16.0

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The month of May will be “4 Faves – Friends Version.”  What are your favorite things?  Tell me about them during the month of April and one (or more) of your picks may be chosen as a “favorite” in May.  You can let me know what you like in one of three ways…post a comment, email me (whatremainsnow@gmail.com), or let me know on the What Remains Now Facebook page (either by commenting or writing on my wall.  Tell me what the item is and why you like it.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Spanx

No panty lines and a flatter tummy…what’s not to love.

Candlewick Trimmer

If you love candles, a candlewick trimmer will make your life easier.  The design of the trimmer allows you to reach down into the jar or holder and the spoonbill end clips and catches the wick.  Give one a try.

T.I.P.S.

T.I.P.S. is a nail conditioner that you apply to your fingernails to keep them healthy and moisturized.

Ho Hos

By now, you have probably figured out that I have a sweet tooth.  Ho Hos are not just delicious on their own, you can use them as an ingredient in a recipe.  This is one of my favorites, just in time for Easter.

Ho Ho Pudding

Ingredients:  1 box of Ho Hos, 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding mix, 4 cups of milk, 1 large tub of whipped topping.

Directions:  Cut Ho Hos into circles, saving 1 Ho Ho.  Mix pudding and milk according to package directions and chill until thick.  In a large glass bowl, layer Ho Hos, pudding and whipped topping, ending with the whipped topping.  Take the remaining Ho Ho, slice into circles and place on top.  Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.

This is a recipe where the “sum” is greater than its parts.


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April 18

The Artist’s Way…Week 12 (Faith)

This is the final week of The Artist’s Way.  Week 12 talks about recovering a sense of faith…the mysterious spiritual heart of creativity that requires receptivity and trust.

“Trusting” starts with this quote, “Creativity requires faith.  Faith requires we relinquish control.”  Why do we want to maintain control?  The reading makes a great point…that many of us are not accustomed to thinking that God’s will for us can coincide with our own dream for ourselves.  “Mystery” talks about the process our creative ideas need to go through and how we should not rush this process.  To use a gardening image, “we must learn to not pull our ideas up by the roots to see if they are growing.”  In the section entitled “The Imagination at Play,” this quote spoke to me, “We are an ambitious society, and it is often difficult for us to cultivate forms of creativity that do not directly serve us and our career goals.”  The bottom line, “It is a paradox of creative recovery that we must get serious about taking ourselves lightly.”  It also talks about the spiritual benefits of hobbies as a release into humility that comes from doing something by rote.  “Escape Velocity”  refers to the point where you are about to succeed and a “Test” shows up.  It recommends that we keep close counsel with ourselves and know who our supportive friends are and who the wet blankets are (they can be friends too).

My favorite exercises this week included taking a look at my current areas of procrastination…identifying the payoffs in waiting and locating the hidden fears.  I’m a master at procrastination, so this is a valuable exercise both now and in the future.  I also found it helpful to list five people you can talk to about your dreams and with whom you feel supported to dream and then plan.  This is a tough one because there are a lot of wet blankets out there…some that I love dearly.  This exercise also made me deeply desire to be a person who “lifts up” and not one who “puts down.”

This final week has been a reinforcement of what I’ve been learning the last twelve weeks about the spiritual nature and journey of creativity.  This is the end of the book, but what I learned from this book is that my creative path is a journey I will be on my entire life.  I’m doing the work, I’m growing, I’m believing, and I’m having fun.

Next week, I’ll post my final reflections on The Artist’s Way.  Then, we’ll continue the creative journey with something new.

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April 17

Creative Space – After (Part 3)

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If you’re new to What Remains Now…let me catch you up.

January – I started my blog and wanted to have a creative space in my home, so I took over my daughter’s old room (with her permission).  My plan was to set goals, accomplish those goals and do it for $150.  I can assure you I wasn’t, but all evidence points to drug use over the holiday season.

February – I begged forgiveness, but was still delusional and promised good things in March.

March – I realized that writing a blog does NOT give you magical powers (drats!) and you are still the same person you were before you started writing a blog…for me that means a laid-back procrastinator.  So I told it like it is…this is going to take at least a year.

Here’s this month’s update…

1.  I added two shelves.  This arrangement looks better to me and gives me more storage space.

2.  I removed the big table.  I’m re-thinking the whole table thing.  For me and my habits, a big table might as well have a sign on it that says, “Put as much junk on me as you can until I am completely non-functional.”  Who wants that in their beautiful, inspirational creative space?  I want to look at a workspace I can easily put up when I need it, but just as easily take down before I get a case of the “messies.”

Here’s the big project this month…

3.  I cleaned out the closet.  Wondering what the black thing in the bottom of the closet is (third picture)…Twinkie, the kitty.  You know a cat can’t resist a new “empty” space.

Come back in May to see what happens next!

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April 16

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories were my favorite books when I was a young girl.  Nancy was smart, resourceful and always cool under pressure.    The first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930 and revised in the 1950’s.  The author Carolyn Keene, was a pseudonym under which many ghostwriters wrote the Nancy Drew series.  The series was created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  Stratemeyer’s daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer, Mildred Wirt Benson, were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life.

If you want to read more about Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak is a fascinating book.

What did you love to read when you were young?

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April 15

The Asphalt Jungle

This is a classic in film noir.  It is the story of a group of men planning and executing a jewel robbery.  The characters (and the actors’ performances) are memorable and complex.  Although criminal, crook or shady character, each has aspirations, hopes and troubles.  You get the sense that there may be reasons why they live on the darker side of society.  Although this is hard-boiled film noir, what’s tough lingo during one period of time, is comical in another.  My husband and I are still known to threaten, “Don’t make me plug you in the pump.”  The Asphalt Jungle is also an early film of Marilyn Monroe’s…so early that she was not mentioned on the movie poster.

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April 14

Paper = Cupcake Wrapper

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Inspiration:

Dinner Tonight – Wrapped

Supplies:

Pretty paper

Cardboard (to make a pattern)

Paper bake cup

Scissors

Pen/Pencil

Tape or Glue

1.  Cut the bottom off the paper bake cup to make your pattern.

2.  Trace the outline of the paper bake cup to make a cardboard pattern and give yourself something firm to trace around.  Cut out your pattern piece.

3.  On the back of the pretty paper, trace around your pattern piece.  Cut out your cupcake wrapper.

4.  Tape or glue the edges together.

5.  With these cupcake wrappers, you’ll always have the exact size, color and design that you need and look like a super chic baker.

 

 

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April 13

J. K. Rowling

Did you know that J. K. Rowling, the creator and author of the Harry Potter books, is a greyhound owner?  Her family adopted Sapphire from Greyhound Rescue Fife in Scotland.  Greyhound Rescue Fife asks for a £40 donation when someone adopts one of their hounds.  The owner, Celia Fernie, didn’t recognize the famous author, who had set-up the appointment under the name “Jo Murray” (the “J.” in “J. K.” stands for Joanne, and Murray is her husband’s last name).  After the family selected Sapphire, the “lady” wrote a check for £1,000 and signed it J. K. Rowling.  Visit Greyhound Rescue Fife’s website and click on the “Harry Potter Page” to see more adorable pictures of Sapphire and her brother, Butch.

 

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April 12

4 Faves – Version 15.0

The Eleventh Monkey

Louana is the creator of The Eleventh Monkey…an awesome blog and Etsy shop, home to “a bunch of slightly awkward felt creatures.”  Louana also was a student with me in Indie Business 3.0.  Recently, I became the proud owner of Ringo.  Louana’s work is imaginative, original and meticulous.  Ringo will be getting some “friends” in the future.

Lint Roller

I’ve never found anything that removes lint better than these big sheets of “tape.”

Bag Clips

Bag clips are functional, but they can be fun too!  I like to have a variety around.  Fun favorites…the frog heads and the Idaho potato.  Functional favorites…Oxo never disappoints.

Anti-Tarnish Lining

I wouldn’t have a jewelry box or pouch without this now that I’ve gotten spoiled.  It keeps your clean silver jewelry tarnish-free for 25+ years.

REMINDER

The month of May will be “4 Faves – Friends Version.”  What are your favorite things?  Tell me about them during the month of April and one (or more) of your picks may be chosen as a “favorite” in May.  You can let me know what you like in one of three ways…post a comment, email me (whatremainsnow@gmail.com), or let me know on the What Remains Now Facebook page (either by commenting or writing on my wall).  Tell me what the item is and why you like it.  This is going to be fun!

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April 11

The Artist’s Way…Week 11 (Autonomy)

The focus of Week 11 is examining ongoing ways in which we nurture and accept ourselves as artists.

“Acceptance” talks about our lives being our art.  We can’t let our lives stagnate or our art will show it.  We all have a different mix of what brings us stability and flow.  This “mix” includes such things as our income, our creative process, our homes, our appearance, our friends, etc.  It’s important for us to determine what works for us and not worry about what others think.  Our artistic credibility is between ourselves, God and our work.  “Success” talks about the idea that creativity cannot be perfected and finished; “…just when we get there, there disappears.”  This reminds me of last week’s reading on “fame” and the idea that the point of creativity is more creativity.  “The Zen of Sports” talks about moving into our bodies and out of our minds.  “Building Your Artist’s Altar” reminds us of the importance of keeping spiritually centered and how having a special place, filled with objects and words that remind us of our blessings and the things that we love and that inspire us, can help us remember that, “Our creativity is our gift from God.  Our use of it is our gift to God.”

My favorite exercises this week included taking seven pages in a notebook and writing each of these categories on a separate sheet:  health, possessions, leisure, relationships, creativity, career, and spirituality.  Then, list ten wishes in each area.  Instead of New Year’s resolutions, this may be a great exercise to perform each year!  I also enjoyed listing ten examples of personal synchronicity that support the possibility of a nurturing creative force.  I have been AMAZED at the wonderful people (old and new) and things (objects and opportunities) that have come into my life since starting on this creative journey.  For me, it is so important to recognize and record this synchronicity.  Recognizing it makes it miraculous, not recognizing it makes it meaningless.

This week reinforced many ideas that I feel quite comfortable with.  It also brought up an area in my life that I have ignored for a while…physical care and movement.  No excuses, this has to change.

 

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