When I saw these GORGEOUS rugs posted by AphroChic on Pinterest from their recent article on About.com I just had to share here. Each rug in this collection for ABC Carpet & Home is hand-woven from recycled cotton t-shirts by South African artisans. It would be awesome to add them all to my textile collection.
As an artist/designer I collect tons of books, papers, and magazines all with the hopes of using them for inspiration in some way in the near future. Therefore, it's super difficult for me to let these items go. Especially now that I've started collaging and every scrap of paper has the potential of becoming a piece of art. But the result of this collection leaves my space lacking in regards to storage. Every shelf and corner on the floor of my studio is stuffed with stuff. I don't like it, so I've been working on letting things go.
It's been a slow process because it takes me a long time to go through my magazines and papers to determine what I can let go (the "dump" pile is always smaller). But when I haul the goods to The Book Thing (a great place in Baltimore where you can unload your books and mags, or pick up stuff for free) it feels really good. And I never miss the items once I leave.
Purging clothes is on my list, too. Gladly, I don't have a problem letting clothes go. I tend to wear the same thing over and over, so my wardrobe is pretty small. If it's something I haven't worn in a while it's nothing for me to throw it in a plastic bag and give it to Goodwill.
Every other weekend I've been setting aside time to go through my stuff to see what might be a good candidate to donate or just throw away. Once the collection is hefty I make plans for a drop-off.
Freeing up our space is a great way to free up our psyche. This allows opportunities and good energy to flow in easily and effortlessly, which ultimately leads to more happiness (see this great TedTalk by Graham Hill, Less Stuff More Happiness).
As we start this new season (a great time to do inventory and get rid of summer stuff), I challenge you to get rid of some stuff this weekend. Spend an hour or two going through that junk mail pile covering your dining table, that closet of stuff you don't wear, or that art supply storage bin filled with dried up paint. You'll feel great letting go so you can let some other goodness in.
Tips for disposal:
• Getting rid of batteries or paint? Visit your county or city website and search for "disposal of hazardous/toxic materials." Like Baltimore City, they may have a monthly drop-off for your hazardous waste. Some of these drop-off locations take electronics as well. You never want to put those items in your regular garbage.
• That old TV tube or computer not working anymore? Some electronic stores, like Best Buy, take and recycle electronics. Be sure to call in advance to find out drop-off times and what items they accept.
• Getting rid of towels and bed clothing? Pet shelters love these items for their furry occupants. Call your local shelter to see what they need.
• Letting go of gently used clothing or household items? Homeless shelters, Goodwill, Salvation Army, churches, or temporary housing are great candidates for these.
• Don't need those books, office or art supplies? Baltimore has the The Book Thing, but some schools and libraries are thrilled to take books and supplies that are still in good shape.
• Getting rid of magazines? Go through them and tear out pages you like and recycle the rest of the publication. Store the clippings in a folder or binder.
Do you have tips for letting stuff go? Please share!
I've been wanting some funky masculine flats for fall and was thrilled when I stumbled upon these lovely options. My daily style is pretty basic and neutral (tees and jeans), so patterned shoes are perfect to add a little flair. Like these hand-crafted shoes made from Ankara fabric from Tawia Designs (above).
The Ten and Co. oxfords pictured above are hand-made in morocco using leather and rugs or woven blankets. I love how colors and print add punch to the classic silhouette .
I've always been a fan of the sneaks from Ohema Ohene. The gold ones are magical!
Last April I took a risk. I resigned from my job without much of a plan except a strong belief that I was going to be ok no matter what. While contemplating my move I mapped out a dream list of what I would need monetarily in order to survive fairly comfortably for the next six months.
To survive? Just six months? That's pretty small thinking, huh?
What happened in the weeks and months that followed the conception of my risky decision blew me away. My survival, ahem, dream list was smothered to smithereens. Not only had my goals been surpassed, but I was offered opportunities that I couldn't even imagine would come in a lifetime let alone within weeks of my resignation.
So here's what I learned. I was dreaming way too small. That financial survival list that included what kind of work I needed to do as an artist/designer to make sure I could pay my bills was too narrow-minded. Why was I dreaming in survival mode? That's not what dreaming is for. Why not think beyond my wildest dreams? Why not imagine changing the world and perhaps getting compensated to do so? What if I had thought to dream bigger then? What might the results be now?
The great thing about dreams is that it's never too late to make new ones or edit the ones we've already established. Dreams are supposed to be magical. It's not a time for us to think about how but simply think about what if.
So as I challenge myself I'd like to challenge you. No more safe dreams, the ones you've seen others accomplish or the ones you already know you can achieve. Try a powerful dream that blows your mind when you say it out loud, one that gives you goosebumps when you write it in your journal, or the one you have no idea how to make happen but just believe that it will. Those are the big dreams.
Then share them with people you trust and who wish you well.
But don't say all apprehensively, "Hey I'm thinking about maybe moving to Tunisia someday and opening up a bed and breakfast if this money comes through. What do you think? Crazy, right?"
You don't need permission or validation to pursue your dreams. Share with people who can add power and encouragement. Tell that friend who's most likely to say "what are you waiting for" when you tell her, "Girl, get ready because next year I'm moving to Tunisia to open up my award-winning eco-friendly bed and breakfast."
Then take action and make incremental goals (this is the how part), because like Denzel Washington said recently to a group of novice actors, "a dream without goals is just a dream."
So dream big. I can't wait to see/hear what happens for you.
This is for everyone, really, not just folks in creative industries.
I frequent many gatherings and events and meet a lot of folks, which usually involves an introduction that begins with a handshake. Being a germaphobe I don't really like handshakes, but do feel that they're necessary, and always try to give the best when I do shake hands. It just feels like a great way to initiate a conversation with someone new.
One of my biggest pet peeves: limp handshakes, which often feel un-welcomed or unintended from the other party.
There are tons of studies about it, and the phenomena has probably been discussed somewhere in business magazines and articles, so I'm sure there are all kinds of resources on a why a good handshake is important. So no need to bore you with theory. Instead, I thought I'd share why it's important for me to give a good one.
I like to give good handshakes because:
1. It's a great way to be present and command attention. We all bring something of value to any space we occupy. A good firm handshake is a great way to remind ourselves of this and to make sure the other person is aware of that energy, too.
2. It's a moment to acknowledge the other person. I love the basic tip: shake the hand firmly and look 'em in the eye. Kind of like in the film Avatar, where the Na'vis from the planet Pandora, greeted one another with the statement, "I see you," as they take a moment to look in the eyes of the other person. Here on planet earth, it's a simple way to remember that no matter who you're meeting, on a very basic level, we are all human beings. We should always acknowledge that fact, and a good handshake is great way of doing so.
3. It's a great way to make a good first impression. The first two can really be rolled into this reason. It sucks that we can be really amazing people but that a first impression can make for missed opportunities or bad experiences. But in this standard western greeting, that's just how it is. Therefore, knowing this allows us to be prepared when starting an introduction with the intention of being great — even if it's for a fleeting moment. Because in every moment we should always be awesome and a lame, disingenuous, limp, finger-only handshake is not the best we can do.
Those are my thoughts. What are your experiences? Are you aware of your handshake? Does it matter to you if you give or receive a bad handshake?
This delicious collection from Tata Naka is blowing me away! Most of the AW 14/15 interiors inspired designs are covered in boldly mixed bold prints and photographed with a patterned wall and floor as a backdrop. It's so beautiful and inspiring. I'm adding the photos, shot by Becky Maynes, to my mood-board immediately.
The other day, ok yesterday, I discovered soulster MNEK when AfriPOP posted some beautiful screen-grabs from the singer's latest music video "Wrote A Song About You." When I played the video my creative neurons started jumping all over the place. The graphic animations and colors are gorgeous! The animation is like the opening of Saved By the Bell married the opening credits to In Living Color, had a baby, and named it Keith Haring 2.0. Oh, and I dig the song, too! Check it out and let me know what you think.