Photos, contracts, and buying happiness: This week in review
Also in photo news this week... I was "interviewed" in the fabulous Dianne's Image-Only Interviews on CraftyPod. Check out my images in response to her questions about creativity, crafting, and keeping my sanity!! ;)
It's not a photo, really, but image-wise... my zigzag vs. chevron post from earlier this week generated some interesting comments! I see what some of you mean, but I dunno, I think a chevron is just one arrow thing, and a zigzag is multiple arrow shapes... I guess that's a little different than the graphic I found, but you got the idea. Have you weighed in yet? ;)
Another exciting contract I got settled this week was one with Kollabora. (If you haven't joined yet, DO. It's an amazing resource for sewing, knitting, and crafting with projects and techniques from your favorite bloggers and Kollabora's pro team. Great for beginners and those of us who just love a little more inspiration!) Kollabora is providing a lot of the materials and tools I'll be using in the book. They sell a lot of stuff you might need on their site, so makes it really easy to get great tools without being overwhelmed by all the auxiliary options online and in craft stores!
Okay, it's safe to say this last piece of news is NOT as exciting as the other few. But it's kind of a revelation; that is, I'm working on some goals and ideas and I think a couple of this week's purchases help me with that. So, I've been reading and immensely enjoying The Happiness Project, a NYT bestseller from a couple years ago that I'm sure you've heard of... I had, too, but never paid much attention. Then at one point I put it on my library hold list and it popped up last month. Couldn't have been at a better time, either--I've been way too stressed lately and really could use a lesson in chilling out and being happier!
So I started reading the book and loved it right away. It's not the world's greatest book or anything, but it's speaking to me. I guess I have enough in common with the author that a lot of it really makes sense. Anyway, I geeked out a little and have been flagging tons of pages with memorable passages I want to come back to. So I bought the book for myself right after Christmas and now I won't have to remove the flags and return it!
The author made and wrote about her journey to achieve 12 resolutions, one for each month of the year, and I'm up to July: Buy Some Happiness. Obviously not in a shallow way, but thinking about how to spend money in a way that boosts happiness. I did the perfect example of this this week, and I am normally so bad about it! (She identifies overbuyers and underbuyers, and I'm the latter--I buy the smallest amount possible and then get stressed out when we're low on toilet paper or soap or whatever, when I should have just bought enough in the first place, or never want to replace things and then they break and I get upset...)
So, typically an underbuyer, I have put off buying matching lamp harps for the lamps in our bedroom for ages. It was a tough decision for me to buy matching lamps in the first place but I've always really appreciated them and I'm glad I did. But, I just had a mismatched collection of vintage lamp harps from Goodwill, and the ones in our bedroom were different sizes and too tall. Every time I looked at those lamp shades, I felt a little inadequate, like I ought to provide better for our house. Small thing, but still, it stressed me out a little!
Well, this week I did it. After work on Wednesday, husband was busy, I could take my time getting home, I went into Bed Bath and Beyond and bought two matching lamp harps. I hope I've emphasized the weight of this statement enough. This is ground-breaking. I never go to Bed Bath and Beyond. Everything is like three times the price it is at Marshall's, and there's too much As Seen on TV stuff, and there are too many choices. ;) But, I keep sort of half-heartedly looking for lamp harps at the big JoAnn or Target or whatever and not finding them, so I knew what I had to do. I used coupons, too, don't worry.
Now our lamps are the same height, and I put one of the gold lamp harps on a new lamp downstairs, whose shade was wobbling precariously down by the bulb and taunting me as well... now my house is a little more complete.
C'mon, do you know how I feel?? Are you an underbuyer or an overbuyer?
Well, as long as you don't think I'm too neurotic now after my lamp harp rant... ;) have a good weekend, and see you Monday!!