Another exercise in creative visualization....

...first, I want to thank everyone for their kind words of sympathy...they help more than you know...another thing that's helpful to me during times like this is, you know, when real life is far from dreamy...I do creative visualizations...and lately, I've been dreaming about Argentina...don't know why...I have never been there...I don't know anyone from there...but somehow images, stories and blogs about Argentina keep popping into my world...So, this is where I see Mini and I when I close my eyes and dream...

  
...I can imagine Mini and I laying here watching movies on our laptop via Netflix...



...I'd walk around a beautiful all white space wearing something just like this...




...Mini writes a lot...and I can imagine her using this little house as her private writing space...


...I'd sit here with a magazine or laptop while sipping mint tea....

Where have I been and what's going on?

I have been MIA from the blog for a while...not something I do often...but, sometimes the universe throws you an unexpected blow...my brother died of a massive heart attack...two weeks tomorrow.  This is a photo I took of him during Fashions Night Out...He's the one who dragged me and Mini out that night...What an amazing night it was and now I know why...


My brother, a dreamer, a friend...
R.I.P. 
1962 - 2010



I haven't had much time to process what has happened, but the other day I heard Mariah Carey sing this song and I could not control my tears...I wanna know what love is.

H&M's New Fall Line-Up


I loved what I saw in the ad's so much I ran to the store to see it in person...and man was I disappointed! The items look really cheap...cheap fabric, small sizing...nothing like the images in these ads...So kudos to whoever styled these shots...they made cheap clothes look really good...good enough to get me into the store, but not good enough to buy anything...

And the winner is...

The random.org winner of the fabric giveaway is .... Moni of Creativeliberationjournal.blogspot.com...congratulations Moni and please email me your mailing address...Sorry, to everyone else who entered...but, there will be more fabric giveaways to come...

I'm feeling inspired by the cool weather...I haven't sewn in a while...let's see if I can make this happen today...

I watched hours of Full Frontal Fashion last night...I was up until 1:30 a.m....I've been having trouble sleeping lately...and you know what that means...

New patio chair inspiration...


                       Remember what I did to this chair...?  ...well, next summer I hope to make it look like this.

Ideas...and Inspiration...

I love the idea of hanging my favorite piece of fabric randomly across a curtain rod where there is no window...Sometimes you just want to admire it, like a piece of art...Hum, maybe this can work in my bedroom.

I heart this vignette...the table scape is perfect...the portrait, beautiful...I'll try and recreate this image this weekend...Will post when done...

What's not to love?  So simple...just shows how you don't need a lot of furniture or things to have a beautiful, functional space...No nightstands?  Use a shelf...Not enough closet space?  ...use simple or elaborate hooks to hang your most beautiful pieces of clothing...


...One of my top ten dream beds...sigh.

Mini and I have a new blog...




If you want to follow Mini and I as she goes through transplant...we have a new blog...check it out, become a follower and let me know what you think.

Scenes from Fashions Night Out - 2010

One minute I'm posting her video on my blog for inspiration...next minute, I'm standing in front of her watching her perform for FREE! That's just how the universe rolls...It was great...NYC is always alive, but, Friday's Fashion Night Out was nothing like I've ever experienced in my years living here...Every store was open until 11 pm...all doors were wide open and some of the biggest designer stores were serving free cocktails...there were live bands...DJ's...performance artist...block parties...It was crazy...So glad my bro talked me into going out...

We saw Corrine Bailey Rae perform at The Plaza Hotel...FREE! She was so beautiful and gracious...gotta love New York City.







Weekend in pictures...

Last night was a good night...Mini and I had friends and family over for a little transplant send off dinner...



I kept it simple, a little cabbage and cornbread...



Mini and friends...goofing in her room...


Mini and my niece, Shanell...she bought Mini a pillow pet and a snuggie for the hospital...Mini loved it.


...a little yellow vegetable rice and baked chicken...YUM.

Why didn't you tell me...?

about NETFLIX? Hello!? Just $9.o0 per month...and I can get unlimited movies and t.v. shows streamed instantly to my computer and T.V. via our Wii machine...I now control my t.v. it no long controls me...My cable is so through...and Mini can use it while in isolation at the hospital...sigh.


...my dinner last night...UGH...while I watched (via my Wii) The September Issue...a cool documentary about what it takes to put together the September issue of Vogue Magazine...too cool...reminded me of being back in my old, hated job...smile.

FYI...It is Fashion Week in NYC and tonight stores all over the city are celebrating....It's called Fashions Night Out...many stores will have late hours, cocktails, food, dj's and most of it is free...I checked out the website and some stores will have free performances from artist like Neo, Mary J. Blige, Corrine Bailey Rae etc. Check out what's going on when and where by clicking here...Oh, that rhymed...Enjoy your weekend.

A Soul Pretty Giveaway...



I'll keep it simple...leave a comment on this post and your entered to win this fabric...2yds of upholstery weight, woven fabric...perfect for pillows, a roman shade, table cloth...etc.
The winner will be chosen by random on Wednesday, September 15th. Good Luck.


It's not always pretty...

Before.... Opps... After....I hate it! Ugh, but with all that's going on right now...it will have to stay this way until next year.


My photos suck...but you get the idea...my terrace is now my sanctuary...this was last night.


The Journey Continues...

Every girl should have a friend/cheerleader...the one person who knows your life story and can tell it back to you better than you even remember...just when you need to get back on track...that's what I have...they remind you of who you are and how far you've come...all the obstacles you've overcome and all the victories you've won...and all the failures you've moved on from...

Well, after speaking to my biggest cheerleader, I was remind of a few things...

1. I'm the girl who, left home at 17, in NYC...and never looked back.

2. I'm the girl who, put herself through college, at night, while working full-time and paying her own rent.

3. I'm the women who, graduated from college, 8 months pregnant and alone.

4. I'm the women who, after learning that her baby would be born with a chronic, debilitating illness, did not abort...

5. I'm the women who, after learning that her daughter had two strokes, and would need to be hospitalized at least twice a month for the treatment that COULD save her life, quit her job to care for her.

6. I'm the women who, fought her father and won enough child support to make that happen.

7. I'm the women who, after learning that her daughter was dyslexic and the department of education wanted her to repeat second grade for the 3rd time...Sued the board and won tuition to a private school for students with learning disabilities.

8. I'm the women who, proudly watches her daughter, (sometimes, I'm so proud I can hardly watch) work hard at everything she does...when it is not easy. Reading, writing, winning awards, performing, just blossoming everyday...She is amazing and I don't think I'm bragging when I say, "it is because of me..."

10. I'm the women who, in the mist of all of this, still remembers who she is...a talented, creative, loving women still full of dreams for her own future...

9. ...and now, I am the mom who, will watch her daughter go through a dangerous bone marrow treatment...sigh...chemo, lose her hair, be isolated from her friends and family for 6+ weeks...miss half the school year...her senior year...the year when she wanted to star in the school play and run for class president...because that's the kinds of girl I have raised...in her life she sees no obstacles...

For me, it's been overwhelming, but I'm still here and my friend reminded me to remember where I come from and how far...and they suggested Mini and I should have a theme song...something that let's the universe know who we are...something we can sing in transplant and know that everything will be o.k...they choose this one...and Mini and I agree...So, for anyone...doctors, nurses, lawyers, chemo, bone marrow, school, daddies, etc...who thinks about getting in our way, we say, "You Must Not Know 'Bout Me".

Weekend shopping...While Mini got her nails done, I went fabric shopping...

...I may do a giveaway with this one...anyone interested?



...Stay tuned to see what I do with these later on the blog...if my life doesn't get too crazy...and it looks like Mini and my life is about to change, forever...More on that later...
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