Category Archives: Inspire me!

A Little Eye Candy

I used to post a series that consisted of a motivational quote every Friday (it was called  “Friday’s Food For Thought”).   I wanted this blog to be a positive and motivating experience for myself as well as anyone else that stumbled upon it.
Somehow that series phased itself out because not following through is a major weakness of mine.  As a blogger, I liked having a little bit of structure to my game plan.  At the end of the week, I wasn’t wracking my brain in an attempt to come up with something fun, new and exciting.  It was a definite post that I could depend on, as well as the FSL readers.  A blog goal of mine was to start either a linky party once a week (which is kind of in the works) or a weekday theme of some sort.
 
Also, this blog use to be very home decor heavy (which I love!).  We haven’t been doing too many exciting things in that area lately, but just because we haven’t done any amazing improvements, doesn’t mean there isn’t tons of awesome inspiration out there.  My head is overloaded with ideas for future projects -thanks in part to Pinterest and house-y blogs!
Here’s a little line up of some good stuff floating around in cyberspace that has caught my eye…
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{IMG from housetohome.co.uk}
{IMG from Sara-Kate-Studios.com}
{IMG from elementsofstyleblog.com}
 

{IMG from inspirationforhome.com}
I’m not promising this series will be a permanent fixture on FSL, but we’ll take it week-by-week and see how it goes.
I’d love to hear some reader input from you guys.  Is this something you’d look forward to seeing here weekly, once in a while, or never ever again.  I trust your opinion 🙂  Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Mindy
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I was Skiing.

It doesn’t have the same nostalgic appeal as “My dog ate my homework” but I haven’t been a five-post-a-week blogger lately.  Mr. FSL and I have been off skiing last week and the week before that.  FSL’s post count has been suffering.

My mother actually looked at me last night with this sad look on her face and said quietly, “You haven’t been blogging lately…” Her voice sounded soft with a hint of disappointment.

“But I was skiing!”

She looked at me as if this was no kind of excuse and changed the subject.

Just for her, this week I’ll try to make it a five post week… unless it snows.  I said I’ll try.

We went skiing in Killington, VT this past weekend.  We always go to the same place because all of our ski buddies have houses up in the area.  It’s really nice when you can go with a group of familiar faces.    Mr. FSL has been skiing since he was younger.  He’s an unbelievably talented athlete.  In every sport he tries, he’s good.  He’s easily one of the best skiers on the mountain at Killington.  He’s definitely the best skier I’ve ever seen in person.  Technically sound, style for miles, the boy is good.

Some mountain resorts have “sharpshooter” photographers stationed in certain areas.  It’s nice because you can go online and see what you actually look like when you’re skiing or snowboarding.

Here’s Mr. FSL flexing his ski muscle.

See, I told you he has skills.

The problem with the sharpshooter photographs is you can actually see what you look like when you’re skiing!  LOL!   I’m not going to lie, I FEEL very cool when I ski.  Not cool as in temperature.  I mean, like SWAG-TASTIC x-games wannabe.  Naturally I was so excited when my husband told me there were some sweet pics of us on the website! Until…

**scratches head**

A) Something suddenly went wrong with their camera lens

B) There’s some amateur wearing the same EXACT outfit as me

C) I don’t look as cool as I feel.

See…they need to check their equipment 😉

I’ve got to look on the bright side.  I’ve gone from tumbling down the bunny slopes to skiing black diamonds without batting an eyelash.  I learned from & married a really cute ski instructor 😉

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What do you do that makes you feel really cool?  Did you ever get surprised by how cool or un-cool you actually look doing that?  I want some funny stories!  Lurkers, DE-LURK!  Life and blogs are much more fun when it’s a conversation 🙂

Lots of  Hugs & (Eskimo)Kisses!

xo

Mindy

2012 Goals

I don’t like to make New Years Resolutions.  I like to make goals.  Resolutions are so definite.  Goals are something to shoot for. Mainly these  goals that are listed are from my bucket list (click the link below the blog banner to see that).

Hopefully this year, the bucket list will have lots more items crossed off!!

I broke mine down into categories because I’m cuckoo.

TRAVEL

* Go To Europe

* Ski out west again

Utah Trip 2011

WORK

* Create a new visual arts curriculum

* Teach a graphic design unit in my 7/8 portfolio class

* Start my master’s degree

* Sell my FSL Boutique accessories in a local shop

HOUSE

*Create “social zones”  in our living room

*New vanity in master bath and downstairs bath

* Get or make a kitchen island

*Repaint kitchen & bathrooms

HEALTH

*Be able to ski a mountain without stopping at all and not have my legs burn

* Switch primary care physician

*Walk on the beach with little to no jiggle *fingers crossed*

*Take a vitamin supplement every day

BLOG

* Switch to self hosted site

* Make my home page more visually appealing

A few of these goals are already in the works.  I have an appointment today for a physical wellness visit with my new doctor (it’s  Mr. FSL’s doc too), I’ve been taking vitamins every day since January 1st, and our ski trip is booked for February break.

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What are your goals for 2012?

Do you have any suggestions to help me reach any of my goals?

If I Was A Gingerbread Cookie

I’d want to be her.

FSL Boutique Giveaway On Design Build Love!!

Good morning lovely readers!! If you follow FSL on twitter you already know that 2 brand new, hot off the press FSL Boutique Sasha Headbands are up for grabs on Design Build Love’s giveaway this week!  If you don’t follow this blog (@FSLblog) on twitter, click here.

Winner receives both Sasha headbands shown in the photos.  One for you and one for a friend perhaps? Prizes come gift wrapped separately. Entry submissions must be from the USA.

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

Here’s the product description:

The Sasha Headband will add that extra something special to a pulled back ponytail or bun. The turquoise thin peacock feathers shimmer and the small silver rimmed jewel adds a touch of sparkle. It also comes in lime green and black cheetah print feathers. The feathers sit flat against the headband. It is backed in black felt to sit comfortably and securely against the hair. This item would look gorgeous with jeans or even a cocktail dress! Either would be the perfect bridesmaid gift. The Sasha is truly a unique piece and is a nod to the 1920’s flapper style. These headbands can be customized on a hard headband or a soft, stretchy headband.

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

Yes, I made myself one, lol!

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

If you’re liking what you’re seeing, head on over to Ashley’s blog by clicking here to enter.

Here are some new holiday pieces I just whipped up.  They are all posted on Finding Silver Linings Boutique.

Set of 2 Red & Gold Or Gold on Gold  Bella Hair Clips

Christmas & Winter Themed Tu Tu Hair Accessories

Green & Red Flower Headband

Scarlet and Silver Chloe Headband

Yay for stocking stuffers!!

Readers may enjoy 15% off their entire purchase by entering coupon code “DBLOVE” at checkout!

Head on over to Design Build Love and say hola to Ashley!  Her blog is D-I-Y amazingness! Good luck to all that enter the giveaway!

The Night I Met Anthony Bourdain

*sigh*

It’s no secret that Anthony Bourdain is my personal hero.  The guy has the best gig going.  He’s paid to travel all over the world, eat and sight see like the locals do, bypassing the tourist traps and cutting straight to the good stuff.  He’s the host of No Reservations.

Oh yeah, he’s a pretty cool guy too.  He’s not just a man who gets paid to have this amazing job.  He’s paid his dues.  He was a chef in NYC for years, he’s written books that made the Best Seller lists, he hangs with celebrities like Christpher Walken and Bill Murray, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, drop the occasional F*bomb, and unapologetically drinks on camera. He’s hit rock bottom and came back with a vengeance (who doesn’t love an underdog?!).  So yeah, like I said, he’s pretty darn cool.

I have seen him on his tour last year.  Click here to hear all about how rocking that was.   The link will send you to my review of his show and how Bourdain is breaking boundaries between the elitist foodie crowd and local street vendors as to what constitutes great food.  More specifically, how food brings people together, surpassing the language barrier and social status.

IMG via Tastydays.com

A month ago, my mom surprised me with tickets to his latest tour.  The day of the show, she called me with news that she bought the wrong tickets.  My heart sank!  I’ve been looking forward to the show.  She told me she accidentally bought VIP tickets and we would be sitting in the 5th row & get to attend the “Meet & Greet” book signing after party.    I immediately freak out when I hear the news!

The next day came, and I scooped my mom up from work early so we can make our 5:30 reservations at a local restaurant.

That’s my mom digging into her apple crisp dessert.  I had the chocolate pate.

It tasted better than it looked!

We went to the pre-show wine tasting.  Man!  This guy knows how to throw a party!  We tried a fresh prosecco and a dry merlot.  Really nice.

We made our way all the way down to our seats.  I am clearly very excited about our up close and personal seats!

The theater was beautiful.  Here’s a shot of the elaborate ceiling.

The show was great. Bourdain had some really crazy video clips he shared with the audience about the not-so-glamorous side of his job.  Food poisoning, a certain bone-crushing Turkish massage, and atomic wedgies!  The Zero Point Zero video and cinematography crew (super talented people)  get basically the same experience as he does.  Lucky dogs!

He keeps the discussion down to earth.  He develops a relationship with the audience, as a good speaker naturally does.

When the show was over, I hopped in line with my hardcover copy of Medium Raw in hand.

I snapped a photo of my mom with him.  She looks buff!

As she posed for the photo, my heart was pounding out of my chest!  He looked so cool sipping his beer.

He signed my book 😉

I had made a mental list of things I wanted to ask and say to him if I ever got the chance to meet him.

Phew!

Okay, here I go!

*cricket sounds*

Nothing.

I walk up to his table and go completely blank.  Doh! Worst case scenario 😦  I told him about my list and how I forgot it all.  He laughed and we smiled for this picture that will be framed in my kitchen (for good luck!).

At least I didn’t blink 🙂

I Made An Apron Out Of A Napkin

Yeah, you read that correctly.  I can explain.

I am obsessed with sometimes check out Pinterest (pssst…see my pinboards here).  I follow lots of craft & D-I-Y boards to get my creative juices flowing.  I saw this photo pinned up.  

The caption was “Apron Made From Dish Towel”.  I love any project that involves repurposing (and I have an odd developing collection of aprons…don’t ask).  I quickly skimmed the article, and did what anyone with the attention span of a  6-year-old would do.  I looked at the pictures instead of reading the actual words.  What?  I was way too excited to waste time reading directions.

 I needed to make this. 

 Like, now. 

I got up from my computer desk, jumped in my Honda, and chirped out of the driveway.  Target, here I come!

I picked up this beauty for $2. 

Next, I held it up to me, folded the top corners down and stuck a few pins in to hold my place.

It should look like this…

I cut the excess fabric below the pins.

Fold the frayed, scraggly edge under and re-pin. 

Next, grab some fabric ribbon.  I cut 2 pieces about 18 inches long to tie behind my neck, and then 2 pieces about 24 inches to tie behind my back.  To stop the ribbon edges from fraying, I lit a candle and placed the edge of the ribbon close to the flame (not touching the flame).  I was shocked that the whole house didn’t go up at this point or that Mr. FSL didn’t find me doing this part, because he’d carry me out of the house in a straight jacket.  I digress… oh yeah, the ribbon.  So the edges of the ribbon will slightly melt, and thus no frayed edges. 

Do this to all of the ribbon edges.

After those were situated, I attempted to clear a space on my (hoarding pile of felt, chiffon, rhinestones, feathers, buttons…)  craft desk so I can find my sewing machine amongst the rubble.

It’s like frikkin Where’s Waldo in here!

Sew the pinned top corners down.

The short ribbons that will tie behind your neck attach to the top corners that are freshly sewn.  I used a box shape with an “x” in the middle.  It looks fancypants, plus it’s probably sturdy.

If you are new to sewing like me, here’s a little trick I discovered to make corners nice and neat.  When you reach the place that you want to create your corner, leave the machine needle mid stitch and still poking through the fabric.  Lift the presser foot up and turn the material to where you need it to be. Pop the presser foot back down, and voila!  A sweet, neat corner. 

If you aren’t a new sewer, and are a seasoned pro, stop laughing.

Seriously.

Hold the fabric up to you and see where you need the ribbons to tie.  I have the world’s shortest torso, so mine are probably sewn where your armpits are. 

Sew those babies on the same way you attached the neck ribbons (the box & the “x”).

**You should be finished here**

If you are like me, however, at this point, you just got super excited and put it on and danced around for 3 seconds until you realized that it doesn’t fit right.

 If I needed an apron with armpit flaps, this was the ticket!  But it’s not what I was going for.  Back to the pig sty craft room.

I pinned the flappy part down while it was still on (miraculously not stabbing my ribs) so I could be sure that this was going to fit. I took it off, then sewed the sides.

I was so happy I did a victory dance and shook my tail feather in my gym clothes!  

Not bad for a $2 napkin!  It would make a really cute housewarming gift if you put it in a basket with cake mix & a fun bundt pan or even paired with a pot holder.

Uh Oh. I Found Pinterest.

My latest obsession!!!  OMG!  The blogosphere has been abuzz about Pinterest, and I finally hopped on that bandwagon.

Here’s what their website describes itself as:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people .

This thing was made for me!  I need a place that I can file (or pin) all of the things I find on some fabulous blogs that inspire me.  It’s virtual organization at its best, and I am completely smitten with it.

What have you been pinning lately?!

I’ve only pinned a couple of things so far, but it will multiply exponentially in the next few days I am sure of that 😉 .

Follow my boards at  http://pinterest.com/FSLblog/

Woo Hoo!

I’m An ENFP

I’d really like to hear back from you guys today.  I’m curious to know something.

In college, one of my course instructors gave us an assignment to take a quiz. We were studying Carl Jung (a very influential and important Swiss psychiatrist).   He explained that the results of this quiz would greatly affect  how he would run the class.  The quiz was filled with questions about the way we react to certain situations. There was no right or wrong answer, as long as we answered honestly. We all completed it.

The following class, every student received a small slip of paper with four letters on it. 

He told us that we just took the Myers-Briggs personality test.  Many businesses and large companies conduct this test to  find the best potential job candidates for specific positions.  My professor gave us an overview on the 4 categories and what each meant.  It was the mother of all personality tests, unlike the ones I’ve taken in Seventeen Magazine when I was in high school. 

 I read my personality profile (see that here and here). These links also provide links to all 16 profile types -so you can see yours after.  It listed jobs that would be a good fit for me, how to interact  better with other people, and even tells how much of the world’s population thinks like me 🙂

I became very interested and did a bit more research on my personality profile and read things like :

  • 3rd most frequent among education majors in college.
  • In national sample “Leisure Activities,” overrepresented in “Writing,” “Appreciating art,” “Playing musical instrument,” “Listening to music,” “Reading”
  • Underrepresented in “Watching TV for leisure” and “Watching TV 3 or more hours per day.”
  • Academic subjects preferred: art, English, music.
  • In national sample, lowest of all types in liking work environments where “Everything is done by the book”
  • 1 of 3 highest types in liking “Independence & achievement,” “Teamwork,” and “People from different backgrounds.”
  • Most important feature on an ideal job: creativity and originality.

(per http://drbexl.co.uk/tag/enfp/)

I am an ENFP through and through.  Nevermind zodiac signs, this test is the real deal. 

Take the quick test by clicking  here and share your results in your comment!

As If You Saw A Ghost

Friday night was the grand opening party of our friends Mike & Marcie’s new photography studio. The place was packed, the wine was flowing, and the photographs on display were incredible!

The highlight of the evening was the video release. This couple is insanely talented. They put together a short film (about 3 minutes) that tells an enchanted if not eerie love story. The film is set to music, and you just might recognize the actress & actor *wink, wink*.  Also, you may have seen a sneak peek of that day here, maybe 😉 .  

As a gift, they gave us a huge print of this photo in a matted frame that now lives on the ledge behind our sofa.  Thanks guys!  You rock!

This was not our wedding, by the way. You can see our real wedding pictures (shot by the same photographers)  here.   This shoot was done purely for the love of the art and their passion for perfecting their craft.

This husband and wife photography team is always edgy and constantly pushing the envelope.  See for yourself…

The Sterling Opera House in Derby, CT opened April 2, 1889. The video & pictures were shot at on April 2, 2011, its 122nd anniversary. This location is said to be extremely haunted, and even appeared very recently on the SyFy network’s “Ghost Hunters” reality show. A quick video clip of that episode can be seen here if you’d like to hear the history behind this place. I’m glad this aired AFTER we were inside this abandoned building!! YIKES!!

Today is the official public release of the video and photos they shot from that day. 

The Sterling Opera House – A Never-Ending Story from Michael Maler on Vimeo.

 You can see all of them by clicking this link.  I just watched it on full-screen mode and got the chills! Feel free to poke around on their website.  Their work is amazing.  Please leave a comment on their blog to show your support!

Also shooting that day was Jennifer Dougan (you can see her blog here). Here’s a sample of her work…

Enjoy the photos & video!

xo

Mindy