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1  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Creativity Group - Lakewood? DTC? Aurora? on: June 26, 2009 08:57:08 PM
Julie's Recipe For A Creative Jumpstart

1 Part Motivation
I consider myself to be a creative type person. I love to decorate, craft, illustrate, write and read about all of these things. Mostly I like to think and talk about all of these things. And because of that, I can go months without actually doing anything creative and yet I feel like I have been due to all the scheming about it. Looking at my completed projects for the year, however, it turns out all that scheming produced nothing. I need something something that will force my creativity to once again be an active part of my life.
1 Part Planning
Previously stated, I really like talking about these things. The planning and ingredient gathering seems to be one of my top three favorite parts about being creative (In no particular order they are: planning, doing and seeing the finished project. But Im guessing all us crafty/creative folk have the same top three, right?) Once I admitted I had a problem I sat down and did some research. Starting on my birthday next month I will embark and a few different creativity sparking year long projects! These are just a few, I am open and looking for a wide variety of other ideas and projects....
1)   100 Ideas by Keri Smith
I think this list is mainly for illustrators, but I like the concept behind it. Its a list of 100 things to do to get you doing something creative and you record each one in a journal. I think the author intended you to do 1 a day for 100 days, but Im thinking about 2 a week for a whole year. Things like Write yourself a letter in the future and Draw your grocery list are easy things to do to get you creating something regularly!
2)   The Artists Way
Ive been told this is the ultimate in creativity seeking. Written by an artist who started showing other people (artists and not) how to find the creativity inside of themselves through exercises and journaling every day. Ive had a copy of this and her follow along journaling notebook sitting on my shelf for years, just collecting duct. What better time to start than now?
I think that as creative types we all must be comfortable focusing on ourselves, no matter how easy it is to make things for others. The act of making art should come from somewhere inside ourselves in order to find our own style.  So Ive found a list of writing prompts at scribetime.com that focus on our own lives and the things and people we connect with. I think that using one of these a week and really pushing for them either in writing or whatever artistic bug that flies up my butt that day will push me to find my style and a little bit more of myself.
1 Part Accountability

It is far to easy to tell myself that I had too much to do, the laundry is piling up, my friend needed a girls night out or I was just flat out too tired to want to do these assignments. So I figured I am going to have to start a club or something a small group of people willing to meet once every other week or so to hold each other accountable on this adventure. At first it will be hard to find the time, but Im willing to bet by this time next year well be getting together less to make sure we all did it and more to talk about the wonderful things we are making instead.
Stir For One Year and then.
Keep a record of everything weve all done and then take a trip down memory lane to see how weve progressed?
So there whos interested in keeping me in line creatively for the next year?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Media Storage on: January 15, 2008 05:30:11 PM
My husband and I were inspired by the Elfa media storage systems you can purchase and put together from the Container Store. However, their system like this cost something like $300!! So, out of the rubber maid version and some MDF all painted brown, we built our own customized wall media storage!!


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Production/Construction Office Space on: January 15, 2008 05:09:37 PM
This is the third reincarnation of my office. I needed it to be a tranquil space with lots of storage and counter space. MDF floating counters, painted back with wall paper detail - all coated with poly to keep it in good condition and easy to clean. (even though it's a mess in these pics!)

I run basically three businesses (production, design and construction) out of my office and needed a control central. Totally knocked off the Pottery Barn style of office organization with the affordable materials from my local one stop shop department store.

1 - black cork board for all my randomness
2 - wall mounted mail holder (still needs to be painted black)
3 - dry erase calendar, important for letting everyone know what's going on
4 - transparent dry erase board used for notes and to dos
5 - metal strip with magnetic spice containers keeping my office supplies organized.

An entire wall of rubbermaid wall storage in black - randomly placed shelves hold all of my reference material, fax machine, display. Underneath, two filing cabinets keep my files tucked away.

More rubbermaid storage above my desk. Black boxes hold office supplies, more reference material, blank media, etc.

The desk itself is an old Dinning table pulled out of a dumpster, painted black with wallpaper details and coated in poly to keep the wear and tear down and easy to clean. We chopped off about 8 inches from the back side of the table (including the back to legs) and attached it right to the wall. (Check out my fav web site on the screen!)

Another black metal strip with magnetic spice containers keep track of rubber bands, paper clips, etc. Also some tiny magnetic file folders I make hold stamps and coupons.

I am a film geek. This is my office.

Again, recent graduate with a degree in Film Editing. Explains the entire scene if you ask me.

I was tired of sharing my precious desk space with my tower, so my husband built me this tower swing. I love it!

Please ignore our pathetic floors (to be covered in a cool cork floor sometime soon) and the dog bone.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'Mud Room' Help! on: January 15, 2008 04:50:34 PM
Observe the closest thing I have to a mud room:

Not really a room, but more like a corner. I need something better there to serve the purpose of coat, shoe and stuff storage.

To the right, the back door, the left is a small pass-through to the kitchen. In front of it are stairs to the basement. Also shares a general space with what will become my sun/sitting/craft room.

At the moment the floor is bare concrete, which we will soon be covering in a hot new cork floor. This is the main entrance we use to the house, so there's a lot of in and out. I really need something to hang coats, purses, etc. on. I also need to have something for shoes (our driveway turns into a mud pit).

I have counter space in the kitchen just to the left that ends up as a dumping zone for keys, paperwork, spare change and I spend time everyday clearing it off, so something to serve the dumping zone purpose would also be on my mud room corner wish list.

Anyone have ideas or a functional similar situation??
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Plexiglass and picture wire!! on: January 15, 2008 04:33:33 PM
Can't take any of the credit here. They're my brothers prints and my mother made the frames out of plexiglass, bolts and picture wire.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Orange Guest Room on: January 15, 2008 02:49:51 PM
Love the color and have been collecting orange things for a long time. When we bought the house, my mom shipped my collection to Colorado and I had an instant guest room!

Bought the ladder style shelving unit on super sale and it's acting almost like a night stand, but also offers a great place to display all those trinkets, books and gifts we want to keep, but have no real place for.

Better view of the guest bed (and my puppy). The frame was mine from when I was a teenage - the quilt came from the Pottery Barn Outlet in San Antonio.

My mother in law does a lot of those paint your own pottery project and her recent favorite has been combining bowl and cups, etc into a totem pole of pottery, then wiring them as lamps! This one was specifically made for the orange guest room then shipped to CO from GA.

In the guest room, these prints were taken by my brother (the creepy one is my dad!) and the frames were made with plexiglass, bolts and picture wire by my mom!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Hitchcock Bathroom on: January 14, 2008 11:13:53 PM

My husband and I bought a cheap fixer upper on a great piece of land with the intention to live in said house until we can afford to knock it down - many year from now. We've been in it about two years and have made great strides in making the house more useable. After so long, we finally tackled the guest bath (it's important to know that I have been adamant about having 2 baths. The only other bath it the master, which means people have to walk through my bedroom to pee).

First, the befores! To begin with, and you will see it, the bathroom was migraine yellow! It was a horrible color to wake up to (most of the house was in colors similar to this one) Secondly, after some poking around it turned out the floor was basically rotten through so we had to take it up and replace it, as well as some *minor* structural work.

My husband wishing we hadn't done anything to the bathroom:

Close up of the missing floor:

Before bathroom from the doorway:

And now the afters!! Important to know that work in the local movie/tv industry and just graduated with a BA in Film editing (it makes sense).

View from the doorway now:

See the 'dripping blood' from the ceiling? Circles around the entire perimeter!!

Novelty sign:

The vanity I bought a year ago because I loved it so much:

Weird angle, but you can see our fun retro black and white vinyl:


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