Inspiration Monday : A little bit random
Happy March! I would say happy spring, but let’s be serious, I live in Ohio. It’ll be winter for the next six months. My recent lack of posting has had a reason-perhaps not a very good one, but a reason nonetheless.
For the last 23 days [not that I’m counting] I haven’t had a voice. It comes out like a squeaky whisper and fades in and out. It’s more than a little annoying. I’ve now been to three different doctors who have eluded to several different causes/diagnosis, including paralysis of the vocal cords. Today’s appointment negated that idea but I have to go to yet another specialist later this week for more answers and hopefully some sort of cure/fix.
I haven’t felt like myself and haven’t wanted to do much of anything in all honesty. It’s been very frustrating and slightly depressing, but has resulted in my doing a lot of online shopping for new supplies. Not going to lie. A LOT of supplies. I’ve been inspired by many random things and so [thanks to the advice of an amazing friend,] I’m ready to get back to sharing that inspiration.
This first point is going to seem like a random tangent, but stick with me, I promise it’ll come full circle. I think I’ve mentioned that for this past Christmas, Jon bought me a Chromecast for my office. [It allows me to watch Netflix or YouTube or anything that’s available online on my big tv that’s mounted to the wall since I don’t have cable hooked up.] I absolutely love it. In fact, I bought him one for his birthday to use downstairs – the Netflix connection is so much better than that on the Wii.
But anyways, one thing you can do is watch YouTube videos. I didn’t think much about this until I saw a clip of one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos on Instagram. I’ve watched her videos before – she’s amazing and has so many good ideas, tips and tricks. Plus, she’s a genius enabler [more on this later] – but I decided to watch the full video on YouTube. Then I thought, why not watch it via the Chromecast and put it on the big tv? A. Maz. Ing. SO much clearer and with the screen being that much bigger, it was way easier to see. I’m addicted. I’ve gone back and watched probably a dozen of her videos and I’m so inspired by her!
This one made me think outside the box and I can’t wait to try this technique! This one showcases 5 different ways to use foil which is a super hot product recently. [I’ve given in and purchased a bunch in a variety of colors, although I did manage to get a few on clearance at Michael’s- woot woot!] This one is fantastic and has been really beneficial since I purchased this new amazing tool [the MISTI- more on that below.] Regardless, I highly recommend her videos, for ideas and inspiration. This is a direct link to her YouTube channel. I’ve subscribed so I’ll know when a new video is posted. And if you can watch it on a Chromecast, even better!
The MISTI. Ahhh, more amazingness. I first heard about this – surprise, surprise – on Jennifer’s blog. My friends Sherry, Tara & I all had a long debate about whether or not we really needed it. Yes it does amazing things. Yes it would make stamping multiple cards faster. Yes it is a genius idea. But did we need it?
Yes. The answer is yes, we needed it. So I ordered it [the day we had the debate] and have been blown away using it and I know that I haven’t even graced the surface of all it can do. It was made and is distributed by the most incredibly sweet lady from her company, My Sweet Petunia. This is her [basic] video on all the amazingness that is the MISTI. If you’re a stamper, you need this tool. If you make duplicates of the same card, if you stamp on coordinating die cuts, whatever you do with stamps, you need this tool. Trust me.
I was chatting with a friend the other day about the convenience of having a camera built into our phones. This enables me [and everyone else] to take more “in the moment” photos. To capture life. To document events while they are happening. It truly is amazing. I find that I take a TON of photos everyday [when I have the storage on my phone, that is.] I post to Instagram, as I’ve mentioned before. I have been finding so much inspiration in my general feed in the past few weeks. Kristina Werner [another awesome crafter] posted a photo and I was in awe. Here’s her feed and the photo I’m referring to was taken on February 12. Hellllllllo washi tape storage solution. Since I don’t have a Container Store near me [this is probably a good thing!]
I searched and found a similar solution at Joann’s:
Here’s a peek at one of my two [very full] boxes, in ROYGBIV order of course. So in love with the way it looks and the functionality it provides. I was having trouble using what I had because when it was stored I couldn’t see it, but now it’ll be so much easier. I can’t wait. Woot woot.
This has become quite a long post so I’ll put it on hold for a bit. I’ll be back [at some point] tomorrow with some of the things I’ve started working on.
If you’ve stuck with me this long, thanks. And hopefully you’ll come back and check out some more crafty goodness. As for the voice issues, I’ll keep you updated. Thanks for understanding.