Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Owl Things Considered

VaniLlamaArt makes breathtakingly beautiful and very original statement necklaces. They look so detailed and well made, and the idea of the feather-beads is very clever. I also love the way the maker plays with the colors.

I think the barn owls are absolutely adorable. I'm sure I'm not alone in that, because they have sold out. However, there is still another gorgeous owl in the shop at this very moment. One with some amazing color changes.

Anyway, if you like what you see here, you'd better keep an eye on the VaniLlamaArt shop. The artist shows some amazing skills with her polymer clay. She also has this incredibly intriguing insect set for instance… So check it out.

P.S. I just found out she has a blog as well! You can find it here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

(mtb) Enjoy What You Have and Stop Saving Perishables

When you acquire a luxurious or exotic item, what do you? Enjoy it right away and finish it up soon? Or do you save it for special occasions, use up tiny bits at a time, and finally throw it out because it has expired or dried up completely?

I've gotten better at it over the years, but -as I found while organizing- the latter still happened quite recently to limited editions/seasonal items I bought and savored too slowly or saved for too long because I kept waiting for the perfect moment. I've learnt my lesson and now use every awesome thing I own that might otherwise await a similar fate.

For instance, I had saved an amazing chocolate-scented all-natural body lotion, but I'm now using it a few times a week and am absolutely loving it! If I run out of it before a special occasion, I'm sure I'll survive. At the very least the pain of not having it then will be a lot smaller than the guilt and sadness I'd have when I'd have to throw it out.

Besides, special occasions are often exactly the times you forget to use those sorts of things anyway. In my experience I get too caught up in special occasions to even bother remembering to bring out the special treats I had been saving.

I just had a conversation about this with a friend. She uttered the very wise words "you are never going to regret enjoying something." So true. So true! So do yourself a favor. Use things now. Make every day a special occasion.

Are you naturally good at this sort of thing? Or is it a mistake you've made a lot too? If so, was it eye-opening at least? And if you have managed to shake this misguided habit, do you find it freeing as well?


In "making things better" I share what is helping me better my life while hopefully inspiring others in the process. It might include things that either don't apply to you, or that you disagree with. That is fine too. Read it, think about it, and decide for yourself whether it can also make things better for you.

P.S. To keep the conversation open and easily accessible to everyone, I'll reply to your comments in the comments. 

Drumroll, Please...

 The Blippo giveaway to win three very Kawaii items ended a little while ago, but I thought I'd do a quick post to wrap things up. The winner has already been notified, and the lucky lady to receive these items was Sweet Tidings!

Anyway, be sure to check out the winner's blog. It is absolutely wonderful and actually pretty Kawaii too! And also pay a visit to Blippo if Kawaii items make you happy, because they have a ton of lovely things. From trinkets to edibles to useful things in cute colors and with pretty decorations. And all with free shipping worldwide!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Made My Day

Cher turned 69 yesterday and because of it there was a tribute to her on the Huffington Post. In it I suddenly spotted Michael Jackson, so I immediately searched YouTube. Turns out they did a Jackson 5 medley together in the 70s!

I had never heard of the clip, nor did I ever expect to see that combination. What a wonderful surprise! There's also a -very rehearsed- clip of little Michael at Sonny and Cher's but that wasn't hardly as surprising as them singing together.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lovely Movies: Jimi: All is by My Side

Biopics are always hard. Apart for Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, most actors can't seem to really capture the person they have to portray. Now I can't say Andre Benjamin looks exactly like Jimi Hendrix, but he did do a good job.

One of the things that most impressed me was his voice, but he also had some mannerisms down and captured his essence quite well. Anyway, this film isn't perfect, but it did give a great taste of the whole 60s music atmosphere.

The director also put in some original childhood pictures and he sometimes did weird things with the sound of the movie, like mute it or put in other sounds. It made for a very interesting movie. So it's definitely worth the watch!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giveaway Reminder -> Blippo

There are still a couple of days left to join in on the Blippo giveaway and possibly win some very kawaii items:)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Plans & Goals: May

I'm not too ambitious at the moment. It's not that I am dreading May, but I just don't think I'll be able to cross anything very big off my list this month. With that in mind, I figured I'd just make some tiny goals. I'd like to:

  • Share a few pictures of my birthday (presents).
  • As well as some things I bought on King's Day.
  • Announce a winner for the Blippo giveaway.
  • Go see Insurgent.
  • Finish part two of the Mistborn Trilogy.
  • Blog a few more "Making Things Better"-posts.
  • Put in more effort to meditate.
  • Eat some pantry items that are taking up space.
  • And hopefully cast on a summery knitting project.

I'd love to hear your plans too! What are you up to this month?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Finding Vivian Maier

The story of Vivian Maier is extremely interesting, as is the story of how her work was quite recently discovered. I was very intrigued by the documentary about her stunning work and the unusual circumstances of her posthumous fame.

Eight years ago John Maloof found a random box of negatives in an auction. He was blown away by what he found and ended up tracing the rest of Vivian Maier's pictures, her life's story, and bringing her work to the public.

I was very sad to find out I actually just missed an exposition of her work in my city, but I only found out about her after that had closed down. Either way, this documentary was well worth watching. It has it's darker moments as well, but it was just incredibly captivating to hear all about such a complicated and solitary photographic genius.


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