Be Inspired

Day 10 – A Day of Rest and Reflection

Day 8 – Are you a Badass?

I have just started reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, but it started out so good and I have heard so many recommendations about how great this book is, I had to share. What an incredible boost to your well-being!  “We live in a world of infinite possibilities” and you just have to embrace that.Her book is “27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.” That sounds like something I want to be a part of!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this book and how it has improved your well-being!

Day 6 – Lighten the Load

When it comes to clutter, I think we all have a bit lying around. Hopefully not like the pic!

Well, clutter can definitely put a crimp in your overall well-being. I have tried so many de-cluttering ideas, but the one that works best for us is to get rid of one thing every day. It is really simple but the beauty of this rule is in how vague it actually is. One thing every day can mean one toy, one item of clothing, or one dish. Or, on a tough day, it can mean one slip of paper and on a “gung-ho” day, it can mean one box or one bag! (Those days are my favorite but they don’t happen that often.)

The point of this is to be mindful of what you can handle each day. If you are naturally drawn to clutter then take it slow and if you are ready to make the move to minimalism then a box it is!

Day 5 – Keep in Touch with a Note

There is nothing better than a sweet little note from a friend when you need a little pick-up. Now you can be the one offering some encouragement. The message of this image is that there is beauty even in the pointy, uncomfortable times. That’s a sentiment that pretty much everyone could use from time to time.

I created these cards just for Creative. Well. Being. from a photograph of a cactus that I took at the local Botanical Garden and I am sharing them with you in a downloadable and printable file. There are 2 ways to use this file. One page of the file is 2 full cards and all you have to do is print the 1st page on card stock, cut it down the middle and fold the cards in half. Simple!

I have also included a page of just the cactus pictures. You can print the 2nd page, trim them and add them to colored card stock for a different look. These would look really cute on a red card for Christmas!

This file is going to be available as a free download for the full 25 Days of Creative. Well. Being. After that it will be available in the C.W.B. shop. You are welcome to print the file as often as you like. Wishing you happy friend connections!

Day 3 – Make Your Own – Fabric Coasters

Also known as “mug rugs”, these simple little fabric coasters are a great project. They can be done quickly, with little sewing experience, and are so easy to match your personality or that of your gift recipient. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the mindfulness of each stitch and each choice that you make. I will be making many more for friends and family this year!

As I said, not much sewing skill is needed. This can be done be machine, but I prefer to hand stitch whenever I can. It slows me down and allows me to enjoy every stitch. Here’s what you do:

1. Choose whatever 1-2 pieces of fabric speak to you. That could be an old handkerchief, clothes from the past, an old tea-towel with sentimental value, or in my case, a bandana on one and a scrap of colorful fabric on the other.

You will also need something to give it a little cushion – some batting, some felt (wool is preferred for its natural qualities), or an old towel you don’t mind cutting up.

2. Cut your fabric in 2 squares and your batting in 1. The smaller size coaster is 5” square and the larger is 5 1/2” square. It is up to you and you can make this even bigger if you want to use it for a teapot or something like that.

3.  Layer the three pieces and start to sew them together. Remember to leave about a 2-3 inch opening so that you can turn it inside out. Stitch a bit more than 1/4 inches from the edge. You can draw a line if you need it to keep your stitches straight but it is not so important that you can’t just take your time and straighten as you go.

I like to use embroidery thread for this because it is heavier and easier to see than regular thread. I use 3 strands at a time.

4. Turn your work inside out and use your finger or a chopstick to get the corners nice and flat. Press your new fabric coaster with an iron to get it to really lay nicely. Take one strand of the embroidery thread or regular thread and carefully stitch the opening closed, hiding the thread as much as possible.

5. Now is the fun part – embellishing! Add little touches to make it match your personality or that of your recipient. I added a little wool felt tab and stitches in a contrasting color (also embroidery thread) but you can add whatever you like. Just make sure the embellishment does not interfere with the cup or glass sitting flat on the coaster. The button I added on the larger one sits well outside where I put my cup.

This is the way I start my day – with my green tea (in one of my favorite mugs from a family reunion a long time ago), and a sweet little glass of anti-oxidents (Ningxia Red).