2018 is about CDF’s!

I’ve been missing again from my blog, yep, I tend to do that quite a bit.  2017 was quite the year for me and I’m not even going to review that year, in short there was many things that required my personal attention and when I needed relief I always turned to my CREATIVE LIFE. I’m still living creatively – it’s what drives me!  NOW I’m back and the “Now” and present moment is all we have.  My 2018 has started off really, really well!  I’m excited to share my creative projects and when I have some great photo collages of those I will post, but for now let me ask, “What is your 2018 looking like so far?” Right now, mine is truly about my CDF’s – what the heck is a CDF?   That’s what I thought when I got my 2018 Desire Map Planner by Danielle LaPorte.

Core Desired Feeling – much stronger than just a “feeling” 

A CDF stands for Core Desired Feeling!  That sounded great to me so I am diving in.  I hope your 2018 is looking good with desires and hopefully everything you are doing is full of love and I hope you are asking yourself how you want to feel in 2018 and how do you want others to feel in 2018?  We should all want to feel loved! For me of course I want that, who doesn’t, but I’m also focused on “Feeling Alive” and that will be a post for another day – and hopefully at least each month as I’m creating a monthly theme around the words “Feel Alive”.  Anyhow…

Love is the answer for many, many things.  I’m not talking about romantic love, of course most love “romantic love” and maybe when you see the word, “love” your thoughts go to that, but I’m referring to pure love. The kind of love where you disappear because you put others first, the kind of love that keeps humanity thriving.

I’m not great at practicing this kind of love, but with age comes wisdom and some of the books and works of my favorite mentors (ya – Dr. Dyer and lately, Danielle LaPorte) wisdom that I’m recently digesting are having a positive impact on me, including music (may lyrics are crazy, deeply powerful) and I have this knowing that we should be living with this kind of love in all our actions, I think for the most part with all the turmoil (aka – Shit) we are dealing with collectively in the world and personally in our lives can just pierce our soul until we get that epiphany that we are half way through are lives (or at least I am) and it’s time to go deeper….”oh don’t you worry, follow your heart and nothing else – Simple Man”.  And look to nature – we can learn so much by observing clouds, the trees, the birds and of course the FLOWERS! pexels-photo-839442.jpegI wish us all the best to make 2018 full of love, this post is just an excerpt for my pre-exercise I have given to myself to find a CDF (Core Desired Feeling) through writing and practicing fierce love and wide-awake living in a way that works for me and ask myself at the end of 2018 – “How did you love?” not live, but love – “one thing you will leave behind is how did you love?” – Shinedown And that’s it from me. BTW – I’m a major Shinedown Fan now (ahhhhh….so just another band to occupy me!) I have some digital art photos – but I won’t post just yet, Shinedown has become somewhat of a distraction – it’s like chocolate for me, I just can’t eat one….so about 2 hours later I would still be listening to them or watching their videos on YouTube and I certainly don’t have time for that right now….see what I mean – Shinedown distracts me (Big Time!)

Back to my point(s)….
Now from Danielle Laporte, “ Desire Map Planners are universal, keep it light or go deep. Answer the soul prompts with just one word or fill up the margins. You can whisper the mantras or burn some pages. However you go about it, I hope you keep remembering, more deeply every time, that you can create a life that feels amazing – the way you want it to feel.”  I love my new planner and now my new book – The Desire Map book – it’s capital “A” AWESOME & AMAZING + (PLUS) I have already identified my TOP CDF – CDF is a Core Desired Feeling.  My TOP CDF is “Feeling Alive” – yep, that’s what I want to feel Alive!  (BTW – Shinedown has a song, “I’m Alive! – yep, I would add that in!)  So how do you want to feel in 2018?

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Check out the link to see more resources!

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/store/?dlap=62183

 

 

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MIA because of Frankenstein!

Well, I’ve done it again, always going MIA or in 20 other directions.  I forget I have a blog! Especially when October comes – I’m just getting all my Halloween happenings going!  I suppose this happens to new bloggers or especially those who just don’t consistently blog or if you are like me and just have to get all the holiday activity that you can into your schedule!

  • decorating the house
  • making décor for the store
  • visiting pumpkin patches
  • visiting fall boutiques
  • going to haunted houses
  • Raking and mostly Playing in the leaves!
  • Picking Apples – Making Apple Shakes – YUM!  First time ever – they were a hit!
  • Baking Bread
  • shopping at Michaels, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby
  • Fitting in my Toastmasters Speeches – my favorite speech yet – introducing my Altered Books!
  • And did I mention making décor….oh, yes, yes I did….I can spend countless hours making things!

So writing/blogging has been the last thing on my mind!  I never fail to get updates out!  If you are on Instagram – I’m all about Instagram! A Visual and a quick description – that’s just my perfect preference because like I mentioned, I’m always making things.  I prefer to be “hands-on” right in the action of mixing paint, staining paper, stamping, inking, using a hammer to nail a book shut, twisting wires and wrapping mesh, or weaving a dreamcatcher or beading sequins!  Well, I suppose it’s better to have a short blog post instead of no blog post right?

It’s Fall Time and Holiday time so as a maker I will be MIA as I’m prepping to continue to stock two shops!  Things are going very well and it’s that Holiday season to decorate and give our homes new, fresh décor.  Halloween is a really fun time for me because I love making altered books and tags and cards.  I had a lot of satisfaction making my latest project and it is ALIVE!  – In perfect Monster Mashing style.

So Frank is just one project that has kept me very busy.  I have another book in progress and a bottle and about a handful of cards to finish to go with the décor pieces….you know me….I have to have the coordinating things to go with the rest of the things!  I want them to be the perfect gift combos!  I managed to make around 50 treat tags too – see the creations below – Hope you enjoyed reading and a peek into my creative world. Now I feel like reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!  I always have time for a good book especially a classic!  This book is not available on ETSY – It’s going to the market, but I have a great Zombie Book and Vampire Spellbook in the Etsy Store – at the top of the page “Click Here to Shop Etsy”  and it will take you to the ETSY store!  Note:  I only have one available -never duplicate the handmade creations!

 

I have an Obsession!

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I make things everyday! I love making things it’s my passion and my fuel! I put my heart and soul into everything I make! I make the art and cards I would buy! If you want great handmade quality check the shop! You will find “one of a kind” gifts and decor! Have a fantastic day! From me and my sidekick Frankie Cat!

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New items (dreamy, whimsical dreamcatchers) just a sneak peek!
Link above to shop now and follow on Facebook and Instagram so yo uh can stay up to date on SALES and listings!

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Can I just say how fun and what a pleasant surprise it is when someone is kind enough to share something you made and pinned!!!!

I’M still learning the ropes around Pinterest! My Goodness! I know how to Pin, but to combine Pinning and Marketing…. ummmm, I still need to work in that arena.  Everything is a “day at a time” right?!

I hope you will follow along on my  business ventures!

Maybe I will have something in my shop that you will like or I can custom make something for you?

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Mini Backdrops re-Pinned this item above!

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My shop is slowly getting more stocked and I only say “slowly” because I sold 2 sets of greeting cards, a paper heart and recently a Steampunk frame, so my quantity has dropped, but sales are up sooooo Hooray!!!! This is good and yes, I am giving myself a “shout out”! And wanted to share my good news with you!  😘👍👊

If you are on Pinterest I would also love to connect with You!

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A lot of walking my own path in the last 8 months! Its not easy and there’s bumps all along the way, but I’m walking, I’m talking steps even though they are sometimes very small steps, they are my steps!
Hope you are encouraged to walk YOUR path!
My favorite person and author of all time Dr. Wayne W. Dyer once said, Row, row, row Your boat, don’t row my boat!”
Go ahead and row your boat, walk your path and do it at your pace whether that’s slow or fast!     Cheers!!!
Pictured below the late Dr. Dyer, so missed my friend.

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Cat Facts even about my Frankie

  • Cats can be persistent
  • Cats spend a lot of time sleeping
  • Cats like to snoop
  • Cats have routines
  • Cats spend a lot of time grooming
  • Cats are popular in books, novels, TV commercials, blogs and internet videos!

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  • Things I know about my cat – Frankie! (My Reincarnated Cat!)
  • He has the longest whiskers I’ve ever seen – I think he once was Gandalf the Grey
  • He is intrigued by my scrapbooking – I think he once was an artist
  • He is enamored by my hair – I think he once was a hair stylist
  • He doesn’t like doors to be shut – I think he suffers from Claustrophobia
  •  He knows exactly how to get what he wants – He was (is) a player
  • He likes to sit back and watch or sleep while I work – He used to be a boss
    • Oh wait, he still is a boss – he’s my boss. Yep, I work for my cat, Frankie…
    • Yo, Frankieeeee – I’m just taking a break to write a blog about you boss!

Ok, he’s giving me that glaring eye like the one in the picture, it’s time to get back to my other work!

We are “One of A Kind” – I hustle, he sleeps – but we both work hard to hopefully bring you what you like!  Thanks for stopping by

Meow, Cat Chow, until next time!

~Lori & Frankie

 

 

My Customers Rock Because They Like Big Books!

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I’m excited to ship this order! A cute, unique set of Handmade Greeting Cards to my friend starting up her book club! I wish I lived closer to her to join, I love big books too and I cannot lie! Haha…I couldn’t resist!
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How about you? Do you love to read?  Do you love the library? Do you love Barnes and Noble? Or the “shop around the corner”?

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I couldn’t resist adding this, “You’ve Got Mail” is one of my All Time Favorite Movies too!
I love all bookstores, but I especially love the quaint little bookshops!

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My Handmade Cards

       True Story! From Lori!
                                    Enjoy A Book!
P.S. I make custom cards and gifts, visit my Etsy shop if you need anything! http://etsy.com/shop/eclecticat444decor

Got to roll with the CHANGES!

My head is spinning!  But what’s new? it just seems to be my daily routine.  I feel like I’m just barely keeping my head above water, but I’ve gone under a bit too.  I can’t believe it’s mid March already.  I just was checking my Etsy shop, I’ve been busy with administrative tasks, but actually haven’t checked the shop.

So I log in and there’s an ad at the top of the page stating Etsy is going to have a new look and I can edit my page….ugh, not ready for the changes yet.  I just refined a shop banner a month ago.  Then I noticed 43 of my listings expired!  Double Ugh, already? I had until March 16th or something like that….ohhhhh, wait, what the heck… it is March 16, what in the world, when did this happen?  I’m going to blame it on Daylight Savings time…I lost more than an hour, I lost 2 weeks!  I’m just kidding, I really don’t gripe too much about things, I’m not a “blame’ on something else type person!

I just haven’t stayed on top of things.  I have added things into the mix (so I’ve taken on too much lately – I sometime do that and have to stop and think ok, what ALL am I really doing?).  I have quite a few things going on right now besides just the day-to-day stuff…throw in a few “odd ends” my son just got a different car and a different job so that throws our home routine off a bit. My daughter has a birthday next week so I’m getting those plans together and I started attending a gospel doctrine class on Tuesday nights and, and, and…..

I realized I’m really just doing much more than I can handle right now and it takes time for everything!  I signed up for a 5 week business seminar and got a lot out of just today’s lessons…things take “time”.  Take Time.  Ok, much of my time is getting directed to other areas of my life, but that’s ok. It’s ok.  I will have a bit more free time here in about a month….I just got to hang in right now and be patient with the time all my stuff is taking.

I’m trying to reflect now on the few things I have accomplished and cheering myself on for getting some major tasks done!  Woohooo….we got a room revamped!  It was a mess…like the “junk drawer” it was a “junk room” with lots of old toys and just whatever thrown wherever.  The room got entirely de-cluttered!  Everything came out of the room except a daybed and a dresser!  We (my husband and son and I) painted the entire room  and then they helped me put a new desk up!  And now I’m sitting at that new desk and I’ve got plans to make this my business office!  It’s going to be SWEET!!!!  I may just enjoy some naps on that daybed! Won’t that be nice when I can find a day to just nap. Yep, I missed “National Nap Day” too…so that’s also why I’m behind (hehehe)

About my business….well, it’s really slow right now, BUT that’s ok I have enough change going on in my life and I’m going to keep learning biz stuff and I need to get more organized and just take it all day by day.  I don’t have lots of time right now to stress about anything.  Bad stress would just hinder me and this busy-ness is a bit of good stress…it’s like the stress that gets things done!  Pressure stress, but just got to keep in check a bit:)

Life is full of changes and I know that, I’m just feeling slightly behind, but really I’ll be ok and we really don’t “catch-up” in life we just manage day-to-day right?  Who is all caught up on everything?  Ok, maybe you are caught up, but guess what the next day you will have laundry or dishes to do…at least I hope you do!

No pics on this post…it’s just not in me tonight, but that’s ok.  I wanted to post and share my changes and grow my story, it’s going to be fun to look back on this one (my future self knows that she is going to accomplish so much in the next 6 months!)  Yep, changes are good they keep me on my toes!

If you read my post, it may have just been crazy and all over the place, but I feel better…I needed to get this out.  It’s all good!

Colorful Cat

Of course every order I place has to have something “CAT” related in it, or it wouldn’t be my order!  Got some new stamps from Carrabelle Studios , and a new coloring book called “Creative Cats” – I just love the trend of coloring books, coloring was my favorite thing to do as a kid and teen and then I got to color with my kids when they were toddlers and then fast forward to now and yay!!! I’m back to coloring again, and stamping and making.  Once a maker, always a maker!
It may take some time to get my first page colored….someone is jealous that I’m paying more attention to this cat on paper!  The life of creating with cats!  Oh, I have to add Frankie’s disgusted look too!
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Why is this mess all over “MY” table?

Well, off I go, I’ve got lots of coloring and stamping and card making to do OH…and I’ve got this fun loving cat to cuddle and give attention too!  He’s so much nicer than he looks.