Monday, January 31, 2011

This week in the life....

Was a cr8zy busy week that I wanted to share..

One of stimulation & sensory overload w a touch of consumerism.. Fell of that wagon!
Stayed @ Mandalay Bay Hotel room had gre8t view of the City, whirlpool tub, Loungey area & yummy king size bed.
I scored a few gift certificates that were for the Mandalay Bay restaurants! I highly recommend for gre8t deals on food!! Amazing!!
I enjoyed The Shoppes of Mandalay Bay & Urban Outfitters (did I mention sale?), and few cute locale shoppes...

Honestly being surrounded by all the bright lights, cold air, smoking & drinking was a bit much, I was over it the first day! I was ready to fly home!

Craft & Folk Art Museum LA & Metro...
Later in da week I celebrated my 12 year Recovery Bday! We decided to journey to LA & go to Craft & Folk Art Museum in LA via The Metro from Long Beach! Wow it was a adventure fa sure! I was a bit nervy since I had never ever really rode on mass transit in a huge city!

Metro Pics (views)

More Metro Pics (views)

I wanted to go to CAFAM
because of this!

Jerome & Evelyn Ackerman

in 1949 jerome and evelyn ackerman attended an exibition for modern living which was organized by alexander girard. they left the exibition with a newfound way of thinking which inspired them to embark on a life of design. i think you too might have a similar experience if you are able to attend a marriage of craft and design: the work of evelyn and jerome ackerman which is currently on view at the craft and folk art museum in los angeles.
From Cathy of California Blog
I recommend going it's a wonderful showing!

Doubletree Inn/Citadel Outlets...

Doubletree Hotel across Citadel Outlets

The awesome Doubletree Restaurant!

I also went to Los Angeles (Commerce area) and stayed right across the street from Citadel Outlets. My grrlfriend & I spent the nite @ The Doubletree Inn. It's a really wonderful 3 star deal.
It's where her Fiancé stayed when he came to call on her when they were in their early days of dating.
He died this past Friday two years ago in his sleep unexpectedly.
It is still a huge shock & hard to believe.
My grrlfriend is so strong & I'm so proud of her for moving on in other areas of her life.
No one will ever replace Bill, he was a unique, friendly, loving guy full of life!
We had gre8t dinner, caught up & reminisced about Bill. It felt like he was there with us enjoy the evening!
We of course did a tiny tiny bit of shopping @ outlets!
I found the correct size glittery sequin converse all-stars @ their outlet! I also scored some glittery shoelaces! This are my fav shoes bar none, and getting proper size made huge difference! I don't own alot of shoes, so I wear these alot when it's cold out!! I'm not even a fanboy of Converse I just like the rainbowy glitter look! Hubby says I was a fish in a past life!

So as u can see a cr8zy, hectic adventure filled week! Lookin forward to getting back in the groove of things this coming week!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Relax, Fish, Sleep in

Luv the following story! It's what minimalist living is all bout for me!!

From Chef Anahita's Facebook post

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village...
A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long." they answered in unison.

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children,
and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. We have a full life."

The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard (a consultant?) and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?"

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.

You can then leave this little village and move to
Mexico City, Los Angeles , or even New York City !

From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?"

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings enjoying your friends."

"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Mexicans.

And the moral of this story is: Know where you're going in may already be there.
So what does this mean about little ole me??

- Shanti

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Minimalism is Dead? Long live Minimalism

In a Recent post, Everett Bogue declared, in effect, that minimalism was dead. As he bluntly stated:
“It’s an idea that came and passed. Minimalism was cool for awhile. Now, it’s simply the echo of a revolution that once was.”

For me the minimalist journey is a personal one, not dependent on anyone or anything. It's a inside job. More about me reconnecting w me.
On this & my other blog Sunshine Bliss I talk about relearning the fine art of being. I've been on this path for twenty years.
Get rid of everything then travel. Then settle, nest & par down again & travel. It's cyclical for me. My phase now is we are downsizing & planning on getting a RV to travel around in like I did 20 years ago. We've been planning this for few years.

The tag put on this is Minimalism, I dig it and am glad that w such movies as Zeitgeist the world is waking up from it's slumber & realizing we are all longing for connection & peace, and consuming is just another addiction (they have 12 step program 4). As is power & greed.
It's a sickness & the detox is minimalism. Purging the exterior so we can focus on healing interior thatz Minimalism 2.0 IMHO.
Be leader if your own personal movement inspire others thru your actions, let others be who they are & focus on your own life while loving others. Thatz what I try to do

- Shanti

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Zeitgeist 3 Moving Forward Movie Thoughts

It was packed house @ Art Theater of Long Beach.
300+ peeps in support of Resource Based Economy! Say no to money!!

About Zeitgeist The Movie-
It's the most watched movie on the Internet. No money is made off the movie. You can watch it for free free online just go to Zeitgeist
Shanti @

My Journey w Zeitgeist-

It fits right in line w my minimalist beliefs. Pay off debt, live debt free, minimize stuff, downsize & small living. Under the wire livin I call it.
Or as my friend Keith says:
love the concept. Live the high life by living low

- Shanti
photo: source unknown

Friday, January 21, 2011

One day @ Time

I was flipping thru a old BHG & saw a page on organizing your stuff for New Year (was from 2009).

I got so inspired by the comments & thoughts on the subject that I wanted to share my words there ideas!

The Process~
The process of decluttering, downsizing, organizing is ongoing, never ending @ always changing to fit your families needs. In other words your never done, finite, the end of the process. And it requires diligence & awareness on a continual daily basis.

Ask Yourself~
When decluttering, downsizing & or organizing ask yourself three pertinent ?'s
-Do I LUV it?
-Do I USE it?
-Could Someone Else?

Letting Go~
Take pictures of sentimental things that I can't part with! Then part w it.

So whatz keepin ya?
Get Krackalakalackalin on it!

And yes you may need some coffee for this hence the wise coffee owl!

- Shanti
photo: source unknown u

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 Minimalist Dreamz

This year I found myself being less specific and more broad stroked about my /goals.

2010 Goals
I think it can from the fact that in 2010 I was very specific about what I wanted to accomplish (I had a Dream book made exclusively for 2010) and I didn't accomplish some of my goals. And as every month passed I was aware of this... UGH!!

In the NOW
So this year I've set up a book and the goals are monthly not yearly. As well as the book can be reused for next year and onward!

I also am keeping on with my seasonal dream book. I find a used book from the local $1 bookstore and use it to add inspirations and ideas for that season.... The only problem is keeping it after the season is over? I have two already from last year I hate to part with..

2011 Reusable Monthly Goals Book w pockets, paper & clear inserts!

Seasonal Dreamz Book

My Minimalist Journey
As a minimalist grrl I have to think of why should I keep last seasons dream books?..
Even if I luv it, cre8ted it out of nothing, and it brings me joy, should I be keeping it and adding to my limited things i own?

Growth for moi
It is a delimma. and as a artist I find that it is a real tight wire act to stay in my minimalist vibe/flow or go over into holding on, keeping, saving vibe...... Which closes me off to feelin free!

So for now there are no answers.... Only ?'s.... More info will come w time... But itz a good feelin to know that the minimalist part of me is growing and developing daily!

Do u also share these concerns on your minimalist journey? How do u deal w it?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organic Spa Free Online Mag


Click here to read!

- Shanti


I luv luv luv this quote!!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~Anais Nin

photo: unknown

I see these in my future!

Would like pair of toe socks for my assorted flip flops for chilly dayz!
I luv Little Miss Matched they sell in sets of three mismatched! So cute!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Granny Chic Hip

Thanx to Trend Hunter these pieces of furniture r just so scrumptious!

Luv the bright patchwork design!

This gives me ideas for redo of free/cheap dumpster furniture!!

Cute like it w the tufted design!

I luv all things patchwork!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

My 12 Year Sobriety Gift

I'm so blessed & Greatful!

My 2001 Cherry Condition
VW Bug~
Itz going to save us $250.00 month by getting rid of Truck & Gas it would gobble!! So Itz also just plain good horse sense!!!

Tony gets to drive Scion Xbox to work!!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Martha Stewart Compact Craft Armoire

I have luved this from afar for years! It's in my inspiration book!
It can be used for alot of things but I like the whole Craft Set up! Hidden by day & fantabulous by night!

I found this today & had to share it! How gre8t 4 minimalist living & small sq footage apt!

From Martha Stewart

What may appear at first glance to be an unconventional armoire is actually a set of bookcases attached along one side. Opened, it's a compact, self-contained innovative crafts or office nook. Closed, it's far more decorative than any tidied-up desk, without the slightest hint of its contents.

To complete this project, use two store-bought bookcases with adjustable shelves. (Avoid models more than 5 feet tall because they typically have a fixed center shelf.) You may want to cover the back of one -- one that will be the front of the armoire when closed -- with wallpaper or a higher-quality wood that's painted to match the project.

Maximize your work space by using a deeper bookcase for the side that will serve as the desk. (We used a 36-by-60-by-16-inch bookcase for the desk side and a 36-by-60-by-12-inch bookcase for the other side.)

Tools & Materials
Paint (optional)
2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, and no more than 14 inches wide
Rectangular piece of pegboard: the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above
Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
Electric drill
Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
Lid stay or flap stay
Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
8 casters (at least 1 inch)
Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)

Bookshelf How-To
1. Paint bookcases, desk extension piece, pegboard, and 1-by-2-inch boards if desired.

2. Using hacksaw or jigsaw, cut a piano hinge to height of bookcases. Cut the other hinge to length of a shelf; set aside for step 4.

3. To attach bookcases: Determine which bookcase will contain the desk and which will have the Plexiglas guards, as well as where the hinge should be placed to join them. Place the bookcases on their backs, side by side, shelves facing up. Place the hinge on the seam between them. Predrill holes through one side of hinge and along edge of one bookcase, making one hole near the top, one at the center and one near the bottom; insert 5/8-inch screws (or included screws) to secure. Repeat on edge of other bookcase. Predrill the remaining holes on both sides of hinge, and secure with screws. Stand joined bookcases upright.

4. To create desk extension: Using hacksaw or jigsaw, cut along the back edge of the center shelf to remove 1 inch from the width. Position the shelf in bookcase. Working from behind the bookcase, predrill holes where the shelf meets the back panel. Secure the shelf to the back panel with screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of the back panel. (You'll need a second person to secure the shelf against the back panel as you drill.) Place one side of the previously cut piano hinge along back edge of desk extension. Predrill holes through the hinge, making one hole at the right, one at the center, and one at the left. Secure with 5/8-inch screws (or the included screws). Predrill the remaining holes, and secure with screws. Align the other half of the piano hinge with the front edge of fixed center shelf. Repeat predrilling and drilling procedure to secure other side of hinge. Attach the lid stay or flap stay, following manufacturer's directions.

5. To secure Plexiglas guards: Create two rows of U-shaped molding that will run along sides and bottom of Plexiglas. Starting with the top shelf, place one shelf-long piece of molding about an inch from the front edge of the shelf. Using hammer, secure molding to shelf with 1-inch finish nails about every 6 inches, or where necessary. At each end, place one 2 1/2-inch piece of molding vertically. Secure to bookcase. In front of this existing piece, create another U-shape of molding, leaving just more than 1/4 inch of space in between for the guard. Repeat this procedure for the 3 middle shelves. For the bottom shelf, use the 8 1/2-inch molding as the vertical pieces. Once all the molding is in place, paint it to match the bookcase if desired, and let dry. Insert the Plexiglas guards between each pair of molding.

6. To attach the pegboard: Arrange 1-by-2-inch boards in a rectangle to match dimensions of pegboard. Set the pegboard on top of the rectangular frame, and secure it to boards by drilling 3/4-inch screws through the preexisting holes, in each corner and at top and bottom center. Fit the pegboard against panel behind the desk. Working from behind the bookcase, predrill holes where the top and bottom lengths of the pegboard frame will meet the back panel. Secure the frame with screws that are 3/4 inch longer than thickness of back panel. (You'll need a second person to secure the middle of the pegboard against the back panel as you drill.)

7. To install a draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock outside the armoire: Close the bookcases. Predrill holes where the clasp will be affixed. Secure in place using the recommended screws and a drill.

8. To attach casters: Lay attached bookcases on the floor on their backs. Using a pencil, mark the bottom of each bookcase where the casters (4 per bookcase) will be placed. Place each caster about 2 inches from the corners. Predrill holes, then secure each caster with 3/4-inch screws (or the included screws). Stand the joined bookcases upright.

9. To affix desk side of bookcase to a wall (optional): Mark location of each L bracket on wall, making sure to mark the holes. The horizontal part of each L bracket will be attached along the case's top edge, 2 inches from the right and left sides; the vertical part of the bracket will be flush with the wall behind the bookcase. Insert wall anchors, and secure bracket to wall with screws. Position case so it is flush with wall or against baseboard. Predrill holes through bracket into case's top. Secure with 3/4-inch screws.

From Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
- Shanti

Monday, January 3, 2011

Whole Living 28 Day 2011 Detox

I've been wanting to do a cleanse & the New Year is a gre8t time for me to start!
I haven't done one in year or so, and feelin time is right!

I subscribe to Whole Living & get the daily emails. They r kickin off the 28 Day 2011 Detox Today!
Today is easy for me, cut out caffeine & go to bed early. I don't do caffeine & plan on hitting sack early!

- Shanti
photo: whole living

Gratitude Quote Jan. 3rd

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

- Shanti

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gratitude Quote Jan 2nd

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

Gratitude Journal App

- Shanti

Cre8tif Dreamz Journal 2011

Having a nice New Years weekend & enjoying the cool weather & warm Chai Tea momentz!

Last year I did my first ever Cre8tif Goal Journal.
Every month I would write, sketch, glue, stick ideas, pictures, etc that inspire me to create. I would also journal my accomplishments & fun events for that month. It turned out to be a fun retreat for me & something I looked forward to playing with!

This year I'm doin something different and focusing on monthly goals!

I am using library card envelope to hold my Monthly Goals.
Then ATC's w my goals. Their doable & attainable!

I've also found a kickin small 3 ring binder @ Borders from my fav company Paperchase!

It's a Household Organizer w 50's motif. I plan on redesigning it for my Cre8tif Journal 2011. It has 12 pockets (one 4 each month of mementos, etc.), plastic ATC pages one for each month & since it's three ring binder I can add more pages, etc to it!

It's going to be a wonderful year & I'm excited to get started! My Sponsee is going to be starting her journal too & were going to work on it this week together!

I may even offer a PDF version to download on how to start ur Cre8tif Dreamz Journal!

- Shanti

Saturday, January 1, 2011

One Little Word 2011

If u want to do something different this year hop over to One Little Word 2011
And ask yourself what word you want to represent or inspire u!

My One Little Word is: Uplift

Definitions of uplift
v. t. - To lift or raise aloft; to raise; to elevate; as, to uplift the arm; to uplift a rock. 2
n. - A raising or upheaval of strata so as to disturb their regularity and uniformity, and to occasion folds, dislocations, and the like. 2

I would like to uplift myself & others in 2011!

- Shanti

Quote 2011

Happy Blessed 2011!!

Forgive the Unforgivable

- Shanti