• Tick-Tock Motivation

    This is sad but oh-so true.

    How the heck does she do it?

    Beyoncé = Mrs. Get Stuff Done.

    Tick-Tock Motitvation

    This is my new office clock. When I first saw it on Society6 a few weeks ago, it made me laugh out loud. But then, it made me stop. Poop nugget, I thought. Queen B DOES have the same 24 hours in a day . . . and this simple notion has made me reexamine how I spend my time – which makes it the perfect kind of purchase. It hangs straight across from my desk now and serves as a daily reminder to get artist tukus in gear!

    “I wanted to sell a million records, and I sold a million records. I wanted to go platinum; I went platinum. I’ve working nonstop since I was 15. I don’t even know how to chill out.” – Beyoncé Knowles

    Here’s to finishing the Homebird Upholstery website sooner rather than later ;) HUZZAH!

  • Frames of My Pictures

    Besides MacGyver-ing a bedskirt this past weekend, I also continued framing some of my pictures around our house.

    Frames of My Pictures

    I had a close friend say to me once, “I’m not into pictures as much as you are, Jenna.” And although, that’s totally fine :) it struck a chord in me. Am I not the norm? Even when I was a toddler, my mother told me I would spend hours flipping through the old JCPenney catalogs. [Remember those?] I’m guessing because of the pictures . . . but this might have also caused my fashion obsession ;) anyway, for whatever reason, it’s true. I do love photography. It causes me such #instanthappy to walk through the rooms of our home and to see the faces and places I love.

    “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” – Annie Leibovitz

    What sort of [if any] snapshots do you like to frame?

  • MacGyvered Bedskirt

    As I stated yesterday [lately] I’ve been experiencing these abrupt amounts of energy AND have been über productive, because, well, I’m using this sudden get-up-and-go for good and not evil. So much so [in fact] I actually managed to solve a problem right off my to-do list!

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 1

    This is a bedskirt . . . from the bedding set #meandD purchased over two years ago for our master bedroom. On Saturday, I decided it was about time for me to figure out a way to actually use it. Why hasn’t this been on our bed until now? Well, you see we have this thing called a Sleep Number = this incredible Zeus of a mattress that is the most comfortable cushion I’ve ever had the pleasure to sleep on! And because of its said awesomeness, our bed isn’t the typical mattress with box springs. It’s ALSO this mechanical wizard of a recliner; meaning one cannot simply use a bedskirt the typical way, because of all it’s mechanics and such. [Like my technical terms? Lol.] HOWEVER, thankfully with this brain of an upholsterer, I could MacGyver myself right around it.

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 2

    From the beginning, I determined that Velcro would be “my knight in shining armor,” so I cut two inches off the bedskirt’s boxing for a sewing area.

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 3

    Next, I folded over the 2 inches I left to the seam where the bedskirt and boxing fastened together. I then sewed the soft half of the Velcro to it – making sure to attach said Velcro from all sides.

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 4

    At that time, I secured the rough side of the Velcro to its soft side and pre-laid out wear the Velcro would attach to the edge of the box spring. After that, I removed the plastic and firmly patted down the sticky part of the Velcro.

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 5

    Lastly, I got out my faithful Jiffy Steamer and vapored out any wrinkles left on the bedskirt. Please don’t mind the “Hazel” hair on my thumb ;) #itsadogslife

    MacGyvered Bedskirt 6

    And VOILA! I never have to look at that ugly box spring ever again :D HUZZAH!

    “I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channeling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.” – Ben Stiller

    I just wished I had attempted this project a little sooner [say two years ago] because it honestly took no time whatsoever :( it’s so frustrating how we can build up a task into something much larger than it actually is! Have YOU ever found that to be true?

  • Spring Vigor

    WOW! I honestly don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I have turned one crazy “productive” corner.

    Spring Vigor

    I keep getting these insane amounts of work done each day . . . and this weekend was no different = I mean I pruned all of our plants for crying out loud. Who does that? Well, I guess a gardener would ;) but you get my drift. I know I DID re-evaluate my 2014 to-do’s a few weeks ago, so that might have started it? OR maybe it was the 31 days of yoga in March?! Oh, and by the way, I’m not complaining. I just wish I knew what caused all of this sudden energy??? BUT whatever “it” is, I sure do love it AND I hope it’s here to stay.

    “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

    I think at this rate I might actually feel caught up for the first time in my life – HA!

  • Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy Workshop

    Yesterday, I was able to do two things I’ve been dying to do:

    #1. Attend a workshop at the designlovefest studio.

    AND

    #2. Begin to learn calligraphy.

    Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy Workshop

    (Lauren Essl, Me, & Bri Emery – Photo by Cortnee Brown)

    I guess you could say I killed two birds with one stone? However, I’ve NEVER really favored that saying . . . especially since “Jenna” means small bird in Arabic. ANYWAY, the workshop was everything I had hoped it would be. Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye was our fearless teacher and might just be the most patient person I have ever met in my life! AND her calligraphy skills are out of this world; makes a creative designer like me pretty green with envy. You can check out my very questionable penmanship abilities via my Instagram account [@luckylittlemustardseed]. I do feel confident saying, however, that with a little practice, I might actually develop a new skill. The other highlight of my day was meeting designlovefest’s very own, Bri Emery. I didn’t really get to talk to her a whole bunch, but man, I thought I was already impressed with her blog, but her studio!? WOWZERS! It’s such an inviting space. I could totally live there.

    “The world is my workshop. It is not my home.” – Abbas Kiarostami

    Thanks again designlovefest for hosting and Blue Eye Brown Eye for such a wonderful workshop – I will definitely be attending another one sometime [maybe Blogshop?] AND will continue [of course] to recommend both of you to my fellow San Diegans ;)