Interior design

Football season is in full swing which can only mean one thing: time to get a hobby.  I can no longer count on my boo to keep me entertained on Sunday and you know what they say about idle hands.

Last season I took up beading and painting.  This season I've decided to up the stakes and turn to Interior Design.

For those of you who aren't familiar with my routines, I am one of those closet crafters who jump wholeheartedly into a project, get really into it for a short amount of time, then forget about it.  I will spark up a love affair with painting for several very passionate weeks then months will go by before I pick up a paint brush to see how they've been.  I guess I'm what you call an Ebb and Flow Hobbyist.  (If that's not copyrighted I call dibs.)

My latest lover is Interior Design.

I have always loved going thrifting to find what haters some may call junk but I call unique pieces; clothing, furniture, knick knacks, etc.  Well over fifty percent of my current dwelling has been hand-picked from garage sales, thrift stores, and online auctions.  I'm proud of the dumb shit I've accumulated: I am a Warrior Goddess of Second-Hand Awesomeness.

Before you call Niecy Nash and tell her I need a Clean House... hear me out.  I may be a closet crafter but I am not a clutter bug.  I am very good about keeping the mayhem and foolishness on the level.  I just need to find the proper place for all of my little treasures and learn how to showcase their brilliance.

I look around and know that I have some pretty bogus but mostly radical stuff; I just don't know what to DO with it.  That's where interior design comes in handy: we've been flirting with each other for awhile now and I'm ready to take our relationship to the next level.

My first project will be re-doing my jewelry display system.  Right now I have cork board covered in fabric with pushpins to display my necklaces, clear compartmental craft cases for earrings, and a huge pile of rings and bracelets that have a sign that says 'Family kidnapped by ninjas.  Need $$ for karate lessons'.  Being homeless has really made them delusional.

I spent the afternoon on a quest for two cork board bulletin boards.  I stopped at three different places and did not find what I wanted/expected/desired which does not inspire much confidence.  This Thing between Interior Design and I is still so new and exciting; I don't to jinx it! I'm taking this setback pretty hard.  If we can't do this together, how in the world am I going to learn to Feng Shui?  Or reupholster my furniture?

That being said, although I didn't find the bulletin boards I need, I did find these gems:

An old hardcover library book full of Vanity Fair articles from the 1920s and 1930s.

I've flipped through it have already found a collection of poems including one called "Men: A Hate Song", an essay written about Harry Houdini, and a diagram about what the ideal 1926 woman looks and acts like.

I can't wait to look at the old advertisements and all that Old Hollywood glamor and sparkle.

Why yes, those are two coasters depicting unicorns!

You can laugh but those of you who've seen Legend know that unicorns are serious business: kill one and suffer eternal winter.  That's my roundabout way of saying that if we have a winter that never ends I probably dropped one of these babies and screwed us all.  With great power comes great responsibility and I will guard these coasters will diligence.

Feel free to showcase your envy in the comments below.

Case of the Mondays

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong decade?  Based on my Recently Added play list in iTunes I should have been a product of the 60s and 70s.
Case in point: my new stud horse is none other than the crooner Neil Diamond.

Find us a dream that don't asks no questions, yeah
I downloaded his Ultimate Collection a month ago and find myself jamming to his tracks more often than I care to admit.  Nothing picks me up during my morning commute faster than several go-rounds of  Cracklin' Rosie.  Not only does he soothe my stress when he really takes it away around 1:43... blasting Cracklin' Rosie before 7 am is also the best away possible to annoy fellow commuters.  Soon it will be too cold to roll down the windows and serenade I-69 S but for now Neil gets me to my destination smoothly, with his sequined jacket and feathered bouffant.  See you on the twilight train, Neil.  I've got the way to make you happy, I promise!

Haters can proceed to the left and non-believers can try it out for themselves.  If you are having trouble getting jazzed for the work week come Monday morning I suggest adding Cracklin' Rosie to your morning drive play list.  Instead of being a sad sack, you'll walk into the office like this:

Get on board!  (You) don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune!

Click here to download this hot track.

Follow Friday

I've really fallen off the Follow Friday boat and I feel kinda bad about it.  Not working on Friday makes it  hard to do any sort of work ie put together a list of rad people to follow.  To make up for my lack, here's a Follow Monday for you:

@theamazingben:  He is one of my new favorites.  Great sense of humor and an awesome default that involves a mustache.  He's a graphic designer and a new resident of Ft. Wayne.  Introduce yourself.  He'll keep you laughing all week long.

@sushirevenge:  I met her last month at Book Club and she is rad.  She likes to read (Book Club may have been a giveaway), roller derby, bridge hunting, and four squaring.  She also works for a non-profit and is interested in Social Media.  Did I mention that she got us a discount on lunch because she is an Indy Twitter Celeb?

@jamespaden: New to my timeline and full of useful information about new marketing techniques.  He is a mover and shaker (he founded his own business!) and has a good sense of humor.  If you have any e-commerce questions I'm sure he'd be happy to answer them.

@shawworldwide: He's from Toronto, he's friendly, and he is into Social Media.  Add him to your list of online marketers on the rise.  If new marketing isn't your bag, he's also into sports, traveling, and staying healthy.

@jodysparks: Internal Link Builder for Slingshot SEO by day, Young Adult author by night.  She's a mom, she's a writer, she's hilarious, she's awesome.  Did I mention she loves to read, roller derby, and thrift shopping?  She's about to sell her first book.  Make sure you check out her blog!

@mahoganypoet: She is one of my favorite tweeters.  Always positive, always on the move.  She tweets about all kinds of things, from current problems she's busing solving to what her plans are for the day.  Truthful, funny, independent. 

@rebecca_grace: Another favorite tweeter.  I like her because she's sweet and easy to talk to, and often talks about things I find interesting.  She recently reached her 3,000th tweet and I'm board for the next 3,000.

@thematches: A regular of ONTD with a quick wit and great taste in music.  Recently started a Tumblr; she tweets about anything that interests her and brings a lot of life to my timeline.  I especially love her commentary.

@jana_ballard: Another Slingshot SEO lady who recently moved to Indy from Boston.  She's friendly, she loves to thrift shop, and she has great taste in boots.

@jim_brown: Sales guy at Slingshot SEO with many facets.  His favorite band in Nickelback and in another life was an amateur pro-wrestler.  He loves politics and Netflix, too.

Previous Follow Friday posts can be found in the sidebar.