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Structure and Creativity

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I like rules.  I’m a lawyer so I was taught to learn the rules, know the rules, and play within the rules. Sometimes we find ways to bend the rules, or get around the rules without actually breaking them.

One of the reasons I like Weight Watchers is that it gives me a structure of rules to work within.  I know that I can have a certain number of food points.  I work those points!  Tonight I made a basic salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber.  You’d think I’d eat that and save points for something chocolate.  Not tonight.  Tonight I wanted a yummy salad.  So I added 1 tablespoon of blue cheese dressing and 1 tablespoon of crunchy fried onions.  I was within my points but I enjoyed my meal.

Weight Watchers gives me limits, rules, and I get to play around with them.  I don’t break them but I push them to their limit.  I use my appetite, my cravings, and my creativity to create a meal that is satisfying, healthy, and within my points maximum.

Necessity… the mother of invention

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the Un...

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the United Kingdom reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”, created during World War II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plato said it.  Not having something causes you to be creative.  I was much more creative with cards and fashion when I had less money.  Being frugal and being creative go hand in hand.  You find new uses for old things, using up old food in fridge while cooking (for example stir fried rice with leftover meat and veggies).  You can make cards from groovy labels you peel off a can.

I just made two signs for our newly decluttered and organized laundry area.  One says “Keep Calm and Laundry On.”  I printed it from the internet,  printed it on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, and put in a plastic sheet protector.  It’s pretty cave like down there with concrete walls, so no fancy frame needed.  It’s not fancy but it looks a lot better than it did!  

Amy’s Card: Go Pink! Fight Breast Cancer!

Pink Swirl Paper Shopping Bags

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English: Breast Cancer Cross
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Pink In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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This post is about a few things: a mini-tribute to my friend Amy, celebrating the color pink, fighting breast cancer and making cards.  I love making cards.  There are so many things I enjoy doing: being creative, giving, bringing a smile to someone’s face, laughing and making others laugh.  I especially love combining two or more things I love.  Like being creative while giving – it’s like two little girls who are friends walking hand-in-hand. Making cards falls into that category.

My friend Amy is fighting breast cancer.  I say fighting and I mean fighting because she is a fighter!  She is beautiful, strong, loving and full of life and she wants to keep on being and doing those things.  She is a very kind and giving person and I think she wonders sometimes how her family and friends can give so much to her.  It’s really quite simple.  The more love you give, the more you get.  And Amy is an extremely loving and giving person.  I’m not saying that you give in order to get.  But the love you send out into the world is a boomerang.  It comes right back and hits you.  In a loving way.  🙂

I had so much fun making this card.  I started with a thick piece of cardboard I found around the house.  Next I added lots of clippings from magazines and old greeting cards.  One thing I did differently this time and was nervous about is that I started with the small things then added big.  It worked out ok but I wouldn’t do it again.  I think it is easier to paste on the larger images and text first then fill the small spaces.  I used glitter, glue, yarn, pop up stickers (including rhinestones and small, hard, plastic flowers) and regular stickers.  

I’m glad I took a picture before I sent it.  Making art is a bit like pregnancy and birth: when it’s done, it’s one of my children.  Hope you like it!  May God bless and protect all of us affected by breast cancer and help us to find a cure soon.  Amen!

English: pink ribbon

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