Spice It Up

Ever see something you want to buy, but you go home and don’t buy it, but think about it the rest of the night, or even the next day?

Trust me when I say that’s a sign you should buy it. I had this happen to me recently while at Nordstroms and decided that I just had to buy this super cute book I was flipping through, and so I did (Lotta Jansdotter’s “Stencils” book http://amzn.to/xR2MjV). I mean with a cool name like that I was intrigued.  And so I shall tell you all about it this new lil treasure that will be arriving to my doorstep soon.

I can’t wait for it to get here, you have no idea. Turns out when you’re an adult you still love arts and crafts time just as much – if not even more than when you were a kid. Makes me miss recess when I think about arts and crafts, man, kickball with boys who pretend they don’t like you, meeting up with secret club members that only a few exclusive girls were let into, swinging forever and ever in the sun…oh wait…ok back to the book.

Who doesn’t want to jazz up their life and house in an easy, cost effective and simple way? Um hi, I do, thanks. So this book has super fun stencils and ideas for adding more love and personality to everything around you; walls, flower pots, boxes, kitchenware – pretty much anything you can think of. Face stenciling anyone?

And what’s even cooler is that it turns out the connection between being creative and personal happiness is no new idea or anything. The more you allow yourself to just kind of daydream and do things like painting, scrapbooking, jewelry making – the more you are allowing yourself to let some new and positive juice flow into your possibly tired or stressed blood. Robert Epstein said “Greater creativity breeds greater happiness. The creative process is itself a source of joy for most people. And with new creative powers we’re also better able to solve the little problems that beset us daily.” Woah, sweet! So you’re telling me by painting like a 5 year old for a few hours I’m going to be able to conquer my problems in a more efficient way? Yep, I’m sold. Sign me up.

Houses and walls and kitchens and all of that can be so serious sometimes. Ever look around your casa and have a moment of woah, this is so boring and so not me. Well time to lighten up your house and yourself! Ever read “The Happiness Project”? Oh man if you haven’t you’re missing out! http://amzn.to/zU0cE6 (buy it, now. Like right now). And if you have you can probably recall in one of the chapters where we are taught how the simple act of “lightening up” some areas of our life contributes to our overall happiness. How cool is that.

Ever notice how your mood instantly changes when you see a rainbow in the distance? Make your own rainbow. Paint, sew, create, discover and do something creatively courageous.

When it doubt, stencil it out 🙂

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