Ryan Gosling is everywhere these days. In movies, in magazines, in these “Hey Girl” flashcards that are all over the web, and in our heads!  Lately he is the subject of most girl talk, at least with the ladies in my life {sisters-in-law, nieces, friends, etc!}. All the “hey girl” hoopla seems to have begun with the ‘Feminist Ryan Gosling blog,’ and as one blogger noted it has since “jumped the shark.” He has also been in a bunch of movies over the past year. These are so clever and he is so cute, no wonder they’ve caught on:

Hey Girl Ryan Gosling

Hey Girl Ryan Gosling bubble bath

And he’s not just a looker, he’s a fine actor, too.  Have you seen any of his latest movies, like “Drive” or “Ides of March”? Or the classic chick flick “The Notebook”? Or the quirky “Lars and the Real Girl”?  He is great in each one and has that certain captivating charm that has just as much to do with the way he delivers a line and the sweet look in his eye as it does his handsome self.  *Swoon*

Lars and the Real Girl

The Notebook movie

Drive movie

Crazy Stupid Love movie

Well hello!  After an enjoyable long weekend of family, friends & knocking projects off my to-do list, I’m beginning what is my typical work week; Tuesday thru Saturday.  Ever wake up calm & cool as a cucumber, getting things done with ease?  Rare, isn’t it?  That’s how my day has started off and I feel giddy, but don’t want to shake the calm so I’ll be straight-faced about it.

Let’s talk about composing an artful nook!  A nook {by definition} should be a corner or small area, set aside for some seclusion. On the periphery, perhaps, of a larger space. Making it artful will take some effort.  Best advice is to use things that you love and not to settle on creating a look, but more of a feeling that evokes what you regard as a space for relaxing and being removed from the household bustle.

This whole idea was inspired by a chair that my talented brother-in-law, Graham, made.  Designed and made.  This chair is as original as he is!

                                    Just look at this wood grain up close {Gorgeous!}:

And while pinning on Pinterest in my downtime yesterday I spied this piece of art:

Linda Donohue has a shop on Etsy and after looking at all of her works I am lusting after one for my home.  Seaside abstract original paintings? Ah, yes says this girl! This piece paired with Graham’s chair just seems natural.  And relaxing.

I like to read in a nook {and doze off} do you? A lamp is in order, and not just any.  It has to fit with the simple beauty of the other items; to stand on it’s own and add to the rest. This lamp design has fine ‘legs’ that remind me of an easel and it matched the feeling that I wanted for this artful nook.  It happens to be sold at a wonderful local store in Portland.

For a cozy, relaxed feel I wanted to add a rug.  A soft texture underfoot for when you’re curled up, but one foot dangles onto the floor.  For those toes I want soft fibers…and of course, something pretty fabulous. So I looked to fellow Mainer Angela Adams Birds of Paradise:

Voila~ An artful nook! This composition is indicative of my style, as your nook should be of yours.  The natural colors, materials, fibers, seaside landscape all make for a calming, tucked-away retreat. The intermingling of textures and cohesive palette makes me feel happy.  What would your nook look like if you were to design, or redesign one now?  What would you read there?  This one inspires me to read something about seafaring or life on an island…if I close my eyes I can feel the salty wind blowing now:)

Hello!  It’s a happy shiny Friday up in here!  We had snow yesterday and today it’s all sunshine & snowmelt.  And I feel feisty~ ain’t no getting me down today!

This weekend I am headed out of town to spend time with family & see my best girlfriend.  This little Mainer is once again headed out for a jaunt in the city, but this time it’s Boston.

Last weekend the wind was blowing up a gale {I stole that line from the character Eli Cash in “The Royal Tenenbaums” one of my very favorite movies}. It was perfect kite flying weather, so that’s what we did.  Well, Luke did.  I stayed inside & listened to relaxing music on Pandora.  When his stunt kite caught my eye I had to take video.  The music that was playing matched the scene so well.  It reminded me of those nature shows where you see the elegant stingray gliding through the water set to equally beautiful music.  It was just like that.

Have a look, it should take your blood pressure down a notch and start your weekend off right.  Have a relaxing weekend everyone!

Hello!  Today it has been snowing since morning and I’ve got to say it’s pretty.  I am cozied up inside, alternating between getting things done around the house and various online retreats like pinning.  If you want to follow me on Pinterest go to it:) Outside my window it looks like this:

While I was picking up around the house and organizing our recycling I gave myself some heck for having to use the grocery store plastic bags, again, because I forgot to bring in at least one of my 500 reusable bags {exaggeration}. In my head I heard Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford yelling “No more plastic bags, everrrrr!!!” which made me laugh and then gave me the chills because she was so creepy in that film.

Recently I read that the very thin plastic bags we get at convenience stores, groceries, etc, actually jam up the recycling machinery. Like most of us I reuse those plastic bags {made of HDPE high-density polyethylene or PP polypropylene} as much as I can until the bottom falls out, literally.  {Isn’t that so annoying, by the way?} They’re great for lunches, holding dirty running sneakers, and lining bathroom waste baskets but as we know they aren’t so great in the long run.  They contribute to a huge litter problem, including the notorious floating plastic island out at sea, and street gutters everywhere.  They will not be breaking down in our lifetime and I don’t like the thought of that.  I read this article online that basically defends the use of plastic bags, to a point, referencing studies that have been done on the cost/benefits {both in dollars and environmental impact} of plastics vs paper and/or reusable bags.  It’s an interesting read.  Here is tidbit:

Honestly, plastic overall is one of those necessary evils…it’s been an important part of the medical field and most of our electronic devices and packaging are comprised of it…you get the idea.  I feel like limiting it as much as I can in my own life so while my reusable bags aren’t perfect either, they aren’t floating around en masse choking marine animals.  Recycling is the answer my friends!  I take recycling pretty seriously; it makes me feel good to get rid of things responsibly and to know that a landfill will be a little less full.  Companies that use recycled material to make new things {like Hilex Poly, who is mentioned in the above article} can limit the amount of raw materials they would otherwise need to take {not a limitless supply as we know}.  Every state has some measure of a recycling system in place.  It’s a good idea to check out what they will accept for recyclables because so much garbage ends up mixed in with acceptable material and in the end the cities and towns pay a fine based on the percentage of how much matter is actually garbage.  In Maine we have this site that gives detailed information on what we can recycle so it clears up any confusion. Just something to think about! In the end whatever we feel we can do to lower our negative impact on this earth is doing good and so whatever it is that you do, keep it up and so will I!

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