Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Small House Movement

The Small House Movement.

A movement towards the architecturally small and simplified lifestyle.

In one word:

Typically no more than 500 square ft, these delightfully compact dwellings offer quality rather than quantity.

While some people prefer to use them as extensions to their houses, business offices, or vacation cabins, many people are adopting them into a more cost-savvy lifestyle due to environmental concerns, financial hardships and seeking more time and freedom for themselves and family.

Tossing out all the superfluous clutter and materialistic muck and swapping it for a smarter living space, that even has the option of coming with wheels!--how can you beat this??

I happened upon this movement quite by accident but I am completely captivated by this kind of lifestyle.

Do we seriously need all the junk stuff around our house that we say "we need?" Really??

From what I have uncovered about this Movement, the biggest positive benefit is the huge reduction in energy/utility costs which equals more money in your wallet at the end of the day and how much time you'll save when it comes to upkeep and maintenance??

They range from 70 sq ft to around a 1000 or so...really it is up to you. You can build it from scraps and salvaged material for basically nothing-as I have read from some homeowner accounts, or buy the supplies yourself to build them for anywhere from $18,000-$60,000 (just rough estimates).

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses is one such supplier of these ready to build small homes or you can check out their blog here with models and floor plans.

I love the simplicity and freedom these homes offer. They are too adorable!! I had to post like a ton of photos because they are so darling.

I. Want. One.

I read about a number of families (probably smaller in size-but families none-the-less) who
love their "Small Homes" and do quite well with them--
course they probably have the larger sized ones like the pics just above...

I know I could live quite comfortably in one of these.
What about you?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Grey Days to Glimmering Blog Party

 I joined the Bloggy party of the fabulous crafty designer - Kellie over at Accordion To Kellie
She has a wonderful shop here. So go on and check it out!

 Also link up if you get a chance--Couple days left!
Questions she posted to answer:
1)What's your favorite thing to do when you're feeling uninspired?
Sometimes getting out of the "sameness" of my routines is all I need
to help inspire me and clear the ole noggin of any staleness;
e.g.) Leaving my apartment and going for a nice, long walk 
on the beach or transporting myself elsewhere
through the route of well-crafted novel.

Sister and I :)
2) Tell us about a really great movie/show that you've just discovered.
Current new show that I have been enjoying is ITV's Mr. Selfridge  -airing on PBS(spring-ish 2013)
3)What do you like to do to change your mood?
Eating pastries and/or anything with an elevated sugar-to-pie crust ratio works wonders.

4)Your favorite drink is currently...
Starbucks' Caramel Apple Cider
5)When you hear the word exuberant, what's the first word that comes to mind?
For some reason, when I hear exuberant I think of a cascade of hopping yellow balloons.
Isn't this painting by Kendra Bard - exuberantly delightful??
6)What made you smile last?
The thought that I have a lovely weekend, stretched out before me to write and eat tacos and watch Downton Abbey and hang with people I really like :) and to be far away from the stresses of the work week- even for just a brief interlude.

7)What five songs would make a playlist to describe your week?
I don't know if it describes my week per se, but these are my current top 5 on shuffle:

8)What's at the top of your creative 'To-Do' list?
1. To get to the point where I am writing at least 5000 words in my novel a week

By *Cinnamon
10)Quickly - the first movie quote from the top of your head, please!
"No one wants your concertos, Mary. Play a jig!" -Mrs. Bennett
11)The best thing about
January is...
Fresh expectations and dreams for a new year- 
and reminded, never more than now, that anything is possible.

12)The worst thing about
January is...
 Hmm...I'd usually say the weather, but now that I live in Florida...
well, golly, sorry guys the weather is loveliness and in the 60-70's.
But I will say the roads down here are CRA-AZY with all the snowbirds...
It's never a good time when you find yourself stuck behind a cavalcade of slowly meandering cue-tips

13)What's your #1 resolution
for 2013?
 I may have written it recently a time or two or three or four on here,
but that's just to help cement the goal in my own mind, right??

 number one goal 
is to finish writing a novel by year's end.

14)Lastly, share a quote or verse that you've found especially inspiring lately.
Tolkien, you were a mad genius.

This was a lot of fun! Props to Kellie for organizing her blogging parties so well.
It's not an easy thing!
I hope you will join up too, there are still two more days:
For a list of the questions and prizes and rules:
If you run out of time and/or don't have a bloggy, 
you can write some of your own responses in the comments below. 
I'd love to hear them!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Quotes on Reading and Writing

“The reason why so few good books are written is that 
so few people who can write know anything.”
—Walter Bagehot

Read More!!
On the writing process:

“Prowling about the rooms, sitting down, getting up, stirring the fire, looking out the window, teasing my hair, sitting down to write, writing nothing, writing something and tearing it up…”
—Charles Dickens

“When I graduated from high school I couldn’t go to college, 
so I went to the library three days a week for 10years.”
  —Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451

(Source: cocainecures, via beaubooks)

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work.” 
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

“A writer can do nothing for men more necessary—satisfying
than simply to reveal to them the infinite possibilities of their own souls.”
—Walt Whitman
30/52 Weeks - Evening lights by camille.marchand
 “The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.”
—Ernest Gaines

Happy Weekend!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What Inspires You to Write (a novel)

Here ye, here ye.

I'm putting myself on notice.

You can all be my witnesses.

Thanks to the encouragement of my dear, sweet aunt and sister,

I am endeavoring to write and finish one novel this year.

It is very important-so I've been told-to lay down clear, concise goals.

So here it is.

I enjoy the entire writing process: the research, learning about the writing craft, exploring character profiles, plotting ideas, outlining, getting lost in an imaginary world and writing, writing, writing!

It's completely enthralling.

So I've decided to give myself a clear goal: one year.

On your mark, get set....Go for it!


It will be a historical fiction-mystery-romance novel.

I have 5000 words so far and counting...

I know a lot of you are also writers and if you have any advice I hope you will share!!!

I'd also love to hear if you are currently working on anything? and  

What inspires you to write? - Doesn't have to be just a novel. Could also be what inspires you to forge on with writing the ole' bloggy. 

Why do it?????

Do share!! :)

For me writing is an amazing, creative outlet that allows me to build ideas and lay down thoughts that otherwise I have a horribly hard time forming into a string of verbally coherent words --out loud.

It lets me  construct other worlds that hopefully will tell a story that can convey the richness and adventure that it is to live as humans in this life.

Also, I figure, since Jesus took every opportunity to impart mind-blowing, inspirational lessons through the use of a good story- wherever he journeyed (hellooo-parables???)...

Then I think that writing a story can be a very useful and worthwhile endevour for me to invest some good amount of time in :) :) :)

4 Books on Writing that I have found to be very informative and aiding me in the writing process:
(pictured above)

Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg (top literary agent) and Laura Whitcomb (published author) is very insightful, laying the foundation for how to get the ideas flowing on paper, structuring your story and characters, insider information on what literary agents and publishers are looking for to get yourself published etc... 

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy. This book is a FANTASTIC reference; it is a step by step guide through the whole writing process from beginning to end, for the newbie writer as well as more advanced. Tons of useful tips, help with setting goals and determining what kind of writer you are so as to help you better flow with a writing strategy that works best for you and so much more. I would highly recommend this one to the serious writer.

Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden is another great reference. Even if you are not writing a mystery it has great tips on how to survive both an agent's and a publisher's screening process. Very helpful.

The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman. The title says it all...the first five pages are pretty much the most important part for an agent and/or editor/publisher to read through to determine the caliber of your story and if it is worth their time to go any further or else chuck it in the rejection pile. So, so good. Get this one!

Do you have any great references when it comes to writing?

Also I have plenty of books that i look to for inspiration as far as other authors...but that is another post :)

Happy a happy rest of the weekend folks!!  


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Allow me to introduce you to ITV's Mr. Selfridge

ITV's answer to BBC's The Paradise and written by Andrew Davies,
let me introduce you to, 

Mr. Selfridge

An exciting new 10-part period drama about the founder of the London department store, ehh hehm
the "real founder"...sorry Paradise...

It stars Jeremy Piven, in the lead role as the bold, uber confident American entrepreneur 
(aka “Mile a Minute Harry”) who in 1909, moves to London with his family and empowers the masses by offering them something never made available before in retail.

There are a lot of interesting dynamics going on so far and I have to say 
after viewing the first episode, I'm really looking forward to more!

Jeremy Piven is absolutely fantastic in this part and I think he plays it superbly. 
I was laughing out loud a number of times at some of his mannerisms...genius :)

The story follows a number of secondary plots as well; I'm quite interested in the shop girl's story (pictured in the pic just above) and there seems to be a bit of a mystery with her background...
keeping fingers crossed for further- hoped upon story-line with her and certain handsome gentleman... :)
but we shall see...too early to tell.

Some inter-departmental working conflicts to be had of course.

and much more...

Must put this one on your list though.

It is airing in the UK right now.
It will be airing in the US on PBS at some near future date---probably summer.

If you just can't wait...

check out the Tunnel Bear

That's how I am viewing it :) Let me know if you have any questions
and/or what your thoughts are on this new one!!

Happy Viewing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Newness and a few Resolutions

by Jennifer DeDonato
I wish you all a super FAB New Years, my friends!
Thank you to all who have shared a bit of themselves on this here bloggy in 2012.
You all make writing and blogging so much fun; 
I always look forward to everything you take the time to share.

Our journeys may not mingle together in "real time" all that often, or ever...
But I keep hope and hope that someday our paths will actually cross.

For those whom I have, you are brilliant and make my life richer.

I am so excited for new things this year.

For YOU and for Me both.

Possibilites: simply endless.

I have quite a few goals or "resolutions."

While I wont share them all-less is much more, right?? :)

I will project a few of them into the great cosmic, world-wide web-o-sphere
so as to give me extra incentive to stick with them.

I am resolved.

To smile and laugh more
One, because it's much more fun to laugh then frown, and two because you burn way more calories.

To live more outwardly focused. Less me. 
More focused on what is really important and valuable and directed at those around me.

To explore further and delve beyond the current reaches of my creative brain's imagination.

To exercise my creative outlets a whole heck of a lot more.
And in bigger, more unconventional, and not yet imagined, artistic expressions;
for there is no artistic limit when one's Father is the Creator of the Universe, right??

Harry Mellos
I am determined. 

I shall finish writing a Novel by the end of this year.

I shall return to my post college weight. (whoot whoot for at least one prosaic goal)

I shall drink in the beauty of nature that is all around me as often as I possibly can; 
putting into practice a life of thankfulness

Enjoy my family and spending time with them at every opportunity, as often as I can--
for one never know when Mr. Change will come knocking at one's door and 
decide to place miles and miles in between you and those you love.

Design a whole BUNCH.

Increase my vocabulary and read more!

Blog MORE :)

and most importantly,

Grow in the knowledge of the brilliant, scandalous and undeserved Grace that our Lord
joyfully and unreservedly bestows upon us.
knowing that there is nothing I can ever do, or not do, that will make
 God love me more than He does right now. 

What are some of your resolutions??

Here's to You AND the New!

*photos courtesy of pinterest
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