There are so many people, places, and things that get me through my everyday; things that inspire me and that I aspire to embody. These are some of those inspirations, as well as a few resources that I have found invaluable.
WHEN IS A CUPCAKE NOT A CUPCAKE
Right after graduation, I had the opportunity to hear Johnny Cupcakes speak on campus. I don’t think I will ever be the same. I’m hooked. At first glance, most people are like, “Um, he sells t-shirts, so what.” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Johnny’s story is amazing and rings true on so many levels of my own life. We both share the goal of being able to do what we love and get paid for it so that we could hire the people we love to build it into something wonderful that would help empower and motivate others. I had pneumonia, and my daughter was very ill with the same, so I wasn’t able to stay for the popup shop afterwards. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, though, and look forward to the day I can take my daughter to the L.A. store.
Speaking of my daughter.
MY MUSE IS SHORT AND VERY SILLY
My daughter Ysa is my sunshine. For as much as I have taught her, she has taught me in triplicate. Ysa is my muse and keeps me in constant awe. She is intelligent (sometimes too), incredibly creative, and I could sit and watch her play with paper all day.
To put it in perspective, she created her own double-stick tape (before she knew what it was) when she was three years old.
I strive to live in a creative way on a daily basis because of her, and she makes it easy…unless the conversation is about cleaning her room. We are a very creative household, even my husband.
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
I met my husband Val almost eight years ago. We have been married for a little over a year now, but I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. My daughter and I are truly blessed. He’s as silly as we are and I couldn’t be happier. Fluent in Classical Latin, he won me over with poetry in two languages. We balance each other well, he is the analytical side of my brain.
IF FOOD IS FOR THOUGHT, THE INTERNET IS A BUFFET
I barely know where to begin with the things that I find inspiring online, so I will provide you with three sites to get you started. All three of these sites are collections of illustration, unique stories and products.
I will post further resources next time.
My dear friend Rose used to say that she had a hard time finding clothes, because no one made them in “Hungry Hungry Hippo” size. The first time I heard her say it I fell out. It is true, though! With over 100 pounds of fluid trapped in your body, it can be incredibly frustrating. I even started getting back into sewing just to be able to make my own clothing if I have to.
That changed yesterday, I found my shop: eShakti.
I am not sure what breadcrumb trail led me there, but I remember it was an ad on a sidebar, possibly on Facebook (which I am rarely on). I am in love with the retro look of their fashions, but what made me actually cry, was the fact that I can customize what I am buying.
Yes, you heard me right. I can custom size anything I buy.
Sleeve length to skirt length, customization on your first order is free, and it is only $7.50 additional after that. The other cool thing is that I was sent a $25.00 off coupon for my first order just for creating a free account. I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is, to know that I have a source for clothing now.
*Just fyi, the sewing book is listed in my associate storefront.
WHEN THE SHOE ON THE OTHER FOOT IS A GOOD THING
Finding shoes, when you have systemic Lymphedema, are a nightmare. The last time I couldn’t find shoes, I had holes in the bottom of a pair I had worn for over two years. Holes. Like, see-straight-through-to-the-ground holes that you walk in and pray you would step on a sand spur in.
Done it. Not fun. At all.
We were in a Payless in the mall one day and I stumbled onto shoes that actually opened up completely on top. Whoever invented velcro, God bless you. Again, I cried. Then I bought three pairs. For anyone who has swelling in their lower extremities, these shoes are an absolute Godsend. >> Champion Sport Slide Sandals.
THE OM OF PANTS
0613.13 I am learning to sew again, it’s been forever outside of hand-sewing. I would never have thought a simple pair of pants would be so incredibly important to me. I’m fairly tall, my legs are oddly shaped and wide, so pants are not easy to find. I demolished my last pair a couple of years ago, sewing repairs no longer working. Etsy, an addiction of inspiration, recently yielded shopkobieta though. A bit pricier than I normally go, but she will custom make me yoga pants so I don’t have to worry about them being too short or too tight around my legs. Her versions are also wider all the way up the leg and not simply palazzos, which aren’t always wide enough. I’m fundraising for a pair and they accept Etsy gift cards. Any little bit would help, sewing pants is not something I am good at yet and I have run out of clothes. You can also PayPal using renmeleon at gmail dot com.