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Marble Tray DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle, Mental Health May 2, 2016

Sometimes a girl just wants something pretty and sometimes there’s more to the art of making something beautiful. In honor of May being Mental Health Month I want to talk about how crafting can help your mental state. You’re probably thinking “what!?!” “How does crafting help me mentally?”  Well, engaging in an activity that you enjoy and find yourself lost in helps you reach a state of alpha brain activity called, Flow. This researcher named Mihaly Csikszentminalyi-try saying that 3 times fast-found that we experience less depression and more joy when we engage in activities that require focus and attention. This does wonders for brain neuroconnectivity which can have an impact on our general outlook on life. So, Dr Ally is writing you a script for one craft this week. Let’s get to it!

What will you need?

A piece of marble (mine was a little thick and heavy, I’d recommend something a little lighter).

2 drawer pulls

Clear round bumpers 

Metallic spray paint (mine was rose gold)

E6000 glue 

Spray your drawer pulls. I used about 3 layers of paint.

Stick your round bumpers to the underside of your marble. These will keep your tray from sitting directly on a surface.

Measure how far you want your handles to go from the edge. Can you believe I’ve been using a centimeter ruler all these years and wasn’t even paying attention. Yes metric!!!

Add a drop of glue. This stuff is serious and goes a long way. You may also ways a mask, the fumes are pretty intense.

Wipe away any excess.

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And there’s your stunning marble tray!  Happy crafting!!!


My Portfolio!

Fashion January 19, 2012

Welcome the portfolio bag back into your regular fashion line up.  These, sometimes cumbersome, cuties are on runways the world wide and will ensure you look extremely chic.  Here are a few bags I fell in love with from Emillio Pucci, Z-Zenga (the men can join in too), and Fendi.  Thank you, style.com, for reinforcing the love I already had for my lemon colored leather portfolio.

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Jamaica, Jamaica!!!

Art, Health, Lifestyle, travel January 14, 2012

So, after my wonderful trip the NY I headed down to Jamaica, a wonderful escape from the wind and rain of New Jersey.  Though my trip wasn’t all vacation, there was some business too, I ended up having a wonderful time in the sun with my Mom.  I haven’t been able to spend solo time with Mom in awhile so this was way past due. I would love to stay forever but I miss my cell phone, this international phone stuff is ridic…

Expect more pictures, I’m just exhausted!!!!

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Lifestyle, Mental Health December 19, 2011

What is happiness?  Can we find it in the perfect job, most exquisite pair of shoes, the right boyfriend, or at the bottom of a tub of rocky road?  Happiness is this illusive creature of equal parts legend and desire.  Every moment in our life is all consumed with our striving for it; from diet choices, to education, shopping, and interpersonal interactions.  However; one of my favorite psychologists Viktor Frankl most eloquently posited…

Don’t aim at success-the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.  For sucess, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensure…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

Happiness sits waiting for us in the everyday and mundane.  It’s less about finding and more about noticing.  True happiness is about shifting our minds and turning them toward noticing happy moments.  As I sit waiting on my beloved Cigars, I simply notice my happiness and decide to share the moment, hopefully inspiring happiness in others.

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