Yves Saint Laurant Mondrian Dresses, 1965
exhibited likely w/ Piet Mondrain Painting
The Confident Minimalist
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A friend of mine sent me a link to this blog theminimalists.com. I resented him of course for the implication. Just because I have WELL ORGANIZED boxes of bones, bugs, and other inspirational stuff and a storage unit full of my grandmothers doll collection (which admittedly, she and I collected throughout our tours of the public trash disposal that summer which I must write about some time) does not mean that clearing out my belongings is clearing out my life. However, I have always been attracted to Zen principles, or at least Zen gardens, well really bonsai trees, they’re so little they’ll fit anywhere. Minimalism for me has always been the svelte man in a black tux staring at me from across a room full of a thousand bumping garage band types which I found myself landing into trying to circumnavigate that room. But back to the blog, while the contributors Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (both maximum names I might add) aren’t bedecked in tuxedos, indeed, they’ve probably boycotted tuxedos on principle, they do approach minimalism in a modern and palletteable way. They are honest, personable and are not afraid to brave subjects such as happiness, gift giving, money, magic, love and they drive home that minimalists don’t have to take themselves seriously. Humor is encouraged.
I’ve selected one of my favorite essays for your introduction “A Japanese cowboy and an arrogant American walk into a museum“. And note that they’ve toured, published a book, organized meetups, mentored, and have an archive fat with essays. Check em out!
11 Easy Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life
All we need is another self-help list, right? Well I know you, sons and daughters of self-helpers deplore these types of things, lists and self help and all that. By God were doing the best we can. Do we really need one more finger wagging over our heads!
Fortunately, I was not born to self helpers. As long as you had a fresh breath, brushed hair, and a relentless motivation to do, do, do, everything would work out in the end. So that’s why I was surprised to find this list on my fathers Facebook page. Of course my curiosity got the best of me, that and the fact that I happen to love lists. So I read it and thought I’d pass it on to anyone out there not raised by self helpers, who still find parts of themselves to help.
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Creme de la craft
Attention crafty DIYer’s. I was introduced to this cool website by LA mom, Natalie Pirveysian. Her blog showcases awesome projects you can do with household items. Love it! It’s the new recycling.
Living Well Spending Less
Just found this cool Mom blog site full of sweet ideas. Click on the PINK link above to check it out.
She has pages on recipes, coupons, household tips, DIY projects, free stuff (if you need anymore stuff…my husband and I can’t seem to get rid of our “stuff”. I think out Stuff mates and has Stuff litters.)
Money Saving Mom’s
“Helping you be a better home economist”
Click on the blue link above to check out one of my favorite money saving brainstorm sights. And it’s not just for Mom’s. These days I’m meeting more and more stay at home Dad’s who are managing the roost.
Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money
Click in the Blue Link above to check out this new book I found a my marvelous library. I think it might have some super ideas. Have lovely simple pleasing day.
Less toxic household products
OK, this page has a lot of interesting and useful ideas about less toxic products, some of which I already mentioned. While it’s a rather bland web page, after a good yawn, you might find some new use for regular bottle of something hanging around your house.