bliss list

I forgot to do this last week (it's not a habit yet), but following Liv's lead, here are my bliss items this week.  I love this exercise because it forces me to pay attention.  Pay attention to the small, every day, totally wonderful things that happen but usually go unnoticed.  This week I noticed these things that made me happy!  {ed: this was scheduled but for some reason blogger didn't publish it, so I'm overriding it and sending it out into the universe now}

1 - Last Sunday was in the low 70s, 16 degrees warmer than usual for that day....it's unheard of to be that warm in Seattle in April.  We loved it; sat out on the deck, bar-b-qued with friends, soaked up the sun. Heaven!

2 - Took the bull by the horns, bit the bullet, embraced the challenge, signed up for 21 Secrets.  I'm so excited to get started.  Did you know you get 21 individual classes complete with videos, PDFs, etc. for only $60 - that's only $3/lesson - a real steal!!

3 - I got my most recent Amazon order in the mail - a parallel pen to work on my lettering through Joanne's Artful Alphabets class, a lettering book Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering by Lisa Engelbrecht and the
book that says it's okay to be messy and artful, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes by Keri Smith.
Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes

4 - I have the day off today and so will go have lunch with my hubby, always a favorite break in my day.  I might even wander over to the nearby garden center and see what they have that my garden can't do without.

5 - I just finished such an inspirational book filled with insightful thoughts for all creative types.  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is ostensibly for aspiring writers, but I found page after page, quote after quote that is totally applicable to art as well.  As I browse the wealth of art/creative/crafting blogs, there are a few common issues that arise again and again:  how to find a lost resting muse, how to move an art piece forward, whether we're "good enough", etc.  She addresses all of these with encouragement but based in reality.  I highly recommend this book!


  1. I just read Liv's blog and post about Blissful Fridays...always a good idea to stop and smell the roses (so to speak). I love Anne Lamott I will definitely look into that book.

  2. I love bird by bird! (and her book about her son's first year - operating instructions - is perhaps the funniest thing I've ever read in my life)
    I haven't read bird by bird in years and, at your recommendation, need to read it again through the "art lens."

  3. I am going to have to get that book, sound really good,

  4. I'm working on Keri Smith's book Wreck This Journal. Love it!

  5. Great list Terrie!! I'm so glad you signed up for 21 Secrets. Sounds like some great books... Hope you're having a great week xx

  6. You're so inspirational Terrie, thank you, I'm going over to Amazon to check out the bird book..:) I hope you enjoy your new cours, it sounds really great.

  7. hello there.

    what a wonderful list, and that book sounds really useful.
    i've got back to my calligraphy just a couple of weeks back after purchasing some new dip pens. it's so much fun isn't it?


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