Archive for the inspiration Category


Posted in craft, home, inspiration, japan, wish list with tags , , , , on July 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Kintsukuroi is a concept very close to my heart. Like these pieces, my body bears the marks of having been broken and put back together again (multiple times). Oh, the stories a few inches of skin can tell!


I find these items breathtaking, and would very much like to create one or have one in my home. Upon reading about this technique and philosophy, I was reminded of a thrift store statue I purposely bought in a broken state (despite the urging of a well-meaning shop owner to opt for one in better condition); a angel holding a bird whose wing had broken off. Though no more than half an inch was missing, the entire meaning of the statue changed with that broken wing. The bird was not dallying for a moment in the midst of carefree flight as originally intended, it was being cradled, protected, healed by a benevolent protector.

As I continue to move through my (still unspeakably slow and challenging) physical recovery, I rejoice in the lines on my flesh that saved my life and the metaphorical gold within them. I am not broken…I am Kintsukuroi, right?

Take time to love the imperfect, the discarded, the reconstructed and overlooked treasures around you (or ON you!). As Leonard Cohen once sang “There’s a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in.”

Microscope Lamp

Posted in craft, home, inspiration with tags , , on April 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Check out this re-purposed microscope lamp from Northern Electric on Etsy.


I would love to make something like this if I could ever find a great deal on a busted vintage microscope at a flea market! Anyone getting rid of one? :-)


If Only Medicine were so simple!

Posted in advertising, ephemera, inspiration, medicine, potions, vintage on January 8, 2014 by bettiemuldoon


These wonderful vintage trade advertisements offer more than the reality, no doubt, but are all the better for it.








Ghost Tree

Posted in christmas, decoration, inspiration with tags , , on December 20, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I’d love to try this sometime; a wire arrangement that results in a floating, ghostly display of lights and ornaments.


There is a demonstration of how it’s done here.

Have you ever done anything non-traditional with holidays decorations? (I sure have…stay tuned…)

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Creative Book Centerpieces

Posted in Books, craft, inspiration, nature, wedding with tags , , , , on November 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Technically, these were featured as wedding centerpieces…but I happen to think they’d make a great decorative item in the home.


One could even “match” the plants to the theme of the book! I love the idea of literature blooming with life. It’s going on my craft to-do list.



Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Fernando Vicente

Posted in art, decoration, inspiration, macabre on September 1, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

This is an automated post during my hospital time. I can still see your comments on my phone, but cannot reply. Thanks for your continuing presence here!

Fernando Vicente is a Spanish artist who has mapped out some interesting ideas. He has so many wonderful ones, but check out the Artography below.




IV Decals by Little Love Medical

Posted in geek, humor, inspiration, medicine, wish list on April 4, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Kapow! Dana came across a great accessory line. Little Love Medical makes these great labels to ease the impact of that dreaded IV bag. Their theory is that “spending time in the hospital is difficult for patients, family and friends. Little Love Medical is here to make your stay as pleasant as possible by adding bursts of color and design to everyday hospital products.”



**Please, dear readers, send Good Thoughts, Positive Energy, Prayers, and ANY means of conveying support and healing to Dana. THANK YOU! The Proxy Blogger**


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