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Quote: The Worst Enemy to Creativity is Self-Doubt

The Worst Enemy to Creativity is Self-Doubt typography quote by Sylvia Plath

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

-Sylvia Plath

It’s been awhile, my friends.

I took an impromptu hiatus from this blog because I was hard at work on many other things.

My day job managing the online presence of Studio 3, Inc., posts in collaborations with brands that can’t go live yet, reorganizing and re-linking my entire DIY gallery (still a work in progress), planning out new content for Chic Steals, making jewelry and baubles to launch my line soon, working on videos with Uncommon Era, plus personal things threatening to reach out and swallow me whole…yup, it’s been a very busy March so far.

I’ve had to let a lot of things slide.

Plus being so busy has begun to make me doubt myself…is it worth it to be this busy? Am I doing to much? Should I lay any one of the above to rest?

Of course, with these thoughts circling in my head it has been hard to write about being creative. So I took a little time and put together this bit of typography just to flex those creative muscles.

Just because.

And I find, that if I can lay those nagging doubts to rest and just do something, regardless, I start to feel more creative, and back to my old self again.

How do you deal with creative block?

xo
Carly

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Quote: Be Brave Enough to Live Life Creatively

bebraveenoughWho knew Alan Alda was such a genius?

 

Be brave enough to life life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

-Alan Alda

Love it!

xo
Carly

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The Stayfree Comfort Factor: DIY Inspirational Quote Pillow Gives Me Comfort During That Time of the Month

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Ladies: who’s with me when I say I need a little extra comfort during that time of the month? We all know how it is during our periods: the cramping, aching, irritability, exhaustion, bloating, and general annoyance. stayfree_teatime_chicstealsI tend to fall into a routine during this time: wearing loose, comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, indulging by curling up with an escapist book and a mug of my favorite Aveda Thé tea (with hints of peppermint and licorice root, yum!), and spending more time than usual just sitting on my bed to ease my aching back. I found also that doing a fun DIY project takes my mind of the general icky feeling that time of the month brings…and if it’s something that can also bring a little relief to my symptoms, so much the better!

stayfree_teatime2_chicstealsMy kitty mug: a gift my grandmother Baba – the only grandparent I ever knew – gave me for my 11th birthday (now more than 25 years ago!). I treasure it and only save it for when I’m feeling really down.

stayfree_pillowdone3_chicstealsI’ve had this long lumbar pillow for a while (originally found at IKEA), and since I’ve been redoing my bedroom to add feminine pops of pink here and there, I felt like creating a brand-new pillowcase for it. Something beautiful. Something inspirational, that would motivate me beyond the blahs and get me to a better place mentally. Or just help prop me up when I feel like indulging in my tea + book combination. So why not a handwritten quote that I can look at and find motivation when I’m blue? It’s pretty easy to make your own, too. Here’s how: You Need:stayfree_diyquotepillow_materials

piece of pink cotton fabric / white cotton fabric / pillow insert / invisible white zipper / sewing machine / matching thread / pins / fabric scissors / measuring tape / marking chalk / black Sharpie laundry marker

How To: stayfree_diyquotepillow_step11. Measure your pillow and cut two pieces of fabric that are the measurements + 0.5″ all around for a seam allowance. I chose to use a patterned fabric for the back so my pillow would be reversible.
2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of the pink fabric.
3. Sketch the words on it with marking chalk. (It helps to place the fabric on something hard, like a cutting board, and use a piece of cut fabric as a guide to keep your words straight.) I just freehanded the words, using this picture as inspiration.)
4. Use a Sharpie to write the words and make it permanent. (I should have used a laundry marker, I realized, rather than a regular Sharpie.) stayfree_diyquotepillow_step25. Pin the pink fabric to one piece of white fabric, centering it and folding under the raw edge.
6. Sew around the edge of the pink fabric to secure.
7. Make the two larger fabric pieces into a pillowcase by sewing the zipper to each piece with a 0.5″ seam allowance.
8. Open the zipper a small amount. stayfree_diyquotepillow_step3Flatten the piece right sides together with the zipper at the top, and sew all the way around the remaining 3 sides of the fabric. stayfree_diyquotepillow_step49. Turn right-side-out and stuff with your pillow insert. stayfree_pillowdone3_chicstealsAnd that’s it! I could seriously stare at this quote all day: it helps snap me out of that “period funk” and gets me DOING things! stayfree_pillowdone4_chicstealsstayfree_pillowdone1_chicstealsWhen someone says “Comfort” this is what comes to mind: my bedroom, filled with soothing tones of lush green with gorgeous pink accents, a downy comforter on my memory foam mattress, and my beautiful Quote Pillow, that reminds me that we women can do anything we set our minds to. And can never be stopped by our periods. 

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Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling

ourgreatestgloryquote_chicstealsHello friends! Long time no see! I’ve had a ton going on, and am dealing with some really difficult personal things. Perhaps I’ll be sharing soon – but not quite yet. I’m still soldiering through, though I still see no light at the end of this very long, immeasurably dark tunnel.

For now though, I’m back here on this blog again, sharing ideas and inspiration for affordable fashion and DIY.

Here’s a little quote for everyone out there who has ever had to deal with something that threatens to destroy everything, pull down the walls around them, and change life as you knew it forever:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

-Confucious

Photo by Fré Sonneveld. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

Link, share & pin as much as you like! Share and share alike Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

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Comparison is an act of violence against the self.

-Iyanla Vanzant

Jennifer Jones, the blogger behind IHeartOrganizing, one of my favorite blogs that I stalk almost daily, recently shared some thoughts on perfection that appears throughout the blogosphere in beautiful, styled photos, amazing layouts, boundless creativity, and an often daunting body of work that some can feel is not reflective of reality. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, left out, or overwhelmed with the seemingly “perfect” lives put out there on social media or blogs, you’re not alone. Don’t be overwhelmed by the careful construction of reality.

Read her post. It will help.

In her post she quotes Iyanla Vanzant, which is a particularly favorite quote of mine, and one I knew was just perfect for my digital typography poster this week.

Photo by Chris Brignola. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

Link, share & pin as much as you like! Share and share alike Quote: Every Time You Wink the Stars Move

Quote: Every Time You Wink the Stars Move

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Every time you wink the stars move.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo by Hide Obara. Text layout by me.

xo

Carly

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Quote: When Your Heart and Your Mind Are Aligned, Amazing Things Will Happen

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When your heart and your mind are aligned, amazing things will happen.

-Anonymous

Not sure who said it, or who I’m misquoting or how I’ve re-appropriated it…but this is something I endeavor to live by. To sync emotion and intention.

Photo by Fabio Rose. Graphic and quote by me.

xo

Carly

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Life is Too Short to Be Small

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Life is too short to be small.

-Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister

Photo by Robin Benad. Text by me.

xo

Carly

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