Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Articles of Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration? What inspires you? What inspires you on a daily basis? Recently I was asked about where I derive my inspiration. On May 18, 2010, in Kimberly's Morning Coffee, SquidooKimberly asked, "what inspires you?"

My answer at that moment was: "Ah, Kimberly! I first think of a fellow lensmaster, editionh aka Martin, when I think about "what inspires me!" Martin inspires me through his artful words, artsy lenses, and wonderful art on zazzle. Thanks for asking!"

I've written about The Art of Zazzle -- My Favorite Zazzle Art which is my tribute lens which spotlights the marvelous Martin and his beautiful, artsy and inspirational art on Zazzle. You know that Zazzle has exploded with items. What makes me smile when I think of Martin is that his art is unique, original and inspiring ... he doesn't try to take stock digital art or clipart to sell his stuff. He sells HIMSELF ... all that is original, artsy and unique!

Do you know that Martin has been kind enough to share with me various websites from which he seeks inspiration on a daily basis.  And, for that I am most thankful.  Thank you Martin!

So this morning I was sitting at my desk in my home office and wondering, "where are those roofers from next door?" The hammering of yesterday had added some interruptions to my thought patterns. Thinking about the hammering and lack of hammering, I started to look around my desk space. There were my articles of inspiration, quite a few of them. "Hmmm," I thought, "I'll take a picture of them and share them with YOU."

Drumroll for my articles of inspiration! Here they are:


So, what have we here? Take a closer look! Some would prod me to make a Squidoo lens, Articles of Inspiration; some might make their own lenses on their articles of inspiration.  My prize inspiration is the original artwork "Be not afraid to sing your own song."  I truly love that!

I've got a "kick butt" Chinese guy, a motorized Energizer bunny, a mosaic Spanish cat, a Joyful Goebel, a Robert Held confetti art glass heart paperweight, and an "I make a difference" lapel pin.  I have several crystal art glass heart paperweights, a "Happiness is a butterfly" inspiration card, two puffed heart crystal candleholders AND a Giant of the Year Award mousepad oh my!

What have you got sitting on your desk that inspires you?  I think I need to tell YOU more about all this stuff ... YES?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Olay Simply Ageless speaks to me!

Oh Joy for COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless! Yes indeed. Over the years, I've been using a variety of Oil of Olay products. Can you imagine my joy when BzzAgent announced recently that a new project was available? A project to try COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless beauty products? Why, I was on it like white is on rice ... or so "they" say.

Here is a picture of those beauty products that were included in my BzzKit.  My kit included #225 foundation, #230 blush, #230 corrector and #220 eye concealer.


I really like the line of Oil of Olay products, so I was pretty excited to be accepted into this project.  In the past, I've mostly used liquid foundation.  Once or twice in the past, I had tried compact type makeup, but not really been that excited about how it was difficult to apply.  Thus far, I am finding application of the COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless [CGOSA] to be almost flawless.  On the flip side of the swirled makeup is a round, spongy applicator that is kept separate in the compact ... that is good.  I don't like my applicator to be parked on top of my makeup.  ;)


Living in Florida, the weather can be quite hot and humid.  And, if you are a menopausal or postmenopausal lady, you're already packing a little extra heat.  Add being a blonde, well then you are over the top on the hot stuff scale!

I like a type of makeup that doesn't make me feel like I am wearing a mask.  And, I like a type of makeup that still lets my skin breathe while providing the extra values of protection from the sun AND anti-aging oh yeah!  So far, I will score these new beauty products high on my like scale.

The breakthrough formula, "infused with Olay Regenerist serum, the Simply Ageless Collection of foundation, blush, concealer, and corrector is formulated to stay suspended over fine lines and wrinkles for flattering, flawless coverage at any age." It won a 2009 Beauty Insider's Choice Award too!

What I am hoping to tell you about is verification of the clinical results which have "shown to provide significant improvement in skin condition in just four weeks."

Oh, since I've now gotten a bit of a tan, I am finding that the #225 foundation is a bit too light for me. It is important to note, that you should probably go a shade darker when picking this foundation. I have another tip for you! As I was in a bit of a hurry the first time I put on the foundation, I actually got a bit on my eyelashes. Well, would you know that when I went to apply my mascara, I found that my mascara applied BETTER! That was an extra bonus.

You'll have to check back with me to hear how I'm doing with the anti-aging benefits! I fully expect to report back that I really do look like I am JUST 39 years old. Oh yeah!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Now I've seen everything

And, so will you after you follow along with me and allow me to share with you something that I find most interesting.  You know they say that necessity is the mother of invention.  And, I'm just betting it was some mother who created this interesting item.

There is a resourceful young lady by the name of Jane Webb who is credited with this nifty invention. We are talking about the Braza Bra Travel Bag (8080) S/Pink Dot!

When Jane Webb was doing extensive travel, she would arrive only to discover that her best assets had become deficits! Jane's sheer frustration, inconvenience and cost of having to run out to replace them, inspired the bra(g). The first protective travel bag for your molded/contour cup bras.

Oh wow! I have to say that when I first looked at this item, I was thinking, "Now who is going to carry a bra bag?" You know? I was thinking it could be a novelty handbag or clutch ... wouldn't Madonna or Lady GaGa like them? I think they would.

Well, I am equally blown away by the fact that this little bag can fit up to 6 bras!!! And size doesn't seem to matter in that it can fit A-D cups! Oh my! I think with the measurements of 13" x 7" x 3" that this COULD be a novelty handbag too? You'd get extra mileage from it.


By the way? Since I've captured your interest today ... may I interest you in a little debate? Go ahead, get it off your chest and debate me. It's Silicone vs. Saline -- Which Side Are YOU On? Feel free to add your comments herein.