Golden Contrast

Golden Contrast, by LKW created on Polyvore 5.2.14
Happy Friday. I am feeling under the weather so I decided to play around with Polyvore and to create a collage. I love creating these collages as it helps me learn color combinations for my mixed media work.

Anyway, you may be wondering about the significance of the numbers 4 and 5. I included them in the collage because they keep cropping up everywhere. Now, this may sound woo-woo to some, but having been born and bred Catholic, I believe in angels and in their presence among us, so I ask that you indulge me.

In the book “Angel Numbers” by Doreen Virtue, she lists the various meaning of each number from 00-999. She attributes the following meaning to each number. Number 4 means “Angels are with you. Call upon them for help, guidance, and feelings of love and security.” The number 5 means “This number relates to change, transformation, transmutation, and alchemy. Something in your life is changing, or about to change, for the better.” Now whether you believe in them or not, I find the thought comforting that there are beings waiting in the wings (no pun intended) to guide me as I travel this journey called life. Yet, I have enormous repeat for those who do not share my beliefs, because that is what makes life interesting–the amazing differences between us. Now, go out there and have a stupendous weekend!

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Silvery Dreams

Silvery Dreams
Silvery Dreams by lydia-kimble-wright featuring silver home accessories


I got the idea for this Polyvore set, from of all places, Home Depot. This weekend, my 7-year-old granddaughter and I headed to Home Depot with one purpose in mind — to buy a new hammock. We found one. Instead of leaving, she insisted on playing with paint color strips, which I love to do for color inspiration in my burgeoning mixed media work.

What I didn’t realize was that Home Depot is like a toy store for her. She ran from section to section laying her cheek on the soft carpet, admiring washing machines, tile, and bamboo blinds. We ended up in the refrigerator section, where she checked out one refrigerator after another. I fell in love with this huge aluminum steel fridge with enough room to fit a small child. Alas, instead of buying the very expensive refrigerator, I created this silver set. It will have to satisfy my fascination for now.
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Tea Time

Tea Time
Tea Time by lydia-kimble-wright featuring a glass vase
As has been the case since January 1, I am on a mission to reduce clutter and increase organization in our home. I am going through the books stacked all through the house, as well as closets filled with items that I purchased years ago that are left unopened. The Goodwill pile is growing each day and I am far from finished.

After another taxing day, I had to stop because the pain had ratcheted up as I tore through the house. Such is the case with fibromyalgia. In my case, even though I take pain medications before hand, physical activity increases the pain from its’ every day level to one much higher and less controlled. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to take the attitude that I will have the pain no matter what I do, so I may as well end the day with a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment. My body was saying enough is enough, and I respectfully listened. Before I settled in, however, I made a blend of dried lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, red roses and orange peel for a fragrant cup of tea. It was perfect.

So, it should come as no surprise that when I settled down, I headed straight for Polyvore. I wanted to make a collage based on the color of the ingredients in my tea, that is, red, purple, yellow, orange and green. The above collage is the result. By the time that I’d finished both my tea and the collage, the pain was easing and I felt better. Tea, it does a body good. 🙂

Blessings, Lydia

All Will Be Well, St. Julian of Norwich

Cool to Hot!

Cool to Hot!
Cool to Hot! by lydia-kimble-wright featuring bracelets
Lately, I’ve had so much fun creating these sets/vision boards with the assistance of Polyvore that I neglected to explain how I am doing it. Since I began painting this year, I’ve really become fascinated with color and composition. Polyvore is what you might call a clearinghouse of amazing fashions, printed materials, colors, accessories and home goods from around the world. The site is a smorgasbord of clothing, furniture, jewelry, makeup, shoes, vases, candles and so much more. After exploring and perhaps, shopping all the amazing products, in every color imaginable, you can follow the link to a website where you can buy that particular find.

In addition to a venue for shoppers, the site is also a boon for those not interested in spending a dime. There is a tool that allows you to create a set or , I like to call it a “vision board” much like the one you see above. Once you’ve signed in, you can choose to create a collection, set or template.  You are taken to a page like this. This is where your latent design and creative skills can really come out to play. Here, you are allowed to search the expanse of the website for any item, in any color, that you prefer. By clicking and dragging, you can create the board of your wildest imagination, positioning and resizing each item to your own specifications. You can also add embellishments in the form of backgrounds, overlays, texts, symbols and more. When you are satisfied with your creation, you can share it with your friends by publishing it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or even as I have done, to your blog.

I’ve only given you an overview of the site with its’ entertaining tool. With it, I can wile away time “shopping” with abandon, choosing items that I cannot possibly afford, and fashioning them into a colorful, visual work of art. Admittedly, this is all in good fun, but isn’t that the point? To join in the fun, begin here.

Blessings, Lydia