Monthly Archives: June 2012

encouraging your inner writer

I have periods of insomnia where laying awake my restless imagination provides a constant stream of ideas and – at that particular time – seemingly fantastic copy for blog posts. {Let’s face it: most seemingly fantastic ideas contrived at 02:00 am very seldom are.} On waking I can never remember the phrasing of the previous night’s efforts and have been too lazy to drag my backside out of the cosy confines of my toasty bed to do anything about it. Until now. Enter wiseoldnightowl. An outlet for my unsettled mind and  a more efficient use for those hours wasted thinking about writing instead of actually doing it.

Writing is not something that comes easily to me. It’s a lengthy process that involves much staring at the blinking cursor, overuse of the backspace key, and too frequent trips to the kitchen in search of a  fresh cup of coffee. Composing my first blog post {this bloody blog idea seemed fantastic at 02:00 am}, I learnt something about myself: if I want to write AND do everything that is required of me each day, I am going to need some help. Liquid and sundry.

  1. A sherry or two lubricates the cogs and encourages word flow. Or maybe it’s a liquid illusion? Either way.
  2. Keep a dictionary close. I was not given the gift of multitasking so cannot think and spell simultaneously.
  3. Be inspired. Writing is easier when impassioned. Strong emotions {and sherry?} enhance word production.
  4. Research. Google. Twitter. It’s enlightening and  most entertaining to see how the online community are feeling  and reacting  to whatever subject has tickled your fancy.
Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.

– Gene Fowler

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

– Thomas Jefferson

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uses for repurposed wooden pallets

I love the earthy roughness of old used wood. In my opinion wooden pallets are an ideal vehicle for a little creative DIY. Repurposing is eco-friendly and a wonderful way to add your own personality to your home. I am particularly fond of furniture that looks like it has journeyed far and wide, each dent and imperfection another line in the story of its lengthy existence. I’m also partial to furniture that has a definite function, not just aesthetic value. I found the ideas below inspirational, and so now I’m off to find some pallets.

POTTING BENCH

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-your-own-potting-bench/

Potting Bench How-To

PALLET PLANTER

http://pinterest.com/pin/151292868701533734/

pallet planter

RUSTIC CROCKERY SHELF

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/04/07/art-of-upcycling-20-diy-wood-pallet-reuse-project-ideas/

OUTDOOR TABLE

http://www.joyeverafter.com/blog/2011/7/13/outdoor-pallet-table-diy.html

Interior Inspiration - Top Ten DIY Uses of a Wood Pallet in Home Decor - outdoor coffee table made from a pallet

HANGING STORAGE

http://pinterest.com/pin/151292868701533732/

pallet shelves

CORNER COUCH COME BEDS ON WHEELS

http://projectnursery.com/2011/07/diy-make-your-bed-part-1/

Interior Inspiration - Top Ten DIY Uses of a Wood Pallet in Home Decor - daybed made from pallets

COFFEE TABLE

http://pinterest.com/pin/151292868701533723/

Love this roll-able pallet coffee table

USEFUL TOOL FOR TAKING APART PALLETS

Stanley wonder bar

Stanley 55-515K Wonder Bar


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