W. W. D. D.

I’m feeling inspired and challenged this weekend by the ever-fabulous Dita von Teese.

The initials that entitle this post stand for my new mantra: “What would Dita do?”

It’s not that I want to be Dita, but I have long admired her fabulous style and poise, and the depth, integrity and graciousness with which she lives her truth.

I’m currently reading her book: Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour. I spotted it in our local library and thought it might help me with my difficulties with stage make-up. I don’t usually wear make-up, so preparing for dance performances can feel a bit of a trial (and don’t ask about my attempts at false eyelashes – no, really!)

What I’ve gained so far has little to do with make up, and everything to do with how I live.

I have been firmly reminded, in a way I can no longer ignore, that my life is entirely what I make it: my daily decisions and choices today shape my future.

I find this awareness both terrifying and strangely exhilarating – a heady mixture of responsibility and permission.

If we create our own lives by our choices (large or small, deliberate or unconscious) then the implications are enormous.

We have the power to create our future right now.

Let me write that again:

We have the power to create our future right now!

How cool is that?!

It’s like the ultimate in creativity! We each create our own life…

Okay, we may not have the power to employ ourselves in our dream job, or to throw off disease and disability – I will wholeheartedly acknowledge that each of us starts from a   different place.

But!

We do have the power to choose whether we apply for that dream job – or set up our own business and employ ourselves.

We do have the power to choose how we react to our situation: do we bury ourselves in a traumatic past or seek to rise up and look to the future? Do we go along with what everyone else does or find our way? Do we keep doing what we’ve always done or try a different way?

The choices are ours – large and small – every day…

I don’t know about you, but I find that idea incredibly exciting.

… even if it means I have to accept that I’m also shaping my future when I choose biscuits over dance practice… Exciting is not the same as comfortable 😉

So, I am feeling inspired and challenged.

How will I choose to live? What do I want my future to look like? What do I want the future me to look like? (It seems that part of the answer to that last question involves more lipstick than ‘past me’ expected!)

I can take small, but deliberate, steps towards answering these questions every day.

And so can you!

What will you choose?

What future will you shape?

W. W. D. D.

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Random bits of inspiration – Eggplant

Eggplant - Solanum melongena- Purple Japanese Eggplant - circa 18th century:

limilee:    balsiek: 45881 Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ by horticultural art on Flickr.:

Was hoping I'd get an eggplant at the CSA yesterday. They're so pretty, I want to make something eggplant.:

Fantasy by Edward Burne-Jones, 1897 Burne-Jones evolved from the aesthetic movement to be recognised across Europe as a symbolist and his visionary art bears comparison with that of Munch, Klimt and Odilon Redon, who similarly sought to create modern myths.:

Eggplant: Gokce Erenmemisoglu:

rangoli-inspired rug - plum and cream Harlequin Susa rug by Hill & Co Rugs.  £635:

Learn how to roast cubed eggplant. Healthy, less oil than frying, tasty caramelized results. Yummy finger food, or add to your favorite recipe.:

Alphonse Mucha inspired wallpaper border. Arts and Crafts era / Art Nouveau.   Love love love:

Plum Purple Eggplant at the Farmers Market, Food Photography, Deep Purple, Kitchen Art, Food Kitchen Decor on Etsy:

Door Series - Volterra | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos:

wonderful watercolor painted eggplant, in which i'll attempt to paint as well.:

Purple wall:

food art | 2 eggplants                     unknown:

Random bits of inspiration – ecru

 Man's doublet. Glazed linen embroidered with linen thread. England, 1635-40.:

#doors #louvre| photo rebecca plotnick:

Fine Art Photography Print 8x12  Floral Art  by PhotographyByJagna, €23.00:

Christmas gift, Crochet doily, lace doilies, table decoration, crocheted doilie, center piece, hand made, table runner, napkin, ecru via Etsy:

Digital photography by Jamie Heiden...very evocative, magical. This is Something Good This Way Comes:

3D Textiles - organic textile creation; decorative three-dimensional florals and textures inspired by nature; fabric manipulation:

Ars magna lucis (great art of light) by Athanasius Kircher, 1665 from Turris Babel (Tower of Babel):

So, after a few missteps I no longer buy shoes online (unless I can try on a pair in person first)---but I love these! I'm not one to wear uncomfortable or totally impractical shoes, but I could do this moderate heel and rounded toe. What I really love, though, is the subtle details---the scallops, the perforated straps, the triple buttons---that set these shoes apart. They're in a great neutral color, too.:

Eight Approaches to Simplicity by Duane Elgin || Daily Good (image source: http://chauvetproblog.com/evolution-of-light/zen-and-the-art-of-entertainment-lighting-part-1/):

Crochet fringe cowl neck scarf in ecru cream by AmeBa77 on Etsy, $39.00:

Part of the Base of a Pilaster in Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice John Ruskin, July 1869:

In a sheep's eye Art Print:

Beige | Ecru | Cream | Taupe | ベージュ | бежевый | Bēju | Colour | Texture Antique Cluny Bedfordshire ecru handwork:

Random bits of inspiration – ebony

I think a piano would look awesome with these keys:

Whale Tail Neclace - Hawaiian Carving with Mango Wood and Ebony Wood on Etsy, $125.00:

Black | Noir | Preto | Ebony | Sable | Onyx | Charcoal | Obsidian | Jet | Color | Texture | Pattern | Styling |:

Black Daydreams with Diamonds: I love it. This is something I'd put on my wall. Personally I think the diamonds are unnecessary in this one. It would be an incredible pic without the bling. If someone knows who drew or designed this, please tell me so I can go to his/her website.:

PRS private stock #4051 P22 madagascar ebony  Always wanted Madagascar ebony. It has such a beautiful tone to it.:

art #love. www.lab333.com www.facebook.com/pages/LAB-STYLE/585086788169863 www.lab333style.com lablikes.tumblr.com www.pinterest.com/labstyle:

Ebony Door, Kerala in 1950, At the Ajman Museum, India:

abandoned piano:

I love the design of these pieces, which actually look quite modern: Reproduced Antique Design Chess Set Ebony Wood:

Una puerta muy muy original, àra aquellos atrevidos que quieran ponerla en casa. "Open Sesame" ebony and Philippine hardwoods:

On piano - Mine do this and they like to walk across the keyboard back and forth back and forth!:

Random bits of inspiration – emerald

Green door with antique handle. This photo perfectly captures the rustic trend with a hint of elegance through the detail in the handle.: Green door with antique handle. This photo perfectly captures the rustic trend with a hint of elegance through the detail in the handle.

Deep emerald green peacock feathers. Inspiration for #green #gems: Deep emerald green peacock feathers. Inspiration for #green #gems

Oneonta Gorge, Oregon The Emerald Canyon- it has 4 waterfalls!: Oneonta Gorge, Oregon The Emerald Canyon- it has 4 waterfalls!

The Imperial Emerald at 206 carats is the world's most valuable emerald due to the fact that it is so clean, clear and is totally unenhanced.: The Imperial Emerald at 206 carats is the world's most valuable emerald due to the fact that it is so clean, clear and is totally unenhanced.

Green, German 1950: VW Beetle, Bus and Fiat Topolino on top. hnnng. <3 http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/1951/01/16/germany-1950-vw-beetle-bus-and-fiat-topolino-on-top/: Green, German 1950: VW Beetle, Bus and Fiat Topolino on top. hnnng. <3 http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/1951/01/16/germany-1950-vw-beetle-bus-and-fiat-topolino-on-top/

green tiles #tiles #materials Handmade tiles can be colour coordinated and customized re. shape, texture, pattern, etc. by ceramic design studios: green tiles #tiles #materials Handmade tiles can be colour coordinated and customized re. shape, texture, pattern, etc. by ceramic design studios

Ha ha ha Ho ho ho and a couple of tra la las that's how we laugh the day away in the merry old land of Oz: Ha ha ha Ho ho ho and a couple of tra la las that's how we laugh the day away in the merry old land of Oz

One of my favorite colors is #Emerald. I wouldn't use it for a wall, but for some details in decoration. #DRH20: One of my favorite colors is #Emerald. I wouldn't use it for a wall, but for some details in decoration. #DRH20

Amazing emerald bath in La Sultana Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco: Amazing emerald bath in La Sultana Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco

Emerald glass wear: Emerald glass wear

Emerald River — Rio Verde, Texas. Gorgeous, this is the stuff my dreams are made of: Emerald River — Rio Verde, Texas. Gorgeous, this is the stuff my dreams are made of

Colombian Emeralds...hello to all emeralds that sparkle in the universe: Colombian Emeralds...hello to all emeralds that sparkle in the universe

Now...giving de letch a substantial pull...and stepping into mine pelace...: Now...giving de letch a substantial pull...and stepping into mine pelace...

Oh Morgana: so elegant, but so evil.: Oh Morgana: so elegant, but so evil.

Re-Blog: The spiritual materialist

It is worth taking time to ponder our relationship with our ‘stuff’, and make sure that we cherish and care for what we have…

Druid Life

I’m a very materialistic person, in that I love and value objects. There are many items in my home that are precious to me and that I would be grieved to part with. Musical instruments. A bookcase that belonged to my great grandparents. Gifts from friends, handmade items, objects made with love and skill. Some of my grandmother’s artwork. The artwork of people I admire. Books. So many books. I’ve collected the objects that share my space with care and attention and some of them have been with me a very long time. They have stories, which weave their existence into mine.  They have utility and beauty. I am attached to them.

Materialism gets a really bad name. It is used to imply greed and consumption, and fixation on the wrong things. Many (but not all) religions divide the physical world from the spiritual, and to be involved with things…

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Random bits of inspiration – silver

frank gehry Art Curator & Art Adviser. I am targeting the most exceptional art! Catalog @ http://www.BusaccaGallery.com

Janet Miller's rings which look like little silver glaciers.

Easily distracted by shiny objects.

charred wood #texture  Dit is boomschors. Je ziet hier duidelijk hoe het hout aan zou voelen. Dit heet de textuur. Ook zie je hoe de schors is opgebouwd. Dit is de structuur van de boomschors.

That is an interesting way of doing scale. Would make really cool character armor. Stylish and effective.

in my eyes out of character but... tadao ando | steinskulpturenmuseum [bad münster am stein, germany].

WSH the creativity and craftsmanship of Thierry Mugler. Bulgari tumbler.".•.¸ღ¸´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ☆ ‎.•°*”˜ ☆¸.•´¯`•.¸☆

Silver mushroom - a light emitting mushroom. A material which produces light only through a chemical reaction

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

A HOWARD & CO. SILVER AND SILVER GILT MATCH SAFE  Howard & Co., New York, New York, circa 1900  Marks: (clover), STERLING | JV

stunning sea and sky... I could sit on a porch and look at a view like this all day and listen to the waves.

Silver Orbs. Omg i love these!

This is yet another very old and interesting doorway. If these doors could tell the story of who entered & exited, it would be so much history.