21 Little Pleasures in Life

21 Little Pleasures in Life list ~ Christina Designs Art blogI was reading the Community Pool today and someone left a comment that included her post where she wrote about 21 Little Pleasures in Life.  I thought it sounded like a great idea and wanted to share my list too.

1. That scent that makes you think of home.
2. Meeting a puppy for the first time.
3. Fresh picked flowers in a vase on the table.
4. Receiving positive feedback from your teacher.
5. Receiving positive feedback from your boss for a task you thought went unnoticed.
6. A warm summer breeze from your open car windows.
7. Your favorite song on the radio in the car.
8. Your favorite brew on draft at a bar.
9. A surprise encounter with a friend while out shopping.
10. When you finally “get it” about something at work or school.
11. Brand new crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and a blank pad of paper.
12. A warm fuzzy blanket for cuddling under.
13. The smell of cologne on an attractive man.
14. Dancing to your favorite song(s) at your house or anywhere else.
15. A book you can’t seem to put down or stop reading even though its 3am and you have to be up at 7am.
16. Putting on your first tank or dress of the spring season.
17. Enjoying a glass of wine with someone you love on the patio on a warm evening.
18. Looking at photos from your childhood or college and remembering “the good ole days.”
19. Finding something super awesome, at thrift store prices.
20. Those odd smells that remind you of past memories.  For instance, craft foam smells amazing and reminds me of when I was a kid and used to play with art supplies and make things all the time.
21. Meeting new people and making new friends.

Can’t wait to see other people’s lists, if you make one, please come back and share it or link to me so I can post it here!

Daily Prompt: Tainted Love

Daily Prompt: Ever been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend? Was it a total surprise, or something you saw coming? Tell us your best worst breakup story. 

Several years ago, I was in college and this guy I had met my first year of college, he lived across the street from me, I really had a close and interesting friendship with him.  But I never pursued it because I had a boyfriend at the time.

About a year later I was single and we started talking again and eventually started dating.  It was decent for about 1.5 years but nothing special.

In 2005, we had been dating for a bit and I had just went to visit him at his apartment, which, mind you, is almost 3 hours from where I was living.  We spent the weekend together, everything seemed fine.  Less than 48 hours later, he calls me to tell me its over.  Get this, he says its not going to work because….wait for it…”the economy is bad and its hard to find a job.”  I am not —- you.  I wrote it down I was so in shock that this could possibly be real.

Yes, this guy, broke up with me, because it will be hard to find a job after I graduate, which was was in May 2006.  For me, or him?  That was the question.  He wanted to work on soundtracks for movies.  He was a film major.  He must have been talking about himself!

GHe’s called me a few times since we broke up, IM’d me, emailed me.  I haven’t responded yet.  Just waiting for him to show up at my door.  LOL.

But seriously, whatevs.  Fo reals.

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Daily Prompt: Nothin’ But A Good Thing

Daily Prompt: Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

What a good prompt.  If I had nothing to do, and no studying to worry about…I had originally thought I would sleep in, but no, then I would move slower and not have any fun.

I would make some jewelry that I have been putting off because I didn’t have the time.  I would try new things with some jewelry findings I have that I don’t know what to do with.

I would paint.  It has been way too long and I really miss it.  I would find my watercolor gelatos (WHERE ARE THEY?!) and play around with those.  Maybe make some pieces to scan and add to my digital designs.

Then I’d spend a few hours making digital artwork.  I’d mess in Photoshop and Illustrator and alter everything and just experiment and play.

I’d have Jimmy Johns (#12 unwich all the way) for lunch with a Mtn Dew.  YUM!

I’d go visit my niece and nephew and play with them for a few hours.

Maybe I would do some sewing and refashioning from my ever growing pile of fabrics and clothes!  FUN!

Good question today!

Have You Ever..?

Have you ever read something like a gazillion times and then replied to it thinking you know what you’re saying.  Then you show someone else, and they’re like “dude, that’s not what that meant.”  Then you feel like an idiot?

Yeah. My bad.  So I got this comment on a past post about stealing content, and I read her comment like 10 times trying to decide which way her comment was pointing.  I thought it was an argument but maybe it was just a comment I was misreading because I feel so strongly in one direction about it.

Well I think that was the case.  And I totally owe this person an apology.  I don’t even know if I should leave all the comments on the post because the exchange did happen, or if I should delete my response or edit it and leave her’s because it is relevant?  Whats the protocol for when a blogger misreads a person’s comment and responds kinda roughly?

(If you know btw, do tell me, because I am clueless.)  EDIT: I deleted my offending comment and left her’s because it is relevant and she made some good points.

I feel like I committed a social faux paux.  I still don’t even know if I follow the comment the way everyone else must be reading it.  I think the comment when she said it might be “impossible” to prevent the stealing of content, that made me think she was on the other side.

Enough.  I’m sorry for my misinterpretation and for assuming things instead of asking questions.

PS.  If you think my blog looks funny, its because I’m trying out a new theme and changing up my header still.  Sorry for the weirdness.

Daily Prompt: Lucky Star

Daily Prompt: Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?

1. To win the lottery: so I can stop worrying about money for awhile and just focus on what needs doing and what I love to do.

2. To get 5 more hours every day: then I can sleep in and still have ample time for studying, working, and playing.

3. To enjoy my favorite full wheat beers again: I’ll give up the rest of the food, but I would love to go to a bar and just grab a beer and enjoy.



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I’ve Been Featured in a Craftstar Collection!

One of my items from my Craftstar shop has been featured in a collection on the site!

My Red Mother of Pearl Hair Pins were featured along with all these other Valentine-friendly handmade items!  Check it out!

Roses are Red My Love by Amanda Rose Soaps

While you’re on the site, be sure to stop by my Craftstar Shop: Christina Designs Art.  My coupon code for Free Shipping on all items is still active, enter NEWYEAR2013 in the coupon code box to receive free shipping with your order!

Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ

Daily Prompt:  Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?


I had to Google which Generation I am considered.  I was born in 1983, and according to several websites, I am not a Generation X like I had previously thought, those people were born 1960-1980.  Generation Y must be 1981-2000s.  Thats if we are being technical, but I gotta say, I do not feel like a Gen Y category person.

I find it so surprising how kids born in the 1990s-2000s (and beyond) tend to be such bullies.  I honestly don’t think it was so bad when I was growing up, and not because I wasn’t teased or picked on.  I certainly was.  There was a girl in grade school and high school who constantly teased me because I was so skinny.  I got so fed up I called her fat.  Now obviously that is taken differently and I felt bad saying it, because she wasn’t, but I was sick of being picked on for my body type.  I asked her to stop talking to me for weeks before I finally said that, and then she did stop talking to me.

I’m getting off subject.  Maybe I just hear about it more now that I am older, but so often kids are bullying each other to the point of suicide.  In the most tolerant generation of racial and stereotypical manners, the younger children (Gen Z?) are such extreme bullies.  Facebook pages like ….OMG now I can’t find them on my page…geez.

Anyway, I can’t believe we have to make pages about how we support people different from ourselves and there are people commenting about how “insert bad word” these feelings and lifestyles are.  Just because it differs from your lifestyle or belief system.  Makes me sad.

Basically same subject for the older generations.  Naturally, there are some good eggs in both generations.

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Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now

Daily Prompt:  Write a post entirely in the present tense.   Photographers, artists, poets: show us NOW.

Write now.  I’m studying.  Boo yah.

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What City Should You Actually Live In? Buzzfeed Quiz

I read sayyestohappy the blog (and so should you), and today one of the ladies took the What City Should You Actually Live In? Quiz from Buzzfeed.  She seemed to enjoy it, so I took it too!


I got Cape Town:

You have never been able to sit still a single day in your life. An avid adventurer you are always looking for the most unconventional way to do things. You love city life, but couldn’t imagine life without getting out into nature every once in a while. Cape Town is calling.

Interesting choice for me.  I absolutely love to be busy and go out and experience new things!  I love to meet new people and its true, I do love the city life!  I had a blast in NYC when I visited.  I love to be able to walk out my door and walk down the street to shops or friend’s houses (back in the college days this was easier).  But I also have to have my time with trees and flowers and gardens.  I love to spend time outside in parks and around wonderfully smelling flowers and tending to a garden.

I literally know nothing about Cape Town.  I guess I will have to read up on it!  It certainly is quite pretty!

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