Tag Archives: imagination

Printable Patchwork Designs for colouring in, tangles and doodles

(Reposted from my website World of Magnifica)

It’s Launch Week – and the Treasure Hunt is on!

Until midnight GMT 11th December 2016, World of Magnifica celebrates the Launch of the

Printable Fill-Me-In Patchwork Calendar 2017

Morning Star patchwork blocks

Morning Star patchwork blocks – Colourists: Dee Dee Boseman and Shannon Wookruff Schuler

 

Here a quick run-through:

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This bi-weekly Calendar with 26 pages for colouring, doodles or tangles is available with black lines for more contrast (and black tangles), or gentle grey lines which after colouring look like hidden seams.

But because not everyone wants a calendar, I’ve also added a couple of packages with JPGs for printing out and digital colouring.

The Calendar and the JPGs are available on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

Let’s Party!

Contests, discounts, freebies and giveaways and more fun and games!

Come join us on Facebook in the CTTC – The Colouring, Textiles & Tangles Connection,

or the special Launch Party Event organised by The Coloring Co-op (private group – in order to access this Party you must join the group first)!

Everybody who joins gets a Welcome gift plus the Unexpected Treasure for colouring in – and that’s only two of the freebies you’ll find!

Unexpected Treasure (multicolour) – Colourist Maria Hoffmeister

This Unexpected Treasure colouring page is only available for free and for a limited time! 🙂

Treasure Hunt Shortcut

If you can’t or don’t want to join the groups: You can get the Calendar and the JPGs – and other colouring pages and cards – on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

And until 31st December 2016, I’ll give you a 20% discount for sharing on Facebook or Twitter!

Enjoy!

Maria

What I learned through NaNoWriMo

November is NaNoWriMo – the (inter)National Novel Writing Month.

Last year I participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo. What I learned during those 30 days had not only impact on quality and quantity of my writing (fiction and non-fiction), but also changed my approach to writing – and other life areas as well 🙂

I wrote this list of “What I learned through NaNoWriMo” beginning of December 2010. When I reviewed it today for this post, I was surprised at how complete – and still valid – it was. I have not altered my last year’s statements, only grouped them.

Perfectionism vs. flexibility – dealing with obstacles

  • how to plod on even when I didn’t know where I was going or how to get there
  • apart fom finding and using small bits of time I also realized that “having to make” time for something as opposed to “having” the time to do it – makes it much more likely that I use the “made” time for the task I made it for, instead of procrastinating or doing something else – I value the time, because I made it valuable by limiting it
  • my worst enemies are my own doubts – can I write 2500 word in one day if necessary? Yes, I can. They may be crap – but that’s for revision to fix 😉
  • not to be overwhelmed by (or back off) a difficult, confusing or giant long-term goal, but to break it into achievable bits (okay, I knew and made use of that one, but I tended to avoid the real biggies)

Focussing on results WHILE enjoying the process

  • setting quantified goals = results instead of how much time I spent on it, but I do combine it with short sprints of max 25 minutes
  • I discovered many time saving techniques I can also apply in other areas, for instance not procrastinating with details while still in the draft stage
  • It’s about finishing this one step: the draft = getting the story down. If there’s no story, just ideas, what am I going to base my revision on?

My own writing preferences

  • although I type a lot faster than I write (legibly) by hand, the result with paper and pen is better and quicker in the end, as I’m not tempted to correct – and the story flows better
  • I discovered my average draft writing speed and rhythm, one I feel comfortable with at long distance – which helps me also to plan more realistically (I was surprised that when doing short sprints  I can hand-write 250-300 words in ten minutes – I focus on “writing” instead of “thinking”)
  • I found out how long I can concentrate on focused writing, and learned to recognize AND respect the signs telling me it’s better to have many breaks (as long as I’m eager to go on) rather than risk mental exhaustion and lose time during recovery
  • looking forward to revision instead of dreading it as a boring task

Switching on and off as desired

I usually don’t have problems with focus and concentration as long as I enjoy what I’m doing 😉 but for some aspects NaNoWriMo helped me to find better solutions – with benefits spreading into other life areas as well:

  • how to switch off when I’m full of enthusiasm – and still not lose momentum
  • how to get going at a time when it’s “inconvenient”, that is when I’m tired, have “something better” to do, “don’t feel like it”
  • how to get started again, especially with complex or ongoing projects, or when I hit an obstacle and get stuck
  • how to switch instantly into writing mode AND how to switch off (took me a couple of weeks, though, to learn it)
  • how to use small time spans of 10 or 15 min (“oh, I still got 10 min” instead of “10 min is not worth starting”)

Even if you never thought of writing a novel, NaNoWriMo is an experience worth having 🙂

No idea what to write? On the site you can even find titles to choose from, or adopt a plot – so, no excuses 😉

All you need to do to participate is to sign up.  (And perhaps inform your immediate social environment that you might not be quite your usual self for the next four weeks…)

Link to the blog:  The Office of Letters and Light

Stay tuned for my long list of tips on how to survive NaNoWriMo 2011 healthy and sane 😉

Maria

Cupcakes For All & Everyone

In case you haven’t noticed: I dressed up my blog header for a special occasion – my very first blog award.

On September 8th, enermazing was honoured with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award – which is not only about receiving but also about giving 🙂 Here’s the procedure:

Step One: Thank and Link the Person who Nominated You

A *BIG THANK YOU* to Happydancercat/Year of Kindness for your Irresistibly Sweet Kindness to pass this award on to me 🙂

Step Two: Share Seven Random Facts About Yourself

After having lived with myself for almost fifty years, I found it surprisingly difficult to come up with seven facts about myself which might interest someone else 😕

  1. I like getting up at dawn – which means at sunset I begin to yawn…
  2. My favourite fruit are either orange/dark yellow (like peaches, mangos, apricots, oranges) or near black/dark purple (currants, cherries, grapes, blackberries)
  3. I don’t like pasta for breakfast, but else any time
  4. My favourite direction is South-East
  5. I believe in the power of Paying It Forward
  6. When I was small, I desperately wanted to be a boy because boys didn’t have to learn useless stuff like needlework and sewing (guess who became a skilled textile addict…)
  7. I collect about every scrap of textile or paper to use it, one day, in one of those projects I never get round to :/

Step Three: Pass the Award Along to Five Deserving Blogging Buddies

What seemed like fresh meringue with strawberries and whipped cream turned out to be as tough as toffee – not finding deserving blogging buddies, but choosing only five… It was made a bit easier by the fact that two blogs I would have nominated were awarded the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award by Happydancercat at the same time as enermazing (Pocketperspectives and The Mindful Foodie), and C.B. Wentworth received it in the meantime from another site, plus The Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 ***Congratulations***, C.B.!

The choice was difficult, but as I don’t know much about blog awards I didn’t dare bend the rules. So here they are, Five out of an Omnibus of Deserving Blogging Buddies (in sort of alphabetical order):

  1. Elizabeth – who embraces the whole world with her Irresistibly Sweet Mirth & Motivation, and still has got a free hand to take photos
  2. F.T. – whose Irresistibly Sweet Heart carries rays of sunshine deep into the Frugal Trenches
  3. Girl On The Contrary – who sharpens her pencils with Irresistibly Sweet Charm
  4. The Girl Who Loves To Cook – how can anybody bear to eat your, literally, Irresistibly Sweet Creations?
  5. Serenity – for her Irresistibly Sweet Struggle with Living Up to Her Name

Step Four: Contact Those Bloggers to Congratulate Them

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S* to all of you – I will contact you also by email in a few hours.

Everybody else please consider themselves runner-up, have a cupcake, and join the party!
Keep on blogging! 🙂

Note: The Irresistibly Sweet Face Cupcakes I used for the header are the creation of The Girl Who Likes To Cook. Have a look at her original photo:

cupcake faces - original ohoto

irresistibly sweet & happy cupcakes

Image source: cookingismypassion.blogspot.com via wikimedia

Have-Your-Say-Day (2)

The content of this post will be as interesting as your comments make it 😉

  • Questions?
  • Answers?
  • Suggestions?
  • Tips?
  • Dreams?
  • Wishes?
  • Events?
  • Actions?
  • Reactions?

Anything goes, but maybe you prefer a prompt? How about the…

…Topic of the week: Vision

sailing at sunset

a captain needs a destination

Ithaka 

When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon – you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy –
ports seen for the first time;
to stop at Phoenician trading centres,
and to buy good merchandise,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensuous perfumes of every kind,
sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;
to visit many Egyptian cities,
to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.

Have Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is what you are destined for.
But don’t in the least hurry the journey.
Better it last for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.
Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She hasn’t anything else to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn’t deceived you.
So wise you have become, of such experience,
that already you’ll have understood what these Ithakas mean.

Constantine P. Cavafis

Image Source: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via gimp-savvy.com

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The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (1)

Topic Of The Week 31st July – 6th August 2011:  Potential

+ +++ +++ Site News +++ +++ +

Provisional editorial calendar:

  • Sunday: New Topic Of The Week
  • Tuesday: Have-Your-Say-Day
  • Wednesday: Featured
  • Thursday: Follow-up on Topic Of The Week
  • Saturday: The Enermazing Weekly Ticker

+ +++ +++ This & That +++ +++ +

About creating and destroying potential – the two most recent posts by photographer Tom Bradley:

Enhancing user experience  – or limiting potential? Eli Pariser on TED Talks: The Filter Bubble – the dark side of web personalisation

+ +++ +++ Inspiring Success Stories +++ +++ +

Post the story of your own small and big successes in the comments section, and next week it will be featured in this spot. This week read for example what Chris Guillebeau (The Art of Nonconformity) found out in his interviews with “unconventional entrepreneurs”: The Moment You Knew.

+ +++ +++ Question(S) Of The Week +++ +++ +

If you had super-powers and could make people do whatever you wanted them to, how would that affect your everyday life? What would you ask for, and where would you stop?

+ +++ +++ Quoted +++ +++ +

 “Whatever limits us we call Fate.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

+ +++ +++ Creativity Prompt: Write, Draw, Paint, Make, Sing, Dance +++ +++ +

If you were a house, what would you be like?

You’re welcome to post your response in the comments section 🙂

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Flying Beyond Your Limitations

Striving for improvement of ourselves and our environment appears to be a constant struggle against restrictions, rules, and other limitations: at home, at school, at work, within the community or country we belong to, “the rest of the world”, and, not to forget, against our own flaws, beliefs, and habits.

Because of this struggle – or rather, our desire to control – we tend to perceive “limitation” as something negative which stands between what we want and what confronts us every moment. Potential and limitations however are nothing but the two extreme aspects of “What Is”. It’s up to us to choose, actively and consciously, which side of this coin we want to look at.

Accessing potential

There’s one problem though: How much of our potential is “visible” to us? Continue reading