The road goes on for miles. Bright jagged streaks of light float over it and define its path. On and on it goes, passing one fence post after another, until finally, in a fiery explosion of color, it converges with the setting sun and the heavy night sky. Taken with my cell phone from a moving car, this photo is certainly not an example of my finest work, yet there’s something about it that captivates me. Perhaps its painting-like qualities, the broad brushstrokes of color and the soft fog-like illumination, draw me in. Or perhaps, the metaphoric symbol of the road, with its encouraging guiding light, carries me forward, on and on.
#1 – The Colors of Spring
Pretty spring colors are not just outside in the garden. They could be in your closet, too. I haven’t included a style or fashion post in a long time, so I thought some of you might appreciate this feature from Stylelist: Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013. How many of these colors do you have in your spring wardrobe?
#2 – Reusing Mascara Brushes
Don’t throw away your used mascara brushes. Possessing an easy-to-hold handle and a small brush, mascara wands make the perfect tool for small jobs inside and outside of the home. Throw away the portion carrying the mascara and wash and dry the brush-handle part thoroughly. Here are a few ideas on how to reuse them that I found circulating on the internet, plus a few of my own ideas. If you can think of more ways to reuse mascara wands, send them to me. I’m always looking for new ways to reuse things!
Ways to Reuse Mascara Wands:
Separate clumpy eyelashes
Clean hummingbird feeders (the brushes need to be really clean for this use)
Clean heating and cooling vents (home and car)
Clean lint from hairdryer
Clean your computer keyboard
Clean out drilled holes
Unclog sink drains
Unclog soap or lotion dispensers
Paint with them
Get the last drop of paint out of a bottle/tube
#3 – Ice Castles
The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is the largest ice festival on earth. After looking at these photos of the incredible ice sculptures, you’ll want to visit them in person. Add this festival to your bucket list!
#4 – Recipe Maker
From Fine Cooking comes this fun tool called Recipe Maker. The top of the website page states, “Our interactive tool guides your kitchen improvisation: You choose the specific ingredients and flavors; we provide you with the amounts and instructions.” I clicked on “Versatile and Variable Fritatta,” dragged virtual ingredients into a bowl step-by-step, and ended up with a delicious recipe that utilizes ingredients that I have in my refrigerator.
#5 – Love
“Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.”
Enjoy your weekend!