Bella means beautiful. I’m obsessed with all things beautiful. City skylines at night. Wedding cakes. Prom dresses. But in real life, sometimes the flashy and colorful can distract us from the simple and natural. When I think of natural beauty, I think of a child’s face as they sleep, my grandma’s hands as they kneaded… Continue reading Bella Means Beautiful
Wouldn’t it be great if you could win a game-show just by walking up the stairs? Japanese game shows have a reputation for being a little on the bizarre side, and recently one came out with just that premise: just get up the stairs and you win. There’s just one catch: the stairs are coated… Continue reading Game shows aren’t rigged because they don’t have to be.
Do you remember Leave it to Beaver? The old classic television show featuring Theodore “the Beaver” Cleaver and his apparently perfect family? The show took place in Mayfield, though it was never revealed which state. In fact, there are at least 27 towns named ‘Mayfield’ across the U.S. But Jerry Mathers, the actor who played the Beav,… Continue reading Where was ‘Leave it to Beaver’s’ hometown?
An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue. But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things… Continue reading The Color Blue — Who Knew?
Lovers scatter them and flower girls line wedding aisles with them, but beware, a stray flower petal could get you in big trouble. One flower shop in England found themselves in court after a passerby slipped on a single fallen flower petal and sued for 1.5 million pounds! Maybe you should think twice before scattering… Continue reading Flower Petals
When you hear someone say “it’s the closest thing to paradise,” they’re usually talking about a tropical island. I get it. Who wouldn’t want to lounge on a white sand beach with warm turquoise water? But creative people are not great at doing nothing all day long, so although it might sound tempting, I have… Continue reading Creative People
Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said: “I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.” Call it laziness, creativity, or genius, whatever it is, I love finding tools that help me get things done in a smarter way. Such… Continue reading Lazy People Invent Things Because …
Following Rules -- Or Not.When I was a little girl I was a serious rule-follower. Something as small as a disappointed glance from an authority figure was enough to make my stomach churn. So when my first grade teacher got tired of wasted art supplies and made a rule that the kids needed to stop… Continue reading Following Rules — Or Not
The United States has a beautiful history of quilting, influenced by all of the different ethnic groups that settled here over the years, as well as the necessity of ingenuity and hard work to survive the early days. One tradition was for a young girl to make thirteen quilts before she was married, twelve for… Continue reading Heritage Quilts
If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees. (thanks, livin3 Fun Facts)