Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Morning ... new day, new week, new start ....

Hello Monday! My brain is running at a slow pace, in need of a second cup of coffee to kick in ... (now already), and I'm slightly sad that the weekend is gone. So, I'll take a few hours to browse my favorite blogs, online magazines and pretty pictures from my trips, and read up on my friends' blogs .... all to inspire me.
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So you are a creative professional and this is you life sources. Embrace it and make some time for it! Without inspiration you have no fuel in the tank, and that will lead to nowhere. Most of the time I'm working on a series of pieces ... so it is easier for me. But every Monday when I have Monday-brain, I need something to get me excited and to spark my creativity again. So often my Pinterest inspiration board gives me a kick in the rear end. As an artist I need my creative juices to flow freely .... so it is great to start this morning with a giant cup of coffee, and let those couple hours visually trigger my brain. This is a part of my creative process!  So, I'm taking time and adding this to my Monday routine! I hope this will be inspiring for you as well!

1. Just a few of the many things I love about Paris  here  ...  nearly daily posts of a life in Paris and the Paris lifestyle .... I think the writer behind the blog reminds me of myself and my love of the city from the first time I set foot in the City of Lights. 
An inviting café scene from my Paris trip
2. learn more from the blogger pro here . Go to her Press section .... she really has a creative and knowledgeable approach of  social media business .... I learned something new from her lately.  

3. here is more from my Pinterest  board ( I think it is about time to think about White Christmas ... inspiration is everywhere.... sometimes you don't even have to leave home to be inspired:) 

4. and here if you in design or home decoration.... lovely posts from my favorite design blog.  

5. last but not least, to celebrate another successful business year selling online I am happy to giveaway one print of my original watercolors of your choice! This is first time I have used the generated raffle, so we'll see how well it  works. In the mean time I wish everyone best luck and cheers! xx, Lana


38 comments:

  1. I like to take time each morning to read blogs and get inspired as well.
    Have a great week. And thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Edi for visiting so early ... I'm still with my second cup of coffee and oh my... it is delicious :)

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  2. Wonderful to see you back on the blog, Lana!!! Monday-brain - that's a fun expression :)
    Most Mondays I do admin, and unfortunately no time to pursue the creative side. That is mostly reserved for weekends! The giveaway sounds great! Thanks for the chance - you know I'm a huge fan of your work :)

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    1. I'm happy to see you here as well! i missed you "long vacation" but extremely happy to see you and your mom had a great time! Those memories are so special! xx, and good luck on the entry!

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    1. Thanks Marieken! I hope you will get the chance in this year! Bon Chance!

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  4. I know the Monday morning feeling well!

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  5. I used to know "Monday-brain" when I was working, but since I am now officially retired, the days all run together.

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    1. Congrats on retirement and on more all gorgeous days to come! Thank you Abby/Linda!

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  6. That is wonderful, Lana! I love your inspiring quotes, pictures, and drive to get the inspiration you need!! ;)

    Love,
    Whitney

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

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  7. Oh Monday. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Monday mornings are always in need of a pick me up. I definitely drink more coffee on Mondays and feel almost jet-lagged. Looking forward to Tuesday!

    Have a sweet day! - Miss Pineapple

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  8. Congrats on all the sales! Mondays are difficult. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

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  9. Natasha, Whitney, L-A, and Miss Pineapple so nice to see you visiting me again! Bon Week ahead!

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  10. I like to start the week by reading blogs, too. This weekend was busier than normal so I'm not getting to it until now, but I like to sit with a cup of coffee and read for a while.

    Good luck with the giveaway! I just entered.

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    1. Best of luck to you Paige! I always admire you lovely home decor/design blog posts as well! and your placement mats lately in your shop are gorgeous!

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  11. Congratulations on your sales! I'm in need of inspiration and am hoping to get to the coast today which always inspires and relaxes me! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers!

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    1. Wonderful! I was finger crossing today as well when I posted the blog we was under tornado watching and it was bad internet connection for a while :( but this seems like better now and I see even slight sunshine coming to my studio:)

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  12. Inspiring post! Have a great start of week! =D

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  13. Inspiration and refreshment is so important!
    How fun to have visited Paris! someday...
    Thanks for posting your Pinterest account. Now I'm following!
    And thanks for the chance to win! exciting and generous!

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  14. Congratulations! What a great giveaway.

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  15. Thank you LeAnn and Margaret for your comments! My best wishes! Margaret - I followed you back on your Pinterest as well! Le Ann - you are not alone for your slow stats performance ... this year was very confusing for me as well! Sometimes I think I just figure out how it works, but next month it all changes... so stay focus and perseverance - my advice:)

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  16. Great inspirational boards!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  17. Great post! So inspirational!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  18. I love that Pablo Picasso quote! And big congrats on your 700th Etsy sale. That's big news, and a great reason to celebrate.
    Thank you for the great giveaway. I hope you've also linked it up to the Giveaway list on my blog. ;)

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    1. Yes Kim, I added to your list on your blog as well. Let me know if I did correctly. and again thank you for visiting me here! ( Oh....I just remember last year you was the winner of my first giveaway!!!! see if you are lucky again:)

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  19. What a wonderful giveaway Lana! and congrats for your sales on etsy xo

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  20. Such a lovely giveaway! I paint also but I actually never tried with water colors, I sure will ;) xo

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  21. I have been behind all week. I hope you rested up after Monday and had a good rest of the week.

    Great giveaway.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  22. Thank you so much! I'm overwhelmed and very appreciative!

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    1. You are welcome and looking forward to see your choice from my store! with love, Lana

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  23. Awesome post. I love the inspiration quote. I think everyone should have this on their fridge. :)

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