Wednesday, May 9, 2012


 photo credit: Margie Romney Aslett Instagram

I use lucysinspired in a lot of places. I've been trying to come up with a name for a business that I want to start. I keep going back to that name. It's easy because it's out there and it covers a lot! I'm pretty much inspired by every thing I ever see!

I am always reading through different artists blogs and articles or books. I was reading something this morning and decided maybe I'm planning to much. I have a book with all of my ideas in it. I need to do it. I need to make it. I need to put it out there! Some of you are probably saying, "oh, you put it out there!". I know I am always posting on Facebook, etc. I need to figure out how to make it work for me though.

Yesterday, I sat in my garage organizing all of my salvaged pieces that I've gotten from Southern Accents in the past couple of years. (there's a lot) I will tell you that I worked on a belt, organizing my jewelry pieces, I stitched on my skirt from Alabama Chanin and my scarf...even a tea towel. Then I finished a frame I've been working on and sprayed 5 more to finish. That is a lot, but, what did I accomplish? I guess I have to do that everyday. I need to keep going to my "workshop" and work on something or everything everyday and eventually get some stuff done! I have been commissioned to make a frame for a friend. He has a beautiful drawing of Walt Whitman. It's in a cheap frame now and he wants it in something cool. I have a perfect piece of trim from the Gay House in Montgomery, but it's not quite big enough.....of course. I always find a road block. I'm need to find the perfect piece and I'm going to take it up to Woodshop Studios and get David to help me. Laura and I worked on our table tops last night....I love power tools.....mitre saw, nail gun, and that big table saw that cut the edges perfectly!!!

I'm going to try and get something accomplished today. It's raining and I was supposed to play tennis this morning and go to ITF for my WOD...insert giggle. I will make it to my Workout Of the Day at 10:30 and then hang out downstairs and work!

One more thing, Alabama Chanin is hiring...hello, best job ever! It's just that it's in Florence. I asked Connor if we could move, he laughed. I don't think he thought it was funny, though...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Changing my workout routine

Iron Tribe. Week 2. It's MWF at 10:30am. They do a 101 class for beginners.

Last week I couldn't walk or stand or sit after Monday's workout until about Thursday. Then, my triceps were so sore after Wednesdays workout, I couldn't move my arms until Sunday. Friday's workout was hard, but I only feel a little sore. was a doozie! I'm going to need an extra set of arms. Seriously. It's high intensity for 6-15 minutes. Yes, that is the time of the workouts. The first one was 6:49 and today's was 15:08. Their reasoning is that you work at your highest possible intensity for a short period of time. You get more out of that than working longer because your intensity level will weaken.  OK, that makes sense.

They touched on eating habits today. We are supposed to bring in our journal on Wednesday to show what we've eaten.....I will get an F on this assignment. Period. I heard the whole, "you won't get change unless you exercise AND eat right".  I just don't know how to get motivated to eat right! I keep telling myself it will make my workouts easier.........I guess I need to test it. Today I've eaten 2 dove chocolates (dark), 3 cups of coffee 2 pieces of cheese, a diet mountain dew and I came home from the WOD and scrambled 3 eggs. So far so good! haha

I should add photos of inspiration since I don't want to post a photo of myself....just go look at my pinterest board...they might be a little far-fetched, but a girl can dream!

and then I found one! This is me and my besties running the Tinkerbell Half Marathon on my 40th Birthday weekend in California. We are having such a good time!! Thanks to Dave Mari for the photo!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I love to sew. I don't do it very often, but I love to make something! I went to Florence a couple of weeks ago and got to meet Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. I have been inspired by her for so many years! I can remember reading about her and then about 6 months later finding a tshirt at Barney's in NYC on the sale rack! I didn't buy was still out of my price range!! I was very impressed. One of my favorite facts about Alabama Chanin is that she lives and works out of Florence, Alabama! That is one of my favorite places. I follow her on Facebook and read her Journal religiously. I am dying to take a weekend workshop, but can't justify it right now. I am, however, going to a mini-workshop next weekend! It's on Saturday and I'm making a scarf!

Natalie had a workshop with Faythe Levine a few weeks ago and I was very excited to be there. I took Ashlee with me and we soaked in the Factory and the fabric.  I was a bit starstruck! To top it off, Butch Anthony was there! Seriously, in his overalls and straw hat. I thought I would DIE! I was surrounded by incredible artists that were from Alabama. It was very surreal. We met lots of very kind people and felt welcome the minute we walked in the door. There was yummy food and beverages and just a home feeling.

We went to the workshop the next day. It was how to grow your brand for the artist community. So many artists do not market themselves. It was a lesson on blogging and all that social media entails. So funny that I can do that for other people but not myself. Ashlee and I left on cloud nine....that is after we spent an hour touching every article of clothing there! It's all absolutely beautiful and very inspiring. I left with a kit to make a corset top.....almost finished! I'm putting it together as we speak. I LOVE it!!! Going back on Saturday for a 2 hour workshop. They are having an open house...If you are in the area or just want to do something fun this need to go!