Scribbles & Bits

It’s no secret that I change my blog appearance constantly. I can’t help it. I haven’t found that sweet spot yet – that look and feel that really embodies who I am. I know what it is. I can see it in my mind. But translating that to paper and the internet is another thing. That’s one of my goals this year – to design my own site – one that gives you a better idea as to who I am and is something that is totally me. I’m excited about it! I have a ton of ideas as to what I want to add, create and share. It’s a creative potpourri that is just super good for the soul.

I’m working on a friend’s site right now and might have another one to work on after that and then there’s mine. In the process of working on the others, I’m also jotting down ideas for my site. It’s been a while since I coded so I’m trying to get back into it and refresh my memories. I am not an expert by any means. But I do so enjoy it!

It’s been a rough start to 2012. I’ve been fending off a slight depression. But since starting on Vitamin D3 pills this week, I notice a marked improvement in my mood. Plus, we got snow. And snow always puts a smile on my face. Unless of course we get snowstorm after snowstorm into the months of April and May. By that time, I’m ready for the flowers and green of spring. But then, who isn’t? Anyway, it feels good to feel good. I feel like I can start focusing on the things I hope to accomplish. It doesn’t have to happen all at once. Just one step at a time, one project at a time and that is fine with me.

I did this little drawing today when I was coloring with my daughter.

Cherry Blossoms by Tracy Mangold

My friends Brandee over at Brandeewine and Matt over at MABrotherton.com have inspired me with their own awesome pieces of art. I’m not even a tiny bit as talented as they are when it comes to drawing and doodling but I do love to draw and find it relaxing, peaceful and just plain fun. That’s what matters most of all, right? The drawing I did is sort of in line with the direction I’d like to take my site in terms of color, design and mood.

Well, it’s time for supper so I’m off. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

0 Replies to “Scribbles & Bits”

  1. Oh my friend…I am so GLAD to see that glimmer again. I know that you have been struggling and I have been so worried for you. You are such a creative person and such a joy in my day that I couldn’t bear to think of you so blue.

    I’m so looking forward to the directions you hope to go. I admire you and the talent that you have for so many things! Here is to more snowflakes and sunshine in the new year!

    1. Brandee, like I said, you and Matt inspired me – with the drawing. Plus I’m trying to catch that thought flitting about my head that is nagging at me as to what I want my site to look like. It’s there but I cannot grab it. Ugh! I’m doing better yes and I appreciate your friendship and support so very much!

  2. The creative life is difficult; all life is such, but those who write, who paint, who draw, who feel deeply; those souls are closer to the nerve’s edge, closer to the knife’s edge of joy and sorrow. We wake, we wonder where we might go; we take one step, then another. You are taking the steps; tiny though they may seem; you are on your way. Keep taking steps toward the art that you see.

    1. Hi Michael, thank you! I appreciate those words. They are so true. Some days it feels like I will burst if I don’t create something and then there are long droughts where barely a drop of inspiration is to be found but I’ll squeeze that drop for all it is worth and see what I come up with! 🙂

  3. Hey Spacy!
    I bet your friend’s website is going to be awesome! I also bet he is VERY excited about it! VERY! I like this post! I also like the look of your site at the moment. I am not certain you will or need to find a sweet-spot for a site. I think you just need one that is more “yours” and that allows you to easily make little switches, changes, and alterations as your mind and soul feels fit. (I get the image of the changing staircases on Hogwarts? Totally seeing loggin onto the page and having the cloumns move around while I am reading with captions as they move “sorry, but I will look better over here” HA HA) I think that kind of fluidity is exactly the sweet-spot you actually need, and desire. I could be wrong, but it is what I think! IN fact, if you could design a platform that made your site take on a different look every time someone logged on…I think that would be very you! Fluid, organinc, and mostly not static, but moving in a beautiful and “you” kind of manner! Plus…I like the changes in your site. I mean…mine has stayed the same for how long now!? LOL
    But…I know you will find that place that most matches you for this blog!!!

  4. Yep. One step at a time. One accomplishment at a time. And I so admire your love of things technical. I am all-too-happy to let my husband put the brains into my blog. (Hard to believe I once knew some code and was often the web liaison between non-techies and techies at my previous marketing jobs.) At any rate, cannot WAIT to see what you come up with. It’s always fun to stop by and see what new theme you’ve incorporated. Enjoy the drawing, web design, and snow!

  5. I read this a few days ago on my phone and am sorry to say I am just getting here to comment. I want to say: being a person who comes here often enough to have seen some of the incarnations of your skill at blog design, I think you’re more than capable of pulling off anything you want to achieve for your site. I am so envious, I wish I could do some of these things. I can’t wait to see the new site, I guess I should say newer site since this look is new to me since I last saw your page, and know it will be brilliant.

    1. Thank you, Jason! I look forward to hearing what you think when I have it finished. It will be a while yet but I cannot wait either. 😀

  6. I can’t wait to see you new site — I know it will be amazing! I’m glad you are feeling better too. I cannot even BEGIN to describe the peace I’m feeling now that winter has finally arrived. Make sure to share the links for the other sites you’re working on too when they are ready! 🙂

    1. I know! The snow is magical! I will definitely keep you posted on other links. One of them is for Brandon as he is now a certified massage therapist and I’m working on his site. 🙂

  7. I’ve been wondering if you’ve been alright, love. I think a lot of us have been experiencing that slight lull in this new year. I certainly have and am only now clawing my way out of it. I’m with Brandee. You are such a creative soul and I for one cannot wait to see what you create this year. The drawing is but step one. I love it.

    1. Onyi, I’m doing better. I’ve been wondering about you as well. I’ve missed your bright and pithy comments on here and twitter. I’m glad you are posting regularly again. I was going through withdrawal! I can’t wait to see what YOU create this year, my dear.

  8. i read this delicious morsel, i eye your colorful drawing of cherry blossoms, and i want to go fetch me a sketch book and pencils . . . and then i remember that (a) i can’t draw and (b) thread is my pencil. what fun this post is, even days later.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! I checked out The Barefoot Heart ! Love it! “Thread is my pencil” – I love that! Being creative – in any form is such an awesome thing. And sharing it is even better. 😀

  9. I cannot draw. Not a thing. I *think* I did draw my one-and-only doodle in your lettermo letter, and you will see the lack of my hand-eye coordination. Ever since nursery school, I have gotten crap about drawing. I do like coloring, though. My colored pencils and I are the kind of bffs that can go long times without talking and then all of a sudden, we’re hanging out again and it’s like we never stopped.

    I have wondered since it’s been so long how many designs you may have gone through without me seeing. I like this one–I always like the ones you do, because you have so much info to present on your page and I think you always do it cleanly and intuitively. But I am super excited about the prospect of one that is pure Tracy from the ground up. I love all the things that the drawing suggests: nature, splashes of color grounded by neutrals, clean white space. Peaceful and promising.

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