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How to Have an Epic Year

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

If you’re like me you might have had a beautiful holiday but are now feeling a little cranky about all of the work involved to help you meet all of your New Year resolutions.  I think because of the many changes in our society right now- it might be important to go back to the basics of living:

  • Don’t answer your emails before coffee. This is very important. Why? Because before coffee you might be tempted to fire off a bad email response to the stupid person on the other end. That is not beneficial to your well being, job, or relationships. Just trust me on this one.
  • Looking for a job? Make looking for a job your new job and you will find a job. Pretty simple, huh? This is mainly directed to the 16-25 crowds of “well I interviewed but they never called me back” syndrome. You send a ‘Thank You’ note and YOU call back. Pretty ‘epic’, huh? Make sure you use the word ‘epic’ in every sentence, too! It is epic impressive.

  • If you’re a baby-boomer start putting money in your mattress for retirement. Banks can’t be trusted. Apparently, baby boomers have been great spenders. Many have depended on their houses as retirement funds but now with properties not worth as much there is no equity to be had for awhile. To get Social Security full payout you will have to work till age 70. Don’t believe me? Read the news. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101227/ap_on_bi_ge/us_retirement_crisis and (for the record) I love mature workers in places like McDonalds. The service is so much better and I am never missing any fries. Seriously.

Which reminds me…

  • Believe everything you read on the internet, especially if you are having a debate about something. You most likely can win, because you probably can find anything to support a theory or debate in your favor, (because as you know) the internet is always correct. Don’t worry about quoting reputable sources as they probably won’t have the facts you need to win your point! Just quote the internet by saying “Well, I read it on the internet” case closed.  You won and of course winning is the most important thing. Insert sarcasm <here>.

  • Don’t say “I am going on a diet”.  It’s just a set up for failure. According to the Journal of Preventive Medicine “you need 150 minutes of moderate exercise to stay healthy”.  So walk your dog, if you do not have a dog, walk your kid, if you do not have either, borrow one or the other (go for the dog). It’s a win-win situation.

  • Most millionaires are frugal. Get as much free stuff as you can. Yeah, it’s cool to ‘recycle’ and ‘go green’ blah, blah, and blah but the truth is sometimes hard to publicly admit; free stuff is good. If you get on free cycle and craigslist before you purchase any items and use coupons for food it can be like a great video game. Think of the person who takes your money as the enemy. Zap them with your coupons. It leaves more money for more important things – like building a bomb shelter.
  • Date night is good. Don’t let finances get in the way. If there isn’t any room in the budget for date night (because your savings are under your mattress for retirement, remember?) you can always hit up the local free community meals. Check your local churches. It gives you a chance to get away, be appreciative of what you have, and meet new people in your neighborhood. It can be a breath of fresh air and produce unique opportunities to give back.
  • Grow something (nothing illegal, of course). Particularly, replace one food item that you normally buy to something you can grow.  If you have very little ground space you can grow vegetables in hanging planters. Lettuce is a good choice among many. Seeds are relatively inexpensive at the Dollar Store.  If you absolutely cannot grow something then buy something from your local farmers market. At least you’ll be supporting the local economy. Help your family become more self sufficient and help the environment.

I hope this unique list has helped de-crankify you to enjoy your family, enjoy nature, and make it an epic year. Humor and sarcasm always help!

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish/Poulsbo, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


This Weekend Featured Artist: Berkeley Wilkins

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

"City" by Berkeley Wilkins

Between “Lisa Duties” this week I have been brainstorming for two days about how I want to showcase this very special artist.

Why? Because I think his art work is simply phenomenal.

"Vase" By Berkeley Wilkins & Mom's Favorite!

So… I have decided to just showcase Berkeley’s artwork with his pictures. They speak for themselves and they really don’t need me to say how great they are, so let me share them with you.

"Block" by Berkeley Wilkins

"Block" By Berkeley Wilkins

Berkeley’s mediums are drawing, painting; watercolors, oil pastels and charcoal. Can you believe he was 7 years old when he started creating for the public? He is 10 years old now. His work also includes winning a competition to design the title for his schools year book last year. How great is THAT?

"Leaves" By Berkeley Wilkins

"Leaves" By Berkeley Wilkins

What impresses me the most is that Berkeley’s parents (Kimberly and James Wilkins) have lovingly cultivated his creativity. Kimberly Wilkins states “We noticed he couldn’t see well when he was 4. After a series of doctor appointments, it was determined that he has a retina disease. He has had 4 surgeries to stop bleeding in his retinas. He also has a cataract now. He started drawing at an early age and clearly had talent for it. We put him in many art classes at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria (VA) with real artists who taught him styles of the masters.”

"Potted Plant" By Berkeley Wilkins

The Wilkins are a strong family and they both have very demanding jobs (and more of Berkeley’s siblings to take care of) but they do find time to walk and support the cause to help save and restore sight to the other 10 million Americans living in darkness.  Kimberly’s team is walking in support of Vision Walk and her team’s motto is “there is a cure in sight”.

"Quail" By Berkeley Wilkins

Besides showcasing Berkeley’s wonderful artwork today, I am positive he would want me to send a special shout out from him to his awesome cousins who live in Seattle. Berkeley’s artwork will be very famous now- sooo if he comes to Seattle soon, let’s make sure he signs his autograph on something ?

Just don’t write on your cousins Berkeley!   K? :)

Berkeley Wilkins

Berkeley Wilkins you are an inspiration to all and thank you for sharing your wonderful artwork with us.  Have a great weekend!

Kimberly Wilkins Team Vision Walk is on May 8th 2010. Donations can be done on the Vision Walk website located here.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.

If you would like to be showcased in the Kitsap Sun Designs of the Times Blog please email me here.  I would love to hear from you.


Bremerton Bliss

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Chris & Emily + Corgi Rosie Pepper’s Cottage Home in Bremerton!

Yes, those two word go together in the unique new design of this old home in Bremerton, Washington located in lovely Kitsap County.

This just solidifies my theory that the house doesn’t matter, it REALLY  IS  about the water and the view! With home loan options dwindling, this might be a great idea.

Look what they did! I give this a big thumbs up for imagination, design and of course the view! Read more and vote !

PS) This is a house that just screams they should have cute chicks and chickens! Just my 02 cents!


Drumroll Please

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

It seems odd to me that a company tells the design world what the color of the year is?

Luckily, for me I happen to love the color turquoise and I thought it would be appropriate to let others know in case you were buying prom dresses, or picking out bridesmaids colors.

Yeah! Turquoise take me away…

Pantone also states “Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, createsa classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens,and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.” See Pantones Official Press Release Here.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


We called in the professional Easter Egg Designers

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Our Easter Designer Eggs

Nothing beats the excitement of hard boiling some eggs and letting the designers create their master pieces! Make sure that you cover your eggs in water and hard boil for approx 15 minutes! Of course Wiki has more complex directions but this seems to work for us!

Designer Hailey hard at work!

All 3 Designers!


Warning with little designers; it does involve some smooshed eggs,  some eggs cracking, lots of colors and a big fun mess. You can use the ever famous PAAS color kits or make your own going green colors with household items such as food dye, or beet juice.

Then we put on the song “Here comes Peter Cotton Tail”  (warning you will be singing this all week long) and designed to our hearts content. Our designers know that the Easter bunny will come if we make the prettiest non-cracked eggs, we act good, we don’t hit our sister designers and we go to bed on time!

Whew! Working with our Easter designers was tough!!! What are you doing for Easter?

Events might be a little soggy but see Kitsap Easter happenings for the weekend. Enjoy!

If you would like to be showcased in the Kitsap Sun Designs of the Times Blog please email me here.  I would love to hear from you.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


I’m ready for this week’s scheduled power outage…

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Bring it on!

I have rain, wind and sunshine here in Suquamish??? But I am ready for this weeks power outage..my candles are in one place and I have gas in the grill and I am making banana bread!

I’M READY!! :)

What do you do to get ready for the Kitsap Storms?

If you would like to be showcased in the Kitsap Sun Designs of the Times Blog please email me here.  I would love to hear from you.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


Let’s see what spring is like On Jupiter and Mars?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

And Kitsap County?

Don’t let the economy, lack of idea’s, or know -how stop you from enjoying what spring and summer can do for the outside of your home or apartment. People are always giving away plants and other garden goodies on sites like Craigslist and Free cycle. So if there is a will there is a way to create a plant and flower oasis for you, your family, and the people who may visit you. It will make you feel good to be in beautiful surroundings at your own home and shed all of that rainy dark winter.

I don’t know about you but I have the plant passion fever right now and I have found ways to do it economically that will allow for good herbs, vegetables and flowers.  I like to mix herb plants with a couple of flowers, rocks and usually a shiny piece of art or glass. I do not think plants, veggies, herbs and outdoor design in general should cost a lot of money and right now most people are being money conscious about extra expenses. This doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy outdoor design delights in color and function.

Dollar Store Seeds

I get my seeds from the dollar store at 4/ $1.00 and I don’t think you can’t beat that price with a garden stick right?  I am also a fanatic “as seen on TV” person and found the min water globes. I don’t think mine works right but for a buck it is so…VERY pretty! See it in blue in the above picture…

Things you can add to your garden to delight you are plant signs, rocks, beads, and marbles to make for interesting effects to the design and plants.

As far as plants, I like and seriously need low maintenance. I purchased pansies ( I got mine from the nice people at Valley  Nursery in Poulsbo)  which are very hearty and bloom well into summer. They can also survive a little bit of the cold nights like we are still having. I also love hens and chick succulents (which is the pointy plant on the left in the picture below). These grow anywhere and multiply very quickly. They love containers and often love to multiply in them. They are available in seeds or plants but if you know someone who has them in their garden you can ask for a baby hen and you will be filling containers and gardens with tons of them in no time. These also transplant from location to location well, as I have transplanted them to three different Kitsap towns but I must warn you…

Chicks and Hen Succulents, Oregano, and Pansies

If you live in Bremerton you may want to get permission from the chicken politic people to have these hen and chick plants! Hahahaha sorry (don’t be a hater) but I couldn’t help myself on that big chicken!

My Chocolate Mint Plant,Purple and White Pansy & Chives w/my homemade rain chain.

I also am homing chocolate mint, oregano and chives. Even though I am a renter I will be growing (from seed) squash, lettuce and sunflowers. The lettuce will be in hanging containers on my back deck and my Sunflower seeds are going straight into the ground on the sunny side of the house. I will worry about thinning them out later (the less work the better right now) right?

Special Lisa Sunflower outside Garden Art Picture in progress

Anyhow, when you are planting make sure you sing …

”Fly me to the moon Let me sing among those stars.. Let me see what spring is like… On Jupiter and Mars “   or just listen to the video below to get in the planting design mood. Enjoy Designing!

I hope you create something meaningful that will help you enjoy every single day of your life.

Resources:

Look at the pretty pictures for more container and plant ideas.

Money Savings $$$ Valley Nursery has a rewards program for plant bucks Location Poulsbo, WA

Support Urban Chickens In Bremerton

Check Any dollar store on the planet for pots, garden pretties and water globes! Not to be confused with gnomes :)

If you would like to be showcased in the Kitsap Sun Designs of the Times Blog please email me here.  I would love to hear from you.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


My Dog The Cake Boss

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

House Cake DesignI think spring is really the Season of Cake…

What led me to this conclusion is that we always seem to use cake to help us celebrate many spring occasions (this is the season for Shamrocks, Easter Bunnies, Mother’s Day and Passovers) to help us party like it’s 1999. Most of us run out to the nearest outlet or bakery to get the picture perfect cake.

But this particular cake was for my husband and the theme was “Peach,” which is a huge joke in our house and all in fun as the kids frequently say to him “Can’t hear ya Peach.” (Which is a popular line from the movie “Finding Nemo”) when he tells them something they don’t want to hear or do.  So needless to say, we all got a great big belly laugh out of surprising him with his cake!

SLUYS' Bakery Poulsbo, WA-Photo Taken by Zachary Jachimowicz

But painfully enough, my design skills do not carry over to the baking world and I should have probably ordered my favorite cake for my hubby’s birthday which is the Champagne cake from Sluy’s Bakery in Old Town Poulsbo. This cake never disappoints me and I am surprised to learn that many people do not know what a champagne cake tastes like.

Anyhow, I wasn’t brave enough to try an internet Recipe For Pink Champagne Cake but if you try it let me know! It is fun to try and create cakes at home with family members and children, and they say practice can make perfect! It can also help you save some pennies on a rainy day – we are having plenty of those so you might as well find something creative to do inside the house right? And if you’re cake boss talented, the world should be your peach or oyster cake!

My dog Bo wanting cake!

Ya know, after watching shows like the cake boss I get all cake bossy and hallucinate that I am cake boss wonder woman and can actually make a real themed fluffy masterpiece.

Apparently not, but my dog loved it.

If you would like to be showcased in the Kitsap Sun Designs of the Times Blog please email me here.  I would love to hear from you.

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.


Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Sea Sun displayed on an old Lemolo Shore Drive cottage in North Kitsap Photograph by Zachary Jachimowicz

Hi and welcome to the new “Designs of the Times” blog. Here’s where you’ll find the latest & greatest news on everything about “Design” – from cool events, picture updates and interviews with local people (yes, there are amusing and interesting art and design people running around here starting with me of course).

Design is everywhere, so you’ll see readers, fans, nature and art in the spotlight and probably a few kitchen sinks! So bookmark this blog, email it to a friend/colleague or loved one, become a fan of our face book group page, and let’s pump up the volume on what inspires us to create in Kitsap County.

I will be posting Monday – Friday’s and along the way, I promise I will try to make this blog more interesting to read than the service tag on your mattress.

And of course, I absolutely love getting your feedback of what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future. Check back next week for my special blog post called: Suquamish Bazaar Cures, Walk Don’t Run!

Lisa Jachimowicz
Suquamish, Washington
Designs of the Times -What Inspires You?

Design is everywhere. It can be in the food we eat, the art we buy or the Jewelry we wear. The Designs of the Times Blog is about the people, places and things that help us a enjoy the abundance of creativity all around us. Join us as we showcase the rich designs of our surroundings that make up this great area we call home- Kitsap County! We hope to bring inspiration, joy and creativity to all who read our Blog.

About Lisa Jachimowicz
LisaJ lives in Suquamish, Washington with her husband, a few of her 5 children (ages 14-23) and her two beloved Husky/Shepherd dogs named Beau and Bella.  LisaJ loves the cool coffee places in WA, Jewlery making, card making, fishing, swimming, hot tubs, gardening, Youtube and basically anything on the net. Her interests are:  Jewelry Design, Website building, Social Networks, Music, Economics, Photography, Podcasting and Radio Broadcasting.