The whimsical side of life

Today, as we wait to see how close Tropical Storm Harvey will come to us, I am grateful for the lighter side of life.   Whimsical things often bring a smile to my face.  I even have a Pinterest board dedicated just to Whimsy and another one called Pictures that Make Me Smile, many of which also have a whimsical feeling to them.

I don’t just collect pictures of whimsical things that others have posted or created.  When I can, I incorporate a whimsical touch into my own creations.  For example, when I got a new cell phone, I needed a case to fit it.  Rather than buy a standard one, I crocheted one, added belt loops (also crochet) and now use it every day:

 

My owl phone case not only holds my phone securely but makes people smile.
My owl phone case not only holds my phone securely but makes people smile.

 

The basic colors on it easily match whatever I am wearing, it holds my phone securely and is a source of smiles.   What could be better than that?

Then there are the whimsical touches that I don’t create but do recognize and make use of in other creations.  When I take walks, I often see things that I think would work nicely as part of some of the digital graphic work I do (for graphics for this blog, digital scrapbooking, creating cards, use on Second Life, etc.)   I’ll snap a picture with my cell phone and then work on the pictures, as needed, to create various looks.  

For example, while out walking one day, I came upon a fence that had a burl in the wood that looked like a heart.   

wood burl in fence post that resembles a heart
wood burl in fence post that resembles a heart

 

I can play with that basic shape in a variety of ways to give it different colors and textures but the first, and most important, step was to have an imagination open to seeing a touch of magic and whimsy in the world around me.  Without that, I likely would have walked right past this fence, seeing it as nothing more than a mundane object.

So today I am grateful for my imagination and my love of the whimsical for the many smiles that it brings to my life and sometimes to the lives of others also.

 

Do you love whimsy?  How do you incorporate it into your life?

 

 

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