New site is now at…

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that my official site is up and running and this blog will also continue there. Just visit hazelbasil.com. Appreciate it! 

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Persistence Always Trumps Talent: Agree or Disagree?

Although this article is more for writers, some of what he says can be influenced for other forms of art [setting aside time, focus; just producing/creating, etc.]

http://www.copyblogger.com/how-daniel-pink-writes/

my favorite takeaway:

Can you offer any advice to writers and content producers that you might offer yourself, if you could go back in time and “do it all over?”

Don’t worry about what other people think. And work harder. You might not believe it right now, but persistence almost always trumps talent.

Do you agree? Disagree?

Thankful For…Part 2

Here’s the rest of what I’m thankful for below [continued from part 1]. Obviously, this is just a snapshot of a never ending list.

  1. The freedoms [to vote, choose health care, etc.] that this country has
  2. Our military, armed forces, police, firemen, and all the people that are involved in protecting and uplifting our great nation
  3. The choice that my dad made to join the U.S. Navy [go Navy!] because he brought my family to the U.S.
  4. Modern technology; I love the era we live in
  5. My health – even though it’s not perfect (because of my eating!), I’m alive and kicking
  6. Being married; I am blessed to have an amazing husband
  7. The desire, practice and ability of baking, cooking, designing, creating and crafarting!
  8. Pop Culture: Star Trek, DC comics, Sherlock BBC, Jane Austen, Chinese, Korean and Japanese romantic comedies, action films with great stories, sci fi tv and films, films with realistic plots/stories, zombie tv and films, James Bond films [Sean & Daniel], Joss Whedon, Marvel films, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mew, Cocteau Twins, the Autumns, Starflyer 59.
  9. Jesus, who continues to show me grace, love, mercy, peace, patience

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Crazy Cool Christmas Gifts Part 2

As promised from yesterday’s post, here are 10 more crazy cool Christmas gifts!
1. Camera Lens Mug – great for photographers or photography aficionados. Ok, maybe not…just be careful with your caffeine canisters.
2. Wifi Detector T-shirt – maybe someday soon, wifi will be everywhere and you won’t need a t-shirt to detect it for you.
3. Dymo Plug ‘n Play – great for organized folks who love to label everything, but want to create their own designs. This is one of the more budget conscious ones.
4. Tetris cutter – sandwiches or cookies!
5. Porn for Women – it’s not what you think, go ahead, click on the link…
6. Be Seedy At Least Once A Month – a kit for different flowers for each month
7. DIY Build Your Own 35 mm Camera  – going back to your analog roots
8. FREE Vintage Posters – can’t go wrong with classics
9. 5 Finger Touch Gloves – for ALL of your 10 fingers! Unless you have more or less, like my friend Jeremy, who really does have 9 fingers. Hope you’re well Jeremy! Miss ya, here’s my shout out to ya! 🙂
10. Stunner of the Month – keep losing your shades/sunglasses? Or trying to catch up to Elton John? This is a great monthly gift of shades for only $9/month!

Fony Face via French Paper! Great for Halloween!

FonyFace

I’m late on the bandwagon to French Paper‘s Fony Face paper masks of years before. But this time, they’ve created a FREE APP for it, so you can even go the paperless route and use your iPad or your iPhone! What a great idea for indecisive Halloween planners, like me. You know, you have all these ‘brilliant’ ideas, that you can’t decide on! And then before you know it, Halloween is in 2 weeks!