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serendipity: Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports

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serendipity:  Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports
written by David and Stephanie
 
 

After weeks of shameless self-promotion we thought we would take a pause… throw a bone to a hot new local business: Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports and to the owner’s, our very good friends Brian and Nancy Deely.

OK, so Pro-Fit is just sort of new… actually the new Pro-Fit is more of a  multi-year metamorphosis. After 16 years as Pro-Fit Ski & Skate, which had grown to 5,000 square feet of skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, skateboards and hockey gear located on Market Street in Leesburg, Virginia, the Deely’s decided to downsize. We won’t bore you with the details suffice to say a couple of years with little to no snow and a waning economy played a part. Alas, the ski business is in their blood. Especially for Brian, who has worked in the “biz” since he was 16 years old. It is what he knows and, for the record he is damn good at it! So, for the last 4 years Brian, one of the top ski-boot fitters in the country, ran Pro-Fit Ski & Boot Service, part-time and only during the season, from the lower level of the Virginia Village Shopping Center in Leesburg, Virginia (think basement of the science building).

Without further ado, from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix we give you the all new Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports. Nestled in a prime location, between Ben Franklin and Bicycle Outfitters in the Virginia Village Shopping Center, the new shop has great visibility from Catoctin Circle and tons of parking.

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The new Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports will carry world class equipment like boots from:  Lange, Rossignol, Diabello and Atomic;  skis from: Dynastar, K2, Atomic and Rossignol;  poles from: Scott, Goode and Atomic;  bindings from:  Atomic, Look, Marker and Rossignol;  outerwear from such notable manufacturers as: Rossingnol, Obermeyer, Marmot, and Spyder;  and accessories by Scott, Transpack, Lorpen, Screamer, Seirus, Swany, Hotfingers, Giro, Eurosocks and Polarmax.

Nancy will be running the front of the shop and has enlisted help from friends, mostly moms with kiddo’s in school to man (or…wooooo_man) the sales floor. The Deely’s are banking that a more “mature” sales force will pay better attention to the floor to help with shrinkage… no George Costanza… not “that” kind of shrinkage… the product walking out the door kind of shrinkage! Brian, will be still be relegated to “the basement of science building”… or as it were his work shop in the back where he will be tuning skis and snowboards, making orthotics and custom fitting boots.

The new shop sports that hip, inviting and “laid-back” look you would expect from aficionados of skiing and the great outdoors. An open floor that is easy and convenient to move around, extra-large dressings rooms, a roomy boot fitting area and future plans that include; for the bored kiddo’s or uninterested spouses a “chill-out” area with comfy seating and a TV monitor running loops of extreme winter sports.

Pro-Fit Soft Goods

Pro-Fit Hard Goods

Now, can we get a drum roll please… time for a little shameless self-promotion: we give you the sales counter! Brian had vision, idea and hundreds of board feet of material that he had removed from the space, left by the previous tenant. PlanetDwell brought inspiration, a bit of “trim” insanity and willingness to work late into the evenings to meet the tight timeline. The result is a one of a kind killer and unbelievably fitting sales counter for a ski and mountain sport shop. The only thing new and/or purchased on this counter is the nails, screws and the corrugated metal roofing…everything else, salvaged. The top, the result of spur of the moment late night crazy, is an inlay of re-purposed “cucumber” poplar (designer’s note: the back of all the boards are painted black) bounded with strips of 200 year-old heart pine rescued from the floor of a log cabin.

ProFit Counter Stage 1

ProFit Counter Stage 2

ProFit Counter finished

OK…OK here’s the real skinny…

The shop’s Grand Opening is October 10, 2013 at 11 AM. You know, a big deal kind of Grand Opening where the mayor, the Honorable Kristen M. Umstattd cuts a ribbon at the front door. In addition to the mayor, I’m sure there will be other local dignitaries (after all it is an election year!), they’re also opening with a SALE! 20% off all Accessories and 10% off all Outerwear.

So, we hope everyone will come on out… meet our friends Brian and Nancy, experience the laid-back vibe of their new shop, support local business and get yourself outfitted for what promises to be an epic winter and an awesome ski season… if you believe the almanacs!

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serendipity: as in the style of one of my favorite authors, Darynda Jones, “I would tangle on the floor with you anytime.” ~~ tshirt

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written by stephanie

First and foremost, hello everyone! It has been some time since our last post. Truthfully, it’s hard to maintain a blog when there has not been a lot going on in our lives. It was a quiet Winter and Spring and now our Summer is just flying by. At the beginning of the year, David had started work on a complete house renovation. As you will see in an “upcoming post”, he took an eyesore of a neglected home and turned it into a beautiful custom-built cottage. Stay tuned for the details.

What I really wanted to blog about is Zentangle. I first heard the word while attending my local “Stampin’ Up” stamp camp – aka, wine camp (While my friends and I go to make beautiful cards with rubber stamps, it is imperative that a bottle of wine accompany our creative endeavors.). Our fearless Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Sharon Cline, mentioned a class called Zentangle, taught by a Certified Zentangle Instructor (CZT), Amy Goodyear. Her excitement over the class was visible and she said the word Zentangle with much glee in her eyes. I asked myself, is this a new yoga style, maybe new lingo in the game of Twister, some form of meditation while my body is twisted in a pretzel? My mind went “to the dark side” and thought… maybe it’s a Kamasutra position?

So what is it you ask? It is a method of drawing in repetitive patterns to create a beautiful image. During the act of drawing, one often reaches a state of relaxation and enjoyment. It increases creativity and focus. The act of doing it is often referred to as to tangle, tangled or tangling. Once again, I find myself thinking about the game of Twister or darker yet… oh sorry, let’s get back on track. There are thousands of official patterns with ambiguous names. Me personally, what better way to artistically express myself while indulging my OCD tendencies. One can obsess over a single repetitive pattern over and over until it grows and evolves into a soothing image for the brain. The only downside for the OCD me is that the use of an eraser is forbidden and 90% of the drawing is done in ink. The theory is that there are no mistakes. Tell that to the hamsters in my head spinning the OCD wheels of perfection. Of course, if I find myself compelled to “tangle” on the bathroom stall of a restaurant, I may need to call my doctor. You laugh, there are those who have tangled their bathroom floor. The Zentangle art form was co-founded and copyrighted by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Here is an example of one of their drawings.

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These two were a couple of smart cookies to expand an on an art form and call it their own. Can you say books, art supplies, instructor certification seminars, how to classes… ka ching! Remember that art class back in high school or college where you had to draw a repetitive pattern with one continual line? That large blank piece of sketch paper was mocking you and staring you down! Personally, I viewed that technique as torture. Now the world of repetitive pattern drawing has become forgiving and fun. If there happens to be a wine spot on my paper, I can just tangle that spot right into my image. On the days my two children have “taken me over the edge”, I can call upon my art therapy and tangle until my eyes are glazed over and the endorphins have taken me to a zen state. Seriously, this art form is being used in therapeutic settings. Everything from cancer patients during chemotherapy, unruly schoolroom environments, ADHD in children to anxiety-ridden moms!

Now for the unveiling of my first attempts …

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Beam me up Mr. Scott before this last tangle becomes like a tribble! Its trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system….. Spock

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serendipity: the waterford fair…an unimpeded photo op of awesome doors and door knockers

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serendipity: the waterford fair…an unimpeded photo op of awesome doors and door knockers
written by David
pictures by Stephanie

It was the first weekend in October and we decided to venture out that Saturday.  As we left the house at noon driving east from Round Hill toward Waterford and the Waterford House Tour and Crafts Exhibit, the skies were dark and ominous. Rain seemed more of a certainty than a possibility. But, as luck would have it, all that changed as we parked out in a pasture and made our way up the grass-covered (and cow-pie filled) hill toward the beautiful circa 1733 Village of  Waterford, Virginia.  As we waited in line to purchase our tickets, we exchanged greetings with our good friends; Joe, Karen and their daughter.  They had departed their city dwellings to join us for the day in the country.  As we said our hello, the clouds miraculously  broke and high-tailed it north leaving the sky clear and blue. I guess the threat of rain and the very scary skies from earlier must have frightened many because the crowd seemed a little light. The streets of Waterford, closed to automobile traffic for the weekend-long fair, are usually teeming with throngs of pedestrians touring the open historic homes, watching artisans ply their craft and sampling the wares of the hundreds of vendors that make their way to the fair each year.  The Waterford Fair has been held on the first weekend in October for almost 70 years. This year’s less than robust crowd offered my Stephanie a rare opportunity…almost complete and uninterrupted photo-op access to the windows, doors, architectural elements and some really cool door knockers on the amazing homes in the historic village. The photographs are included throughout this post. They are fantastic, if I do say so myself.

The Village of Waterford, Virginia was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970 due in part to the tireless efforts of the Waterford Foundation in addition to the Village’s relatively untouched setting so close the nation’s capital.  The architecture is a mix of frontier log cabins, colonial stone homes, beautiful Federal-style brick structures and interesting Victorian homes with equally interesting wrap-around porches. But, the doors, the doors are, too a door, exceptional. A crescendo of bright bold colors and soft dusty pastels.  The designs and methods of construction are as varied and as incredible as the buildings themselves. Then, of course there are the door knockers. Fox Heads and Lion Heads with the knocker clenched in their mouths. Twisted ropes of brass, an ornate Roman god and a heavy bronze pre-historic dolphin

Second Street School

“In 1866, Quaker Reuben Schooley (1826-1900) sold its Second Street property to the “colored people of Waterford and vicinity.” The local African-American population, with financial help from the Quakers, promptly erected a school building they could also use for church functions. This is one of the older one-room schoolhouses in Loudoun County and may be the oldest African-American house of worship. The school finally closed its doors in 1957.”

The simple one-room frame school on Second Street was built just two years after the Civil War ended. Opened under the auspices of the Freedmen’s Bureau, it was Waterford’s first school for the black community. The Friends’ Association of Philadelphia, Waterford’s local Quaker meeting, and a “colored educational board” provided additional support. The first teacher was Miss Sarah Ann Steer, a white Quaker living nearby.

Early classes were large. The District Superintendent’s report to the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1868 recorded 63 enrolled, with an average attendance of 42. Twenty-eight were older than 16. By the early 1870s the school became part of the county’s new public school system. Schools for white children in Waterford remained private for another decade.

~ www.waterfordhistory.org

The desks were teeming with the carved initials of children past.

Our son Easton was not enthusiastic being photographed in the

“dunce cap” while our friends’ daughter was the poster-child.

There were 155 juried heritage craftspeople providing hands-on

demonstrations, entertainers performing traditional music and dance

and Colonial and Civil War-era militia reenacting campsite life.

Toward the end of the day and tucked into a small pasture behind a tall hedge we happened upon an enclave of craftsmen including a skilled iron forger, Gerald Boggs of Wafarer Forge in Afton, Virginia. Gerald was welcoming and his finished pieces were interesting so we stood and watched him as he worked. He explained his craft in great detail to several interested children, including our son Easton, who stood a safe distance from his hammer and anvil watching the sparks fly.  While we watched, he forged an amazing wizard head all while describing each step in the process. Stephanie interest was peeked by the symbolic pendants and came home with the circular shaped one with the curved tails. Gerald explained that it was an ancient symbol said to ward off evil and demons (oh yea, and TROLLS!).

More lovely photos from the day…

aaah… kiddom!

When is the last time you rolled down a grassy hill

or kicked back on the grass in the sunshine?

A day to be shared among friends and a shout-out to girlfriend Karen

for wearing one of Stephanie’s leather cuff designs!

Waterford Mill

 “Amos Janney settled in the Loudoun Valley in 1733 and soon after built a log mill on Catoctin Creek, not far from the present location of the Old Mill. His son, Mahlon, developed this family mill into a larger operation by 1762, when he erected a larger mill of wood on a stone foundation, at the site of the present mill. Mahlon’s new mill was a custom mill, grinding not only wheat grown on his own land but also providing services for other farmers settling around “Janney’s Mill.” A sawmill operated adjacent to the large grist mill at various times during the 19th century, providing lumber for buildings. The existing mill was built in the 1820s. This larger mill increased the production capacity-its proportions reflect its importance to the agrarian economy of Waterford.

In 1885, an entrepreneurial mill owner, James Dodd, enhanced the grinding wheel system with roller machinery, making the mill the most technologically advanced in the area. In 1888, a large three-story addition was made to the rear of the mill, doubling its size. The Old Mill ceased operation in 1939. Recognizing its importance to the history of the village, the newly formed Waterford Foundation purchased the building in 1944 to ensure its preservation. The building has been used to display traditional 18th and 19th-century crafts during the annual Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit for the past 55 years.”

~ http://www.waterfordhistory.org

The departing view as we ended our day and returned to our car.

serendipity: federweisser and zwiebelkuchen at otium cellars

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serendipity: federweisser and zwiebelkuchen at otium cellars
written by David and Stephanie
 

Last Friday afternoon to kickoff the Labor Day weekend we stopped by our new favorite winery, Otium Cellars in Purcellville, hoping to catch the sunset, listen to a little live music and enjoy a glass of our favorite Malbec.

For those of you who visit or perhaps like to frequent Virginia wine country, this is a vineyard you will not want to miss. Otium Cellars at Goose Creek Farm is nestled in the bucolic countryside of western Loudoun County just outside the Town of Purcellville. The vineyard was planted in 2007 with vines heralding from German soil and Otium opened their doors for business this past April, 2012. On our very first visit to Otium, we experienced the premium wine tasting for $10, $5 more than their standard wine tasting and worth every penny for the experience! We are not white wine aficionados, we can however appreciate a good white wine. Our favorite white, the 2010 Chardonnay is delightful and one we could enjoy on a hot summer day. The Chardonnay is buttery with notes of vanilla and caramel, truly better than most California Chardonnay we have ever tasted. Well, that’s enough of the whites let’s move on to Otium’s reds. Lets face it, we are not wine critics we are however, consumers of copious amounts of red wine and Otium produces several great ones. Otium offers a 2009 Reserve, a 2009 and 2010 Dornfelder…all are good, but the 2009 Reserve was the best. Alas, the Reserve is no more, so by default we now we prefer the 2009 with its wonderful velvety texture, and plum, blackberry and cherry notes. The 2009 Reserve was a truly special wine, all the flavors of the 2009 but loaded with mocha and toasty oak. In a word…Spectacular! The Cabernet, another favorite, is an elegant wine with rich berry flavors and dense, ripe fruit aromas. That leaves our hands down favorite, the 2010 Malbec, a full-bodied wine full of ripe berries, spice and chocolate. Always good, never disappoints…we should have purchased a case! The wines are fantastic as are the views from the tasting room and the surrounding grounds. The tasting room is, on it own, a sight to see. With the built-in wood stove, tall tasting-bar and tables topped with thick slabs of reclaimed barn wood it feels like a ski lodge and it would actually be a great place to pass a snowy afternoon. Goose Creek Farm not only boasts Otium Cellars it is also home to an amazing herd of fine German Hanoverians. These gorgeous warm-bloods, all of noble lineage, grace the stables, the indoor arena and the paddocks with their strength and beauty.

Ah, but, we digress… now back to the start of our weekend…

where were we, oh yea, blah, blah, blah…glass of our favorite Malbec. Unfortunately, the 2010 Malbec was no more and the 2011 was just bottled and will not be ready for several months so we had to settle for an equally wonderful glass of 2009 Dornfelder. As the sun set and music filled the evening, our host and cellar manager, Max Bauer stopped by our table with a surprise treat. He presented us with a glass, half-filled with a chilled and cloudy beverage he proudly called “Federweisser”. Max explained that a Federweisser is grape must (Pinot Gris in this case), which is in the process of fermenting. Federweisser is only available at the early stage of fermentation. Ideally, it should have around 4% or 5% alcohol or perhaps a bit more. Due to the carbonic acid, Federweisser tastes quite refreshing, not very different from grape lemonade or a sweet sparkling wine. Over time, as it continues to ferment, the sweetness goes away. The fermentation process continues until an alcohol content of about 13 percent has been reached and then the wine can be finished. The yeast particles contained in Federweisser are responsible for its name, which literally means “white as a feather”. In Germany, Federweisser is available from early September to late October, and is generally served together with hearty, savory food. The classic combination is Federweisser and Zwiebelkuchen (traditional German onion tart or cake).

Max’s description of the “traditional German onion cake” gave us an idea…the time had come for a rustic German harvest feast and we were just the couple to prepare it. Max and his dad, Otium Cellars owner Gerhard Bauer, have been quite generous to us, treating us almost like family. In fact every time we have visited the winery Easton and Scarlett have helped/accompanied Gerhard as he walked his beautiful stable of Hanoverians from the barn to their paddocks for the evening, so we figured this would be the perfect thank you. Well, we pitched the idea to Max and he gave an enthusiastic two-thumbs up and said, “How about Sunday after closing?”. With the day and time set all we had to do was figure out how to make Zwiebelkuchen! Hello, Google!

Traditional Zwiebelkuchen has a thick doughy crust topped with onions, bacon and an egg custard, then baked. The recipe we found received a 5 star review but, as is our wont, we plied a little adaptive twist on tradition. Out went the heavy thick dough, instead we readied the onion and bacon mixture in the traditional method (I added a lot more bacon!), reduced the volume of the egg custard to just a drizzle and we set them on a cracker thin pizza crust and cooked it quickly on our pizza stone at 500° Farenheit. All in attendance agreed that the results were delicious however, the real question was, “Would the taste ring true to Gerhard?”. Well it must have worked because he said that the topping was perfectly German and that he even enjoyed the lighter more crisp crust.

As an add-on to the feast we brought enough dough and toppings to make Guy Fieri’s “Baked Potato Pizza”. WOW, this is one unbelievably tasty combination. Paper thin potato and onion, crisp bacon, minced garlic and sharp white cheddar cheese arranged on the crust…just enough to get the flavor of each ingredient. Bake on a pizza stone in a 500° F oven until browned and crisp. Top with a smear of sour cream and fresh diced Roma tomatoes and serve with a glass of Dornfelder. Epic.

Bottom line though, the pairing of the thinner lighter Zwiebelkuchen Pizza with clean crisp taste of the Federweisser was quite simply and absolutely memorable. Now, we can’t wait until next September.

Prost!

P.S.  Stephanie apologizes for the blurry and grainy pictures.  That’s what happens when one drinks the refreshing Federweisser like lemonade but hey, she could still bake up a tasty Zweibelkuchen Pizza!

serendipity: purcellville wine & food festival

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written by David and Stephanie
 
 

Saturday evening, after herding the cats (read: children) into decent clothing and into the truck, we headed out of Round Hill, east some 5 miles, to the 1st Annual Purcellville Wine & Food Festival. The festival was hosted by the Town of Purcellville, Virginia in partnership with a host of local sponsors and was held in historic Old Town Purcellville on 21st Street. The street was closed at either end and revelers were treated to great local food, wine and entertainment.

First, let us say that the perfect time of day for a unique summer food and wine fest is definitely from 4pm until 9pm.  The time made for a true family friendly event, while there is no school for the kiddies (summertime) the 9pm closing assured that it would not be a late night out.  Second, with the heat of the day diminished the effect of the wine was dramatically less “heady”.  As they say, “When in Rome…” so, off we went to sample the tastings of the participating wineries and restaurants.

For us, the highlight of the evening were the wines from the Goose Creek Farm and Winery produced by Otium Cellars in Purcellville, Virginia.  Their wines were amazingly complex, simply delicious and distinctly un-Virginia wine-like in taste and drink-ability…  in a word, AWESOME!  We had an opportunity to spend a few moments speaking with the Otium Cellars Manager, Max Bauer.  We found Max both personable and knowledgeable about his product.  When asked about the farm, the vineyards and the cellar, Max was quick to let us know that the entire operation was family and dog friendly.  We will definitely be visiting the winery, in the very near future, with friends and dogs in tow!

The smell of food was in the air and for us the air was thick with the smells of North Carolina barbecue,  fish tacos and fine Italian cuisine.  Our son, Easton, a genuine barbecue aficionado waited patiently in line to order a North Carolina barbecue sandwich topped with coleslaw from Boodacades BBQ Restaurant. Honestly, the sandwich was as big as his head!  He ate every bite and to our amazement he managed to get ALL of it in his mouth and not a drop of it on his clothes.  He gave the feast an enthusiastic two-thumbs-up! ( Side Note:  David had one later in the evening…. definitely two-thumbs-up!)  We dined on the fish tacos  and  lobster roll sandwiches from Magnolia”s  and they were heavenly!  Finally, Scarlett gave the white pizza from Anthony’s Restaurant a shot and proclaimed it yummy.  This is high markings coming from a girl eating a new food outside her comfort zone!

Most of the shops in Old Town remained open during the festival.  One of our new favorites is It’s Bazaar on 21st Street an eclectic antique/consignment store and Coffee Shop.  They have a great mix of items inside the shop and the front sidewalk is arranged like a southern front porch that is begging you to sit down and have a glass of sweet tea.

As the evening wound down and we made our way toward the exit we had no way of knowing that the best was yet to come.  At the southern end of 21st Street is a fantastic little music store, the Shamrock Music Shoppe.  We have probably walked by it hundreds of times.  This night, with the cool neon lights in the windows reflecting off the buildings original stamped tin ceiling and flashing off the shiny lacquer finish of the guitars hanging along the walls, it stopped us in our tracks.  The Owner, Scott Kinney, had just hung the CLOSED sign on the door when he saw us peering in his windows.   He stuck his head out and asked us if we would like to take a look around?  Well, Yea!  The second we walked into the shop it hit me …Shamrock Music Shoppe is a small version of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville.  Shamrock, like Gruhn for anyone who has been, has guitars of every shape and size hanging in rows on the walls.  So, if you are looking for a new instrument or just want to check out  a really cool music shop Purcellville is really not that far out and Shamrock would definitely be worth the trip. You can tell that Scott loves his business even taking time to show us a rack of exceptionally beautiful electric guitars that had been hand-shaped and finished by a local craftsman.  Impressive!

    

All in all, what a great way to end the night!

serendipity: reblog of simple lifestyle quotes

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Serendipity has struck again. Simple Lifestyle Quotes from another fellow blogger… enjoy! Thank you for these “littlebrent”.

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Not much to post today but the fact that I love my girlfriend. Thank you for these great quotes. Enjoy.
  • Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who…

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serendipity: Tagxedo, word cloud art

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serendipity: Tagxedo, word cloud art
written by Stephanie

Today I stumbled upon a blog site called Laissezfair and I was instantly enamored by her hip and inspirational content.  She was blogging about a really cool website and thought I would share it with you.  Tagxedo.  It is a site-based  application that turns your words, poetry, news articles, famous speeches, slogans, and even your love letters into stunning works of art.  You simply input your text and the website provides the tools to help you create a word cloud shape.  There are numerous shapes, themes and fonts to choose from.  The tool also allows you to upload your own shapes and fonts to be as creative as your little heart’s desire.  After you have designed your word cloud you can save your image to file, share it on your social media sites or order your design on embellished products directly from the Tagxedo store.  Pretty cool… huh?

Here are some of my quick design ideas I came up with today.  Of course, the first one I did was with the PlanetDwell Blog tag words and categories in a tree silhouette….

I absolutely refuse to buy standard “off-the-rack” greeting cards.  I tend to hunt out the unique hand-made letter-press cards or I’ll just create my own.  I think hand-made cards just express much more sincerity and sentiment.  Tagxedo can help you do just that.

Tagxedo word cloud designs can easily be printed on card stock, iron-on transfer paper  and/or printer fabric paper.   With your images in hand you can than embellish t-shirts, aprons, canvas totes, pillow shams, table linens, tea towels, edges of pillow cases and sheets… the list goes on and on.

My brain was positively churning… this next design I thought would make a fun, funky and hip accent pillow for my black leather Wassily sling chair.  Needless to say, I am now well acquainted with the names of my daughter’s Crayola crayons!

How about a little quick and simple wall art.  By using printer ready canvas paper you can print your designs, frame them and hang them, all in a blink of an eye!  I created a little homage to family to hang on our “wall-of-fame” among the family pictures.

My last dabbling was with my daughter’s room in mind.  Scarlett, like her father, is a bit bird-like, that is to say they are attracted to shiny things.  Scarlett is always “finding” things on the ground during our outings to the craft stores and she returns home with her pockets brimming. So, I envision this design being transferred onto a square of muslin, framed in a shadow box with a hand full of “her treasures”, charms, beads and sequins all loosely rolling inside the frame…. whimsical and girlie!

Whew… so many ideas… so little time.  Clearly it’s time to log off and swing into a little DIY action.  Stay tuned my friends…