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 Creating Lifestyle

Creating Lifestyle is all about finding and developing ideas on how to make our lifestyle interesting and satisfying. Recently  we launched three e-books or, as I prefer to call them, booklets as they are a short  form book.

The first was ‘How to Write something interesting’ by Amelie Rose. This booklet offers advice and ideas for those wishing to write something readable from scratch with no previous experience but without bogging the reader/writer down with too many technical aspects of writing and grammar.

E-book How to write something interesting

Next was ‘How to Find a Hobby and make Money’

How to find a hobby and make money

written by Mike C Smith. If you want to fill those spare hours outside of your income-earning activities with something relaxing and enjoyable, the ideas in this booklet will give you some pointers on how to go about finding what suits you. You may even develop a passion for your hobby, finding that it is even capable of providing a part-time income stream. In some cases hobbies have also been known to become a person’s full-time income earner, perhaps the best way to earn your income as it is so enjoyable.

The latest book is ‘How to succeed on a shoestring.‘ This is an ideas book on ways

How to succeed on a shoestring

to find success without it costing heaps to get there. I proved this by developing an off-line  business with less than a hundred dollars at start-up and the same can apply with the internet. You can spend thousands of dollars making a web site, doing SEO’s, graphic design and so on, or you can learn to do most of it yourself and outsource what you are unable to do, but finding the cheaper source.

All three books are available from Amazon. To get to them click the links on the left sidebar.

Creating Lifestyle…

is all about turning things around. Perhaps you feel you’re in a rut and want to make changes but are not sure how to go about it or maybe you are unemployed and want to recreate yourself as a person with confidence and ability.

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I guess most of us would like to change things to suit the lifestyle we want. Sometimes things beyond our control are slowing or stopping us; maybe family members or friends are weighing you down with their demands.
Creating your very own unique lifestyle does still mean that the normal rules for society apply. You still have comply with what the government has put in place, the law having been created for the good of all.

Let’s look at what we want from a perfect lifestyle.

Money is important for most.
Love because we all want to be loved and admired for what we do.
Security and peace because we really don’t want war and violence or to have someone enter our home and do us harm.
Shelter and home, we all need a place we can call home, somewhere we can find rest, peace, love and security.
Health and fitness are necessary for a comfortable lifestyle – we need to be in good health and so much the better if we keep ourselves in good physical condition.
Have I missed anything? What is the most important thing to you?

How to Write

How to Write something interesting by Amelie Rose

Do you readily devour a good read – to the point that you’re now ready to tackle creating one yourself? Are you just learning how to write, or are you a writer interested in learning how to write more effectively? “How to Write Something Interesting” on sale at Amazon,  is the newest treat on the scene for Amazon Kindle. Penned by novelist and short story writer Amelie Rose, the latest how-to guide in the creatinglifestyle series takes a practical look at demystifying the writing process.

A blank slate can be wonderful, but a blank page can be agonizing. Most writers would agree that writer’s block is an ailment as obnoxious as the common cold, but the most productive scribes know how to keep its grip at bay. Here in these pages, the author of “Love Child,” “The Duchess’s Diary” and “Mirror Image” shares tips from her own arsenal, with a proven track record of creating stories that captivate. Rose shows you how to stop putting yourself down, with personal, easy-to-read insights for picking up the pen instead.

Find out why getting started is the most important step on your way, no matter what you put to paper in the beginning. Get hints on using your own outlook to transform the daunting glow of that empty monitor screen. Learn how to search your own life and experiences for tiny hidden drops of creative inspiration. Get secrets for turning mundane into memorable. And discover the many ways a few simple exercises can set you on a course toward creating tight storylines, page-turning plot twists, colorful conflicts and resolutions, and characters that fully inhabit the pages readers love.

If you’re looking for a career change, a new hobby or diversion, or a handy introduction to the joy of writing, “How to Write Something Interesting” is an indispensible pocket guide to the art of words. Amelie Rose is personally acquainted with the challenges and pitfalls that all too often frustrate new authors into silence, and her newest work takes a step back from fiction to help you take a permanent detour from the writer’s block cycle.

“How to Write Something Interesting” is available exclusively through Amazon Kindle, and it’s packed with advice and links to other resources sure to whet the aspiring writer’s appetite. Start writing! And start today, even if starting is the only thing you do.

Just click on the left hand side link to Amazon and Hey Presto!

Creating a Shabby Chic Lifestyle

How one ShabbyChic Lover does it

If you like roses and lace and lots of whites and creams and old furniture and faded vintage fabrics as a lifestyle then you are halfway to creating your own shabby chic environment.

I didn’t realise it at the time but when I first got married at a quite young age and money for `nice’ things was scarce, I began to build the basis of what was to become a lifetime fascination and love of what is popularly called today, shabby chic in my decor and my wardrobe.

As my family grew and money got even scarcer, much of my wardrobe was hand-me-down and second-hand clothing boutique finds that I had carted home and cleaned and fussed over and often transformed with a bit of stitching and adding here and there. Funnily enough, people often used to comment on my lovely wardrobe when, in fact, it was just a reflection of a lack of money. In fact, I was forced by circumstance to take great care with what I had.

I seemed to have an eye for nice shabby chic pieces of `junk’ jewellery too, always looking for something to go with the special little angora  cardy I’d bought at the hospice shop, or the scooped neckline sweater salvaged from someone’s garage sale and lovingly cleaned and restored to a fresh new beauty with a bit of lace around the frayed neckline and some contrasting edgings. Funnily enough, I never felt deprived because I couldn’t buy new, as did most of my friends and acquaintances who wouldn’t be seen dead in an op shop or rummaging around in someone’s garage sale. It never occurred to me to be envious. I loved my op shop treasures. Sometimes I would spot a blouse with some ancient posh label that might only have cost me 50cents. But back home my life style provided me with not only fabric but often lovely buttons and sometimes some pretty embroidery to use at some later date. Fortunately, I could sew and many an admired outfit emerged from my op shop stash.

I can remember many times when I had only a few dollars in my purse and little in the pantry. It was many years before I could afford a car so I walked everywhere so transport cost was never an issue.

With my tiny funds I knew what would give me the best value for the children’s meals, like a tray of chicken nibbles (back then very cheap and they loved them with rice), or a pound of mince for a nice cottage pie, and the usual bottle of milk (which back then was subsidised and very cheap). On the way home, a quick peek into the local op shop often revealed another little goodie to add to my stash at home – a length of ribbon and lace, maybe a full skirt with just the right fabric to make a cushion for the old rocking chair I’d rescued from a  neighbour who was tossing it out and I’d taken home and painted white and green with some old paint I’d scrounged off my brother.

Today I still hunt for precious bargains and my home is filled with salvaged pieces that I have treated to a new coat of paint or sewn cushions for or just kept as it is because I love it like it is and we are talking shabby chic after all. Sometimes an old lace doily on top of a scruffy dresser with a vase of flowers gives me the the look I want. My walls are filled with old paintings found in dusty second hand stores and family photos in frames of all descriptions, bought for cents, which I have either painted or decoupaged.

Much of my wardrobe is still put together from my rummaging ventures and, with the emergence of designers like Anna S, whose clothes have that wonderful vintage look and Trelise Cooper, whose gorgeously romantic, feminine, styles make a woman feel treasured and special, my own style fits in quite well.

Today money is not quite so scarce but I still live my shabby chic lifestyle. I love nothing more than finding a great bargain and making it into something that will fit in with my style, either in the home or the wardrobe.

With my family grown and gone I travel a bit now and enjoy huting down my treasures in Europe, particularly in my favourite place on earth, Paris, where I have discovered the best antique flea market imaginable. Marches au Puces en St Ouen. It’s actually several flea markets flowing together with about 3000 stalls and a visit is a bit like being a kid in a candy shop – they sell everything I love from bric-a-brac to furnishing, clothing and antiques. I want to fill containers and bring it all home but  I don’t have a bottomless pit of spare cash, so I force myself to be selective, which turns out to be a good thing, and come home with pieces I will treasure forever.

That is my shabby chic lifestyle in a nutshell. I adore it more and more with each new precious piece I uncover. I never want to live any other way. To me, finding my treasures and giving them a loving home is why I am here in the first place.

Call me a rescuer of fine junk. I see the hidden rubies that time has covered over and I’m so fortunate to have a husband who loves my shabby chic taste almost as much as I do.

A final little secret – he’s my best ever find – I saw his heart of vintage diamonds and claimed him for my own – and he didn’t cost me a cent.

Author Amelie Rose

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