WHIMSY – extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion
This page is designed to help you cultivate whimsy right now. Stop by anytime for tips and inspirational reading on the topic. If you want to read all of the whimsy posts go here or return home to see which topic we are studying this week.
**Please note this page is currently under construction. The JOY Resource Page is a good example of how all the pages will ultimately be arranged.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the 30-day fax picture (1994)
The expression of whimsy is quirky and fun and can be a part of almost anything else. When I think of the word I most often think of fancy flourishes on craft work or fancy gift packages and gifts for no reason. I think of my favorite Artist Hundertwasser’s art work and wonderful architecture. I think of my Aunt Ann and her fondness for pop-up books, dragons, fairies and anything sparkly. I think of dt.hasse’s blog for the love of lines, which I only recently found and enjoy regularly now. I think of my friend Katherine, her parenting style and delightful activities for kids.
Whimsy has the quality “I know when I see it” which defies standard means of study or even observation. It is so subjective that anything I find whimsical may be considered a completely different thing by you.
I’ve come up with “Bliss Initiatives,” that are specific things that you too can try, if you want to try and up your whimsy quotient. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, “you become what you think about,” even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some positive results. During Whimsy weeks and at other times, I will be exploring and encouraging WHIMSY this way:
- Getting in the mood for Whimsy – Do a little “flash inspiration”. Type the word Whimsical (fill in blank) into your search engine and see what shows up. I did it with Whimsical Cakes, Whimsical Drinks, and Whimsical Tree Houses. Try it and see what you find — share it here in z comment for others to enjoy. Whimsy is definitely best when shared!
- Field work – Based on your own “flash inspiration” plan to execute something whimsical. Do something unexpected for your family, friends.or co-workers. EX. The search “Whimsical drink” netted this bubble gum flavored vodka… making some to share with my Sweetie seems fun. Care to join us?
- Whimsy Craft – Do something crafty!. Maybe you’re not quite up to these fabulous Halloween Candy Balls Katherine has made, but the possibilities are endless. Make a card, do a doodle, play with glue or playdoh. Try expressing yourself differently then you know yourself to do. Oh, and by the way, glitter is always a nice touch!
Do expect a whole host of surprises as we explore this topic. The fun is just beginning…
If you have ideas and/or input regarding what you would like to see here or in any of the pages please do let me know!
Also, If you are an artist, blogger, writer, lover of life who has something that would contribute to one or more of the Bliss Virtues and you would like to share your craft and point of view as a guest of this blog please let me know. I am eager to make Bliss Habits a sharing and collaborative space for all Blissful pursuits!***