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Giveaway :: Retro Menagerie

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{please visit Retro Menagerie here}

Summer means finally letting the colors run free. It is the time to shake off any inhibitions we have about vibrant and bold and let the muted palettes take a break. Now it’s up to you where you want this color to reign. Personally, I find myself drawn to colorful art in the warmer months. Maybe it’s something about bringing the sunshine indoors, long after the sun sets for the evening. I have been known to swap out my “winter art” for “summer art.” (And, no, there is no set standard for classification. It’s just a feeling.) Here comes the sun(shine) is a way of living, don’t you see? It’s a way of harnessing all that this season has to offer and sprinkling it all around.

Jaymee Srp creates original artwork, textiles and home goods with vintage inspiration under the umbrella Retro Menagerie. Srp’s simple, modern designs bring  the perfect pop of color to any space that needs it.  The Orange and Yellow Sunburst and the Aqua Ombre Mountain Range  are particularly reminiscent of the perfect summertime sunset, don’t you think? I find myself thinking this set should be right inside my front door, so that I always remember that the sunshine is a living, breathing thing; a constant. Come to think of it, Retro Menagerie is chock full of constant inspiration, don’t you think?

Retro Menagerie is giving away one Black and Green Diamond Print and one Aqua and Green Triangle Printto one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Wednesday, July 4th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is your trick for snapping yourself out of a bad mood?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 9th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Kira Tequila Burns says:

    Music!. I can put on frank Sinatra and I’m instantly transported. I start dancing and i forget about whatever is bringing me down.

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    Jessminda says:

    A sweaty workout… preferably a zumba class! 

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    Sarah says:

    As soon as I catch myself feeling sour, I stop, breathe & stretch. Taking a few seconds (or sometimes a couple of minutes) to center myself snaps me back into the sunshine spirit.

  4. 4
    Laney says:

    Playing Angry Birds. It’s so ridiculous and cute, it makes me smile right away!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    snuggling with one of my cats. that purrr can fix anything!

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    heather f says:

    working in the yard always makes me feel better

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    anna says:

    a trip to target 🙂 the dollar bins are like instant happy!

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    Courtney says:

    Watching a half of the Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary…it has my two favorite singers, Ramin Karimloo (as the Phantom) and Hadley Fraser (as Raoul). They have such beautiful voices…

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    Aleta says:

    Playing the “thankful” game… it doesn’t take long to find a handful of things I’m thankful for, thank god for them, and reposition my focus!

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    AmyB says:

    Lipstick can do wonders for turning around a funk!

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    Stephanie C says:

    i sleep it off!! it works every time.. :]

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    Chryselle says:

    I whirl around the house with a duster, spinning dust like a dervish. I swipe counters, clear dustbins, put away errant toys. Plants get a dose of water, mirrors get a wipe and before you know it, I’ve calmed down and feeling more in control. Bonus? The house/room sparkles and is more liveable. Maybe I should use those dark days a little more…

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    Tiffany says:

    watching tv in my bed, with lots of pillows around me

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re listening to vintage 80s music, like old school Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. Works every time!

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    Jac says:

    Turning on some cheesy pop music loud and dancing with my daughter. She loves to dance and watching her serious face while she tries to choreograph a routine is hilarious. I’m usually just used as a support beam or spotter but I still manage to get some jazz hands and hip shakes in before she casts me off “stage”.

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    Valerie C. says:

    Doing anything I love and I get distracted…..no more bad mood  🙂

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    Christy Ann says:

    I take my son for a walk to the park! Seeing him having fun makes me feel better every time!

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    Just thinking about what I have to be grateful for….it’s always much more than what I have to be mad/grumpy about.

    Thanks for this cool giveaway, these would be perfect in my 50’s home

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    KHBride says:

    Exercise. watching something funny & talking to a good friend.

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    Grace says:

    I do some gardening.

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    jen gersch says:

    I list what I am greatful for

  22. 22
    Suzi C says:

    Cuddles “cah” with my wee girl… or 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLa8Br569gA

  23. 23
    Beverly says:

    Puppy cam. (ustream.com/sfshiba) Seriously, just TRY and be in a bad mood! It’s not possible!

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    Ana M says:

    Windows down, music loud and any of my favorite snack foods usually works. 

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    Caroline W says:

    I’m usually in a bad mood because I’m tired…so I take a 20 minute nap and then, once I feel refreshed from that, I go on a run to get all the frustration out.  If I don’t have time for that, ice cream works, too.

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    Kristin says:

    I take a deep breath and ask myself… ‘will this matter in a year’. Almost always, the answer is no.

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    Kate says:

    When I am in a bad mood, it always helps to call a funny friend and have a good laugh. That usually does the trick! : )

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    Lindsay says:

    I think about how my bad mood isn’t real, it’s just hormones, and I try and rationalise with myself to keep my temper in check. It doesn’t always work but I’m very good at being honest and saying sorry if I do get cranky!

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    Ella P. says:

    I play with my cats, that’s why I love them to bits!!

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    Amy Hutchinson says:

    Take a quiet moment just for me, reminding myself of all the ways in which I’m self-sufficient when I need to be and all the people who make it easier to live 🙂

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    echo says:

    When I catch myself dwelling on negative thoughts I remind myself to be kind and focus on the good: in myself, in others, in every situation. Being active, being outside, being with loved ones, spending time doing the things I love… these are things that also help me to snap out of it. 

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    kim g says:

    A little retail therapy with my bff

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    Cathy F. says:

    Honestly, all I have to do is watch the news and know that my family is healthy, my son is safe and that we have a house over our head. This is what pulls me out of my funk! Everything feels like small stuff when I remind myself about how lucky we are!

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    Trish says:

    A visit to the local Childrens Hospital. Reading book, painting nails, or one game of Candy Land is all it takes.

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    Christina P says:

    I go online in search of an inspirational story, a good cry always helps so double points if I cry with the story!

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    Sherry Schafer says:

    As someone who has suffered from clinical depression for years, I have found the best way to lift my mood is GET UP, GET OUT, AND GET MOVING. I have to make myself sometimes, but it always helps. It doesn’t matter if i just get out to go the store, library, or take a drive it helps.

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    msilba says:

    JUst have to look at my one year olds cute little face, does the trick every time.  My heart begins to melt on the spot and I realize that the little things just don’t matter that much:)

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    Stacy says:

    I know that the right answer is exercise, but for me its gardening. Getting my hands dirty, marvelling at the plants that used to be seeds that are now actual vegetables.

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    Madeline says:

    Making myself laugh. At first it’s forced, but then it just takes over and by then my mood is lightened up!

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    Meghan says:

    A nap, though that’s usually impossible.

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    Cindy says:

    I look at a photo of my cat.  Super cheesy, but she looks so cute that I just melt into a pool of cat loving goo and you just can’t be in a bad mood in that state.

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    Alicia F. says:

    A good run.  It empties my mind of all the extraneous thoughts and worries throughout the day and gives me the space to meditate on what actually matters in this life.