Carolee Flatley


:: Lifestyle ::

What does it mean to you to be quirky and what do you love about it?
Quirky to me is allowing all parts of my self to be seen, even the parts that don’t match. It’s allowing myself to indulge in fits of being as twee as I want to be, creating and dumping glitter on anything and everything, then geeking out and spending whole days playing World of Warcraft or creating something techy.

What’s a secret, unusual talent that you have?
I’m fantastic at remembering lyrics so I can sing along to most Rush, Elton John and Dolly Parton songs.

:: Quest ::

Where do you find your mojo?
In my imagination. Asking myself what I want to be/see/create brings it on. I also love Pinterest to find new inspiration. I may find something like a piece of art and I’m able to create a card or scrapbook page based of an element or a sentiment.

Explain one experiment you’ve done that changed your life:
Getting help. I’m self reliant to a fault and getting myself a trainer this year has done wonders for my body. I’m trying to apply it to many more places in my life and see if I can create some shifts letting myself be supported and not being so damn stubborn.

What’s your favorite recent discovery for…
Your home: Decluttering. As a crafter, my stash seems to reproduce by division nightly, so while going through and destashing feels like losing an arm, it’s made life so much better.
Your body: Weights. Weight lifting has been life changing for me in so many ways. Being able to be in my own head lifting heavy stuff and putting it back down again has been surprisingly grounding.
Your belly: The snickerdoodles from Babycakes Covers the Classics. I made them for Thanksgiving and I dream of them.
Your soul: Cartoons. Give me a big cup of genmaicha and my Apple TV and I’ll lose a day watching the new My Little Pony series. It’s definitely created for kids but there’s a reason it has a huge adult following. The show is heartwarming and reminds you of the lessons on love and friendship that you may have forgotten having to be an adult.
Music: Only in Japan would you have a totally virtual singer and not just one but several! I’m pretty obsessed with Vocaloids as they combine so many of my favorite things: japanese pop, techno and just the right level of cute. A good starting place for the music is via the Playstation games which pick the most popular songs (which are usually created by fan artists!) and have well-created videos. Here’s a playlist on Youtube.
Writing: Ommwriter is the only way I can get anything written while I’m on my computer. For handwriting, it’s gotta be my mint green Zebra Sharbo F-line. I have Sepia and Ever Green ink in it which is a fun alternative to black or blue inks.
Art: Darling Magazine. Their mission statement really resonated with me.

:: Mission ::

How do you celebrate the deliciousness of being quirky?
By letting myself create and express my creativity. I try so hard to just create and not let the judgement creep in. So, I dance or hoop or bake or craft just for the love of doing it.

What is your #1 tip for a fellow quirkster?
One of my favorite quotes is from Promise Tangeman: “Don’t waste time looking for your style. The truth is you already have it. You may just need to create more in order to see it” Being quirky can be living in a world of weird contradictions. You can feel like a mess, like things don’t align or come together. Just create. See what rises to the surface.

About: I’m a 30-something Vermonter living in Los Angeles with my game designer hubby and two troublemaking corgis. When I’m not crafting, I’m baking, lifting weights or laughing.