Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Inspiration

Looking for a bit of spring cleaning inspiration this past week.
I came across one of my loves.
Lists...printable lists.
I can leave a list for the fam and maybe once it is spelled out they will take action. 
Plus I needed a fire lit under me this year.
I am working my full time temp job again 
while also getting ready for the Over the Moon Vintage Market in (gasp) less than two weeks.
But the pull of the big spring clean is tugging at me as well.
Her lovely lists of cleaning tips will be my go to when I need a push to get tidy.
Have a cup of coffee at my fresh and clean coffee station and make a visit to her blog.
The girl has it together!

Also, always inspirational Mandi at Vintage Revivals had quite a surprise this week.
Target, yes Target, copied one of her room designs almost identically, yet gave her no credit.
Really Target?
Thanks to the amazing vigilance of Blogland they did not pull it off without being called out.
In the end they did the right thing but only after being caught.
Shame on you Target.
Congrats to Mandi, who has been contacted by Target.
A whole new door may have opened for her.

I am off to spruce up another space or two before heading out to a girl's get together this afternoon.
Take baby steps to get the job done when you find you don't have a vast amount of time 
to devote to cleaning for spring.
It gets the job done.

Yours in welcoming a new season, P.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Inspiration

I am sharing a few places I have visited this week that lifted me.
Posts that inspire me to be better, do more toward living the life I want to live 
and just lovely places filled with thought provoking words.

Tamara Beardsley always has something worth reading. 
Sometimes fun and fashion. 
Often  inspiration. 
This lady is not just a gorgeous face and fabulous sense of style.
There is substance under all that pretty.

Marc and Angel Hack Life  wrote a wonderful post 
containing a list for living a good and meaningful life.
I love lists, being on a real organization kick at the moment.
Anything that spells out simple rules to follow is all good.

A ten day marriage challenge posted by The Vanilla Tulip looks like a must do.
Anything that brings closer understanding with your life partner can only bring blessings to your life.
You would think after almost 29 years of marriage and 
35 years of being together we would know it all.
Not so.
People change in want they want, believe and think.
Life is ever changing.
A little check in to see whats new is always a good idea.
This could be a yearly event for us.

What has inspired you this week?

Yours in seeking a good life, P.

P.S. Can you see the direction my spring cleaning is taking?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring Sighted Ahead

Hello Friends.
Summing up the recent months can be done in a single word.

No excuses or long explanations.
I have just been marking time.
Documenting life when I get a moment.
Making plans and deciding what direction to take.
To me, the real new year starts with spring.

We spend the winter tucked up and dreaming.
Now comes the time for action.
I am ready to go.
Energized by people, and ideas and words that have touched my life and become a call to get moving.

Time is precious, let's not waste a drop.
I've missed you all in Blogland.
Stepping away for a bit has helped me put things into clearer focus.
Moving in new directions and unloading everything that isn't working...
Hope you stop by occasionally to chat.
Let me know what is new in your world.
Are you living out loud or just managing to cope?

We are all moving together in this time on earth.
Let's connect and lift one another up with our words and actions.

Yours in the promise of spring, P.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Goals for Home

This year our home will be more useable.
More comfy and conducive to the way we live.
I will try not to be influenced by trends unless I love them.

No more worrying about "staging" or staying neutral for resale.
No home store copy cat.
We live here.
More color in every room.
A happy, creative home.

No worries about what someone else will think.
This is our house, not some show house.
More fun, less serious decorating.

A home where we can really live, every day, without stress.
Where projects can be worked on, meals cooked, games played...
and where guests can feel free to kick off their shoes and relax.

Are you with me?
What are your plans for your home this year?

Yours, P.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Out With the Old, Happy New Year

Hey there dear friends, it's been a while.
Here we are at the end of 2013 and I am tempted to say good riddance.

That said, I have a hard time with endings, even happy ones.

No big year in review here. Don't really want to relive a lot of it.
How about some Christmas decorating instead, albeit late?

 It is tempting to look at a year filled with unpleasant events and write it off as a bad year.
Being a glass half full girl I have chosen to look at 2013 as a year of healing.
Body and soul healing.
Much better than bad.
Lets face it, lots of beautiful moments happen among even the worst times in life. 

You have provided many of those beautiful moments.
You share so much that is lovely and kind and thoughtful.

Bring on 2014!

I have great hope for a fresh new year.

 Happy New Year friends.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a constant bright spot on even the darkest days.

You lift me up just knowing that we are traveling a path together, near and far, 
all at the same time on this earth.

I wish we could all gather at the table and laugh, and tell stories, and be together.

Oh wait, we already do!
Heres to sharing our New Year.
May it be the best yet.
Hugs, Pam
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art Therapy

I had my six month visit today with my surgeon.
Sigh of relief...
All looks good...
Come back in a year!
Had my pre hysterectomy physical yesterday and all good too.
This year has been, and continues to be a stinker but good news is good news. 
I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Like I missed the entire summer because of radiation, and now I will miss Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas season because I have this hysterectomy the Tuesday before.
My PCP says they may keep me 3 days.
Then 3 weeks recovery.

Had the day off from work.
Came home and planted myself in the studio.
Watched some awesome Junelle Jacobson videos while I worked.
You cannot help but feel cheery while listening to her.

Kicked myself in the I mean curvy... rear.
What do I have to be sad about?
I have a loving family and actually pretty good health despite this year.
I have a business that I love and have recently met some local artists 
who may give me just the boost I need.

Plus, I have this outlet of making whatever strikes my mood when I am feeling low.
Happy colors, Christmas coming, joy is what I will concentrate on.

Then I got to thinking...
I don't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 15 for the first time in 28 years!
I have many semi willing workers to do my bidding for a few weeks too.
They will be my team of decorators. 
No climbing in the attic and digging through bins in the garage.
No grumbling that there is only one person in the house doing ALL the holiday prep.
I will direct the event this year!

Oh this may be the best season ever.
I can just hear it...
"Move that light an inch to the right please."
"I know we have at least 3 more glittery stars, can you look again?"
"The wise men are on the wrong side."

Maybe I better keep a lid on my enthusiasm.
At least for a few weeks.

I was also inspired to do a ten minute sketch of how the day made me feel.
 Dark and light combined.
A gift with a cost.

Yours on the bright side, P.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

What I Have Learned from Breast Cancer

A life lesson from breast cancer.
Nothing usually goes as planned but we certainly spend a lot of time planning anyway.
I have learned a bit about unexpected events in the last several years but especially this past year.
Things happen, we have no real control, 
so we need to sway and bend instead of standing rigid or we will break.
Simple enough in theory but I think I have finally learned to practice bending and swaying.
In fact it is quite an enjoyable way to spend a life.

Let go of all of those perfect plans.
Make room for the unexpected.
That way, when it comes you won't crack.
You will dance with it.
Of course we still need to make plans, it is part of creativity.
Just loosen them up a bit.
All those carefully laid plans can be such a hinderance and lead to disappointment.
Make sketches instead of creating blueprints.
Bring an eraser for last minute changes.
Pencils instead of ink.
I have found so much more peace living this way in the past year.
I still plan, but I am ready for what life brings and I will spin and leap and sway with it.
How about you?

Yours in the unexpected, P.

P.S. Unexpected find at ReStore, two gorgeous yellow velvet chairs for my sitting room. $18.00 each! What?
You heard me!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October and Letting Go

Normally this time of year is spent fluffing up the farmhouse for the spooky season.

This year, working at the Costume Gallery, it looks as though 
decorating needs to be placed on the "Maybe I will get a minute" list.

Do you have advice on how best to list them?
Making things for the upcoming Over the Moon show and for a fabulous little shop called 
Dandy Haberdashery need to be up there on the list.
Not to mention my poorly neglected Ohio Valley Mall space.
So what have I been up too?
Work. Halloween in a Costume Shop is a whole life event.

Photo shoots, planning meetings, window dressing and of course our customers who keep us going.

If I am absent from here for a bit, it is only because I am up to my ears in priorities.

Visits to your lovely homes and fall decor will have to suffice.
Each evening, tucked in bed with a chai tea latte and the ipad I will get a little taste of Halloween decorating and crafts.

There certainly won't be much of that happening here.

By the way, do you have your costume yet???

Yours in Halloween frenzy, P.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Flipped Out

Flip, say it a few times quickly...
funny word. 
One of those words that denote comedy, like a circus, or Flip Wilson...yes I am THAT old.
Or maybe 
a bit of insanity, as in flipping one's lid.
Could be just plain rude as in an angry hand gesture or the act of being flippant.
Not sure where this post fits in all the realms of flipness.

In an attempt to get some home maintenance done, while balancing the new job, the business, making art, stocking the antique booth and being included in a fabulous new local arts collective I decided to start on the front porch.
It was looking quite shabby.
These generic coach lamps have never been my favorite
 but replacements are not currently in the budget.

They tend to fill up with all manner of leaves and spider nests and unidentifiable detritus.
I am glad I can't identify most of crawling.
Barely any light was passing through the glass at this point.
Donning gloves, I went to work cleaning them up.
I found it quite difficult to get my hand down into the opening after removing the top.
So, being flipping brilliant, I disconnected them and turned them over to clean them.

Sparkling clean and ...wait....
maybe they don't look so bad upside down?
Always ready for a change around here.
I left them this way.

Weird or freaking awesome?
Not quite sure yet, but I think I like them better this way.
Until I find a flipping fantastic deal on the perfect fixtures they are staying.

Tell me your honest opinion.
Is this a desperate and failed attempt at changing the look of my boring porch lights?
Or is it so flipping awesome that it just might work for a while?

I am off to see what else I can flip.
Enjoy your day my friends.

Yours in a topsy turvy world, P.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

I Am Woman, Roaring

With apologies to Katy Perry and Helen Reddy.
If you have visited here occasionally, you know that Frippery Farmhouse has experienced a down turn in recent years. I posted about that way back here, and here.
We have bucked up, born the load, yada yada.

Four years, even laughing about it, like here.
How long do we have to make lemonade ???
I am becoming sour.

This year has been the one that pushed me over the edge...
breast cancer, the last of our retirement savings, crushing medical bills...never cried once this year.
Nothing can break through this shell.
But fate said, not enough, and on the day before our 28th anniversary I lost the setting out of my engagement ring, diamonds and all.
Not at home, somewhere else, no clue...
Big ugly crying face...over and over.
I know, its a thing right?
But it was the last thing I felt I had from our old, less scary life. more.
I told whatever cosmic wheel that has been trying to crush us to back off.
"Don't make me turn around and take my earrings off."
Karma should be trembling right about now.

No matter what we lose in life, there is always something left.
I have the ring of my husbands love around me.
The man who has honored and cherished me and treated me like a queen these many years.
We don't need no stinking diamonds.

I will, however, continue to roar.
So watch out if you sneak up behind me and tap me on the shoulder.
In between rages, I will count my blessings, 
but not too loudly, 
Wouldn't want to tempt fate.

Remember, even if things seem to be at their lowest, find something to rejoice in.
Just don't draw too much attention to yourself because the cosmos is fickle.

One more apology.
This one to Gloria Gaynor...
I will survive.

Back to happiness, fun and frivolity here...promise.

Thanks, my friends, for listening, P.
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