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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Gift of Time

Seems there is a theme here lately.
One that came close to home in the past week or so.
Frippery Farmhouse has been a crazy busy place.
Health issues and new business opportunities including a trip to the ER and a trip to LA for hubs.
Yin and Yang.
A new job for our son who then had to turn down the one he really wanted because he felt it wasn't right to back out of his commitment to the first offer.
Ups and downs. 
Getting ready to start back to my full time temp job next week.
Time has been at a premium.
It is a struggle to fit it all in.

Then the sad news that my daughter's beloved high school art teacher, Joan McGuire passed away.
Sadie was getting ready to visit her on Tuesday when the news came.
Ms. McGuire taught art at Mercy High School for 34 years and was such an influence for so many girls, including my daughter.
From summer art camp during elementary school through four years of art and AP art in high school her encouragement and creativity gave my daughter, and so many, the courage to follow their own dreams of becoming artists and designers.

To say that hearts are broken is an understatement.
To say that time is a gift not to be wasted could not be more plain.
Ms. McGuire was my age,
56, not so young any more but not nearly ready to leave when there is so much left to accomplish.
Please pray for her family and friends and all whose lives she touched.
She left behind so much joy and lived a meaningful life.
What more could one aspire too?

The lesson brought home by this is don't waste that precious gift of time.
Make the most of every moment.
Posting may be less frequent on Frippery as I sift through all that is happening here.
I do not want to waste your time or mine on posting for the sake of it.
That gift is going to be used more intentionally.
Bear with me as I make some changes around here.

I will leave you with a song that was something of a theme in my heart during my daughters high school years and is especially appropriate when remembering Ms. McGuire and the magic that came from the basement art room at Mercy High School.
Ms. McGuire, you were a beautiful soul.

Yours in every blessed moment, P.

In this very room there's quite enough love for one like me,
And in this very room there's quite enough joy for one like me,
And there's quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus ... is in this very room.

And in this very room there's quite enough love for all of us,
And in this very room there's quite enough joy for all of us,
And there's quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus ... is in this very room.

In this very room there's quite enough love for all the world,
And in this very room there's quite enough joy for all the world,
And there's quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus ... is in this very room.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Projects, Deadlines and How to Keep Moving Forward

This morning the weather forecaster related some statistics that seemed to be a metaphor for life.
Life is just like the weather in Cincinnati.
Today, the high will be 39 degrees, but the record high for this date was 70 and the record low was -25.
Almost 100 degrees variance.
Living here you never know what the weather will throw at you from one day to the next, 
even all in one day for that matter.
Just like life.

So roll with it.
Grab 10 minutes each day and work towards a goal.
Take 10 projects and give each of them 10 minutes. 
Or give one project 10 chunks of ten throughout the day.
Not an hour and forty all at once, just 10 here and there.
Obviously some projects will need a chunk of time once you get going, but moving towards actually doing a project may take ten minutes of prep here and there so you are ready to devote a large chunk of time when you have it.
That's over 11 hours toward your goals each week!

The biggest projects needing to be tackled around Frippery Farmhouse are...
1) Get the bins from Christmas put away. (Yes they are still stacked neatly in a corner of the dining room.)
2) Finish the Master Bedroom trim and final details.
3) Redo the Master bath on a very tight budget.
4) Make the laundry room workable to actually be comfy doing laundry.
5) Add a door to the office so barking dogs do not interrupt every phone conversation.
6) Powder room redo.
7) Improve the lighting in the family room.
8) Fix and upholster the thrifted dining room chairs.
9) Floors, floors, floors...
10) Coat closet, my redo did not work as well as I hoped. Time to rethink.

There are more but 10 is such a nice even number.
Now that list could seem overwhelming but thinking in 10 minute spurts it just may be doable.
I will start back at my full time temp job in two weeks, 10 1/2 hours away will leave little time at home.
But that is part of flowing in the river of change.
Ten minutes a day may be all I have some no frets...
it is still a step toward a goal.

Oh, and deadlines too.
10 weeks, ten days, ten hours, set a reasonable time to finish each goal or project.
That gives a sense of responsibility to complete each one.
So are you with me? 
Let's see where this gets us.
Maybe my 2013 word should be TEN...

Yours in accomplishments, P.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ten Minutes to a Tidier Room

That whole ten minute philosophy got me going.
If the goal is making life simpler then the first way to do that is 
to streamline the cleaning process.
Collectors, artists, visual people love to display their scrumptious eye candy.
Not so good when it is time to dust and clean.

A ten minute reduction in my table top nicky knackies made a world of difference in my space.
It just feels more...well...spacious!

Edited side tables leave room for a glass or to rest a book when you are finished reading.

A wall of art is easier to dust than a pile of vintage books that must be moved each time you would like to use this little table for notes or sketching.

The glass doors have been moved to the dining room.
No more contortions just to vacuum behind them or reach around for the ipad charger
in the outlets they happened to cover.

Still working on the serving cabinet.
It needs to be ready to serve.
Taking stock of what is clutter and what is useful can make 
a huge change in the ease of everyday living.
Don't let all that junk bog you down.
Ten minutes towards freedom each day.

Take ten with me, P.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

My Ten Minute Philosophy

Simple common sense...

Ten minutes of doing is worth ten hours of talking about it.

2012 for me seemed to be a year of waiting. 
Anticipation of what will happen next... 
wanting to take some action but feeling so ineffectual... afraid... tired... 
discouraged by life's twists and turns.

We sometimes allow ourselves to get so caught up in negativity 
we fail to do the very things that could change our course.

Looking back, the year was mostly lovely. 
A warm and loving family in our cozy home celebrating everyday living. 
Friends old and new...Business ventures...Just plain adventures...
Good times.
Somehow I got sidetracked. Setbacks seemed larger than the rest of life. 
One step forward, three steps back, but mostly not taking any steps at all.

2013 will be a year of change here at Frippery Farmhouse. 
Change is obviously inevitable.

We just need to react to change by making it work in the best possible way.
Take some action to make that change positive.
Stop talking and mulling and waiting. 
Do something!

My philosophy in 2013 is to take the time given to me and act on it.
No more wasting life being afraid of things out of my control
Take an idea and run with it. 
Do what needs to be done and accept the outcome.

10 minutes at a time can add up to a lot of change.

Yours in action, P.

(Photos of my garden in summer...Sunny days ahead!)

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Slow Start this Year

Life in grey tones.
Feeling a bit washed out after the lovely Christmas season.
Still trying to get my word, or maybe a whole phrase, to jump start this year.

Seems that life is a bit unfocussed around here.
A million ideas spinning and then...
something comes along and sweeps them away.

Like Frank says, "That's life...
Up, down, over and out."
It's time to put on my big girl panties and "get back in the race."

I just need a little inspiration and I always find it with you, my sweet blogging friends.

Thank you loads for always being there, P.

PS On a lighter note perhaps panties and loads were a poor choice to use together in a blog post...
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Nature Inspired Winter Mantel

After the clutter of the holidays are you looking for a fresh palette?
The reds and greens are packed away and some wintery whites and browns have replaced them.

Shopping the house makes it so easy to change and rearrange things until it feels just right.
It was hard to part with the lights because I love them so.
 I left them for about a minute.
They have since been removed because sometimes we just have to say good bye, 
or at least farewell until next Christmas.

Shed antlers and a rustic lantern with the colors of a woodland in winter.
Strawberry baskets, weathered porch molding and a few little birds to remind us of 
the promise of warmer days to come.

Now do I leave the doors with the black side showing or flip them to the white side?
Simple enough to do.
What do you think?

A little heart cutout from my friend Sandy,
a nod to Valentines day.
I will be back to my full time temp job by then, so this may be the extent of the Valentine decor.

How are you settling in to the winter months ahead?
Looking forward to spring or still enjoying the cozy days?

A bit of both around Frippery Farmhouse.

Off to visit you all for glimpses of what's up.
You do know what an inspiration you are to me.
Thanks friends, P.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Decorating for Winter and About that Lamp...

Just stopping in to answer a question several of you asked before sitting down with friends and family to watch the Bengals win.
That lamp...

I had several emails, messages and comments on the lamp with the burlap shade.
You know that Frippery Farmhouse is decorated frugally.
You will not often find a new, off the shelf, purchase.
That lamp though, was bought brand new.

Not second hand or thrifted.
However, it was discounted.
I purchased that pretty thing at Big Lots, 
on sale mind you.
Shade and all.
I just could not pass it up.
I have not seen one at BL since but I did see one at Home Goods about a month ago.
Surely they are out there somewhere for those of you who love the hunt.

Enjoy your Saturday.
I am slowly taking down Christmas and leaving a touch of winter to light the days.
Go Bengals!
Who dey, P.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

10 Changes for 2013

Happy New Year friends.
Words for the new year?
I know you are busy plotting out the clean slate that is 2013.
For Frippery Farmhouse I see this as a year of change.
Big and small, scary and fun, some necessary and some just because....
No one word of the year, just a thought that ten minutes of doing can equal 10 hours of talking about it.
Do you know what I mean?
I will begin by making a list of 10 things that need changing at Frippery Farmhouse.
Some are a bit personal, but putting things out in the universe is often beneficial to making them happen.

1. Out with the clutter. We may stay or we may go but 
I want Frippery Farmhouse to feel ready for either outcome this year.
Clean and sorted and fresh, just like when we moved in.

2. Build Joe's business, Powering Profits, and help in any way I can to make that happen so our options of staying and going can be our own choice and not necessity.

3. Take a little time to build my own business but realize that has to be in second place for a while.

4. Find a place to make my mom happy, finally. 

5. Paint, paint, paint..stop hesitating and just go with it.

6. Put my best effort into my Ohio Valley Antiques space.
Turn it into my own mini shop with real style.

7. Etsy shop, again...

8. Explore where we want to be in the future.
I really am a bit of an urban girl at heart.
My someday home will be in a place where a car isn't always needed and there is much to do and a thriving art community.
We may have found that in Madison, Indiana but that is a dream for a little later.

9. One of my Christmas gifts was a doll house.
I intend to savor each moment of decoration with my sweet daughter.
We are obsessed and enchanted with all of the inspiration we have found just browsing Pinterest.

10. Taking more time to visit with friends.
Both my friends at home and all of you who have become friends of the spirit.
Perhaps I will even get to visit with a few of you in person.

2013, a year of changes toward making dreams come true.
That is what I wish for all of us.
Take care my friends and Happy New Year!
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