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

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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