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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