…simple. valentine’s. decor.

I realize that many think that Valentine’s is a commercial holiday, but as a mom of three who has been married for 14 years I will take any excuse to go out to a quiet dinner and feel loved for an evening. Not to mention chocolate is always involved and my new tradition of ordering my family Georgetown Cupcakes is pretty exciting. Can. Not. Wait. Until. They. Arrive.

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I must admit that I also love the colors of Valentine’s. I heart pink and red combined and although I don’t dress with these colors or decorated my home in them, they are so sweet and pleasing.

Let’s take a break from winter to fill our eyes with these delicate, pink images many of which can be easily arranged for your love. You can achieve any of these looks pretty much with pink flowers – fresh or dried – and an interesting vessel to put them in. Must run to the flower shop myself! (Aka the grocery).

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Even if you are not into Valentine’s, I feel like placing flowers in your kitchen, even just for yourself, allows us to break from the cold and mundane of February. Why not.

 

 

 

…building a business: mine, yours and the weather’s

I am a super independent introvert that is completely fine doing her own thing – most of the time – but as DH says the moment I find myself needing connection and affection and love I need it immediately and in full force. Reminds me of someone I know….

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I have a few favorite podcasts that I listen to and one of them comes from a wellness coach, Koren Motekaitis and her podcast How She Really Does It. She’s had well-known guests on her show like Brene Brown and is worth a listen.

She did a show on judgment and how we can protect ourselves from feeling the harshness of another’s judgement. I am totally vulnerable to criticism and it affects me much more than I want it to. The worst part for me is that feeling of being mis-understood and “dropped” (for lack of a better word) when I make decisions that are best for me and my life.

I. Get. So. Frustrated.

We were created to be our own unique selves and that means making choices that are different from our parents and friends. It is right and natural. It is not a bad thing about you to follow your own compass, it is God’s design for us and if we are held back by other’s judgement it is like putting shackles on an animal. I will buck and buck until I am free and will not look back because freedom is like the air that we need to breathe and means more than any feeling of inclusiveness.

The take away from the podcast for me was her idea that there are three types of business: my business, your business and the weather’s business. She expanded by saying that what other people do and say and think is THEIR business. What you think and decide to do and say is ONLY YOUR business. And what the weather does day to day is it’s business. Wow. It comes back to what we think we can control. We cannot control other’s thoughts of us just like we cannot control the weather. It is none of our business how those two think. It is our business how we think, what we do and how we react. For me this was real insight and a helpful reminder that it’s not just me, it is that status of all things. The weather has been behaving this way for all of time. If you are feeling put upon by someone in your life then be reminded that it may be a force that can only be stopped by what you do and change and think in your own self. Make sense? It did to me.

What does this mean for you and me in our creative thinking and businesses? It means that the judgements that others try to place on us – in order to control us many times – is not our business. It is the business of that person just like it IS our business to move forward in the spirit of protecting and forging our own ideas. This is big, Dear Readers. This news means that we do not have to look to our left or our right for approval and validation (although that can feel really good at times). It means that the coarse we are on is really only up to us and cannot and should not be swayed by other people’s feelings about it. I realize this is easier said then done. I definitely struggle with it. But, lately I have quoted to myself, “There is their business, my business and the weather’s business” and I feel like we all need to mind our own bee’s wax and for me, that means minding MY own business when it comes to other’s judgement.

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Tell me how YOU feel about this topic.

…kelly’s bedroom set

I love hearing from old friends and I love even more when I can help them out with their furniture restoration needs. I heard from a dear one, Kelly (formerly Hicks), before the holidays. We were littles growing up in the same church eventually braved high school together.

Kelly had some old pieces that she wanted finished for her home. I have probably refinished at least 200 of these same dressers by now. Here are some before images. (Apparently, I also took a selfie with the dresser because I was probably a little dizzy from Christmas chaos at that point. I honestly don’t remember.)

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This brassy hardware is so so common on these old pieces. I always recommend painting it if it is going to distract from the overall piece. These were done in Paris Grey with light distressing. Here’s how they turned out.

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I heart a good filter on a photo.

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…price check and my tobacco basket

I totally got the price wrong on those tobacco baskets and I’m sorry and I didn’t mean to so no one needs to write me shame emails about an intentional bait and switch and I am a good person. Also, I feel as though they are inexpensive vs any art work that you could buy and you get two! So, my humble and well-meaning opinion is that they are a good deal so be kind. Follow this link to correct price information.

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For the other 30,000 of you that seemed to like my tobacco basket post, I dug up a few images of where I have used in on my own wall.

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