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Monthly Archives: August 2009

  • Spontaneous Summer Supper

    On a Wednesday night a couple of weeks ago I decided to have friends
    over for dinner. The beauty of having yummy mismatched dinnerware and
    glassware is it allows for festivities for all occasions. Easily dressed
    up or down. I did partial takeout delivery and part cooked so it had the
    illusion of a home prepared meal. (Although I fessed up when asked).

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    My garden seems ridiculously happy.

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    Flowers and ground cover that was supposed to be a few inches tall
    became several feet. All that talking out loud to myself these past
    months I think was interpreted that I was talking to my garden.

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    Inside and outside, my house lends itself to lots of clustered seating.

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    Even with a spontaneous feast, place cards make a personal touch.

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    Endless mismatched glassware and plates.

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    I always buy an abundance of little white votives.
    Luxurious and affordable.

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    Even with the party over, nothing is an eyesore.

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    At the end of the day, having friends over and being able to enjoy all is really better than any fancy restaurant.

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    The summer draws to a close and I can start expecting the leaves
    to change and the chill in the air.

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  • The Greatest Gift

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    I will keep private how and why I landed up on a path this week
    unexpectedly and unplanned.

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    It was path that I never thought would personally be my journey.
    But I have a sense it is the final chapter for me to start my new chapter.

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    I have been a responsible single mum and business owner for 20 years
    and with all the events of the past months I thought I had clarity
    on how and why.... things turned out the way they did.

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    One of my favorite books I used to read my kids was the missing piece.

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    I appreciated the notion that sometimes it feels better to be incomplete.
    In the same way I have embraced the beauty of imperfection.
    However, my journey this week taught me there are some fundamental pieces
    that have to be found.

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    -Were words that changed my life this week.
    I learned to understand it can apply to anything in our lives.
    I have realized that much as though I love Shabby Chic and much as though
    I love my children my exterior passions have also allowed me to avoid my
    own inner peace and strengths in some respects.

    On one level I have manifested beautiful children and
    a beautiful aesthetic but I have clipped their wings due my fears.

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    Once again I have been graced with a gift that as my children become
    adults and Shabby Chic finds its new form, I have learned to understand
    I have given them roots and wings, and now I can let go and discover my
    piece and peace.

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