Although the weather outside might be less than desirable, the opportunity to be grateful is ever present.
Ok, I admit it,I'm a weather junky. Events are planned around the weather. Will I go in the Studio or outside? The quandry is greater as the prospect of warmer weather approaches. Garden or Studio? Add the fact that East Coast weather can't decide 29 degrees one day and 60 the next. More »
Less is always more. Simplicity speaks volumes!
Love is a gift. How to share?
How wonderful to greet each day filled with wonder and anticipation!
Friendships are often based on where one is in life. School, career. how fortunate to have Friends who stand the test of time and serve as ongoing inspiration!
So it's the end of a typical work week. Less for the handcrafted artisan. Time to celebrate creativity and supportive people.
A gentle "dusting" of snow may be picturesque,but somehow the Municipal Mandate for shoveling immediately following the end of the snowfall takes away the joy. The phrase "extended family" has special meaning on a day like today when I awoke to discover they shoveled before I arose. More »
Following the frantic holiday pace,it's only fitting to return to the clarity of the timeless quote from the late John Lennon.
Holiday Greetings from A Penny for Your Thoughts.
Out and about today. So glad I didn't give in to the hype presented by the local weather forecast. Yes,there was a nip in the air,yes it was colder than yesterday. Did we get slammed with record snowfall like our neighbors to the North? Nope,just a seasonal chill.
The weather here is soooo cold. Some of the outdoor decorations are up while others are at the ready. Today we had the time to do some of what really matters.
I'm seriously conflicted. How to design and develop holiday items when the temperature is hovering at 62?
In the Studio following a morning of preparing charitable donations. It really is the Season to be an Angel to someone else.
In the Studio today,avoiding the shopping frenzy at the Mall. We are determined to listen to non holiday music.
“One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most. perfect prayer. ”. — G. E. Lessing.
As momentum builds here in the Studio,the Elves are scurrying to provide our customers with a unique shopping experience. There's comfort in Classical music rather than the din of televised Black Friday Sales. More »
Just returned from local shopping. How nice to avoid the frantic pace that is typical of the Mall!
Red Maple leaves have taken over the driveway. Who will win, the leaf blower or the tree?
What is it about the sight of a raw turkey in the freezer that brings forth all sorts of holiday memories?
Hmmmmm. Sugarplums,no. Gift wrap,yes.
So it begins. Thoughts of holiday giving share studio and mental space. Who,what. the common thread? Quality for all.
Dreary day today. Foraging through paper stash for inspiration. Blahs can be diminished by cheerful holiday papers!
Amazing day today. Inspired to volunteer to remind/motivate neighbors to use their voices on Tuesday!
Good Morning! The wonders of nature always take my breath away. Fall here in the East,presents a bounty of colors in leaves and the magical dance they do as they fall from the trees. Happy weekend!
Motivation and inspiration come in many forms. Each day in the studio,one of our normative behaviors is to support and inspire the dreams of one another. Dream and inspire others in order to grow.
The wonder of Fall keeps us motivated here in our Studio. Remember our Giveaway on Sampler Village. www. samplervillage. blogspot. com.
Pleased to join the Pink Penguin Market today. Shared resources are vital for us as evolving members of the handmade community. We also post sales and general updates on Twitter as a means to broaden our communications circle. More »
The following Chinese Proverb is a clear inspiration.
. “Be not afraid of going slowly be only afraid of standing still”.
At the end of a joyous day,the luxury of reflective time is welcomed. Often simplicity is a powerful communication key.
Dreary day today. On and off showers coupled with cooler yet muggy temperatures can add to a typical Monday lag. Inspiration? More of the above mentioned downers in the form of seasonal music on the radio. Something wicked.
Every day brings new challenges,for me the courage to try new materials and techniques is huge. Commitment to quality products while maintaining a reasonable price point,is a challenge as well. When to step out of my comfort zone? How will customers respond? As I venture out onto the thin ice of creative exploration, the journey is guaranteed to be an adventure.
Every day in the studio provides many opportunities: time to reflect,create and share talent bestowed by a Higher Power. So today's listing reflects an offered item designed to motivate and inspire.
Out and about today attending to the usual tasks,needless to say,time away from the studio always creates some level of anxiety. The leaves are just beginning their Fall transformation and the colors are no less than miraculous! Hence an inspiration!
Today is the final day of Summer. Where did it go?Fond memories for us include: two family reunions(one on Maui!),and a huge Birthday Party! So on to Fall,where memories will be compiled between raking leaves and preparing for the onslaught of Winter here in the East.
The world of the handmade artisan is,by its very nature,different. Planning seasonal shoppe offerings involves research and development well ahead of the time they appear in the marketplace. Imagine the surprise experienced by a first time cleaning crew,when they entered our studio to be greeted by mounds of handcut snowflakes while the temp outside hovered around 80 degrees.