Monday, October 25, 2010

I Hope You Dance

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.  
~Rabindranath Tagore

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.  
~Christian Furchtegott Gellert

Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.  Waste not the smallest time in imbecile infirmity, for well thou knowest that seconds form eternity.  
~E. Knight

We are always getting ready to live but never living.  
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours.  No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen.  And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot.  The possibility is always there.  
~Monica Baldwin

My drive home today was very contemplative of life now and life, later.  I thought about life after this one, and how we so often live as if our time here is never going to end.  We spend important moments on unimportant worries.  We forget to embrace those we love simply because we are embracing the laundry or the vacuum.  Having recently lost two very special individuals in my life, the enormity of this loss and the importance of cherishing each day, valuing each moment, is so apparent to me.  

When you rush out the door in the morning, too hurried to give your family a quality "goodbye", step back and truly take a moment to hug them tightly, let your embrace linger, and pretend, just for a moment, that this moment is all that exists for you.  Forget about the drive to work, or the numerous to do lists that await you - I promise, the lists will still be there; however, this moment will not.  It's fleeting and fast and it's precious.  Embrace it; embrace them, those you love and tell them.  Tell them now; today. 

And, I Hope You Dance...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away."
~Robert Frost, October

The beautiful colors of October always make me feel warm and fuzzy.  Cups of hot tea, lazy afternoons spent underneath the changing trees and cherished weekends spent with loved ones.  I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful and special change of season.  

Some of my favorite fall colored vintage jewelry pieces...

Look at this locket!  I had absolutely no idea that it contained pressed powder.  
I love it when I find such treasures.

Enjoying October!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Think Pink In October

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face".  
~Eleanor Roosevelt

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Like almost everyone, my life has personally been touched by this disease.  Beautiful, courageous women,  dear Aunts and beloved friends, have battled breast cancer, some of who are still fighting, looking fear in the face.  Incredible, brave warriors who have survived, due to awareness, the support of family and friends, and the desire to LIVE...LOVE...and LAUGH.  I admire you; I respect you and above all, I am so grateful that you are in my life.  To all the courageous women who needed to rest, you will always be with me, near my heart.

Know your body; make sure you are connected with your health.  Get your mammograms.  Share awareness.  Provide support to those may who need you during a challenging time of healing.  Above all, always, LOVE...your family, your friends AND yourself. 

Artwork for New Crystal Pendants Coming Soon!

Beautiful digital art from Masterpiece Designs on Etsy

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekend Birthday Getaway

Tomorrow, October 4th, is my 40th birthday...I'm not sure exactly how I feel about that right now, but overall, I feel blessed to be alive, healthy and happy.  Due to the challenges of the last few months, rather than have a blowout, crazy party with hangover to boot, my wonderful husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to the beautiful and quaint town of Galena, Illinois.  Galena is full of history, having been settled in 1826.  I felt as if we were stepping back in time.  We stayed The Irish Cottage,  a lovely inn complete with an authentic Irish bar that was reassembled in Galena from Ireland. 

Saturday, we had an opportunity to shop at all these little fantastic boutiques and antique shops (yes, my husband obliged me for the day).  I especially loved Vignettes, a unique home accessories and decor store.  I was also very excited about my opportunity to meet Jody McGill, artisan jewelry designer to the stars.  Her shop is exactly as you would picture it; beautiful, eclectic and full of unique and intricate creations.  Vintaj Earth is also located in Galena.  It was such a great experience to actually see all the wonderful brass jewelry designs up close and personal.  Very inspirational.  

We enjoyed a few afternoon cocktails, had our tarot cards read (I always knew it...I AM a high priestess), did a little more shopping then ended a great day with a fabulous meal at Fried Green Tomatoes.   Yes, we did have some, but they were Italian style, not the traditional southern style to which I am accustomed.  BUT they were still incredible.

I'd like to thank my husband for sharing a great 40th birthday weekend with me.  It was a much needed getaway, and will provide me with special memories forever...

The Irish Cottage