I’ve just returned from the funeral services for my last remaining Grandma. She was 96. Living out of state with family, her final 15-20 years were riddled with varying degrees of dementia. I learned that one of the final two names she remembered was my mom’s. I didn’t know her well. And it seems when you live to 96 all your friends and acquaintances have passed before you. Family is who remains after all those years. In attendance were her 6 children and their spouses, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. I learned that she and grandpa were quite resourceful in their child rearing years. I learned of her creative solutions when money was tight. It sounded so familiar to parts of my own story. She picked up acrylic painting after her kids were grown. A creative at heart - which she passed to my mom, who has passed it on to me. Several pieces were available at the services for us to take home. I chose this one with her signature in the corner ... RC ‘87. I imagine I would have loved this spot by the water. Death always makes me reflect on life a little. I’m struck by who comes to honor the one who is gone. There is always family. In this case her children traveled a long way to be here today. I’m struck by the varied spiritual messages shared. In this case a strong Christian legacy was begun with Grandma and Grandpa. I’m struck ... in the end ... our family, our spirit, and our story are what remain... and if I’m living as though my days are numbered ... these are what I want to be about before I draw my final breath. I’m so glad you’re finally home Grandma. ❤️
I’ve taken a couple of days to recover and now it’s time to get back at it!!
All that remains after the 100 Days and Sunday’s French Market are available now in the shop. The next shop update will be early October with a small debut of my fall collection!
WE did it!! WE -- you and me. We DID it!!
You guys, I did not do this alone. I learned a lot about community through this experience and this was community at it's finest.
I could not have done this without the support of my husband. If you knew how far we've come as a couple you would understand how monumental this support is to me. We've been through some @#$%. This collaboration between us is the icing on the cake of a redeeming season.
I could not have done it without your support. You have been the breath of encouragement through well timed words and well timed purchases. What a ride.
This has been worth every second of energy, time, struggle, and milestone celebration.
Keep pursing gratitude.
Celebrate the little things as though they are epic.
Cultivate a prayer life that watches for the answers.
Be willing to change yourself before you try changing anything else.
And never forget you are not alone, you are loved, and you have more influence in your life than you realize.
If you are local, I will be at the Mount Prospect French Market TOMORROW with some new items -- Come say "Hi!"
With so much gratitude xoxo
Top 10 Things I learned over the 100 Days:
- My husband really really loves me. Really loves me.
- I am more creative than I thought.
- If you commit yourself to something and show up everyday - you can accomplish and grow more than you ever thought possible.
- I live in a community that is eager to support local art.
- The dreams God places in your soul are worth fighting for. Even if it takes 25 years.
- Major projects like this are not sustainable for the long term. But are sometimes necessary in the short term.
- The journey of becoming more yourself is not smooth but it is worth pursuing, worth the bumps, worth the risks.
- I have gained a confidence that I did not have when I started.
- Baring your soul is risky. But that is what people relate to. Because we all have souls. And we have more in common than we realize.
- When things come crashing down, there are many ways to respond. You choose your response. Pick up the pieces and focus on your next right thing.
Set of .... ONE Kitchen ContaineR (WAs going to be 3)
“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
I have a handful of women in my life who have my heart. They walked with me when I was drowning in toddlers and babies. They took me in when I was most broken. They have cried with me. Celebrated with me. Prayed with and for me. Thrown parties for me. Loved my quirks. Been honest about things that need change. Affirmed the things that I'm afraid to step out in. Shared meals with me. I surely don't deserve them, but they are a true treasure to me. I receive so much more from them than I give. Gold for the soul. Worth pursuing this rare treasure - find the kind of women who make you a better version of you. The kind of women whose character you want to emulate. And never let them go.
I feel the same way about these 100 Days. I have received so much from you - the ones who have supported this journey both through commenting on the words I share and buying the pieces that speak to your heart. Thank you for helping me to persevere through these 100 Days!! Just two more days!!!
Leather. Teak. Ceramic. My three fave materials.
I've learned .....
I've learned the trick to keeping the houseplants alive .... water them once a week. For real. It works!
I've also learned the trick of how to respond to people rather than react in the moment. Stop talking. There is often more power in silence than there is in the last word.
I've learned that if you are willing to be vulnerable, it opens the flood gates for others to do so as well. Everyone has a hard story to tell.
I've learned that the more true I've become to my story and my willingness to always grow, learn, and change ... the less I care about what other people think.
I've learned that growth sometimes hurts and the idea of change is more scary than the actual change itself. But both are worth it. Every. Time.
I've learned that I can survive that one thing I was most afraid of. And that I have more responsibility and more power and more control than I realized over my heart, my attitudes, my choices, my journey, my legacy.
Stack of 8 Dessert Bowls.
Each color represents the main colors used throughout the 100 Days.
“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Van Gogh
Being outdoors feeds my soul.
It refreshes my spirit.
It clarifies the mind.
I'm a camper. A hiker. I prefer to exercise outside. I prefer to eat dinner outside. Someday ... I will live on a lake. Or in the mountains. Someday .... Until then, I will camp and backpack and hike and create a little backyard oasis ... with windchimes.