Here it feels a bit more like Christmas. We had a huge snowstorm. I went to bed, Friday night, and woke up to Narnia, on Saturday. I love the snow around the holidays and I’m hoping I can embrace it all winter long. The Swedish have saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” I’m trying to adopt this motto since it feels like I live in the North Pole. Actually, the town I live in has a large Swedish population and has a sister city in Sweden. So, I’m going with it….starting with these boots. I have warm boots, but I haven’t had boots that I could wear in the snow. This year, I decided, that I wanted to be able to talk walks outside all year long. I love staying in a snow globe home, when the snow comes down, but there is also something to be said for going out in the snow right after it has covered the earth. It’s like a supersonic quiet comes and covers all the noise. I don’t want to just watch the quiet this year, I want to be in it. Where the only sound you hear is your boot crinkling on the white snow. I need to add to my snow gear, but this is where I’ve started. Do you have any favorite cold weather clothes?
The snow will probably melt today, or tomorrow, and maybe Thanksgiving will feel more like Thanksgiving after all, but for today we are taking advantage of the white powder from the sky with our cousins from Atlanta, who don’t get to play in snow like this very often. Today, it is play and tomorrow it is Thanksgiving prep. I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanks these past few weeks, and while I’m glad to have one day where we gather, and give thanks together, more than ever, I want to live a life of Thanks. I want to grow in gratitude this year. Not as a formality but as foundation in my life. I’ve been focusing on things that I normally overlook and giving thanks for them and in doing that something in my heart and in my mind is changing. It’s clearing out mental cobwebs and expanding the home of my heart. I’m giving and I’m growing. When I give thanks with my mouth I have less time or space for worry.
Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies. I hope you will join me in growing in gratitude this year.
P.S. Are you doing any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? Shopbop (one of my favorite online spots to shop) is starting their sale today! This is where I got my new snow boots. If I had a Christmas party to go to I’d be wearing this black dress and these green shoes and maybe these earrings. And, a few more faves . . .
1 / Theo the cat. Theo gave us a real scare and went missing on Sunday. Or, I should say, never came back on Sunday. If he gets out he loves to stay out all night and then always returns between 5-7am. He didn’t on Sunday. I was so worried about him and couldn’t bare the thought of him not coming home. He was a gift a few years back at Valentines day and honestly the sweetest gift I’ve ever received. He came with the name Theo, which means, Gift of God and I decided to keep it because that is just what he was. Tuesday, I decided to go over to animal services (the pound) and see if he might be there and he was. Apparently, he got picked up on Saturday morning only 2 streets over (maybe someone doesn’t like cats?). I was so relieved. He is home where he belongs and I’m trying to keep in as long as I can.
2 / The 52 List Project. This weekly listing journal, by Moorea Seal, is so cool. I’m a huge fan of journaling as I’ve been taking paper to pen since elementary school and I’m excited to add this to my ritual. The journal is absolutely gorgeous (pretty photos and illustrations). It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. For instance, “List all of the people who brighten your day.” And, at the bottom of the page there is a “take action” suggestion. Since I’m all about journaling, listing and visual inspiration, I’m all about this project. I can’t wait to get started! This would make a super sweet Christmas gift. The journal starts in the winter season, so it’s perfect. I just might be ordering a few to give myself (order here).
I love a good design book. I mean that’s a given. And, as you know, I love ALL kinds of books. But, when a design book is married with useful information, well then that is when you have a winner. And, Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Homeby Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban is just that. It’s imagery is inspiring and the content is resourceful.
I love a good yard sale, don’t you? It’s like a treasure hunt. Whether you are looking for a specific piece or you come across a special something that you never knew you needed.
Did you know that The World’s Longest Yard Sale is 690 miles long? The yard sale is several states long and goes through Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan (sounds like the best road trip ever). And, this past year it went beyond six states, making its way onto Pinterest for The First Ever Pinterest Yard Sale.
In August, Krylon, a leading spray paint manufacturer, and Amy Devers, host of the 127 Yard Sale, took to the road and embarked on the 690 mile journey. The crew traveled in the Krylon Van making stops in several states in search of great deals and treasures ready to be transformed; 127 treasures to be exact. Both the crew and yard sale attendees worked together to give new life to their yard sale finds with Krylon COVERMAXX and SUPERMAXX, as well as other Krylon products. The super fun and colorful items, shown above, are a few of my favorite yard sale picks that were transformed with a little spray paint.
A road trip, cool old finds, and giving something new life with a can of colorful spray paint is always a good time. But, the real fun is that all proceeds from the Pinterest sale will benefit the nonprofit organization, Charity Wings Art and Crafts Center!
I keep thinking about it, but have kind of been holding off on pulling the trigger on a few things I need. But, I’m kind of glad it’s worked out that way because Shopbop is having their awesome Friends and Family Sale event right now.
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