Thursday, September 27, 2012

Elephant-astic!

You know I have a thing for owls. I think I've made that abundantly clear! But lately I've been loving another animal. Our friend the elephant.

Every morning as I prepare for the crazy day ahead, I drink my coffee out of this cool elephant mug. Isn't she cute?

via World Market

In the Hindu religion, the deity Ganesha has an elephant head and multiple arms. He is revered as the Remover of Obstacles. And so my little elephant mug reminds me of the obstacles I face but inspires me to work past them.

In decorating, I like to place elephants by the door. It's my own little Feng Shui tip - a sign that you are moving obstacles out of the door.

Life presents many amazing, unbelievable, incredible and unforgettable opportunities. And sometimes you have to bust through some major road blocks to get to them. But I'm going to keep plugging away - I can't wait to see what happens next!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun with paint!!!





What an absolute blast we had painting for the Country Living Fair! We have been using painters drop cloths for spray painting, furniture painting, (really any painting!) and they were looking so cute, I decided they would make a cool backdrop to our tent at the fair. We added a border of torn fabric and I just loved the way they turned out. We embellished them with our own touches and channeled our inner Jackson Pollack and let the paint fly. It feels so good to just let it GO and see what happens! That night Edie also laid out her owls so she could take pictures of them "before they all SOLD" she said!  BTW - What is up with my obsession with the eighties and with OWLS? LOVE!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Country Living Fair 2012

Here we GO!!! Pictures of the tent at the Country Living Fair. Brian and Amanda were super at rockin' the tent! As were Shelley, Mary Jo and Candice for coordinating all of the behind the scenes action! I could not do it without my awesome support system!!! The tent was so colorful and the vibe was filled with such fun energy. Edie, my 8-year-old, painted owls and sold every last one of them! Her art is amazing and I am so proud of her. We sold almost everything, which is so fab because packing up the truck at the end is a snap! :) I had to do some serious shopping last week in prep for the fall sale. The stuff for the fall sale is just as fab and I know it is going to fly! :) Favorite moments from the Fair included my "free" giveaways for fun that blew people away. I gave away things and asked the receivers to do the same for someone else that was happy and they were to continue it as well! PASS IT ON!!!!  :) This was my sweet Lila's suggestion - cutie pie! SO AMAZING to do this - I JUST LOVE IT! 





Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sorry for not blogging...

Hey guys!!! First off, for those of you that came to the Fair and put in extra effort just to come see me - YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you for introducing yourselves to me. I am so incredibly honored and so energized by your good vibes and positive energy that I am bursting at the seams!!!  :) SO THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER!!!!! I also am taking time to "recharge the iPad" I say, and to plug into MY LIFE so I have the energy to keep going and perform optimally!!! So on that note, I just wanted to put out there that I have been so living my life outside of being on the computer that I have not made time for blogging. My priorities right now are elsewhere and as soon as I can somehow figure out to manage this all, I will get back on and be back better than ever! Just hang on with me. On my way out the door right now to the cutest little town to shop for the October sale. I am so excited and have such cute things to share with you... I am dying! I really can't wait!

P.S.  I have two stories to share from the fair that are my fave. Talk soon! G

Monday, September 17, 2012

Had to share this post from Emily of Fortuitous.com...

What is it about Ohio?

Written by Emily

My experience in a place is impacted by two key elements–the weather and the people…sure, the architecture and landmarks, lush foliage, cultural capital–that’s all nice, too, but the weather and the people are game changers for me. If it’s a sunny 70 degree day with a slight breeze and no humidity, suddenly everything around me just looks better. Trash heap–better. Stagnant pool–better. Centralia, the burning town in Central PA–if it’s 70 degrees, it looks and feels just right to me. You get the idea.

This weekend, I was in Ohio. While the weather did not meet my requirements every second, Ohio has the most valuable commodity, trumping even the weather. It has fabulous people. I mean FABULOUS. I kind of love it there and would consider uprooting my family to live there simply because of the people I met at every turn–kind, friendly, smiley people–EVERYWHERE. Wait staff, pedestrians, fellow shoppers, shop owners, there was no exception to the hospitality. I felt as though I was being recruited to live in this wonderland of friendliness, and I was ready to sign on the dotted line.

Having lived in Pennsylvania my entire life and having graduated from Penn State, I know there is an unwritten rule about being an Ohio State fan. I think it might be a crime of some sort. If that were not the case, and if I didn’t fear catapulting my father into a frenzy of crazy, I would cheer for the Buckeyes. I would even wear one of those silly buckeye necklaces and everything–the people were THAT amazing.

I won’t lie to you. The reason I happened to be in Ohio may have contributed to my new love of the state and the reason I might have to look into Ohio real estate. My mom, my aunt, my two precious girls and I spent the weekend at the Country Living Fair. And it was worth every minute of the 8.5 hours it took to get there (nevermind that it’s only supposed to take about 6.5 hours). It was even worth the terror we experienced trying to find a hotel in the middle of the night–think about every horror movie you’ve ever seen (except The Human Centipede–do not ever think about that). Now add a car full of women relying on a not-so-helpful GPS in a town where every normal-looking hotel is booked solid. And then add two crying little ones. The fair was even worth all of that.

You don’t believe me? See for yourself:

Don’t you love the sentiment? You must check out their blog. But be careful, you might want to embrace a new “gypsy” lifestyle you never knew you loved. I scored some fun bangles from these ladies:

And there was this guy. Who doesn’t love a hippie in denim overalls, who can make babies (and moms) dance?

Not your scene? Ok. Check out these bowls.

Yum.

And these dough bowls?

Don’t you want to write the story of the bakers who used these lovely wooden relics?

What about these bits and pieces of wooden marionettes?

Ok. Maybe we’re back to the horror movie theme.

But the booth that housed these bits and pieces was too fun for words. Check it out for some color inspiration.

And if I hadn’t already been itching for Fall to touch down in my house (which I totally was), I couldn’t have avoided it after seeing the autumn awesomeness at the Fair.

Look at these glittery pumpkins:

Can you smell a DIY project coming on?

And this sparkly sprig?

Yes.

And just because:

I would be remiss not to share with you a little fashion insight that I snagged at the fair. Boots of all kinds–especially riding boots–are a fashion do–in a big way. If you’re not sure how to wear them or doubt they’re for you, check out how these fair fashionistas rocked them.

I especially love them with skirts and dresses as seen on the saleswoman from Twist Style (You must check out this jewelry. You will swoon!).

Finally, before I close, I have to mention my latest girl crush, Gina Bishop, Homegirl. And while I kind of want to keep her all to myself, I just have to share her with you. Check her out at her blog or her MSN two-minute design tips or maybe you already have a girl crush on her because you saw her guest appearance on The Nate Berkus Show. She embodies everything good about this girls’ weekend–warmth, enthusiasm, style and general awesomeness. She is Ohio at its finest.

Until I can make my next trip to paradise..er, Ohio, I’ll be basking in the memories, putting my new treasures on display and diving head-on into some DIY goodness. Until next time, Ohio. Until next time!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

See You at the Fair!

I'm heading to the Country Living Fair! I am so excited and can't wait for tomorrow. Will I see any of your smiling faces there? I sure hope so!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gratitude!

Being thankful is and always will be an important part of my journey both personally and professionally. Lately I have really been practicing acknowledgement for where I have been, where I am now and where I am going and being grateful for all that has occurred to make me who I am. I am even thankful for things that at the time I did not think I wanted to happen that only lead me on a path to something better. I truly believe when one door closes (even if you did not close it willingly) another door OPENS if you allow it to!

When we lived in Columbus, Ohio we were robbed when we were all home and it rocked me to my core and made me question my "security". It was that robbery that moved me to my home here in Hudson, Ohio and MOVED me to the beginning of my current state of being which is even more secure than what I thought I had. The point is, I am even thankful for the robber and say, "I had to be robbed" so only then could I know what is MINE to protect.

My husband, my daughters and I have started a gratitude journal in which we all write something we are thankful for each day. It is also a dinner ritual. I love what we all come up with and my husband and my children are very thoughtful with their answers - yeah! When we are thankful we only get more things to be thankful for!

This gratitude garland I found on Pintrest and LOVE it! It is such a cool reminder for us to be thankful and I think it looks so neat! You should consider making one of your own or if you have kids, have them participate as well.

THANK ALL OF YOU for reading and supporting me as it only feeds my spirit to keep on creating!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012