Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Little Bit of Irony

I was at a dollar store one day last week with my youngest daughter trying to kill a little time while my oldest daughter was in preschool. As my daughter entertained herself rummaging through the toy bins I happened to notice a book for sale across the aisle. The topic of the book centered around the global impact of cheaply made Chinese goods. Of course the book was only a dollar, and although I didn't check I am very confident that the book was publish in China too. I couldn't help but notice the irony of my discovery. It also made me even more appreciative of my obsession with handmade goods. Not only do I make them, but I buy them whenever possible. I feel good knowing that I am helping to support a mom in Illinois or a student in Ireland. I know that they are paying themselves a fair wage (or so I hope) and that they truly enjoy what they are making. Buying handmade makes me happy! So, shop handmade this holiday season and fill your life with beautiful things made by fantastic people.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Purple House

I recently returned from a trip to visit my family. My girls love visiting their grandparents, but they aren't too crazy about the long car ride. I enjoyed this trip because the girls were in a good mood most of the way. That doesn't mean that I didn't hear "Are we there yet?" a million times!

I'm beginning to find that one of my favorite highlights on this trip back home is our passing of the purple house. This brightly painted house is a thrill to my daughter who loves the color purple! It also stands as a reminder to her that we are almost to our destination. I love this house for other reasons. I wonder every time I pass the house who must live inside. It is a modest house close to the road, but it stands tall with pride. I can imagine it is saying "Look at me!" I wonder if the person who chose to paint this house such a vibrant hue of purple is also bold, daring, and willing to say "Look at me! I'm proud of who I am!"

This house reminds me that we should all be proud of who we are. We should take pride in our talents and celebrate our uniqueness. We shouldn't be afraid to show our true colors even if it is bright purple in a sea of browns, tans, and white. So, I look forward to seeing the purple house again. It reminds me to step outside of my box and live a little!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

I'm in the process of getting this blog up and running. I still have lots to learn so please excuse the dust while I get things organized!