Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Getting back to roots, not hair roots although those can be problematic.

So I was looking for an idea starter, brain pull start on Pinterest this morning and came across one of my photos of a retail display at Watson Kennedy home.
This store is (and I believe there are actually 2 of them ) are in Washington state so sadly too far away for me to visit tomorrow.
Anyways tangent... I clicked through the photo realizing I had never looked at his website.
I have his book and love it which means I should probably look at carrying it in the shop for all to enjoy.

Of course I had to remove my vignette items so I could see the top of this book but doesn't my flower flog collection go well with the cover?

Like I said I started reading his blog and realized he writes an actual blog. The way blogs were originally intended to be written. I have been writing mine for about 6 years now and never really went over to the power blogger side because I wasn't interested enough and  really couldn't make the time. I probably could have found the time but, that's the story for all of us right? We don't have time until it's important to us and then we make the time.
I find lately I read less and less of these blogs as I can't tell who's writing them anymore and the ideas just seem turned out because they had to be not because there was passion behind them. Did I become like that, gosh I hope not.

Another tangent there, sorry.
I was fascinated while reading and see that he runs 2 award winning retail stores and writes a daily blog. 

It made me realize that maybe my blog has become a little you only see the finished product and don't know me that well.
I am not making promises to blog daily but maybe just maybe I will try to revert even more to just writing.
Showing you the things that matter to me, what I'm up to. Little blurbs about new products I am excited about.
Oh I'll still be here with my home tours, pillow shenanigans and furniture redos of course but let's get back to business and why blogs really started.
I love my camera but don't carry it with me and since I don't and have gotten into the every photo needs to be perfect mentality I have slowed my blogging when in fact my iPhone takes splendid photos now and I take the photos anyways so why not share more.

Blogs were/ are a journal of sorts of the author and my focus is usually about the home and gardening but you may see other things I love and quotes that inspire me.

Here was today's from Ted's blog

I think it sums it up nicely. I think we all get lost in our woes, me included  sometimes and forget to focus on the brilliant. You are as old as you act and yeah it's hot out.
We bitch all winter about the cold so suck it up and go for a swim.
Our area is rife with lakes and beaches. Just take your shoes off and walk in the water.
Go for a late night walk along the parkway.
Find a new favourite ice cream stand and get it all over your hands.
There are a lot of great things that don't require skill or money just your pure enjoyment of life.
I'm making it my goal to try to slow down a little and enjoy my time more.

I hope you do too.

and to more conversations in the future



  1. Well said. I think I'm writing his quote on my blackboard today. A blackboard that has never been written on because I was waiting to learn how to do perfect writing on a blackboard.

    1. oh you're preaching to the choir on that one. my chalkboard writing is so terrible. i erased a sign for the store 10 times last week until i realized enough is enough. people don't care. is it legible? bam done! move on to better things. i'm glad you were inspired! have a fantastic day. meg

  2. I blog too but have never gone PRO ;) I like to show off my DIY but also share about things that are "blowing my skirt up". I think having more posts with pics (regardless of pixel quality) of your travels and interests would be fun. Write for you. As often as you wish or can accommodate. We obviously enjoy tuning in. Right?

    HAWT! Yes, in all caps....but as a girl who hates Ontario winters I make sure I never complain. Bring it on, sticky ice cream included. I am off next week to put my toes in the water and my ass in some Great Lakes sand. Maybe I'll pop by the shop. Thanks for the link to Ted's blog btw.

  3. I'm not too sure about anyone else, but I really start to lose interest when the projects are only shared for blog content. You can tell when the passion, fun and excitement are not behind the projects. I miss the pre-power blogger days when people just shared stuff. I certainly don't think you write like that, and I'm glad that you aren't planning on starting. I always love the photos you share on Instagram, and I'm interested in reading about your garden the new products you love. I'm also excited for a chance to stop by the store - next week if all goes as planned!

  4. I love your blog and don't want you to change a thing unless it is to share more!! You have the most unique style and I am captivated by the photos of your home. I'm pretty sure there isn't another like yours. Doesn't it feel grand to express yourself because aren't we all unique??

  5. I'm so glad that you hopped over and visited Ted's blog...he has quite the infectious nature about the joy of living in the moment! Yes, he has two stores in Seattle - both are so lovely...and you can order many item on his website....but I am partial...friend of Ted's - have done work for him in the past - but always happy when others discover two would get along quite well

  6. Is there a link to his blog/shop? Maybe I missed it....

  7. I love your blog and if you have time for more spontaneous posts, even better. I get what you are saying about the big blogs and the time etc. I sometimes have a moment of envy that someone starting new gets big fast, but just for a moment. Obviously they are willing to put in the time / resources to get there. I enjoy blogging and the visiting but with working full time and having a family at home, plus lots of other interests, it is a balance. I'm pretty confident that I don't have the talent either. Also, I prefer reading and commenting on my favourite blogs/ fb because these peeps that I have come to know actually seem interested in comments and interaction. I don't feel the same way with the bigger blogs and even some of the rising medium size blogs(with a few exceptions.) Anyways, I will have to check out that other blog. My cousin and some friends found you through my fb and will be stopping by your store soon (if they haven't already.) Hope you are surviving in this heat. Have a great weekend.

    1. as one of my long time followers and one of my first commenters. i really appreciate every time you take a moment to chat with me. i get the balance thing and sometimes feel like i'm dropping the ball with it as i start to forget things. switching from dental hygiene job mode to business ownership has been a blast but one that has tried to give me anxiety. i'm like you though, i have a huge pile of interests that don't involve sitting at my computer non-stop even though it seems like it sometimes. i'm glad you still visit, have made the drive to see my shows and found some goodies and still find my sarcastic crazy brain interesting to read. thank you for sending people my way and hopefully one day your talented self finds a moment for some retail therapy in fonthill. talk soon. meg

  8. I only blog because I enjoy it, I will never be a pro for sure. Yes, the money would be wonderful but I really don't know HOW to be a pro blogger. I want to just keep it fun. Happy for you that you have the store now and enjoy the journey!!!

  9. Love your honesty in this post! Wish I lived nearby and could pop in to your shop.Love Linda x


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