Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Change Is In The Air

Hello friends!

Wow!  It has been a long time since my last post.  I was on my way to 1000 Gifts and life hit me square in the face.  You know those times, when you're treading water just to stay afloat?  Well, that's been life in our house lately.  But it looks like we're getting some long, clean strokes and finally making some progress so... here I am.

The most exciting bit of 'life' that has happened recently is the fact that Steve and I are becoming  grandparents!  That's right, our daughter Ashley and her husband Daniel are expecting their first child - and it's a girl!  It is slowly, very slowly sinking in and I'm liking the sound of it.  

I will post a prego picture soon!

There have been other changes in the works as well.

Hibiscus Needlepoint Pillow - SOLD!

I have been selling on-line in my etsy shop for some time, with a wide variety of lovely vintage goodies.  I am shifting my focus to vintage clothing and accessories, specializing in colorful California style fashions and a bounty of fun accessories.  So, what does this mean for you?

Petite Spring Basket Watercolor - Sale price $14.40

1.  I have inventory that I'm selling off to make room for clothes.  Everything in my shop that is NOT clothing related is ON SALE now for 20% off.

Honeysuckle Pink Van Briggle Lamp - Sale price $60.00

I am trying to clear out my inventory, with new listings daily.  This is a progressive sale, and the discount will go up to 30%, then 40%.

Velvet Petals Fine Stationery - Sale Price $7.20

So...you can snatch up your favorite items now at the 20% discount or be patient, wait a week or two, and hope that the treasure you have your eyes on is still around when the discount rises to 40%!

I am very excited about this new shift for my business and can't wait to show you all the beautiful clothing I have found.

Tiffany blue Tadashi dress - $120.00

Take a look around my shop Jenny and Pearl and my sister shop Jenny and Pearl Jewelry.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Sister, My Friend

I'm slowly making my way to 1000 Gifts. 

Today, I could think of only one,

so #23 is my sister Kathy.  

Through thick and thin...

there never was a dearer, truer friend.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Choosing Hope

I don't know if you would call it Murphy's Law or just 'life', but as soon as I set out to bravely list the 1000 things I'm grateful for, I encounter more pain in a week than I have in a long time.  

Very little of this has been my own pain, but the pain of those around me who I care for deeply.  If you are dealing with severe financial stress, the threat of homelessness, the death of a loved one, the pain of betrayal or the heaviness of depression, then you know the pain of those near and dear to me.  

At times like these, it becomes almost more than we can bear.  So, it seems very Pollyanna to list the small, daily blessings when faced with these hardcore realities.  But, I know that if I fail to acknowledge life's little treasures, the hardships that I face become heavier.

The subject of hope has come up a few times this week and the committed act of choosing hope over hopelessness.  Well, it appears as though my sister-in-law Nadine is on the same page, since she chose this topic for her blog post today.  She shared so openly and candidly that I thought I would pass along her words to you.

"I guess the choice is, you can live safely without hope and protect yourself from the chance of getting hurt but the exchange is that life is never what it could be, you’ve accepted the lowest common denominator for your life or that of your family. Or you choose hope and faith, put yourself at risk of getting let down again and again but you keep the door open to possibilities."

So, in the spirit of hope, here are the treasures I've gleaned from today, some of them little and some of them big.

#18 friendship - I couldn't survive without this!

#19 my parents - always there when I need them

#20 a better-tasting gluten free bread (I know, lame compared to the others, but so much yummier than the alternative!)

#21  hope - not because of, but in spite of the circumstances

Here's to hope!  

Read the rest of Nadine's post Choosing Hope.  Your heart will be encouraged.

   God, the one and only—
      I'll wait as long as he says.
   Everything I hope for comes from him,
      so why not?
   He's solid rock under my feet,
      breathing room for my soul,
   An impregnable castle:
      I'm set for life.  

Ps 62:5-6 (MSG)