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As we enter the New Year

As we enter the New Year, it's always a time of reflection and for me, reconnecting with my best intentions!

I mull over my various 'mission statements', yes, I have more than one! There is my business mission statement and my personal mission statement, both of which are similar in thought. Being of an artistic inclination, both my 'missions' are concerned with beauty, simplicity and our individual experiences that create our view of life, or our 'reality'.

My main mission is to share beauty, in all it's forms, with my clients, friends and family.  As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...it is different for everyone, depending on your gender, race and culture. Beauty can transcend time and space, bridge generations, shock, calm, agitate, make one see in different ways. I want to be able to allow my clients the ability to create their visions of beauty through my help and guidance, their translator in a way..I dislike cookie cutter style, let the individual reign!

One pleasure that I take is recreating new views out of old. Using existing pieces and creating new items. I wander through the thrift stores, junk shops, my own basement, attic, closets and recreate items, vignettes, art pieces out of found objects. I rip out my old garden beds and rework them into new ones, prune old shrubs into new shapes, rework my color schemes..I wander the woods, beach and fields looking for texture, color and patterns that inspire me.

This time of year I am concentrating on repainting rooms, reworking the fabrics that I have and using them in new ways. I found an odd queen size sheet (in my linen drawer) with beautiful trimming, that I will sew into new curtains for my daughter's now vacant bedroom. I will take the Christmas card out of it's frame in the living room (insta-art) and find a serene winter scene from my photo collection or card collection, and re-frame it for a fresh look. I plan to rework my mantle piece with a Harry Lauder Walking stick branch(from my garden pruning in the fall) with some pine cones gathered on a walk with my husband and dogs, for a nice mimimalist look. I am seeking calm and repose after the busy Holiday season...
I contemplate my gardens, enjoying the branch structure of trees, shrubs and the softness in both color and form in my grasses. I browse through the seed catalogues planning my spring garden, I am amazed at how the kale stands the winter and use it in soups and salad.
I find solace in beauty, the world is right when the bud of a branch can inspire me!

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