Up well before the crack of dawn this morning to continue with my writing weekend. Feeling blessed to have this peaceful time before church and teaching my faith-based Zumba class. And inspired by the lovely writing space at my petite place.
Pray your day is full of things that feed your soul and that let you pursue your purpose.
It’s Day 12 of being back to blogging and I’m missing my little laundry luxury. This fall I began renting a tiny house for personal and professional use. Thanks to a surplus of decor and furnishings from my marital home as well as so many generous house warming gifts from family and friends, it’s now equipped it with all the necessities to make it function fully for me, my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic business and my kiddos. And I’ve barely spent a penny on it! The fact that a closet in the kitchen was plumbed for a stackable washer dryer made it an even better fit for our needs, however, a new unit was not in my budget. Thankfully, my dear friend, Julie, owns a plumbing company with her husband. They not only supplied a vintage unit, they delivered and installed it. It’s run perfectly up until recently, but sadly the washer has given out. While I decide whether to try and have it repaired before purchasing replacing it, I’m sure missing this little laundry luxury!
Like so many things in life, it’s easy to take the little things for granted. I’m happy to say, however, this wasn’t the case with my stackable. Receiving it blessed me so much –– yes, because I needed it, but also because it was so aesthetically pleasing and Shabby Chic. My fifteen-year-old daughter loves it, too and actually wanted to do her laundry as well as her brother’s just because it was cute and a novelty to use.
As I figure out what to do, and how –– the tub and then throw it in the dryer –– to do laundry, I believe the experience will make me even more mindful about all of the small things that simplify life by saving time and so much of my energy. It makes me think of the women throughout time who didn’t and/or still don’t know the convenience of throwing a load of in the washer and letting it do the work so they could get on with theirs. It may sound crazy, but this perspective makes me more grateful than ever for the stackable and for the loss of this little laundry luxury.
What about you? What little luxury do you appreciate? Or take for granted? On the home front or the workplace? I hope reading this post inspires you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about your personal or professional life’s little luxuries.
It’s Day 291 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the restoration of a Shabby Chic mirror made me think about the restoration of other shattered things. The mirror was purchased for a song back in the happy days when an abundance of Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line, made exclusively for Target, crowded the shelves. In the house I brought my babies – now fourteen and thirteen – home to, it graced my bathroom vanity. I don’t recall where it lived in the townhouse I moved into, thus ending my homelessness. Much of that time is a blur…When I married my sweet hubby and moved into the home we now share almost eight years ago, I lovingly hung my prized mirror in our bedroom. It’s a heavy piece – I just didn’t realize how heavy until it fell from the wall, shattering not only the mirror itself but the beautiful carved wooden frame. Carefully, I wrapped the broken pieces and stored them until the day would come when I’d have it put back together again. More years than I can account for later, that day finally arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my hubby. We shipped the mirror off with our window cleaners. Today, after some needed spring cleaning, I set up my beautifully restored Shabby Chic mirror. It reminds me so much of other shattered things.
Generous as he is with me, my husband still balked a little at the cost to restore the mirror – $42. He could see the price tag on the frame insert – $9.99 – and wondered why I didn’t just replace it. But that’s not my style. I’ve been drawn to shabby since long before it became chic. I find beauty in broken things and experience joy in their restoration, which aligns to Shabby Chic’s principle of beauty in imperfection. Add to that the fact that the mirror is rare (that mass production of Simply Shabby Chic items for Target was short lived and now they only carry linens for the most part), and it’s not so easily replaced – at least not for me. Having an authentic mirror that is based off the one my design role model and most inspiring entrepreneur has in her home means something to me. Besides, I doubt I could find one that’s more beautiful in my eyes.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I see my shattered mirror the way I believe God, the Master Creator, sees us – His shattered things. We are intricately carved in His image, with his imprint and design, but our sins are heavy. So heavy that their weight sometimes causes us to fall and shatter. In our broken state, others don’t see our innate value and may feel we aren’t worth the expense of restoring. But God still sees us as beautiful, rare – a treasure. No expense – including crucifixion of His only begotten Son – is too great to bring us back to wholeness. The finished work – done on the cross – restores us. This week, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s not lost on me that like my Shabby Chic mirror, like us, His shattered things, He once was broken and shattered. Praise God He is restored, ensuring the restoration of those of us who trust Him, too.
How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you in the you view shattered things in your personal and professional life? How could they be restored?
I’m Day 194 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project fell on Black Friday, so being the Maxxinista I am, it naturally yielded a Christmas/home decor score. I hadn’t really intended to brave the crowds today, however, when my hubby abandoned me to golf, the thought of sitting around the house all day after being in sick for nearly a week didn’t appeal. Also, because I haven’t been able to start teaching my Zumba class or complete some coaching projects, I need to be a good stewart of my resources. Good thing for me I a gift card! My strategy for Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Marshall’s is to leave no stone unturned. I scour the entire home decor department including the clearance aisles, end caps and check out area in search of Shabby Chic decorating items that help me create the timeworn vintage feel I love for the holidays. When I spy a Christmas item that will work year round for home decor, like I did today, I’m thrilled to have double scored!
I’ve always been drawn to hearts, probably because I’m a romantic at heart. I lost a heart mirror I loved when I became homeless in 2006, and am always subconsciously on the lookout to replace it. In addition to that, Sacred Hearts are a recurring theme in Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic decor, and while I’m not Catholic, I love how the Sacred Heart devotion uses Jesus Christ’s physical heart to represent His divine love for us. Another version of the heart, with wings, can symbolize the soul, the seat of the emotions, sincerity, charity, mercy, and truthfulness, all of which speak to me on a profound level. At my core. They are a little Boho, but still in the Shabby Chic world. Finally, I just think they’re beautiful and am happy to sprinkle them, like love, throughout my home. When I spotted these two heart ornaments, I wasn’t sure where they would land in my home decor scheme, but I knew they weren’t meant merely for my Christmas tree(s). I purchased them for a song and knew instantaneously where they belonged when I walked in the front door.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decor shopper, I’m able to maximize my money (and minimize buyer’s remorse) because I have a solid sense of my interior decorating style. I’m not easily sucked into the latest greatest fads (though I did purchase a galvanized farmhouse shelving unit from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines’ new line only to return it promptly – so popular but not so not me!). Knowing what I really like helps me stay focused and to stick to a budget. I find many things interesting, but for someone else. By not squandering on items that will lose their appeal over time, I’m able to afford the special pieces I’m meant to take home. And I’m seldom disappointed when I unpack my holiday decor items. Instead, I look so forward to seeing them on display during the season. That’s what makes today’s finds even more fun. It may have been Black Friday, but I didn’t break the bank. Rather, I did score a set of special heart Christmas/home decor pieces that will bring me joy throughout the year.
What about you? How can you be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic shopper this holiday season? Have you defined your style? Your budget? Are you on the lookout for pieces that can be used beyond the holidays? I’d love to hear if about your Christmas/home or office decor scores!