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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joie de Vivre


Robert Arbor's book, Joie de Vivre, Simple French Style for Everyday Living has been in my hands, on and off, for a good part of the weekend. It's a quick read with an emphasis on the food we consume, how we consume it and the pleasure to be found in these acts. 


In straight to the point French style, he talks about the need for simplicity. Simplicity in the kitchen, the food we cook, how we cook and even how we share it. And it's in this simplicity that we create, where true joy can be found.


Although I didn't stroll from the butcher to the baker for this morning's birthday breakfast brunch for my mom, joy was in the...


details....


the food...


the laughter...


and the moments we shared. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Quote



'The ordinary arts we practice at home are of more importance 
to the soul than their simplicity might suggest' 
- Thomas Moore

Monday, April 7, 2014

Creative Play


The plants and flowers may be a mere few weeks away from blooming, but I'm still yearning deeply for the colorful blooms found in the spring and summer months. Walking through parks, estates and running simple day-to-day errands and finding nature's beauty alongside me is what I need. Truly, a need. 


With a heart that couldn't wait any longer, a recent play date of sorts hatched with some dried rose buds and lavender. To connect with what we love, despite the obstacles, is a gift. An hour of play along with a photo session made my heart sing.


And from that hour I gave to myself, I was refueled, to go back out into the world with more energy than I originally had. Energy to pick up where I left off, start a couple of new projects, reach out into the world and plant new seeds that will bloom in due time.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fresh and New


Fresh and new. That's what comes to mind when I think about flipping the calendar tomorrow. Oh hello, April, you wonderful month you. My letters of the month ended when I had nothing nice to say to February and March, but April, I have high hopes for you. 


The calendar is filling up with all that is fresh and new. Weddings, birthdays, new art classes to be taught, a TV interview for Third Thursday Art Nights [insert giggle], etc. The seedlings planted a couple of weeks ago are looking hearty and healthy. And more importantly, the energy is flowing and positive as I sit here in the warm spring afternoon sun. 

Let the plotting and planning be plentiful friends because you are worth it. It's going to be a good month. 


Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Quote


'You have what it takes to create something good in your life...today.' Brave Girls Club

Monday, March 24, 2014

Third Thursday Art Night - April

Affirmation cards in April is the theme for the next Third Thursday Art Night at the Farm Table. When I think of affirmations, it reminds me of this quote by Laozi.


'Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.' 


Affirmations my friends, are the positive side of this quote. Creating an affirmation is a magical way to create the life you desire. And in April's class, we'll make the magic that much more special by creating affirmation art cards that reflect our intentions. Intentions that can be left in places where when we see them, we truly see them and feel their power.  


Class will begin with a quiet meditation and time to reflect on what it is you need to affirm as well as some writing prompts to help those that may be feeling stuck.


In addition to the writing prompts, piles of pretty and artistic paper, fun pens, markers, paints, stamps and more will be ready and waiting for you, along with a warm cup of tea.


Class Details: 
When: Thursday, April 17th; 6:30pm - 9pm 
Where: The Farm Table at Ryan Place
Cost: $25 [This includes supplies for as many affirmations as you would like to create] 
RSVP: by emailing me at nicole@lavendernest.com 



Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday's Quote


'No winter lasts forever; 
no spring skips its turn.'
- Hal Borland