The best way, for me, to spend an afternoon is by wandering through second hand stores, antique stores and junk shops. I find the greatest treasures there. What seems useless to one person is the beginning of creation for another. I look for those things that, in their day, were useful. Somehow those items lost their purpose and were discarded. How many times have we found those cut glass candleholders and passed them by because there was nothing noteworthy or unique? How many times have we walked past the candleholders that were dinged and chipped because their appearance was old and used? There are always shelves full of discarded art and frames. These things can be brought to life with a little creativity and time and then, once again, become a thing of interest and beauty. May they find a place in your home.
In our world we look at people, things and places and we evaluate them based on our idea of perfection and whether or not it conforms to our understanding of how things SHOULD be. Participants in the cultural plan have been programmed to believe that if you do A, B and C you will achieve success. The models for beautiful, successful and acceptable are paraded before our eyes setting the program in our brains for what we should believe and model ourselves after. No longer is our society programmed to discern these things for themselves. Soon we find that those standards, those paths to success laid before us are not true. They never quite get us there.
Stop for a minute and observe, listen and allow the reality of what is before you to enter into your thoughts. Not by holding it to an expected end but appreciating it for what it is....right now in this moment.
These chairs are a great example. They were CRAFTED by someone. The oak in the chairs is well grained and so beautiful. There are imperfections, dings and dents that have come from 60 years of use. Some can be sanded out without affecting the design and some are just left and become part of the character of the piece. They are not without flaws but they are perfect.....beautiful just as they are.
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.
I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
One of the senses that awakens our entire being is our sense of smell. We walk into a room or space and we are drawn by the fragrance that hangs in a room. We walk by a bakery and we inhale the aroma of freshly baked bread. Freshly baked cookies draw us in and cause us to forget all about that promise to stick to a diet.
These fragrances have filled our homes over this past holiday weekend but there is more to come. Cookies for school, parties and events must be baked. There are desserts for the office party, tins to fill for neighbors and family and all the festivities that fill this month or any other celebration. In our house we also add birthdays to this list.
We have taken Natural Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, added the perfect agent for extraction, and aged the vanilla to perfection. This natural vanilla will be the perfect flavoring for all of your holiday baking. Would you like to try something untraditional and unique? Try Organic Culinary Grade Lavender Extract in your recipes! Happy baking!