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You Are My Inspiration Dear Reader

As I come round to understanding what it is I am doing all this for, what drives me to write and share and create, I know it’s to give back the wonderful inspiration that I delight in when I read and see other creative’s work. To be inspired is a wonderful feeling and recycling inspiration seems as good a reason as any to do what you do, especially if it’s fun.

I’m often taken aback when people approach me at a fair or in a store and say, “I love reading your blog!” because I’m always surprised they read my blog. I am so grateful to see their face and know them and hear them say they enjoy what I’m doing. I am truly flattered. From my perspective, there’s actually no proof, save Facebook statistics and my readership’s comments, that says anyone is actually reading what I write.

checkin out the rib specials on Shalavee.com

There’s a little space between us, the writer and the reader. A pocket of anonymity I’m grateful for being busted. A real face that I can imagine when I’m talking/writing which is so necessary for me. And in that space there’s also a reverence that I don’t always feel I deserve. Just because I do this spilling my guts thing doesn’t mean I’m any more or less weird or anxious or normal than anyone else. And that’s what I want to emphasize.

Having a blog or a jewelry store or a DJ business or being Beyonce’s assistant doesn’t make anyone any more anything than anyone else.

I am no more glamorous, blessed, talented or lucky than anyone else.

I am a ridiculous ball of anxiety who’s slowly finding her way out of the dark forest that I’ve wandered about in for a very long time. I wrote a post on not being better than you. I do not want to be raised on any pedestal ever.

So I say to you Miss Reader or Miss Diane or Miss Barbara and Miss Ann, you are all astounding and inspirational women. And I am so flattered that you would choose to read my blog. Thank you so very much. And I hope one day to hear from you about what you were inspired to do by reading anything I wrote. That would be the fullest circle and I’d be over the moon to hear your stories.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Wildflower and Suzani Circles Party Decorations

Some time ago, Miss Jean asked me to decorate her party tables for an event in August. We are members of a mutual appreciation club. She adores my Christmas trees, has gotten me to decorate a charity event for her, and made my daughter a quilt which now hangs over her dresser. Of course I said yes.

And as the event approached, I began to ask her what colors she might like or what feeling she may want to evoke. She said wildflowers in jars. And so that was half of the design. The other half was spawned by a sudden infatuation for Suzani fabric patterns. As I do, I cruised Pinterest for inspiration. And found these pictures.

 

As I contemplated my party decorations design, Suzani kept coming up. Instagram challenge with the prompt of citrus got me this.

citrus suzani from Instagram on Shalavee.com

Suzani fabric was expensive and my outside of the box thinking had me asking the hostess and quilter if she had any fabric scraps I could use. What I then came up with was the concept of creating my own circles and laying them on the tables. It took me two days to create these circle pieces.

raw suzani circles on Shalavee.com

One for cutting and one for sewing but thankfully, the fabric was gorgeous and my sewing machine and I reconnected after a long long time of not liking each other. I was so tickled with my sewing project, I could barely wait to put them on the tables with the flowers.

stock from Patti's Petals on Shalavee.com

And my florals, save the purple and pink stock (pictured above) which I got from Patti’s Petals here in Denton, were all collected by me in my backyard and our downtown. Oh and a few I stopped on the side of the road to pick on my way down to set up the event. Because…wildflowers! It was a hurry up and install as we had a party in Baltimore to attend but the overall theme was achieved.

Jean's party decorations on Shalavee.com

Jean's party decorations on Shalavee.com

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

In the end, Miss Jean was very happy with the design. Her party was a success and I pulled another phantom design out of my brain. Love when that happens. Consultations are free if you want some help party planning for the upcoming holidays. And I will be busy dreaming up tree and mantle designs now. Meanwhile, this quote I’ve held onto forever is finally beginning to make sense to me.

When we focus on serving those we care about

by sharing our greatest skills,

we immediately set ourselves apart just by being us.

Via Erin Annacker

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Happy Four Year Blogaversary To Shalavee

I knew my blogaversary was coming. This 4 year mark of writing, nay masterminding, this blog feels a little heavy. I just read that many blogs don’t make it past their 8th month. I remember that moment of doubt wondering if I wrote a blog in the woods, was anyone reading it? And I remember my drive to improve my writing overcame that doubt. And I would go on to improve my photography as well as my writing. Practice.

There’s definitely so much I’ve wished I could have made happen on my blog before now. Hard to watch all those who began blogging at the same time gaining such momentum while I feel like I’m at a stand still.

dollhouse entry on Shalavee.com

Yet it would be unfair for me to compare my blog to theirs. My work has not been just about blogging but about my self-discovery and self-esteem building. Rediscovering what it is that makes me me and figuring out how I want to purposefully share my mad creative and mentoring skills with the larger world. Thanks to the blog, I had something to spur that progress on.

Because I can tell you that I never would have come as far as I have with my esteem work if I hadn’t been actively blogging. This blog has given me the excuse and the opportunity to reach out and ask questions. To make myself accountable to challenges I may not have been motivated to take on. And all of this, plus the incredible connections to real people all over the world, has made me into a better happier less neurotic human being. As well as a better parent and creative dynamo.Fiona thru the window on Shalavee.com

So here’s to listening to your inner voice and staying true to it. Here’s to being patient with the fact that stuff takes as long as it bloody well takes. And here’s to accountability and telling the truth. And to Kindness always, to yourself and others.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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