Soft, Strange Ways

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It can feel like spring is taunting us by pushing up the flowers from the earth and then blasting us with a snow storm.

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I am in fear of wishing it will warm up any more, for I was too excited the last few times, and the cool air nipped at me each morning afterwards. I suppose this is always how it is in New England. It seems that spring won’t come fast enough, but then before we know it, it is summer and we are sweltering. What I am enjoying, though, is the rain. We have had lovely rainy days that many people have been grumbling about, but I find energy in their atmospheric drizzle.

I’ll be back soon,

-Heather

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A Snowy Spring Day | March 2018

A Snowy Spring Day | March 2018

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Hello,

This past week we had a “snow storm” which ended up being virtually no snow at all. I was bundled up inside, awaiting the storm that was supposed to be hurled at us, and watching the window which showed a serious lack of snow fall. I had plans on this particular day to go somewhere that was outside, and the forecast had made me reschedule. On the news, New York and Washington D.C. were getting slammed with the storm, and I waited in my blanket for something that never came. If we had gotten the storm at the magnitude that they predicted, it would have been a major case of déjà vu. If you’ve been keeping track, New England has gotten four nor’easters in just three weeks.

It didn’t matter much to me though, because I spent a lovely day inside appreciating the little joys that exist around my home.

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Sometimes I look online and see very minimal spaces, and I admire those greatly. Minimalism and mindfulness go hand-in-hand, and I want to practice those things to the best of my ability. But to be honest, I collect a lot of things. They are things that make me happy and add character to my space. I don’t think there’s any use in hiding these things, even if you want a good picture, because they are more interesting than plain, blank space sometimes.

It’s been hard to embrace one style. This is the problem I’ve had my whole life. I loved everything so much, I wanted to wear/decorate/be all of it. I can say though that it is very comforting to really decide what sorts of things I enjoy style-wise and then focus on those to create a comfortable and still eclectic space. That usually means a combination of books, vintage and antique details, rustic pieces like wood, and lots of plants.

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After enjoying these little parts of my space, I thought it would be nice to put them up on my blog. It’s wonderful to spend a day inside, being grateful for the things that I already have.

And now, what I imagine is also a snippet about what to do when bored (perhaps on a not-so-snowy snow day), a quote from a classic:

 

“Walk, talk, pull the dead petals from a rose, or fall asleep.”

Virginia Woolf, from The Complete Works, “How to Read a Book,”

Inspired by Clouds

Inspired by Clouds

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Hello,

For fun, I thought I would try a writing exercise on here where I come up with personality types for different kinds of things. And what kinds of things, you ask? I was thinking different kinds of clouds.

If I had assign types of people that match different kinds of clouds, this is what I’d say.

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Stratus- Will fight for you no matter what. They gain strength by knowing they are natural warriors. Most likely to endure and survive life’s biggest hardships. 

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Cumulus- Particular about doing things a certain way. Has to stop and look at everything because they are in love with the world around them. Wears their heart on their sleeve to an extent, but hides more suffering beneath the surface that others will never find. 

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Cirrocumulus- A true romantic at heart, and isn’t afraid to be passionate. Doesn’t believe in caging themselves in with material items, and wants to be free more than anything else. Has the beauty and stature of a natural hunter. 

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Altrostatus- Is full of pure love and feels it strongly every day. Never holds back when telling others how much they mean to them. Loves to create stories and tell them to anyone who will listen. 

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I got the idea to use clouds when me and my friend were recently at a science museum and were playing around with an exhibit about different clouds. They all have such personalities, even though they are just particles of water.

Thank you for reading, I’ll be back soon.

-Heather

A Vintage Explorer Lookbook

A Vintage Explorer Lookbook

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Hat: Forever 21

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Sweater: TJMaxx

Skirt: H&M

Hair Ribbon: Forever 21

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Pants: Primark

Boots: Bonton

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Sweater: StitchFix

Jeans: Target

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Inspired by my favorite adventurers/naturalists: John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Beatrix Potter, Alexander Von Humbolt, etc. I wish I could dress like this all the time and travel around the world to see the most beautiful national parks.

Here is one of my favorite exploring quotes by my favorite travel writer, Bill Bryson:

 

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater

sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country

where you are ignorant of almost everything.

Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t

read anything. You have only the most rudimentary

sense of how things work. You can’t even reliably

cross the street without endangering your life. Your

whole existence becomes a series of interesting

guesses.”

 

 

 

Navigating a Personal Crisis

Navigating a Personal Crisis

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Hello Everyone,

I haven’t undergone a major life crisis, but over the past few weeks, I’ve had many small personal ones. It’s funny, sometimes little situations or changes can make me feel icky and unsettled, like I need a new layer of skin to shield me from everyone else. These things came up for various areas of my life, and I had to learn how to persevere, the way we all do from one time to another.

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Here is some advice if you have felt abandoned or lonely or out-of-sorts: Life goes on as long as you are deciding that it does. Buy yourself some flowers, make yourself some coffee, put on your favorite records, light your candles at night, go to sleep early, go to sleep late, watch all your favorite shows, buy ice cream in the middle of winter, kiss your dog, hug your friend, draw something, write something, play the piano (poorly), buy a book you may never read, and be happy. There are things changing in my life and I don’t always have control over that, but I realized that while sadness may always come in life, so can happiness. Sometimes they exist at exactly the same time.

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an 

open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when

I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should 

reach out and touch someone.”

-Maya Angelou 

 

Winter Time

Winter Time

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The breeze, the blast

The wind, the cracks

The twigs, the ice

The freeze is nice.

An open road,

A heavy branch

Weighed down with snow

Across the ranch.

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The icicles are intricate

Like lacy thoughts, they’re intimate

The glistening warms this heart of mine,

I dream often of winter time.

Sunshine and a Hint of Silver

Sunshine and a Hint of Silver

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Hello everyone!

I went to a little antique shop in my town (it claims to be the oldest in town as well) and took a few pictures. I haven’t browsed in a shop like this for a long time and it was wonderful to see all of the old treasures. Sometimes these places really inspire, showing you a glimpse of another era. Everything there tells a story. The pieces exude character and personality.

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Look at this amazing unicycle. Before now, I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen one in person!

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What are your favorite places to shop for antiques? Let me know your favorite things to buy there as well. I find wonderful old books in antique shops. Right now, I’m on the lookout for vintage postcards.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather