A peek into my mug cupboard. If you’ve been in my shop you will know I usually have mugs for sale. I only purchase for my boutique things that I would actually buy. And that goes for mugs.
I don’t have a matched set of mugs in my cabinet. I think I have two of my favorite hydrangea mugs but all the others are just one of each design. My criteria for a mug is not if they go with my other dishes or decor. Some were given to me like my Grandma mug (which I love!!), others I bought because I liked the design or the message or, and this drives my husband crazy, seasonal mugs.
My mugs makes me 😊. I love that part of my morning routine is opening my cabinet and choosing a mug. Looking at my mugs reminds me to be positive, reminds me of the loved ones in my life and reminds me of special moments.
It’s a little thing but like everything in our life - it’s the little moments that make up our life and the ones that make our lives special.
I had planned something much different for my post this week. But with everything happening my mind is in a much different place.
Just last week I was getting orders, planning our Spring Open House and very excited to show you all our new beautiful things. I left Saturday never thinking that on Monday I would be putting all orders on hold. That I would be faced with the decision of closing my shop.
Just a few days and our whole world has been turned upside down. I know many people who have been laid off. Many business owners having to close their businesses, making some really tough decisions and facing the reality that once those doors close that they have no money coming in. I along with all small businesses, am in the same situation.
There is a part of me that is really frustrated and anxious and another part of me that is hopeful and thinking all I can do is the best that I can do. So I am working really hard to keep a positive attitude, to not dwell on what I can't change or fix. (I am a big fixer) To look for the positives, there are always positives if you really look for them, and to help in any way I can.
To those of you who are in a situation to help small businesses I encourage you to do so. I am not saying this just for me but all those businesses that are affected. There have been so many posts about small businesses and one that I see repeatedly is "remember the businesses that you always ask for donations - now is the time you can give back to them."
It's human nature when things get difficult to hunker down and make sure we and our families are ok. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it should be our first priority. And in this situation, with social distancing, necessary. But in this day and age we have the ability to stay connected even if we aren't physically going out. This means we can still support small businesses - order on line from them, order take out, buy gift certificates, take advantage of curbside pickup, leave a big tip.
Sending all of you hugs, healing thoughts and wishes for good health.
Beautiful things and practical don't seen to go together. It's my nature to be practical and not waste anything. I think I got this from my Dad. My Mom, while I won't say she was wasteful, didn't hesitate to throw things away and she loved to shop. More on that a few sentences down. My Dad on the other hand would hold on to things forever. He would get every last drop out of something or keep an article of clothing until it really needed to be thrown out. He had a pair of work pants - he would do yard work in them, and they were so old and decrepit that my Mom threw them away a couple of times, but each time my Dad went through the trash and took them out. I remember he had a pair of sneakers that fit this category too. This makes my Dad sound cheap or that he didn't have good clothes. But that wasn't the case. He was a civil engineer and went to work everyday in a suit and tie. We didn't want for anything. He was just practical. He was a saver and a big believer in a budget. He didn't buy cheap things but always thought it was better to buy quality over quantity, hence everything would last a long, long time.
What did I got from my Mom? A love of shopping and I inherited her artistic talent. She was an artist, a photographer, a gardener, a crafter, an animal lover and a registered nurse. Her love of healing led her to be a pioneer of eating organic and living a healthy lifestyle long before it was popular. I can remember growing up in the early 70's and eating some pretty strange things. She was not really practical and never got the hang of a budget but she helped to make everything is little more beautiful.
I really take after my Dad - personality wise - I love being practical, making a budget and I have his calm under pressure manner. But I do have some of my Mom's traits too as you can tell. I really love to shop. So sometimes the different sides of my personality clash. I love beautiful things and sometimes beautiful things are not practical. That's probably where one of the guidelines I use when buying product for my shop came from - it must be useful in some way and beautiful too. I have found that there are a many things that fit that category!
Dad, thank you for sharing the practical, the power of budgeting and how to manage people. Mom, thank you for sharing your love of beautiful things and how important they are in life too. Beautiful Things is a direct reflection of you both!
Welcome to BT Style & my creative world! Boutique owner, designer, gardener, grandma. I love designing - events, weddings, spaces, stationery, displays, floral .... the list is a long one. And I love beautiful things! I hope you enjoy what I share here in my blog - it could be something I've designed, wedding or event advice, entertaining ideas, stationery designs or anything that catches my fancy as long as it is beautiful &/or creative. Maybe I will inspire you to look for the beauty in everyday life and help you discover your creative side too!