Time For Gratitude

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

When I was brainstorming fall ideas to share here on the blog, gratitude, of course, immediately came to mind. After all, this is the season of gratitude.  It seems this word is everywhere, on pillows, in art, and in so many online advertisements.

I had to ask myself, what is gratefulness? Is it Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family?

Certainly, that is what we think of most and logically during this fall season, as many of us will be gathering around a Thanksgiving table to share a meal and each other’s company.

Personally, the person I am most grateful for is my husband, Gary.

He never lets a day go by that he does not hug me and tell me how much he loves me.  He has been there with me throughout the good times, the financially low times, and he has also been my business partner- always advising me and offering me support and when it came to my blog, my business, my need to express my creativity on a daily basis, the best supportive and encouraging partner in business and in marriage.  My happiness and business would not be what is today, without him.

However, this Thanksgiving season, I wanted to challenge my own mindset and really examine what I am grateful for in my everyday life?  I want to truly focus on connecting to the people already in my life that have supported me on this crazy self-employment journey.  Those friends and family that I value and that support me.  It is time for me to give back to them.

I challenge you to do the same. Each of us is a conduit of love and each time we connect we have the ability to transform and shape one another, even through the smallest acts of love – such as simply listening to a friend, instead of focusing on what to say next.  Calm your mind and really listen.

We don’t need to fire off fireworks, bend over backwards for a loved one, or give a physical gift to those we want to express gratitude. The smallest act, such as listening, and truly being present for others can be the simplest and the hardest thing to do.  Why is it hard?  We have so many distractions in our busy modern tech times.  The cell phone has replaced our voice and our live contact with others.

Simple acts of love are like when you skip a stone on water – we can see the ripples that extend all the way across a big body of water, when we dedicate ourselves to one moment and to one person, that act multiplies itself in the lives of those people around us.

Think of all the fall leaves that have been around you this fall season. They are everywhere – in abundance  and in full color on the trees, on the front yards of homes, in raked piles, or even blowing in the wind.  But did you really see them?

Those who live their lives filled with gratefulness see more fall leaves, because they are looking for them.  They see what is right in front of them, while many of us blear them out as part of the background.  They see love and friendship in the closest people around them for the same reason they see many more fall leaves – they are looking for  them and for those momentary connections.

So this Thanksgiving season, think of gratitude as a moment in time, but also as an expression of time that magnifies beyond just yourself.  Express gratitude by giving your full attention as a simple gift, a ripple that grows and extends to others and live in that present moment.

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FREE PRINTABLE ART

FREE ART PRINT

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Happy May!

Today I was inspired to create this subway art print from the enduring quote by Saint Basil.  I was traveling last week and encountered the absolute rudest person on the airplane.  Apparently, he was clearly upset that I had to sit next to him because the airplane was full.  Really . . . it was the last seat on the plane- where was I going to sit?  On the wing?  Holy smokes?! I am the one who had to sit in the middle,  sandwiched in between two strangers (and I have a serious personal space need and claustrophobia). . . no window to look out or lean my head against and no aisle space to kick my leg out in.  Yet, he was huffing and puffing about having to get up to let me get seated.  I really had to remember to be KIND and not go all ‘Negan’ on him!

So, I thought this might help to remind myself and others to take a deep breath and try to be more polite to strangers.  If you are traveling this summer, please be polite and patient – none of us truly want to be squirreled in so close together on an airplane ride with complete strangers- but it is the nature of flying, so smile and hold your tongue. Soon you will be landing at your destination and back to your comfort zone.

I printed my design and added it to a frame in my home- so I wanted to share it with you for FREE.

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Click HERE – GOOD DEEDS PRINTABLE to download the FREE printable pdf version

Also, since I am back from vacation- my shops are all back open!  Swing on by to browse if you are planning a party, a wedding or just need a little decor for the home-

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

Hope you have a wonderful week, filled with good deeds, courtesy, and love.

Jill Signature

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Valentine’s Day Party Table Inspiration

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY TABLES

Today I am sharing a roundup of amazing Valentine’s Day Party Tables.

So many different  sweets at each of these tables and some of these tables feature champagne or wine which are the perfect set up for a wedding or an adult Valentine’s Day party.

First, if you need any Valentine’s Decorations, be sure to visit my shops by clicking on each of the photos below for some of my featured handmade Valentine’s Day Decor!

Love all the traditional hearts and red and white in this table design above.

Layers and height are featured on this table above and the woven ribbon into the cupcake stand is clever.

How adorable- this table is designated as “Cupid’s Post”

Need a custom Valentine’s Day Letter Banner?  Click – HERE

Or for the XOXO banner, click – HERE

Heart balloons are the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day event- Get them HERE

Hang up a fabric heart bunting with tassels on your fireplace mantel or any where- Get this Valentine’s Bunting- HERE

Or maybe you are crafty and want to make your own Valentine’s decorations? Check out these Valentine’s Supplies – HERE

Stop back soon for more Valentine’s Day inspiration and have a great week!

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