Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Bunco…Cupcakes…& New Beginnings

“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute? -Thorton Wilder Hello, sweet friends… With January quickly coming to an end… I’ve decided that this will be the year for me to try new things…saying yes more often… opening myself up to life & it’s many experiences… Whether it is a new style of sofa, haircut, food, hobby, or trying my hand at volunteering… experimenting with simple tasks… or perhaps even daring and challenging ones could be fun…pushing myself out of my comfort zone (just a little) It’s exciting to imagine all the possibilities which no … Read the full blog post

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What I Got For Christmas…(big smile)

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris Hello, sweet friends… I hope your January is going well… Before January is over I thought I would share with you what I got for Christmas.. since it only recently arrived. Looking back it is possible that my husband might have been a little surprised by my reply that early December afternoon after inquiring about any ideas for a gift… “I would really like a velvet Chesterfield tufted nailhead sofa for the living room” I had said. There are a … Read the full blog post

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January, Rest & Reset With Me…

“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” -Carl Sandburg Hello, sweet friends… Happy New Year… How has it been for you? This time of year is a bit confusing for many myself included. I find the mountain of motivation and ‘best life talk” at the start of the year to be quite overwhelming. I often feel bombarded with messages on “how to go forth” when actually I think what is most beneficial is to just turn in a bit…to explore my feelings and allow myself to feel gratitude for all I already have. … Read the full blog post

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Making Tamales…

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hello, sweet friends… When I first came up with the idea of making tamales during the holidays I thought it was because the idea of trying something new sounded appealing. Once I began the whole process I realized it was more…linking me to a much bigger picture by connecting me to people who have come before me giving me a sense of security, belonging, & identity Making tamales during the holidays had been a ritual in my family … Read the full blog post

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2022…A Look Back…

”To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are well… I’m not really sure how we are already once again closing out the year, but here we are. Along with a few “bumps” in the road… 2022 also brought many beautiful moments. In whatever ways you are marking this holiday season and end of the year… My hope is that you & yours are healthy & well. Wishing you the best for the coming … Read the full blog post

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Time To Celebrate… Home For The Holidays🎄

“At Christmas make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.” -Thomas Tusser Hello, sweet friends… Christmas is coming and I can’t wait! In fact…for me the countdown is just as much fun as the arrival of You-Know-Who. Christmas looks different for everyone… I take comfort in mine…whatever it may look like… Embracing the imperfections that are perfect in their own way… knowing that these are the holidays I will look back on most fondly. Merry Christmas!

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🎄The Season of Joy & A Cottage Christmas Tea🎄

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete” – Jack Kornfield Hello, sweet friends… I hope that you are doing well… This week I’ve been concentrating on holiday fun… preparing for a Christmas Tea ( I love setting the table & making guests feel celebrated)… attending a Christmas party luncheon… and heading out of town with my husband for a little weekend holiday getaway to watch a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet… the holidays are a special time…creating gifts… decorating our homes… visiting with friends… and, in general feeling a sense of community.

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🎄A Christmas Cottage…Part 2…The Living Room🎄☕️

“Joy is finding the holy in the small and the sacred in the everyday” -Mary Davis Hello, sweet friend… I enjoy decorating our home for the holidays… there’s so much comfort to embrace… even in small imperfections that become perfect in their own way… For me it’s discovering joy even in the mess… and not waiting for things to get easier… simpler… or perhaps even better.… I’m learning that when I’m open… Joy will find me anywhere.💗

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🎄A Christmas Cottage…Part 1…The Dining Alcove☕️🎄

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahil Gibran Hello, sweet friends… I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This past weekend I was able to get most of my Christmas decorations together… and was excited to begin decorating our home… When it comes to decorating, no season shines brighter than the Christmas holidays…It takes me a while to think about where I want to place things… I enjoy the whole process of deciding exactly where each little trinket should go. That being said I thought it would be fun the next couple of weeks to share … Read the full blog post

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Christmas is Coming!🎄My Christmas Cottage Haul🧑‍🎄

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” ~Gandhi Oh dear…it seems as if Christmas is coming to our house! I was told that one of the previous owners of our home… had envisioned it as a Christmas cottage… During the holidays I am always looking for ideas and inspiration… Sometimes I find them in the unexpected places… Like discovering a vintage picture in our attic. I feel that there must be a place somewhere in our home at Christmas for this wonderful find. As this magical season begins to unfold I wish you all the joy and love … Read the full blog post

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