What was meant to be a week turned into three and the question “if ever”. I found that my recent time away from the Internet was everything and more than I hoped for the past year it would be. I know these spaces won’t last forever and as life for us (my boys and I) continues to take on new tones Ive began to feel as if I’m outgrowing my Internet spaces. Maybe I just don’t need it or maybe it’s the not completely realistic connections that make me uncomfortable or the pictures painted that don’t say everything they should because they can’t? The walls of the cyber world seem endless but I think they actually limit us (think 15″ silver boxes). We lose touch with faces and expressions that help us read between the lines of familiar voices. We “think” we’re connected and happy yet often forgoing actual connectedness for a substitute that feels safer because we can hide behind a screen with tear stained cheeks and post a picture of a happy time as if it was current. But now I’m rambling. My friends know this conversation with me well and it leaves me often feeling like the odd one out. Maybe I’m just that but I know this for sure my work to invest in myself, my community, the people around me and my life has paid off in a real way. I don’t need to be here and maybe I’ll go or maybe I won’t but the important thing for me is knowing I’m not defined by a social media presence and if it was gone tomorrow I wouldn’t be broke.
As Whitman once said:
“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself.”
Today was really lovely. I haven’t been taking many pictures lately so I thought I’d share these from the pottery studio this afternoon.
The boys glazed their hands and the mugs they each pulled with me. I finished some pieces for myself that I’m excited for.
Rewarding hobby, I always leave feeling so inspired by this space. Something I intend to make more time for.
Added a few new things to the shop today! This has been such a year of growth and patience as I learn the small business trade.
Thank you to all who have supported and continue to encourage the growth of my business.
Hoping everyone had a pleasant and safe Holiday weekend! So much has happened for us as of late. We moved (again) celebrated birthdays, feasted with family and friends, closed up the airstream for the winter and of course lots of baking! I made my favorite cookies for the first time this season and since so many people ask I thought I’d share the recipe again.
Old Fashion Gingersnaps
3/4 c butter • 1 c sugar • 1 egg • 1/4 c molasses • 2 c flour • 2 t baking soda • 2 t salt • 1 t cinnamon • 1 t cloves • 1 t ginger
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses; beat well. Sift dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix well and chill dough. Roll into balls and dip in sugar. Bake 375 for about 10 minutes.
Also want to pass along that DW has offered 15% off all their watches on danielwellington.com to my readers using the code Holiday_awelltraveledwoman I’m wearing the Classic Sheffield in rose gold. In the same picture I’m wearing my new favorite sweatshirt from NaNin. One of my favorite little boutiques out of Richmond VA. They’re currently running a great sale for Black Friday! shopnanin.com
Life threw a few too many curveballs lately but I will be updating my shop December first with a few things. More to come in the new year.
There’s one more day left for the voting period of the West Elm small grant competition. Would be so grateful if you haven’t already taken the time to vote here for A Well Traveled Brand.
One vote per person + sharing on FB counts for a second vote!
Looking forward to sharing some fun things soon!
Just a quick update to let you all know I got selected as a finalist in the West Elm small business grant competition! I’m still in shock to actually be in the running next to some awesome designers and makers.
If you have a chance and would like to vote for A Well Traveled Brand you can go here. One vote per person!
I love cleaning off my phone and finding all the odd pictures I take for myself. These are the images I often flip through at the end of the day to remember the beauty that’s always around me.
He still crawls in bed with me most nights
Lady and Banjo
A boy and a frog by Lauren Kenzie
His new favorite Harem pants and that morning sleepy head
Sleeping off the stomach bug
These Boy jeans (a new favorite)
Learning to fall
S’mores for dinner