While trying to coax my Rheumatoid Arthritis into remission through nutrition, I have had many unexpected benefits. Weight loss, for one. But my energy is through the roof and without the arthritis pain to slow me down; I have returned to making home improvements. After all, this home is still relatively new to me after only about 18 months. I won't bore you with all the details about cleaning, moving furniture around and the like. The part that has been more fun, has been in all the shopping for knick knacks to decorate. All these pics below are items from thrift shops, Home Goods, and Kirklands...I have had a ball shopping for them!
This big conch shell was a thrift store find. I love it stacked on top of these Parisian themed boxes my mother gave me for Christmas from Home Goods!These next two framed pics were also from a thrift store. Even without the art in them, I would've grabbed them up because I liked the frames.
The three finials are from Kirklands, while the big sea horse is from Home Goods, and the large finial is from another thrift shop.
Last but not least. I couldn't resist this 5 piece acrylic water pitcher/glass set with the sea horses. I love the color, and it was only 13 bucks at Home Goods. This was the last set they had in the store, so into the cart it went quickly!
I have noticed that some newer artists make a strong association between blogging and their art. But I was an artist long before I ever had a blog, so the notion that the two are somehow so deeply interchangeable is lost to me to a larger degree. Many successful artists don't blog at all. But even more to a point I want to share, is that artists who have been at it for a long time have managed to do so because they attend to the other matters in their lives without the pressure that their art will be gone when they want to get back to it...tend to be more secure about their work because the many years of experience of having gone through ups and downs. I know for me, personally, that while this may not be a time where I'm banging out a whole lot of work, that I'll get back to it. I know for me, that not only would I not have lost anything, but gained a nice newness around my home, and regained my health, not to mention helping to see to it that my son is prepared when he goes out of town for his third year of college. And those are not small gains!
Until next time, take care! And thanks for visiting!