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Holiday Break

If you didn’t notice, Tuesday’s post is a little early this week.  I wanted to give you a heads up that I am going to take a well appreciated blogging break over this Thanksgiving week.  I will still send out my monthly newsletter on Thursday, so if you want to stay in touch and arent already connected, please sign up!

I wish you, your friends and families all the best and we’ll get back in touch next week!  Have a wonderful and thankful day of thanks.

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Boxes, Boxes and More Boxes

We’re getting ready to move this weekend so we’ve got boxes all over the place.  Our entire guest bedroom is full to the brim.  The kitties are loving it! Playing and hiding in the boxes.  They’ve managed to knock over the tower of empty boxes I had going, so for a few days, they were scattered around the living room.  But they were having fun and I didn’t want to spoil it for them!

If you’ve visited the shop recently, you may have noticed that it’s not available right now.  That’s because of the move and as soon as I’ve got everything in order in our new place, I will open the shop back up.  Thanks for your patience!

P.S. – If you’ve got some cute or funny pet photos, moving related or otherwise, post them to the Facebook Page!

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I’m Stuck in a Creative Rut

My creative edge has escaped me today. Lie.  My creative edge has escaped me these past few weeks, maybe even months.  Do you ever feel like that?  Like there are waves of creative inspiration.  And right now the coast just isn’t feelin’ the love.  The tide is out, there’s no water here.

I have these grand plans of awesome things to make and do, but then I just don’t feel like doing them.  Or sometimes, I feel like I’ve just run out of ideas.  Run out of juice.

What gets you out of creative ruts?

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One Year Anniversary + Free Goody Bags!

Wow, it’s almost been a full year since my first post! Tomorrow, February 3rd marks the date. I cannot believe how quickly time flies, can you? It’s so true that the older we get, the faster it goes.  You live. You learn. You grow up. I have to remind myself to live each moment to the fullest, because before we even notice, it’s gone.

So in the spirit of anniversaries and living life to the fullest, I want to do something special for you!

For the first 10 people to comment below and name their favorite post from the past year and/or write one topic or thing you’d like me to blog about this year, you’ll receive a free surprise gift bag!  I want it to be a little bit of a mystery, but I’ll hint that they include an adorable assortment of goodies!  Ladies, you’ll love them. Guys, for the few of you checking out this blog, be warned, you’ll likely be passing them along to your girlfriend or mom (lucky them)! I’m excited to read what you all have to say and be sure to leave your email so I can contact you for a mailing address (sorry, U.S. only).

Before I leave you for today, I want to formally thank all of you for supporting me this past year. I hope you’ll stick around for all that is to come!

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Thanksgiving Recap & Looking Forward to Christmas

[photo + pie courtesy of my sister-in-law.  p.s. – it was delicious.]

I’m still recovering from the long weekend.  I feel refreshed and exhausted at the same time.  Do you ever feel that way?

We spent our Thanksgiving with family and friends and had a lovely time with awesome food! The rest of the weekend was packed with mountain bike riding, night hiking and a lot of lazy too!

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope you had a wonderful time and were blessed with some quality time with your loved ones.

And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas craziness will continue.  This year, we’re trying to keep the gift giving under control. It seems like every year we get too caught up in giving gifts. Not that giving gifts is bad, but Christmas is about so much more than presents.  Plus, I feel like we should be giving more to those who really need it and spend less time picking out the perfect 20 things to give our friends/families who probably already have tons of things. Do you agree?

So this year, I am going to be very thoughtful in the few things I give to my friends and family, because really it’s about quality, not quantity, right?

I’ll see you back here Thursday, and for now, enjoy your week!

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Update + Autumn Beauty

I’ve been a busy little bee lately working on the business side of things. Finishing up my portfolio and finalizing my wholesale catalog in hopes that I will soon have a use for them!

Once my portfolio is done I plan to walk into some boutiques and cute little shops and start creating relationships. My goal is that these relationships will lead to a few wholesale or consignment accounts. We’ll see!

Once the catalog is complete I plan to send it over to a few shops I’ve had my eye on that I’m unable to visit in person at the moment, which will hopefully lead to some more of those relationships I just talked about.

As you can obviously see, I have not had much time to come up with a substantive post for today, but at least I gave you an update and an inside look into what’s really going on behind the scenes right now.  Plus, I’m leaving you with this beautiful picture. Reminds me of autumn. What about you?

Hope your Labor Day weekend was very nice and talk to you all on Thursday. Now I gotta get going to come up with something fun to post then!

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In His Memory: Donald William George June 15, 1923 – March 31, 2011

I know Tiffany Lane Handmade is usually about crafts, but it’s also about everything life.  This man was full of life and lived it to the fullest, touching everyone around him in unique and amazing ways.

Let us remember together and always one of the most amazing men I have ever met, and the most amazing man most have ever encountered – Donald William George.  Believer, fighter, father, husband, friend, grandpa, veteran, joyful, laughter, patriot, love, inspiration.  Just some of the first words that come to mind when I think about how he touched those around him.  He was a true American hero.  Our hero.

Though only a few years of my life were graced with his presence, those years are precious and to never be forgotten.  Grandpa Don saw the light at the end of the tunnel.  He fought with grace and followed with strength.  A strong believer and lover of our Creator.  In spite of his experiences fighting in World War II, surviving as a POW, he had a glow about him that just made you want to smile.  It was probably in part due to these experiences that he formed such a positive outlook on life and his glass half-full perspective.  He inspired so many people in his  87 years of life.  He inspired me.

Enjoy this short slide show of photos from his life.  While this does not encapsulate all, it does give a brief snapshot into his life and the true American hero he was as a soldier, a friend, a father and husband:

True American Hero – Donald George

Losing a loved one makes you really think about your life and helps you to appreciate what remains.  For me, it’s a reminder to live each day to the fullest because you never know which one will be your last.  It reminds me to love and to forgive.  It reminds me of the bigger picture of life and to live with optimism.  Grandpa Don will always remind me to smile and to laugh and to love as big as my heart will let me.

Here are some photographs of the POW MIA Monument at the Riverside National Cemetery.  A great pride for Grandpa Don as he was a part of its declaration and it held a very special place in his heart.  After committing his ashes to their final resting place, we visited the monument, placed a wreath for remembrance and contemplated.

From the words of a dear family friend: “In loving memory of Don George. A true American hero who proudly fought for the United States of America, Don was a prisoner of war and this afternoon I got the privilege to hear some of his amazing stories as we celebrated his life today.  It sometimes can be easy to forget all that our service men and women have endured over the years- if you get the chance today or even tomorrow to take a moment to remember our services member’s who have fought and those who are still fighting for this beautiful country we call home. I know I am thankful everyday for my hero.”

And from the words of my other grandfather speaking of Grandpa Don: “he made a habit of being happy.”  Now let us strive onward with smiles and faith and do the same.

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