Thankful Friday.

Sometimes when you are in the routine of life, something or someone lifts you up in a way that you never anticipated and couldn't come at a more poignant time.

My friends Nancy and Bethany, Powell Brower Home, featured some of my work on their blog on Wednesday.  That was enough to lift this girl out of the snowy doldrums for certain.  And then I read the comments.  I have been so blessed by blogging friendships and clients that let "Me Be Me".  And I couldn't have imagined the responses.  Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

Some of you know that I have been struggling with my Father.  The Man who has been the Rock of my Mother's and My life.  He is physically strong ... but mentally losing ground.  As the Powell Brower girls were praising my "Bold Traditional" style, I was spending the day at the doctor's office hearing how my Daddy has severe cognitive impairment.  What a day of emotional Ups and Downs.

This Man who gave away his daughter for the Second (and best) time around 11 years ago.

In life, a parents job is to teach our children how to find themselves, do their best, be strong, go after dreams ...  my parents preached this and supported me in every aspect of my life.  And now, my dream is to keep my Daddy safe.

So not to be a downer this Friday.  But an example of real life.  And taking every moment we have to say thank you and appreciate those in our lives NOW.

Thank you Nancy and Bethany for your friendship and Thank you to my Daddy who has taken care of me my entire life.

Happy Weekend ... find the joy in every moment, my friends ... and don't forget to say Thank You!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room (heart) at a Time.


Giving Back ... and a Thankful Heart.

Thanksgiving Week is here and as we all scurry about getting ready for our families and friends to gather together for a wonderful meal and time together, I felt it was a great time to share with you the story of ArtLifting.  

Beacon Hill by Dante Gandini

I am humbly moved by Liz Powers, who as a college student,  wrote a thesis which explored the social benefits of art therapy programs. After she graduated, she created art groups in women's shelters in Cambridge, Mass. She realized that there were many great art therapy programs in Boston, but the missing piece was an equally empowering method for the artists to share their artwork. (verbiage taken from the ArtLifting website)

Jungle Soul by Laurie Kammer

She began by hosting an annual show and marketplace for members of several shelters to be able to sell their artwork.  The show was a success but she didn't stop there.  She and her brother Spencer started ArtLifting to provide a professional marketplace year round for the artists.  And expanded to include artists in hospitals, disability centers as well as shelters.

Children under a Poui Tree by Mikal Baksh

ArtLifting was born.  A a social enterprise for homeless, disabled, and other disadvantaged artists.  They are driven by their mission and see to empower the artists by providing a professional gallery where they can sell their work. 

Untitled 21 by Scott Benner

I learned about ArtLifting through Grange Furniture at the Boston Design Center.  I applaud them for supporting and introducing ArtLifting to me.  They currently are exhibiting a number of the pieces in their showroom and it is quite moving.  The money they make helps them begin to create a better life for themselves as well as buy new art supplies to continue their work.

Thank you Meg and Rachel, Grange Showroom Managers at the Boston Design Center, for reaching out and supporting the arts in our area and helping empower so many to move forward to a better life for themselves.

As you and I are searching for a special to gift this Holiday Season or to use in designing a space  ... why not make it an opportunity to help someone at the same time, consider the art created by those who have found it to heal and support them through very turbulent times in their life.  

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.