Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dickens

Hello Everyone and thank you for dropping by my blog today!
I cannot believe that we are in the middle of September, can you?
After nearly four weeks of continuous rain, the sun is shining and the blossoms are filling my garden.

Little  porcelain boot vase found at Vinnies and filled with blossom from my garden. 

Today, I am re-joining, for the fourth year, a wonderful group of women   
for the International blog party,  "By Invitation Only" …hosted by Marsha Harris of Splenderosa. 
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The theme for the month's party - Sharing.


I want to share a few things with you today, things about "sharing"

I was taught as a young girl to share everything, I am from a large family and we all had to share. It was the most natural thing in the world for us. I shared my clothes, my toys and pretty much everything. I wish sometimes that I had more than two children, so that they too could experience sharing with a big family. 

Picture this, back in the 60's, four little children sitting on the beach, all under five and ONE ice block being passed from sister to sister, brother to brother, each of us taking a bite and all watching each other closely that our bites weren't  too big.  One ice block! well, it wasn't through not having enough to go around, it was just one of those sharing things.  There are rules with sharing, number one rule, for there to be enough to go around, it must be divided equally, and  if someone was to take too much and dare I say, become a little greedy…well look out, because sharing is about making sure that nobody is left out.

Little child's  porcelain shoe vase found at Vinnies and filled with blossom from my garden. 

Sharing is one of the things in my life that brings joy to me. As you know, I love sharing my work, my time and my magazine with you, and also I LOVE being able to share the work of all the incredibly talented people artists and creative souls.  

I want to share something personal with you today.  Last year was a very challenging year for me.  It was a year when some of the best things in my life were happening at the same time as some of the worst. The universe was throwing literally everything it could at my door, it was quite hard at times, but you know,  I loved it! The reason I loved it was because I met so amazing people who came into my life to give me a helping hand and to share their lives with me. It is through these challenging times that you meet incredible people in this world.

My old studio was three doors down from the St Vincent de Paul op shop. A shop filled with kind, gentle and giving people. The business runs on giving and sharing, people give their unwanted things to the store and the store gives to and helps the community. I was invited most days to have morning tea with all the beautiful women...and men, that volunteer their time and they became my extended "daytime" family. The back entrances to our buildings was where we chatted to each other regularly. 
Everyday they sit together around a kitchen table in the tea room and share their news.  They have rosters for making the cakes and sandwiches for all and it is an old fashioned and beautiful thing.  

They all care for each other and they really care for the people coming into the shop, especially at Moss Vale. Many people shop at the Vinnie's stores, vintage and antique collectors,  those hoping to find a fashion bargain or two and of course me, it is one of my favourite shops, it's full of styling treasures and inspiration. But, there are many who come into Vinnies for real help.  Lets be real, we all go through difficult times in our lives, I have, that's just life!

I am overwhelmed with the generosity of my friends, local and afar, who have shared so much.   

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  Charles Dickens 

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