Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Posting Schedule...

I'm so excited to announce our new posting schedule! Not only will this prevent my own chaotic ramblings, (What? No one else rambles on their blog?) but it will let our readers know what comes next. Here's the line up...

  • Monday Musings – A day focused on really anything that might pop into my head (: Possibly things that might inspire creations, experiences that offer reflection, things that give me enjoyment or maybe something that’s just fun and fanciful.

  • Tuesday Treats – I love to cook and share recipes and found that simplicity in the kitchen has freed up a lot of frustration. A little preparation can go a long way and it’s made all the difference in how my cooking space is organized. Tuesday is when Natural esSCENTials from the kitchen are shared. Feel free to post tips and recipes from the heart of your home. The more the merrier (:

  • Wednesday Works – This will be the day I share what’s going on in the studio. It could be shots of upcoming new designs, work just posted in the shop or photos on the progress in the studio. It’s a total mess right now! I’m getting back to basics and cleaning up the space!! I’ll bring you along and share what I’m doing and offer ideas that might help you tidy up your own spaces.

  • Thursday Thankfulness – I think being thankful for what we have is so crucial to maintain that quiet, still inner peace. It doesn’t matter where you are right now or how much you have lost, there is always something to be cherished. When we focus on the blessings, more come our way. It’s not just about being thankful, but reaching out and giving back as well. Even a smile directed to a stranger in the store might change their life in ways you could never imagine. Thursday Thankfulness will be a day to share things for which I’m thankful and ways that might inspire you to give back.

  • Friday Favorites – I love Etsy and the handmade community! There are so many talented people out there! Each Friday I’ll share my list of 5 Favorite Handmade Finds...items discovered on my holiday shopping journey.

I hope you'll stop by on your favorite days and join us.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Products

We've started filling our shop with notecards and magnets so stop by and see what's new.

About Us

Natural esSCENTials is a family business that began out of a passion for all things natural and has turned into a shop that is simply about living, giving and helping others to create a home naturally reflecting their true spirit.

Our blog will have tips and suggestions for those wanting to create a home haven, steps on how to integrate a simple living lifestyle in your own journey, links for inspiration, workshop opportunities teaching how to make home decor items yourself that would cost much more if purchased in-store, ideas on how to offer gifts of thanksgiving and gratitude to others, and of course we'll be featuring products that are near and dear to our hearts.

With the uncertainty of the economy, more people are seeing the advantages of getting back to basics and living a more simple life. But "living-simply" does not mean "living-less" and can actually bring more fulfillment.

My Grandmother was a woman who followed this philosophy to the letter. She passed away last Christmas Eve, but I feel the essence of her spirit with us as we work on things for our shop. She inspired me, always encouraged me to follow my dreams and she has forever changed how my eyes view this life.

Grandmother was a woman of grace, integrity, and love and she never missed an opportunity to give. No matter what she had, if someone needed it, she gave. I still have fond memories of a magical spot in her home called "The Gift Closet." It was a place that held treasured pieces, wrapping of all kinds, tissue in a rainbow of colors and cards for any occasion.

When she saw an item on sale or found things that others might discard, my Grandmother would takes these things and turn them into a gift of love that anyone would be honored to receive. She prepared for opportunities to give. If a child stopped by her home with a parent who was bringing a holiday present, Grandmother wanted to make sure she had something for that child too so he or she would feel special. Grandmother knew what it was like during tough times...times when others were getting dolls and candy for Christmas, she received socks and an orange.

So, we're on a journey to embrace the simplicity that makes life fun and magical...a path that was forged by my Grandmother and my Mother. Both of these women have passed down a legacy of what giving from the heart. As we craft items for our shop's "Gift Closet" filled with the Natural esSCENTials of giving and living, we hope you join us. You never know what you might find to fill "The Gift Closet" in your own home (: