Category Archives: Inspiration

Weeds and window boxes…Vineyard-style

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always refreshed and inspired by the island!!!!

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Peony…the muse

 a tight ball of unobservable potential

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opening to the opulence of petaled glory

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then:  fading, fragile, feminine

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shedding that which is no longer useful

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paring down to the essence

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retaining elegance; beauty of a different sort

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dedicated to those women of a certain season of life who walk this path with elegance and grace

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Homepieces signature neutrals

Are you getting a sense of the place???

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Really quite small, filled with pieces having lived life alongside their owners, now waiting to bring new life to another space.

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Focused, carefully curated, each piece an individual treasure.

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Always such a joy to visit Miss Vicki – to see beauty through her eyes.

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I’ll be back in August for another family event in Crossroads!!!

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More inspiration from Homepieces

Delighting in the signature neutral palette so seamlessly woven throughout the shop, as well as the paint brush bouquets….

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imagine my surprise when these artist’s palettes were produced from behind the counter!!IMG_1618

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Homepieces:  always a place to find inspiration!!!

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If cutting boards could talk…

Christmas at Crossroads, of course, included a visit to Miss Vicki at Homepieces in McKinney- always on the cutting edge of casual home design…her unerring eye captures the latest trend…cutting boards!

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the tales these boards could tell…

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perhaps of the aroma of freshly baked bread…

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or of the succulent heaviness of aged fruitcake…

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of the hands fashioning their design,

or of the journey bringing them to this particular place;

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now looking for a new home and new tales to tell.

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‘Backyard’ treasures: part 1

‘Right in my own back yard’…a cliche, yes… but so true!

a day trip with a dear friend, mere miles from home

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Thomas Aquinas College

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on the grounds:  Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

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a quiet, prayerful moment spent here…

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Ojai Road, Santa Paula, California

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Granting grace…

Human communication……flawed at best. 

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Many years ago, adopting a phrase used often by a dear friend, changed my internal reaction and verbal response to what I hear…when I make the choice to ‘grant grace’.

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Granting grace………allowing that unseen circumstance, past experience, present situation may influence the words spoken and how the words are heard.

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Grace:  Webster’s definition 9 a.  – the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

Choosing to grant grace…even when perceived to be unmerited:  freeing, loving, elegant, attractive, merciful…

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the grace of a new dawn……freely given with love

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May your day be filled with moments of grace – granted and received.

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