The Wooden Goat

The Wooden Goat

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Do you ever have a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” for apparently no reason? I remember reading the children’s book to Erika with the same title and thinking what a great idea to introduce the notion to children that life is not always ice cream and soda pop … sometimes we have a bad day or two, or three and it’s not the end of the world.

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I’m certainly not talking about the serious concerns or situations that would bring anyone to their knees. That is not the subject of today’s blog; those situations are left to whatever higher power we choose to believe in.

No. Today, I am talking about the kind of day that begins with coffee spilled on your favorite shirt as you run out the door; a flat tire that makes you late for an appointment; and a mucked up computer, just as you need to go online, followed by the accidental breaking of your favorite serving dish. Usually, I don’t brand my day “terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad,” unless I experience three or four of these “inconveniences” all in the same day! Tell me that has never happened to you?

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People will react to these no good, horrible, very bad days by telling you that you should “just go to bed!” Or they will commiserate with a bad day story of their own. My mother used to say, “Bad things come in threes,” and my father would say, “You got no better place to go than up.” Many of us have our rabbits feet for good luck and some of us wish on the “first star we see at night” or read our daily horoscope in the local news. I have a friend that hears about a bad day and says, “Gee, it must be a full moon!” The point being this: some days are just like this and it really isn’t the end of the world as we know it…it’s just a series of circumstances that muck up a perfectly good day.

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I don’t place much stock in Chinese mythology, but I do enjoy reading about the art of Feng Shui, which is the Chinese philosophical system of harmony between a person and his or her environment. You have probably heard the term and perhaps even made small adjustments in your home to (hopefully) achieve better harmony. Even if you debunk these notions as purely happenstance, the fact remains that Feng Shui is practiced all over the world.

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For whatever it is worth, if anything, this week marked the Chinese Year of the Wooden Goat. In the year of the Wooden Goat, there is an emphasis on wood and earth, be they in objects or tones and fabric colors. I won’t get into the areas of the house that feature such things as water and coins and health, per se, as that is a lengthy subject. But I do know some of you welcome ideas that might bring calmness and serenity to your home, and I thought a small blog exploring the Eastern beliefs for these elements might be of some interest.

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LTD 7 is full of items that feature reclaimed wood and vintage earthen wares. These are just the things that can easily be placed in our homes to bring balance and harmony to a room and its inhabitants.

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We have scarves in lovely earth tones and jewelry featuring the same warm colors and palettes. Why not choose something in these lovely color palettes, just for fun, and see if the notions are true? I just love that barn red!

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There are items LTD 7 sells that could house your favorite rocks and gems and collections of coins.

We have frames and greenery that would easily bring a focus on earthy colors like green and brown.

Many of our designs could be used to simply add a pop of color into a room, otherwise completely decorated. Or, what about a beautiful new piece of jewelry with the same idea and principles in mind?

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The Year of the Wooden Goat also features harmony and compromise. We could all do with a dose of that, “amirght?” Think of a tree’s twigs and low lying a branches or a flower’s stem, all earthy elements—each with a certain fragility, but also having an ability to bend and sway and move without destruction. I know some of you simply love trees and flowers and all they represent and how they make you feel.

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In Chinese metaphysics, wood represents growth and activity and in the human body the Chinese relate that to the neck and spine and back. The Chinese say those born under the Wood Goat are mostly artists or musicians, such as the likes of Nicole Kidman, Lady Di, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Prince William, John Travolta, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and CoCo Chanel. Wood also represents strong versatility, flexibility and adjustment and that makes sense to me.

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Whatever your beliefs, it never hurts to add a bit of wood to our homes, some flexibility exercises to our routines and a dab of warm color to our wardrobe. LTD 7 offers candles in woodsy scents, jewelry and clothing, in addition to accessories for the home that are sure to please the Wood Goat in all of us.

I’ll see you around town and in the shop. Have a perfect week. No terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days this week…ya hear?

Living the Dream,

Lynne

PS: Tons of NEW ITEMS in the store! Get them on our Facebook Sales on Monday and Thursday, too!

PSS: Taking applications for vendors for the annual SPRING MARKET. Tell your friends and plan to come! April 25, 2015

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