Fall In Love…

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Have I got a cornucopia of ideas for you today! It took me a week or two to make the transition to Fall, because, as you know, I have “summer and beach and waves and sand” coursing through my veins, but now that we are seeing the leaves turn and feeling the nip in the air and pulling out our sweaters and scarves, I am starting to get into the spirit of things and approaching the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays with thankfulness and anticipation.

Just Six More Days until Fall Market!

Speaking of thankful…can I just say I am delighted to see and hear from so many of you have who have said you are looking forward to LTD7’s Fall Market and making plans to come. The Fall Market is next weekend, folks, and preparations are really underway!

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 We have a TON of surprises in store for you at the Market…literally! How’s that for whetting your curiosity? We also have ALL of our vendors planning to be there for a meet and greet and lots of great outside visiting vendors for your shopping, too. It promises to be a grand day! Please plan to join us at LTD 7 anytime between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday October 25th. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pumpkin Hacks, 101

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Have you purchased your pumpkin(s) for Halloween? If not we have plenty to choose from at the store. As I was rearranging our supply of them this week, I got to thinking about what to do with the ones we don’t plan to carve. You know me; I can’t throw anything away if there is another way to use it!

 I got to thinking: How could I repurpose my Halloween decor pumpkins to make them last through Thanksgiving? What “hacks” could I come up with by doing a search for reusing pumpkins or in other ways changing them up to move right into Thanksgiving?

Check out the amazing ideas I found. And remember, as you look at these ideas, you can get the pumpkins, the ribbons and the bows, along with assorted tea towels to match your festive décor, from LTD 7. Let’s “Fall in love…” with pumpkins this week!
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The first set of ideas make great gifts for teachers and those inside offices as they await the holidays. I have made many of these flower pot pumpkins and candle holders over the years and they are a huge hit! The best part of all, so easy to make!

For the Table

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What about serving pieces? Have you ever thought about using your pumpkins for a soup tureen? Or a dip bowl? Or what about with a platter of veggies? Shoot, why not just make the soup in the pumpkin?

Just think of the delicious aroma in the house. I can smell it now. You can also use a pumpkin as an ice decanter. Make sure to put plastic inside the pumpkin as they are porous.

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Paint, Anyone?

Another favorite idea for me is to paint my pumpkins. They last and last! We have to showcase a Chevron one, now don’t we? And porches can easily be transformed from early Fall or Halloween by using some of the ideas below.

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Maybe a scripture speaks to you. How about painting it or chiseling it or using a wood burning tool to showcase it on a pumpkin for Thanksgiving?

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No Carve Ideas

There are lots of ideas for a no carve pumpkin that take us into Thanksgiving. Look at the adorable buttons placed likely with a hot glue gun on the pumpkin above. Can’t you just see a beautiful buffet table with colorful tea towels and napkins and pumpkin serving bowls alongside it? What a gorgeous theme. Or how about a beautiful painted pumpkin with chandelier baubles sparking on your dinner table? I love this idea! We delight our family and guests and get to keep the glass once the season turns. What could be better?

Freshen Up the Porch

How about outside? Longing for a change on the porch or back deck for Thanksgiving? How about cement pumpkins? Or painted three tiered pumpkins with a family initial or a verse? Stack them high to really make a statement!

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Never mind thinking that all your pumpkins will have to be tossed after Halloween. There are countless ways to expand your use of them right into the end of November!

 See You Saturday, October 25!

I’ll see everyone next Saturday at the Market! I’m so excited!

Make sure to find me and say hello!

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Living the Dream,
Lynne

The “TRIPLE AAA” CLUB, ACRONYMS, ACTIVITIES AND ALERTS

 

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Before I get to the subject of this blog post and my thoughts for this week, let me take a few lines of text to update you on some of the great happenings at LTD 7.

On the Radar: Fall Porch Contest

There is only ONE DAY left to get your submissions and votes in for the Fall Porch contest. I have seen so many gorgeous walkways and decorations all over town and I would encourage you to enter and vote. Hurry! Here is my front porch:

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Have you signed up for a miniature landscapes class? These classes are so popular! Picture that dream locale and create a vision of it that you can take home right after class. We have a blast and our next one is Tuesday, Nov 11th. See our website for more information and to sign up.

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Have You Got Something to Paint?

Paint Couture classes meet every Thursday night with advance reservations. No previous experience required. Many different classes to choose from at affordable rates; Paint Couture 101, Paint Your Own Piece & Advanced.

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Don’t Miss our Fall Market!

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And last, but certainly not least, our huge Fall market is right around the corner on October 25th! That is the weekend after next and you will not want to miss it! Our vendors are clamoring for your business and we have so many surprises in store for you. Remember, the earlier you get started on purchasing gifts for teachers, friends, and family, the less stress you will have once the holidays roll around…not to mention the selection will be the best the earlier you shop. Please, please please, mark your calendars and join us.

W-I-F

Remember these three letters…WIF. It’s an easy acronym for Web, Instagram and Facebook.

W-I-F which is one “e” shy of WIFE. It’s an easy way to remind you of our constant presence on the W-eb, I-nstagram and F-acebook. These online sites really are—short of coming into the store—the best way to keep abreast of all the events and news and equally new merchandise, not to mention sales that we are bringing to you.

Online, you will find advance notices, flash sales (they are wildly popular) and customer and vendor photos. You can also instantly interact with me and ask any questions about something you may want or have seen in the store or online.

Remember, we are selling in an online store in addition to our Facebook sales twice weekly. We also post our store news and items that have just come in and that you may not know are at the Antique Market or downtown.

Did You Miss a Facebook Sale?

Remember, if you miss a Facebook sale on Monday or Thursday night, check back in online as we keep items up for twenty-four hours and you can still order even though the sale is over.

Our aim is to make LTD 7 as accessible as you need it to be with your busy lives.

Are You a WAHM?

And speaking of busy lives…here’s another term I thought a lot about this week: WAHM…Work At Home Mom. Are you one? Do you work at home? Of course you do! Of course you are! We all are, in one way or another, V-E-R-Y busy and torn in about a hundred trillion directions each day. Whether we work in the home, outside the home, do our blogging or take care of loved ones, we are all WAHMs of one type or another.

The Trick is to Find BALANCE

I think most everyone of us gets up of a morning and has an idea of the things we want to do, or get accomplished in the brand new day ahead of us. Here’s where it gets tricky for me now that I am doing more of my work for LTD 7 at home: I am constantly thrown in ten different directions. I feel like a clown at Ringling Brothers Circus juggling balls in the air…and I drop A LOT of them! I’m just glad they aren’t glass plates twirling on a stick!

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I (let myself) get interrupted. Do you know what I mean? I plan to take a walk with Mo, but then the phone rings and I answer it and thirty minutes later I realize I have to get ready for a dentist appointment. There goes my exercise and the dog’s walk as well…completely by the wayside.

Or, I plan to place orders for LTD 7 during the morning and attend an online webinar at noon on a subject I am interested in for the store. I have signed up and it starts in an hour. But then I decide that I really need to get the laundry started and clean up last night’s crafting session and that leads to mopping the floor of dog water drippings and the next thing I know I have to pick Erika up and take her to a friend’s house and the webinar starts in sixteen minutes and the postman stops to chat a bit and I haven’t eaten since last night and my hair needs curling and I’m not sure where the black shirt is I wanted to wear and Mo just piddled on the floor (because we didn’t walk) and I am going to be LATE for everything I set up for the afternoon if I don’t get going. Ugh! WHEW! Another morning gone! Now I add today’s jobs to tomorrow’s list!

Do you ever have one of these days…or many of these days? Does this sound like you? Does this picture look a bit like you (minus the suit)?

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How long is your WAHM list? What is a woman to do?

It’s not as easy as it looks to work at home and from my vantage point it’s certainly not glamorous. Did I mention that walk I planned with Mo was in my workout gear and that I needed a shower? That takes time! I don’t want to put makeup on a used canvas, if you get my drift, but I have “things to do and places to go and people to see….”

What can one person, one WAHM do? What are the experts recommending for those of us who work inside and outside the home 24-7 and don’t know how to do much more than “put out fires?” I am checking my work emails at bedtime! We all know that kind of behavior isn’t conducive to relaxing sleep.

Ideas for Finding Balance

 But how do we turn all these “to do’s” off? How do we set up our lives in such a way that we achieve balance in our very busy lives? Some of the experts recommend making appointments with ourselves. They advise that the work we want to do should be scheduled and “mom” is not available during that time to answer the phone, walk the dog, run to the park or stop for a coffee. When we are at work, wherever we may be, we are at work.

Others in the blogosphere recommend we set up an office, even if it is in a closet. We go there to work. Still others remind us to turn off the constant emails and designate a time each evening for rest and relaxation, devoid of interruption. Perhaps a late evening stroll. Perhaps a cup of warm (decaf) coffee or a steamy cup of hot chocolate and ten minutes of motivational reading or light stretching or mediation.

Here is one manifesto I found online. See if you agree.

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 What works for you? What are some of the things you do to quiet the madness of a busy Fall day? I would love to hear your ideas!

Because…after all…Living the Dream isn’t about working 24-7 or putting out fires. Living the Dream isn’t about being exhausted or pulled in fifty million directions. Living the Dream is about sharing what is in our hearts and souls; it’s about focusing on what is alive in our hearts. It’s about making our dreams a reality and still being balanced enough to enjoy them!photo

Have a wonderful week, everyone. Strive for balance and nourish your dreams. I will try to do the same.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

 

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A BIT of HISTORY

I love horses. I always have. Many of my fondest memories are riding at Shenandoah Farms. Erika shares my love of these precious animals as well and spent many years riding at Endless Trails and Tera Stables.

Today, I thought I would share a bit of history and a bit of news with you…straight from the horse’s mouth.

Have you ever heard or used the phrase: “Straight from the horse’s mouth?” As I thought about today’s blog, that saying came to mind, but I never knew where it came from…until today. I always thought it was “The Talking Mr. Ed.” Do any of you remember that show or am I just showing my (very advanced) age?

 

Straight from the Horses Mouth

We use the phrase “straight from the horse’s mouth” in our conversations to mean “from the source,” as in, “I heard it from the source so it has to be accurate.” Many horse breeders and gamblers coined the phrase to assure people that their horse was the one to bet on, as they “heard it straight from the horse’s mouth that he or she will win.” This has been going on since the mid 1900s.

But the origin of the phrase was much earlier…in the early 1800s. When someone wanted to purchase a horse, they, of course, wanted to know the age of the horse before they bought him. Many sellers would “fib” or guess at the age or stretch the truth. But a horse’s mouth never lied and his teeth were the clue. Did you know that you can tell the exact age of a horse “by looking in his mouth?” His teeth grow in at certain ages and by checking this, exact ages and correct sales were the norm. No more tall tales, exaggerations or misinformation.

HE HAS A NEW JOB!

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On a related note, I have news-straight from the horse’s mouth! My husband, has a new job. It is a wonderful opportunity for him and our family and one that comes from years and years of hard work and dedication. It is a natural progression for him, career wise, and I could not be happier for him!

His new job is based in Florida. It will involve a great deal of travel, internationally. The company is in Coral Gables and he started last week. I am so incredibly proud of him!

What does his job have to do with LTD 7, you might be asking. You might be thinking…”Oh noooo. Is Lynne moving to Florida? She LOVES Florida” or “How will they make this work?” Some of you may have noticed and commented that I am not in the store quite as much as I used to be. With 24 years of a marriage under our belt, we both realize that sometimes, blessings come with sacrifices, we are blessed to have a strong marriage and know that opportunities are placed in your lap at times that may not seem right. We are approaching this with Blind faith by listening and acting on the opportunities that have been placed in front of us.

I AM STILL HERE!

Fear not! I am still here and I am working on LTD 7 even harder that I was before, if that is even possible. I am never more than a phone call away and I have wonderful people holding down the fort. In fact, I am in the store more than you think; I am just behind the scenes…working on our growing internet presence, social media, buying (actually pickin’) and concentrating on the operational side of things. I have been nicknamed the “little elf” by my staff, I bring new items in, rearrange the merchandise and leave little notes; all this takes place when the store is closed. There is SO much that goes on behind the scenes in a small business and I am spending my time focusing on orders and sales and the growth of the business. I found that if I was selling IN the store, much of what I needed to do to bring you the BEST a store like ours has to offer required that I be out and about and that was not possible after a full day of work.

THE GOOD NEWS

Here is the good news: I work “almost” every single weekend in LTD 7! I look forward to that because being in my shop, seeing your faces, and being on the sales floor brings me tremendous joy. Every time I get ahead of the ball and caught up with my obligations, I am in the store or working on it from home. I am constantly picking up new items and delivering them to LTD 7 and while that takes me away from the sales floor, it is work with you at the forefront of my mind.

My responsibilities as wife and mom and daughter in law have grown, just a little bit too, now that Duane is traveling. I am sure you can relate. With Duane gone most every work week, I need to be able to run, at a moment’s notice to meet Erika, or take care of my father-in-law. I did not think it fair to you if I was holding down the store and had to close for family obligations. I wanted you to have the best experience at LTD 7, no matter what I had on my plate. Once I become more accustomed to living the pseudo “single parent” role, I am sure I will have more time. Thank goodness for Skype and the internet and cell phones. What in the world did we ever do without them?

I am not moving to Florida, my daughter will finish school in Staunton and LTD 7 will continue to reign as the number one gift shop in Staunton! Most of you DO know, I dream of the day when my husband and I retire and perhaps settle there, but that is in the future. Duane is going to come home as much as he can and we will travel there to see him some, too. Just like always, Staunton is my home and the growth of LTD 7 is my number one top career priority.

It has been a whirlwind of positives and new challenges lately and I am definitely up for the challenge. You know me. Please let any one of us at LTD 7 know if there is anything we can do for you. Your satisfaction and positive shopping experience is still our number one goal and we strive always to exceed your expectations.

There. Now you know. Now you have it-straight from the horse’s mouth. And, no, you cannot look inside my mouth and count my teeth. (wink)

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

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Have a tremendous week everyone. Make sure to mark your calendars for the Fall Market on October 25th. I want to catch up with all of you and that is a perfect time to do so. Please continue to check our webpage for classes and sign up. We always have a grand time! And last but not least, our Facebook sales are stronger and more popular than ever. We have them every Monday and Thursday night and there have been some GREAT prizes won lately for “liking, commenting and sharing” our sales with your friends. Please join us at one or ALL of these events.

I will see you…soon. I promise.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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