We Just Fit

For starters, if any of you missed LTD 7’s big announcement this week, here it is again. We are beyond overjoyed to add to our growing family!

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What would Staunton be without Grandma’s Bait? Well many of us, upon hearing the announcement of Bob and Shirley’s last season at Grandma’s Bait, could not even imagine what it would be like. I felt the same way!

With that said…LTD 7 is very proud to announce that we have purchased “Grandma’s Bait! We are very excited and look forward to continuing the legacy of Bob and Shirley’s wonderful store in our community.

Although we can’t fill the hole in your hearts with the retirement of Shirley, we look forward to forming a new relationship with you, your children and your grandchildren. We know better than to try and fill their shoes…we won’t even try! We know it can’t be done! Instead, we want to pour our hearts and souls into Grandma’s Bait and honor the wish of theirs to serve the generations of families in our community, as well as keep the memories alive at Grandma’s Bait.

For me personally, owning Grandma’s Bait is very much like “a dream within a dream.” I am living my dream at LTD 7 but I had an unspoken dream of owning this store some 15 years ago, when I came back to my hometown of Staunton, as a new mom and carrying home an extensive background in retail. It’s hard to believe that this dream is now a reality, all within the realm of LTD 7. I thank my God above for allowing me to follow my dreams and glorify him through my stores.

To Bob and Shirley: Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! We hope to make you proud and we look forward to loving and serving the children, the parents and the grandparents for many years to come in Staunton’s downtown.

To Grandma Bait’s customers, past present and future: Please feel free to send us a message and introduce yourself, we would LOVE to hear from you! Let us know what you would like to see in the future at Grandma’s Bait! http://www.ltdseven@icloud.com

GRANDMA’S BAIT LOYALTY GROUP:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GrandmasBait/

Owning Grandma’s Bait just fit. We will be sharing more details in the next few days and weeks about our new venture! Some exciting things are in the works!

Speaking of perfect fits, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Be sure to come and see us at LTD 7 and LTD 7.2 to purchase gifts for all of your loved ones. If you can’t think of what to give, show your love with a gift card to LTD 7. That is a win-win. Your special Valentine’s get to purchase something they love and you get to shop with us at the same time!

For those of you hankering for a homemade gift this February 14th, I found a special and easy DIY project you might want to try. This gift is inexpensive, and can be personalized for the newly married couple, the grandmas and grandpas and the special friends and loved ones on your list. Personalized, homemade gifts can often be just the romantic gesture you’ve been looking for.

There are quite a few DIY ways to create a great Valentine’s Day present, but these one-of-a-kind mason jars really take the cake. These Valentine’s Day jars are a great way to say “I like you” or “I love you” in a fun and personal way. I can’t wait to make one myself!

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Wishing you an awesome week and hoping to see all of you soon!

Dream Big!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

 

 

 

 

 

Happy HoliDIYS

 

Sometimes, when I am traveling for LTD 7, I get lost in window displays and store themes. I can spend hours looking at all the beautiful and clever ways retail owners come up with to display their wares and beckon customers to come in. Do you ever do the same? Do you sometimes wish you could copy an idea you see in a store window as you pass by?

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My hope for all of you this week, as the season gets into full swing is that you can find a quiet evening or weekend afternoon to tap into your creative side. I can picture you as you enter the room, sit down at the table, wearing fresh pjs, a warm drink of choice beside you, as you get ready to spend a few quiet hours listening to holiday music and making a few handmade items for your special friends and family. It might be a baking session, a time to frame small pictures of the year just past for the tree, or working on mantel decorations…whatever relaxes you and brings out your love of vintage, handmade and gifts made with love.

For those of you who are running around feeling like a chicken with your head cut off, too busy to even think, I have come up with a few simple do-it-yourself ideas that might get the creative juices flowing. Have a look:

An Advent Calendar:

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Glistening Candles on the Mantel:

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No Sew Homemade Felt Stockings:

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Pinecone Projects:

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Monogrammed Gift Tags:

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Typewritten Gift Tags:

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Citrus Ornaments:

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There is no need for directions on any of these, because your mind will take you to the ideas of things you can use to create some of these or similar ideas. It only takes a few hours of time to make your house a home for the holidays.

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Special thanks to the many of you who came out today to our Open House at the Rowe LTD 7 location and to those of you who joined us in support of our Benefit Shopping for Jake Bailey last evening. It does my heart good to give back to such a deserving family. Let’s all continue to keep Jake and his mom, Renae, and their entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

I hope you have had some time to swing by LTD 7 downtown to see our window displays that we entered in the SDDA Store Window Contest and while there, stopped in to say hello and check off a few items on your gift lists.

We still have many holiday events planned. Here are the many ways to stay in touch with us:

Visit our website www.ltd7.net for more information and shop online.

Join our Loyalty Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LTD7VA

 

I will see you soon. Have a terrific week creating something special and enjoying the special sights and sounds of the season. Be grateful, everyone and hug those loved ones a little tighter tonight.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

Project designs from http://www.marthastewart.com/856465/easy-christmas-crafts/@center/1009041/christmas-crafts-projects

 

JACK-O-LANTERNS AND LORE

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No matter how busy we are, the fact remains that Halloween is just around the corner. There are costumes to make or purchase; there are treats to buy and the porch needs attention. Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, the pumpkin is a fall favorite in homes and I have put together some ravishing ideas for you to see and perhaps make with your Jack-O-Lantern.

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Interspersed between the wonderful and relatively simple picture ideas, I have also copied some incredible facts about the pumpkin. You will definitely be “in the know” at the dinner table if you share some of the ideas and facts found here.

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Got a snake bite or a few freckles? Pumpkin will clear that right up! Or at least that’s what people thought in the 18th century when pumpkin was often prescribed as a cure-all.

Pumpkin pie dates back to the colonial period, when colonists filled a pumpkin’s interior with milk, spices and honey. The concoction was then baked in hot ashes. Thank goodness the recipe has changed since then.

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Even though pumpkin carving is an iconic American tradition, turnips, potatoes, or beets were the original Jack-O-Lanterns. When immigrants from Ireland, England, and Scotland arrived in North America, they began using pumpkins instead. Native to the Americas, not only were pumpkins much larger, making it easier to carve, they were also readily available.

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A pumpkin is a pumpkin is a pumpkin, right? Not so! Pumpkins come in more than 50 varieties.

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While most recognize the classic Howden Field variety, you may not have heard of the Atlantic Giant—which grows to more than 100 pounds—the precious Little Boo, or the miniature Munchkin varieties.

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Think your Jack-O-Lantern is huge? You’ve got nothing on Scott Cully. In 2010, this determined farmer carved a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 pounds—over 500 pounds more than the average weight of an American Saddle Breed Horse!

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Though this tough fruit originated in Central America, today it grows on almost every continent, including super cold climates like Alaska. The only place you won’t find pumpkins? Antarctica.

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Pumpkins might seem substantial, but they’re actually 90 percent water. The world’s largest pumpkin on record weighs more than 2,000 pounds. That’s about 10 times more than the world’s largest watermelon, which weighs a measly 268 pounds.

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The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.

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The color of pumpkins is derived from the orange pigments abundant in them. The main nutrients are lutein and both alpha and beta carotene, the latter of which generates vitamin A in the body.

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The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon”, something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word that is used today, pumpkin.

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Pumpkin chunking is a competitive activity in which teams build various mechanical devices designed to throw a pumpkin as far as possible. Catapults, trebuchets, ballistas and air cannons are the most common mechanisms. Some pumpkin chunkers breed and grow special varieties of pumpkin under specialized conditions to improve the pumpkin’s chances of surviving a throw.

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In the Harry Potter novels, pumpkin juice, a favorite drink of the students of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is a recurring element.

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Starbucks turned this association into a marketing success with its pumpkin spice latte, introduced in 2003…and aren’t we glad?

Happy Pumpkin Hunting Everyone! Stop in LTD 7 soon and let us know which ideas you have tried.

Also, if you have any costume makeup you would like, my daughter, Erika, is booking appointments and there are still a few openings left.

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Living the Dream,

Lynne

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.

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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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