Go Back to School!

The Greatest thing in Life is to keep your mind young……Henry Ford
datauri-fileIt’s that time of year again! Leaves are falling from the trees, football is being played and the rain feels cooler. Hot apple cider is on our minds and chilly hands beg to be warmed. Bells ring through the air as kids and grownups alike return to school.

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Back to school time can be exciting and chaotic; luckily, LTD 7 is on hand with a myriad of classes on a variety of topics. As the nights get cooler and it gets dark earlier, why not consider enjoying an hour or two of “Me Time,” and gain some “wisdom” from our great vendors who share their time and expertise with us in the many classes offered at LTD 7.

I know it is really hard to plan “Me Time.” I am the absolute worst at it! The gurus of time management tell us to calendar in our “Me Time,” just like we would a dentist appointment. LTD 7 makes that easy to do by offering reservations for our classes. We hope these events spark your interest and encourage you to stretch your wings and fly.

Education is priceless. Have you heard the saying?

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I personally love not only the knowledge gained in our classes, but also and just as much, I love the fellowship in LTD 7’S classes. We have so much fun! I can’t imagine what could be better…taking a class, stretching our minds and having a blast at the same time as we learn a new craft or technique!

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It’s not often that we get to pick the brains of talented people. I personally am overjoyed our LTD 7 vendors have generous spirits and hearts and willingly share their time and talents with us.

In the upcoming weeks we will be having a couple of classes you might like.

Check out our schedule:

October 2nd we will offer Metal Stamping with Gone Loopy $45

October 8th at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a “Make Your Own Burlap Pillow” with Leslie & Co. $39

Paint Couture  has added some new classes:

October 6th –  Canvas cross class $29

October 13th – Image Transfer part one, 14th – Image transfer part two. $49

October 20th – Monogram wall hanging/wreath $35

 Please email LTD7 to register or stop in the DOWNTOWN store to register. All classes will be held downtown. 

Let’s all go back to school! Simply email, call us or drop in to LTD 7 and say, “I want to learn!” Let your passions and your curiosity soar. Please consider signing up for a class or two or three. Bring a friend. Tell them you are still learning and would love to share an hour or two in their company and the company of like-minded folks.

Let your creativity bloom.

And, please, if there is a class you might want to take, please let us know. We love our friends and customers input as we grow and learn. We are always looking for ways to make LTD 7 awesome so if YOU have any ideas, please share them with us.

Happy Fall, Ya’ll. Stay young and keep on learnin’!

I will see you soon.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

Special thanks to my dad, Don Fowler, for the snapshots of him in school. xoxo

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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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