state of mind + inspiration

seems I do my best “work” when I am ‘supposed’ to be doing something else…

tidying up around the house …

quickly turned into playing with shells …

treasures collected on Sanibel Island in Florida

soft sand from my dear friend Carol’s beach

each grain holding a sweet memory …

vacation is a state of mind … and I do believe creativity is too …

Lesley Riley’s latest Art and Soul Radio interview with Jesse Reno is SO inspiring … full of energy … with permission (if you feel you need it) for your house to look like artists live there/here … definitely worth a listen …

“Whatever a person’s mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve, that is exactly what he becomes.” ~Shankaracharya

25 responses to “state of mind + inspiration

  1. Oh the wonder of the simplest gifts from Nature…the arrangements seem to flow and tell a story of their own. Blesings. Imagine and Live in peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  2. This is so peaceful and beautiful, Patty! 🙂

    I love your rustic muffin tin! 🙂
    Hugs, Ashlyn

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  3. When life gets a little crazy, I’ll have to remember that “vacation is a state of mind”, Patty! LOL!!! Seriously beautiful shells. Anything to do with the water brings me great happiness. Thanks for sharing your beautiful treasures! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  4. I want to come “tidy up” around your house, if you unearth such beauties as these to play with. I was really taken by the lovely piece with the star in the center and the muffin tin that holds some of your treasures. What a treasure you are, and your blog is where I come for inspiration. Have a super day!

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  5. What fun! Love the vintage muffin tin as a treasure keeper.

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  6. oo i love shells…really lovely arrangements, patty…

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  7. Ahhhhhh….sea shells! Who doesn’t love those! Beautiful!

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  8. what treasure! I am not the only one who gets distracted when I am supposed to be “cleaning!” the perfect post for the end of summer! such lovely shells (and memories)

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  9. Patty I really like that!
    “Vacation is a state of mind”- it could very quickly become my catch phrase!
    Especially when everything happens all at once – instead of wanting to scream, I’ll just transport myself off to a lovely island in the South Pacific like Rarotonga or Samoa and feel the warm gentle south sea breeze wafting around me, as I lie in a hammock sipping refreshing cocktails!
    Too good to be true? For a moment I know I was there!!!!
    Thank you Patty – and I had a great time!!
    Take care
    Shane

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  10. An old muffin tin is a perfect setting for sea shells! And I know what you mean about getting distracted because I do it all the time!!

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  11. Great shell collection! Isn’t Sanibel gorgeous?

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  12. thank you for the reminder Patty …. I love your collections …. they ARE truly inspirational 🙂

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  13. Beautiful post, Patty! I share your same affliction. Working on this when I should be doing that. But THIS is so much more fun than THAT. 🙂

    Happy weekend xo

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  14. i love your rusty tin and sea shells.
    lovely photo,s

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  15. don’t you just love when some sand falls out of shells, Lovely collection Patty, great way to expose these beauties.

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  16. your shells are so artfully arranged. Beautifyl!

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  17. I do believe that vacation is a state of mind and I realize that the people I know that create things and art, etc. have less of a need to go on vacation,,,as the creating takes their minds to other realms and that is basically why some people take a vacation …to see something new and feel different and creating does that for me ,,,atleast,,,right in my own house.
    I know Twyla Tharp has a good quote about that but it has completely slipped my mind at the moment…but you get the gist of what I am trying to say. Lovely post!!

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  18. LOL – yup, I am living in chaos but my mind is on vacation. Love that concept….. no house cleaning or straightening today! whooopwhoop

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  19. oh beautiful Patty, love them in the muffin tin….

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  20. These are really beautiful images!!

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  21. Oooohh, and “playing with shells” is indubitably MUCH more fun than…well…just about ANYTHING associated with tidying up…GREAT choice and beautiful shells!

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  24. Funny that you talk about vacation being a state of mind. This is what I posted last night to my WW buds after I took a walk on “my” beach.

    “I just got back from vacation.

    I took a delightful walk on the beach, watched the sunset, watched the birds, picked up shells, watched children play in the surf. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

    I was listening to Diana Krall on my iPod and pretending I was in a movie.

    This is one of my favorite things to do on vacation.

    What a lucky girl I am.”

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