My husband has a secret dream to learn stone masonry, and I have a secret dream that my husband will learn stone masonry! 🙂 There is just nothing like this rugged construction material for adding rusticity, age, texture, heft, and richness to any number of interior and exterior projects. The images you’ll see here are from a brand new release from Rizzoli that may inspire you!
Rustic Stone Inspiration
Gorgeous New Book!
Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, contains 25 projects around the globe which celebrate this design element. Inside this new title, you’ll find homes hailing from an island off the coast of Maine as well as in Switzerland, South Africa, Scotland, and Ireland.
Brene Brown Goodness
And now for the random. I watched an interview with Brene Brown the other day that resonated. It’s here, and if you take the time to watch it, it gets especially interesting when she discusses BRAVING. Even though this is a topic of hers from a couple of of years ago, I never looked closely at the acronym she uses to define and develop trust. So I’m including her infographic (below) as well. People need help in learning to have constructive conversations. Here’s a lovely place to begin.
Why Even Notice Amazon Prime Day is Coming?
Amazon PRIME DAY is coming on Monday, July 16th and will be huge in internetland, This is its 4th year of existence and is even bigger than Black Friday.
Reason No. 1: To Save $$$
One reason is to take advantage of limited time bargains and savings on essentials I planned to buy on Amazon (go here!) anyway. As in…the stuff in my cart right now…what stuff?
1. These Louis ghost chairs. I have one pair and need another. They are so great for entertaining, for bringing outdoors, for extra seating at the dining table, and for stacking easily to store. They’re also easy to wipe off and take up no visual space! $143 for 2 chairs with free shipping is hard to beat.
Hmmmmm. Another clear object in my cart. I love these! A set of 12 Bormioli Bodega 7.5 oz tumblers for which I find endless uses. Desserts, wine, juice, yogurt…
Can’t you just visualize this French bistro looking piece piled with linen throw pillows outdoors or inside?
I have been wanting to blog about this awesomely-priced superfood I have been consuming in the past year. This organic blend is my favorite way to easily add more nutrition to my diet. No gluten, 45 calories, neutral flavor, and perfect for stirring into yogurt, oatmeal, guacamole, smoothies, recipes, or anything else you can think of. I’m always looking for ways to get more green tea, and here is an easy one. You get 30 servings in the bag, so we’re talking a month’s supply of superfood for a low price. I feel better tummy-wise when this is a part of my day, and if you have been missing your old waistline, maybe start with this healthy shift in the right direction to increase your energy for exercise.
Acquainted with Parker Palmer? I have read most of his stuff, and he has so much wisdom for us. This is his new book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old.
Reason No. 2: For the Nudge
Prime Day is the nudge I need to go ahead and try new offerings and to say YES to a few fresh prospects. While searching for French country related accessories, I found these:
And here’s a chandelier I am considering for our laundry room which has one of those $10 flushmount lights at the moment.
Reason No. 3: To Sweeten July a Little
July has been a hard month for our family.
Faith helps, walking helps, looking at trees helps, reading poetry and playing music helps. Small gestures of kindness to myself and to others help. For example, more meditation and quiet. Lunch with friends. Indulging in a mid-day nap if I’m tired. A small kindness may be as simple as indulging in the convenience of a Prime Membership (go here!) and a couple of books from Amzon (go here!) pointing me to higher ground.
I have shared my MUST READ favorite book when you are in the throes of despair before, but in case you missed it…here it is:
This book is often out of stock. I know this because I have bought so many copies for others. So I buy used copies all the time – who cares if the corners are bent? The very sweetest antidote for depression I have ever found? Doing something kind for someone else. Period. If there’s no time to volunteer or do some sort of act of service, then words (a card, an email, a call) would be the next best thing. Or a gift. Amazon is my go-to source for finding the perfect something since they have it all.
Reason No. 4: Prime Membership
First things first. To reap the Prime Day (July 16th!) goodness, we need a Prime membership or trial: Get it here. THEN, ON Monday, July 16th – PRIME DAY…we can take advantage of tons of bonuses. Here’s what I’m especially paying attention to:
For less than a buck, you can get BOOKS, BEAUTIFUL BOOKY BOOKY LOVE with… Amazon Kindle Unlimited (go here!)…$0.99 for a new trial of 3 months of unlimited. I still sort of rate the quality of my summer according to how many books I can get through. Already have Kindle? On PRIME DAY, get 33% off a 12-month membership and 40% off a 24-month membership. Have a good book to recommend?
I have kind of a personal anecdotal thing to share with you about audio books. Our younger son experienced a significant trauma a couple of years ago, and as both our sons often do in times of strife, he turned to books…audio books. They carried him over a rough patch like a balm, like a friend, like gentle relief from psychic pain. I know you get it. We’re wired for story, friends. Stories heal and mysteriously mend us. They can restore hope or awaken a calling. A book can be a doorway to a new point of view or shine a light on truth or beauty. Which reminds me. Do you know why you frequent this site for beauty? Because it is what you are made of. Beauty calls to you because it is indeed a reflection of YOU. Where was I?
Okay. This Audible Gold (go here!) bargain on PRIME DAY will get us 66% off a 3-month membership (yep, we will save $30).
Also. Amazon is rolling out something new (I knowwwww, yer sooooooo surprised). An Audible Romance Package (go here!). We can get it free for a month with unlimited audible romance listening. Oh, my. “unlimited audible romance listening” sounds terribly risque! Forgive!
Reason No. 5: Amazon Prime Pantry (go here!)
Find it here…it’s shampoo/snacks/laundry detergent delivered to your door. There’s a free 30-day trial membership and also if you’re a new customer, $10 off a $40 order with free shipping. Find it here: Prime Pantry Membership (go here!). Do you have experience with this yet? I am excited to get started with it!
Reason No. 6: Amazon Fresh (go here!)
Find it here…It’s grocery delivery. With a new trial, get $30 off the first order (use 30FRESH). Already a prime member? You can still use the code for $30 off! I can’t wait until this service comes to my region.
I’ll remind you when Prime Day rolls around so we don’t forget – and do consider if some of these conveniences make sense for your lifestyle and family.
Peace to you right where you are.
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