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Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life, Revisited


I haven't been blogging as much recently.
And in going back through my old blog posts,
I realized that the reasons why
were so very aptly summed up
in this post from October of 2013.

I'm re-running it now to remind
myself, and maybe some of you,
that it's okay to step away from the blog
and just live your beautiful life.

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Originally posted October 2013:

If someone had told me five years ago 
that I would be living the life I am now,
I never would have believed them.
Nope.


Since my very young adulthood,
I had dreamed of a place not too far away.
Just 22 miles down the road, to be exact.

In my youth, I visited Fredericksburg, Texas
as often as I could.
Oh, how I delighted in spending an afternoon
taking in all the beautiful
Homestead family of shops...

Idle Hours, Room No. 5, American Higgedy Piggledy...
and of course, the Grande Dame herself,
the flagship store where dreams came true
and beautiful couches such as my Babette were birthed.
The original Homestead.


I adored the quiet little neighborhoods,
row after row of historic Sunday houses,
a place where time had seemingly stood still,
held her collective breath and said,
"this is good. this is right. this  we shall save and preserve."

And then three years ago,
as though it were foretold, and without question  my
Hill Country birthright, we did it.
I did it.
My dream came true, and I moved to
Fredericksburg, Texas.


I brought my love of all things vintage,
and of course, my love of photography with me.

I began to make many new friends,
many of them amazingly gifted shopkeepers and artists,
kindred spirits who allowed me into their shops,
their homes and their lives.
They allowed me to capture the loveliness
of what they have painstakingly created 
and document it in the pages of magazines,
and here on my blog.

And they have, almost without exception,
become very, very good friends.
How blessed am I, I ask you?


One new friend inviting me into her shop and her life
is the proprietor of the darling new Farmhouse Boutique
here in the 'burg. I'm doing a photo shoot at her fantastic shop
this week, and I am thrilled to once again share the riches of
my new hometown with the world at large.


"Gilded Girl."
Oh, how I love this necklace!
Purchased at a dreamy local shop, Timeless Menagerie.

The shop owner has become a good friend,
and has been kind enough to hire me several times now
to photograph her store for print ads and her website.

Yep, I'm pretty lucky.


Being a Texan predisposes one to sometimes
obnoxious displays of boasting,
but I really do feel that I'm living in God's country.
But more importantly, in His will.
I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing just what
He would have me doing.


This.
I get to see beauty such as this  every single day!
I've truly hit the geographical jackpot
and the location lottery.


And all these many years later,
I still turn into a geeky fangirl when I open up
a local magazine and see this....


A print ad for Carol Bolton's store,
which I have photographed countless times,
and there's my photo of darling Carol right there,
dead center.
Once my idol, now my sister. I love that lady so much.

I love my life.
My home.
The gifts and opportunities I've been given.
I am grateful.

It really is a wonderful life.




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