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My Sister’s Seasonal SALE!

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Whimsical cabinet door, tile mosaics, hand-crafted, can be made to order, with chosen colors, this one sold for $200, yours, custom-made for $135.00: go.sarah.roe@gmail.com

The holidays are approaching and wouldn’t you like to purchase a one-of-a-kind commissioned piece of art for less than you spend for generic gifts at Target? AND wouldn’t you love to know your gift is supporting a worthy cause? Well, my sister, who has been in recovery for over a year, is tackling her PTSD daily by creating colorful creations of light and movement using shells, sea glass and tiles, creating gorgeous, unique, light-filled art!

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Mosaic Bowl, Sunflower, $75.

For one week, her artwork: mirrors, candle motives, bowls, light sconces, coasters, etc. can be purchased for 25% percent OFF! She is still in the midst of creating her website, so I’m hosting her sale via NavigatingVita.com. How does it work? You like a particular item, many have sold at art shows in Costa Mesa & Newport, and she can make you one similar and offer free shipping in time for the holidays! She has many items in stock, so those can be sent immediately. Email her directly for more details, or see more pictures of what she currently has in stock: go.sarah.roe@gmail.com. Sarah accepts Venmo. 🙂 Below are pictures of many of her creations that I adore. I hope you enjoy this inspiring online art gallery with a message that is dear and near to my heart: At ANY moment you have the choice to turn pain into something beautiful that can uplift & inspire others.

Love & Light XO

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Mosaic Black Cat Box, different scene on each side! $40

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Tile fish framed, $45

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Shell candle votive $25;

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Single flowers mounted on a wood round or square, $20; clusters of flowers, (2-3), $25-$30; 3 tier shell flower hanging pic frame – $40.

 

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Ocean Mosaic & Tile Mirror $100

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Turtle framed, $75

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Tile & Mosaic Mirror, $100

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Tile lantern sconce, $75

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Glass mosaic candle votive $25

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Tile flower coasters, set of 4, $40

Please email Sarah Roe for dimensions, pricing and pictures of any other art in a similar vein to what you see here, as she has SO much, I couldn’t post all of her pictures. Sarah is a prolific artist, with so much in stock, so just email her (go.sarah.roe@gmail.com). I’m convinced that soon, her work will be sold in galleries and boutiques in Southern California, for much more! 🙂

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Wide Open Spaces for the Holidays

 

I originally posted this last Thanksgiving when I packed up the boys and hit the road—in my attempt to make the most of our solo Thanksgiving. This year, although we are staying home and having the Turkey Day with friends, I found myself gravitating to the countryside. I took my youngest, who is fighting a nasty cold, up to visit the horses in Palos Verdes. After screaming for almost an hour, he instantly calmed down when seeing the horses.

“Why are they so sad, mommy?” he asked when looking into one’s big eyes.

“They’re just soulful.” I replied.

“Yup. Sushful.”

But you know what? He was calm for the rest of the afternoon.

Kids really do need wide open spaces and soulful faces.

I hope you enjoy this post.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

L. x

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It takes the shape of a place out west 

But what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed 

~ Dixie Chicks 

This Thanksgiving weekend I packed up my boys and headed North toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I needed to get out of this town. I needed to breathe. I needed a vista. I needed to distract and cheer up my children. I needed to run far away from the insanity of my life and recent disappointments. So when my oldest did a report for school about a small cowboy and ranching town in the shadow of Mount Whitney, I got the idea. Why should we stay in LA where we have no family? Why should we be alone during the holidays just because I’m on a small budget and can’t travel back East?

As my son researched Lone Pine for his report, I realized that we had actually driven past it a few times on our way to Mammoth. My soon-to-be Ex skis, and we were always in a hurry to get to Mammoth for that reason. Before my son’s report, I didn’t know that 400 movies had been filmed in the area, mostly westerns, but also parts of Gladiator and Iron Man. The majestic beauty of the Sierras amongst miles of ranch land is an amazing backdrop for movies. We had driven through the small Indian reservations and the towns of Lone Pine and Bishop, but never stopped along the way before. Who knew there was so much to discover that is virtually free to visit? This time I stopped along the highway with the boys and we explored the historic fish hatchery;  Manzanar museum where Japanese-Americans were held as prisoners during WW 11; the adorable Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Museum of Film History; and the Laws Railroad Museum.

This trip was all about slowing down (which is mandatory when traveling with a three-year-old!) and getting off the beaten path. We didn’t stay at a fancy ski resort, but at a modest motel with a breath-taking view. We walked through town and talked with the locals at the drug store, mexican restaurant and Subway where we discussed various topics from Elvis verses Justin Bieber, to teenagers today, to crazy temper tantrums—as my three-year-old showed off his tantrum antics in all places! My only big splurge was riding boots and a horse riding lesson for my oldest. Before I left, I called the chamber of commerce for horse back riding referrals. They directed me to a horse trainer in Bishop who is well-known for training champion jumpers. She was kind enough to give my son a lesson. In fact, the three of us visited the Millpond Equestrian Center in Owens Valley north of Bishop twice to feed and chat with the horses (and dogs and one precocious kitten!).

The one-hour drive from Lone Pine to Bishop, that we did twice, was my favorite. The views are nothing short of spectacular. The youngest napped as William and I sang songs and I breathed in the beauty of the white-capped mountains bathed in fields of gold. As I looked ahead, or in my rear-view mirror, I began thinking of the power of letting go. There is power in not engaging in crazy behavior by others (if any of you have experienced that!) and saying no by moving forward and away from it. Most importantly, there is power in seeking honesty and beauty wherever you can find it.

During my drives I often thought of my lovely, new friends—all single moms who are struggling so much right now. I so wish that you all could have taken a similar trip. There’s something about wide open spaces. It not only lets you breathe deeply, but somehow it helps you expand. I could feel myself trusting the Universe again. I could actually feel hope start to fill my lungs by the second day I was away. Pictures tell a story so much better than I ever could. Here’s my journey. I left Los Angeles blue, confused and with a heavy heart from recent hurts. As I rose in altitude, so did my spirits. Who knew there were so many lessons to be learned on the road?

Extreme pressure is transforming. Hang on. You’ll rise above all of this.

Elk, or Reindeer Crossing? Magic, wonder and mystery may still cross your path.

Kindness heals. Your children know kind souls when they meet them.
Face whatever comes toward you, but don’t forget the bigger picture and the better focus for your life.
Try new things. (And keep your chin up when you do!)
Get off the beaten path. Don’t be afraid to strike out on your own.