Starting Over (Again)

Why I Like the New Year Reset What is about the New Year that drives us to make resolutions, start diets or detox regimens, declutter and reorganize our homes? Is it just custom or tradition— or does it speak to something deeper within our psyches, touch some innate need inside us during these darkest and…

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Every Day Is a Gift—Reflections on 2018

  Looking Back Over a Tumultuous Year  If nothing else, 2018 will linger in my thoughts as a Memorable year. The Ups, of this up and down year, were marvelous and unexpected, and the Downs held such depths of sadness and despair as to try my very soul— and also were ever so unexpected.  I…

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O Deer Mercantile Christmas Tour

Holidays on the Home-Front I’m running (Running is the operative word here—sometimes life seems like a hamster wheel!) late as usual during these last days before Christmas, but I wanted to fit in a tour of our home decorations before the presents are opened and the eggnog is all drunk.  I’ll start in the family…

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A Happy Healthy Solstice

Halfway Through the Dark Yes—I am a fan of Doctor Who, though the correct quote from that iconic TV show would be “halfway out of the dark”. I just prefer to think of it as through, because like all other cycles, traversing the seasons is a journey both physically, and of the soul. My soul does not…

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A Taste of Christmas Tradition

Baking Giant Snickerdoodles Every family has their traditions, the little events and rituals that truly define the Holiday Season for them. Like many others, we have Christmas customs that we repeat nearly every year. While some things change with time and circumstance, others stay blessedly the same, lending us a continuity that may just follow…

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Put a Wreath On It!

The Family That Crafts Together… Earlier this month, the O Deer Women (Gwen, Gaia and Kaylah) along with my lovely daughter Heather and Kaylah’s two month old Atlas, had a tinsel tangling, hot-gluing, laughing and playing afternoon. We made time in our crazy busy holiday schedules to get together and make something pretty. I know I…

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Concluding Our Twelve Days (Christmas Sale)

Strike Up The Band On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’ Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’ Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear…

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Twelve Days—Let’s Party

When the Milking is Done… On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eight maids a-milkin’ On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids a-milkin’ On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Ten ladies dancin’, nine lords…

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Day Six And Seven—Birds Of A Feather

Half Way Through The Twelve Days On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Six geese a-layin On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimmin’ Birds and Water I know—it’s a stretch. We have no geese or swans at present, but we have items…

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The Fifth Day Of Christmas—Shiny

Five Golden Rings Or…  On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Five golden rings… We’re Gilty  In lieu of a handful of Golden Rings, we’re going to feature some Hollywood Regency, gold trimmed, gilt accented vintage wares. From the pretty vintage cake stand decorated with gold fleur-de-lis and triangles of…

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Celebrating December—On The Fourth Day

The Fourth Day Of Christmas…  On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. Happy Tuesday! The Twelve Days of Christmas Sale continues. We’re featuring Four Etched Glass Saucer Champagne Coupes, a Holiday Tin Decorated with a…

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12 Days of Christmas Sale

Lets Celebrate December While I’m not ready for December, it will be here Tomorrow! Two of my personal milestones—my annual Halloween party and the Thanksgiving dinner we host— are behind me already. I’m probably three-quarters of the way  through my own Christmas shopping, and about the same for decorating… So—Yay December! It’ll be another busy,…

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Thankful For Thanksgiving

Talking Turkey Hi! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Decorating? Baking? Are you the one who approaches the holidays with a plan—who schedules and organizes—embracing the season with tranquility and aplomb? Or are you the person who takes on far too much, tries to function in the midst of chaos, and can’t seem to…

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Thankful and Thanking All of You

Thanksgiving Dessert Chalkboard Sign  During this busy season when many of us are preparing for one of the loveliest Family Holidays of all, we at O Deer Mercantile want to wish all of you a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I always look forward to what is,…

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Christmas On My Mind (Already?)

  Kicking Off the Holiday Season I understand that there is a great deal of controversy about how and when its Appropriate to roll out Christmas. In the world of merchandising and sales, it only makes sense to begin marketing efforts and campaigns as early as possible. If you are a small business and very likely…

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Alyssa’s Expecting in November—A Fall Themed Baby Shower

Hedgehogs, Bears, Foxes and Other Woodland Delights It’s been a week and a half since this wonderful Baby Shower for my Granddaughter Alyssa and her partner Howard. It took place on the afternoon of Saturday October 20th. Hosted by Alyssa’s Mom (My Daughter <3) Heather at her lovely home, it was an Autumn delight. And…

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