∴ Removing Obstacles ∴

Thanks For Sharing!Finding the Path to a Simpler, More Mindful Life My feature photo for this post is a representation of the elephant headed Hindu Deity Ganesha or Lord Ganesh. I came across it on Creative Market on the shop of photographer and designer, Kaushal Jangid, was fascinated by it and purchased it without any clear…

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Integrating the Idea of Selflessness with Self Love

Thanks For Sharing!It’s a New Year, So… I really don’t know how I arrived at 2018. It certainly wasn’t somewhere I set out to get to. (This is where I was going to make a lame joke about getting here ahead of Time, but I realized that the whole concept was too convoluted and stopped…

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RETROspective—A Look Back at 2017

Thanks For Sharing!This Year’s Favorites A few of my favorite things— everything from updating our house to Blogs, Social Media and Etsy Shops! One of my very favorite things at home this year has been the addition of the Tiki Bar to our already awesome Florida room. It is still a work in progress so…

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Reflecting on the Winter Solstice

Thanks For Sharing!Halfway Through the Dark Even living in Florida, I am not a fan of the shortened days preceding and following the Winter Solstice. When I have lived in more northerly climates, it has affected me to such an extent that my depression and despair were very  probably that malady assigned the name SAD…

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An O Deer Mercantile Christmas Card

Thanks For Sharing!Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all! I don’t expect to be back on this Blog again before Christmas. I am behind (as usual :-)) and still have so many things I want to get to before Christmas. I have started some baking, but still have more to do, my Christmas cards aren’t finished…

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O Deer Mercantile 2017 Christmas Home Tour

Thanks For Sharing!Welcome to Our Home It’s such a busy time of the year for everyone. But I wanted to be sure and give you a peak at the house all decked out for Christmas. At present, only the indoors are decorated, except for a wreath and sign on the front porch. As of tomorrow,…

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Gwen’s 2017 Gift Guide…O Deer!

Thanks For Sharing!Shop Small, Shop Local & Have Fun! Welcome to the Holiday chaos and madness (and hopefully, fun and fulfilling) of 2017. If you’re like me, you wonder how it got here so fast. Didn’t we just put away the decorations? Well, my views on the acceleration of Time are for another post. Today,…

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Happy Thanksgiving From O Deer Mercantile

Thanks For Sharing!Thankful For… Today’s post will be short, and I hope, Sweet! I am Thankful for another year of ups, downs, sickness, health, tragedy and rejoicing. For life is inevitably made up of all of these and more. Last year I wrote a post called Thankful For… and listed all of the reasons. All…

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The Next Phase—Family Room UpCycle

Thanks For Sharing!Renovating Our Forty-Something Year Old House on a Budget It has been a busy couple of weeks around here. Getting the Etsy Shop ready for the upcoming Holidays and Sales—undoing Halloween and starting to prepare for Thanksgiving— and painting that dark cave of a room we have designated the family/rec/game room. You may remember…

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November Ruminations

Thanks For Sharing!Reflecting and Finding Time as Autumn Wanes The November Full Moon in Taurus will be shining brightly tonight. Like all the full moons it’s been called different things by different cultures and in different ages. No matter what you call it, it is a lantern lighting our way into the darkest months of the…

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Have a Happy (Fun and Safe) Halloween

Thanks For Sharing!Halloween at Home 2017   Throwback to Halloween 2016—Gaia Lots of changes, but some things (like Gaia’s fall fave Undertale Tee-Shirt with bony character Papyrus on the front) stay the same. Sweet gentle Gaia likes all things Skeletal!  Skeleton Geoff, the unfortunate victim of last week’s Murder Mystery at the Tiki Bar party,…

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Murder Mystery at the Tiki Bar

Thanks For Sharing!This Year’s Themed Halloween Party Welcome to “The Edge of the World”, a waterfront Tiki Bar with a very specific clientele normally. It is a Dark and Stormy Night however, and a strange assortment of folks have sought shelter from the storm. A murder most vile has taken place, and now we must discover…

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