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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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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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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Weekly Feature #39— Versatile Useful Beautiful Baskets

Thanks For Sharing! A Basket For Every Need and Style There is nothing more homely, more utilitarian and useful than the humble basket. Yet, these ubiquitous objects have achieved such grace and beauty of form and function that they have been elevated to fill a niche of self-expression and style in our homes. Baskets have been…

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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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Weekly Feature #37—Trays and Tins

Thanks For Sharing!Timeworn Treasures for Serving and Storage This week’s feature covers a wide array of styles and purposes. From the minimalist appeal of sleek lacquered Japanese serving trays to the busily attractive golden print on a chintz paper mache vanity or tea-tray also from Japan these homely items come in a variety to please…

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Fireplace Redoux—New Life For Our Tired Looking Red Brick Inglenook

Thanks For Sharing!Black and Whitewash My Happy New Hearth! I can’t believe it has been more than a year and two major Hurricanes since we moved into this house. I would like to say that I have come a long way in transforming our vintage (A 45 Year old Dutch Colonial Home) digs into the…

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Welcome Autumn…2017

Thanks For Sharing!Fall, Autumnal Equinox, Mabon or Harvest Festival No matter which name you apply to this day, we are marking the end of a season or cycle and the beginning of another. I have mentioned in the past, that Autumn and I have a somewhat rocky emotional history. However, more than the beginning of…

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Emotional Healing—Following the Path of Heart

Thanks For Sharing! Roads Less Traveled “For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”  ― Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Coping with…

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Déjà Vu of the Hurricane Kind

Thanks For Sharing!We Hope Hope Floats Hello all! I really wasn’t ready for one of the most destructive hurricanes ever on record to be moseying in our general direction. While it is still conceivable that the storm may track in a more northerly direction while it is still farther east of us, that likelihood grows…

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