We raised an impressive $500 through the Petal Pushers fundraiser last week for our Bike MS: City to Shore team! Just a gaggle of ladies happily arranging flowers while making a difference…
I am so grateful for this community, family and friends for all of their support! We couldn’t have done it without our fearless leader and professional floral designer, Renee Tucci, the mastermind behind Petal Pushers.
We have about 6 weeks to go until the actual Bike MS: City to Shore ride and most of our riders have met or exceeded their minimum fundraising goal. You can check out our team’s progress here.
Multiple Sclerosis is a real part of our everyday life and business journey. Those things are closely intertwined therefore I choose to share personal updates such as these here. I hope to educate or empower someone by letting you in on our lifestyle.
Ryan’s MS diagnosis has shown us that life truly is a gift. MS has taught us to live for today and not put things off for ‘someday’. We’ve become more adventurous and courageous. Within reason, of course.
It has been a year since we moved to Cape May and slowed down our pace of life while eliminating some stress and ‘stuff’ along the way. A year! Already. And two years since Ryan’s diagnosis.
I’m not sure that I ever made it explicit but Ryan has officially come on board with Circa Dee. He is doing very well in this new lifestyle that we chose. It seems to agree with him. And me too. Although change can be terrifying at first, it is certainly good and not to be feared.
This month has snuck up on me and it is moving way too fast. I feel both a sense of panic and a sense of relief at this point in August. Mostly just panic though. The summer days are dwindling and there are far too many things I’d like to accomplish in the next two weeks. It has been a busy summer nonetheless but there is still time to squeeze more in and try new things. Cook new things. Explore new places. Take more pictures.
Please summer, don’t go! We’re just getting acquainted…
One of my friends dove into milk painting this week. She is an experienced furniture painter but wasn’t into the notion of mixing her paint – a common objection with milk paint that can easily be overcome. Well she decided to try new things and it has really paid off for her!
Check out this beautiful washstand done in Apron Strings.
This coffee table went from mid-century to farmhouse with Mustard Seed Yellow.
This evening is the Petal Pushers floral design workshop at The Rhoads Garden in North Wales, PA. We still have a few spots open and would love to have you if you’re local. Come early so we’re sure to have a space set for you or send an email today letting us know you’ll be attending. Try something new!
So this is happening.
It’s that time of year again. Time for our multi-family yard sale, also known as the Fab 4 Flea, where a group of my friends purge only their best stuff. The stuff you’ve been looking for. There will be furniture, dishes, games, mirrors, art, designer clothing, china, books and yes, loads of vintage that I need to unload. Everything is priced to move. And early birds are welcome!
There is a twist this year… Ryan and I will be fundraising via the sale. The proceeds from all of the merchandise we sell will go to our Bike MS: City to Shore fundraiser. You know this is a cause near and dear to us.
Our team is working to meet our fundraising goals so we can bike together this September like we did last year. Side note, if you want to join Team Recanize and ride with us in September, we’d love to have you. Sign up here. If I can do it, you can…
We hope you’ll come out and find a new treasure while supporting our cause. It is a win-win! If you are going to be in Cape May on Saturday morning and want to visit our sale, send me a message for the address or look for our ad in the Shoppe. You’ll know it when you see it!
Ok, world tour is a bit of an overstatement but to say that we’ve been on the road seems like an understatement. In the past 10 days we’ve covered about 5 states and 1000 miles tending to both business and pleasure and luckily, for us business and pleasure are often the same thing.
We made new friends along the way.
Took a few risks.
Considered the future.
And reminisced about the past.
But best of all, I spent a week with my husband celebrating our first anniversary
…while also scouting Brimfield.
There were show stoppers.
And vintage loving friends.
But its good to be home. For now anyway.
I have to get back to unloading the truck. Again. And polishing up our latest treasures so I can share them with you.
Oh, Cape May. Let me count the ways.
The painted ladies.
The occasional colonial in an otherwise Victorian town.
What’s not to love about this historic seaside town?
Most of the projects we do around here are “green”. We love to recycle, upcycle, repurpose…whatever you want to call it. We generally try to use what we already have and consider what the impact of buying new may have on the earth. Not only is recycling earth-friendly but it is practical on the wallet in most cases too. It is incredible to think of what we’ve repuposed in our home for a look that is uniquely ours.
Here are a few of my favorite earth friendly choices that we’ve made…
In our kitchen, we have a recycled pallet wood backsplash that has been going strong since day one. We still love it.
Recently we wallpapered our dining nook with old blueprints. Love!
Our headboard is made from a recycled old interior door.
Once we rescued this old chair from the curb and gutted and upholstered it, it was good as new. We couldn’t part with it!
We’ve started working outside in the vegetable and perennial gardens. We’ve began composting all of our kitchen scraps and seeding veggies for a summer harvest.
We’re also working on cutting back on unnecessary garbage wherever possible. We recently switched solely to fabric napkins. They’re no longer just for fancy occasions!
Habitat for Humanity’s Restore recently launched a new blog with all sorts of DIY tips and ideas on this very topic. I contributed this post regarding repurposing a small window.
Did you know that most counties have a Habitat Restore that will take your donations? If you are renovating, do the responsible thing and donate your old cabinets, doors, hardware and fixtures plus furniture and other household items. It’s better than these items ending up in a landfill. Find the Restore near you!
How are you making an impact in your home, garden and community this Earth Day…and everyday?