Shop with your Eyes, Buy with your Heart.

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While we are waiting for time to replenish our coffers and our energy, we did a little window shopping. Bay City was our mall, and Antiques were our eye candy.

Quatrefoil Quteness!
Quatrefoil Quteness!

Want! And also…

Shiny, pretty tiles.
Shiny, pretty tiles.

Want badly! Loads of gorgeous tile. But where would it ever fit? What would we do with it? We pondered and had great discourse on the subject, with no resolution other than, “If it’s meant to be, it will be.”

Translation: No More Impulse Buying!
Translation: No More Impulse Buying!

But we did put some money down on a great, and needed purchase.

Emptied out, of course.
Emptied out, of course.

Miles and miles of counters. Glass counters, with glass shelves and mirrors, and it’s LIT. In great shape. A little 80’s for my taste, but imagine the burgundy base covered in a rich wood and lovely rich fabric covers inside the cases. And imagine it in the Church! Yes!

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Meanwhile, back at the Church, things were beginning to be a little oppressive. Too much stuff. How will we have room for the new stuff if we have all this old stuff?

I'm sensing a pattern here...
I’m sensing a pattern here…

So we went on a Arma-get-your-clean-on. It’s a continual battle, and it required the rental of a storage space, but so be it.

It's Work-ways. Ready for work!
It’s Work-ways. Ready for work!

We both know our tendency towards clutter, and awareness is the first step towards fixing it, but shopping with your eyes isn’t quite as much fun as shopping with your paycheck. However, when the paycheck has already gone into heat, and light, and buying storage space for things already purchased with the paycheck, the reality of the vicious cycle hits you in the face. We can and will do better!

So we have been turning our eyes inward. I have been making a new rug, and Mike has been lovingly cleaning up his easel, in preparation for new work.

LOVE this easel.
LOVE this easel.
Preparation is part of the path.
Preparation is part of the path.

Everything is as it should be, and this is the time to be quiet, to listen for God’s voice, and to follow instructions. We aren’t in charge!

Who made this?
Who made this?

– The White Church Gallery