Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Being more a purpose-driven than recreational shopper, I don’t get out that much in the chain retail world. However, on a recent excursion, this item stopped me in my tracks.

Product: Decorative Wine Corks
Store: Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Website description: A stylish way to re-use discarded wine toppers, these assorted corks are great for filling tabletop vases or bowls to enhance their decorative appeal.

Discarded wine toppers? Do you mean corks? So if you love wine (ahem, as I do) enough to want to decorate with wine corks, would you not have the corks from drinking the wine? And if you don’t enjoy wine, why would you want to decorate with wine corks? I guess this product is for an emergency wine cork situation… you need to decorate FAST and have just recycled your corks at Whole Foods…

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People tend to think of the artist as someone a little different from the rest of us; someone who sees things in a way that we cannot. True, those who create exceptional art often possess a rare ability to express what they see in their mind’s eye.¬†However, I believe that everything we do is art.

The Oxford dictionary defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”.

Creativity is not limited to the visual or musical arts. Designing a website, starting a business, working on a project of any kind, choosing your wardrobe, caring for your family, decorating your home, planning an evening or a trip. These are all forms of expression. You started with nothing and created something.

Every action we take… how we go about each day… how we live our lives… is almost entirely by our design. If you choose to live with intention and grace, you are living an artful life.