Friday, April 01, 2011

Making the everyday beautiful

This past weekend I went to Asheville, North Carolina and met up with two friends.
We stumbled upon the cutest baking supply shop called :
Bake it pretty. We had the best time browsing the cute items. I bought some cute cupcake liners to use for not only cupcakes but for muffins as well. In the past I would have saved the cute liners to use for a special purpose. But instead of waiting, I am going to use them for even everyday goodies such as
Blueberry Lemon Muffins. (Such a good recipe. I substituted white whole wheat flour and it is delicious.) My philosophy now is "why wait?" Make everyday a celebration and make everyday beautiful in any way that you can.

13 comments:

Aimee said...

**LOVE**

"why wait?" that is AWESOME! I love that. i think i'll write it on a notecard today!

am going to use those vintage-inspired popcorn bags tonight for family movie night and buy some fun candy for the kids...maybe i'll even throw together some fake movie tickets!! why wait!!?? :)

tonia said...

I bought some pretty liners the other day too! great minds again, andrea. So glad you and the gals met and had fun!

contented sparrow said...

yes! "why wait" has always been my philosophy. pretty things to be used and enjoyed instead of tucked away gathering dust for "someday". and i also find much satisfaction in being ruthless about what i allow to sit around in the storage area. if i have not used something in a year, out it goes. (unless it's sentimental to the extreme....like some of the kid's newborn clothes, grandma's crystal from Sweden or the like).
and YEAH! for friend get-togethers!!!

Sandi said...

I just did this with my favorite old dishes. I love them so much but never used them except a few times a year. Now the butter dish, gravy boat, creamer etc is in full use in my kitchen. I still pause and think about how much I enjoy seeing them everyday.
Exactly, why wait! I fine it's the little things that speak beauty to me.

Sandi said...

Oh and thanks for the muffin recipe. Sounds so yummy. I am going to try my hand at it with spelt flour.

emily said...

i love those liners! i ordered some online last year - the print you have and many others in bright, spring-y colors! so much fun to use for everyday baking.

today ... why wait? i love it. let's soak in ALL that God has for us today, and live believing His promises. for today. good word!

Stacy said...

Oh, I love that. I have a habit of getting stuff and saving it for another day, too... some special something that will surely happen... someday. But I like your philosophy much, much better! :)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

"Make everyday a celebration and make everyday beautiful in any way that you can." I love that last sentence, well worth applying, thank you.

children of eve said...

I couldn't agree more, Andrea.
What are we waiting for anyway?
Life is happening RIGHT NOW.

Linda said...

I love that philosophy! Isn't Asheville beautiful? I'm so glad you were able to meet your friends there!

Rambling Heather said...

I LOVE that shop! Hope you enjoyed your time in Asheville, its one of our favorite places!!

Famaddict said...

Andrea,
I'm so glad you see things that way. It is a gift to your family! It is a lesson I have almost learned so many times, but I'm still not "there" yet. Growing up, my mom was very strict and pretty materialistic. She grew up really poor, but got used to living the good life with my Dad - until they got divorced and she was left with a big, beautiful estate filled with fancy things and no income. She became very protective of her "stuff" and I think I learned it from her. It's not that I buy fancy things, or that I actually even care about them, but that I guard them too much, as if I did. I tell myself that it's good stewardship to take care of things, but sometimes I cross the line by not using things so that they'll last longer. But what's the point of having things I cannot use?
So, I decided that I either need to start using them regularly or get rid of them. (Except Christmas decorations, because that would be weird.) It is something I have been working on for this year. My nice dishes? Craigslist. My fancy tea set? I only have 4 cups and 3 saucers left, but that's because it's been used to the brink of extinction.
I am determined to leave my kids a legacy of loving memories and not a house full of untouchable, perfect relics. But I have a long way to go!

Famaddict said...

Sorry I hijacked your blog! I can be so long-winded! :-)