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Family, Friendship, And Faith During Life's Challenging Moments

Posted on November 08, 2015 by 53989290 | 3 comments
Good morning all! Today is beautiful in Texas. The sun is shining, the air is crisp and cool (finally). A perfect day to get outside and explore. Today's post is a little more introspective. A very lovely friend of mine has experienced sudden and heartbreaking news. Her family will be going through some gut wrenching, emotional peaks and valleys during the next few months. For privacy and respect, I will not divulge any more than this, but wish to expand on the importance of family, friendship, faith, and self-care during life's challenging moments. Strongest quote wandering thistle studio

Family isn't necessarily the one you are born into, family is what you make of it.  I saw a quote where someone stated:

"Family is where life begins and love never ends."

Love that!  We all need love and a sense of belonging, to be connected to other humans. It's powerful. Hug your family today.

Friendship to me are those we choose and adopt them as family. I am talking about the friends that are there, through the nitty-gritty, as well as the fun times. There are different levels of friendships for sure, and all are important, but you know who you can count on when you desperately need to escape reality for a bit, to regain a sense of sanity. Friends that make us cry from laughing so hard. Friends that give big hugs, even if there are miles of separation. Friends that love us in spite of our flaws.

Faith is strength, a strong unshakeable belief. Mine is in Christ. Others have theirs, and having faith or seeking faith gives a sense of solace. A place of peacefulness. A place to draw from.

Self-care is pretty self-explanatory. Being able to listen to your body and respond appropriately to provide the necessary adjustments to keep yourself healthy.  It is important when we are going through stressful, life altering times to slow down, take a break and breathe.

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Give yourself permission to unplug for a while, take a walk with a friend or loved one, even the four-legged kind. It's okay to laugh; laughter is healing to the body by releasing endorphins and lifting our mood. Sleep, exercise, stay hydrated and nourish yourself with good food, clean food. You are worth it.

Stress Relief From Laughter? It's No Joke.  Mayo Clinic

To my dear sweet friend, if you are reading this, please know I am here for you. Ready to do whatever you need. Lifting you and your family in prayer daily. Love, Theresa

As  always...

Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath... Revive & Rejuvenate

Posted on November 07, 2015 by 53989290 | 5 comments
Splish splash, I was taking a bath 'long about a Saturday night... Years ago when my Mother was a child, growing up in rural Texas, in a large family of 10 children it required them to bathe in a large tub. They would have to heat the water on the stove, and not really sure, but possibly even sharing bath water. The Saturday Night ritual of bathing  was a part of an era of being resourceful, making the best of what you have. Also, making sure you were nice and clean for Sunday Church. Bath rituals throughout history have been  across the spectrum, to being considered a requirement for health and political stature and the erection of communal bath houses, to being considered an indulgence and frowned upon. In the late 16th Century it was thought that dirt protected one from germs, so the people of that time would slather on powder, perfume, scented wigs and layers of clothes to cover the stench of body odor. Fast forward to the 18th Century and the outbreak of the Plague. It was discovered through arduous research that water was part of the cure, not the cause. Bathing was back on again! 1 Today, the bathing ritual has changed to from galvanized tubs, to spas, hot springs, bathing salons, and lastly showers, to accommodate our fast paced lifestyle. I  have met many in their twenties that say have never used a bar of soap. Not that they are unclean by any means. They have grown up using shower gels laden with foaming agents.  Needless to say, as a soapmaker, it is a joy to see them discover the luxury of handcrafted soap.  The decadent creamy lather...mmm. Raise your hand for bringing back the Saturday night bathing ritual, not as a solo for the week, but as a night of indulgent soaking in the tub. A chance to relax  and rejuvenate our body, mind, and spirit after a long week of caring for others. The benefits of soaking in aromatic salts and  bath oils is a beautiful thing. Hmm...maybe my next post will be about salts. Do you take time to nurture yourself with as nice soak? As always... Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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"Bathe With Your Favorite Beer!" & Other N. Texas Beer Week Fun.

Posted on November 06, 2015 by 53989290 | 2 comments
We all know about the crazy holidays like Dill Pickle day, Nacho Day,  but something that is exciting in our area is the North Texas Beer Week. Texans love their beer, craft beer to be more exact.  There are approximately 76 craft breweries belonging to the Texas Craft Brewers Guild  with more up and coming in the ranks once TABC approve their brewing license. This is the third year and according to Scooter Hendon of DFW.com it is the biggest yet, with over 350 events over the next 10 days. Some of the fun will be a Brewer's Ball, special beer releases such as a collaboration brew between two top breweries: Lakewood & Rahr. Also Untapped Dallas the kick off event, as well as, some brewery anniversary celebrations, various tasting events and tap takeovers. Definitely a craft beer lovers paradise . So what does this have to do with Wandering Thistle Studio? For one, I love Craft beer. 2nd, the similarities of being able to create something from locally sourced ingredients is in keeping with the handcrafted tradition. One of the locally sourced ingredients we use is Texas Craft Beer. Our beer soap line, Texas Beer Soap, is created with wonderful Texas craft beer. Spring Texas Beer Soap one 2974x2974 We love our beer soap! The bubbly lather that is created from the sugar of the barley brew, along with our double butter, palm free formula is phenomenal.  Plus it is fun to "Bathe with your favorite beer!".  Want to hear some of the funny comments we have heard about beer soap? We work with some of our local breweries, creating custom scents for them to sell in their swag shop. If you happen to visit their brewery tours, be sure to check out our soaps. Martin House, Lakewood, Rahr, Rogness, & Bluebonnet. [caption id="attachment_321" align="aligncenter" width="434"]This was one of our collaboration soaps with Martin House Brewing & The Toadies! This was one of our collaboration soaps with Martin House Brewing & The Toadies![/caption] You can find our other soaps,  and related products, here at Texas Beer Soap Co., at the Studio located in Bedford, or a more extensive list of our products at wanderingthistlestudio.com Never attended a brew house tour? Give it a try. They are usually very laid back and some are dog friendly. Often there will be a local band to entertain, food trucks or a local restaurant selling their tasty tidbits, and maybe a local artisan such as myself selling their wares. There is a nominal fee for entry, receiving a souvenir glass, along with chips or coupons for 3 samples of their beers on tap. Be sure to check if there is a special release, if so, you want to arrive early.  And of course always take a designated driver. Craft beer can pack a punch with their higher ABV % compared to non craft beer. If you want to find more events in the DFW area check out ntxbeerweek.com Cheers, Schol, Salud, Prosit, or  Slainte to all of you craft beer lovers! As always... Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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How To Keep Thanksgiving From Being Kicked To The Curb

Posted on November 05, 2015 by 53989290 | 6 comments

Hi everyone. It is another rainy evening in Texas and I sit here listening to the raindrops feeling thankful. The storm brought damage to the area, but it could have been worse.

I snapped this picture last evening while picking up a few items at the grocery store. It find it to be odd, humorous and slightly sad all at the same time.

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Looking at the smattering of holiday paraphernalia, it appears Thanksgiving has been elbowed out of existence.  Halloween candy is discounted to 50% off, and the red & white, fluffy Santa hats are overflowing.  Not a splash of falling leaves to be found anywhere. I guess they have been swept, bagged, and kicked to the curb.

Oh, I am just funning  a bit. We all know how  retail holidays get boxed and unboxed as quick as a blink of the eye. Having a new retail store, I will be decorating  all to soon myself.

Thanksgiving is what you make of it. It isn't a day or a monthly theme, it is a mindset. A choice of how one looks at life. To me, Thanksgiving is a daily event; taking time to be thankful for all the happenings in our lives.

Is is always easy? No. But necessary. Life is quick and to easy to get swept away with negativity.

"There is always, always, something to be thankful for."

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Not sure how to be thankful? A great exercise is to write it down. Keep a daily journal of Gratitude.  Some experts recommend writing down 5 items for each entry. It's totally up to you.

What are the rewards of keeping a Gratitude Journal?  Psychological researchers report increased sleep, decreased illness, and increased happiness. Sounds good to me. It is definitely something to think about.

What are your thoughts about a mindset of thanksgiving?

Having Moments Of Gratitude is a previous blog post you may have missed.

As always...

Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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Warm Wishes: They Need To Know Someone Cares

Posted on November 04, 2015 by 53989290 | 1 comment
Warm Wishes... is something I heard tonight during our Terrarium Class. I taught a group of teachers how to make a terrarium by using a container  that could be upcycled.  One of the reasons we do this class is to encourage our community to relove something and give it a new purpose versus tossing it in the landfill. [caption id="attachment_294" align="aligncenter" width="499"]Here is a shot of the final products. Didn't they do well! Here is a shot of the final products. Didn't they do well![/caption] The students tonight were not ordinary teachers. They are the ones that work with students  grades 7-12 that have a need for an alternative program due to life situations and discipline issues.  Children that live on the cusp, and may not have been afforded a pleasant childhood. I commend these four ladies and others like them that truly care for their students. This class tonight was a Christmas gift from one of the teachers to other three.  " I wanted to give them something fun and creative; something we could all do together."  It was very well received. One of them mentioned about how relaxing it was, and a great way to end an otherwise stressful day. As they continued to chat, I overheard one of them repeat they were asked what the teachers wanted for Christmas. She simply stated "We don't need anything, we have enough stuff."  and continued with " These kids, they don't have much, take that money and buy them some gloves and scarves."  They all shared how most of their students walk to school and have little parental support if any at all.  It's going to be cold in December and they need to know people care about them. Mother Teresa Quote Wandering Thistle Studio I began to ask questions, as I normally do. Discovered they have a coat closet and have plenty of coats. But are in need of hats, scarves, gloves and belts.  They enlightened me about the school dress code with shirts being tucked in and teh requirement to wear belts. "These kids can't afford belts." The teachers would like  for these teenagers to have "Warm Wishes" for Christmas. I have decided to begin a campaign for these kids. So I will ask you to join me, if you care to do so, and donate by sending a pair of gloves or a warm beanie to the "Warm Wishes"  campaign.  If interested you can send them to my Studio at Wandering Thistle Studio 643 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021. We will collect through the 2nd week of December. Or donate to an alternative school in your area. I know they would appreciate the warm wishes. Thank you for reading and sharing with your friends.  And as always, Wander, Explore, Create. Enjoy. ~ TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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