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Are You Up For A Challenge?

Posted on October 19, 2015 by 53989290 | 4 comments
Hi there, I hope this day is treating you well. Here in Texas it is finally cool after weeks of 90+ temps and the morning is quite pleasant and easy on the soul. It is definitely a nice change of pace. Speaking of such, care to join me for a journey? Today is the beginning of a 30 day Blogging Challenge that many Indie Business Owners will embark upon.  Many of them are veterans to the art of spinning words, and others, like myself, are just beginning.  Slightly anxious, but determined all the same. I can hear the sage advice of my Mother whisper in my heart, "Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get it done!"   Yes, ma'am. Blogging for 30 consecutive days will be a change of pace. Setting aside time to collect my thoughts, ideas, and research, while setting systems in place to make sure all that is required in an already busy day of work is accomplished. During this journey,  a variety of topics  will be shared to help educate, inform, and hopefully entertain. You may even be treated to a guest blogger share their wit here as well.

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Of course, you are cordially invited to toss some topics into the ring that you would like see in our journey during this challenge. Just add them to the comments of any of the blog posts. When I asked if you cared to join me on this journey, I was hoping you would be up for the challenge as a daily companion, confidant, cheerleader, or friend. My goal is to complete the 30 days, grow as a person, get to know you better, and come out on the end of this challenge with my hair still intact and a smile on my face; all the while honing new skills required of blogging and running a business simultaneously. Did I mention, I like challenges?  Be sure to remind me on day...21. Hopefully you have had your "cuppa joy " (tea, coffee, smoothie, etc) for the day and ready to embark  upon the world and all it offers.  Shall we? Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~ TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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What is Global Handwashing Day?

Posted on October 14, 2015 by 53989290 | 0 comments
We have all seen them, and more than likely participated in some of the wacky and obscure holidays like: Carrot Cake Day, Read In The Bathtub Day, World Sword Swallower's Day. Say what?! Say that one 3 times fast!  I have difficulty saying it slowly. Just yesterday it was "Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day"  Missed that one too. Did you ? As fun as many of these may be, some have been established to bring awareness to the forefront and may last an entire month, such as Celebration of Life, during the month of January or Women's History Month in March. Today, 10.15.2015, is Global Handwashing Day. A day of advocacy about the wonderful benefits by simply washing our hands, such as preventing infections. Lovin soap childrenCourtesy of Lovin' Soap Project Research shows that 1.7 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday due to diarrhea & pneumonia. Handwashing with soap helps to break this cycle according to Global Handwashing Organization,  and can prevent 4 out of every 10 cases of diarrhea. And we all know that the proper cleansing of our hands can kill viruses that spread the flu and the common cold.  So why is this such a problem?  Why do we need a Global Handwashing Day? To bringing awareness to the forefront. There are areas in our world community that do not have access to proper sanitation, they may have animals that defecate near their only water source, caregivers may not be washing their hands after tending to someone who is ill, and basically, they may not have access to soap. Here is a list of activities happening around the world to promote hygiene awareness Being a creator of soap this really hits home, and does so with many others that are makers of bath products. There are several organizations where all kinds soap can be donated (used hotel soap included) and redistributed such as clean the world. There are also those that have taken this into a new dimension, teaching the art of soapmaking to individuals in developing countries. Giving them the tools & education needed to provide a basic essential to daily life that many of us, myself included may take for granted.  Amanda & Benjamin Aaron are the founders of  the Lovin' Soap Project. They travel to far away places such as Haiti, Uganda, India, & Tibet,  serving those in poverty. Sharing their expertise in a series of workshops from basic soap making to the goal setting and business objectives of running a business. Their main objective is improving the lives and livelihood of the women they meet. You can read more about Amanda & Ben,  and the women they inspire on their website linked above. More recently, it isn't just about developing countries. Severe weather occurrences have caused havoc to many areas, such as the flooding of South Carolina. A supplier to soap &  candle makers, Rustic Essentuals, partnered with several relief agencies and put out a call to action for soap & toiletry donations, among other items to help the families and individuals that have been displaced.   Basic necessities for hygiene have become luxury items. Here is an excerpt from their facebook page: "If you would like to donate other items, please see our list posted below - shop online at Amazon.com or Jet.com and have items sent directly to our warehouse (1050 Canaan Rd, Roebuck, SC 29376)! Items of need: Blankets, sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, diapers, brooms, mops, buckets, rubber gloves, new clothes, food, formula, paper goods, trash bags, etc. PLEASE DO NOT SEND WATER, USED CLOTHING OR USED TOYS."

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Back to our public service announcement about handwashing. Here is a little tip for proper technique. Hum or sing the Happy Birthday song twice, approximately 20 seconds, while scrubbing the back of your hands, in between the fingers and under your nails with soap and water. Rinse and dry. Always wash after using the facilities, after changing a diaper, after handling animals, sneezing or coughing on your hands, and always before preparing food or eating. Want to find more on social media? Look for the hashtags #handwashing  #GlobalHandwashingDay As always, I raise my hand to hygiene.  One last note, tomorrow is Boss' day. ;) Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~ TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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Why Did You Chose Wandering Thistle?

Posted on September 04, 2015 by 53989290 | 0 comments
When folks pop in our store, they often say they were intrigued by the name. And what usually follows within the context of our getting acquainted is "Why did you chose Wandering Thistle?" or "Tell me about your name.". I am always more than happy to share the process of selecting the name for the studio. It is very intimate and an extension of myself to say the least. The first piece of the name that was chosen was Thistle. As early as I can remember, thistles were mysterious to me. They have a beautiful periwinkle(my favorite color) to purple tuft of color for a blossom & they have a tendency of growing tall among the weeds. I see them as resilient. Pretty much what one needs in life is to be resilient. Thistles are also a symbol of loyalty and protection. These are characteristics of honor to strive for wouldn't you think? [caption id="attachment_55" align="aligncenter" width="454"]My friend Donna took this picture of thistle growing on her land. My friend Donna took this picture of thistles growing on her land. (It appears they are wandering.)[/caption] "Are you Scottish?" A wee bit...my Mother shares a memory of her Father calling her his little Scot-Irish. I'm claiming it. I love the culture and the countryside, hoping to travel there in near future.  Learn more about the legend of the Scottish Thistle or Scotland. " Ah... why did you choose Wandering?" For many reasons, but it wasn't my first choice.  My heart was set on using Paisley Thistle. Yes, I am a paisley freak! Love those crazy, multi colored, multi-textured tear drops and flowers. But in the end I chose Wandering Thistle.  Having a varied interest in life, it fit, like sliding into your favorite pair of worn and weathered jeans. Many successful entrepreneurs share that people love to connect with a story behind the person or brand. This gave food for thought. What did I want to offer? Being creative is a part of who I am. Having a thirst for knowledge leads me to wander down various paths. Wandering is a sense of curiosity, exploration, peering into the darkness seeking a glimmer of excitement, but also carving out a pathway. My path. Before retiring and opening the Studio, I worked in Home Health Care as an Occupational Therapist(OT). Our theory and scope of practice is to discover how our clients occupy their time. What held their passion in life before injury or disease caused a disruption? For years I had a tremendous opportunity to recreate activities for my clients. To help them improve and regain their ability to participate in their life, as wholly as they could. It is part of who I am and chose to implement a portion of this theory into the business model of the Studio. There are many individuals out there that are the same, wanting to wander in a field of creativity but not knowing where to begin. By opening the Studio, I am hoping to increase the awareness in our community that it is fun to be creative and even more so when you have the opportunity to do something exciting with friends. You can read about our first class here. What's your story? Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~Theresa

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Our First Studio Class

Posted on July 27, 2015 by 53989290 | 0 comments
We had our "kick off " Girl's Night Out at the Studio this past Saturday, and it was a blast! Our guest instructor, Aubrey Troup of Harbinger Designs, kept us entertained with his quick wit, as he guided us through the mini world of terrariums. Our focus was on the use of succulents.Final Terrarriums wandering thistle studio 5184x3456 The purpose of this class was to:
  • offer something fun and low maintenance
  • encourage participants to re-love a funky glass piece
  • to increase community involvement
  • allow people to create new friends, or socialize with old pals.

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Was it successful? Absolutely! Smiles and giggles were had by all. And everyone left with their own little oasis, smiles on their faces, and desires to expand their knowledge.  The girls have asked for a class on how to create a whimsical, Fairy Garden Class in the fall. Can't wait! wander. explore. create. enjoy. ~TheresaTheresa Wandering Thistle Studio 1459x1469

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