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With Every Season….

So, on Monday I said I had an announcement to make, and I figured that it would be best to share it as soon as possible. I guess this could be considered a sad announcement, but not really!

While I was away being refreshed and getting some much needed color, God made some things very clear for me. The past few months has involved much narrowing down of commitments and passions, as I’ve shared in previous posts. I felt, last week, that God was continuing that process of elimination, and I feel very peaceful about the conclusions. With that said, this blog is going to change. This will no longer be one of my main focuses. Wait, don’t be upset! Let me finish.

One of the conversations I had last week with someone who is very passionately pursuing his gifts shared with me that even when God takes away a desire and replaces it with a new one  (or a RE-newed one), that it is still wise to fulfill your commitments until it’s completion, and continue to steward your gifts accordingly.  I have no idea if that makes any sense. Let me see if I can make that sound a little more coherent.

My desire for music has be re-awakened. With that came the diminished drive to do Jude And The Walrus, blog and etsy shop included. It was a feeling I started to have a couple of weeks ago, but was sort of in denial about it because I was finally getting the hang of the whole blog thing. I feel such a strong magnetism to writing music, singing, and becoming better skilled at the instruments I love. I even kinda want to get into the engineering and production aspect of music, and I couldn’t have married a better person to teach me how to do that!

Like I’ve said SO MANY TIMES, I’m only one person. And I committed a while back to stop committing so much- hehe. I feel peaceful about this decision.

Here’s where the stewarding my gifts accordingly comes in. Jude And The Walrus is not over for good. I will still be posting, but just not as much. The posts that I do share will be words that I feel God has given me throughout the week, and so there will be a lot less posts about thrift store finds, hair, etc. I will also be closing my Etsy shop. HOWEVER, I will still gladly make accessories of all kinds for anyone who wants them. So orders will become “upon request only” starting in July.

And now for the fun part of the  post…

Yep! I want to get rid of all my goodies on etsy, so from today until June 30th, everything in my shop will be 50% off! There’s only one of each thing, so if you want something, don’t wait! Click here or the “Shop JATW” button in the right top corner to snatch it all up! Use coupon code SUMMER12 at checkout, and purchases of 2 or more accessories will get a surprise accessory for free!

Ok, go!

Trinkets and Treasures.

I had a wonderful anniversary celebration weekend with Daniel. St. Augustine is always so much fun, and we really got to explore a good part of it this time. We must have walked at least 10 miles total over the past few days, enjoying the sites and sounds of old buildings, cobblestone streets and mandolin players. We climbed the lighthouse (which is a great feat for me because of my fear of heights) and visited the Castillo de San Marcos.  It was a good thing we walked so much, because I about ate my weight in delicious food. There happened to be a Celtic Festival going on, so there were kilts and bagpipes everywhere. We stayed at the Cedar House Inn, and I cannot brag enough about it. It was the perfect blend of sophisticated and down to earth. We did not expect such fantastic hospitality, and later on found out that the Cedar House is in the Top 15 most romantic places in the United States. Our breakfasts were nothing short of dazzling and delectable. My favorite was the puff pastry Belgium waffle deck, drizzled with syrup and walnuts. Cyndi, our host, was the sweetest lady and made sure we were having the best time.

We picked up a few souvenirs on each little adventure, many of them being food items (sorry… we’ve already devoured them). But here are a few of the things I bought while on our trip.

In the shops of historic downtown, there is this tiny, hole-in-the-wall bead shop that has the best things. I got this precious sterling silver ring with an amethyst, my birthstone, in it.

These were the first beads I saw when I walked into that bead shop and I had to have them! I don’t know why I didn’t pick up some more, there were all kinds of colors.

I found this Kalimba in the Earthbound Trading Co. shop. When you pluck the metal tongs, it makes a really earthy, tribal sound. I’m sure I will find a use for it in a song or two.

This map of Florida was one of the earliest and most influential maps of the American southeast that was ever published. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues engraved it in the 1500’s. Although beautiful work, he was a little off. But it seemed he got the “idea” of the shape of Florida. I am excited to put this up somewhere in our house.

I picked up some teas from the Old City Remedies located in the Old Drug Store. Yerba Mate is said to be the perfect balance between coffee and green tea. It is a great energizer, aides in weight loss and is very nutritional. Once cup gives you 250% percent of your daily antioxidants. It isn’t heavy on the oils, so it won’t give you that yucky-acid stomach or the jitters like coffee does. The other tea, Blueberry Bingo, is a mixture of hibiscus, elderberries, blueberries, apples, cornflower and black tea. The store assistant recommended this to boost the immune system, because I’ve been fighting a cold for days. It also smells delightful. Just this tiny bag makes my whole kitchen smell great, even when it is sealed and in the cabinet.

The weekend with my husband was a much needed break. The past two years have been quite eventful, to say the least. At the end of the day, it was a blessing to get to escape with Daniel and I am so grateful.