Miss Sophie: 2002-2015

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Miss Sophie, she was an original. Thank you for the joy, sweetness. We miss you. (Miss Sophie: 2002-2015)

 

I’ll admit that I had bigger plans for this new year. But I am attempting to be gentle with myself. Present to the ones I love. Grief is a funny thing — and there isn’t a timeline on it. 

This sweet girl (and terror too!) left us last week. While it wasn’t unexpected,her decline had been fairly steady in the past few months, it still feels very sudden to us. We weren’t ready.

I’m so thankful that the weather cooperated and that we had the presence of mind to make a final journey with her before she left us. The beach was a place Sophie loved to go, a place we loved to take her. And while we had no idea of what to expect, we all knew that we couldn’t let her go without taking her one last time.

When a dog reaches this point with dementia, you can never be really sure if they’re aware of where they are. Most days she didn’t know who I was. But we all agreed she seemed to enjoy her time walking on the sand. She perked up, was just a wee bit more aware of us, a bit more herself in the days following. And then, after saying her goodbyes she was gone too soon. 

So we find ourselves navigating these channels of grief. The absence of her is palpable. It’s all the more complicated because we had to make a decision to end her suffering. I would not wish dementia on any living soul — I cannot imagine how scary it must be to be slipping away. I just know that it was the most painful thing I have ever watched. 

I’ve not had the heart to be in my studio this month. And as life likes to do, I’ve also had work and church responsibilities that have taken me away from my creative time. It’s not the beginning I had envisioned, but sometimes we just have to work with God’s timeline. 

I have to stop writing now. There is more I could say. But it’s all too raw and this is probably not the space. I’ll just leave you with this moment, because it’s the one I’m going to be holding on to as I work my way back. 

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January: Endeavor

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In 2015 I’m endeavoring to drink more water* and be more creative!

I think we should just rename January to Endeavor. It’s the month we reset our calendars and our priorities. Out with the cookies, in with the protein shakes. It’s all about being new, starting fresh. And who doesn’t like a do-over–even if it requires a little endeavoring? 

It’s taken a full week of this new year for me to get to “endeavoring”. But here I am, finally. And the first thing up is a fresh start for Mireio’s Instagram account. I realized upon reviewing my activity over the past few months that I really use Instagram as a way to document my personal life and that I rarely, if ever, post about Mireio.  That needs to change! But rather than inundating those people who have followed me for those personal posts, I have renamed the account and made it private. If you want to follow my private account you can reach me at: @wendemireille.

My NEW insta for Mireio is @mireiodesigns — and I hope you’ll choose to follow me there as well. My new tagline is “Living and creating in Astoria” and I’ll be sharing my creative endeavors (both Mireio and around this old farm house) as well as bits of this sweet town. 

So, to review — or in case you didn’t want to read all of that up there – 

To follow my personal insta: @wendemireille

To follow Mireio’s insta: @mireiodesigns

Whew! I’m tired.  What are you endeavoring to do for your creative life this year? 

*The bottle was a late Christmas gift to myself. I finally bought a BKR bottle and I have to tell you, it’s worth the investment. I love, love the size — especially the opening size as it feels a lot like drinking from a plastic water bottle, except without the chemicals and waste.  And BONUS: it’s really pretty! 

The watercolors were a gift from my son. I’m super excited to learn — part of being more creative this year.

Trying things that scare you is a GREAT way to GROW. 

January: Endeavor

BKR1

 

In 2015 I’m endeavoring to drink more water* and be more creative!

 

I think we should just rename January to Endeavor. It’s the month we reset our calendars and our priorities. Out with the cookies, in with the protein shakes. It’s all about being new, starting fresh. And who doesn’t like a do-over–even if it requires a little endeavoring? 

It’s taken a full week of this new year for me to get to “endeavoring”. But here I am, finally. And the first thing up is a fresh start for Mireio’s Instagram account. I realized upon reviewing my activity over the past few months that I really use Instagram as a way to document my personal life and that I rarely, if ever, post about Mireio.  That needs to change! But rather than inundating those people who have followed me for those personal posts, I have renamed the account and made it private. If you want to follow my private account you can reach me at: @wendemireille.

My NEW insta for Mireio is @mireiodesigns — and I hope you’ll choose to follow me there as well. My new tagline is “Living and creating in Astoria” and I’ll be sharing my creative endeavors (both Mireio and around this old farm house) as well as bits of this sweet town. 

So, to review — or in case you didn’t want to read all of that up there – 

To follow my personal insta: @wendemireille

To follow Mireio’s insta: @mireiodesigns

Whew! I’m tired.  What are you endeavoring to do for your creative life this year? 

*The bottle was a late Christmas gift to myself. I finally bought a BKR bottle and I have to tell you, it’s worth the investment. I love, love the size — especially the opening size as it feel a lot like drinking from a plastic water bottle, except without the chemicals and waste.  And BONUS: it’s really pretty! 

The watercolors were a gift from my son. I’m super excited to learn — part of being more creative this year.

Trying things that scare you is a GREAT way to GROW. 

Create Your Own Spa Gift Set

reate Your Own Spa Gift Set

 

Pair a Buckwheat Hull Pillow with a Flax Seed Eye Pillow and Lavender Sachets for a gift that just says, “AHHHH.”

Create your own Mireio Gift Set by pairing a favorite buckwheat pillow with lavender sachets or a flax seed eye pillow.  Lavender is so soothing and relaxing — and each of these gifts will provide hours of calm.  

Mix and match your own set —  or choose my favorite pairing of the season, each featuring a very Pretty Paisley print: 

Buckwheat Hull PillosMireio’s signature buckwheat and lavender insert is ensconced in the prettiest boho paisley — creating the perfect pillow for the holiday season.  Find it here: Pretty Paisley Buckwheat Hull Pillow. 

flax seed and lavender eye pillow yoga pillowThis amazing flax seed and lavender eye pillow is one of a kind–featuring vintage linen embroidery. Softly scented and so relaxing to use, Mireio’s dream pillows are perfect for yoga, meditation, or a spa day at home. 

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Finally, add these lovely lavender sachets. Use in your linen drawers to softly perfume your lingerie or wool sweaters. Generously filled with luxurious lavender from Provence in a beautiful boho paisley print.

Create your own Lavender Gift Set with Mireio and give the gift of Ahhh this holiday season. 

 

Sneak Peek: Lavender Sachet Sets

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Sneak Peek: Lavender Sachets Sets — tied up with vintage lace ribbon. 

I’ll be listing lavender sachet sets all week  – along with coordinating buckwheat hull pillows and a few very special flax seed and linen eye pillows. 

 

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