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All That Glitters

Do you have a thing for glitter? It’s definitely one of my favorite things and I like to use it whenever I can. This year as in years past, I used glitter to make our white- mini- pumpkins sparkle.

If you are going to do this project with kids, get some Mod Podge at your local craft store and let them paint the tops of the pumpkins using a paintbrush. If I’m by myself, I use spray adhesive, because I’m lacking on patience and like to get things done quickly. Then, hover the pumpkin over a torn-out piece of magazine paper, and sprinkle the glitter over the glued spaces. I used SULYN Industries, Inc. “Glitter” in white. The pieces of glitter are rather large and look like real frost. You can get thin glitter for a more elegant look, but I like the way the larger pieces look. When you are finished, crease the magazine page in half and let the glitter funnel back into the glitter container.

Find a cozy place: entry table, coffee table, nightstand, anywhere that might get a glow from a lamp or candle, and place them in a group of odd numbers. You might also like to cut a tiny slit in the stem and use them for placeholders at Thanksgiving.

However you decide to decorate with glitter, make it a family tradition.

All Calm and Glitter

I’m so thankful for the Amazon Kindle App for iPhone. I used to read by lamplight, which threw an incandescent glow on my sleeping husband’s face. Meanwhile, I would inadvertently rustle pages with each turn, and make clicking sounds with the cap of my highlighter pen. With each rustle and click, he would toss and turn. Now I scroll through pages easily, and simply use the pads of my fingers to highlight favorite passages.

I came across one such passage the other day, which elicited the same feelings as the first time I read it. That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes when I review my highlights, I have to really think about what struck me about it. Not this time, though.

The passage is from a book titled, A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, a tragic story of love and loss and the reinventing of ourselves. It is an historical fiction piece centered in Wisconsin in 1907. The writing is excellent, drawing readers into the intimate thoughts of each character. Here is the full paragraph of the passage for which this blog post is titled:

She bought dresses for the city, simple dresses, small hats, fine and expensive, but demure. She bought a black karakul coat with a mink collar, extravagant for the country, but ubiquitously proper and anonymous in Saint Louis. She wore black kid gloves on the street. She wore white cotton gloves to take tea in the lobby, like the other ladies. She observed the women in the hotel dining room and tried to dress and behave and smile the way they did. They were all calm and glitter.

What a great description, not just of high-brow society, but of a disposition, a bent to tranquility and sereneness. And if there’s glitter floating around, so be it. Calm and glitter is the way I want to be remembered, captured in a state of happiness with glitter dust falling on my shoulders as I move through to-do lists and schedules. One can dream, can’t she.

It is a good reminder for me, though. Over the last couple of days, when stress starts to prick my back, I think of calm and glitter, and for some reason stress diffuses and is replaced by a smile. Thinking of calm alone, doesn’t transport me to riding effervescent bubbles the way the word glitter does. Glitter infuses energy, but a serene energy, not the drill sergeant type, which I fear I embrace too often.

As a reminder to myself today, I’m going to put on some glittery eye-shadow, purple in fact. No one will be the wiser, except my own heart.

How do you stay in a state of calm and glitter?


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