Why a Fancifull Blog?

Well, anyone who knows me knows that I always have a lot to say.
I often feel a bit contained by people who think Fancifull is just about baskets.
My mission in life goes far beyond just putting together nice gifts. I want a forum to expand, expose, expound, and generally make known the beauties of life. I find myself exuberant (sorry, I’m on a roll with ex’s) when I find artisan products and want to introduce the world to them. I am the kind of person who can tear up at a beautiful garden.

It comes down to create. We need to create our life daily. Whether it comes down to how we dress in the morning or what we make for dinner, we have the ability day to day to take in aesthetics and to convey them. I don’t mean to make this arduous. It comes down to appreciation of life. The definition of appreciation is:
1. To recongnize the worth or quality of; value or regard highly.
2. Another def: to perceive the full nature or effect of; be fully conscious of.
Isn’t that great?
To quote Frank Lloyd Wright:
The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation.
We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.

My intention with this blog is not dissimilar to a hostess at a great party. I want to introduce you to artisans who paint, sculpt, write, cook, decorate, sing, and add aesthetics to everyday life. I don’t limit this discussion to just “professional artists.” Oh no. That is way to limiting and this is all about expansion. I often think of my sister in law who knitted me the most incredible pair of slippers for Christmas (I wear them daily and treat them better than any other piece of clothing I own). Everything she does is touched by a bit of grace. She would probably protest and say she is “just a housewife.” Ha! A housewife and mom creates the home and the family. Pretty important as far as I am concerned. And that is exactly what I am after. We aren’t snobs here. Life is a feast and we all get to partake.

This blog is about lively conversation, bits of knowledge, great tips on where to find things. It is about finding the beauty in life and celebrating it.
Have you ever left a great gathering and felt a bit excited, like you met an interesting person or found out about a great shop you can’t wait to visit? That is the general idea behind all of this. I want to invite you to the party, make introductions, serve great food (of course!), and hope that future adventures arise. It may be a recommendation of a great restaurant, a recipe that is sure to delight or an essay that might wake you up a bit.

This isn’t about just me. I want contributions. I want essays I can post, photos to look at, recipes to make our mouth water, potters who make the kind of bowls that make you excited to eat your cereal every morning. This is ever evolving, as life should be. Let’s recognize the quality of life, regard it highly – appreciate it. Ready to join me?

Terry August

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