A Mermaid's Fall Decor

Friday, September 14, 2018
My dear friends, 
Won't you pour some tea and lets sit a spell. I'm making some lemon verbena tea with honey and having a few cookies. The gardener is home with bronchitis and the flu so I am trying to stay well hydrated and just like the law of attraction, not speak illness into my existence. Did you know that the law of attraction is much like what christians call faith? I remember being a little girl and my momma would always say, " Raquel don't own that sickness honey." I liken the LOA to being very much the same way my mother taught me as a little girl. I do however believe in the dousing myself about with essential oils and keeping a good bill of health.

I must confess I've been vacant from ye olde blog, feeling quite a bit of overwhelm. I've spent many days just sleeping to try and bring myself into alignment. Here's the skinny on being an entrepreneur and working arduously to make something wonderful and great. It takes time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are brands and businesses. I'm learning so much about myself through this process of creating something so beautiful.  I am reminded I must put self care above all else. There was a time I would overlook myself and just keep going like the energizer bunny. That eventually caught up with me and now I make sure to put myself first. The difference these days is that I try to stay transparent with you my dear friends. Not so much as I want pity, but just to hold myself accountable and to be authentic with you. The creating a brand and a business is so much work. I spend so much of my time behind the computer or pen in hand writing and curating.  It's those long nights, weekends filled up, writing and creating behind the scenes. It's where all the deep work comes in, but no one ever really sees that. I want to constantly document my journey, because I feel like there will come a day that I will want to look back and remind myself of all the things I did and how I worked arduously to accomplish things all by myself.  It's important for me to say I had no help. I think for me personally it's a way of making me see I can do great things and that I am capable. A reminder that I am a powerful creator and I can do anything I set my mind to do. It'll be monumental. I should say, it is all NOW monumental. Thank you for swimming along with me on this journey. I really appreciate you. You're a genuine community of love.

Now let's get into my fall decor.

In the last few years I've been minimal with decorations on the holidays. Last year I did a little for fall. Halloween is my favorite holiday of all and this year I wanted to decorate for two reasons. One is that I wanted to create content for my blog as I'm building my brand and second, I've begin reaching out to companies for collaborations and sponsorships.
To give a bit of the mermaid aspect to the decor, I draped some Aboriginal shells along the shelf.
I've been knee deep in Victorian restoration, research and architecture literature. The Victorians were very much known for their silhouettes.
The frame is from Walmart. You can find them in the dollar frame section for 4 bucks. When I bought it, the gold was horrendous, so I spray painted it with a Krylon gold spray paint and then brushed over it with a walnut gel stain to give it an aged look. The creepy picture inside is from the dollar tree. The skull is from the dollar tree as well.

I've got a collection of wispy brooms so ill just add a few of my raven paintings and that should do it. I like how it turned out. What do you think? 

Do you decorated for fall, or Halloween?
Most affably yours til my next swim, Mermaid Raquelxxx

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