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The west on film.

A good while ago, as in last December/ January, I mentioned that I picked up some old rolls of mystery film from a garage sale. And I was super stoked to see what I might find. Well, I remembered that I never showed you all what I found! Most of them were too exposed to heat or light to be developed, but there was one roll of film from a little plastic panorama camera that was golden! Here’s a few of my favorites:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” Psalm 19: 1-3

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Little Sarasota // PYEWACKETS

Well folks, I’ve decided to start somethin’ special on the blog here. I’m going to be voyaging around Sarasota (or whatever city I venture to) and uncovering some quirky, quaint, or just plain cool spots that people don’t hear about too much. A lot of businesses in Sarasota are geared toward tourists, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But I want to peel away the surface of the overly-broadcasted restaurants and attractions and show you all some parts of Sarasota you just might be missing out on.

The first place I want to show you is probably the most unassuming hidden treasure of an antique mall you could find. Located on the left side of University Parkway just past 301 (heading toward the beaches) lies Pyewackets Antique Mall. It lies between a few other businesses in a somewhat random strip and is very easy to miss. But let me tell you, when you walk in it is much bigger than you would think.

Room after room after room reveals unique antiques and collectables at very reasonable prices. 

You can literally find almost anything here. Jewelry, pottery, kitchen sets, home decor of all sorts. And the best part of all is that these items are so unique. You could walk into Walmart any day and pick up a $10 lamp that is one of a million just like it. Or you could come to a place like this and find one for $8 that you probably couldn’t find anywhere else if you tried. 

This was my favorite room! I’ll tell you more at the bottom…

And look at this crazy amazing tree necklace holder below. Among some of the pricier items, this was $110 but so beautiful!

I think I might just buy my wedding dress at an antique mall someday…

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Of course, the moment I saw this shelf FULL of old cameras I was like a kid in a candy store just gazing at all the choices. Also, these owl salt and pepper shakers were crazy cool. And this last room…oh, I can’t say enough about all the old fashion hats ($10), vintage purses ($10), antique hat boxes ($3), and vintage ties ($2). It’s all the way in the back so make sure you don’t miss it.

Well peeps, I really hope you check out this place. It’s by far worth a good afternoon of your time. Make sure to say hello to Anna, Daryl, or Ashley and let them know you found out about them through the blog.

Hours:

Monday through Saturday:

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday:

12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Fabric and Shoestring

“What is art?”

“To me, it’s beauty.”

“And beauty?”

“Beauty is God.”

Thoughts so lofty. Thoughts so spread. Thoughts high and low and in between. In creating things, must I be conscious and intentional in every decision? Concepts can be so complex. Do I even want to aspire to be an artist? Maybe a craftsman would be more enjoyable. Or maybe just easier.

These thoughts trail into more thoughts, continuously pondering what is beauty, what isn’t beauty. What is art, what isn’t art.

“This is a piece of cardboard.”

“No, with this fabric and this shoestring, it’s art.”

“But why?”

“Well, it’s beautiful.”

So there it is again. The question of beauty. I finished my art project between three and four o’clock this morning with no sleep. As I walked back to my dorm from the 3-D studio, a soft rain greeted my cheeks. I stumbled around for words to form into questions to ask God. “What do I need to…” No. “What’s the purpose of…” No. “Is it important to…” No. Finally I just said, “Lord here I am, as I am. I’m listening. Speak to me if you will.” Almost immediately:

“You are my beauty!”

What? No, how cliche. That’s my own thoughts thinking.

“You are my beauty!” he said. “Know and understand that.”

Choking up, letting out weak little whimpers and gasps for air. Water rolls down my cheek but I can’t tell if it’s my own tear or a raindrop from the sky. The Lord of the universe calls me his beauty. Above the trees and the mountains and the stars he calls me his own. And he calls me beautiful. Overwhelming.

“What do I do with this, Lord?”

“Rejoice in it! Dance in it, love in it, create in it!”

Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

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