Tuesday, January 04, 2011


I have decided its time for something a little different on my blog and I want to start the new year by honoring one individual, business or family each month that does something special for Soulumination. Someone who moves us with devotion, a person who willingly shares their time and special talent to create the magic of Soul. I was partly inspired by these words that our dear friend Suzanne posted recently on facebook: " To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony. "WILLIAM HENRY CHANNING


I want to start with our friend and wreath-making guru, Ken Foster. I met Ken thru our great friend, artist and former staff member Kari Bishay. She recommended Ken to do the landscape design for the Ballard studio and she worked with Ken and I to get the process started.

Ken came to the first wreath making workshop and it took only a few minutes to realize that his design abilities were fantastic. He works quietly and efficiently creating small masterpieces in fresh greens. He generously purchased a second wreath crimper for himself but has lent it to us each time we start to produce for our sale and sometimes just leaves it in our care.

He not only worked hard the first years for the entire day, but this year generously took off two days to work his magic. He comes loaded with the most amazing baked items that are created by his partner. This year we were lucky to have not only incredible cinnamon rolls but also mouth-watering red velvet cupcakes. They are heavenly and this is coming from a person who will walk or drive miles out of my way for quality baked items.

Each day I get to enjoy Ken's design in my garden. He did a great job with our landscape and it often stops cars as they drive by to look at the architecture of our friend Paul Aiello combined with the work done by Ken with the plantings.

I am grateful to have such a talented friend. His generosity, his wonderful laugh and his never-ending interest in discovering new interests and hobbies makes him a gem of a guy.

I close in love and peace with gratitude for those who kindly serve, Lynette


I want to also put in a plug for Kari's new business. Her motto is "She Gets Things Done" and here is a description of her services which both Diane and I can personally give you a recommendation for as we have both had the pleasure of working with Kari to help with organizational issues and garden maintenance. In Kari's words: "I have made the leap of taking those things that I have done for love or money and putting them under one umbrella, creating a service business to meet a variety of homeowner needs. This includes, but is not limited to, garden activities ( garden consultation, garden design, container design and installation, garden coaching and pruning), home organization (clutter clearing, space planning, organizing systems), and color consultation (interior and exterior)." You can reach her at kbishay@yahoo.com.