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Thankful for the Now

If there’s anything that 2020 has been trying to teach me, it’s to enjoy the moment that I have, not the moment that I wish it was, the moment I thought it would be, or the moment that will happen next year. The moment I have right now. I’ve definitely not completely learned the lesson, but one way I practice is by immersing myself in the process of creating beautiful things.

In the picture above, Marta (Marta Gualda Artifacts) and I were deliberating on the setup of this table in her shop, and also drinking a bit of port out of her beautiful glasses. And there was something about the way the sun was coming in, and the taste of the wine, and the feel of those beautiful glasses that just made me feel human, in the very best of ways.

It doesn’t have to be much. Even a simple foraged flower arrangement on the table can remind the people around you that Thanksgiving might be strange this year, but life still goes on around us. Plants still grow, the seasons still change - albeit slowly in Charlotte - and there are still moments available to stop and enjoy something beautiful.

One of my favorite things to do with my three young children is to take them on a nature discovery walk and collect a few things to incorporate into our table design. Maybe you collect one beautiful fall leaf for each person at your table and tuck it into their place setting. Maybe you find a beautiful branch of berries and set it in a simple glass vase as a centerpiece. Embrace the season, embrace what you have around you, and embrace the moment you have in front of you right now.

For more ideas on how you can make beautiful flower arrangements from simple plants that commonly grow in our area, follow me on Instagram @thread_florals.

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