Peace at Gardners

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Y’all know there’s not much that I love more than finding peaceful, awesome local businesses. Today, in my search for peace, I had to pop over to Gardners Landscape and Nursery in Chester Springs, PA. This spot is conveniently located just off Route 113, real near another fan favorite, The Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farms.

The nursery has so much to offer, and the best part is that they don’t back down during the holidays.

“You know it’s like, winter, right?” Hubs told me when he heard my plans to venture out for plants.

I laughed. He laughed. I’m well aware of the changing seasons. But today it was 55 degrees in PA! That means I had enough warmth in my bones to move around outside and dig my fingers in the dirt (yaaasssss, I know I should wear gloves more often. I’m gross and it’s totally fine. I even touched a worm today, no big deal).

Today I wanted evergreen arrangements for the front porch and Gardners is where it’s at!

The shop features a huge greenhouse, which houses an impressive collection of indoor plants. This time of year, walking through the space feels just like being at Longwood, only each item at Gardners is available for purchase.

Their wreaths are gorgeous, offering a mix of sizes, colors and textures. Who knew there was so much pine to play with?

They also have a ton of crafty items if you want to build your own arrangements. It’s like Build-A-Bear in there, except you’re making grown-up treats for everyone to enjoy. Their inventory is so well curated, I can’t help but feel impressed each year.

This shop is a happy place for me. It’s a space that offers peace. I can wander around, allow my mind to settle and get creative. When I need extra inspiration, there are busy hands working to create new items each day. I recommend you pop in and see what they have. I can’t say I’ve ever made a trip there without feeling wildly impressed and incredibly peaceful.

I left with some evergreen arrangements that I absolutely love. And when I look at our front door, I feel ready for the holidays.

What brought you peace this week? Share the peace!

Thanks to the sites below for their added inspiration! Maybe something will spark your interest, too.

Peace at Creative Light Factory

When I drive into Spring City to learn all about the Creative Light Factory, I’m only half surprised to find it in a real factory. I notice the tall brick building from my car and think, “Hmm, well that would be perfect.”

And so it is.

The Creative Light Factory is a non-profit organization that offers a creative space for writers. Workshops, events, support, and collaboration are all commonplace in this light-filled arena, where couches and coffee are conveniently scattered aplenty. White walls, gaping windows, and friendly green plants make this place everything a writer dreams of.

When I ask president and co-founder, Patty Kline Capaldo, what led her to create such a space, she tells me, “I believe creativity enlightens people.” If creativity is so important, she purports, it deserves a place in which to thrive.

She tells me the Creative Light Factory is a place that helps people.

“Whether they’re looking to ignite a creative spark, find accountability, or find a goal, I help people by offering support.”

Patty and the artists who host workshops and events here act as sounding boards, among other things. They work with people to find their voice, a routine, and establish goals.

“I meet people and watch them blossom,” Patty says.

Such wonder is not hard to believe. Personally, I feel at peace in this space. I feel inspired to write, create, and most importantly, to be myself.

The rest of the factory is known as the Spring City Mill Studio. It is a space that houses various artists, from painters and photographers to textile creators. Every inch of this place is brimming with light. There’s an indescribable charm here, where enthusiasm for creative energy wafts in the air.

And there’s always room for growth.

“I would love to grow our membership,” Patty tells me. “I would love expand our offerings to include other creative pursuits. I would love for CLF to get noticed by the wider community.”

I would love to see this place thrive as well. There is nothing more peaceful than writing, collaboration, and development, and finding something new. I hope this space will inspire you, too. Check them out HERE.

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Peace in New Beginnings

Photo courtesy of Patty Kline Capaldo

When I asked local Creativity Coach Patty Kline Capaldo what led her to painting this past year, she told me that words had suddenly failed her. A dear writer friend and inspired artist in her own right, Patty transitioned from writing to painting during the pandemic. The shared isolation, stress, and fear carried into 2020 had many effects on many people.

“I just, I don’t know, I couldn’t find words to write,” Patty tells me.

Ever the learner, Patty discovered when one creative outlet tapers, other avenues become available.

“I have a calm energy when I paint,” she tells me. “I find myself gawking at trees, and I just want to paint them so badly.”

So she does.

“It is a refuge because I couldn’t find that state with writing. I had lost that.”

The peace in nature is so wonderfully reflected when recaptured in a painting. What’s even more peaceful, perhaps, is the peace that comes from trying something new. The lense of a beginner requires less criticism and fewer edits. Being a beginner means anything flies. It means having fun and shushing the voice in our heads.

“Being a beginner is fun,” Patty reminds me.

Willing to try something new?

Enter peace.

Willing to become a beginner at something?

Welcome peace.

For Patty, it doesn’t stop there. She will participate in a Fundraising Event at Creative Light Factory this Saturday, November 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She’ll sell her paintings alongside fellow artists. She’s putting herself out there, showcasing her art, and welcoming all the new experiences to follow.

When I leave Patty’s workspace, I feel a surge of peace. I’m happy for her. She’s brimming with positive energy, and we both know good things are ahead.

What has brought you peace this week? Share the peace!

Want to connect with Patty for coaching, questions, or to purchase her art? You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.