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Frightfully cold out…what to do, what to do?

It’s such a cold morning and this winter seems to have had it’s share of sub-zero temps.  Today, the sun is shining and it’s beautiful, if not deceiving.  The sun helps…it always helps.  Mind, body and spirit.  At least for  me anyway.

When it’s so bitterly cold out, I know it’s hard for me to get up and out the door to the shop.  I’m sure for most of our readers, if you don’t have to go out, you don’t.  I don’t blame you.  However, if the cold and long days of winter are wearing on you, throw on another layer, call some guy or gal pals and head on out.  The fresh air is invigorating; head on down to I-town.  Spend a bit of time just hanging “out of the cold” and take some time to browse…really browse the shops on The Square.

Maybe it’s time to try your hand at a new craft.  Jewelry making, quilting, furniture rehab~painting workshops.  Indianola Glass Creations, The Stitching Place and Burlap & Roses offer studio time and workshops.  Stop in and ask what they have going.

Is it time to buy just one new thing to brighten your weary winter wardrobe?  JRene has been posting some fashion savvy photos on FB, showing us what the new trends in color are for this spring.  Erin, at adorn, carries a small assortment of fashions, too.  Maybe you just need a new pop of color…drop by The Painted Pony gallery and check out her scarves.

After the holidays, the Christmas decorations come down, it’s a good time to edit your space AND consider a fresh look for your home decor.  Welcome Home, Taylor’s Floral & Gift, Kerry’s Flowers, Burlap & Roses, adorn, Serendipity’s Door and The Mosaic Rooster are all good stops to look for something new.  The hot colors for this year in home decor are orchid (a purplish-pink color) and pastels are back.  How can you add them into your space?

Get a warm up along the wayadorn cilantro summer 2013 at Funaro’s, Corner Sundry or Uncommon Grounds.  Grab some scones…a whole bunch (they freeze nicely) at Mish Mash Sweet Treats to have on hand at home.  Grab some lunch at Winn’s, Crouses or Funaro’s.

Try something new…check out Canoe Sport Outfitters and see what they have planned for summer classes.  Enjoy the cozy furnishings at the NEW home furnishings store in the old Hallmark location.  Go pick out a new paint color at McCoy’s, find a Valentine’s gift for your honey at any number of places.

When it’s a bit warmer out, grab the kids…grandkids, neice and/or nephew or neighbor kid OR, if you don’t have any of these close by, ask at church or the school and see if there is a family that doesn’t have a grandparent, aunt or uncle close and ‘adopt’ each other.  Then, do the Library Storybook Walk around The Square.  Sponsored by the Indianola Library.  I’d contact them first to find out where to start the walk at…it may be at the library.

So many things to do in our sweet community.  Lose yourself all the while finding yourself along the way!

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Beth Voltmer
I grew up in NE Des Moines, moved to Indianola in 1978 and call our farm in rural New Virginia, home today. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, entrepreneur, crafter, designer and Shopkeeper at Burlap & Roses in Indianola. I love my's taken me years to get here...but I'm pretty content and find that I'm drawn to an inspired life of creativity, learning, living and loving. My life's story weaves itself in and out of happiness, contentment, struggles, laughter, hardships, sadness, losses, gains, friends and family. What I know now, is that my life's story has made me who I am and I have been inspired by it and hope to be an inspiration to others...My Inspired Life~ You can enjoy my personal/business blog at: AND follow Burlap & Roses on FACEBOOK at: Burlap & Roses.