Thoughts from a wise flower on May Day.

RESTING. 12" x 12" oil painting on canvas. In progress. ©2016 Marie Scott Studios

Life is a marathon. There is no shame in walking.  I used to run. But after five years, finally decided to be honest with myself. And my hips.   I don’t like to run. So now I walk. Big deal. The whole point is to move your body.  So I walk fast. And fairly often. […]

5 years later. 5 years wiser. (Did I actually learn something?)

Five years ago I decided to stop fighting with time. It was a losing battle. We are currently in detente. This is working much better for me than trying to be the conqueror ever was.

“Stop trying so hard.”  “Stop working so hard.” “Stop trying to prove something.” Did I Stop? Looking back over the last five years, I think I actually DID! Last night we went to an annual event that in years past has caused me much sadness. It was an opening reception for an exhibit of 100+ local […]

A peaceful, plan-free place. Calendar #60.

LAKE MICHIGAN 8 • ©2006 Marie Scott

I like TO plan. In most areas of my life, I like things to be figured out well ahead of time. Then I like to stick with that plan. Carpool plans. High School plans. Retirement plans. ‘What to order at the restaurant two days from now’ plans. ‘What to do with the rest of my life’ plans. I like […]

The Sunflower Story: Our Final Chapter

A 26' foot truck. That is how my husband rolls.

 Sunflower is now packed up and moved out. While the memories are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to document the final days of our time in this special space we called “Sunflower.” Although the final chapter at this location has ended… We have many NEW stories to begin! Thank you Sunflower friends, for creating such an interesting and beautiful memory. Our […]

The first day of the rest of my life! [ August 2015 Calendar ]

We closed my Sunflower shop last night. For the last time. July was a bitter-sweeet month. One dream ended, so a new dream could be born. I am happy. But very, very tired. Next week I will post photos. Today is Saturday. The first Saturday since July, 2014 that I wasn’t in charge of anything. The […]

The Home Stretch. (Why wasn’t I home sleeping?)

The Home Stretch.  Definition: “The last part of a long or difficult activity.” We are starting to wrap up our final days at The Sunflower Gift Shop this week. It has been “a long and difficult activity” to say the least. But we wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As this marathon season of experimenting with a retail […]

How we fixed up a Grocery Store last May. (Photos of our 2-week painting party.)

Happy Birthday, Sunflower! One year ago TODAY we opened up the Sunflower Gift Shop & Gallery. TODAY seems a fitting occasion to post photos I’ve been saving from “Phase 1” of our big Grocery Store Beautification Project last spring. Who would have thought we could turn the old Travelers Rest “Winn Dixie” into the uplifting place that Sunflower evolved into over the […]

A shy sunflower for your August calendar

We have a new store called Sunflower.  Just like the sunflower in the painting, I’m not quite ready to show it off. Our Sunflower store opened on July 10th, and it has been quite busy with shoppers, considering how we haven’t really shared much about it. Really nothing other than what we’ve put in the windows […]

Would you swap this month, for another year?

July 2010… we went on vacation. Four years later, we’re up working until all hours of the night getting ready to open our new store called “Sunflower.” Would I swap out this month, for July 2010? [Back to my easy, uncomplicated life?] Not a chance. July 2014 finds me in the midst of complete chaos, yet so […]