Saturday, June 26, 2010

Little Luxuries

I was reading Inc. magazine the other day and came across some of the best ideas for a business now.  One was for a cupcake shop.  The premise being that in a down economy we may put the big purchases on hold, but we're quite happy to treat ourselves to a fancy cupcake.  The absolute other side to this are all the discussions being held about "The latte factor", that those little purchases add up and are what is putting us in debt.  You've heard the story, give up your $4 morning chocolaty coffee drink and in 40 years you'll have $810,764 or something like that.               I've lived for many years like Scrooge, seeing myself in Silas Marner--forgoing the latte, the cupcake, and a good many other things.  Undoubtedly it did build my savings account, and I was good at it, but anything taken to an extreme like a diet can lead to anorexia.  How to know when to stop.  Living that way can lead to a feeling of scarcity, that if I don't save this dollar another one may never come my way.  Better that I learn to make a few extra dollars here and there and have my little luxuries.   It's hard to believe that the pretty roses in the first picture are actually soaps.  I came across them in the etsy shop Satin & Birch  They're raspberry roses with a splash of lemon.  I saw them and lusted after them for days.  I just ordered and I'm awaiting their arrival. I will update when I get them in.  (They arrived and are sitting on a rectangular Japanese plate and sweetly scenting my bathroom, really lovel soap.) You get a set of 4 and I'm keeping 2 and giving 2 to a friend.  One of those little luxuries.
The remarkably frilly tutu is from the etsy shop of Tiaras Tutus
It's a little indulgence for my granddaughter.  It's still being made and I can't wait to see it.  I have no idea what possible use it's going to have.  Maybe a photography session, maybe Halloween, maybe just for dress up.  A play-pretty with no other purpose than being pretty.                                                     Life is just so much more delicious with little treats.  We need clothing to wear, but don't need tutus.  We need food to eat, but no one needs a cupcake.  We need soap to wash with but it's not necessary that it's shaped into roses and scented.  But, rather than worrying that today's little splurge will lead me into poverty in later years I should view it a challenge and an ambition.  How to make the extra money to give myself this feeling of being unabashedly wealthy.  Taken this way my treats aren't "guilty pleasures", they're spurring me to ambition and action.


  1. Yea for cupcakes and tutus! Happy Pink Saturday!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  2. Nice article, but I have to disagree on one little point... some days I really DO need a cupcake!!!
    Have a happy 4th! :@)

  3. These are wise words, and we can use some tutus and cupcakes and flower soaps in our lives, if at all possible.

  4. I love the soaps. Just came by to wish you a Happy 4th! Blessings, Martha

  5. Happy Pink Saturday Deb Sweetie...
    Oh I love your write today. You have a beautiful way with words. I love the soaps, the cupcakes and ofcourse who doesn't love a tutu?
    The colors are so yummy. I can't wait to see pictures of it when it arrives.

    I have to tell you tutus are the in thing for the girls these days. They are wearing them over their other clothes. I was in the mall and saw so many pass by on junior high and high school girls. Then on Sunday, our grand daughter popped by and she had a tutu on over her jeans, yes she sure did. A blue one to be exact and it was held up with suspenders, and she is 15. She informed us, that everyone who is anyone is wearing them. So your little grand daughter is really someone special let me tell you, and it came from her Grammy. I love it.
    I hope you wil post pictures of it on her when she receives it.

    I am Country Wings, your newest follower and I had such a wonderful time here reading today. I thank you for the wonderful opportunity. I love your blog home. Please stop over and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well. I love meeting new friends and sharing ideas and crafts.

    Have a beautiful day sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

  6. I am always saying I will use this and that! I see some many pretty things in the thrift stores that are dusty that probably sat in someones home. I collect dolls and I find them in thrift stores and imagine their lives before me! But I treat them with TLC and I make them a new happy home! I have a butterfly soap in the bathroom and I think someone has been using it! LOL! That's ok! It looks fun and pretty and probably was a little kid that has been through here! Glad I stopped by. Anne