Giveaway :: Mercy Grey Design Co

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


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Life is the ultimate teacher. From day one, our experiences and our environment throw us into situations and we are constantly shaped, molded, changed. And we grow; we develop. This applies to every aspect of our being. From personality to temperament, the combination of our inherent uniqueness along with the culmination of the things we have been through define who we are. This is especially apparent in style. See, I have always believed that style is a choice. It is fluid, it morphs as we do and it is one of the few things left in the world that we have control over. So, let’s embrace it.

Charity West from Mercy Grey Design Co is one stylish lady, friends. She designs and handcrafts every piece, sourcing local materials. And just in case anyone is wondering about their style, let me point you in the direction of a few favorites: the Black and White Wool Clutch, Black Navajo Print Purse, and Plum Wool Clutch are all good places to start. You will find yourself exhaling with the knowledge that good style is, indeed, a choice you can make. Mercy Grey Design Co can help.

Mercy Grey Design Co is giving away one Arrow Clutch with fringed zipper pull to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, May 28th.
Please visit Mercy Grey Design Co and tell us: What is the greatest life lesson you learned from your parents?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, June 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    Sadly, what NOT to do. 

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    Kadi says:

    When I was a young girl growing up in Tennessee, my father and I would go wild berry picking in the Spring/Early Summer. We’d walk across this gigantic field to a fence lined with cluster of bushes and bring out big bowls filled with tons of berries. One day, as we were walking, my father explained to me how I needed to be patient and look at my surroundings as we strolled through the tall brush. He said we needed to exercise patience – even though we were eager to get the berries.. snakes often camped out in the thick brush. At that moment (I KID YOU NOT!), he picked me up and slung me over his shoulder and started to run in the other direction. I was SO close to stepping on a massive black snake. It was perfect timing and the lesson of looking and thinking before touching/acting is ingrained in my memory. To this day, he’ll gently remind me “Remember the snake” – it always reminds me to look and be patient before I leap.

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    My Dad once told me. If you find someone who truly loves you for who you are and what you dream of being hold on to them. The rest will take work but its possible to work through anything with that love. He was right and so thankful I found that man.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I love this question.  In every time season, I discover something new that my parents gave me.  Right now, because I’m the mom of young kids, I’m discovering something deep within me that I never even knew was there.  I’m finding that my parents taught me how to have fun as a parent.  I’m ONLY able to be loving to my children because my parents were loving to me.  They taught me to laugh and play, instead of to worry about mistakes.  They taught me to keep trying, to always be getting better, but not to be discouraged by my mistakes.  I find myself doing the exact things my mom did – like making crazy pancakes for holidays (I recently made bunny pancakes for Easter!) and sewing dresses for my daughter.  Even though these little things might not be considered “life lessons” by some people, it’s a whole approach that is in my bones.  And I love it!  I love approaching the world as someone who makes things.  It’s an approach of wonder – as a mom and as a human being.  I didn’t even know my parents taught me that until I found myself living it.  But that’s the biggest lesson I think they’ve given me:  how to live daily life in wonder and delight.

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    Jennifer says:

    The greatest lesson I learned from my parents is how to have a happy marriage – you have to put your spouse first and your kids second. My parents always showed a united front and in 41 years of marriage, I have never heard my parents snap at each other in annoyance. My greatest wish is that my marriage is as strong as theirs.

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    ren says:

    my parents told me to be kind and to do your best for others. they weren’t wrong. it’s made my life better and made me a happier person to consider how my actions will affect others.

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    Rinny says:

    The best thing I learned from my parents was to be patient and to really listen to people. Patience and listening really go hand in hand – if you aren’t patient, you can’t really listen and hear what people are trying to say. I am always mistaken for being a quiet person at first; the reality is I’m listening to you speak, taking in what you’re telling me, trying to understand where you’re coming from. I can always tell when someone really needs someone to just be there (like Eeyore!) or when someone needs advice. It also comes in handy when it’s time to buy someone a gift; I dated a guy for about 6 months, nothing too serious but I wanted to get him a little something for Christmas. I remembered a story he told me about how he and his grandfather bonded over their love of baseball and how he used to carry a ball with him all the time after his grandfather passed. I did a little research and found a “collector’s” ball that had a picture of the ballpark they frequented. The shipping cost more than the ball, but when he opened it he was taken back and said it was the most thoughtful gift anyone had given him.

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    Kat says:

    No matter who you are or what you do, there will be people who don’t like you.  My dad said that to me one day after school while I was crying about having been bullied that day.  It may sound like he was being unsympathetic and just telling me to suck it up, but it wasn’t like that.  He was just being honest about how no matter what, I will always encounter negative people in life.  There is no reason to change, there will still be people who don’t like me.  I should just be myself. It really stuck with me.  There is just truly no pleasing some people, and not every person out there is going to like me.  That’s okay though.  I shouldn’t let those people bother me.

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    Ginger G. says:

    to work hard!

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    Samantha S says:

    To work hard, adapt, overcome, and always push myself to exceed my own capabilities rather than comparing myself to others. From my mom more particularly: always carry a sweater.

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    Shary says:

    Sadly: not to drink and drive, I lost her at a young age of 39, she was not around for so many things! Thankfully I have learned what not to do, at an older age of course.

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    Regan says:

    My parents have taught me the value of a great education. With my parents’ support, I went to the undergrad institution of my choosing, got two Master’s degrees, and finally earned my PhD last year. Without my parents, I would never have achieved these goals or even thought they were possible. 

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    sam says:

    Over 50 years of being married has certainly taught my siblings and I quite a bit. Mostly that everything eventually works out.  

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    mimi says:

    my parents live a life of service. to God, to each other and to their community. And they do it with grace style and a smile!

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Love and accept myself….
    ~Life IS Grand~

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    Emma L says:

    That respectfulness earns respect.

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    Andrea Rust says:

    The greatest life lesson I learned from my parents is to do what I love and give it my all, even if it means being a full time mom.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My parents taught me many important lessons in life.  But they truly want me to be independent.  They want me to be self sufficient even if I am married.  And of course, they also want me to know the importance of family.  

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    megan says:

    I am sad to say that I learned more about what NOT to do rather than what to do. I’ve learned to be self-reliant and, most importantly, that family is not necessarily the people who brought you into this world – you CAN choose your family. I’ve been fortunate to be able to find friends and a husband who have created this family feeling I’d lacked. I’ve also learned forgiveness, resiliency, and how not to dwell on negativity and sadness. 

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    sparrow says:

    My parents taught me to put family first. Always. Other obligations are important and should be followed through with, but putting one’s partner and kids is imperative. My dad could have climbed the corporate ladder more than he did, but it was more important for him to be home as fast as possible so that he could spend time with his family. He declined drinks with the boss and other social/political opportunities so that he could be where he truly was most needed. And my mom, who is my hero and best friend, sacrificed so much to be there for all 5 kids at every junction. And they put each other first. I’m learning to put my awesome husband first always, and to put my kids at the forefront, even if it means sacrifice and letting them eat my piece of cake. 

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    Michelle says:

    My mom and dad always taught me the value of hard work and pay off.  From as long as I can remember, I was always working towards something whether it was saving allowance for a new item or practicing my violin for an audition.  There is nothing that can replace the life lesson of dedication and commitment to something.  

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    Marie says:

    My Mom says, “Relationships are like an ice cream parlor, sample many flavors before you choose your sundae!”

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    Pumpernickel says:

    That even if you don’t have a lot of money you can still be happy through the love of your family.

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    jane says:

    my parents taught me how to love and respect others, even when they don’t deserve it. we’re an asian family, and all those horrible mothers-in-law vs. daughters-in-law stories are sadly all too true. much respect to my mum for bearing with her mother-in-law and more importantly, loving and respecting her even when it must be so hard, to be on the receiving end of what seems to be blatant unreasonableness at times. living with my grandma hasn’t been easy because from a young age i’ve seen her character, and it saddens me to say that if i were her contemporary, she would not be someone i think i could like or even get along with, yet my mum respects her and loves her like a daughter would.

    and my dad, for loving both his wife and his mother and finding that balance to support both (but mostly my mum because the marital relationship is more important imo). i hope to be as forbearing as my parents in the future, and hopefully find a husband who will stick up for me like my dad (but i also pray i won’t get a horrible mother-in-law!)

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    Amie A says:

    My mother taught me to love and take care of myself first.  If you can’t love and take care of yourself, you won’t be able to help others in that same capacity.  

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    Trisha says:

    Never give up. No matter what, keep trying.