The Nest

Create beauty within the everyday.

Heaven is:

“Van Morrison on vinyl,” black coffee from a press, fresh-cut peonies, a decent breakfast, words that matter, friends and family, and the belief that there is absolutely nothing that love can’t improve.

Pen names:
~ Grace E. Mcgarva
~ Annie G. Ryder

aliceandmolly is a nod to, two sisters. It is an evolving online lifestyle journal, a found nest of words and whimsy. Discover simple moments from the gorgeous to the shabby. Find inspiration from a reloved lifestyle. It’s all in the tension- the push and pull, the Lost and Found, the Finders and the Keepers, the “rubbish,” and the luxe. It’s a small space that shelters and celebrates beauty and simple style in the everyday.

And the author knows this as truth. aliceandmolly hail from a long line of truth seekers, sisters, painters, lovers, sailors, carpenters, entrepreneurs, and beating hearts. Grace E. Mcgarva and Annie G. Ryder are the pen names for the voice of aliceandmolly.

Stories bloom. Annie G. Ryder grew up on the west coast reading books to herself and others.  A memory, a photograph, a certain song, or found object, will inspire her to write. She describes herself as, “an elegant mess,” which is truth. She is the daughter of a tempest and a storm.

aliceandmolly are humble sisters. Originally from England. They made do. Both found beauty in everyday treasures. A silver spoon and a can of Spam. Old lace and vinyl. Chintz and cracked china. Pansies planted in spring. A daily dose of Cod Liver Oil.

Alice cherished a calico Manx named Topsy. She owned a French bulldog and shot south in a Silver Bullet. She clipped poems from the newspaper and glued words into a salvaged book which she filled with her musings and dreams. Molly lived in the little house, next door. She read Hello Star and wrote the rules. Both women were stronger than they knew.

Grit and passion sailed their ship. Brave women, they did what needed doing in order to survive. Loved long ago, loved more today. When words of wisdom fail, they whisper, “Be still.” Fearless women, they stood tall when trouble came ’round. Proud, they refused charity. Loyal, they had each other’s back.

Grace Mcgarva, Annie G. Ryder writes (and rewrites) short stories, poetry, and posts favourite finds. She believes that simple is best, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, and that old souls find one another. One rule~ anything touched by her head, hands, or heart is polished and cherished.

A special “thank you” to the bloggers, writers, and readers that follow aliceandmolly. Your words of wisdom, suggestions, ideas, and comments inspire me to write bigger and better (smaller and tighter), to “strap a dagger to my thigh”. Hugs to my family and friends. Your love and support mean more than you know.

It wouldn’t do to forget my muses~ the weekly Writing Critique Group that keep me focused and writing. These talented wordsmiths are the reason my words are beginning to find wings.

Tell your stories. Rewrite your endings. Live from your heart space. Create a beautiful life.

Annie Grace

” Dream big but fall in love with an ordinary life.”

 

 

18 Comments on “The Manifesto

  1. By the way…I have a white chair I believe to be the same, it was the last of a set from my mother. I have repainted it white so many times it does not need pegs to hold it together. Ann

    • Don’t you just “want” those old chairs? I have a thing for chairs and actually have been known to pick them off of the discards/garage sale leftover piles! If I can upcycle a chair, I will! That chair is a left over from a Great Aunt’s set. I was about to send it to the Thrift shop, had a change of heart. Memories, family, sitting, waiting patiently by her stove for supper to be ready. Glad that I kept it~ it means more to me than the set I found at Ikea! Funny thing about these old chairs!

      Thanks for the comment!
      Sincerely,
      Lynne

      • I have posted and have attempted to link back to you as a “thank you.” I will search for the “award” in my widgets (at least I hope that’s where I find it…let me know if I am missing something here). Thanks, again for your kindness.
        Lynne

    • Hi, Deanna! Thank you for nominating me for a Liebster Award. I appreciate your support and I enjoy reading your blog, too! Continue the delightful writing!
      Sincerely,
      Lynne

  2. Pingback: Old Chair | retiredruth - Life in the 50's and beyond

  3. Hi Grace,

    Thanks so much for your visits and follow. I will follow you, too, and look forward to your posts…take care, Lauren 🙂

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