I can’t make you love me

I thought this a good thought to begin 2017. You can’t make anybody love you, so love yourself! The rest will follow… “I can’t make you love me” sung here by George Michael – recorded by MTV in 2009.
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Happy New Year 2017!

New Year is a time to ponder on what went before and what’s upcoming for 2017. Van Gogh was a man who struggled mightily with his “here and now”. His genius was only truly appreciated after his death. Largely self- taught and a bit of a vagabond- he was unable to stay too long in any one place.
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Ring in the Holidays -The Pantry, Washington Depot

Paola Prints was thrilled to participate in the 25th Holiday in the Depot in Washington CT. We were hosted by staff and owner Michael Ackerman of The Pantry, a fabulous American Café featuring the area’s premiere bakery, artisan food and catering since 1977. What makes such a place successful? Great food. Kind people. A fun evening for all. Being with neighbors and friends -holiday gatherings are always a kick. Honestly, it’s part of what makes you keep going, right?
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Here Comes Fall

Colors and leaves-leaves everywhere. The New England countryside is begging to be seen. Take a drive soon if you’re so inclined. Due to a general lack of rain this summer, Fall 2016 should be a shorter color season.
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Paola Prints Goes Green

Ancienne is a green pillow, one in a series of decorative pillows made from photos of a favorite hosta plant. Home décor products, so many of which are imported from overseas, are made in countries whose manufacturing standards are often much less stringent then in the United States. 
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Plenty of Green to Go Around

This time of summer, everything is coming up green. And for those of us who crave color, there’s always new ways to add it. Every year, you notice new places, new opportunities to eliminate the color “down times.” And, each year, you get a little farther.
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The Art of Collaborating With Nature

Serenity is something to be strived for. We bought a serenity statue a few years ago in Brimfield MA. Each year we try to get a little farther in making a special place in the garden to secure our own serenity. Our statue sits in the shade of an old Japanese maple. Over time, I’ve noticed that sunlight penetrates the foliage behind the statue pretty consistently all day. So, this year, as part of the front garden development, we built up the hill behind the statue and added flowering bushes planted above and behind. So, now in addition to azaleas
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