Applied Life Lessons

The last time I was rambling on here I told you a bit about an epiphany I’d had. “This is what I got. Be joyful in it!” I recently decided to take that outlook to my living room. 

When we moved to our little trailer home my husband and I were newly weds. We’re just grateful to have place to live! I wasn’t to concerned about furniture or wall color or 1995 fake wood cabinets. But as we spent more time there I did my best to use what we had to spruce it off- but we just living on love. It was not in the budget to paint walls or buy new curtains. I then got the opportunity to start our shop downtown- at this point we were expecting our son Elias there was just no time to paint walls.

 Long story short we still don’t have nice walls but we do have a minimal budget so this spring I set out to make our 1990s house work for us, regardless of its dated interior. Cause its just “what I got” until there’s an opportunity to paint!


This was the before picture. Elias was such a good helper. 


Tah-Dah!  We decopdged the back of the book shelve to add a little color to the room. As well as the painted frames.


So there it is folks. Use what yah got!

What I Got, Folks!

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.” - William E. Gladstone


Picture this: 1995 Dodge Ram Pick up truck. Chipping paint- blue, gray, and rust. Engine roaring, the truck swings to the far right side the bank drive through lane- this is because the window no longer rolls down and the driver must need to step out of the vehicle to make any transaction. The heavy door squawks as it’s opened. Out steps a young lady in pair of worn leather Mary Janes, maxi dress and a dark teal cloche. - This was me. 

The truck had to get me and my son from A to B for a few weeks before my Hubby could get all the necessary work done on the Honda. The first week I had to driving it were the worst. I absolutely dreaded having to lug Eli in his carseat into the backseat. The radio didn’t work, the windshield whippers barely worked, and the windows both stuck. I especially detested trips to the bank. I would have to open the door(which screeches like a banshee) and then proceed to do all my business with the door wide open. All of this just made me disgusted- until one day: 


I pulled into the lane and a thought came to me- “ This is what I got- be joyful in it!” 


So here’s my point: Work with what you have. Be grateful for what you have. Forget what you "don’t have". There is no joy in being ashamed or angry. Everything in life has been provided by the Lord(even something like an old pick up) 

This philosophy is one I often need to be reminded of.


To Those Who Wait

"All good things come to those who wait." -Proverb of unknown origin

It is March 6th, my family and I are finally out a blizzard. Meanwhile my cousins in Kentucky are posting pictures of daffodils. Now, ordinarily I would get very disgusted with this, but today I am glad to be enjoying the snowy tundra. It seems like I have been running around like the roadrunner - you know the bird that is always running from one disaster to the next. For now nature has said, 


“Hey you, take a break!” 


Thats what winter is about- it’s natures way of telling us that everything must have its time of rest. I yearn for spring to come, I really do. But, us South Dakotans, we have to be patient. 


So, here’s my point: It’s okay for things to take time. Now, that may seem contradictory to my last post- But hear me out- Things in life tend to move so fast we feel out of control. On the other end of the spectrum, there is always something that doesn’t seem to moving fast enough. Truth is when something comes along just take it as it comes. 


As always, 


Stay creative. 


-Allison with Prairie Whims

You've Got to Start Somewhere!

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” -G. K. Chesterton

So, I may have fallen down the rabbit hole. After obsessively watching videos on youtube about the science of coffee, coffee roasting, making espresso, latte art, etc…I came across an entirely foreign concept: Roast your own coffee- in a popcorn popper! Wouldn’t it be grand if I could provide my own freshly roasted coffee to people who come to visit our shop- SO inexpensively??! -The answer is, obviously, YES.  


This is what led me to scouring all the secondhand stores for a suitable popcorn popper. Then finding a green coffee bean supplier to send me samples. All the dots connected- leading me to my first coffee roasting experience. 


Even with all the extensive instructional videos, I still managed to make some very large blunders. But, even though I burnt myself and smoked up the whole shop, at the end of the day I had a pound of freshly roasted coffee. Which, tasted especially delicious in my latte the next morning. 


So, here’s my point: You have to start somewhere! Maybe you’re a bit like me; you’ve been obsessing over the idea of doing something, pinning pins on Pinterest, reading tutorials, watching every video you can, but you don’t know how it will turn out. It’s okay to be terrible at something the first time, or even the 5th or 6th time- but the each time you do it again- you get a heck of a lot better at it.




As always- 



Stay Creative!



-Allison with Prairie Whims

They're OFF!

“If everything seems under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” - Mario Andretti


I don’t disclose this very often, but when I was in high school I ran track and cross country. Before each race there’s a feeling of built up anxiety as you stretch out the nerves and wait in your block. The beginning of this year feels like the start of a race. Firing off like a bullet with nothing left behind but smoke floating in the air. Leaving me eating everyone’s dust- “Thats my girl, bringing up the rear”  my mom would tell me after each race.…I was definitely NOT an athlete. It was mainly because I was too scared to push myself to the point where I didn't feel like I was in control. 

So, here we are in the race against time. January is half over. I haven’t even broken my new years resolution yet, because I haven’t even come up with one! That’s how behind I feel. But its okay, I don't have to let the anxiety take over. Things will all be accomplished in their own time. 

So, here's  my point-Things are bound to get a little out of control, but that’s a good thing! It means changes are coming. Embrace it.  We often forget we don't have to be in control. We can do our best and leave it with God. 





As always- 


Stay Creative! 


-Allison with Prairie Whims

Locomotion Commotion

In the retail world Christmas starts at least 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. Preping products, brainstorming ideas for decoration, yada yada, so on and so forth. After Thanksgiving it's full steam ahead. The massive locomotive that is the pressure of Christmas promotion combusts into motion, if not aware you will be left feeling like you’ve been hit by a train. 


Amongst all of this locomotion commotion mom and I were/are planning and making ALOT of changes for our shop. Switching up our hours for the winter, focusing on classes and our own products/work, and online marketing. ALSO, my husband and I are working on remodeling a house which we will be moving to in early February(hopefully) 


So, with ALL of this going on, its really easy to forget having the real spirit of Christmas. To really savor the time and wonder of Christmas. The warmth your heart feels to be with family, to remember the story of Jesus's coming to us as a little child, to meet a stranger on the street and wish them a Merry Christmas, to have hope for the kindness in everyone. 


Let us remember this the whole year, 


"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 


-Calvin Coolidge (the 30th President of the United States) 



Although its been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas! 



Stay Creative! 


-Allison with

Prairie Whims


P.S.- My son Elias FINALLY walked on Christmas Eve! The little bugger walked a whole 15 feet with no trouble at all. I suppose he just wanted to give us a nice gift for Christmas. 

To Live is to Learn

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” - Albert Einstein


From the time we are small babies we have an undeniable need to learn things. I see this so much now that I am doing my best to raise a toddler. He is observing everything so closely!


For example, thanksgiving was a few weeks ago(I feel like I’m still recuperating from all the pie- how am I suppose to Christmas?!) We took a trip to WI to spend some time with my husbands’ grandma and the rest of family.

While we were there Elias (my son) got some bonding time with his older cousin Eleanor. Eleanor is only a month older than Elias but she is WAY more mobile. She runs circles around Eli. She also knows how to throw a tantrum while standing up.( You know the one, quick step stomping and balled up little fists, paired with glass shattering screeching.)  I witnessed this a few times and promptly let someone else deal with it. 


The following week, still recovering from the pie, Elias and I drug ourselves to the shop to get things accomplished like responsible people do. Elias wanted to have yet another banana (the kid would only eat bananas if I let him!) I said no. - You guessed it - Throwing fit while standing -


So, here’s my point- if we see something enough, we learn it, or we will at least TRY. 


Start learning something new. Start living.


Stay Creative, 

Allison with Prairie Whims


Today's the DAY!

“There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them.” 


We’ve all heard it, we’ve all said it, how many of us have actually thrown out the “Someday” attitude? 


I write this to you sitting in my living room listening the sound of the refrigerator (our house is just that small)  I anxiously await the enviable - my one year old son waking up from his nap. We all know this feeling, 


    “Don’t breathe. Don’t move. Just pray that this sweet baby sleeps!”  

This is then followed by a wail and thrashing limbs. Okay, scratch off all 197 things on the every growing todo list. You have a kid who needs momma!


For me, this is why I kick most everything into the “I’ll do it tomorrow, maybe next week, perhaps someday..” closet where it stays FOREVER (I’ve got an nonmetaphorical closet much like that too…)  


SO here is my point- We all have screaming baby(metaphorical or not) We all have reasons to validate WHY we can wait for someday. But there is no someday, if you want to go real deep, there's not a guaranteed tomorrow. This is why I encourage you to get out there and make today the day!  


Here’s just a few examples from my own list:


    - Pray deeper

    - Paint something

    - Send someone a letter

    - Read a book

    - Color a picture 

    (out of that coloring book you’ve had since last Christmas)

    - Try out a Pinterest recipe

    - Do a project with your kids

    - Give an old friend a call

    - Start a blog 



        Stay creative, 

            - Allison Fisk with

                 Prairie Whims