Monday, March 30, 2015

Random Bits, and Thanks for the Inspiration

Good Monday morning! Can you believe how quickly March has flown? The sun is shining brightly here and it is in the 40's.  Earl and I took a long walk outside this morning and it felt absolutely heavenly to be walking along, breathing semi-warm fresh air and hearing the birds sing. I believe they were as happy as we were :)
I came home and decided it was time to straighten up the kitchen a bit. It's my favorite place to be in the morning because of the east facing windows, The sun just streams in and lights up the room in my favorite light. I think morning light is the best.
I washed a batch of eggs and put them in this jadeite bowl. I have to admit, I miss the days of coloring eggs with the girls when they were little. It's not the same just doing it myself. But I will say, since we keep chickens that lay so many shades of brown and blue eggs I really think it is hard to beat them for beauty.
 Fresh pink carnations in the basket by the sink. ♥
 This weekend I decided I needed to lighten things up for Spring.  These checked curtains from the thrift store are fine, but I needed a change.
 So, I dug through my fabric stash and found this lime green ticking stripe. I knew it was just what I needed.  I am on such a "spring green" kick right now. I had just enough for a simple valance for both windows. 
  I found a pale green china cup and filled it with some green and white flowers and tucked in a little nest and eggs. I hung it from the corner of the window from a satin ribbon and it makes me smile every time I go in the kitchen.
 The funny part of this post is that, because I was sharing the kitchen, I really ended up doing a much more thorough job cleaning than I had planned.  The dirty windows had been driving me crazy all winter and since I was showing you the curtains I felt I just HAD to wash them.. I washed them inside, got the ladder and washed them outside, then came in and realized they were still dirty inside, washed them again and realized there were some streaks I missed outside. That is the story every time I wash windows. What am I doing wrong when there continue to be streaks? Then when I edited the photos I realized with the light coming I probably could have left them dirty since the light washes out any detail you would see, including dirty windows!  Lol.  I will absolutely redo them when I do the rest of the windows this spring. In the meantime, shhhh, it's our little secret ;)...and thanks for the inspiration to get them as clean as I did.  Lastly, I have one more fun spring design in the etsy shop.  I love the bright colors and fun message. 
I hope you are all enjoying sunshine and warmer temps. Have a great week! What are your plans for Easter?

Thursday, March 19, 2015


 Spring has sprung! We have fairly consistent highs in the 40's now, and while that may seem wintery to those of you in warmer climates, it is heavenly here in Michigan after a winter of consistent temps considerably below zero. I have been outside without my coat and it makes me so happy! I am slowly adding bits of green and spring to the house.  I found some silk flowers left over from wedding decorations last summer and took the arrangements apart to stuff into this old green vase.  You would think that after all that winter white that brighter colors would be what I was drawn to. But the white and green somehow say Spring to me.
 I added this little mossy nest and twigs to the arrangement, along with a blue egg that I found in my stash of Spring decorations.  The lime and turquoise are so fresh together. I love it.
 Although the sunshine and balmy 45 degree temps say spring, alas, the yard and garden are still quite desolate. Thank goodness for grocery store flowers.  The last remnants of some lilies reside in the basket next to the sink...along with the gingerbread boy soap dispenser that holds the dish soap. Hmmmm, it may be time to look for a different dispenser? You have to admit though, the little guy looks so happy.
 I have begun Bible journaling.  I had a group of ladies over to my house a couple weeks ago to show them what I have learned and just as fun time together.  It was great to get to know them better and I am finding that journaling really slows me down in my study of the Bible.  It gives me the opportunity to really think about the verse and as I illustrate it, it is easier for me to remember. You can check out my Pinterest Bible journaling board here.
 I found most of the goodies that I used at Michaels and Joann Fabrics for 50 cents to a dollar each.  It doesn't have to be expensive.  The watercolor set was about $5 and I love the colors. A lot of the washi tape was 2 in a pack at Joann's on sale for 50 cents a pack.  It's the first time I have used any and I can see how some of you have started a collection! I have done so much of my design work on the computer I started to feel that I was losing my skills in hand lettering and drawing, this gets me back to that and gives me some practice that I was sorely missing. 
So there you have it. I'm back.  I know, it had been a while, and I am still working on a giveaway to celebrate 8 years of blogging. I'll be getting that posted soon.  What does Spring hold for you? Feeling overwhelmed? (I admit, I am a little, with spring cleaning, etsy, and so many other things and a certain lack of get up and go.) Are you planning a garden? So tell me, what are your Spring plans?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Studio / Guest Room Makeover

The February doldrums have hit and it looks like I am not the only one they have affected, my Bloglovin feed has been strangely emptyish lately. I can only hope my favorite bloggers will be back in full force with the promise of Spring.
Since it is such a dead time of year, at least for me, I decided to tackle something I have been wanting to do for some time.  This is the little bedroom that used to belong to my eldest daughter. She grew up and moved out, much to my chagrin. Why must children do that? Why can't they grow up and, say, move next door where we can all have our freedom but still see them every day? *sigh*
When she left the room was painted light blue. Before that it was several other colors including hot pink, which is the color we painted over when we moved in 34 years ago. Lets just say the room is a little smaller today than it was back then. You may have noticed I like lots of color. I used to chide friends and relatives about their white walls, (sorry Marie), and here I am painting the house in shades of white. You see, the thing I have found is that Color on the walls blocks me too solidly into one decorating style and color palette and I am nothing if not fickle. I want to be able to change my decorating with the seasons and on a whim, without changing the wall color. Also, this room has one north facing window and I need light. So white it is. The yellow looks nice and bright in this photo, but it was worn and to tell the truth it was wearing on me.  The chair is a garage sale oldie that I painted eons ago when the girls were little. I still love the silly thing. The rug was $5 at a garage sale and is there just until I find something I really love.
 So, I went to the Hardware store and I found the brightest white I could. Bright white in a low VOC formula because painting in the winter when you can't open the windows can really stink the place up. I am happy to report that there was virtually no paint smell at all. A very light scent as I put it on, no smell that evening when it was done.
I need a place to work on projects but this is also the guest room. I need to be able to fold up the tables, put things away and welcome that eldest daughter and her sweet husband back to her old room when they are in town, so the folding tables work for me just fine for now.  This is actually, hopefully,  a temporary studio, we are working on plans for something more permanent soon :>)
I am showing this even though it isn't finished. The walls are bare and it looks a bit blah right now. This is reality and I feel that it has to be said that, although we pin amazing studios and work spaces on pinterest, they don't have to be complete and happen overnight. There is joy in the process and in taking time to make this space my own and a reflection of what I love. I have a lot of plans to make it more fun and colorful, but right now, I am really enjoying the light and fresh whiteness of the walls.
I gave the old brown inspiration board a coat of jadeite green craft paint and purchased fabric for some cute yellow curtains from for a steal.  A simple hem on each end and some clips and they are done. I like the sunny jolt of color they add, and because the fabric was so inexpensive I won't have any guilt when I want to switch them out for another color.
The create banner was made for me by a sweet blog friend, Trish, at Notes of Sincerity, and I love the fact that I think of her every time I look at it. In fact, the space is decorated with gifts from several blog friends and I will share more about that later.
 So that is the "studio" so far. It is so nice to have a space that I don't have to clean up every time I am finished for the day and that doesn't impinge on the rest of the house!
On another note, I have to share the latest $5 find from Home Depot. This time of year I CRAVE some green. I have to admit, I am not particularly good at keeping houseplants alive. The outdoor garden does much better because God takes care of sunshine and watering with just a smidgen of help from me :>) The indoor plants...God must just shake his head.  But I found this huge gorgeous ivy plant at Home Depot and it was $5! I couldn't even believe the size of it when I unwrapped it from the plastic sleeve it was crammed into.  It is lush and gorgeous and I have so far been diligent about babying it. But if it should die some day, (if?) it was only $5. Less than the cost of fresh flowers and guaranteed to last longer. I l♥ve it. HD is quickly becoming the affordable fix for my winter plant and flower addiction. (Not a paid endorsement, you know I don't do those right?)
Please tell me, how are you fighting the winter doldrums? Do you have any fun projects you would like to start? Maybe now is the time, before the outdoors beckons and all those Spring cleaning and planting chores fill up the calendar.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Let the weekend begin! These were delivered to my door today, courtesy of my wonderful sweetheart ♥ #loveofmylife :)
To tell the truth, we don't have anything special planned for this weekend.  We never go out in the crowds, our plan is to go see a movie and have dinner some time next week. This weekend I will be painting my studio/guest room and I have to say I'm pretty excited to finally get that project off the ground. I will be sure to share as I get things spiffed up.
What about you? Do you prefer to celebrate at home or mingle with the crowds on a holiday weekend?
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!