Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thank you


As many of you know my husband Toby recently had Cancer surgery. He is doing well and he is on the mend. He faces a couple more surgeries but the biggest hurdle is behind us. The love and support we received from so many wonderful people in Blogland was overwhelming and  we can't thank you enough for your prayers and kindness during this time. It means so much when people take the time to offer a shoulder to lean on and it lightens the burden to know you are not alone in this.

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A special hug to  Diana from Nana Diana Takes a Break and Kris from Junk Cottage Chic who are most likely the sweetest gals in all of blogville! As you know, Diana posted a request for prayers for Toby before his surgery and has contacted me everyday to offer love and support. Kris has emailed me daily even while she was going through a medical problem with her own hubby. The kindness she showed me made it easier to handle the days before, during and after the surgery. They are both such wonderful women and I'm so lucky and blessed to call them my friends. In a world that can sometimes seem cold and uncaring there are still such unselfish and loving people out there who take the time to give of themselves to others.

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Wishing all of you wonderful people a wonderful day!
And here's funny farm pic of Toby and I that I found from a couple of years ago, he hates having his picture taken so don't tell him I posted it here haha.








Friday, April 4, 2014

Finding the Beauty in Life


I have to make a decision each day when I wake up. Even before getting out of bed......will I choose to find the beauty in life or will I let those things that can so easily beset us get me down? It really is a choice.
Somedays the choice is easy other days a challenge....and I'm not always sucessful....


Lately I  have to make a concerted effort to make the good choice... otherwise the illness of loved ones can send me into a downward spiral that's hard to recover from,.....sometimes leading to the edge of despair.
So I must choose......



 I listen to the bird outside the window..... the joyous song coming from it's small little body. He doesn't know what the day holds for him....where will he get his food....can he stay safe from predators?? But still he soars through the sky, momentarily landing on a branch to let out his song of sheer joy of  being alive.


So I sing too... a joyful song.....
Psalm 118:24 
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


I gaze at the sunshine streaming through the window...the branches outside making dancing shadows on the wall across the room. I see the deep pink Azalea peeking into view...


a butterfly lands to gather some pollen on some flowering annuals nearby.


I get up,and take a stroll to the back field.....


The road is still damp from an early morning shower, the Jacob's Ladder glistens with the raindrops.


The freshly mowed grass with it's wonderful aroma...the bushes on the hedgerow starting to flower, waking up from a long winter...
All the plants are growing towards the sun as if to say Hello World, we're Back!!!




So I choose to be happy today, to see the beauty in life.....to sing with the birds, to smell the freshly mowed grass and soak in the beauty of the flowers....to relish in the day the Lord has given me.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Porch Weather


The days are warming up and my thoughts are turning to working in the garden when I have the chance and relaxing on the porch with my hubby. Speaking of my hubby, he is a little better but still facing some surgeries in the next couple of weeks.  We are still awaiting the results of one critical test, very hard to have to wait. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate all of your well wishes. The blogging community is the best.

Spring is absolutely the best time of year to sit on the porch, drink sweet tea, daydream and steal a little  nap. I would love to spruce mine up a little. So I went on Pinterest to get some inspiration.  I'd love to have light blue on the ceiling like on this porch.


or this one


or even this one....

Below is what my porch looks like right now.
It's pretty big, 25 feet wide and 10 feet long so lots of room to play with.  It just  needs some color, right now it's just white with light green wood floors and darker green beadboard ceiling. Too much green.



I love my ferns, they just say 'relaxing porch' to me.


You can really see the dark green ceiling here, imagine it being a beautiful light blue.


Would love to have a swing.  I still remember as a little girl swinging with my Gramma on her porch.


Or perhaps a bed for that nap.....gentle breezes lulling you to sleep, wonderful!

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Doesn't this look like the perfect spot to curl up and read a good book?

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I love curtains on a porch, it adds such softness and the look of sheer curtains blowing in the breeze is so dreamy.

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I found this adorable Porch Sign  at Signs Plus Etsy Shop

A little table for an afternoon lunch or tea with the girls. I do have this right now, just need some new more comfortable cushions.


I just got a screen door similar to this one, I'm going to install it after I paint the porch. I got mine at Lowes


So how about you, are you more than ready for Porch Relaxing?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Browsing and Looking


I had a chance today to browse my favorite antique flea market. I love seeing different ways of re purposing old furniture and here's a cute example.

They used an architectural piece to attach an old window to a small table turning it into a cute little desk.

I fell in love with this display, a frame a wreath and a deer head thrown in for good measure, very cool.

Now this was super awesome, the letters are rusted metal, love that look.


Look at this gorgeous beauty!
It was a fun day and a good break from doctors visits all week long. Hope your day was enjoyable and relaxing. 



Friday, March 7, 2014

My Daughters Blog and an Update

Just a quick post to say hello and to introduce my daughters new blog, 
 The Bloggers Nest
She has some great tips for new and more experienced bloggers, as well as great ways to make money with your blog, don't we all want to do that? So hop on over and say hi and while you're there you might want to sign up for her Nest News which is full of ideas for bloggers. Her name is Kim and she's super excited about this venture and loves answering questions and helping out bloggers. Here's her latest post. 

How to Use Getty Images on Your Blog


Health update..... things are still up in the air with my husbands medical situation so your continued prayers are so appreciated. Thank you so much for all of your kind emails of support, it means so very much. I miss visiting your blogs and I  hope to be back to blogging full time soon. 

In the meantime I have managed to do some small changes in the dining room taking some of your suggestions with the chandy. I added a cover for the chain and removed some of the crystals, it doesn't look quite as garish. 



Here's a reminder of what it looked like before. I think removing the draping crystals allows the shape of the chandy to be more evident and of course attaching the top plate to the ceiling helped  :)

I also bought a new camera YAY, it's a Canon Rebel t3i, a big improvement over what I had. Here's a pic I took with it, focusing on the lambs and blurring the background a bit. 






Monday, February 24, 2014

Taking a Break

I just want y'all to know that I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for a while due to family health issues. I hope to be back to blogging in the near future. In the meantime please feel free to browse around but I may not be able to answer questions or respond to posts at this time.




Saturday, February 1, 2014

Future Plans for the Master

Is anyone else having issues with Blogger? For some reason it's posting my old posts like from last year, crazy, anyway on to today's post.

I know I made a big deal out of finishing one project before starting another and I'm sticking to that.....but it's not stopping me from planning for the next project.... my master bedroom....it needs help! Really it does, lots of help. So I decided to look through my Pinterest Master Bedroom Board to get some ideas. All of the links to the pictures are in my Pinterest Board if you want to go to the original pics.
This is what I came up with.....
For the wall color....
Pretty isn't it?
Also I have this old antique bed....
Yeah, it's a lot of wood. I want to soften the look so I'm thinking of making an insert for the headboard and footboard using this linen material....

and I'll paint the wood probably with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and distress it so the old dark wood shows through.
I also want to exchange my ceiling fan light with a chandy like this one from Miss Mustard Seed....doesn't she rock?
and add some details to the wood mirror I have and maybe to the armoire with appliques like these......
Yummy right? 

I might move my antique dresser in to the bedroom, the one I have in my dining room

I thought of doing it after seeing how this one is set up in the bedroom, so pretty.

I have these end tables that I painted using MMS Linen Milk Paint


I want some sparkle in the master so I'm thinking of adding mercury drawer pulls like these....

and with a mercury glass lamp and some pretty white bedding.....the overall look will hopefully be something like this...

So that's the plan.....after I finish the dining room. What'cha think?



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