February 1, 2016

Kitchen Shelves and Exercise Too

The other day I removed one item from my kitchen shelves to use 
elsewhere and somehow that set off a rearrangement of the
entire set of shelves.

I removed everything and just started playing around.
I don't usually have any kind of plan when I have
the impulse to rearrange.

I just lay out things that I think might work and just keep adding
or taking away until I'm happy with the look.

The fun part is that I have to climb up on the counter to reach the shelves
and then climb back down so I can step back to see how it looks.
This climbing up and down can occur many times so at least I'm
incorporating some exercise into my decorating.  : )

It's nice to have a fresh look especially on some of these 
dreary winter days.

January 23, 2016

A Mantel for the Family Room Fireplace

I'm so happy to report that we finally have a mantel on our
family room fireplace.  It was one of those smaller jobs that just
took us forever to get around to.

This photo below shows what the fireplace looked like
at the first showing we attended.

Of course you can see that we removed the brass doors and painted the stone.
You can also see the two little funky concrete shelves that needed to be removed
but that left the problem of how to fill the holes that would remain.

Well, hubby was able to remove the two shelves easily enough and I came up
with the idea of using spray foam to fill the holes and then sort of sculpt it 
to match the existing stone.
I didn't take any pictures of that wonderfully messy process but I am
actually shocked that it worked as well as it did.
After painting my fake stones, I don't think anyone would ever know
unless I told them ~ at least I hope so.

So then hubby installed a basic mantel that we purchased at Home Depot.
I did give it a coat of chalk paint and distressed it a little.

Now I'm having fun playing around with accessories.
I think mostly white with a little bit of color looks really pretty with
the rustic stone and I like the contrast of my old crate too.

You can imagine how glad I am to have this done and it has made a big
difference to the feel of the entire room.

I'm making a few other small changes to this room that
I hope to show you soon.

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January 1, 2016

The Best New Year's Resolution Of All

Last January, I found these words written by Paula Driesell of the blog Locksley Lane.
  I think she's so right that we should make time to be alone with our thoughts, destress a little,
 think about what is most important to us, and put things into perspective. 
 Just a few minutes a day can make a difference in many areas of our crazy lives.
Here's what she had to say:

"Let's face it, sometimes life is hard.
  Life doesn't always go the way we plan it.
  For most people, life is pretty chaotic and unfortunately - pretty stressful.
  We lose the joy in life and lack the ability to find comfort in little things.
  We are always looking for the next solution that will make our situation better. 
 We lack peace. 

 If we are constantly running, working and talking
 we miss out on the small things in life.
  We have to make time to be quiet and listen.
  Listen to that little voice inside your head.
  Feel that small little nudge guiding you to change 
directions or stay the course.
 Today, find time to be still…..just for a few minutes.
 Do something small for yourself. 
 Sit and feel the sun on your face.

 Get a cup of coffee or tea and sit and enjoy it.
 Buy yourself some flowers and marvel at their beauty.
  Take a bath and relax.
  Everything will still be right where you left it when you are done.
  Give yourself ten minutes of uninterrupted silence."

  ~ the perfect gift to give to ourselves ~

I think this could be the best New Year's resolution of all.

PS  Thank you for your inspiring post, Paula!  You're a very wise lady!!

December 23, 2015

Christmas Artwork of Thomas Kinkade

Do you like the artwork of Thomas Kinkade?
I'll be honest and say that I never took much notice of it until recently.

Hometown Christmas

I happened upon this first painting online and I really loved it.
As I looked at more of his artwork, I started noticing a certain feeling.

Skater's Pond

It's that feeling that I think many of us strive to have in our homes and lives.

The Lights of Home

That feeling of a lovely, warm and welcoming place to call home.

Home for The Holidays

The place where we feel most comfortable and safe.

Blessings of Christmas

I chose a few of his Christmas paintings to share with you today.
These especially evoked that feeling within me.
Of course there are many, many more.
If you are not already familiar with his work, I promise you will
find something that you love.

take a look

"A home with warmly lit windows is a resting place for the heart.  It's a dream
worth holding onto, a peaceful vision for our friends, our families, ourselves.
When we come home to the things that matter most, the windows of our very lives
will be with the irresistible glow of a place that says welcome."
~ source

~ wishing you all peace and joy this Christmas ~