Saturday, November 17, 2018

Our new little corner of the world!

It has been a crazy couple of months.
I mean it.
Moving is never an easy task but when you are an artist
and a lover of all things beautiful...well...
chances are you have WAAAAY too much stuff!

Anyway, who cares.
I love my stuff and believe me,
I've let go of a ton of it.
Donated, sold and discarded so, so very much.
That's good, right?

We are finally settled into our new home and
I'm finally getting to the fun part!!!
Decorating and making it feel like "HOME".

Here is my view as I sat at the computer a few mornings ago ~

These photos are not that wonderful but here is our new living room!!!

We are fluffing and getting ready for Thanksgiving next week!
There is still so much to be unpacked and the studio has been put on hold
until after Thanksgiving but it really is coming along beautifully!!!

One last photo.
Our youngest granddaughter Tilly is now 9 months old and
is such a sweetie pie!!!

I hope you are doing well and getting ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Whether it is big or small, it doesn't matter.
Just to be thankful for your life and all that you are blessed with
is truly what Thanksgiving is all about!

Thank you always for stopping by to visit me ~
Hugs and love,

Monday, November 5, 2018

I'm so loving this new chapter sweet friends!!!

This is the last artwork I created for a dear friend the end of this past September.
She was so pleased with it.
Thank you precious Mary for supporting my creativity dear friend.
I was closing up shop and preparing for a huge move to our new home.
And believe me.

What has happened between then and now?
Caring for my precious grandbabies....
Look at baby Tilly, now 9 months old!!

Clara is 9 going on 10....Murray is now 6!!!
They love their baby sister so much!

Our middle son Brad sold our 2nd son David and his wife Heather their new home!!!
PLUS...they are expecting a new baby in May!!!!
Owen is going to be a big brother!!!
We are so loving that our family is growing.
And their new home is closer to us and is just beautiful!

My precious mother-in-law...Grandma Jackie had her 80th birthday party and
we all celebrated with her!!! Baby Tilly loves her as we all do!

Little Miss Ellie is so loving our new digs...

The gorgeous arrangement that sweet Tammy made for our holiday table this year...

These sweetie pies came to Trick or Treat in out new neighborhood too!!!
They had such a blast!

Our beautiful new front yard:

Don't you just love the blue fall skies?

The new studio in the making ~

Always remember ~
Life is like a chapter book!

Stay tuned for my next post...the new studio is going to be GORGEOUS!!!

Thank you always for checking in on me sweet friends!
hugs and love,

Monday, July 30, 2018

Life is like a chapter book ~



As I get older I'm realizing this more and more each day.
Our lives are like books, filled with so many different chapters.
Some chapters are exciting, scary and wonderful!
Others are sad, painful and you can't wait for them to be over.

When I was 19 years old, I married a sweet and wonderful man.
He was 21 and we were so excited to begin our married lives together!
Fast forward and we raised five amazing sons over the years,
and now several have married plus
we have four beautiful grandbabies too!

Each one...a different, beautiful, difficult and exhilarating
chapter of our life book.

All along the way we've moved to different homes as our family grew.
Moving was always exciting (and a stressful time) to me!
It was a great time to purge all that we didn't need anymore,
clean everything
and of course the most fun of all?
Decorating our new home to make it beautiful
and of course, to make it feel like HOME.

Almost eight years ago we moved into this wonderful, old farmhouse.
Noah, our youngest, was our only son left at home at the time.
He was flexible and didn't mind the move at all and even didn't mind
the fact that the house was old, creaky and even kind of ugly.

This was our chance to finally live in an OLD home!!!

I didn't mind a matter of fact, I embraced it!
It was my goal to transform the old, ugly duckling into
a beautiful swan!

Before (was dark, cheap paneling...):


Before (sorry but this was after Noah moved out....still it's a "before"):




 now it's time for a little change in our lives!

We are searching for a newer home now...much more energy efficient too.
It's been such a fun journey living in this wonderful old home
but now that it's just my husband and I,
we are trying to be a little wiser, more money conscious
and we're so very excited about our new chapter!!!

Please wish us luck that we find the perfect place to land!!!
Thank you always for stopping by to visit me here ~

hugs and love,

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sometimes I lose my way ~

It's true.
I lose my way, my juju, my muse and simply want to kick myself.
Do you ever feel that way?
I've been trying to look through books, magazines and Pinterest
to gain a little inspiration for creativity though.
Hopefully it will help!!

I do want to share something I made recently
and am still in love with it!!!
It has sold to a dear friend but I still wanted to
share it here.

It's quite simple really.
And old divided drawer or box...
I added gorgeous antique ledger paper pieces to the back...
Then added beautiful dried blooms and botanicals inside
each section, each one secured carefully.

The back has a hanger that applied to it and
a few silk strands have been added to the top.

Sometimes simplicity is beautiful.

I hope you're having a wonderful summer sweet friends, stay cool!!!

Hugs and love,


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