When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Friday, January 28

Guest Room Bedside Table

Aside from an occasional overnight visit from one of my siblings or my husband’s folks, our guest room is mainly used by my mom and dad when they visit.  In fact, after my grandmother passed away, my dad grabbed up his favorite bed and mattress from her home and brought it to me so he would always have a good place to sleep when he stayed with me.  Well that was many years, a marriage, and several houses ago.  And I’ve recently moved the bedframe and side tables to our master bedroom.  Dad’s favorite mattress now sits on a metal frame and didn’t have any side tables… until now.

I found a bed tray/side table online that I really liked.  The top tray can be taken off and moved around.  It’s great for eating in bed.

~ I know because I got another one for my bedroom and 
hubby has used it to bring me breakfast in bed.  *big grin* ~


I added a basket with extra soaps, lotion, and other toiletries in case my guests forget something.  My mom, of course, is much more impressed by this than my dad.  LOL!  My dad is one who wrinkles his nose funny at fancy scented soaps.


On the other hand, Dad is the one who gets up to drink water during the night.  With this graceful decanter and tumbler set, he can now reach his water from the bed.  No more getting up and finding his way to the kitchen.


This bedside birdie is my little chipper chirper.  It sits by a nest of sweet little egg-shaped soaps in a dish.


But it ties in nicely with the bird theme on the pillow shams and blanket.


Do you like to provide a little extra touch when your guests come to visit?


Sunday, January 23

New Year, New Look

I’ve decided on a fresh new look for my blog.  I’ve been wanting brighter colors in my life to inspire me.  And maybe I’m just a bit ready for spring to be here already.  But after an obscene amount of time trying to get the formatting to work, I’m finally happy with it.  It gives me a renewed energy and a sense of creativity.  I LOVE it!!!!

I’ve added a section on the right called A Few of my Favorite Things.  Here I will post pictures of things that make me feel joy and peace.  Things that make me truly happy.

Well here it is.  I hope you like it too.


Thursday, January 13

Happy 1st Birthday

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started my blogging journey.  I had spent so long looking at other DIY blogs thinking, “I can do that.”  It just seemed natural to start a blog and share the projects I was already working on.  I’m so glad I did.  I’ve “met” some incredible women.  They keep me inspired and are so sweet.  Looking back, I love the posts I have done, but I sincerely wish I had been able to spend more time sharing my adventures in making my house into the home we love.  
(I blame my kids, ha ha!) 

I’m a stay-at-home mom to a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a 10 month old.  Obviously my life is about them.  But my blog is NOT.  My blog is about MY interests, joys, and hobbies (outside of my kids).  It is a place where I can be me: creative, fun, and impulsive.

But, of course, being  a mom of these three precious little ones also means that my posts are limited.  And they get written over several hours or days with MANY interruptions.

I have so many projects either in my head or actually started.  I have taken lots of “before” pics.  And I’m hoping that over this next year I will have more time to complete these projects and share them with you.  Stay tuned.  Lots of love to my followers and friends.


Monday, January 10

Lettuce in the Winter Garden

Coming home after spending the holidays with my folks always proves very fruitful.  We bring home a lot more than we left with.  My parents are so generous and we always have a great time with them on their little farm.  This year, in addition to Christmas gifts, we came home with an ice chest full of fresh meat (mutton and venison), pecans, black walnuts, and a bunch of baby lettuce starter plants. 
 cold lettuce
One of the things I love about living so far south is the ability to plant a winter garden.  We rarely get freezing temperatures and never far below freezing.  While many areas of the country are covered with snow, we occasionally are lucky enough to have a steamy fog on our pond in the morning.
cattle on pond

More often we enjoy daytime temperatures in the 70s and great fun outside.  But don’t you be jealous if you’re knee-deep in snow.  Just remember how miserable and hot our summers are.  Well, we’ve planted the lettuce in our garden now and are looking forward to many fresh salads.
baby lettuce plant 1
lettuce bed  baby lettuce plants

Looking forward to planting more things soon.


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