Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice. ~Charles Varlet de La Grange, Pensées, 1872

Ok so this is the weirdest and one of the longest posts I have written. I have a love and don't like so much relationship with Facebook and blogging and Social Media in general as I am sure many of you do. On the down side I feel like I'm reading or writing for People magazine and then at other times I feel like I am sharing in someone's life and they are sharing in mine.

Not all of you have been to our home. I cannot tell you how many times people have said, "You should be a decorator" or "I love your house, can I look around." or "I need you to decorate my home."

Our house is not special, in fact it is pretty modest, kind of old and still pretty in need of repair in places. We have worked on it in stages through many years but I am kind of the nesting type. Put me in a mansion or a trailer and I am going to make it all it can be to reflect who we are and to be welcoming and comfortable to viisitors not who House Beautiful says we should be.

My husband, being the entrepreneur that he is, has said on several occasions, "You should be a decorator" along with many other people who have been to our home. I have no interest in going back to school and learning the finer points of design. I worked with a decorator when I was younger whom I admired very much.  She said to me one day when I was thinking about future career and college that you can have all the school in the world of design and decorating and if you do not have "the eye" you will not get very far.
 I never did go to college. I got married and pursued my own personal career of design on all the homes we have lived in.

If  any of you are serious and really do want me to come into your home and share some ideas and encouragement on how to make it a stylish reflection of you I really would love to. It will cost you a cup of coffee, maybe two. :)  I first will ask you to describe yourself to me and, what do you like or dislike when you go into someone else's home or see a photo in a magazine and what are the specific needs of your family when it comes to home life and lastly how can we create that feel to your home but stay within your budget. I can maybe help you define your taste and get started with what you already have.

 I am not a professional and I happen to know a lot of you are very talented when it comes to your own nesting and you know already what you want your home to be and feel like and how to get there, and to some it is not even important to you. For as we all know home decor consists of the "stuff of life" not life itself.

I have told so many friends already that, yes, I would love to come and share ideas with you. call me whenever, but this is my formal invitation and feels a little bit awkward to do it via this venue but there you have it. My girls are grown and now I have the time.

Now you feel like you have just read People magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

As always,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green, @NatureSpirits

Good Morning, I apologize to those of you who have tried to view this site and received the pop up of possible Malware. Not sure how long this has been displayed since like many of you I have had a crazy insanely busy summer and have only sporadicly posted entries. I found the intruder and kicked his butt out. So we are live on blogger once more. Just have a few summer photos to share as we wrap up this busy season.  For all my google friend connect followers the gadget is no longer working on my site but as far as I can see you are all still connected and following. Please let me know if this is not the case and sign up for e-mail notices on postings.
Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Early Summer

I Question not if thrushes Sing, If roses load the air; Beyond my heart I need not reach when all is summer there.

~ John Vance Cheney

Enjoy this beautiful summer!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Do you battle insecurity?

Good Morning Sunshine!

I mean You and the one shining outside my window. I haven't shared a post with you in quite some time but I just finished a book that I would like to recommend. I buy a lot of books. I first attempt to purchase them used on Amazon but many times am too impatient to wait for the delivery so I just buy with one click and have it sent whisper fast to my kindle for Mac. ;-)That is a dangerous icon, it is way too easy.....The problem is that when I want to share it with a friend or family member I can't because it is stuck on my hard drive so I prefer the old fashioned hard copies.

This one will be passed to one of my daughters and hopefully on from there. It is one that I think the majority of us desperately need to read. It is by Beth Moore and titled So Long Insecurity,  you've been a bad friend to us.

As women we struggle in our modern society for self worth and purpose and we have an uphill battle.
Rick and I raised our girls with as much positive affirmation and security as we could. I thought that no parents could have tried harder to assure their girls of their invaluable worth and our unconditional love, yet hey still battle insecurity. I personally feel I am the Queen of it. I know many of you would contest that and battle me for the crown.

You may not be a reader of Christian books but this is not just for people who normally are, it is for all women who know deep down they have fears and insecurities that effect the way they feel and act and perceive themselves. Many have had their security torn away from them at an early age in some way and still many, like my daughters, have learned just from being born (however much a lie it is) that they just don't feel they measure up to even their own expectations.

You can find the book here for a few dollars used here on Amazon and if you are willing to wait a few days for a hardcopy, I think you will be glad you did.

I wish you a beautiful day!

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