Thursday, April 9, 2015

My New Creative Space

When our son moved out a few months ago, I decided to turn his room into my new creative space.
I did think to ask the hubs half way through this project if he had wanted to use this space for anything.  Lucky for me, he didn't.

We took the room from bright blue to "graceful gray".  I love everything about this color,
even the name.

Yellow has always been such a happy color to me, so I used yellow to accent the room.
I painted this old lamp gray and finished off the shade with some rick-rack at the top
 and a cute matching ruffle.

I probably won't be using this antique typewriter much, but I do enjoy just having it around.
I believe you should surround yourself with things you love in your home.

I think every woman dreams of an area to sew and be able to walk away from without cleaning up to come back to later.

I made a pennant banner with my accent colors.
I painted a few old frames and added some twine and little clothes pins.
I used some of my old pattern fronts for decoration and a few pictures of things I have made for my older children as inspiration to SEW again.

Awe, just awe.

I removed the bifold closet doors and hung curtains.
I use the closet to store ebay items I am selling and for packing supplies.
My husband has promised to get me a lap top and small printer for this room
 to make this process easier.

I didn't want to get rid of the antique set that was in here since I may have grandchildren ONE DAY and need to use this space for other things.
For now, I'm storing my sewing things and material in them.

I created a little chalkboard from an old picture.

Here is another frame I made and use to hold a few old childhood pictures.
I am also planning to work on organizing all of our family photos in this room.
I'll let you know in 100 years how that goes.

I do use the old typewriter for inspirational quotes to hang on this frame.

The other desk holds my postage scale and is used for packing up items to be shipped out.

I covered a few cushions for this old wicker chair.
I bought the ottoman at an auction and painted and recovered it.
I decorated this room with $1 per yard material.

A place where even the ironing board matches...and my next lampshade project.

For now, I'm calling this space my "sewing, crafting, blogging, scrapbooking, ebaying, get inspired for an etsy"

My Happy Place.

Who knows, maybe I'll even be inspired to start writing in that book I bought 10 years ago.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Camping, Photo Shots, Makeup, Songs, & Men

We had a nice weekend camping trip last week to Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, GA.
 Many places we camp, are full of memories of camping there with our now adult children.
It is still fun getting to do it all over again now with our youngest.  She is the creative one in the family.  After purchasing her first "real" camera with her birthday money, I told her she was responsible for the photos on this trip.

I love seeing how others capture a moment in time.
It is like seeing through their eyes, or as someone said, "a save button for the mind's eye."

"An instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." ~Dorothea Lange

"The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness."

"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.  
It is a creative art."  ~Ansel Adams

Just for fun....
While we were getting ready to go out to eat and  do some shopping, I was putting on my makeup and my daughter was snapping pictures.  I was saying, "stop," 
while she kept saying, "this is cool, this is cool."  

I began to sing the Rascal Flatts song, Fast Cars & Freedom.
I have always pictured my husband singing that to me.
I have always thought of it as "our song"...
It sounds just like us...

Staring' at you takin' off your makeup   (even though I was putting it on)
Wondering why you even put it on   (no one as ever really wondered that)
I know you think you do but, baby, you don't need it   (ha)
Wish that you could see what I see when it's gone  (Do you see me with eyebrows?)

I see a dust trail following an old red Nova   (It was really an old Datsun pickup)
Baby blue eyes, your head on my shoulder   (green eyes)

Wait, baby, don't move, right there it is
T-shirt hanging off a dogwood branch (no, that didn't happen)
That river was cold, but we gave love a chance   (It was a pond and we didn't really get in)
Yeah, yeah, to me
You don't look a day over fast cars and freedom
That sunset river bank first time feeling

Yeah, smile and shake your head as if you don't believe me
I'll just sit right here and let you take me back
I'm on that gravel road, look at me
On my way to pick you up, you're standing on the front porch
Looking just like that, remember that?  (I was always waiting on the porch)

See, just like us!
Or as my husband would say, "Just like us but different."

The funny part is.........while we were on our way to go eat, I began singing this song in the
car to my husband, to which he replied, "No, I've never heard it."
Umm, excuse me, never heard it???
How could he have never seen the similarity there?
Seriously?  And never heard it?

I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or cry.
 I don't think I look a day over fast cars and freedom.
I don't care what he thinks.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Sitting Room & Changes in Life

It has been a while since I have blogged.  I have had a few health issues and a few life changes.  Thankfully, I am doing much better.

Sometimes blogging seems a little silly, and I think about just deleting all of it.  I started out blogging for completely different reasons than I continue to blog.  I have made new friends along the way, kindred blogging friends, and I do enjoy sharing my life with them.

I do not blog as a way to say, "Hey, look at what I have, or look at what I have done, or what I can teach you."  Blogging is a way of sharing, and as I read on another blog, women have always liked to share, whether it's a cup of coffee, a cup of tea or a recipe.  If you came to my home, I would love to share those things with you, and we would sit down and discuss our accomplishments, our goals, our dreams, and what is going on in our life.  I also enjoy sharing pretty things, after all, what good are things if you can't share their beauty with someone?  I'm sure along the way, we would also discuss our feelings because, well, that's just what we do.

So, let's visit over a cup of tea.

There really was tea in that cup.

My youngest son recently left the nest to start life on his own as he also prepares for marriage this October.  I've made a few changes around the house since he moved out.  I guess it is my way of dealing with it.  I move furniture around, shop in my house, and redecorate.  For some strange reason, this makes me feel better about things.

This little sitting area is located at the top of our stairs.  For years, it has only held a black desk and an antique game table.  I moved around a few things and put some of my favorite old pieces in this sitting room. Change is good, right?  Well, sometimes change is hard, too.

When a child leaves the home, it's almost like a death.  Suddenly, they're not at the table at meal time and there is no one to wait up for.  But, change is inevitable.  It is part of life.  As I heard a pastor say once, "You wouldn't want them to stay a newborn baby forever really, would you?"  Sure, we as mothers say that we wish they would never grow up.  But, we don't really mean that.  As much as I enjoyed my babies, I wouldn't want to take care of a baby every day for the rest of my life.  And yet there is a sadness in each passing phase in knowing that a part of your life is over and never to be replayed.  We have to embrace the change and realize that they were only on loan to us for a short while.

I bought the sign at an auction last year with no idea what I would use it for.
I think it fit well in this room.

                  The next chapter of life is still exciting and good.

My husband has even offered to teach me how to play chess.  He and the boys used to play chess a lot up here.  It has always looked quite daunting to me, but I suppose I could learn.  We are never too old to learn new things.

My oldest son purchased this chess set on a mission trip to Mexico when he was in High School.

On a side note, when both my boys were home, they would never allow me to put a curtain in the octagon window, especially not a lace one.

A few things I have been reminded of lately:
With having a few health issues, I have learned;  I am a thankful person, but I want to be more purposely thankful-er.  I'm thanking God more for the ordinary little things I have sometimes taken for granted.  I am thanking out loud when I wake up pain-free in the mornings.

With change, I found a quote that was just perfect;  "There will be many chapters in life, don't get lost in the one you're in now."  I'm looking to the next chapter with enthusiasm for what lies ahead,

scratches and all.

And, you're never too old to try new things.  My youngest daughter and I are looking for the right record player to put in the sitting room.  We think this would be a fun new thing to start collecting old record albums from the thrift store and coming up here to listen to.  It seems what is new and exciting to one, is just logical to another.  Some of my greatest joys in life as a mother has been experiencing old things again as new with my children.  I look forward to getting to experience that one day with my grandchildren.

I made my son's old room into my sewing/craft room that I always dreamed of.  I have to do something with all of these empty bedrooms.  I will show that to you when I get the finishing touches on it.

Thank you for stopping by, taking a look around, and helping me to put things in perspective. . It always feels good to have a talk with a friend.

Blogging is good therapy.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Bread

I love this simple bread I tried today.

It's worth making just for the aroma.


Cinnamon Roll Bread

For the bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
*If you don't have buttermilk, you can do what the Pioneer Woman has taught me to do:
Measure close to the amount of milk you need and then add about a tablespoon of white vinegar, stir, and let it sit for a few minutes.  

Cinnamon Swirl Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a loaf pan (I used a 10 x 6) by spraying with non stick spray.  
I then sprinkled cinnamon sugar in the pan.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
Use a wooden spoon to combine the wet and dry together.  No mixer needed.
Spread batter in loaf pan.  Batter will be thick.

Combine the swirl ingredients together in a small bowl and drop by spoonfuls over the mixture.
Use a knife to make swirl designs into the bread.
Be sure to cut it deep into the batter.  I must do this better next time.
Bake for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool and then mix the glaze and drizzle over the top.

I think I'll add raisins next time.

I know what I'm having with coffee tomorrow morning. . . 

Printable Recipe  HERE

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Visiting Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe

If you're ever in Beaufort, SC, you MUST visit The Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe.  I fell in love with this place that was right across the street from the City Loft Hotel, where we stayed while visiting the area.
It's an old post office turned produce market /cafe, and it is a beauty.

I didn't edit any of these pictures, I'll just let them speak for themselves.

There are beautiful floor to ceiling shelves.

and cozy tables with cloth napkins and fresh flowers.

Pies!  And the Key Lime looked wonderful!

So many cool rooms with treasures.  This old vault room turned pantry

filled with herbs & spices.

Beautiful fresh produce.

Even some cool dishes for sale.

Lots of fresh canned produce and jellies.  The fig jam on their cheese biscuits was wonderful!


A wine room.

I've been dying to paint my pantry shelves green since I came home.

And the best.........In the back is the kitchen.....
and the made to order..........wait for it...............!  Oh, I was was happy!  These were so good.  Just looking at this picture, makes me want to make the trip back there.

I did make some healthy breakfast choices while there.  Their granola was soooooo good!

Hubby got the blueberry pancakes.

The next day, I got more granola.

He got the potatoes and eggs with the yummy cheese biscuit.

Guess what I brought home?

If you're ever anywhere near this place, you must go.
love, love, love.