Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amid the Trees

This past Friday, I picked up a few wonderful garage sale finds.  You can see some of them here on Instagram.

Another, was this hammock.  We have a stand that has been hidden in the trees for years since the hammock on it broke from rot.  Honestly, I don't even remember the hammock, pretty sure I laid on it once.

Well this new to us ($5, with some age for sure and a broken rope) hammock didn't fit the stand. 

Thank goodness!  This is soooooooo much better!!! Attached to two trees with i-screws (thanks to my son's suggestion)  When my daughter came home for a day, I took a couple of pictures with my phone.

The view looking up from the hammock.  (Great big smile inserted here!!)

Now, to somehow make the time to go and lay in it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I took this picture about a year ago and never posted it.  This morning a friend sent me gorgeous pictures of pink contrails as the sun was rising this morning.  

I've watched the sky forever and when I see jets go by I'm often taken to thoughts of "who's on board?"  "where are they going?"  and depending on what is going on in my life....I either wish I too was on board a jet going anywhere or I sit in absolute joy that I am on the ground right where I am.

So today, I hope you all are with me, sitting in joy that you are right where you are!

And, truth be told...I did not remember or did I ever know? that these were called contrails.  I've always just referred to them as jet streams. Always something new!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saturday Digest

►So...hoping to turn this stack of vintage green fabrics and this stack of doilies into a fun wall art display in the toy room.  Not sure it will turn out...stay tuned!

►I found this when I went up to take a picture of the fabric and doilies.  ???  Are they prisoners?  being rescued?  I asked.  They were just trying to see who could tie a barbie on the tightest, to see which one would stay on as they shook the lion around.  Now, I know what they were doing yesterday as they laughed and made so much noise upstairs, ha!

This photography project is interesting.  Small businesses around the world.  You may like the photos if you like the idea of entrepreneurship.

►I found this site a couple of weeks ago, Peg and Awl.  Apparently, I'm a bit behind as they have 28 thousand followers on Instagram.  Very cool stuff.

►This hand made book is really incredible.  Watch both videos if you have time.

►My son who likes to hunt and shares my interest in gardening sent me this link.  Fun!

Enjoy your weekend! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Who Will Be Like Me?

One of my little gals asked me the other day why she doesn't get to  help me get things ready to mail any more?  It took me awhile to decipher what she was asking.  She was referring to when I had two Etsy shops open!  

I was certainly surprised that she remember that.  The shelves have been empty now for sometime and I've taken the links off of my blog some time ago too.

I don't believe I'll ever sell vintage items online again, but who knows?  I do hope though to re-open at some point my shop selling photographs and hand made items or supplies for such.

I had sold some Through the Viewfinder Photographs through my shop and at local shows too. 
Here is an article about TTV Photos if you aren't familiar with them.

 These two photos have been on my mind today.

So much comparing one can do when you think you are falling short.

This prayer comes to mind:

"Lord, please bless me today just the way I am. I ask for the grace to see myself through your eyes."

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bedroom Makeover Update: A Little Modern Swag

In some eyes, this bedroom makeover may be a slow project.  But, for us, things are moving along pretty quickly.  My husband hung the new shelves in my daughter's room last night and we have the bed set up waiting the arrival of our new mattress.
Does anyone hate mattress shopping like I do????  How do you really know what you'll like? We did discover that you can actually return a bed after 60 days if we bought the protective cover.  So we did buy the cover this time.  The new mattress is going to our room and then ours is coming up here.  It's less than a year old too though.  We need new mattresses all through the house so it will be a process of replacing them. 

Her new bedding is just waiting!

And do you see her macrame above?

I know it may seem dark, but in person that little swag in natural jute is just adorable for a teenager's room.  A little modern swag based on a 1960s craft.  Did you know macrame is back?  It is and I'm loving it.  Right along with weaving! It was inspired by A Beautiful Mess's post here. My daughter really liked the idea of jute instead of yarn like they used, so she had to modify the knots a bit. She made it.  She loves it.  I love it!  And, I had the jute from a garage sale.  :)

We are also awaiting curtains.  We bought the fabric for them a couple of  years ago as a simple sewing project for 4H for my daughter.  Well that went by the wayside and now it was up to me to sew them.  Well.  I messed up and didn't get the fabric even when I began cutting...long story...suffice it to say that I was thrilled when I went online to JC Penney and with a sale and a coupon, ordered the sheer panels she wanted for a very reasonable price shipped to the store.  And, now I have sheer white fabric to find a use for....  I believe it will be used as a swag of some sort here....

in the toy room!  It only has one window and the fabric should be enough.  If you follow along on Instagram, you know we have been also updating the toy room.  Carpets cleaned here too and a bright sun-shiny "lemon chiffon" has replaced the coffee shop taupe that was on the walls. 
The floor is littered with toys being sorted so more pictures from this room later.

That wardrobe used to hold a tv in our bedroom years ago.  We never used the tv, so at some point, it migrated up to the toy room for storage.

This room is so happy and fresh right now.  

More later as things get accomplished!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday Thoughts

Besides giving up potato chips, again, I have some spiritual exercises that I'll be doing this Lent.

One being prayer journaling.  

I have been in the practice of it off and on over the years.  More off than on.

Besides being a prayer journal, I hope to keep it accessible during the day to jot notes and thoughts. 

And, as I opened the journal this morning, I found this quote that I had written in there a couple of years back.

And, it resonated with me again.  I think it will with you too.

This really could be a good Lenten meditation.

As I thought about this, I was reminded of some instagram photos I've had printed out. 

It's a sampling of how we spend our days.

The fancy leather journal was a gift to my daughter a number of years ago.  It was too intimidating to her to actually write or draw in it, leather bound and all.  So, she gave it to me.  I've only written on two pages...I had the same problem.  It's too nice.   

This Lent I will write, scribble notes, this journal.  It's not too nice to use.

Whether you journal or not, spending time thinking about and praying about, how you spend your day ,could bring about great blessings.


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