Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Friday, June 25, 2010

No Linky, Gotta Do Some Thinking

You know I was planning to begin my Green Weekends link event, every weekend, and I will. Just not this weekend. I am taking a small break to get things around here better organized. I am also attending a Lia Sophia conference this week to hopefully learn some new ideas to get my business rolling in that area. It should be fun. Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear is the keynote speaker. (I hope I am not sitting anywhere near the front, I would hate to made an example!)

As you know, it has been a year now since hubs was downsized, and he has not been able to find a new position. He has decided to start his own business but things are moving sloooow to say the least. So I am taking a bit of time away to try to get things revved up on my end. We are considering a few different options for our future. Good things.
Plus, it is taking forever to ogle all of your creative spaces at Where Bloggers Create! I simply can't miss a single one!

I am so inspired by all of the ideas for storage and decorating and just plain magic that I have been seeing. My sweet daughter installed Adobe Creative Suite 4 on my Mac as well and I need to start learning how to use it. Only so much time in the day, right? So I should be back after the 4th with a better thought in my brain of where we are going from here. I might even have a badge for Green Weekends! Although I am not going to promise anything...tee hee.

Have a great weekend, a fabulous week ahead and a lovely Independence Day, P.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create Party (I almost made it!)

I tried and tried...really. I almost finished. Sometimes you just have to say this is as much as one person can get done and run with it. It isn't perfect but it has come a LONG way from an unfinished basement space to my little piece of heaven. A work in progress, but all mine! We finished the majority of our basement a few years ago. Then...we stopped. All the little details like molding and closet doors etc. just haven't been completed. The worst was my "studio" which had been turned into a storage space for everything that had no home. So I tried turning the guest room into my studio...I tried working at the dining table...I used my son's old room. Then I saw that cutie pie Karen at My Desert Cottage was hosting her second Where Bloggers Create event. That cinched it. Enough was enough. I cleaned and purged and constructed IKEA shelving and moved craft supplies from various spots where they had found a home, because I just had to participate.
I almost made it!
So I am going to share my not quite complete, work-in-progress, happy space anyway. Hope you enjoy it as much as I will enjoy visiting all of your creative studios!

Come on in. Don't mind the unfinished doorframe. I can't decide what color to paint it. The door came from a bank in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. We found two of them at an antique mall. It's mate is the door to the bathroom right across the hall.

As you can see, I am having a hard time choosing trim colors. Work-in-progress, as I said before.

There is a workspace to the left. Most of the furniture here has had a past life. The enamel topped table was my grandmother Florence's. She was my mom's mom. It sat beneath a mirror in her basement laundry room. I think of her folding laundry on it's top each time I sit down to create. I can feel her presence surround me with happiness. Her mirror which hung above it now lives in my powder room. The yellow shelving unit was a piece my father built for my room when I was 5 or 6. It then moved to my brother's room and was painted this golden yellow color. It will probably be painted in the future. (When I can decide on a color, haha.) The table it sits on is from my In-Law's house and the desk was a birthday gift from my hubs several years ago.

I have arranged my favorite memento's among my books and supplies.
Since the rest of our home is relatively sedate color is indulged here at every turn. Red is a favorite.

A birthday token from my blog pal Jodie is displayed in my cork board. The shelf/memo board was a brown wood find at Good Will brightened up with spray paint.

 The blue Canasta deck is precious, no? (How the heck do you play Canasta anyway?)

This charming metal cabinet was also from my grandma's laundry room. The black deco handles had broken so I replaced them with green glass. My grandma placed the flamingo decals on it before I was born. I believe she is the reason I have such a strong pull to the styles of the 20's, 30's and 40's.

A closer look. This cabinet is a sweet part of my childhood memories of grandma doing laundry in her sunny walkout basement and then taking it out to the line to dry in the sunshine. I can smell the lilacs and honeysuckle.

Lot's of empty space waiting for more goodies. I am filling my IKEA shelves slowly as I make an attempt at organization.

You may recognize some of the pieces I have collected recently, such as the Lassie lunchbox.

When we brought these shelves home from IKEA I discovered that they were  about an inch too tall for the back wall because of the duct work that had been boxed in. Oops! I found an alternate place for them but that eliminated the bifold closet door, since it would be impossible to open. I found some fabric to coordinate with all of the bright colors in this space to turn into curtains to cover the closet opening.

This table sits beneath the window on the wall opposite my grandma's table. I am not sure if it will stay. I would love to have a wall to wall table that I could stand at to work. For now it will do.
As you can see I have a lot of wall space that I have plans for.

Looking across from the window table. I will bring in a  TV to watch movies while I work. I love me some TCM.

For now I will listen to my vintage radio. Although I purchased this recently it also reminds me of grandma Florence, who adored the Cincinnati Reds and was never without her transistor radio when a game was being broadcast.

Glimpses of color and  sparkle.

Memories evoked.

Joy in things we love. All of this brings inspiration to the creative soul.

My stash of fatbooks created together with like minded artists who share the love of vintage treasures. Women I would never have known if it wasn't for blogging.

I am so grateful to be able to share with all of the friends I have met through this most wonderful world. Thank you for being so gracious and generous.
Thanks once again to Karen for hosting this wonderful event.

 As my space progresses I will share it with you.
Now lets get out of here and go visit everyone else!!!
  Have a Social Saturday, P.
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Green Weekend Linky Party

A green transformation. Annabelle Hydrangeas have to be the most perfect garden flower! Hydrangea's are one of my all time garden loves, in all their variety, but Annabelle? She's the best.

She starts out green in late spring. (Sorry about the blurry photo)

As she blooms, her flowers slowly become the palest shade of green, almost white.

For a short time she sports blooms of several shades.

When she is fully blossomed, her flowers are almost ecru, but they still hold a greenish tint.

What a gorgeous plant. Soon, as her blooms begin to dry, they will turn back to a lovely soft green. Then I will collect armloads to fill vases and savor the lovely shades of chartreuse right into fall.
See why I love her?

What is green in your life this weekend? Please share by linking to this post and letting your readers know you are participating in my Green Weekend. (Badge to come, soon I hope!)

Have a weekend full of wonder, P.

Link to your Green Weekend post here:
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Poetry and Motivation (sort of)

When we built our home 17 years ago, I painted a short poem on our fireplace mantle. Not sure who wrote it, but I found it in an old children's book.

It suited our home, a simple farmhouse built atop a hill that is one of the highest points in our area, surrounded by woodlands and a few neighboring homes.

"We live in the house at the top of the hill...

Where the clouds go drifting by...

And every flower in the garden there...

Lifts it's smiling face to the sky."

It was true then.

It still is.

I will be missing a bit this week due to trying to make the deadline for Where Bloggers Create, hosted by Karen at My Desert Cottage. Hope I can finish in time. At least I am farther along than I have ever been thanks to this little kick in the pants. I missed it last year. Wish me luck. I cannot wait to see all of your creative spaces and get lot's of inspiration!

Have a motivated Monday, P.

P.S. I will post my Green Weekend  post on Friday morning so you can link to it if you have a green post. (Remember, it can be thrifty, vintage, the color, a green idea or tutorial, repurposing, anything that you consider "green"). Then I will post my creative space on Friday evening, late, so it won't interfere. I am new to this and want to thank ALVN of Whisperwood Cottage and Sue at Sullivan and Murphy for giving me the heads up on linkytools. Bloggers are truly a supportive bunch.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Green Weekend

In the interest of planning ahead I am going to make weekends  my "green" time.

I will post about something green. Either the color, the concept, a way to "go green", a project or a tutorial.

If you would like to join me, leave a comment with a link to your post and link back to mine anytime from Friday to Sunday.  At least until I learn how to do the linky list thing in my post. Hopefully by next Friday. (Any help appreciated) In the meantime, say hi to my visitor.

Gorgeous, isn't he? Green too!

Have a chartreuse Saturday, P.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rainy Day Yesterday

Great time for a bit of housekeeping.

 Isn't it hard to be indoors when the sun is shining? If it weren't for summer rains I would never get any housework done!

 Dusting and sweeping.

A bit of polishing and tidying.

That's better.

Have a tidy Thursday, P.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summertime and Swaps

Mailman alert! A package for me. Yippee!

Sweet Sandy sent me a darling little notebook as a gift for hostessing a Summertime Journal Swap. She "floofed" the cover with her own talented hands. There were not enough participants for me to have a partner so I am enjoying the photos that the swap partners are posting.

Pretty, summery and personalized. Thanks Sandy!
A few of the swappers have posted some photos and sneak peeks of their journals. The creativity is awesome. I can't wait to see more! Today I am linking to Sandy for a sneak peek of the journal she sent to Dari. I am also linking to Debby who sent her journal to Avery. She has posted the journal she created and sent on.  Avery doesn't have a blog yet but we are working on her!

Make a visit to see the beautiful journals that have been created. I will keep you posted as more are received. Cannot wait to see them all!

Have a wish-come-true Wednesday, P.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Red White and Blue

Rearranged the mantle for summer. No cost just shopping the house.

Still keeping it simple.

A bit of Fourth of July, Memorial Day and all the joy of a good old American summer time parade!

Vintage style of course.

Have a terrifically thrifty Tuesday, P.
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