It’s the Simple Things


To me, nothing says “Welcome to my home” like the presence of fresh flowers.  I often have a vase of flowers setting on my kitchen table to welcome guest as they walk through the door.  Flowers have a way of creating a feeling of well being, calm, happiness, and intimacy.  Their mere presence is a symbol of sharing, an important element in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home.  The presence of flowers can elevate the mood, relieving stress and bringing sunshine to the dreariest of days.

Feeling gloomy on these cold winter days?  Do yourself a favor and pick up some inexpensive blossoms to brighten your day!



Creativity Starts at Home


 My home is my haven.  It’s my favorite place to spend my time.  Even when we have been away on a relaxing vacation, I am always happy to come back home.

My home is the place that I share with my favorite people, my family and friends, the people that are nearest and dearest to my heart.  I am passionate about creating an environment where family and friends can come together, relax, enjoy a good meal and pleasent conversation.

I have put alot of time and effort into creating the haven that I want my home to be. It hasn’t happened over night.  It’s not perfect.  It continues to evolve over time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  For me, creativity starts at home, the place where I explore and experiment with ideas that pop into my head.  It’s not unusual for me to take everything ( or almost everything ) out of a room and totally restage it.  Once I’m finished, my home feels refreshed and new again to me.

I have to admit, there are days when I get so frustrated that I would like to call in a professional to make it all perfect.  Then I remember that’s not my goal.  My goal is creating a cozy environment that reflects my stlye (and my husband’s).

I’m not quite sure why I started this blog other than I felt inspired to share ideas and communicate with others who love their homes as I love mine.  Feel free to leave a comment and return as I continue to explore creativity in my home and lifestyle.

Life’s a journey! Enjoy the ride!

Welcome New Year 2015!

So long 2014!

Very soon the tree will come down and all the decorations will be packed away.  I always feel a bit of mixed emotions this time of year.

A part of me feels a bit nostalgic as I pack the ornaments away for another year.  However, mostly I’m filled with excitement for what the new year will bring.

Part of teaching is reflecting on what’s been done and planning for the future.  As I think about 2015, my head is filled with plans to be made and projects to be done.  I am content to move on to a new year full of empty pages ready to be written.

I hope that your 2014 was filled with blessings and that your 2015 has more blessing to come!  Whether your going out for celebrations or staying home by a nice warm fire, be safe and may God bless!

Meet the Crew!

I would like for you to meet Bear, our two year old schnauzer and definitely my partner in crime!  On the days that I am home, he follows me around, supervising my activities, often sitting on my lap while I work on my computer.  Absolutely nothing goes out without his final approval!

Bear posing for his photo op!
Bear posing for his photo op!

My other friend is Heisenberg.  He is actually visiting with my son and not a permanent resident.  However, I have grown quite fond of him during his visit and will miss him when he returns to school. He is inhabiting the upstairs part of the house, while Bear primarily stays downstairs.  This seems to be working out as a compatible situation.  He peaks through the stair railing to oversee and approve (or disapprove) of our activities.  I wish that Heisenberg and Bear could become better friends, but such is life!

Heisenberg lounging as usual!
Heisenberg lounging as usual!

Bear and Heisenberg are my companions during the day. I often find myself sharing my thoughts with them.  They are truly both members or the family and life wouldn’t be the same without them. Thanks for stopping by and meeting the crew!