With the month of January I acquire buyer’s remorse at how much I spent on Christmas and then I subsequently acquire a case of “the wants!” It is very confusing to my soul. The minute I start tearing down and storing Christmas decorations for another eleven (seems like it’s becoming ten) months, I look around at my homes that seemed bright and cheerful and now they lack luster and are a bit gloomy. What can I do to freshen things up? How do I not spend a fortune? Well this year I tried something new to push my creativity and I thought I would share it with you! I looked around at all of my treasured accessories (aka knick knacks), books, and surface areas and decided to do something drastic. I went around my home and gathered up all of those things and put them on the dining room table. A close friend came over and asked me if I was packing up the house. It seemed like it for a few days because once I courageously did that step, I became frozen with “what now?”. It seemed overwhelming to re-merchandise my entire home. I finally dove in and started with the bookcases in my living room. I became stuck again, so out of procrastination I started stacking my books by color hoping inspiration would come to me. Voila! It was the jarring movement that I needed. I sometimes think that my living room goes very drab due to lack of color but, I began to see that with the books grouped together I now had pops of fun color all around. Little by little I added in fun collections that make me happy and then I’d pull them back down again. It just wasn’t right. Then I gave up on the bookcases and went back to the mantle. The fans that I used to have in the “perfect place” now needed a new “perfect place.” So up they went where their great architectural lines could bounce off the mirror and we could now enjoy all sides of these vintage timepieces. Now I’m worn out and decide to start again the next day. Who would have thought rearranging could be so mentally taxing? The next day began a new light and the cobwebs in my brain had cleared. It is interesting to me that doing this for someone else is easy, but moving my own things was much more challenging.  One by one I just kept putting something on a shelf, stepping back, assessing the result and starting again until all of a sudden I was happy with how the bookcases made me feel. Confidence was won when Sophie came in and said how much she like them….yes the teenager gave me a compliment, which means I MUST be on the right track. Seashells came out of my office and went next to my Lady Diana and Charles wedding bell. Who’d have thought? Pool balls went in a vase next too Elvis and vintage family baby cups, because Elvis goes with everything! Finally we had completed spaces. Favorite things posed with favorite people in photographs. The lesson learned is that we need to buy things we love, they don’t have to be expensive (could be free shells off the beach) and create spaces that are spiritual to us and our families. So, now I hunt for a few favorite things to add in here and there. I think I will check that cool website, Off The Cape and see what I find. 🙂 ...

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Showing The Love

This February I have heard a couple of reoccurring themes over and over again. One is “Make you a priority, do what makes you happy” and “I don’t get caught up in the commercialism of Valentine’s Day.” Well, honestly both of these ideas or comments really bother me. It makes me wonder what this world […]

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How To Decorate With What You Have

With the month of January I acquire buyer’s remorse at how much I spent on Christmas and then I subsequently acquire a case of “the wants!” It is very confusing to my soul. The minute I start tearing down and storing Christmas decorations for another eleven (seems like it’s becoming ten) months, I look around […]

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Happy New Year!

As the sun sets on 2015, I can’t help but wonder what 2016 will hold for me and my family. Each New Year, my husband, Lee and I always say, “Let’s not do anything big this year, let’s just rest in where we are at.” Well, that doesn’t usually happen when you are both dreamers, […]

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Merry Christmas and Thank You

The stockings are hung, the Christmas cards have been returned to Shutterfly and forgotten about, the cookies are baked, and taking up residency on my thighs, and our family is happy to be back on the Cape for Christmas. Hopefully your Christmas to do list is also coming to a close. I think that we […]

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Take A Deep Breath

I wish I could wire this blog with sound because I would let you hear a big sigh. I am not sure if it’s a sigh of relief or a sigh of exasperation, but none the less you would hear the exhale of my breath coming from deep within. As you well know, time is […]

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A Humble Thanksgiving

This week, our family had the privilege  to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. They are families from a school that I volunteer at in one of the poorest communities in Fort Worth. It was such a humbling experience when our family doesn’t even question that we will have everything we want to eat […]

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Holiday Decorating

When I was growing up, I could tell you prior to pulling the decorations out of the attic where the manger was going to go, the carolers, and the sleigh candy dish. I can picture my childhood home now and exactly how it looked each Christmas season.  However, I can’t recall where I put my […]

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Vacation In Two Parts

  If you follow me on some form of social media you know that recently I was on the Cape for my annual fall visit. Cape Cod in the fall is something to see. The light is crisper, the chill is in the air (this time it was snow for about an hour), and the […]

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Christmas Is When?

Yep that’s right, Christmas is six weeks away! It is so hard to fathom when you live in Texas. Summer comes to a close around Halloween and just when you are feeling in the fall mood,  the Christmas commercials start playing after the nightly news. I am blessed however that in October each year I […]

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A Halloween Legacy

  Halloween is an emotional holiday for me. It evokes such strong memories of my Mother, who I lost 8 years ago to cancer. Sometimes I relish those memories, and sometimes I’d rather store them away. This year it brought me joy to unpack and to relish in those memories. My mother was a holiday […]

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