Shabby Chic Christmas decorations mannequin tree

Say it’s not so?  January 3rd!!!  I’m still enjoying my Christmas decorations around the house as things quiet down from the holidays.  Please enjoy the last bits of the season this week on my blog.  I’m posting pictures from part of my guest room.  This has quickly become me favorite Peaceful spot”, to sit and read and sip on tea.

The mannequin tree might just become a Valentine tree soon!  Christmas guest room _dsc0299 _dsc0300 _dsc0301 _dsc0302 _dsc0305 _dsc0307 _dsc0308 _dsc0310 _dsc0314 _dsc0315 _dsc0316 _dsc0317 _dsc0318 _dsc0319 _dsc0320 _dsc0322 _dsc0323 _dsc0324 _dsc0325 _dsc0326

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…white Christmas decor.

I’m a long time fan of all white, shabby rooms.  I’ve branched out a bit to fit my new, old house from 1912, with a little more color but, my heart always finds its way back to the light, airiness of white.  That’s what I went for in our bedroom for Christmas.  I mixed it with sentimental pieces, like the painting on the mantel from our wedding.  We had each child drip paint on a canvas instead of using sand.  My inspiration also came from a few of my favorite art deco rings._dsc0236 _dsc0237 _dsc0238 _dsc0248 _dsc0250 _dsc0254 _dsc0256 _dsc0257 _dsc0260 _dsc0261 _dsc0250 _dsc0252 _dsc0259 _dsc0260

Merry Christmas

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These are e few of my favorite things! Christmas decorating…

Merry Christmas!  It has been awhile.  As things begin to wind down I’m catching up on posts! Please enjoy the Christmas pics from around my home in the next few days.  I can’t take credit for making the gingerbread house…that would be the work of my daughter.  I think she has the patience of Job to make a roof like that!  Until soon!_dsc0152 _dsc0151 _dsc0155 _dsc0153

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Romantic fall decorations

Delicious autumn!

My very soul is wedded to it

and if I were a bird I would fly about

the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~ George Eliot

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A simple antique lighting adventure…

So, if you like restoring, you know things don’t always go as planned…It is a true exercise in patience and labor of love……I love every moment of it…maybe it’s because I wasn’t the one looking like Atlas holding up the world!  Ha!  I love that picture of my husband!  (Sorry Honey).  What started out as, “Can you help me for about an hour to wire something?….ended in hiring, wiring and scaffolding!img_5955 img_5956 img_5957 img_5959 img_5962 img_5964 img_5965 _dsc0586

On to the details…I found this fixture on Charish.  It caught my eye not only because it’s period, but also has a mixture of Art Deco and a french theme.

Ahhhh…” There Be Light”

Someone very famous once said that…:)

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San Diego and inspiration…..artist village too!

Usually, most September’s, you will find me at the Country Living Fair. My heart…this year I diverged.  Visiting an artist community at Balboa Park and staying at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

Being a visual sort, inspiration pretty much abounds at each corner…a lover of antiques and all things vintage, Hotel Del Coronado is quite intriguing.  Such as; Being built in the 1800’s using no nails, to the large chairs custom built for William Howard Taft, to the outstanding crown chandeliers designed by the writer of, Wizard of Oz, who frequented the Del to read his stories to the children staying there, before publishing.  My favorite is the Dragon tree (See pic), which was in the film, Some Like It Hot, with Marilyn Monroe,   The director cut a part of it, without asking because he didn’t like it in his scene, little did he know that the sap from the tree hardens after dripping, a favorite of violin maker, Stratuvarrius, used on many of his violins, was not a pleasant surprise to directors to whom left there chain saw under the tree after sawing away freely.  Charles Lindbergh, enjoyed his send off dinner here before flying, Spirit of Saint Louis, as well as The Del hosting Presidential Summits.

This leads me to the outstanding artists community at Balboa Park.  Enjoy the pictures and if you get a chance to visit, run as fast as you can.  Amazing!

To sum it up…the value and richness gained creatively and spiritually  from journeys is priceless….

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Power of friendship, a mixed media painting…

I’ve tried writing a friendship story many times over…

Sometimes when something is so sacred to one, it’s hard to write about, so I paint….so here it is, with many layers, similar to to my friendships as well as life stories.

I see life much like creating a patchwork quilt, so, I’ve actually never made one, but I appreciate my great-grandmothers, filled with unique snippets, cast off pieces, once forgotten, brought back to life again.  An especially important component to the beautiful quilt, sewn over time like a web.

I try to listen to my inner voice and calling, sometimes fear can get in the way.  FEAR, pretty much I think the ugliest of all words.  Amazing how something that small, four letters, if you will, can cause so much paralyzation and powerlessness if left unchecked, even physical symptoms.  So,let’s put fear aside for the rest of the story…six years ago I concurred that word and truly listened to my inner voice.

I grabbed a book from my shelf and headed out to a local art fair that I had been attending for the past 20 years.  I had no intention of going that year, but with an hour remaining, I surrendered to my prompting and headed out to deliver that book to a lady with whom I saw at an art booth for years, yet never met.

As I waited for her to finish, she looked up and said, ” Do you ever feel like God brings people into your life for a reason”? I replied a simple, “Yes, that’s why I’m here”….Six years later our friendship journey continues…

I was blessed for bravery that day and am blessed today with a best friend…

What I have learned throughout this journey is how important friendships are.  They ripen, unripened fruit in life and add sweetness we would never know without them.

To say the least our journeys haven’t been easy, in the moments of weakness, our bond grew stronger, as we did too.  As I look back on many memories with my friend; art shows, traveling, Goodwill hunting, laughing, grieving, I see how important this was as part of our journeys to investigate our true callings…

Which brings me six years later, here, in my home, peaceful, appreciating moment to moment life.

Six years ago, I also took a pledge to follow my promptings, not fearlessly, that seems reckless at times, but with bravery, that sounds better…

Interesting as I reflect on what I strive for…to be transparent in who I am, what I’m called to be, to be a good steward of my body, mind, spirit.

This winter past I started a brave group with people that I didn’t know.   I reached out.  Amazing what happens when you reach out.  I used to say, ” I will when I feel better or my house is neat or I have more time”.  Guess what?  Life will pass you by.  My brave group met me right where I am, imperfect and all.  We each had a mission of six weeks to work on something.  Each of us had something different; taking a leap with a new job, restoring a broken relationship, forgiveness, the list went on.  Different, yet a common thread woven together, to move forward and create something beautiful from broken pieces, must like the patchwork quilt.

Reflecting once again on six years ago, I recall sitting in my kitchen, early morning, kids still asleep, coffee in hand, praying they would stay in slumber until the first cup was consumed.  I discovered blogs.  I joined other like minded artists that encouraged me to keep moving forward with my calling.  I learned about Kelly Rae Roberts, a fellow mixed media artist.  Her writings resonated true to me, as well as her art.  One day our paths would cross, I believed.

Each day I have vowed to add a new dimension to my life, however small it might be, to do better, to savor more…

As I completed the brave journey group, staying mindful to what is next, I found, The Brave Girls”, online,  sounded interesting…As I traveled this past summer to Idaho for, The Brave Girls Symposium, I felt the same prompting I had six years ago as I delivered a book to a soon to be friend.  This time, I found many friends, friends that I had discovered years ago, in my kitchen with a cup of coffee.  As I sat, the first morning of , Brave Girls, coffee in hand, finishing breakfast, sitting near Kelly Rae Roberts, sharing with her a gift I made, a necklace made from a snippet of my grandmothers quilt, sharing how I kick fear out of my life before she gave a talk…I pondered…If I hadn’t kicked fear in the butt, stepped into my inner callings this unripened fruit would never have tasted the ripened sweetness nor the sickness of my first morning cup.  With hesitation, hardship and prompting, I did it anyways…

So, I hope this is of encouragement to you…to live richer, listening to your calling, savoring in the the richness life has to offer.
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Love U sister friend…

The delight in the nourishment of the first sip of tea…So too my friend is our friendship…warmth, laughter, grace, acceptance, encouragement to be BRAVE…


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Summer flowers…

It’s already starting to feel like fall is in the air…which prompted me to take a few pictures around the house of my flowers before they fade.  Enjoy!_DSC0454 _DSC0455 _DSC0457 _DSC0458 _DSC0460 _DSC0461 _DSC0462 _DSC0463 _DSC0464 _DSC0465 _DSC0466 _DSC0469 _DSC0470 _DSC0471 _DSC0473 _DSC0474 _DSC0475 _DSC0476 _DSC0477 _DSC0478 _DSC0557 _DSC0558 _DSC0559

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French design pictures, decorating ideas…

Hello!  Have been spending most of my summer traveling and driving kids that I put off posting a few pictures from around the house…Its been a slow but enjoyable process decorating around here! I came across the Stein Way with all original Steinway parts that seemed to fit the space nicely and matches the age of the house give or take a few years.  My kids are calling the stair case the hall of mirror, not finished yet, but has been on going fun looking for mirrors in local antique shops. Enjoy!_DSC0410 _DSC0411 _DSC0409 _DSC0413 _DSC0414 _DSC0415 _DSC0419 _DSC0417 _DSC0416 _DSC0421 _DSC0423 _DSC0426 _DSC0434 _DSC0432 _DSC0429 _DSC0435 _DSC0436 _DSC0437 _DSC0438 _DSC0439 _DSC0440 _DSC0442 _DSC0443 _DSC0445

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Mixed media inspirational art for sale

Just an fyi…I listed some of my new mixed media pieces on ETSY.  Just click on the Etsy tab to the right of my blog to reach my store.


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