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Thursday, March 5, 2015

LIVING SERENELY IN THE MOMENT

Ahhh, March. The month where crocuses and daffodils show their beautiful shining faces. Sweater weather. Dusting off the patio furniture.........

My first thought when I looked outside this morning was, this is not funny Mother Nature,


but then I stopped and just put myself in the moment. I realized how beautiful the day is. 

The pattern of the snowflakes on the windows is amazing.


There is a stillness to the earth that only comes with a deep and peaceful snowfall. 


As the snow continues to fall, I will gaze out my window and be grateful for the serenity of the moment, knowing that each moment is all we have. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IN LIKE A LION

March has definitely blown in like a lion here in Kentucky, and as is typical for March, the temperatures will be swinging up and down. Last night before I went to bed the temperature was 61 degrees. I woke to the sound of pouring rain this morning which will turn to snow as the temperature falls during the day and by Friday morning we will be hovering around zero. 


The good thing about March is that the cold and snow won't hang around like it did in February. By the middle of next week we should be back up to that wonderful 60 mark. 

While Mother Nature is doing her crazy dance outside, inside I am feeling warm and serene. I feel not only excited about the coming of spring, but also about all of the changes that are happening in my own life. Jen and I are working on our project, which will be revealed soon, I am busily working on converting my blog to the new Simple and Serene Living URL, and I am even finding some time for sewing. 

You may remember the vintage Pullman towel and the Waverly fabric I shared here. Thanks Kelly for letting me know that the pattern name is Blue Savoy. I love it and made a pillow for my bed using the fabric and towel. 


It looks perfect on my bed, but I am not going to show you that photo because I have a bed reveal coming up soon.


This seems like the perfect time to grab a cup of hot tea and do some visiting. I hope you all have a wonderfully serene day, and if you are experiencing bad weather please stay safe and warm.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FORGETFULNESS THY NAME IS LAURA

So I have been really on a roll today, even though I woke up at 3:50 am and couldn't go back to sleep. So many things on my list have been getting accomplished and I was patting myself on the back when this nagging feeling that I had forgotten something crept in. 

I pulled out my datebook and my To Do list and couldn't find a thing that I hadn't at least thought about during the day.


Uh Oh, I suddenly realized what I forgot. 


Apparently I completely forgot to write my blog post today. I was kind of busy, and I did have to prepare for the fact that we are supposed to be getting 8-14 inches of snow tomorrow afternoon. Seriously, that is so unacceptable.

So this is my post. SIGH!!!

I will leave you with a little teaser though. Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams and I are scheming something up. We are very excited about it and will share it once we get it ready.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

WHEN THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU

As I sat here this morning looking back over my posts from the past week, I looked at this photo and thought about how I have been feeling like this stack of plates.


There is so much that I am trying to accomplish right now and I feel overwhelmed. As if the odds are stacked against me and everything is getting ready to topple over. That's when I knew I had to change my perspective.


We often use other's opinions as a yardstick to measure ourselves, but that is just what it is, a yardstick, a piece of wood with numbers on it.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with our actual potential to succeed. 

When my daughters were growing up I always told them that anything was possible. That they could do and achieve anything they wanted. Sometimes I forget that also applies to me. So I am making a list of things I need to do in order to accomplish my goals and I am going to mark each one off as I get it done. It will make my goal that much closer.

Yes, the odds may seem stacked against you, but if you believe in yourself anything is possible. 

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P.S. You can find more Inspiration on a Monday here.


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

SERENITY ON A SUNDAY: RAIN


"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby."
                                                                        Langston Hughes

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March has arrived like a lion, blowing in another storm. But unlike the storms of February this storm is kissing the bare branches with rain while it washes away some of winter's snow. 

I smile, knowing that warmer days are ahead. There is a light at the end of the long winter tunnel and I am embracing it. Thank you March for the promise that you bring.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

BLUE IS THE COLOR OF SERENITY

This is one of those times that I said I would want your input on the changes I am making to the blog. It is very exciting to move forward. I have been brainstorming with some other bloggers and doing a lot of research on ways to make this a better space for all of us. 

One of the first things I want to focus on is the color scheme of the blog. I love blue. It is a color that I have always found to be calming. So I looked up the color that is associated with serenity. Guess what, it is blue. How do you feel about blue? 


blue vintage spindle back chair

Then to be fair I thought I should look up the color for simplicity. It was red. That kind of surprised me. I have to admit. I am not much of a red person. In fact, when I looked around my house to find something red to photograph I almost came up empty handed. I thought I was going to have to go out to the cold garage and dig through the Christmas stuff. 


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That being said, I love to see how other people use red, it is just maybe too visually stimulating for me. 

Of course there are lots of other colors to choose from. My goal is for this blog to be a serene place to visit. I hope that everyone will feel welcome and relaxed once they pull up my page. Kind of like visiting with close friends over a cup of tea. 

What are your thoughts. Should I continue with the blue color scheme or do you think I should make a change?



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Friday, February 27, 2015

SMALL SPACE LIVING: OLD TRUNKS FOR STORAGE


I am in love with old trunks. Just yesterday there was a fabulous one at auction, but unfortunately it went too high for me, and also there is the problem that I have given myself a stern lecture. As I plan to move to Georgia in hopefully less than a year, and I will have to move what I have here in Kentucky as well as what I have in storage in North Carolina (and who knows what is actually in there) I need to start downsizing here. 

So for right now I am dreaming of old trunks, which are wonderful for storage in small spaces. They also have the added benefit of looking fabulous. Double duty certainly works for me.

If you have unused space under a staircase, this is a wonderful idea. The space isn't tall enough for a closet, but the trunk fits perfectly.

vintage trunk storage idea
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Many old trunks have ribs on their tops so adding a piece of glass works perfectly to give it a smooth surface.

vintage trunk with glass top
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There never seems to be enough extra seating in a small space, but add a cushion to the top and some throw pillow to the back and you have a place for your guests to sit.

antique trunk used as a bench
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This is certainly a clever idea. This old trunk has been set on a base and is being used as a bar. It would also work as a sideboard or a vanity.

vintage trunk bar
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And of course we all know that old trunks make perfect coffee tables.

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Do you use old trunks in your decor?

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P.S. You can find more of my small space living series here.

P.P.S. And there are even more ideas on my Small Space Living board on Pinterest here.

P.P.P.S. Don't forget to watch for my new URL soon, when I will be changing to Simple and Serene Living.



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