Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


It is not a fancy life here in this old house. There is much that could be done to beautify it to the top of the dream house list. But the reality is, there is not going to be any major  reconstruction going on  any time soon to change the things I don't love about this house.  I depend on creativity as the main ingredient to add some spunk here and there when my house feels so ordinary and so un-beautiful.

I have come across a couple of books recently, and they have helped to....

get my mind
           thinking differently
                   about my home.

One of the books "Love the Home You Have" written by Melissa Michaels

She blogs at http://theinspiredroom.net

 The other book is "The Nesting-Place It Doesn't have to be Perfect to be Beautiful"  written by Myquillyn Smith .   Myquillyn's blog is here  http://www.thenester.com

Creating home is important. 

Creating is important.

For women
Creating Beauty in our home is important.

These gals can be a step in that direction for you. 

Behind every pretty photo here there is always
 another photo of  a "Beautiful: this is really my life " Mess.

REALLY..... how does life get so out of control ??

I have always struggled with keeping on top of the "MESS"

 Life has a way of just taking over. 
I get busy focusing on other things.

That means as I focus on one thing,
 something else 
is growing out of control. 
I don't take the time to put something away.
The next thing I know... 

 I'm screaming HELP!!!  

I think I have figured out that clutter breeds clutter.

Sometimes you just have to say no to the rat race of life 
and give your home the time it needs.

Sickness though not exactly what I want in my life
will. slow. you. down. 

Last week
In little spurts 

while I was sick
I tackled the clutter.
in my kitchen!!!

 The counters are happy again.

Everything has found a home. 
Makes it Much Easier to Recognize Things out of Place.

Do one thing.....

One step leads to the next step.

I didn't spend any money but I have a brand new kitchen!

This is an example of what shopping the house can do for you.

This lamp has always been in a bedroom.
So old... So unloved, 
 I thought I should send it on it's way many times already.

It is not fancy but with the floral plate it becomes loved.
I love that it has found a home on my counter.
The glass base compliments the other glass things on my counter.

It is the first thing I turn on in the morning.
The last thing I turn off at night.

It is really helping me to keep the counter clutter free.

Adding the sentimental factor ....
My Grandma Millie's coffee cup holding my tea bags
A coaster from my daughter's trip to Africa.
Reminding me that God is bigger than our fears. 
Old fashioned Cookie Cutters. 
Making sure I have Time for little things like cookies.

A little silver spoon action anyone ?
I love things that connect me to other generations. 

My home tells a story. 

Where do all the spoons disappear too ????
They are always the first thing lacking in my silverware compartment.
I thought ... some back up spoons would be perfect on my counter.
The silver spoons have been in my garage for YEARS...
family paraphernalia..... I couldn't toss

Cleaned them up 
definately adding  some YUM - YUM on my counter.
The glass spoon holder that I spent way too much for at an auction,
has been hiding in my buffet for years.
Not any more!

And for the record.....
YES I am crazy, but just the unexpected touch my kitchen needed...
The gate back drop ....

 a little free gift from the curb
which my husband has been cursing since the day I bought it home...
because I wasn't quite sure what to do with it,
and it has been hanging around looking like junk 
.....in undesirable places.....
 now finally found a place to be loved.

I would really love new counter tops...
I would really love a new kitchen if you want to know the Real truth.

Instead I have a new little vignette.  
And you know
I don't notice the ugly counters so much, 

because I'm looking at the 
"HAPPY" on my counters.

And that my dears is my take on 
Farmhouse Style,

 loving the home you have ....
 because it is your dream house.

Think outside the box.  Be creative... 

Now it is your turn to make it happen.

Love the home you have !

Do a little something special for your home this week. 

Happy at Home


Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Janita! I love what you did to your counters! It really does prove that you can make something from a very little. I have always had the motto little and often... so I tidy away as I go a little bit here and a little bit there.... that way it never seems overwhelming. I hope you are feeling better! :) x

Celtic Thistle said...

What an inspiring post Janita, I love what you have done with your kitchen counters :)

Carissa Cook said...

Love it! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I had fun last week making a pretty zippered canvas case for a pillow in my living room. It made me think of you! :)

Vickie said...

Do you know what my friend ? You have inspired me to try some new things. I totally get what you mean about clutter. We have an open concept home and it's way over rated in my opinion. It always looks cluttered. Are you feeling better ? I hope so !

Rachaeldaisy said...

Good for you nuturing your soul and your home by clearing up the clutter and finding new places for things.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

An inspirational post! There are times when I don't like my home and because it is a gift from God, I feel badly when I feel that way. I need to take some time and show it some love. Thank you for the links! I will check them out. =)


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