Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Since the New Year I feel like my mind has been going a million and one different directions.  In good and bad ways.  It has been difficult for me to hone in on one specific focus, however the positive is I feel like my creative juices have been flowing and I have been quite productive in many ways.  

Life is all about balance....and boy it is a struggle every day.  We are in charge of our destinies and our choices.  With this comes great responsibility.  I heard a quote recently that one of the greatest commodities we have in life is that of our time.  How do we spend our time?

Clearly God and family need to come first.  Without those two things....nothing else matters. With that being said where does our focus go when we need to cope?  Where does our focus go when we need to dream?  For me it comes visually and through the use of my hands.  With my eyes and with my hands I cope with the every day of life.  Visually I am motivated by beautiful things, emotionally I am spiritually I am motivated by words, and thoughts.  

Life is not simple on so many scales.  So many aspects are involved with the fullness of life.  Living spiritually in tune is the goal.  How we get there is different for everyone.  Anyways.....enough of my philosophizing although it soothes my soul to write thoughts down.  

I have been re-arranging my house, brainstorming on new creative outlets, and just picking up my camera a little bit more in the new year!

A little photo shoot with these cuties.  My new orange chair I found for $5 and this beautiful vintage piece of art found at a favorite Scottsdale vintage shop.  

These two......oh I LOVE THEM!  They were hams this particular moment in time as you can see above.  

This table!! It needed a home and my home surely needed this antique find!

I need this piece of art for Alyssa's bedroom.  It is so beautiful....and found it on ETSY.

One more ....I LOVE this one!

This beautiful chair my Mom bought and had covered in this gorgeous family is such a favorite nook in my house.  It is in my guest room....and now I need some more guests!

I don't get tired of certain textiles, and the above is ONE I never get tired of.

Clean lines....

In Arizona it seemed like this book is a must!

I moved these chairs into my bedroom....they are no longer in the spot pictured above.....cheers to the memory!

Roses bloom beautifully in Arizona in January!

decorating early for Valentines Day!

My favorite girls treasure box....

Oh....and I moved this art piece (ie. framed wallpaper piece) into my piano room.  Which means....ART is on my mind.  For a new piece that is. 

The room where I spend A LOT of time.  It has my desk and computer and the organizational part of my life.  

Sam my man hiding.....

And did I mention I am excited about Valentines Day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

recent business......

Recent happenings include

Alyssa turning 13!!!!.....
Can't believe I have a full fledge teenager in MY HOUSE!:)

Christmas dinners and decor ....

Taking friends family photos....

All these beautiful people.....

Sam my man growing up as cute as can be...

I know cheesy ...but when we twin....it was too tempting.  Plus I love my scottish kilt I found while thrifting with the best....

One of my dear friends front entryway....

and more beautiful friend family photos......

Life is full ..... festive......and worth every bustle!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sometimes it takes getting hit hard with a bad cold to stop dead in your tracks.....and call it a day at 8:00 am.  That is me today.  The weather has been cooling down to dreamy temperatures, activities and life has been unusually busy!  I have been going, going, gone!  Till today......actually last night....it hit me.  

It is time to slow my life down.  Things need to change around here so that I am able to focus on first things first.  I feel like I have been so busy lately trying to do worthwhile things, that the most worthwhile things have been slipping.  Honesty, is a good place to start. 

This day of literally stopping in my tracks forced to due to a cold has has been a good reminder.  I need to slow down, seek first things first, and be present MORE!  I say that slightly laughing thinking my kids will be home in five minutes, homework, dance, volleyball, and church meetings are calling my name tonight.  

However a few moments of silence, sleeping, reading, and eating comfort foods with no intention of being productive has been THE BEST!  

We have two more weeks till Thanksgiving and I am trying hard not to be trunky for Christmas!  Enjoying the moment and focusing on fall!  The fall season is much different than most of the country here in Arizona, but we have our own traditions and "feel" in the air.  The cotton fields in full bloom, the smell of crisp cool desert air, days getting shorter, people coming out from hibernation walking the streets.  All in all we love it!  We are outside pretty much constantly, eating, playing at the park and just being OUTSIDE!!  

Life is full.....and full of challenges.  However a full life with challenges brings happiness when committed to the right things.  Good, better, best......I need to re-read that talk!

  A little fall vignette with recently thrifted candlesticks found in Sedona ......

Moving things around trying to hold on to fall decorating just a tad longer!  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I had a friend send me a location ten minutes from my house letting me know about these beautiful cotton fields about to be harvested for the season.  Arizona has a big cotton industry.  I made an executive decision and yesterday morning just after sunrise the Sumko girls went for an escapade.  

I have been meaning to take pictures for Catherine's baptism for a while now, and this was just the opportunity.  Here are a few from our little morning out!  

I haven't even looked through them all yet, but surely loved this setting!!