It made my day!!!

Quite by accident I found a U-pick sunflower garden on my way back from an out of the way errand the other day.  Don't sunflowers just make you happy?  They teach us so much about living.

Look up to the sun for light!  I always think of how they follow the sun all day soaking up all the energy they can.  Just like we do when we connect with heaven.

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Obviously they loved kids...I thought this was a great little extra to keep them happy.


First you  pick up your clippers and a basket.  Then head out to find the flowers.  They sell iris, cosmos and sunflowers until the first of August when they switch to pumpkins and such.

As you wander out into the fields your life seems to readjust to include happy good things like a side trip to the sunflower patch.  This was all happening when the stock market was once again crashing.  Life can get heavy if we start thinking about too many things at once.  It is nice to take a little detour and include something unexpected and fun along the way.

We are all different but together we make a pretty good show!  This was so inspiring I came home and painted them all afternoon.  Here are my results.


Not sure what to think here.  He looked like a fuzzy catapiler which are pretty common around here as the fall approaches.  Many say you can predict winter based on the colors of the stripes.  I have to do a little more inquiring here.  Not sure if this is a new color forecasting something ominous for our winter, a new species or not even a fuzzy wuzzy...

Shhh don't tell! Wish I could have shown it to you earlier....

This has been a fun gift for my grown children and their wives the past few years.  I buy these on sale from Pottery Barn Kids to be used the following Christmas.

I have done a few different things with these.  Last year it was for three little grandchildren.  I filled each day with a different scripture describing the love Jesus has for them.  This year I gave my newly married son and his wife one filled with ideas on making a happy home, stronger marriage and life for children.

The first day of December I gave them a nativity which I had purchased when my kids were little.  I gave them a set of raku ornaments I had collected over the years.  Jelly Belly candy showed them they have lots of others in their life who love them and want them to be happy in their efforts.

Lots of working together here!  Two of everything.  The candy bar symbolized that while making and having money was important it certainly cant buy the most valuable things in life.  The snowmen reminded them to take time to play. I added some Peeps to remind them that it is not always "rosy and wonderful"  But worth it!!!

Lots of working together here!  Two of everything.  The candy bar symbolized that while making and having money was important it certainly cant buy the most valuable things in life.  The snowmen reminded them to take time to play.

I added some Peeps to remind them that it is not always "rosy and wonderful"  But worth it!!!

These two days were super special.  I gave them my dad's wedding ring along with some words about how he valued marriage.  The little charm was from a charm bracelet my dad gave my mom.  (It was perfect since they are having a baby! )  He added charms from all over the world.  While he was in the military and their early marriage he regularly brought her home a charm.  All their parts move too! I hope you have lots of memories to make with your families!  Merry Christmas!!

These two days were super special.  I gave them my dad's wedding ring along with some words about how he valued marriage.  The little charm was from a charm bracelet my dad gave my mom.  (It was perfect since they are having a baby! )  He added charms from all over the world.  While he was in the military and their early marriage he regularly brought her home a charm.  All their parts move too!

I hope you have lots of memories to make with your families!  Merry Christmas!!

I wanted to win!!!

My neighborhood had a Christmas decorating contest which I really wanted to WIN...as of this writing I have not yet heard but have my doubts that I did.  I am not sure what has been with me but I have entered all sorts of contests this past year.  I haven't won any of them.  I found out I came close, but did not win.  Honestly it has really irked me.  I do learn things from each attempt.  Like focusing that inner voice and demanding more of myself.  It teaches me to try harder, keep going back and making sure the next try is even better.  Even if I never win anything my work is improving.  Just not my attitude about losing...

I want to share what did work with this:

I love a beautiful front door.  It sets the mood for your home.  It allows others to get a small glimpse into the possibilities of the inside of your home.  

Here again, I let color be my guide.  I love the warmth of greens with candles.  This looks as pretty in the day as in the night.

I also work in layers.  For ground, mid ground and background.  

I thought this too was equally as pretty in both the day and night

 I added a few surprises like this old wagon loaded with presents.  And luminaries which I love.

 

So in the end, every child in the neighborhood complimented me.  I have to remind myself they live the closest to being the most real of all of us.  So it was a win after all!

I love Color!!!

 I love color!  I often work in color combinations.  I believe in timeless color co-ordination.  I strive to create a palette a client will enjoy for many years, not just what is out and popular at the time.  We have all seen color schemes we associate with certain time periods.  For example I still feel a little sick to my stomach each time I imagine avocado green.  Ick!!

I have put together some examples of my work.  These are all examples of my efforts to move color around the room and create an interesting environment.  Enjoy!

This ended up on a magazine cover!

This ended up on a magazine cover!

Even small spaces can be interesting with their pops of color.  I hope you become adventurous and try moving things around in your home to come up with your unique space.

Even small spaces can be interesting with their pops of color.  I hope you become adventurous and try moving things around in your home to come up with your unique space.

I didn't see that one coming:

Do you ever feel like that?  Something happens and you find yourself saying "I didn't see that coming."  Sometimes life feels like that everyday.

Do you think we are meant to see everything that is coming our way?  I don't.  I often think of people who come down with a serious disease and wonder what they would have done differently had they known what was in store.  On the other had, I have been in that situation and wondered how I could have been more proactive in preventing it in the first place.  

Now I believe we are meant to have surprises in our lives.  We need the growth challenges bring.  They help us appreciate the better moments.  They crystalize what matters most.  Health, family, friends, abilities.  The list becomes endless when we find ourself in an unplanned circumstance.

As the years go by I realize how many of those unforeseen events turned out just fine.  While some really were big ones that I can still vividly recall, many have faded in significance as time has gone by.

So next time "you didn't see it coming" be grateful for the opportunity and strive to grow from it rather then resist or cave into it.

Oh yeah, no children were injured in the creating of this blog...