Thursday, February 21, 2013

Getting My Craft On

Sooo... I go into my pretty pink craft room to do cute a little project that I've dreamed up...
or seen on Pinterest... or seen in a video on YouTube... or on a blog somewhere... I get my stuff out and I'm ready to get my craft on.

The first thing that happens... I can't decide on embellishments... or paper... or fabric... or whatever materials I'm working with...I can't just pick a few coordinating things and get started... and it's not like I have this humongous stash of craft supplies! I don't! I just cannot decide on anything!

Then... when I do manage to decide on what little crafty stuff I want to use... I can't get it to go together the way I want it to.. it just doesn't look right... not like what I pictured in my head... not like what I pinned on my Pinterest board... not the way it turned out on that YouTube video... and not like the pretty picture on that very crafty lady's blog!

What's up with that?!?

I get so frustrated I want to just forget the whole darn thing! Most times I don't. I continue to torture myself until I've finished. Now where is the passion...the love...the creative flow, that I'm supposed to be experiencing?
It's a rare occurrence!

I don't want to give up on my craft addiction. I  love my craft room...and my crafty stuff. I love all the beautiful things that I dream up in my head. I love all the pretty pins on Pinterest. I love the tutorials on YouTube. And I especially love all the fabulously creative and crafty blogs that I read.
 I just wish I could relax and enjoy the journey without getting so uptight!

Maybe a little meditation before crafting would help.
Although I get kind of fidgety when I try and meditate.

Oh dear...that's a whole other story...

I guess I need some patience.

Friday, January 4, 2013

After The Holidays

It's over.

Christmas is over.

New Years has come and gone.

I've un-decorated my little house.

Packed up all my favorite pretty Christmas things.

All the ornaments collected over the years...

Gathered up

Boxed up

To be packed away.  :(

The Santas I love so much...

All the festive lights...

My beautiful Christmas tree...

My little office Mickey tree...

All gone. :(

Up into the attic and into the garage it will all be shunned until next Thanksgiving.  :(

Thanksgiving...ah yes...

I remember when it was Thanksgiving.

Just a few short weeks ago...

I was in a flurry of preparations.

The cooking and the baking...

 the eating, (too much eating, ugh!)...

the shopping, (never enough shopping, ha ha!)...

And I couldn't wait to get all those pretty Christmas decorations out...

Everything looked so warm and cozy.

So festive...

And now

it's all gone.

 I will miss you Christmas.

Till next year.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Who's Afraid of a Little Blog?

So I was toying with this idea for awhile.
I really wanted to do it...
but I thought it might be too hard...
and take up way to much time.
I kinda really wanted to, though.

And then I saw this challenge from
Donna@ to do That One Scary Thing!

I decided to jump back into blogging again...Both feet!

Yea...I decided I wanted to get my self a new fancy dancy blog with my own domain and wordpress and all that jazz.

Yea...I'm gonna have me a beautiful blog so I will be motivated to write regularly and show off my very talented self...(ha ha)!

Yea...I'm gonna share my thoughts with all the other very lovely and so very talented bloggy ladies out there, that I admire so much!

And I won't be scared.
Well...I lied just a little.
I was kinda scared.
No, I was more scared than that.
I was petrified!!

But I did it any way.
All by myself.
And it was pretty darn scary.
And it's done now.
Well...sort of.
I was right about one got me writing and sharing again.
Because now I want to make my brand new blog pretty and dazzling and amazing...
and I haven't got a clue how to make that happen!
Well unless I save a real big chunk of change for a web designer...(ahahaha!)

NOT in the budget at this time...(sigh).

So I am going to post on this blog for a while and keep fiddling around with my new Blog @
If anyone would like to visit, you're always welcome.
But it's a big fat mess...oh well. 
Someday it will be pretty and dazzling and amazing!

So... here I sit on my comfy little couch.
Posting at trusty old Blogger.
But, I'll look on the bright side...
now I have two blogs! 
That ought to motivate me!!

So today I'll just share a few views from the couch.

(hi, pretty little rabbit lamp I love)

I love my bay window...with a Lola in it...

(her name was Lola...she was a show girl)

She loves the views from the couch, too.


And what better place to share than in wonderful, magical bloggyland!
Ah...such a beautiful world. 
How could I have stayed away so long? 

I have a plan....
to redecorate my little cottage on the hill...

on a VERY FRUGAL budget.
(as I don't really have a budget to work with...darn!)

I'll also be sharing some of my favorite finds along the way...
design ideas, 
(I'd love to put a pretty covered porch on my little cottage!)

DIY projects and crafts, 

 (will this EVER get finished...hmmm)

a little gardening, 

(my experiment in container gardening)

even some yummy recipes, too!

(yum...and that basil is from my container garden...props to me!)

This new little adventure is going to be a joy and an inspirational journey for me!
Thanks for the challenge!
I feel motivated!
And I'll be able to share it with you all here...
and @  too!

See you all in bloggyland!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Create a Holiday Intention

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

8:48 AM

Create a Holiday Intention by Betty Mahalik

To listen to the media you would think there was one thing and one thing only that the holidays are about: shopping! Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, Small-Business Saturday, advertising circulars and everything on sale!! Sure gift-giving and shopping play a big part in Christmas, Hanukah and any other December holiday people celebrate. But it’s not the ONLY thing, and surely not the most important thing. 

It’s so easy to get caught up in the mania, or to do just the opposite, crawl under the covers with a “bah-humbug!” and try to avoid it all. But neither really deals with the issue of letting someone or something else decide what the holidays mean to you. 

This week, I invite you to join me in setting your holiday intention. Just for clarification, an intention is not a goal. It’s more the context in which the goals happen. It’s a reminder of the mind, spirit or attitude we want to focus on during a given period, be it a day, week, month or just the next hour. We all know that the holidays will come and go. Shopping, cooking, gift-wrapping and entertaining will be done. We will at times feel rushed, lose our patience, want to run away to an island at some point during the December madness. 

BUT, and it is a big BUT, we get to choose the spirit in which those things happen. And that is what I mean by setting an intention. Following are some examples of intentions that may help you enjoy rather than suffer through the next few weeks. Remember the “goal” of setting an intention is awareness not perfection. So here you go: 

Quiet—Does this intention resonate for you? Then set aside some time regularly to absorb quiet that you then bring with you into the chaos and noisiness of the holidays.

Connection—Setting this intention might mean re-connecting with someone you’ve lost touch with, or finding a way to deepen the connection (without huge emotional attachment) to those you’re in contact with regularly. It could even mean actually looking into the eyes of that harried store clerk or the Salvation Army bell-ringer and saying a sincere “thank you.”

Spirit—Even if you aren’t particularly religious, the holidays can put you in touch with your own spiritual nature if that is your intent.

Generosity—Setting this intention may look like foregoing those extra stocking-stuffers for family and sharing with those who are less fortunate. No shortage of opportunities for generosity—even those small “random acts of kindness” are beautiful examples of generosity. I believe when we’re generous it not only expands our hearts but brings like acts of kindness back to us.

Peace—Like quiet above, perhaps it will be your intention to bring a spirit of peace and calm to your holiday activities and interactions.

Patience—Creating an intention to practice patience could transform how you respond to the many irritations and delays (standing in line at a store, waiting in traffic, listening to Uncle Fred tell the same jokes he’s told forever). There is something beautiful about patience and restraint.

Presence—Finding a way to be fully present could actually be a present—as in a gift—to those you love and touch this season. Will this be your holiday intention?

Simplicity—Setting this as an intention may have you re-thinking your whole approach to holiday decorating, gift-giving and the entire season in general. Hmmm…. 

Stop for a moment and think about how you’d like to feel around Jan. 2. Now back up and ask yourself which of the intentions above (or another of your choosing) will be the “special sauce” to help you arrive at the new year feeling that way. Remember it’s not about perfection, it’s about awareness. Once you’ve clearly set your holiday intention, set up little moments throughout your day to remind you to focus on it in a gentle way. 

Whatever you finally decide, and I hope you do DECIDE, keep returning gently and consistently to that intent. The truth is that unless YOU decide for yourself, the runaway momentum of this season (and the Madison Avenue marketing wizards) may take you for a ride you’d rather not take. 

Quiet, connection, spirit, generosity, peace, patience, presence, simplicity or something else? There is no right intention, just what is right for you. So what will it be? Take a few minutes to decide with your heart not your head, then watch as your holidays unfold and transform into more of what you intend them to be. 

As always, enjoy the journey.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Moving My Life To Joy!!

Since I'm a lover of so many crafts and beautiful decorative...
And I've discovered I especially love them when they are made by someone other than myself...
Since I'm a lover of all things old and rich with history...
And I so love the idea of not letting such beautiful old things being thrown out or destroyed...
Since I love the idea of re-purposing and reusing things ...
Because I hate the idea of throwing perfectly good things away...
Since I've recently discovered my love of beautifully well made clothing...
And my head turns every time I see a pretty bauble or striking piece of jewelry...
Since I've also discovered that I actually like the now popular mid-century/vintage look...
Which is something I never thought I would because I grew up in that crazy world...
Since I have accumulated more stuff than any one family could ever use in a lifetime...
And there are so many others have so little they can barely afford to feed their family...
Let alone try to dress themselves and their children and decorate their homes comfortably...

I had a thought...which in my case leads to multiple thoughts and possibilities.
I must find a way to recycle and/or re-purpose these things.
I know so many of us are feeling the same way.

So I looked into wonderful world of thrift stores and consignment shops.
I knew they're around, and I thought this is a perfect time for these businesses to thrive.
Well, as it turns out, as trends go...It's a bit late, shall we say, to be cutting edge with this idea.
It turns out, these little shops are popping up all brick and mortar and on the internet in places like And it seems as though the trend is growing in leaps and bounds. to the point that some are even considered "High -End". Well, how about that!!

So my knew project is to research the overhead in a brick and mortar shop..because the thought of owning a little place where the opposite of wastefulness could happen, a place where I could interact with people who really love the idea of saving and reusing these wonderful old things, or just helping families save money just makes me dizzy with excitement. Oh, and a huge bonus to all of it...whatever doesn't actually sell eventually is donated to charity...something that is also so dear to my heart. I think I might just faint with the bliss of it all.

If that isn't a passion, then I don't know what is.

Now...finding a way to make it work.
A little more research.
I must write a business plan.
I need a timeline.
And I will make it work.
There is no taking no for an answer.

Oh my bloggy friends, wish me well and pray for me.
I've been on this journey so long...
I think I've found my Joy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finding My Joy

I am just the kind of person that can't be satisfied to sticking to one hobby. It has become a source of discontent with me. I am a lover of so many things, but I can't seem to stay in love long enough for it to become a passion.

I've tried so many different ways of finding my passion..."My Creative Connection" if you will. Bloggyland was heaven when I first discovered it. But I soon became disheartened because I felt everyone else's blogs were so much better...more beautiful in their appearance. All you lovely bloggers out there seem to have it so much more together than me.

I used to love to redecorate and even remodel my home. Over time, my need for measuring up to the standards I had set, for what the end result should be, overwhelmed our shrinking budget. The economy is killer and my arthritis has robbed me of the ability to do all the DYI I used to do. Hiring contractors on our budget is nearly impossibly. Meanwhile, there are multiple exterior maintenance projects that have been deferred over the last few years.

I used to love sewing and crafty things like cardmaking and scrapbooking. I loved painting wood pieces and old furniture and I love painting just a plain empty room. The trasformation with color was just so rewarding. I haven't painted anything in over a year.

I loved to garden. I used to say that working outside in my garden made me feel at peace with God and nature. Last spring I could hardly plant my potted plants without being exhausted. The garden beds were torture...the arthritis. I decided I couldn't garden anymore. I don't know what I'll do this year. The beds will need tending to and I can't do it.

I used to be so much happier when I was busy with my never-ending projects...funny I thought I was crazy back then. Now I feel like I can't do much of anything...and I'm so very unhappy.

How do I find that zest for life that has now eluded me? I was searching for something I could be passionate I would be happy to just find joy in doing something and the strength to see it to completion.

It's funny how life plays dirty little tricks on you. I guess what you think you want is right in front of you all the while. Pay attention to the joy when it's there.

I guess I should be paying more attention to any joyful moments that come my way. I believe they might be the key to my happiness...if a passion blooms from any of that I will consider myself doubly blessed!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Life in Fast Forward

My Baby Boy...learning to crawl...will say "DaDa" over and over ...each time I try to get him to say Mama.

Matt's a big Haverstraw Little League age 3, the ice pops are the best part of the game!

But somehow life happened...

Who is this Man? My little boy? It cannot be true.

Dad is so Proud. The last one has graduated. A job well done.

Mom is very proud...but it's so bittersweet. My baby boy is no more. It's true...he is that man...the man I knew he someday would be.

I love you Snickleberry...ooops, I mean Matt