Monday, January 28, 2013

L.O.V.E. Banner

Decorating for Valentines hasn't always been high on my priority list, but this year I've made a little extra effort because it's Kristina & Joe's first wedding anniversary.

I've been experimenting with different banners
because I wanted to give them one for their first anniversary
This one isn't theirs,
but I might show you the one I made for them later on.
Why didn't this one make the cut?
I liked it, except when I painted the card stock with chalkboard paint it curled up and didn't look as perfect as I wanted it to. 
(for them anyway)
in case you're wondering ... Kristina is our daughter
This experimental banner ended up above our headboard. 
We've been wanting to hang something there, 
and as it's turned out 
This Banner Looks Just Perfect
if you squint your eyes

We're Just A Couple Of Romantics!
Conversation Hearts 
Have you looked at the heart candies this year?
They say things like 
"Sup Bab"

I even found one that said 
"Yes Dear" 
gave it to Buzz & said
"now this is what you say when I give you my  Honey Do list"

Then he found the one that said...
"Get Real"

It Was Pure Romance!

Thank You Richella for featuring my
"Bee Mine Banner"
at your party this week!

Parties I'm Joining This Week...
you should come too.

 Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scripture & a Snapshot - Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11 
Yet God has made everything beautiful for it's own time.
He has planted eternity in the human heart,
but even so,
people cannot see the 
whole scope of God's work
 from beginning to end

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Old Valentines xoxo

 Today was one of those days that I spent
boy, am I beat!

Of course it feels really good to have everything in it's place, 
but that's not the best part.

The best part was that I found these 
Old Valentines
tucked in a stack of cards. 

They aren't exactly perfect 

But I decided to share them anyway.

Feel free to copy them if you'd like, 
and share them with your Valentine.


Sharing this with

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Making Pretty With Soap ...

I guess everyone has a weakness or two . . .

One of ours just happens to be scented soaps.

The Fragrance Gets Us Every Time
But if you think about it, it's not a bad thing
. . . because it isn't just soap . . .
It's an Accessory
As well as a Potpourri


Just in case you were wondering ... we actually use it too.

We're So Spoiled!

That's why we were excited to find these lovely bars at Big Lots

It comes packaged with two Fragrant Bars
for only $2.50
Which allows us to indulge in our weakness without that guilty feeling.

Do You Decorate With Soap?

We've thought about making our own ...
In fact, I've pinned several recipes on

but as Winnie the Pooh would say

"We're still thinking it over, and thinking it under"

"Think, Think, Think"

Joining the parties at 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Looking Back on 2012

When starting a New Year 
it's nice to look back on the one you've just finished.  
I took a quick look through my blog and thought I'd share a few of my favorite things ... and some of your favorites as well.  
We Started
2012 with a resolution to get healthy ... well, I can give you an update on that, and thankfully, it's a good update.  

Buzz and I have both lost several sizes ... still not where we want to be but a whole lot closer.  Plus, our general health has improved so much.   

Can you believe we didn't weigh ourselves... (our scales are still in storage) but that's ok, because the 2012 resolution was about more than losing weight.   The weight loss was just an added bonus. 

We're ready to tackle 2013 with the same gusto ... only I need to add a LOT more exercise this year.  I'm really lacking there (my son who is in the military has given me a lot of tips...but he's brutal)  I'll find my niche though.

Your Favorite Post
was my tutorial on making
I'm still getting a lot of traffic from Pinterest because of this post.  It is by far the most highly pinned link from my blog.  

My Favorite Photograph
was this one from my post
I love photography ... everything about it.  Yes, I know I'm  an amateur, but I love the whole process of taking the picture and then editing it to tell the story I want it to tell. Some of my favorite bloggers are  photographers...I love it when a simple photograph takes my breath away.  

My Favorite Scripture and a Snapshot
was from

There is just something about that tear drop... some how this image was so powerful to me.  I'm really hoping to continue doing a series of these snapshots in 2013 because they bless me ... and I hope they do you as well.

However ... 
The posts' that gets the most traffic from my blog
are from the page about our Mobile Home

This video documents our very first year.

I get multiple emails each week asking questions about our remodeling process and it's always a joy to share what we've learned through the past couple of years.

Our to do list is pretty Long 
In fact, Buzz says I'm always at least two projects ahead of him.  
Hey, isn't that in my job description?

All in all it's been a great year ... even with some ups and downs, we've felt so Blessed and are thankful for each one of you who have taken the time to get to know us through this blog.

You've Blessed Us! 
PS:  I really restrained myself from bragging about my kids and grandkids ... but no worries... I'll do a whole nuther post about that one of these days.  ":o)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sometimes Life Changes The Best Of Plans ...

The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 didn't go quite as planned.  I had visions of doing all these wonderful Christmas/New Years posts and it just didn't happen this year.  
Blogging was put on hold while we helped care for Buzz's mom.  Even though the circumstances weren't the best it was such a blessing to be with her and see the tender moments between a mother and her son.

Thankfully, she's much better and back in familiar we're home now and catching up on some much needed rest.

I'll be writing a New Years post for you soon ... my mind is racing with ideas.  Of course they won't all hit the page, but it's nice to think about them.

In the mean time...keep focusing on God.  
without Him, none of this is any fun...
and with Him it's All joy!

Blessings to You and Yours this New Year!

If you'd like to see a few pictures of Buzz's family taken just before Christmas, visit my facebook page. His mother is beautiful, inside and out...and his sister is as close to perfect as you can get. 
This Family is Much Loved by Me!