Friday, January 20, 2017

Creativity in Bloom

This morning, the brightness of  sunshine shone in the front windows;
 I could hear a few birds singing as the cool breeze made the curtains 
sway back and forth.  Today, it was near 65 degrees and partly cloudy.  
There were little peeks of sun today after being cloudy for several days; 
I was so thankful for the peeks of sun that did shine.

 Each day I stand in awe of God's beautiful mornings. 
The closer to spring the more I feel mornings are  my time; 
there is so much peace during these early morning hours.
 I just love mornings, don't you!?

Hello friends, happy weekend!   I found myself sitting at my happy place today and this is my desk that is snuggled in the laundry room. One of my favorite pastimes is sketching. Lately, I have been admiring flowers that have been painted with watercolors. I couldn't wait to try my hand at it.

I am new to watercolors. I had my first practice run at it today and I have found that it is something that I am going to love getting into.   There is still a lot to learn and better brushes to be purchased to improve my efforts.

Do you like to paint with watercolors or what are some of your favorite pastimes?

Have a beautiful weekend,
From the farmhouse.

The woman who makes a sweet beautiful home,
filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing
something better than anything her hands could find 
to do beneath the skies.  J.R. Miller

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Creating a Bright and Happy Home

There is just something about January that makes me want to clean out clutter; do a little deep cleaning, and brighten up my home.   Am I the only one who feels this way in January?

Hello Sweet Friends, It is a fresh lemonade kind of day here at the farmhouse.

Even if they are these are, still brings brightness to a home

I love making my home happy and bright.

By simply adding fresh flowers to each room.

By hanging a boxwood wreath over our dresser, adds a little greenery. 

Painting a wood cabinet pebble gray ~ freshens up an old piece.

I love how fresh and bright my laundry room is... 
My desk to the right, it is my favorite place to think, 
to write, to paint with watercolors  and to read.
I plan to paint the legs and skirt of this desk pebble gray.

Adding a new comforter that was on clearance for thirty four dollars,
 is a sweet way to brighten up a room. Floral prints is making a come back this year.

Well, that is all I have for you. I hope that your year is off to a great start, and would love to hear if you are making fresh new changes in your home.

All things new,

God...made childhood joyous, full of life, bubbling over with laughter, playful, bright and sunny. We should put into their childhood days just as much sunshine and gladness, just as much cheerful pleasure as possible. 

Pour in the sunshine about them in youth. Let them be happy, encourage all innocent joy, provide pleasant games for them, romp and play with them; be a child again among them. Then God's blessing will come upon your home, and your children will grow up sunny-hearted, gentle, affectionate, joyous themselves and joy-bearers to the world.   
by J.R. Miller

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A walk in the woods

On this winter day of cold and gray, the girls and I slipped on our boots, gloves , scarves and jackets.  We walked towards the woods with a basket in our hands and something to cut with.  Not sure if we can find enough greenery to make a very large wreath, we continue walking down paths of golden weeds.  While we kept our eyes open for places that deer may have bedded down the night before.

Upon entering into the woods, we pulled branches of wild blackberries off our clothes that wanted to go with us.  Climbing over trees that have fallen across this weather creek, we hop from rock to rock surround by the slow rush of creek water.  We find our way through this little patch of woods that sits at the end of our land.

With each path we took , we found three to four different kinds of cedar trees.  Filling our baskets with snips from each tree, we spotted some wild red berries near by.  The basket soon was over run with berries, cedar, Leyland cypress and Douglas firs we headed for home.

We separated the greenery into piles across the old farmhouse table, and began to assemble our wreath. What a great time we had stomping through the woods together.  We love walking in
the woods enjoying nature any chance we get.

Thank you, for coming along with us for a walk in the woods.

Merry CHRISTmas,