What is THIS all about?

Thanks for coming to my Blog! I am a Daughter of a King, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of five, MomInLaw of two, and Gram of three. Designing and creating feeds something inside of me! This blog will be sharing about my faith, my family, my life, my creations and collections. I am on a journey to learn balance and will be sharing about that as well. Enjoy!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hearts Around Our Home

We have been very busy over the Valentine weekend. Hubby and I drove 650 miles to visit our unmarried children over the 3 day weekend. 
Such a good time we have had seeing family, visiting, hugging, and kissing and celebrating our love for each other over Valentine's Day. We were able to attend our son's Choir class. He is a part of the BYU audition Men's Choir. I thought I had died and gone to Choir Heaven!!! I just listened and cried, they sound so beautiful!!!

Before coming, I was so busy with organizing and trying to get the strap made and attached to my neckpurse from Pat, that I didn't decorate or do a lot for Valentine's Day at our home. But, I started noticing the hearts all around our home that are part of our everyday decor. As you know, I love hearts! And so I decided to share with you some of the hearts you may or may not have seen in our home.

Do you remember the late 80's when the white washed County style was in? Well, country style I could make, but I always wanted to decorate with a more detailed look than that. So, I designed this shelf and purchased the wood, and my sweet hubby was kind enough to make it for me! Isn't it still  beautiful after all these years? This is on the wall in our main floor bathroom. I still love to change the items on the shelf for the different seasons. I also have a heart shelf that matches it, but it isn't up anywhere right now.
A dried rose bud wreath I made from that same the time period. This hangs in my bathroom.
A lace brooch I made in the late 90's with a metal heart charm, French wired ribbon roses, leaves made from fabric, and a few beads in the pink ribbon flowers.

This heart key charm I have had for years and it's having on the same chatelaine as the brooch. My Mother made the chatelaine, it has pockets on each end, for thread spools and anything else that I may need to have at hand while embroidering or mending, and to hold a pair of scissors. One end also has a little pin cushion attached where I can put my needles and pins that I am using at the time. 
Heart frame with pictures of Hubby and I, we had these taken on our honeymoon in San Fransico. The picture behind is Hubby's Mother at about 5 years of age. Daughter*3, who is named after her, looked just like her, only with blonde hair, at this same age. That picture will belong to our daughter eventually. 
This Mountain Dulcimer was made for us by Hubby's Father. He made one for each family in the family. He did amazing woodwork and made many wonderful things for the families. We are all musical, so we love using it when we all get out our instruments. And it hangs on the wall in our "Quiet Room" where we also have the piano and all the other instruments.
This small gorgeous wall quilt was made for me by Sister*3. It hangs in our guest room. She even picked the same fabric, but in a different color, as my Mother did for the chatelaine. I love and adore this quilt!

My oldest sister created this for me years ago, when we were both looking at doing crazy quilting. I love this so much ! I see it everyday in my bathroom. It reminds me so much of her because it is just her style. She is 20 years older than me and I have loved watching her create since I was a little girl! She has always encouraged me and "Oo'd and Ah'd" about things I've made. These two sisters and my Mother also helped me tie the quilt that is in our guest room, 20 years ago... How can it be that many years? How does time go so fast? I am sure it has sped up as I have aged!
This is a close up on the embroidery... To remind me that we are wonderful women!!! I think she intended for me to add whatever stitches I might like to to this wall hanging. I will have to ask her about it!!
Thanks for looking at my hearts, these are really just a few of the hearts around our home. Of course the one I love best in my Hubby's Heart... Speaking of time passing so swiftly... we just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary! 
He is kind, patient, forgetful, silly, fun, calming, encouraging and sees the positive in life. Sometimes he gets mad, but only when I've had it a long time coming! I am so grateful for him and love him so much, even if he acts like a little boy or a "pill" sometimes!

Thanks for all your warm Bloggy hearts!
Hugs, 
Betsy

One more heart and a sneak preview of my next post! I have had this lace heart filled with dried roses for 25 years... I love it! It sits right here on top of the beautiful cedar chest Hubby made for me for Christmas, when we were engaged! It's in our bedroom, and the heart sits right on the top. 
And the beautiful purse and strap, look at my next post!








Friday, February 6, 2015

"Just the facts, Ma'am" ~ just the facts...

Welcome to all of my new followers!
and to those of you who have been here awhile, thanks for hanging in here with me...
while I find... Umm....What was that I was looking for these last years???...

....OH...YES.....Balance!!!!

I found this quote on Facebook and made a pretty version to post here because... it's the truth ...


One of the  reasons I started this blog was to see if posting what I DO would motivate me to take care of my... life....I have been so unmotivated for a few years. I found out I had hypothyroidism in March of 2012 and was put on Synthroid for it. It has helped, but I still have a lingering lack of motivation.
(It's probably just my computer addiction that is getting to me! THAT addiction began while looking at all your lovely blogs when I was feeling like I could hardly move!)  Add to the addiction thing, my procrastination AND perfectionism issues, which I talk about in First Post! (in the first two paragraphs), that seem to have gotten worse over time.
I am one of those All or Nothing People whose mind says,
"I feel overwhelmed by it ALL now, so I will do NOTHING, until I feel motivated to do it ALL."
You toss perfectionism into that and in my mind turns it into:
"I CANNOT do it ALL PERFECTLY now, because I am so overwhelmed by EVERYTHING  I want to do PERFECTLY. So, I will do NOTHING now, and then do it PERFECTLY later!" And, when I do clean, you can eat off of it, whatever IT is. Yeah...crazy, I know!....
"So, how's that workin' out for you, Betsy?" you may ask...
Not working well enough, let me tell you!
But, I keep working at it!!!

Gorgeous Vintage French Tin that looks like a book!

Procrastination and Perfectionism issues make it so that I am generally doing the right things
at the wrong times...and many times just procrastinating taking care of organization in my home.
..**rolling eyes at self**, WHY I do that to me, I DO NOT KNOW!!!
....I don't like it...but I do it...(russerfrusser...humph!!)

The Tin Book Spine
AND... I have .A.D.D. ... Attention Deficit Disorder ... I tell my hubby that I have
a defecit of attention from him, and if he gave me more attention,
I am SURE there would be less disorder in our house!

But I don't think I can really blame him for all MY stuff...
So, I am trying something different this year. I have tried something every year,
but I get overwhelmed and give up and go back to my old ways,
which are filling the house! My children and hubby might sign me up for an
"Intervention", and you might see me on an episode of Hoarders!
(Thank Goodness they don't do that show anymore...at least, I HOPE they don't!)

A Tin Book full of Treasures!
But I still have to slow down enough to finish the plan...
There is hope for me somewhere, I just have to find it!
"It's Here...Somewhere!"
So, that is what I will be blogging about. I need to take care of an area and post and
reward myself with making something fun. I know, I know, I am an old woman
and should have gotten a handle on this when I was younger,
but can't go back now,  just have to move forward.

I loved this little silver tray and had to do some talking to get Liz to sell
it to me before she had cleaned it. She even sent this very fine
 steel wool so I could clean it up as well as possible.

These are some pictures of some beautiful things I bought from LuluLiz last spring...

The silver tray, all clean and vintage looking... I just adore it. These vintage glass apothecary bottles
 are lovely, with their glass stoppers in them. I store the buttons in the bottle and place
them where I can see them in my Workroom.
Such fun treasures... I wonder how I will use those laces??!!!

These will inspire me to ... move and get organized....I am sure..... I think!

 (Hmmm... I think I see the problem there...   ;) )

Hugs from my heart and 
Bloggy Valentine Love!

BETSY