My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day Dreaming 1/28/2012

I sit here a little part of each day helping people with their genealogical pursuits and directing them to those who can help them find answers. While it isn't very exciting work, I still love doing it. Turning the hearts of the children to their fathers is a work needing to be done. Yesterday I had 68 calls so it kept me quite busy, but I am a woman who can multi-task. (Snicker and snort! It got a tad crazy for a while there but I persevered.)

I read a few blogs and one that caught my eye was Claudias on trying to be frugal in an economy that is trashed at the moment. She is a sweet woman whose blog is delightful to read. But the post I was reading specifically struck me as she is doing all the right things. I am also doing what I can in today's economy but there is something else that needs to be addressed. That is a "change of mind/attitude."

I, like so many of you, have dreams of gorgeous homes, gardens, clothing, but that isn't my reality. I have very much come to grips with never having the gorgeous homes seen in articles. However, that does not prevent me from having a lovely, small, neat, decorated home to satisfy me until the end of my days. I truly don't lust after the vain and sparkly things of the world. (Okay, maybe just a mite.) But I'm truly happy with what I do have. Most of all, I'm happy for a man who has loved me for over 50 years and sticks with me through the thick and thin of life. That is the greatest treasure I can think of.

So, let's dream a little and look at some photos I've seen on the internet. These might just inspire you to do one tiny little thing to make your home more beautiful in a frugal way. Oh, and there will definitely be more photos as I had to create a new album in Photobucket just to hold all the photos. So far over 400 with many more to come. I'll try to comment on each one to try and generate your mind to be creative. If there's one thing I'm good at in life, it is inspiring people to their greatness. ;-) So come along and daydream your way into a beautiful life.

Mismatched chairs. You don't have to have all chairs matching. Look how creative this homeowner was. And did you notice the chandelier? Cute!

A great view can accomplish much towards what you don't have to put on walls—pictures.

Cheap garage sale or thrift store finds can go a long way with a bunch of flowers toward adding ambiance to your home.

Now, if I could only get Love Bunny to go for this kind of camping I'd love it: Throw down a foam mattress and near to a toilet that I wouldn't need a flashlight to find!

This could be any home if it wasn't for the high ceilings. The furniture is slipcovered and quite lovely, but this can be done with very little money, just without the expanse of windows. Also, your utility bills would be lower I'm sure.

Instant and inexpensive ambiance: flowers, ribbons, one smashing pillow and pitchers!

Isn't this photo fetching?

Right after I help a church member pack up to move her belongings I'm coming home and going to make one of these for every doorknob in my house. I've done these before but given most of them away. But it adds so much ambiance to have these little pockets hanging around, don't you think?

Okay, I'm off to pack. There will be more of these photos...lots more! Now, go and help someone else to dream and be more than they thought they could be.


  1. You are so right you don't have to have lots of expensive things to fufill you. I love to make something from nothing. Thin I not only have something I enjoy but have saved itmes from going to the trash. Love the tent in the house and especially the blue pillow. Are those safety pins all around the pillow?

  2. Great true. I keep forgetting to answer you so I am replying now....yes you may use the photos of my wedding dress. :) Come say hi.....

  3. Hi Connie,
    Gorgeous post! The images definitely are beautiful. I do find that living in the sticks sure helps me economize, because I only get to get out of the house about one day a week and the nearest shopping is in Twin Falls for me and there isn't much good shopping there.
    You asked about where I went for the fabric I bought? I got that in Rupert where there is the BEST quilting shop in Idaho. It is ginormous! Rupert is another 45 miles from Twin Falls, but I take a shortcut through no man's land so it's 75 miles for me. Twin Falls is 60 miles from here, but this day, I had to go through TF, because they hadn't plowed the back roads yet and because TF has the only Winco in south central Idaho and we were starving! So in actuality, I drove 105 miles for my little pile :(
    hugs from here...

  4. What a fun home tour! That room with the high ceilings does look like a nightmare to heat but that chimney piece is so unique! The "Out of Africa" tent would be fabulous at Girls Camp! :-) Can you imagine? Now I have to "pin" a couple of these photos!


  5. Connie!! Where have you been!!??? O more,where have I been. I saw that cute picture of yours at Junes comment page and thought to myself that I hadn't seen your posts come up in awhile. I don't know how it happened but somehow I was no longer linked to your google friends- so am now your newest but really not follower-

    Loved this post! A thankful heart is where I think it all begins- we have so much still even in a not so great economy.

    bee blessed

  6. This is a great post--yes, we do need to be thankful for all we have...I love the room with the windows, too, but wouldn't like to try to heat it. I love giving to other people, just little small gestures, makes me feel good.

  7. Thanks so much for the mention, Connie. We don't have expensive things and that's all right by me. I'm happy with what I have. Finding a desk on the side of the road that I can redo for $0 is a treat that is better than anything I could pay lots of money for. I think being frugal, having a budget, forces you to be more creative, don't you?

    Another thing to be thankful for!



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