Friday, February 24, 2012

Feeling Blue!

Something Old, Somethng New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

Oh how I love these rows of ruffles.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dreaming of Spring

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A few shots I took while dusting!
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Have a fabulous & creative day!

XO~Pansy Cottage Girl

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Resolution

I just returned from the bookstore. My heart had been hungering for something that would push me out of my comfort zone. I knew this was the book I wanted to read and I know I will be happy with where it leads me.

I'm going to be perfectly honest with you if you don't mind. Some of you will understand, even identify with the journey I'm about to embark on. Others will pass over what I share because its not their thing or they disagree and that's OK. This isn't for everyone. 
I have strong convictions about what I believe. I believe in God, I believe in family and I believe in this country and the freedom it represents. I can be quite stubborn too. If I say "no" I very rarely change my mind. If I say "yes" I honor my word. I long for the old days when a deal was made on your word and a handshake. 

I think they used to call it honesty or was it integrity?

So back to the journey, my journey, which I will share with you in bits and pieces as I read this book, meditate on it and apply it to my life. I will not be preaching at you or telling you to do this or that. I will be gravely honest with where this takes me. I'm not a sit on the sidelines kind of girl. I'm not satisfied with good enough, never have been. 

This book will be a challenge, it won't be easy. 

Ive always wanted to use my blogs as a way to inspire others, offer friendship and life experiences. I hope you will find something here that makes you smile or comforts you during your day. 

Wishing you great joy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fluffing the Nest

Is there any color more dreamy and romantic than pink? I love this particular shade because it is so subtle which makes it easy to blend with your existing palette.

The easiest way to change the look of a room without a lot of effort is to change out your pillows and add a new runner topped with fresh flowers. And if your budget allows add new chair slips too. With kids and pets this is much easier on the wallet than completely replacing your furniture and you can change with the season or your mood.

These pieces are from my Romantic Farmhouse Collection and cost only $30-$50. They are made of 100% light weight cotton for a light breezy cottage look.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Pillows for Spring

 If you know me very well, then you know this is my absolutely favorite word so I had to add this one to my new Inspirational Collection.

Sometimes you just really need a cupcake, so here's my Hey Cupcake pillow!

Inspired from Vintage Seed Packets is this little cutie pie.

I can't wait for spring to arrive even though there really hasn't been much of a winter here. I love the bold colors of Spring, and the fragrant air thanks to my Jasmine plants.

What do you like best about spring?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Follow Your Rainbow

Its been a rainy day here in So Cal., the perfect weather for curling up with
 a good book and hot chocolate.
This is the hillside across from my house, I love the way the 
evening sunset casts is golden glow on it.

So I was driving home from shuttling the kids around and saw this beautiful rainbow. I was driving straight towards it and for one magical moment I was lost in childhood memories of chasing rainbows. I can remember riding my bicycle and really believing that somehow I could catch it. 

I remembered the joy and excitement of the chase.
And then there was dissapoinment
until the next time it rained and I would try all over again.

My friends, as you know I want my blog to encourage you and 
inspire you to chase your dreams.

DREAMS unlike rainbows can be chased and can be caught.
As you start on that journey of pursuing your dreams stop and ask yourself, "What am I chasing? Is it worth catching? Will I be satisfied once I have it or longing for something else? What do I need to let go of in order to catch my rainbow?"

Only You can answer those questions. Only You can define what your dream 
looks like when attained.
My sweet friends I wish you days filled with magical rainbows.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

 My daughter made these amazing cookies last Valentine's Day...
they tasted as good as they look, no better.
 I was hoping she would make this an annual baking event for our family but her husband was in a little accident over the weekend which left him with a concussion. I am happy and quite thankful to report he is fine. They have been married for 4 years now and this was their first "injury" to weather.  On my very first married Valentine's Day my husband broke his ankle but was so determined to get flowers for me, he hobbled across the street to the grocery store (on crutches) and returned with a bouquet. 

What dedication and determination

Wishing you love & romance today and every day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sewing Day

 Some fun pictures~
Love these old vintage elements

Hope you are having a fun, crafty day!
What are you working on?


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spread Your Wings

Just when the caterpillar thought she came to the very end of her life a miracle happened and she flew away. 
Spread YOUR WINGS dear ones.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blogging Can Give You Wings

Cindy Adkins of Whimsical Musings is a talented artist, author and blogging expert. 
She has written several books and many have become #1 on Amazon. Ive only known Cindy a short time and have had the pleasure of featuring her on Launch Your Creativity.

When she approached me to contribute to her latest book, "Women: Blogging Can Give You Wings" I was elated. Cindy is a true giver and a cheerleader for women following their passions.
Cindy has assembled eight amazing, talented women and featured their passions for helping others through blogging. I consider it a privilege and honor to be a part of her book.

Thank you Cindy for your commitment to inspiring and encouraging women through blogging.