December 13, 2012

A Room Refresh and Some Decorating

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a good week.

It's been so nice and sunny here lately...I just love it! I even managed to get outside and play in the snow with my daughter. We braved the cold and had such a good time. It helped that the sun was out, creating sparkles on the was so pretty.

Anyway, I thought I'd show you a few photos of my living room today. The Mister and I recently freshened it up a bit. I wanted it to have a brighter look for Christmas, so we had to get everything done before the tree went up. We didn't do much, just painted the walls a lighter color and painted the armoire too...from black to white, but it feels sooo much better.

Sometimes little changes have a big impact, don't you think? If you want to see what the room looked like before, you can click HERE for last year's Christmas decorating post.

Whew! Let me tell you, painting that cabinet was quite the job. I thought it was never going to end. Seriously. I felt like like crying, that's how bad it

I went with a very neutral colored Christmas tree again this year. I just wanted to enjoy the room's changes and have everything feel very calming. My kids have little trees in their bedrooms that they decorated with their ornaments, so they get to enjoy color somewhere in the house :)

I normally put a big copper star on top of the tree, but opted not to this year because of the kitties. Yeah, they like this room an awful lot too...they think of the tree as their own, personal jungle gym. Good times.

I'm kind of obsessed with making wool pompoms lately. I pull them all apart so they get nice and fuzzy. I put some on my tree, on a few gifts and I've been making extra for a little project that I'm working on, which I'll show you next week.

Well, lovely people that's all for today! I hope you have a super sparkly, sunshiny weekend.

Tricia ♥

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December 10, 2012

Happy Thoughts

This morning, as I look out my window at a blanket of fresh snow swirling around outside and children headed off to school all bundled up for the blustery weather, I think to myself about how happy I am to be nestled here in my house along with my little girl, feeling all nice and cozy and wonderful.

I wasn't feeling quite so joyful yesterday when the snow kept falling and falling. "Will it never end?!" I thought. My daughter just couldn't figure out why I wasn't happy about the snow and began telling me all the fun things I could do outside during the winter...sledding, making snowmen or finally wearing the snowshoes I got last winter, when there was no snow. She must have figured that I wasn't quite convinced when, exasperated, she finally said, "Well, snow is white and you LOVE white, remember?" Well, this is true. 

When I thought for a moment about all she had to say, I started to remind myself that sometimes a person just needs a different outlook on life. Lately, I've been busy with this and that, just taking in the season and trying to enjoy the moments that each day brings...obviously, I overlooked the benefits of snow :)

I really love this time of year and all its festivities. How happy everyone seems and how that joyful spirit seems to shine. It's a feeling that wish I could capture all year long.

I got a new book the other day called Every Day a Friday. Have you heard of it? It's written by Joel Osteen. I've always thought that he seems like Mr. Positive, a ray of happiness no matter the circumstances.

Anyway, I just happen to come across the book. I like thinking that God put it in my path and that reading it will perhaps give me an extra little spark and a fresh outlook. Who doesn't need that sometimes, right? I might even put my boots on and play outside today :)

Well, lovely people, I hope your week is off to a wonderful start and that you're filled to the brim with happiness. I'll be back in a few days with a decorating post.

See you soon...

Tricia ♥