Thursday, August 16, 2012

So how's the '50 Project thing going?

Oh girls, I'd like to be able to tell you how perfectly I've changed!
I will tell you this though,
taking the time to sit down and make lists
has kept it in the forefront of my mind and has truly helped.
It has also made me aware of the areas I really need to work on.
These are the things I've been pretty good at:
I've kept up with my Gratitude Journal...
now that is life changing.
It makes you realize that truly you are 'living' a blessed life!
On the opposite side of the journal I've kept a list of things
I've done for others each day. I did this to encourage myself when I like all women feel like we don't do 'enough'.
But the crazy thing....the side of the pages where I am listing all of the great things that have happened to me or for me....
is leaps and bounds ahead of the other list. Kind of an eye opener for me.
I started out pretty good working on my memoirs,
but somehow it is painful to write and I find myself quitting. 
Note to self: Others will be encouraged if I will just diligently keep at it. If I can't do it for myself, do it for others.
Several times on the road, as well as in emails,
some of you have said you've wept when you read my 
or have been inspired. So truly you've kept me encouraged.
I've done really well on my Reading Lists.
Jaunts to the library,
getting new books ordered from there.
Maybe because this is one of my favorite things to do.
And I've happily been playing at home!
I had my first 'company' over last Friday night.
I figured if I waited until I got everything done,
I'd never have anybody over.
The Guitar Man planted rose bushes and hydrangeas 
out beside the front walkway.
I dug around in storage and found some neat brackets I found at an antique store. Hung them and just swooped some lovely
Moda fabric over them. Tied them up with tassels...and wala...
it helped the kitchen a whole lot!
 I still need to paint the shelves a raspberry pink. 
(It's on the list)
The set of dishes came from an estate sale here for $35!
The glasses are flea market finds too! 45 cents a piece for the blue and a buck for the pink!
My Whimsy Lane Quilt in Pinks and Lavenders.

I also managed to get a better picture of the bread cupboard for ya...

And now for the things I haven't been good at:
Sewing in my sewing room each day...
More Blog Posts,
but I'm gonna get there!
Don't give up on me!
I have been working on the finishing of Buttercream Summer!
Slow go....
Thanks for stopping in!
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The ole man made up the final Fat Quarter Frenzy Packs too!
These are the head on over there!



  1. you sure are organized. everything looks just beautiful john'alee!

  2. That is simply the dishes and your beautiful quilt.

  3. I love reading what you are up to~ and your curtain looks marvelous. Love all the special dishes and glassware too. You are a gal after my own heart when it comes to dishes! LOL Have a happy weekend!

  4. You've created such a pretty room. I could sit all day in there!

  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, the quilts on the wall add to the charm! I had never read your "testimony" before, it really touched my heart. Blessings to you and your honey, it's nice to know you have a love that has weathered the storms and still floating, lol ~

  6. Hi,
    I love how inviting your home is. It make me smile.
    Because of your recommendation many posts ago, I began reading Simple Abundance and have the gratitude journal too. It makes a big difference to get my head pointed in a positive direction.
    Once in a while, I write in a memoir book I started a long time ago. It's been a while though. I read your story once, and it's obvious how far you've come. God bless,

  7. Just keep at it girl and don't get discouraged - Rome wasn't built in a day. I LOVE your dining area, I really want to come visit now! And thrifted, I'm swooning - my favorite thing to do!

  8. Everything looks so beautiful John'aLee. I love your cozy table. It is so inviting, I just want to pull up a chair and share a cup of tea with you :-)

  9. I can imagine it's pretty tough starting all those projects at the same time. Why not be easier on yourself and start one at a time, then, when each one becomes more of a habit, start another. I think you've done a lot alreadyanyway and I suspect you do more for others than you realise - if it comes naturally to you, you don't always recognise it at the time.
    Teresa x

  10. What a lovely setting to sit down and share a meal...or tea. Thanks for sharing your decorator talents with us; such a pleasant surrounding.

  11. LOL! Want to come and work on my place next? Your place looks amazing!

  12. Your decorating is beautiful. A lovely room and table setting,I would love to be seated there.Your About Us page is very touching. Our life experiences make us the person we are today.Thank you for shareing.

  13. I want to come over and hang out in that beautiful space!
    I think you're doing an amazing job. It is so hard to "work" on ourselves. I'm right there with you though, although I think you're a lot farther along than I am. But I'll get there. It would probably help if I actually made a list of the things I want to do like you did. You are my inspiration!
    Love you!

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