Thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us and the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, I wanted to take a few moments today and reflect on a few things that I am thankful for. My Family

I feel so blessed to have a loving and caring family.  They have all been so supportive of my career change, and I am thankful for their love and encouragement.  From my immediate family, to the in-laws, to the extended family, to those near and far, it is such a comfort to know that we have loved ones to share the holidays, and ‘everydays’, with.  I am especially thankful for the little ones – our niece and nephews – who, with their giggles, smiles, and ‘darndest things’ that they say, are constant reminders of the important things in life.

nephew coloring

niece & nephew

My Friends

Old and new, I am thankful to have a circle of friends that are kind, caring, and fun.  There are so many important things to do and be in life, but I truly believe that being a good friend is one of the top things on that list. There is nothing like reminiscing about old memories and making new ones with great friends.  To all of my wonderful friends: thank you for being such a special part of my life!

friends

Colors

Yes, I love color.  I get to work with color on a daily basis and I love helping others bring color into their lives.  Color can affect mood, and the right combinations of color can be stunningly beautiful.  I am thankful to live in a world full of lovely colors!

colors

fabric / paint

Facebook

It sounds silly, I know, but, I am thankful for Facebook.  Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, teammates, and classmates.  It lets me see pictures of friends’ families and babies, it also allows me to support local businesses and join causes I’m passionate about, and it provides breaking news faster than Usain Bolt can run 100 meters.  From friends that live five minutes away to those that are halfway around the world, Facebook provides a vehicle to stay connected with those we care about.  Besides, where else could I post pictures like this ;)?

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Dessert

Hello, my name is Cathy, and I’m a dessert-a-holic.  It’s true.  I don’t try to hide it.  To me, desserts are certainly something to be thankful for.  They really do make each day a little sweeter!

shyndigz cake

Shyndigz cake

Lastly, I am thankful for you – my readers!  You have been so supportive and encouraging and I am thankful for every reader, comment, email, and Facebook like!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving – be sure to enjoy the dessert :) !

º What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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Favorite Things {part 1}

When you walk into your house, aside from the lovely people or pets you share it with, is there one thing that is your favorite?  Throughout the summer I’m going to run a series of ‘Favorite Things’ to showcase various people’s favorite items in their homes.  Today, I’m starting with my own favorite thing, and I’ve asked my family to share their favorite things as well. favorite things

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Me:

My favorite thing in our house is our dining room chandelier.  When we moved into our house four years ago, it was the first DIY project I tackled.  The chandelier was a traditional brass chandelier, but I wanted to freshen it up and make it feel more like us.  With a few coats of white spray paint and just enough dangling crystals to add sparkle without being over the top, I was able to create a one-of-a-kind piece for our dining room.  I love how the white fixture pops off of our new blue walls.

dining room chandelier

dining room chandelier

My husband, Andrew:

My favorite thing about our house is the view of our front porch during the summer.  In particular, I like the left corner of the porch looking towards the dining room window as you walk up the front steps.  There is great contrast between the red rose bush and the white columns of the porch along with the festive colors of the hanging basket and window box full of geraniums.

front porch

front porch flowers

My mom:

When Cathy asked me to pick my “favorite thing”, I thought about choosing the two small rocks I brought back from my trip to Ireland in ’03 which sit on my dresser.  But I assumed they were probably not the type of decorative item that she was looking for.  So, I decided on my collection of glass and china items.  I have plates, tea cups, bowls, vases, pitchers and tea sets that have been either passed down through our families or I have collected myself.  When I go into a store, these are always what I am drawn to first.  I love the intricate patterns and the vibrant colors.  I love both antique and contemporary styles.  I display as much as I can to add charm and interest to a room, but confess that I have too many items to put out.  Most are inexpensive, but all are special treasures to me.  If I had to narrow it down to just one favorite, I would probably choose the Japanese tea cup that came from my mother-in-law’s home.  The tiny painted figures are all wearing exquisitely beautiful kimonos.  The craftsmanship is incredible and the china is so paper-thin you can almost see through it.  I don’t know the history of this piece – I wish I did!  I should learn to ask more questions.  This piece sits on the table next to the chair where I usually sit to read, so I can enjoy it often.

Japanese china

Japanese china

My dad:

My favorite things are the two corner cupboards that came from my family.  The larger one is cherry and came from my grandparents’ home in Richmond.  The smaller one is pine and was purchased by my parents at an antique store in Richmond when they were first married.  Both of them are stately pieces that have served my family with grace and style for many years.  They display items that are both decorative and sentimental, and carry with them cherished memories of their own.  I hope they will continue to provide faithful service for many generations to come.

corner cabinet

corner cabinet

My sister:

This chair was an antique store find, in a small town in Southwest Virginia where my husband's grandmother lives.  As you can see it was beautiful, but was in need of some new fabric.  I've never recovered anything before, but with my creative sister encouraging me, we decided to take on the project.  I just love how the fabric really updated the chair, and I love repurposing! (reupholstered side chair step-by-step)

reupholstered chair

My brother-in-law:

The deck has always been my favorite spot in the house, but I have a much greater appreciation for it after several recent projects to “improve” it.  I finally cleaned and stained the deck after four years of living in our house.  With the help of my handy neighbor I also installed latticework that could withstand a hurricane.  We recently added a storage box to provide more seating and a hiding place for our son’s outdoor toys.  The awning we installed a few years ago makes it a comfortable sitting area in most any weather, which hopefully will buy me some time for that screened in porch my wife keeps talking about.

deck & awning

deck lattice work

My nephew:

These trains have been Brycen's favorite ever since his grandparents gave them to him over 2 years ago.  There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't play with them.  The train table is also a repurposed piece of furniture.  It was an old 'honey' colored coffee table of ours that almost went to Goodwill.  We decided to keep it and repaint it, and now we have the perfect use for it!

train play table

train play table

It is always interesting to see and hear about other people's favorite things.  I love how we all picked different types of items - some old, some new, some indoor, some outdoor, some repurposed, and some with family history.

º What is your favorite thing?  

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