Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR



We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.
Maybe this year, to balance the list,
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...
not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Meet John Doe and the Aqua Blues

I had the opportunity to Meet John Doe yesterday...by television. Confused? Let me clarify. I have a cold which I knew was coming. Tool Man always brings me colds (and flu) that he picks up at work. I've told him many times he can stop now...please! I'd just rather have flowers!

Anyway, I decided to not do a thing yesterday as I was fuzzy headed (?!?). Perfect time to settle down and find an old movie to enjoy. We have basic cable so when I say old movie that usually entails something from the 80's if I'm lucky.




Yesterday was different. I found Meet John Doe with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck from 1941. 1941, I say!!! I loved it...it could have been a theme today about hard times and the John Does of the good old U.S.A. coming together to help each other.

The most fun with that movie was my distraction with the scenery, the set, and the clothing. I love vintage clothing and that is why it is such a treasure to watch an old movie. But what really grabbed me was the set and the colors. Yes, the movie was originally in black and white, but they added color to this version.




Aqua and robin egg blue popped out all over the place. Aqua painted walls, white woodwork and doors, green curtains, furniture in blue/aqua prints with the wood in a chocolate brown, and accent colors in yellow. Wow, I want it...the perfect color palette! Poor Tool Man came walking into the room and I'm shouting 'look at this, look at this scenery, look at the colors'. Sigh...I needed another woman to share in this excitement cause Tool Man just didn't get it.

That is why I'm sharing this with you today. Many of you 'get it'. It's the excitement and pleasure of the perfect palette.
So thanks for sharing in my excitement! :)


Picture by dominomag added to my ideabook at Houzz.

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Color of the Year

Pantone has announced PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the Color of the Year for 2010.
Yes...I love it.  It is a calming and comforting color. I am attracted to various shades of blues for my color palette for the interior design of my home this coming year.



Go to Pantone to learn more!!!

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!




What makes a Christmas bright?
Not packages from the stores,
Nor pretty trees and twinkle lights, 
But friendships such as yours!!!

Merry Christmas From Lakewood,
Cindy

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Gift

THE GIFT

Author Unknown
 

T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.


I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.





I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.



NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.



WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.





FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.



THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.



THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.



WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.



SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.





THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.



I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.



THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.



THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;



I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."



THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND SOON DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.



I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.



I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.



THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."



ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?!?

I've been having a little attitude lately. That's me. When I hear someone start complaining, well...I think, are you kidding me?

I came across someone who was complaining about painting her home. She was wondering why, oh why, did she start this process at holiday time with the parties, the decorating, the gift buying, and blah, blah, blah!?!



Are you kidding me? You have a home...a beautiful home and you are complaining...ummm...why? Why are you not counting your blessings that you have a home?

I stumbled upon another person who was decorating a full tree for every room of her house. She was becoming stressed trying to get all this decorating done with not enough time in the day, and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Are you kidding me? Who are you decorating for anyway if it stresses you out? Who is suffering besides yourself? Family, maybe? Why are you not counting your blessings instead of counting your trees?

I found someone's blog who, well, made me plain tired with everything she is doing for the holidays including revamping and rearranging furniture, painting everything, decorating to the max, and just plain overdoing until she is surely about to drop from pure exhaustion.

Are you kidding me? Listen, even Martha Stewart, can't do it all. She has a full staff for details and backup. Why not just take time to relax and count your blessings?

Now this won't be a popular post, I'm sure. But I'm older and wiser now and that is okay with me. Life is all about perspective. There are many who are not as fortunate as we are. We need to count our blessings!

A family friend of ours just passed away unexpectedly. He was is his 50's. I can't even imagine how his wife, a very sweet woman, will get through this holiday or the many more to come. She is all about family and friends. She knows how to make you feel good. Does she do it with a tree in every room, or freshly painted walls, or with everything being perfect? No. She approaches life with the right attitude, a simplistic manner, and a grateful heart. She counts her blessings. When she looks back upon her life...her memories will be filled with good times with family and friends.

What about you? What will your memories be about? Are you so busy you miss what is really important? Make this your best holiday yet...not by trees, decorations, or food. Make this your best holiday ever by counting your blessings.

Merry Christmas,
Cindy 

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

See My Garden Glow

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens


My garden...I am lost without it this winter. I love the dirt on my hands, the sun on my back, and the breeze in my hair.

So for now...why not add some holiday cheer, add some lights, and make that garden glow! 

My garden overlooks a lake. Everyone can enjoy these holiday lights and the reflections they create within the lake. And I can enjoy it from the warmth of my home as I wait impatiently for the first sign of spring.

I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday. This is my first time connecting with the gardeners there. Thanks, Tootsie! 

Living in up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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“Snowmen Fall from Heaven…Unassembled.”



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Old Time Greetings


Holiday Messages From the Past...










...All Throughout the House.

I'm joining Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne and Thrifty Thursday with Leigh. Check out the fun! Everything in the above photos is vintage and thrifty. Every piece you see has been given to me or I picked up at an auction for a ridiculously low price. I am extremely cheap and proud to be called so!

I am feeling auction withdrawal since the season has ended. I do not necessarily buy for myself. That just wouldn't be thrifty, now would it? And I cannot handle that much clutter. I do resale and plan to expand the business next season. I may do a post sometime to discuss the know how and the details on how to be successful at auctions.

Happy Holidays from Lakewood,
Cindy   

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Natural Holiday...

...at Lakewood. It became unseasonably warm yesterday with it being in the 60's. I had the fantabulous opportunity to be in the great outdoors just to enjoy and take it all in. So here is my holiday...a natural one.

Beauty




Fun & Games




Decorations




Travel




Parties




Food, Glorious Food




Family & Friends



Blessings to you and wishing you a Natural Holiday!

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shopping Experience


Do you enjoy shopping? I don't, no really, I can't stand it unless...I have the experience to enjoy a shop like the one above. This is Cottage Gardens located in a little historical town by me that is filled with fun and unique shopping experiences. These pictures were taken a few years ago when I became acquainted with the shop owner. I loved talking to her. She was featured in a national magazine because of her shabby chic style. She had that 'WOW' effect when it came to decorating her shop and her home. And did I mention she lived in a modular home? Everything was in a variety of whites and all chippy. This is how cool she was...she actually took a porch from a historical house and attached it to a wall within her home. Did I mention 'WOW'? She traveled and did major shows and sold to major designers. And she was the sweetest 'down home' KY gal!

See that bike in the window above? See how she took a can of white spray paint to make it special? I am still looking for a junk bike to do that to. When I say junk, I mean zero dollars. I have already found a big bike basket to attach to the front. Now I just need to find a bike!


She no longer has this shop. Someone else has moved in. It's a sister and brother team and I met them when they started buying from me at the flea market. They buy from me for resale and for display purposes. I like being the middleman, I mean middlewoman. I've owned a shop before, well, twice before. I start feeling confined after awhile. I'm a free and restless spirit. I don't like to be tied down at all. I may just extend my business this next season by selling my finds directly to shop owners. I've been kicking the idea around. It's something to look into anyway.

The new owner has invited me to stop by and visit. I need to do that soon, real soon...

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy 

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Friday, December 11, 2009

You've Heard, Haven't You...



...I'm sure you did! It's cool, it's hip, and very trendy!



And it all revolves around the good old Christmas tree and the Christmas tree farms. You usually go out and pick your tree. You pay for it and take it home. You set it up, make it pretty, and stand back to admire your work. Then after the holidays, the tree is no more. It is discarded. How sad is that? 



The new scenario is that after you pick out your tree and pay for it, the tree can become a part of your family's tradition. How? The new twist is that you can adopt your tree. The Christmas tree farm delivers to you a live tree with roots intact and they return after the holidays to take the tree back to the farm. That traditional Christmas tree can become part of your family by returning every holiday season. That's right. You can name it. You can watch it grow over the years. You can make it yours with more than just the ornaments. You can look forward to it returning every year.



This, to me, is huge and so innovative. I wish I thought of it. I've always wanted a Christmas tree (or a pumpkin) farm. When our children were young and at home, it was a tradition to go to a tree farm every year. The quest was to find the perfect tree. It pained me to cut down a tree, but we had no place to plant one so the option of getting one with roots was not possible.



We now have an artificial Christmas tree. It is not the same. And I've discovered that it is not good for the environment. Artificial trees contain toxins and are not biodegradable. Unfortunately, artificial trees are manufactured mainly outside of the US. Live trees are beneficial if the process is done correctly. Did you know that an estimated 32 million Christmas trees are sold in the US every year? Our landfills become overcrowded when those trees are discarded. And those dying trees release greenhouse gasses as they decompose.



I think it is wonderful to have a new option. It's important to be responsible and make informed choices that are environmentally sound. And what fun...some farms include elves with that delivery. Imagine the excitement of young children waiting for Santa's elves to personally come to their house with the official Christmas tree?!?! Now that can be a memorable tradition!



We all need to be responsible so everyone can have a Green Christmas!
And if I ever decide to have a Christmas tree farm with elves that deliver...you'll be the first to know! ;)



Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Simplistic Season

“The simplest things are often the truest.” -Richard Bach

 This holiday season will not be loud and outrageous, but quiet and reflective.

This holiday season will not be hurried and exhausting, but just plain enjoyable. 

This holiday season will not be expensive and gaudy, but handmade and vintage filled.

 I collect vintage ornaments. My Grandmother S actually started it all by sharing hers with me. Below are some of my smaller ones displayed in a vintage dish given to me by my Grandmother R. And of course, the books are vintage. 



Vintage ornaments displayed in an old birdcage.



More vintage ornaments in a pretty silver bowl and tray.



Thanks for viewing my vintage faves!
I am joining up at Vintage Thingies Thursday where everyone enjoys sharing!

Nothing is better than a Christmas that fills the senses, the spirit, and the soul. Wishing you a simplistic season!

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy 

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Sweet Award



The Lemonade Award is given to people who have shown great attitude or gratitude. All of you who come to visit here at Lakewood truly deserve this award. So if you have not already received The Lemonade Award, it is yours for the taking. The rules are that you display the graphic, mention where you received it, and pass it on (original rules are to pass it onto 5-10 bloggers). Come on...don't be shy...take it, you deserve it!

I received this award from Andrea at Arise2Write. Thanks, Andrea! 
She shares many inspirational words, thoughts, and moments. Andrea is a woman with a great attitude and amazing gratitude. Please pay her a visit.

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Monday, December 7, 2009

It's Not Pretty...



...and it looks a little strange, but for some odd reason I felt the need to share. Yep, while everyone is showing off their perfectly decorated homes, sharing the excitement of freshly fallen snow outside their windows, and letting us in on the best crafting and gifting secrets imaginable...here's Cindy. She wants you to know that she also has been, oh, so busy.

This is today's attempt of making bread and as soon as this lump of rubbery stuff cools....off to the wastebasket it goes. Wait...maybe not...maybe there is some magical recycling project I can come up with to gift just the right person or mold into a Christmas decoration or to place under a cloche. 



Actually, I make a few loaves of bread every week. I can't even remember the last time I bought bread and that is a good thing. This falls into my life of simplicity which really is an oxymoron cause this isn't easy!!!

Anyway, the dough was reaching that 'ball' stage when the machine started screaming (well that is what it sounded like and the noise really set the cats on edge). I threw open the machine to be hit by HOT steam upon my face (free facial for the holidays and bread scented too).

Okay, I won't tell you what I called the bread machine, but I named it. It's life is over and it is no more. Wait! Maybe there is some magical recycling project....or I could even do a giveaway! :)

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy  

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“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

MY PLEDGE: 
I refuse to overdo this holiday season and will not allow stress into my life.  
I choose to follow the path of simplicity in honor of this season of joy.

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Birdcage Blues

What to do with a birdcage that lacks some luster...that needs some life...that needs to be jazzed?!?!



Well, first get out your $2.00 whoops paint in that just so pretty blue and get busy. Quickly dry brush it on. That's better.



Now to find some holiday greenery and berries from the stash. Then add a cute little bird and we are all happy.



Total cost including the birdcage (from an auction) was around $1.00. Yes, we are all happy indeed!

I'm joining Leigh's get together for Thrifty Thursday at her blog...check it out!

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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What Do You Value?



MY TOP TEN



1. Gardening to produce fresh and healthy foods


2. Turning trash into treasures


3. Saving energy & becoming earth friendly


4. Experimenting in the kitchen to entice the taste buds


5. Making our house a home & a haven


6. Connecting and playing with nature


7. Creating and crafting


8. Becoming self-reliant by making soap & such


9. Participating in fun with the family


10. Educating myself & hopefully others


My 'top ten' are values that I try to incorporate into my life as much as possible. As the end of the year is coming upon us, I am beginning to reflect on the choices we do or do not make in life. Many of us think we need to make new year's resolutions. I do not anymore. They are more of a band aid. Instead of trying to tackle an issue with a resolution, why not focus on what you value in life. Choose your lifestyle.

For example, let's say I want to lose weight. Most people wait until the start of the new year and make it a resolution. Can we say failure? Can we say short lived? Can we say that it will probably be a resolution that will reappear another year? You probably noticed that I don't have weight or even health listed within my top ten. Do I value them? You bet! So let's look at my list again and see where they fit in.

Number 1 is gardening-do you realize how much work it is and the calories I can burn when it comes to gardening? Quite a workout all on its own. Plus when you eat fresh foods instead of processed, it affects your weight and health in a positive way.

Number 2 is turning trash into treasures-hobbies and keeping busy is good for your mental health. And when I pick up curbside finds, who needs to work out with weights?

Number 3 is saving energy-and I'm not talking about mine personally. Saving energy takes a little more effort than just aimlessly going through life. It's all about responsibility. Being earth friendly affects our health so we need to be responsible for the choices we make.

Number 4 is the experience of being in the kitchen-this is where it all happens with what goes into our mouths. I really don't go out to eat anymore. I don't feel that good after eating restaurant food. And what about all those calories? My body lets me know what is acceptable and what is not. Sometimes we need to listen to what our bodies are telling us.

Number 5 is working in and on my home-we know that we can put in as little or as much as we want. When I had a career, my home was not a priority. It is now which helps to reduce my stress and improve my attitude.

Number 6 is being outside and taking it all in. Appreciate what the good Lord has given us. Go out and play again and see things through the eyes of a child. Play burns calories and fresh air is good for you!

Number 7 is creating-if you create and craft, you know of the natural high from it and the satisfaction of doing something yourself.

Number 8 is being self-reliant-making your own products to reduce toxins will provide better health. Rely on your own resources.

Number 9 is all about family-become active with them instead of going to a club/gym where you spend good money and workout by yourself. Enjoy walks, biking, etc.

Number 10 is education-life is always a learning process. I learn so many new and creative ideas from my blog friends that have really improved my life.

And where do my beliefs and my spirituality fit in? They are there...in every single value and choice I make.

I challenge you to not make any resolutions this year. Determine your 'top ten'  so you may be blessed with your value based choices this coming year and for many years to come.  

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I Made It

I was inspired to make some meaningful gifts this holiday season. It's been awhile since I've done some serious crafting, but I decided to jump right in and just 'do it'! This is the result.



Remember the mess I was making with paint? No, not when I was painting the wall last week and stepped backwards into the paint tray! Before that. Yes, when I was crafting the gift you see above. Here is the before:



The original picture was in an auction box I brought home. Not my thing so...I primed it and painted it white. I then used the computer for the wording and the biker. I painted those details with a black paint pen (that is where the mess came in, I kept putting my hand on the wet paint, sigh). I dry brushed brown paint over it to give it an aged wood look. Then I finished it off with a matt spray. The small gears that I glued on were free due to a coupon.
Total cost: pennies, my time, and complete satisfaction that I can 'do it'.



I gave this to my new and wonderful son-in-law, who just happens to be a biker.
  
I am linking up to my first Boardwalk Bragfest Wednesday.  Take a look and see what all the fuss is about!!!

Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

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