"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Whimsical Me Style

Thought I'd show you some new kitchen photos 
and some creations I've been painting to put inside of it.

I have pondered and pondered on how to add some decor
to my new kitchen with the white cabinets and black counter-tops. 
(also have a red buffet cabinet in there too that I love)
When you read the decor sites they tell you it is better
 not to go with a themed kitchen
 for  fear of making it look out dated.
Just reading that stressed me out
because the perfectionism
 side of me wants to do it right the first time so I 
don't have to spend more money to do it again.
Yes, I know, that I really do need to loosen up!

“what if
we just acted
everything was

Mary Anne Radmacher….

  As much as I love creating art, I have 
more stress over decorating my home by the latest decor standards!  
So  I decided to just be me,
 and decorate with what I myself enjoy!!

There is a short wall above the kitchen cabinets beside the sink 
where I am going to put
 three small square paintings I am creating, along 
 with a black and white polka dotted plate between each of them.

Here is a sneak peek at 2 of my three paintings that I am working on.
I am so glad I decided to go with my own imagination

Actually, I used black pen and ink
 for all of the black on the mugs and painting
and then added me some glorious RED acrylics..
(also I'm loving the checkered tape added at the bottom)
Whimsical touches to my kitchen are making me HAPPY!!

I had to have this sign I found from Gordmans.
It goes right along with my whimsical style and fits perfectly.

When you have an over 100 year old house, you have to do things
in stages or else it would cost a fortune. Therefore,
we are waiting on our cabinet maker to make our second set of 
cabinets that are to go above the refrigerator and oven.  His great 
work and talent is worth waiting on. 

I promise to take pictures of the entire kitchen
 once the rest of the cabinets are installed and my decor all up.

 This is an older photo and was taken at night,
 so the lighting was a little off and I realize I need to
 take another photo that shows I do have handles on all of my cabinet doors now.

I hope this post finds YOU being Y♥U and not fretting over
whether you should BE or not.  
I don't think I am the only one who questions herself sometimes?
In this world of the internet 
with all of it's images, pinterest, blogging etc.., we 
could find ourselves comparing
 our art, our writing, our _______ (you name it),
 to something or someone else,
and then letting it discourage us. 

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”  
…..A. A. Milne  (Winnie the Pooh)
Winnie the Pooh was so SMART!!!

Y♥U are so uniquely special,
 because God made you that way!
 Did you know he rejoices over YOU (who you are) with singing?

"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with 
his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
--Dolly Parton

Hugs to you all this week from ME ..

1000 Gifts List continued.........

264. glorious SUNSHINE today!
265. being okay (finally) with just being Me. 
266. Uncle Dick's life testimony at his funeral
267. God's gift of ears to really listen and hear others
268. shots in the foot that take the pain away so I can take my nature walks again! :)
269. a day of creating together with my sister
270. being able to stay away from white sugar for 2 weeks now! (great feat for me)
271. thankful for my special mom-in-law and ftr.-in-law
272, for the glorious color RED
273. hearing my 5 year old granddaughter, over the phone recite her (beyond her years) math facts to me. 


Tricia said...

What pretty paintings, Lee Ann! They seem so happy and fun. Your kitchen is coming together beautifully and your art work is going to be the perfect finishing touch. Hope you're doing well. hugs ♥

Mary said...

I love thes paintings, their colors work so well with your cabinets and the wall color...so love the splashes of red!

Denise said...

The beautiful paintings and art reflect the uniqueness and beauty that is inside your heart Lee Ann; what a fun and loving atmosphere!

I love how you said, "Y♥U are so uniquely special,because God made you that way! Did you know he rejoices over YOU (who you are) with singing?"

Blessings and hugs!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love your grateful list. I don't think I'll ever stop mine. I have that subway print. Makes me happy every time I read it.

Jackie said...

I can totally relate . Right now I am stressing over decorating my master bedroom .you are so right, with the Internet and all the beautiful images it can be difficult to just relax . I think I needed some perspective , thanks for the great post! I also love your paintings :)

Bren said...

I so enjoyed seeing how you are creating something so special and unique for your home. What great pieces you've created, they are going to look wonderful in the new kitchen. And that sign! how can you not be happy in a kitchen sporting all these wonderfully cheery things :-)

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

I Love, Love your paintings! They are going to fill your kitchen with happiness!

Kaitlin @ Homemaker Design said...

I am so happy you decided to just do what is Y♥U!! ;) I LOVE those paintings, A LOT!!! They are gorgeous! A home is what you make it for you and your family - stick with the things Y♥U love! :) Keep up the beautiful and creative and yes, whimsical, work! :D

Nancy said...

Hey Sweet Friend....I have missed you so much and all your encouraging words....

Your new kitchen is coming right along and I can't wait to see it finished with all your special touches in place...If it's anything like you, it will be cheery, fun, and beautiful....I

I love the paintings you have done for your new kitchen...they are so you....

Love you.....

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh Lee Ann.....WOwzer wowie pow!
I LOVE your style!
I love your way with words
and colors
(and hearts)
and that wonderful
fantabulous sign in your kitchen
is pure glory.
I'm so happy for you
and send thanks for that quote
and I think I'll help myself
to a large serving of acting like
everything is easy!!!
Much thanks for this beautiful
inspiring ponder:)

DJ said...

Wow! Your art goes perfectly with your kitchen. I'm so impressed that you did it yourself; please share final photos.
You inspire me; God uses you every day to do wonderful things, kid. Look to Him for approval; not the rest of us. He's crazy about you already.
Love & Laughter,

Cottage Remnant said...

Love the ART WORK...♥
And as for what "they say"... I think its time we stopped listening to the "they" and decorate according to our own hearts.... "They" are probably being paid by the Big Box Stores anyway....LOL...decorate how your heart tells you....not the Television.....Just sayin...LOL