I like the unexpected,. Everyone tends to get caught up in the “trend” that will go away next year. I like to have timeless pieces, sprinkle of bold yet beautiful. Buy some history at an antique mall or shop,Maybe a flea market. I buy a few of those, I mostly have family pieces with rich history . Try color.make a statement. rather its an accent wall. a sofa or chair.Maybe the pillows. Plus those are easier to change.by using a blank or pale backdrop its easy to add the color. Embrace it, don’t be afraid. Style- choose your style kinda of like an outfit. or make up .sometimes just adding lipstick can be a nice POP. maybe jeans & white shirt but a colored scarf or sweater can pull it together. I am a total sucker for history and a story so my style would be just that .i want it to tell a story and have sense of comfortable. Just like a comfy old pair of jeans.I am so drawn to things that say put your feet up! No to DONE- when a room is DONE .its OVER a dead room. Swap out picture frames, pillows, a throw, new rug, maybe flowers or a new lamp .Bring it to life again. Just like we may get a new hair do or we ad highlights maybe have our nails painted boldly/ Its the same thing when decorating. Your never finished or DONE! Sparkle- We all love al little sparkle. Like jewelry. I am not too fancy. just a sprinkle. By adding a vintage vase with flowers. Maybe a light fixture. Perhaps even cover a footstool in fuzzy fur .It adds warmth to the room. and its a quick fix! I made to shams for these pillows using an animal print.! A signature stamp- Mine is add a bird to e ach room or project. With our last name as Finch .I collect birds. Everyone should have a signature stamp. Outside the lines. I prefer to color outside the lines. I take pieces and turn them into a different use for them. No boring here. That’s what makes thing’s unique and hidden details that make a big statement. People say WOW I didn’t think of that. It gets their wheels a turning. For example I used a old barn door for a table top. I needed to add length onto the table. So I stripped the door down ,paint and ta-da! SURPRISE- Call attention to the unpredictable small detail. In this case I did it with a vintage golf club.as a curtain rod. Our son plays golf at college .So I wanted to incorporate that into his room Repurpose- if at all possible reuse and repurpose. Rather you add a clip cover .Make new pillow shams. In this room I reused flowers from our daughters wedding. To remind us of that day. of course I used a concrete vase to stay with the theme of our concrete house! Treasures- We all have special pieces and maybe not sure how to display them.I do that with several items. In this case I wanted to display all my grandmas baking ribbions she had won. I placed them in a glass canister my brother got us for a wedding gift. Along sits a scoop my hubbys grandma had. In our hutch I wanted to share our nans pic. she was the glue of this family. we miss her everyday. so when we walk by and see it it is a lovely reminder .The glasses were my father n laws that we lost a few months ago. So many stories with his glasses. Wanted a little piece of him to share as well. Of course my signature bird !00000portrait_00000_burst201801191008291988976714231616468778.jpg

Maybe these little tips will be helpful. Don’t be afraid to clear a room our .rearrange and have fun with you fun finds!

Not sure if  you are somewhat had your fill of the snow/cold weather. Some tend to hibernate, I am a busy lady, don’t sit still for 10 mins. This year I have to say-WOW . I am so hibernating.  I am kinda  like  it. Don’t get me wrong ,I get  a bit bored, little stir crazy at times . The beautiful fields covered with snow and dear grazing, It is Gods masterpiece of BEAUTIFUL!

I cant help to think I am to sit back ,reflect and finish connecting the dots to this new stage of life my hubby and I are in .The house is so quiet.  My hubby and I are doing many “new” things together ,with no interruptions, cooking more  together,couple extra date nights, more snuggling on the couch while watching Netflix.  No real place we have to be, on  our own time frame.  No gardening-mowing or porch sitting .Life is at a slower pace my friends. So I am a firm believer, this is what  I  (we) are suppose to be doing.img1509911244705~26337357784774222635..jpg

I used to get angry -angry like a bear I wasn’t so sure what I was to do,and how to sit still for that matter. Now I am “getting it” Even our kids are surprised we have slowed down and taking a breath or 2. I am trying new things, watching TV-puzzles-reading- scratching new ideas and blogging! Its all good- Life is a mystery ,one thing I am sure of ,one mystery no one can solve! I am right where I want and need to be! 

We are like department stores!

YES_ we are like department stores. I say we have all kinds of stores. Some we need to have a sale-clearance out- or expand! I try to focus on what needs work and try to improve on that. Some takes more effort and lot of work. Some simply come natural.pexels-photo-279086.jpeg

Like “patience” that’s a huge store for me, needs a make over / revamp service. I have been working on that .

Being unkind– Store is CLOSED-

Listening– Its open 24 hours. problem I have is not to try and fix everyone simply listen.

Adventure-Umm, just had the grand opening! We are “NEW’ empty nesters”   learning all over again why you fell in love with your spouse. Keeping in mind needs and wants have changes!

Time- that store has hours. set hours mostly. I  set a side time for things. Like I work on certain days. Blog a few days a week. Exercise on certain days etc.  you don’t set boundaries with  your time line and mange it. It can easily slip away and not much is accomplished.pocket-watches-time-of-time-watches-51396.jpeg

Laughter-It has had a facelift. I can laugh at myself now- not be to serious. So that is working progress!

Learning– WOW that should be a franchise! HA HA- The older I get he less I know .So I believe its a good thing to keep learning. Although these kids seem to know so much more  then us (older crowd) with their smart phones in hand .Because they can google anything ya know-Except life experiences !!

Loving A total OVERHUL- The kind of LOVE you have ,show and experience as you become older. I used to believe if you LOVED what others do as much, you would be ok and possibly  “fit in” example like wearing clothes or listening to the music .things that we all love .As we become older, family,kids and life ,We grow out of that rather quickly. To Love  a spouse, a child, a passion for something you hold dear to you, that is another entire world  of LOVE. To Love another human being then yourself is a BIG DEAL. that one cant explain (not even google) for that matter. I believe we can LOVE things-  but being in Love and expressing Love is another ball game folks.

Time- I think I have closed one “time store” and reopened another ..With a deeper appreciation of what time means. You hear everyone needed more time. Rarely hear what we do in the time allowed. After losing my father in law this year. I freezed wanted time to stand still. Of course it doesn’t. He knew he only had time. We made that a time count. Family and the quality of life took front and center. It made us look at life through a new windshield. How precious time is to one. I guess that is where I reiterate- How do you want to spend your time ? through social media and with people you don’t know or even care about. People are so caught up in that these days- when they cant allow time for who is with them in the moment. I see that sadly when I go out for dinner. all the ember are on their phone, not talking to each other. It totally breaks my heart to see. I would give it all up to spend time with our loved ones that are not here with us. So I guess I am trying to make the most of it now. Life is not a rehearsal there are no do overs. 

What is your department stores- I would like to know ! Always up for another angle of topics! 


That has been a topic I am seeing /hearing lately. I thought I would tackle it head on.. I find myself crackling under my breath when people seem to think their 500 friends are ones who  follow them or tweet them etc. Ironically-maybe  they have only met them a handful of times, or not at all for that matter. Like do you receive points or a prize because we have all these “friends” maybe a ego stroke or something.

I define a” friend that knows all about you and still likes you”.

Acquaintance is a person one knows slightly who is not a close friend ” colleague-contact-associate” YES- there tends to be a BIG difference. I have a handful of friends – I can trust ,count on,listen to,vent to, share personal things with, I also know who I can trust in certain areas. Sure- they are still friends but a few I couldn’t tell a secret with only because they tend to feel they need to share, BUT- if I called them at 2 am, they would be there for me. Same here.

On the other hand I have a ton of acquaintances, I kinda have them sorted out . (ha) I know who to call about junkin or antiques-cooking question-business questions. All of these people are great resource’s, I don’t goto dinner or have them over for a cookout. & game night . I certainly don’t have the time to see what they ate for lunch much less anything other then that.

I tend to only have a group of family and close friends on my social media. Mainly because I really don’t care to see the claptrap for people I don’t know. I don’t have time for rigmarole in my schedule for that.. Most days it can be a challenge to keep in touch with family and people I want to, let alone have to poke and peep on others. I tell people happy b-day cause I know when it is -not because I get a reminder on social media that says “wish them a birthday ” Especially when I have only met them a handful of times. I feel its more genuine when you call or text or see them and natural because you do care .Makes it much more personable, in my opinion.

So may one ask “WHY do you blog” Great question- because I am putting myself out there. Its my journal in a sense. (just not private things) Sure a few followers are my “friends” others I have no idea. Yeah its a bit eerie & intimidating (for me) I follow stories and share stories I can associate with ,or is goin through something I may have and can relate. I love house projects and make overs. I ‘m a sponge and want to absorb others knowledge to learn-try new projects . I don’t have to deal with such hogwash and whos-who- and I called the “foolishness I don’t care about’ .Meaningless- I reckon- Maybe some get total satisfaction off of watching others fall or their life’s a such disarray .I am sorry ” but shame on you” WHY? Have you never been in a tough situation before? Of course you have. but to increase your shine because of it . It is not OKAY! When my friends are having a hic up I am there for them -not c spread cheer about it. YES- when my friends are having a turning point& acheivement I am cheering them on. YEAH you!! Because that is what friends do.! pexels-photo-287222.jpeg

Having coffee and catching up with my friends is a time well spent .My time is valuable and I choose to make the most of it! I bet you will surprise yourself when you have extra free time to do what you need or actually want when you take a step back and decide Friends/acquaintance and really set aside how you want to spend your precious time.

pexels-photo-262918.jpegWhats cooking? In our home lately- I am trying some new things. I must share ! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook/bake.However been crazy weird with just the 2 of us now. Occasionally the kiddos stop in for  dinner.now in again family. I have always cooked for enough to feed an army. I have been introduced to a few new solutions to over cooking..At Christmas time I discovered the mini Instant pot! WHOOT- WHOOT! Quick ,Easy & HEALTHY. It’s perfect for 2! The next thing I want to share is .Our daughter turned me onto Ebates- I have some friends that LOVED it ALSO! On their I discovered Blue Apron.

When watching the today show ,they showed all  the home deliveries. Blue Apron won all the awards hands down . It was  never on  my radar to look into that.,see the need. When I came acrossed it on Groupon and Ebates. I was certain I needed to take a closer look. When I did, I found out WOW-2-3 meals a week. .I pick the protein. Delivery all fresh food. the perfect size servings. When I was discussing this with my hubby ,he even said- Lets try it!

We went through -made our selections and waited for it to arrive.!! I can’t lie-but ITS GOURMET food-top of line! DELICIOUS! Little did I ever imagine. it brought us together tot cook together. Easy-,took little time and time spent together was priceless. Now ,its like Christmas ,waiting on our package to arrive! We get to rate it and order for the next week! .No contract, you are in control of how many & how much you want. I must say if we went to a fancy restraint. we would pay $15-20 a meal.  each. So this was what we needed after all. Only downside to this ,is I have to follow directions when cooking. I usually never measure things nd throw things together. it has always  worked for me. adding ingredients I normally wouldn’t have in my pantry. Branching out and trying new things can be adventurous. We are  liking it!


Kitchen +Makeover = Budget

The kitchen is the ” heart” of the home ,at least for us.. When we purchased the silo,the kitchen was first up with a face lift. We needed the space to be functional and comfortable. Repurposing the cabinets were a must . Cabinets can be such an expenses, and take a big part of your budget. If you decide you are going to change out your cabinets ,always make sure you can re purpose the cabinets .Maybe in another room,or perhaps in the garage. Keep in mind a fresh cot of paint can give them a new life! Getting new cabinet’s were not in our budget .The cabinets we have were in good shape and well taken care of ,They just needed a fresh coat of paint! .We were on a mission -cabinet’s came out. a wall came down! I already had the vision of the wall opened up looking into the “new dining room .(that is no longer a bedroom) .The cabinets found a new home as a” island ” We took a field trip to find some new appliances. We are the couple who search the scratch and dent appliances. It helps cut cost and sticking to our budget. I was on a hunt for wall ovens..and a dishwasher. Never have had a dishwasher . that was was on the top of our list. Stainless is so overrated. A trip to sears-lowes and home depot. We always shop with cash. It keeps us in budget ! At sears we found a kitchen aid double oven in the scratch and dent isle! YES -SCORE

With reframing the new wall, dimensions didn’t matter, we can build around them. Of course I am a sucker for a story, sales lady told us a lady from Pennsylvania special ordered them and didn’t like them. So NO scratch or DENT . The B E S T part. they were $3200, Now $900. We said SOLD! The stove top was on sale too! Little did we know when we purchased them we got a $50 coupon for another appliance. Well- I found a kitchen aid dishwasher, GUESS WHAT- it was a floor model from the yr before.! SCORE again. It was black and was the most quiet dishwasher on the market. and was black ( I didn’t really care because I don’t even have one ) .Price was $1200 for $500. and a $50 coupon again! YES— you can stand next to it and not even know it is running .So I would buy this again for that reason!! We found a refrigerator, with coupon . Our budget was running thin. When we got our kitchen appliances. We had to have a dyer. I am not fussy about them matching. With $200 left in our pocket. We were worried. After back in forth at the other stores. No luck. We still had a $50 coupon at sears to use. The sales lady share and suggested we come back over the weekend .The washer and dryers would go on sale. It was a inconvenience. but we would make it work. Sure it would be easy to go splurge and get whatever. But our point of this move was to retire in a few years and save UP! We ran to sears that Sunday after church. and a dryer was $249 . We thought for that price if it went bad in a few years we ould be out a few hundred not several hundred. Besides I hang our clothes out, except when its cold out. .With my coupon,we came in at $200 just paid the extra for the tax. So SEARS was a success!! .Mission accomplished! Next up-Countertops. AGAIN granite is overrated. We so do not care to be in that circle of “What everyone else is doing” We really wanted soapstone. ,after looking at he price that wasn’t goin to happen. Real butcher-block (thank you Lowes) was goin to be on the island ( main cooking apace) Our 2nd option was concrete countertops. Of course we knew nothing on them. Knowing my dad was a wiz the masonry -youtube and the power to make it work. We GOT THIS! Dad and hubby got busy! Turned out perfect and all the countertops were done under $50. Best part my guys did them, unique and cheap!! All of those things are top rated in my book! SUCCESSFUL! So many people have asked about them, I could probably sub contract my dad out for work. He seems to think different on that idea ! ha The last challenge was how to cover the island and walls on a budget! That was my very own touch & project. I went to the garage and discovered I had all this lath left from dumpster diving. I had a “boat load”. Our son had most of the nails pulled out on most of it. As I started to put that up around the he island and above the sink . .my mother n law painted our cabinets. Kitchen took shape quickly! Staying in budget & repurpose was the main goal! We DID IT!! YEAH US!!

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That is CORRECT my friendspexels-photo-38674 No matter what your “LOVE”  happens to be .  Fill + Refill.  I believe that sometimes we can get into a rut and pattern of  neutral.  GUILTY myself . .I  tend to catch myself not being able to create or in a funk. That’s when I have to step back and remember just why I do this. and what I enjoy about  creating and making thing and  what I enjoy about it.  Make that connection again. Some times I will re- vamp my supplies, or go through and organize my ideas. Some times that can be enough. I have even had to put it away and revisit a week or 2 later.pexels-photo-403570 (2).jpg

When it comes to relationships , same approach as far as ,what I enjoy or like to do with this person. Even trying something new and out of my comfort zone. My hubby and I enjoy date night once a wk, We even take turns who gets to choose where we go and do. Lately we been watching TV- you have to know us. We do not have cable. We have antenna. We do have Netflix .People who know us can vouch we don’t really watch TV, or even know what’s really goin on  . Our kids are- in shock – when we tell them we are binge watching! Any who- its fun to try new things ,another way of filling your LOVE tank. Going on a mini trip ,somewhere new, fun, exciting can bring you closer to one another! Also helps to discover sometime new ,maybe challenging.  My  hubby and friends know what fills my “LOVE” tank in a hurry-  GOING   JUNKIN!  ha  I  get super  excited -just like a little kid on Christmas morning. I love the hunt-the story that is attached to it. and how much can I get it for! I am a JUNKSTA!

Take a chance and color outside the lines and discover  what fills your LOVE tank and how you can fill your spouse or friends LOVE tank! My husband loves it when I make his favorite cookie-or take a ride on a back road in his jeep .Let me tell ya ladies, when they think its their idea sometimes, ( I said sometimes) they light up and feel extra important. We all need that from time to time. I have a friend I can say LOVES being right ,always right, instead of arguing or pointing the obvious out. It is easier to agree and carry on. Makes her happy and makes me happy I don’t have to argue. So it is a WIN+ WIN. Both

tanks are filled !


Point being ~ explore how you want your “LOVE”  tank filled!  Happy filling!


pexels-photo-459688When our kids were growing up we usually always had a game night. (Thursdays)  When there wasn’t something going on with school. We all took turns  in choosing a game. I would make a snack  for all of us and Game On.  Most of us were competitive. Now as we have recently found ourselves as empty nesters. Well, my hubby and I still into playing games. I think sequence is the #1 game in our house ! Here lately its been scrabble. How ridiculous   does it seem that we found ourselves wanting to make a word and it not  having automatic spell check? .You know- like with our phones. or even abbreviate like when we text? CRAZY right? I guess that is now our challenge. We thought it was a challenge to spell a  word that our kids would know-Ha .  It has been fun, we actually enjoy “us” laughing at each others words or challenging if it is spelled correctly! Either way is “us time”  So pull up a seat, perhaps carve some time out and dust off those games and Game On!  Always fun to in plug -unwind and make some memories!

  First time we saw this house from the outside ,it SCREAMED at me .It was tired, lonely and no longer full of life. But I am sure great memories for many. Knowing that my husband wanted to retire in few yrs, it was looking better & better. My hubby’s handy man work and my vision of design we took it on. Mind you we had one week to make it livable to get moved in. With help of a family friend Charlie & our son Swayde. We dug in hard-12+ hours a day.Walls came down-rooms got rearranged and the worn out fixtures went away. We filled a dumpster in a quick minute!.   Had another reason to roll up our sleeves for wanting this house. It was so unique ,a round concrete silo. The former owner worked at the local silo company.The home just made a statement. It was very important for the space to be comfortable and functional,a place where people want to spend time and feel comfortable I wanted the house to tell the story, with our family keep sakes,flea market finds  mixed with a few new pieces. Didnt want it to feel overwhelming keeping it simple,fresh and fun!. Keeping it uncluttered is “edit-edit-edit.” Less is more .It truly is a process or intuition. You can’t just throw it together in an hour. When people ask for my opinion on decorating or come look at a room for them to re-do They sometimes think I just snap my fingers and it appears. To be honest it can take a while to decide on how to display certain items. People have always told my husband and I ,we are such a creative team.Yes we are! I say the secret is we speak each others lingo! I have been the “creative ” one in the family,clear back in my childhood. I can’t leave a room sit still for to long. I think you should always continue to change things up .Give a fresh take on a room Here are few suggestions I tend to live by- Create your own -Old farm items -,ladders quilts. old pictures .But use them as a centerpiece of the room. Convert old to New- take an old chest give it fresh coat of paint.Old headboards into wall art.Old ladders into display rack. It will always have more then one purpose. Think BIG- Find a huge piece, rather an oversized clock-armoire-table-let that be the highlight of the room,then let others fall in place. Create Balance – Nothing should be in a row,it can be too formal. Losen up ,think outside the box. Throw a blanket over a chair, mix some pillows up ,be playful. sprinkle some color. Color is tricky- I like one color ,then accent with a few shades off from it.Try adding one piece of black into the room. Makes a statement. Rather it be a clock-pillow-picture frames- end table.

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