Keep Smiling

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Playing House In The Living Room

Some of you may remember this sign.
I made it last summer from scraps
from Steve's wood pile.

It was the boost that I needed to play
with our living room.

Four years ago I started with these 
Walmart light filtering curtains. 

They are fine and fit the purpose of
privacy and budget.

When we moved in paint, plumbing, 
and a new roof took priority. 

Saturday I went to Lowes 
and purchased pleated blinds
and curtains. 

They look so much nicer in our
little cottage home.

I'm dancing my happy dance :)

Back to the Farmhouse sign . . .
It inspired me to try painting again. 
I have canvases in the barn loft
that I have had since before I injured my right hand 8 years ago. 

I wanted something with blues and greens
and that had a Spring feeling to it.

Anyway, I had fun painting it.
It's not what I did 8 years ago 
before my injury,
but hey, I'm enjoying knowing 
that my hand works this well, LOL.
After a year of therapy 3 days a week,
I finally got my thumb and pointer fingers
 moving at normal function.
After that first year, I just kept pushing it,
and today there is not much that I can't do 
with that marvelous thumb and finger.
For any of you that needed to hear this,
I just want to encourage you to never give up. 

On that note . . . I'll say,

KEEP SMILING!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

63 comments:

  1. Your "little cottage home" is just lovely! And, you did a beautiful job of painting the farmhouse sign...love the old truck, too!

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    1. Thank you, it was fun making a few tweaks and giving the room a fresh look. I truly appreciate your popping over to visit :)

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  2. wow. That is inspirational. Good to see you've recovered enough to paint so well.

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    1. I've been afraid to even try except for signs, but they are much easier to do. If you mess up on them, you can sanded it off and make it appear even more vintage and worn, LOL. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I do love my blogging sisters :)

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  3. OMG your painting is fabulous simply beautiful and I'm not just saying it.....love the curtains and blinds Playing house never thought of it that way so I guess I am playing house as well Too funny lol Lowes has some great stuff love going there Enjoy your living room pettiness Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. I was in Lowes checking out their gardening supplies when I decided to roam around the store. I have been looking for fabric like that for years. I bought some many years ago and my neighbor even gave me some that I made curtains for the Art Barn with, but now I couldn't find any in blue and white. So, when I spied these I got excited. I figured the cost and went home to think about it . . . when I couldn't stop thinking about how pretty they would look, I went back and purchased them :) It's was fun tweaking the living room and lightening up the feeling in there. Lisa you have been such a lovely blogging sister, thank you so much for you friendship :)

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  4. Your curtains are very attractive, and look good with the pleated blinds.

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    1. Thank you so much. I like the lighter feel and I think they look much more suited for our little cottage.
      Thank you for dropping in to say hello and for always leaving such sweet and heartfelt comments.

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  5. Connie, you simply amaze me. Your talents are never ending. Your new curtains look wonderful and your painting is delightful.

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    1. Good Morning Ann, thank you so much much. I have many of those big canvases up in the loft. It is a 30 X 40 inch canvas. I think that I might have enough to do three more. I'm thinking seasonal, then all I have to do is change them four times a year to have a fresh look :) What do you think ?

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  6. The painting is great! WOW! You are so talented my friend. And it's nice to use colors that fit your decor. The new shades and drapes are perfect and really change the look of the room. Enjoy your day!

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    1. The furniture in our living room is brown, large and comfy, but truly lacks any light and airy feel. I think these balance off the masculine and feminine pretty well. I cann't see my hubby living in a totally feminine home and being comfortable, but touches like these blend together very well. We can both appreciate the home more now. He loved the changes, too :)

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  7. Hi Connie, I love your drapes. They would go nice in my house! We have just the blinds up. Your painting looks so cheery and I would not have known that you had trouble with your hand. Happy to hear that you persevered and it is doing so well. Doctor's appointment yesterday but no real answers. We are both thinking that my chronic lyme has reared it's ugly head so may be pursuing that. You are so creative. Even in cold weather!!!! Nancy

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    1. Good Morning Nancy, I do hope the doctors can pin point your problem and bring you some well deserved piece of mind and good health again. You are in my prayers.

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  8. The drapes are just lovely. Your painting is gorgeous. It is so colorful and it looks like a dream of a farm field. Such a happy painting.

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    1. Thank you so much . . . our room needed lightening up and a touch of Spring and femininity. Something to balance off the heavy masculine furniture. Now there is something for both of us and it blends very well. Kind of like us. Yesterday was our 42 wedding anniversary :)

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  9. The curtains are perfect! Love the farmhouse sign and the painting. You did a great job!
    Lisa

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  10. I love all your updates, and that painting is fabulous!!! Such talent you have!!

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  11. I need to buy blinds for the big new windows in what used to be the back porch. I wouldn't have thought of going to Lowes to look for them but now I will. We need 6 foot wide ones and I wonder if they'll be too hard for me to open and shut. Maybe I'll go for two 3 ft ones in each window. So glad you posted that.
    I like your signs but the picture with the old truck really shows your talent!

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    1. Good luck deciding on blinds, it's a big decision. At least it was for me. I wanted to be sure they were what I really wanted before spending the money, because I'll be living with them for a long time. These are pleated and in the mud room I have old fashioned pull down shades. I hate mini blinds, they are just to much work keeping them dusted.

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  12. You did a wonderful job on the painting. Love the bright colors. Your living room is looking nice too. Everything in it's time.
    xx Beca

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    1. Timing is everything . . . Sometimes having to wait for the things we want, helps us to appreciate them more :) Thank you for your sweet words you're so kind.

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  13. Such an inspirational post. You give me hope for my back. I love your new curtains and your beautiful painting. It speaks springtime to me.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. I painted our living room yellow to brighten it up, but with our brown furniture it still needed more. It always seemed a little bit heavy and sad. I think these light touches are what it was needing. I am so sorry you anyone with back pain. I hurt my back in my twenties and have had pain ever since, but I learned a few exercises that I do in bed each morning before getting up, that have helped me amazingly. I used to live at the chiropractor before doing these. I know that all back problems are not the same. I'll be praying . . . don't give up :)

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  14. Oh Connie I'm swooning with those curtains! They look almost like a toile to me.. and I've been looking for some red, burgundy or pink (yes pink!) toile curtains. I think I'm too lazy to make some, even with the sewing roll I've been on. I remember I did see lots of drapes and curtains in Lowes! I'll have to go back and pay them a visit. It's about 50 miles from me but could make a day of it. Those blues really do brighten up your room... and your painting is wonderful. You are SO talented is so many ways! I'm glad your hand is better. I know you've mentioned it before and I can't remember if it was an accident or what. Our bodies do sometimes heal, even if it takes years and years! You are a real artist and glad you can continue with it. My hubby doesn't seem to mind the pastels (and even pinks) that I love, so I need to go for it more in my living and dining room. All the furniture is dark and I want to paint at least one hutch white! Maybe this summer............. take care.... we still don't have spring here.... boo hoo... Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I thought that we were getting some spring weather, but it was just another tease. Although I do have a few tulips starting to bloom on the south side of the house :) That's a good sign! I noticed that Walmart has a pink toile with a cream background in there heavier weight Waverly fabrics. You might want to check that out too. These curtains gave our living room a lighter feel; our furniture is all brown too and it seemed too heavy before. I'm liking the lighter feel , it makes me feel lighter and happier when i'm in that room now :) Good luck finding your perfect curtains.

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  15. I like your blue curtains. Very nice.

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  16. Hi Connie, You remind me of my mother-in-law. Yes, that's a good thing! :-) She had the knack of being able to make their home seem so cozy and warm. It just felt good when you were there. Thanks for sharing the Crafty Home Cottage. John

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    1. Hi John and thank you, too :) Have a sweet day.

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  17. Connie, love the blue curtains. A real room brightner. The painting is just beautiful. Perfect for a farm house. I love it and wish I had that talent..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  18. It's fun to decorate and change things up. I'm glad your hand is healed so well.

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    1. These changes seems to give the living room that lift that it needed, or maybe it was just the lift that I needed, LOL.

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  19. I love the update Connie...the blues are just beautiful and so is your painting...what talent!

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    1. You are such a sweetie pie, thank you :)

























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  20. You have such a talent, your art work is wonderful. You are certainly blessed with a beautiful home, the curtains and blinds are a delight.

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    1. Thank you . . . I have been wanting blinds from the time we moved in, I had them at our old house and loved them. The pleated kind anyway, I hate mini blinds because they are so hard to dust. I think the new look just looks fresher and brighter. I'm loving the change, thank you again:)

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  21. Your new curtains and blinds look Beautiful, great way to dress up the room and your pillows match perfectly!!
    Wow that painting is Awesome, love the pop of red with the truck, I would say your hand is working very well! So glad you didn't give up, I have seen people give up and just think if they would have done their exercise and pushed through how much different their life could have been.

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    1. I have to sit and exercise my hand daily, just because I do not want to loose the mobility that I have gotten back. As you start getting older the joints in any injury can become very stiff if not used. There are just too many things that I enjoy doing, so that is a great motivator for pushing through pain. Thank you, Connie, for all your sweet words. I appreciate your blogging friendship, you're a sweetheart:)

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  22. I love your new blinds and curtains - they really made a difference in your living room! I'm glad your hand is feeling better to where you can paint. All your art work is always so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Melanie, you are always so kind :)

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  23. Your painting is wonderful! It's so cozy!!! I love it Connie. Good for you for "getting back on the horse" so to speak. I find creating art so gratifying!! Your curtains are very homey too, I love how they look! :)

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    1. Thank you . . . it was fun riding that old horse again, LOL

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  24. The curtains are cute and really make a difference! And your painting is awesome! I am so impressed, and I love the colors you chose!

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    1. Mari you are so sweet , thank you! You put a big smile on my face :)

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  25. I love your change of curtains! Pretty and fresh!

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    1. Thank you so much, I think they lighten the mood of the room . . . make it a bite happier :)

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  26. Hello Connie, your curtains are vey nice and the painting is very good.

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    1. Thanks Sandy . . . also thanks for stopping by to visit I truly appreciate having friend stop by :)

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  27. I like your new curtains. And the painting looks great. I broke my elbow a few years ago and the break was so severe that it took 4 years to fully recover, so I know how hard it is to get back to where you used to be. But I think you're doing a great job of getting back to painting.

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    1. Thank you. I think that people with injuries need to heard about others persevering through the painful long therapy, but know that if they put up with it there are rewards at the end. There is a prize at the end of the race :) Your story is very inspiring.

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  28. I forgot to say in my last comment, thanks for following my blog. And I just became your newest blog follower!

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    1. I'm looking forward to a sweet blogging friendship, blogging sisters are the best :)

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  29. Hi Connie, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. It is nice to meet you! I love your new window treatment. The fabric is delightful. I also love your sign and the gorgeous art. Oh, the red truck with the blues and greens is perfect! Thankful to hear that your hand is better with lots of hard work. I hope you'll drop by for another visit and I'll check in with you soon. Have a blessed evening. Mildred/Georgia

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    1. Hello Mildred, thanks for your sweet and very kind words. It feels good to have given our little living room a bit of cheeriness . . . it always seems a little dark and sad, before. When we bought this place four years ago it was a mess and all of our budget went for electric, plumbing, a new roof, windows, etc. There was money for paint, but that was the length of the cosmetic budget. Little along I have added smaller projects like these, but it takes time. We do not like being in debt, so it's save up, do a job and then save up again, LOL. Thank you for following my blog, I truly appreciate it and will be looking forward to sharing ideas. I love making new friends.

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  30. Connie, you have a talented artist's eye for color and perspective. Your painting is lovely, and the perspective is perfect -- that's difficult to do ! We can almost hear the breeze blowing through the long grass and breathe in the fresh country air, because your painting is so realistic! Blessings to you, from Marina and Daryl Lynn

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    1. You are so sweet, and thank you so much. I just needed to give the living room a lift and cheerfulness :) Now I smile when I walk in.

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  31. The new curtains really do add a huge amount of warmth and style to your room Connie! Love the pattern too. Your painting is wonderful! It really does look like spring in that field. I'm glad to hear you have regained the use of your hand again, and are able to get back into something you love to do. I have been away from drawing for many years, but am practicing again to do some lino prints. Happy Sunday!
    Wendy

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    1. Thank you, Wendy :) I still have three fingers on my right hand that will not bend, but as long as my thumb and pointer finger are working this well I am a happy camper. I thought for a long time that I would never be able to do some of the things that I enjoy . . . but I've just learned to hold brushed, needles and pens ad pencils and little bit differently. I will not let an injury stop me from enjoying want I love doing. It took a full year of therapy to just get my hand where it is today, but well worth the pain and effort. I encourage those in therapy to stick with it, even when it seems hopeless.

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  32. I think your new curtains look great, they really suit the room.
    Love your painting too.

    All the best Jan

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