Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A little time on the sun porch...



While waiting for our belongings to arrive yesterday and Monday, I decided to do a little work on the sun porch, which you can see on the front of the house. Some of the furniture out there had been sitting in the shed for the last six years, so it needed a good cleaning. I need to repaint the floor ~ still trying to decide what color, but I'm leaning toward oatmeal ~ and get a new porch swing, but this will work for now. It's pleasant, comfortable and inviting, so I'm pleased with it for the time being.
We are going to unload our belongings from the shipping container today, so it's going to be a busy day. I'll have some "before" shots from the interior later this week. 
Wishing all of you a lovely week...


Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Home sweet home...


Well, I made it safely from California to South Carolina. Now the real fun begins.
Our furniture and other belongings are due to be delivered later today. Right now I've got an old couch and a chair a friend left so I would have something to sit on while waiting. Otherwise, I'm surrounded by big, empty rooms. I can hardly wait to get started on settling in, painting, etc. It's going to be great fun.
While waiting for everything else to arrive, I went out and bought some flowers for my front step, as you can see. I also got the sun porch somewhat together. I'll show you that tomorrow. And later this week, you'll get to see some before pictures of those big, empty rooms.
It really is good to be home.

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, May 18, 2012

Back soon...


Today I'm leaving Southern California with a car full of dogs and one of my dearest friends. In a few days, we should arrive in the Carolinas.
I'll leave you for the next week or so with this lovely photograph. I took this standing in our front yard a couple of weeks ago and I simply love it ~ the roses in bloom, the lush greenery, the palm tree waving high above the porch. It's a perfect little snapshot of the magnificent and varied beauty of California.
And with that, I'm off. I'll see you soon...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Monday, May 14, 2012

The beauty of new journeys...


Moving day is almost here. I am officially all packed and by the end of the week, my California days will be over and I'll be heading back to the Carolinas. The path that led me to California was far from smooth, but it turned out lovely in the end, so it's all been well worth it. As my favorite English teacher used to say, the journey is the teacher ~ and she was right.
Here's to a good journey ahead...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stealing a few minutes...



I'm stealing a few minutes from packing to write this post. The closer I get to actually moving, the quicker time seems to pass. I'm constantly busy and yet my to-do list just seems to keep growing. Right now I should be finishing packing up the kitchen but I've had enough. I'm surrounded by boxes and chaos ~ I'll be sooo glad when this is all over. I can't wait to get back to creating fabrics and blogging and taking photos and all the other things I love to do.
I have some pictures from a few weeks ago that I've been meaning to share. I've been playing with some new photo filters and was curious to see if any of you have a preference over which look you prefer. The top photo is a sort of 70s filter, for lack of a better term, while the middle photo has an antique filter. The bottom image is the original photograph, with no filters applied. Which do you like best?
I hope all of you are having a beautiful week...


Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

California in bloom...




From fruit trees to flowers, it seems everything is blooming in my neighborhood right now. Since there's beauty everywhere you look, I thought I'd share some of it with you before I head back east. How are things where you live?
Wishing all of you a wonderful week...



Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully