July 11, 2020

Grandma's Brag Book...


I know they are all adorable of course...but isn't he just adorable! 

My first grandbaby...little Van!



 I can't believe he will be one year old next month!




I am certainly feeling blessed today!

Stay Cozy, 
Carrie

July 6, 2020

A "new normal" 4th of July!



I truly hope you all had a very lovely 4th of July!

Independence Day has always been my favorite holiday...getting together with friends and family with no obligations of gifts or expectations...a time to share the gift of ourselves with one another. Oh how I missed that this year. With the threat of Covid lurking behind every corner and with its' increasing intensity and vulnerability being blasted from the rooftops - it was only my husband and I this holiday. And although I know that should have been enough and we should both be so grateful for the continued health of ourselves, our friends and our loved ones - my heart still longed for that "new normal" which quietly echoes through the land to be our "old normal".

Please don't scold me for wanting things to feel familiar once again...I know each day brings changes, many of them much better for us all...and I am one to usually embrace change...but maybe just today I long for yesterday...I yearn for what was..I miss what felt like a comfy pillow sweetly cradling my head in just the right way.

Then again, what's so great about normal anyway - a normal temperature? That's good. A normal medical diagnosis? Fantastic! But a return to normal life...hmmm? What about all the times our "normal" did shift? Our moves to other cities and towns - which led to the houses we transformed into cozy homes. The unexpected changes that struck without warning - pushing us to embrace their challenges and opportunities for renewal.

Yes - it was often hard - darn hard! But along with the pain came much needed life lessons - bearing skills we gained in order to survive and even thrive. It's time...time to put these skills to work once again. Time to open that dusty trunk where these treasures have been so safely packed away pulling out all that valuable experience and ingenuity once again!

A "new normal"? Perhaps my "new normal" is actually a gift - a gift to myself - another time to re-set and re-shape my life. A season of graceful refinement. 

My holiday was different this year...and  these changes for us all will most likely continue for some time. But I am going to do my best to keep that trunk of mine unpacked so I can readily draw on those gifts I have been given to use each day. I will lean on God to direct me to what will be not my "new normal" - but my "new exceptional life". 

I'm trying,
Carrie


June 29, 2020

Everday can be a party...


The showering of confetti signifies the blessing of all good things: 
on a couple at a wedding, a graduate upon their achievement 
or someone celebrating their birthday!

To me...throwing around kindness like confetti means to
shower those around you with an abundance of kindness and good wishes
for no reason at all!

So gather up some virtual confetti today...
and shower it wherever you go!

Stay Cozy and covered in Confetti,
Carrie

February 1, 2020

My 16 year old alter-ego...



If only I was born on February 29th - I would be 16 yrs old!  LOL

Oops - did I just give away my age?


Even though the standard calendar year is 365 days, the Earth actually takes 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds to go completely around the sun. In order to keep the calendar cycle synchronized with the seasons, one extra day is (usually) added every four years as February 29th.

Consider doing something fun this leap year to celebrate.

You could write a letter to yourself to be opened four years later on the next 
 Leap year.


Make some yummy frog inspired treats.

Leap day 3
 
You could make some "Leap Year" bookmarks to give to your friends...
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Or enjoy a cup of "green tea" in the morning...


But by all means do something to celebrate this leap year ...
or you will have to wait four more years! 

Happy Leap Year! 


Carrie

January 31, 2020

Trends from the past...

I picked up this wonderful book the other day...dated 1961.
What do you think of the styles back then?






 Hard to imagine decorating like this these days...
perhaps there are small touches we can use...
but remember everything old is new again!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

January 27, 2020

Jell Roll Rug Epic Fail...

 I decided to try my luck at making a Jelly Roll Rug...
My first and last attempt...

See the source image 

 To start with I actually sewed my finger in my machine -
it punctured my nail (ouch-that hurt!)

I almost quit the project then but I powered through.


The prints were fun to work with and luckily I got the jelly roll on
 clearance at Joanne's...because...

My edges turned out wanky! (not happy about that)
It will not lay flat - I think I pulled on the fabric too much and stretched it :(


I have been sewing for years but this one didn't quite go right!

Any suggestions for helping this rug lay flat - can I use it to create something else?

Or is this just a toss out???

Still Staying Cozy...
Carrie

January 26, 2020

Let the dehydrating begin...


The goal:

Chili Mango Jerky (yummm)

Dried Apples (always so good)

Dehydrated Lemons (great to adorn beverages)

Lovin' my dehydrator!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

January 23, 2020

A precarious post...


 As I began to create a new post I was forced to stop dead in my tracks by this unwelcomed visitor cruising across my screen!


I must admit... I am not a fan of spiders!!!
My hubby was asleep so I had to dispose of this creepy creature myself! Aaaahhhhh

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

January 14, 2020

Rainbow Storage...


 I came upon these lovely storage boxes while perusing by local thrift store.


And at only $2...I couldn't resist.


 I must say...it was a bit therapeutic putting 
them together!
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