Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's a Great Week for a Party!

If you want to find other Moms who love to blog, then check out the party
 going on over at 5 Minutes for Mom

In my post today for the blog party, I'm going to tell you a little about myself and my blog.   I'm a newbie and slowly learning some of this technical stuff.  Thanks to my beautiful followers, I've solved my "word verification" issue and I'm no longer a "no-reply" blogger, which I was clueless about! 
 I was wondering why all I heard was...crickets!

I'm a mom to 2 teenagers.  My daughter is 15, and just got her driving permit...yikes!  She's a smart, dedicated, talented, sweet and mature young lady!  She fills our home with music with her lovely piano playing...and if I can get her to bring it home...her cello also!  She isn't a crafter, per se, ( she knows how to sew) but she does have an eye for photography.  She is great at encouraging me in my projects.  She loves to play cards and games of any sort.

My son is 14, and all boy!  He's smart, creative, efficient, funny and mechanically
inclined!  He's a fast learner and very us all at pool, chess, and blokus.  He also plays the piano and tinkers with the guitar.  This guy is a creator.  He loves to design and build, and will probably invent something one day!  

Living life, being available and invested in my family's lives is the greatest privilege! My hubby of 21 years is my biggest cheerleader (and assistant on some projects)  As the kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, I've found extra time.  What to do? 

We built and moved into our home 6 years ago.  Shortly after moving in, I had some health issues that kept me from working on projects that I had on my "list of to-do's".   Now that I've been feeling better, I was motivated to get to work!  This blog was born out of that desire.  I also became very inspired by the creativity I saw on Pinterest.  I really had no clue about the variety of blog topics.  I became in October of 2011 I wrote my first two posts.  No one read them.  Talk about  But, in January of 2012, I tried again.  In February, I started my FB page and found link parties.  Wow...people were reading what I was doing.  And some even liked it!  This was the encouragement I needed!

Most of my posts are of a DIY nature...I'll throw in a cooking one here and there...and on occasion, my random thoughts on life!

Here are a few of my most popular and most viewed posts to date:

My blog is my journey to make things around me beautiful!  I'm not in a race, or on a timetable.  I create when time allows.  I plan on treasuring these last few years with my children at home, and want to be "present" for them.  I believe there are lots of ways to add "beauty" to this world!  "The King is enthralled by your beauty..." Psalm 45:11
Appreciate you stopping by and would be thrilled if you joined me....


  1. Hey! Found you on UBP and looking forward to getting to know you and see more of your blog! I love the pictures you have above and could really use the decorating advice, as I fall short in that area! I will be back to read more about you and your blog! Come say hi if you get a chance! :)

  2. Thank you for visiting me on my Facebook page from the UBP! I am thankful that I found you too. And can I just say I am swooning over your blog. I love the title, the colors, the scripture, oh my heart how I love the scripture. I am not much of a DIY lady myself, but I do love to look. Perhaps one day I will get motivated. Looking forward to following you and seeing all things beautiful here!

  3. Love that pillow!!

    Following you via GFC from The Ultimate Blog Party and hope you'll stop by and follow me too!!

  4. I love all of the beautiful photos. New follower from the Ultimate Blog Party :) Looking forward to your posts! Following on GFC.


  5. Hi Janis,

    Just stopping over to say "hi" and thanks for stopping by my blog a while ago to leave your kind comments on my photo transfer post. I am already one of your followers but it is great to read your post above and be able to get to know you more. You have inspired me to make up my own post for the Ultimate Blogging Party. :) I love your photos that you shared as well. Gorgeous!

  6. So glad to learn a bit about your family and see some of your beautiful projects that I've missed! I especially really like your burlap banner and the window picture frame. Keep up the great work!

  7. Its not very often that I sign up for a blog that doesn't involve a giveaway. Yours was one I did. Loved your vibe. Love that you are a daughter of the King. Visit me at my party..

  8. Hi.... I come for the party ^___^ I found your site from UBP 2012. Hope you come to my party post too, While you are there, feel free to enter our current giveaway (few of them in cash). Thank you.

    Juliana RW

    ps: last photo made me hungry :D

  9. I can't remember how I found your blog but so glad I did, love your last few words, sums up how I feel about creating and blogging exactly! So scary your 15 can drive is 17 in the Uk (and that scares me a bit as it is not far away for my oldest boy! xx

  10. Hi Janice- All I have to say is I cannot believe that you are a newbie. Oustanding Job!
    Thanks for partying with me over at The Domestic Life Stylist.

  11. Hi Janis, I'm visiting from the UBP, and Counting My Blessings. I am so glad you found me. Your site is absolutely beautiful. I also write at HomeGoods Openhouse Blog for HomeGoods stores. I don't know if you have ever visited us, but think you might enjoy our posts. Always happy to find a sister in Christ. Looking forward to getting to know you! Blessings!!

  12. Wow - I absolutely LOVE your He is risen banner!!! Beautiful - and a wonderful way to celebrate! I'm so glad you liked my facebook page, so I could find your blog. I'm definitely going to start following you.

    My blog is also less than a year old (started last Sept.) I would love it if you stopped by my blog - Today (and every Tuesday) I host a blog hop - so link up your projects!! Have a great day!

  13. Love all the pictures! I want to sit here all day! Wonderful, Janis! Thanks for stopping by my Facebook - be sure to get my free eBook "Organized...From the Car to the Bedroom" at or by texting TRACYHOTH to 22828! Excited to follow your journey!

  14. Blokus, hmmm, I've never heard of that game. Will have to do some research. Nice to meet you!

    My UBP12 post is here.

  15. I'm so glad to meet you through this blog party. Your site is beautiful as are all your creations. I love your wisdom at the end of your post most of all!

    Hope to have you stop by I'm sure you'll find some neat resources for you and your daughter!


  16. That cake looks amazing!
    Stopping by from the UBP to say hello.
    Have a great weekend!

  17. Wonderful post...and a beautiful blog!! Thanks for the visit and the sweet comment...can't wait to follow along here too :) Laurel

  18. so so so awesome to get to know you better Janis!!! We are in the same boat with our teenagers, my daughter is 17....she's changing a LOT lately...I have to figure out a new way to do relationship with her :o

    I love love love what you have done with your home, honestly just beautiful...

    I hope when I get better I can do some things that have been waiting 5 years to get done, so I can relate!


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