"Sweet Land of Liberty"

My country, ’tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;

Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet Freedom’s song;

Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To thee we sing,
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might
Great God, our King.

Our glorious Land to-day,
‘Neath Education’s sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation’s pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven’s gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!

Happy 4th of July!


Enjoying My Happy Crafty Space

Hey everyone!  I cannot believe it has been a month since my last post, but that definitely doesn't mean I haven't had anything to post about....just haven't had the "blog mojo" to do it!  I actually have several things I want to post about over the summer, but today's post is all about my "Happy Crafty Space."  For those of you who find no interest in crafty-creative spaces, please turn away now and hurry on to the next blogger.  I won't be offended, and you will probably save yourself a "sensory overload meltdown.  If you are staying around, I thank you; but I do encourage you to grab a beverage....this could be a "photo-bumpy ride!"

You may remember that The Man and I completely overhauled my craft room a year ago.  You can find that post HERE.  The basic layout has not changed, but the organization of my "stash hoard" has changed several times.  I just consider that I'm fine-tuning my organization skills....HAHA!

I am still 100% happy with this layout and adore having this island work station.  It seldom looks this tidy, but my goal each day is to leave it like this at the end of the day....okay, that rarely happens😼.

So what led to my latest re-do of this room, you might be wondering?  Well, in case you're in doubt, I'm a very visual person and being surrounded by all of my colorful supplies really gets the creative juices flowing.  At the same time, I am a very sentimental person with a big jolt of whimsy tucked in for good measure.  There is no lack of photos in my space, but I felt it was lacking in some displays to draw in more whimsical and cute things, as well as old and new things that speak to me of days gone by.

This shelf above my sewing table use to hold jars of zippers, velcro, etc., but decided to find better homes for those items in drawers.  Now this shelf is sweet, whimsical and never fails to make me smile.

This is a card my sister made me for my birthday this year.  This is a piece of very fine crochet that our sweet grandmother made many years ago.  I didn't even know it existed until this precious card arrived. My younger sister and I had been estranged for several years, and we were just starting to find our way back to each other....this could not have been a more fitting way to reconnect and forge a bond that will never again be broken.  Our sweet "Mawmaw Angel" made it all happen!

I have several apothecary jars in many shapes and sizes, so I decided to use them to display some fun and cute things here in my space rather than storing them empty in my decor closet.  What could be cuter than fabric yo-yos?  I think they will be adorable on cards or even scrapbook pages, and they are so much fun to make!  I also adore this cute little tea set inside a cheese dome.

This space is just to the left of my sewing machine and the perfect spot for a cute pressing board!

I had no idea what I was looking for at JoAnn's that day, but this fabric just leapt into my cart.  Isn't it just the cutest? 

 This little desk area is so perfect for me.  I love having the window right there next to me.  One thing new that has been added in the last several months is the TV.  I didn't really think I needed one, but the space between the bookshelf brackets was begging....absolutely perfect fit!

I changed quite a few things on top of my IKEA Expedit (now called Kallax).  I've discovered I have a love for cake pedestals....some new, some old, and look so pretty just stacked or for use as display stands.  I'm not in this room much at night, but I still like having little soft lights here and there.

Here's another apothecary jar filled with some colorful balls of yarn.  The angel has been watching over our home for many years and has been clad in many different colors.  This is her first time in this room and her first time at being white....she is destined to have more work done!

 I bought this cute shabby-chic box awhile back at HobLob....I won't lie, I loved the color and it just hopped in my cart!  It really wasn't serving any purpose until I discovered that some of my small paper pads fit perfectly.

I'm always switching things around on the IKEA picture ledges, but I'm still truly happy with how these ledges work for my wooden stamps and paints.

 I found this box at Michaels' (on sale, of course), and it was love at first sight....sweet reminder of how much we enjoyed our time in Paris and "shut the front door, just look at those colors!"  It's just basking in all its beauty and waiting for a purpose....sigh.😸

This is my new way of storing/organizing my dies and embossing folders.

I still love, love, love my IKEA Raskgog cart, and it has served so many different needs.  It seems I am always changing it up.  It fits perfectly between the two Expedits until I need it and then glides right up to my craft desk.  Abby is giving it a much needed inspection....she is such a cute little photo-bomber!

The top tray holds all of my planner supplies.

This is my "faith" section.  I have my Journaling Bible, creative gratitude journal, prayer journal and a few other faith-related items.

I keep the pens, stickers, clear stamps, etc. that I use for Faith Journaling, right here in a top drawer of my craft desk.

Well, it looks like the inspection continues....lol!  The bottom tray holds my Xyron and a few extra journals.  I usually keep my coloring tote down here, unless it's in the family room next to my chair.

Washi Tape....let me count the rolls!  I enjoy seeing how other crafters store their washi tape, and I have tried so many different ways.  This is how I'm currently stashing most of mine.....I do have a good supply of season-specific rolls located in my seasonal drawers.  I really should share how I have those drawers organized....good for another post! 

 I just recently painted this little stool...it had been on the front porch and was painted black.  Eeek, it was ugly.  I mixed some chalk paint and now I want to paint everything this color!  Have any of you who crochet or knit tried these Caron Cakes?

This is what they look like from the top....the colors are so vibrant!  Cannot wait to start something!

 Okay, here's another little project I finished just a short time ago.

I chalk-painted 3 tin pie plates from the $Store and a plastic turntable that I already had.  I created the tiers using candlesticks from the $Store....already had those, too.  I used E6000 glue just to be safe.

It holds a bunch of cute and useful things close at hand but doesn't take up much space on
my craft table!

Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to prattle on and on with pic after pic of my 
Crafty Happy Space.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

I'm hope to be joining these lovely ladies this week:

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home


New Decor Closet

Oh my goodness, can you believe we are into May already?  While many of you have had less than a stellar Spring, we "Zonies" have been truly blessed...that is until we broke our own record on Cinco de Mayo with 108 degrees!  I have to tell you that our humidity was 7%, making it a "dry heat," but WOW, it was HOT!  We are definitely in to those seesaw days with high temps one day and lower the next, but our Summer is here; and now I can be jealous of those of you who have lovely summers.  Okay, enough weather talk, but I do send my prayers to those who've been experiencing the flooding, tornadoes and all that Mother Nature seems to be dishing out.  I pray that you all remain safe.

So, what have I been up to, since I haven't posted in awhile?  I've been trying to do more "stuff" instead of just thinking about doing more "stuff."  One thing that I've been thinking about for awhile is my decor storage.  A couple of years ago, The Man cleared one of our garage storage closets so I could use it for my decorative items.  This is fantastic garage storage and worked fine for my things for awhile.


The issues I had with this space (there was more than one) were that the cabinets are very deep, making it too easy to forget about things in the back, I have back problems so that bottom shelf was almost impossible for me to use, and I had to move the car out of the garage in order to access the storage.  Hmph, now what?  Well, I kept looking at the closet in our guest room.  We had already made one side into a gift wrapping station, using the portable island from our previous house.  Here is how that looks.

The silly thing that was holding me back, was that I wouldn't have a nice place for company to hang their clothes when they used the guest room.  Utterly ridiculous, since in the 6+ years we've lived here, not a single guest has used the closet.  I have one of those fold up racks for a suitcase and there are hooks behind the door.  Besides, there is still a hanging rod above the wrapping station....problem solved.  Whew....that was a biggie!  Now, you might be wondering how I could possibly get everything (please note that I did not say crap) I had stashed in the garage storage moved into just half of the guest closet?  Well, that would have been impossible without some serious purging, and all those purged items (not crap) are packed away for our next community garage sale.

Actually, before I could start moving anything into the closet, I had to sweetly ask and bat my eyelashes  at The Man to add more shelves to the space.  Of course he didn't hesitate, especially when I showed him how much I had purged!

I had already created some storage using an IKEA Expedit (already had) and a few odds and ends of other things.  With the 3 shelves that he added, I was all set and feeling confident that I could and would make it all fit!


The large white boxes hold a variety of things, like faux florals, floral foam & wire, etc. and one box is completely empty....Hmmm, I think I might need to visit Home Goods!  Just kidding...no, not kidding!



So, there you have it....all nice and tidy behind closed doors, but right at my fingertips when I "need" to make a change.  Of course, overtime I open these doors, my little "photo bomber" (as seem above) has to run in just to check things out.  Personally, I think she is eyeballing that empty box as a possible napping spot....nope, not gonna happen!

Thank you so much for stopping by; and if I have been a bit absent in visiting you, I apologize and will try to do better.  I hope you will have a wonderful week ahead and make good memories.


I'm joining these lovely ladies this week:

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

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