Monday, March 27, 2017

When It Feels Like Your Creativity and Motivation are Just Gone!

Hey friends! I know, not much going on here at Poofing the Pillows. 
Crickets chirping. Dust bunnies rolling around.  You get the picture.

Do you ever go through periods of time when you have absolutely no motivation or creativity whatsoever? I'm there right now. Why? I have no explanation. 
Sometimes you just lose your mojo.

So what's a girl to do?

Here's what I'm going to do starting now. I'm dusting off my britches and getting to work! That usually sparks my ideas and actions. It's the old object in motion thing and once you make yourself move it's easier to keep going.  There's so much creativity in this world and it's really not that hard to find inspiration.

A starting place for me right now is gardening. It's time to plant things here in Texas. My poor flower pots are sitting empty -  just waiting to be noticed. Planting is creative and promising. Breathing fresh air and soaking up sunshine is good for you.  We are in transition right now while our house is being built and it seems that would be really inspiring but most of our stuff is packed! All of my favorite things are out of sight and out of mind so for now I can plan and dream. I might even get out my colored pencils and draw a garden design.

I'm going to embrace the new season! Green grass, blue skies, bunnies, birds, and sunshine. I love it all! There is inspiration in the season when life is new and fresh. A person does have to keep her eyes open though and sometimes we I am guilty of being closed off to fresh ideas. 

Spending time with creative friends sure can get my wheels turning. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Brighten Workshop hosted by At Home with Jemma and Garden Up Green's Carole West. These girls were organized, encouraging, and enthusiastic about blogging and life. I came away feeling refreshed and happy. Do you have friends who inspire you to be creative?

Jemma, Carole, Eilis, Carol, Maria, Barbara, Me

Reading sparks new ideas too. Gardening books, decorating magazines, blogs, recipe books, and sometimes good old fiction can nudge me from a creativity dry spell.  I just purchased this book and can hardly wait to devour its pages. 

Floret Flowers

Comparison is the thief of joy.
-Theodore Roosevelt

I know we've all heard that quote time and time again but do you stop to think about it much? The world looks all too perfect these days with social media. I'm so guilty of thinking I could never do it as well as her... or man I wish I could do that... or if only my something was as good as hers. Honestly y'all. Comparison sucks the life out of me sometimes but it's all self imposed. Please tell me you feel that way too some days.

This post is me talking to myself and you. It's a pep talk of sorts. :)

I'm happiest when I'm creative and productive. Bet you are too. 
So tell me please, what are your secrets when you feel like your creativity and motivation have disappeared?
Linking with:  
Inspire Me Monday   The Scoop

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

Happy Friday - it's time for another Ten on the 10th! 

Several bloggers join together for this to share great ideas that all cost less than $10. Today I'm talking about gardening because soon we will be starting from scratch and that can be expensive!

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

We lived in our last house 4 1/2 years and in that time we transformed the front and back yards from a blank slate to a beautiful, lush garden.  Now don't get me wrong...we spent a good bit of money on that yard. But along the way, we have learned tricks and tips to save money that might help you too.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

1. Learn about gardening in your area. This is one of the easiest ways to make sure the money you spend is spent wisely.  Knowing a little about gardening zones, what grows well in your zone, and understanding light and water needs is an easy start. Does that sound like a lot? 

Two weeks ago we attended a free gardening class at our favorite nursery. We listened to an amazing speaker who shared tips about the newest plants that have been "right sized" for urban yards. We listened, were encouraged, and received free books to take as we left. The cost for that was $0! Look around and see how you can be educated for very little cost. The library is an excellent resource. Checking the websites of your state universities is another way to learn local information.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

2.  Join together with other gardeners. Through my local Butterfly Brigade volunteer group, I received packets of seeds this past week. We will definitely be planting another butterfly garden at our new house and having these packs of seeds will be a wonderful start. I have enjoyed being with this group of people working for a common cause so much. Cost for this $0.

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

3.  Plant perennials. Sometimes perennials cost a little more up front but they come back year after year. You get to experience the JOY of the plant peeking out of the ground early in the spring and you don't have to replant. Another bonus, as time passes almost all perennials can be split and spread throughout your garden. Win win!

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

4. Share or pass along! Gardeners are generally nice people. Several plants that we have and love were passed along to us from other gardeners who came before us. My dad has passed irises to us. My husband's grandmother passed amaryllis to us. We brought those plants with us and they are currently snug in pots on the back patio. 

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

We do not have a yard at this moment but hope to move into our new house in June. We will have some shade at the new house and can't wait for the chance to plant some shade plants. For this challenge I spent $7.00 on caladium bulbs that I'll be planting in a pot for awhile. When we get to the new house we will transplant them to the ground.  Around here, many people dig up their caladium bulbs when winter arrives and then they can be planted again the next year. Come back plants save money. 

Gardening ideas for $10 and under...most are free!  Gardening on a tight budget.  Pass along plants and perennials.

I'm sure you are like me and getting super excited about spring planting time.  I'll try to share more tips as time passes and I hope you'll share yours too....because gardeners share. :)

I hope you'll pop over and visit these fabulous bloggers for Ten on the 10th.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Choosing the Lighting for Our New Home

Happy Monday peeps!
Did you have a nice weekend? Our days involve going back and forth to the new house all the time...because we just can't stay away!  Yesterday it poured rain but we donned our mud boots and went for it.

We are busy making light fixture selections and this is where we are for now. I have realized that you can look at all of this too much and although Pinterest is a great resource, it can be confusing too.   Remember back in November when I talked about lighting? I've been all over the map since then so I finally decided to get it together with my thoughts and choose!

Let's pretend that you just knocked on my door and I welcomed you in with open arms. 
In the entry you'll see this beauty hanging from the 16' ceiling. It's hard to tell in the photo but this lantern is BIG. We think it will perfectly introduce the feeling of our house which will be a little bit Southern Living and a little bit cottage. 

cottage style, southern living, lantern, entryway lighting

Friday, March 3, 2017

First Friday Home Tour Featuring A Pocketful of Blue

Good morning friends! Today, as you know, is my favorite day of the month when I have the pleasure of featuring the home of another sweet blogger. This is fun for me because we get to see places we might not normally see and you might meet someone new.

Today we have the honor of visiting JoAnne at 
JoAnne's home is cottagey, welcoming, and always inspiring.  JoAnne will show you around. :)

Hi Everyone,
We purchased our current home in 2007.
It was built in 1959 and had not been updated at all so we
have been working on it ever since.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What Makes It Feel Like Home?

What makes you feel at home?

Sometimes it's a favorite chair or the perfect coffee cup.

Sometimes it's the puppy who greets you at the door.

Here at Poofing the Pillows, I feel at home with red pitchers, bird nests, and curlicue letters.

We've had a little facelift here in the last 24 hours to reconstruct the old look. I feel at home. :)

Speaking of homes, here's where we are in the home building process right now.

If you'd like, I'd love for you to follow along on Instagram where I'm sharing a photo every few days.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tea Cups, Making Plans, and the Promise of Spring

When is a tea cup not just a tea cup? When it is used for something other than its original purpose or when it's made better. Today this little tea cup which normally has hot tea or coffee in it is holding fresh flowers and keeping me company while I dream. 

I'm dreaming in colors y'all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

♥Happy Valentine's Day ♥

On Valentine's Day and every day,

I'm grateful for you.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Creating a Sweet Spot in our Rental- Ten on the 10th

Hi friends. 
Welcome to the second Ten on the 10th where I'm joining some other friendly bloggers 
to share ideas for under $10.

This month I'm going to tell you a little about our rent house and a spot I adore.  This little house is teaching me some things. It's nice and truth be told...we could live in it forever with some work. However, the walls are painted dark gray and burgundy. It's dark in here! What some might feel are moody and cozy colors feels like a cave closing in to me. We are making the best of it though and have enjoyed a few carefree months in here so far. It's kind of nice to have home maintenance be someone else's responsibility.