Where have I been?

It seems like forever since I’ve posted and I truly have missed it.

As you can see, I’ve moved over here to WordPress.  It’s a bit scary and there are still lots of things to fix, like just a bazillion links, but bare with me for a bit while I learn.  I am liking it a lot though.

So…what’s been going on in my world?  Well, I quit my job working as an administrative assistant – no more cubicle for me!!!  And am now working full-time at Olde Salem Mercantile here in Salem, Virginia.  This is so right up my alley.

I get to help our customers find great items for their homes, work on store displays, and I can’t wait to have my own booth there too.  I’m working on building my inventory and clearing out all the projects I’ve neglected in my basement.  So, if you are in the area, come see me!

I’m also getting ready to welcome my first grandchild into the world.  It’s a boy!  My daughter is due on September 30 and we are getting really excited.  Baby showers are coming very soon and I’ll share some pics with you all.

Other than that, not much else exciting has been going on.  Just living life a little.

Thanks for sticking around and I’ll be posting much more…promise!

Will You be Doing the Tangerine Tango?

Have you heard?  Pantone has chosen their color of 2012 to be Tangerine Tango.

I feel like I should have a flower in my teeth and do a little snap with my fingers when I say that.  haha

Courtesy of Pantone

It’s a pretty orange-red. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” (Pantone press release)

So, will you be jumping on the Tangerine Tango bandwagon this year?  I’m usually not a fan of a lot of orange, or tend to follow a trend just because I’m told it will be popular.  If I like it, I’ll incorporate it, but if not, then that’s ok too.

I won’t splashing a lot of this vibrant color everywhere, but touches could be pretty.

Like this mood board I played with on Olioboard.  I’ve been thinking of redecorating my bedroom with a grey and had a little fun adding a pop of orange, or Tangerine Tango.   I do like the pop of color and with a neutral background, it would be easy to change the accent color later on if I wanted.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Surprisingly, this color also goes well with the turquoise/aqua that has been very popular in the past few years. I would have never thought to put these two colors together, but look how pretty this can be.  See, you don’t have to change your entire decor just to update it a bit.  Just add in a splash here and there and you are done. 

What do you think of this color?  Do you think you will add a little spice in your home with some Tangerine Tango? 

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My Word of the Year

After reading Layla’s (The Lettered Cottage) and Beth’s (Home Stories A 2 Z) posts about their words of the year for 2012, I started thinking.  What should my word of the year be?

It should be a word that inspires me to achieve the things that I am working toward and how I should live throughout the year.  I have thought about it for days and while cooking last night, it came to me.

My word for 2012 
is Now.

At first, it seems like now is a bit harsh and demanding, but for me, its a great motivator.

If you know me, you know I’m a big procrastinator.  I wait til the last minute to do pretty much everything and well, that really isn’t working.  You would think that at 42, I would have figured this out by now.  lol

So, my little word, now, will inspire me to stop procrastinating and do it now.  Especially the things that  seem I’ve been waiting my whole life to do.

I’m going to stop waiting until I’ve lost weight to do that…do it now.

I won’t wait to go visit a new place until I have more time or money…do it now.

I will stop making excuses…do it now.

I won’t wait til the kids are older or everything is just so…be it now.

I won’t be afraid of what others will think…do it anyway…do it now.

Life is way to short to wait any longer.  Live it now

What is your word for 2012?

Joining Layla’s link party on January 16.

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2012 Bucket List

Happy New Year!

I don’t really make concrete New Year’s resolutions any more because, well, I usually just disappoint myself by breaking them two days later, and they aren’t usually fun unless you call losing weight and exercising fun.  So, this year, I’m just going to make some goals and list a few things I would like to be able to cross off my bucket list that are a little more fun…for me any way.

1.  Take a photography class.

Did I tell you that Santa brought me a brand new Canon Rebel T3 DSLR camera!  I love it already but really don’t know what I’m doing with it.  But, just the photos I’m taking in the auto and preset modes are sooo much better.  I’d love to learn more about it though and have always wanted to take a photography class.  Not sure I’ll do it in person or online, but it’s a definite must do. Just learned that Kevin Palmer of The Lettered Cottage is working on a photography website that will be up soon (thanks for the heads up Layla)! Will definitely check that out.

2.  Attend a Blog Conference.

Well, this is practically crossed off the list already.  I purchased my ticket for Haven 2012 back in August and can’t wait to go in June!  Meeting my fellow DIY bloggers and the superstar bloggers hosting the conference will be amazing.  And, its in my hometown of Atlanta…bonus! Can’t wait.  And, just maybe I’ll squeeze another one in 2012 also.

3.  Go to the World’s Longest Yardsale.

I just found out about this last year, but it was too late and I couldn’t go.  But in 2012…I am there! 675 miles of yardsale goodness from Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama!  Now that is a little slice of heaven.  I’m sure I won’t go the whole way, but it will be fun to do part of it.  Anybody want to go with me?  August 2-5, 2012, let’s make a plan!

4.  Start a Europe Fund.

This may be easier said than done, but one of my big dreams is to visit some of Europe…Paris, Rome, London, etc. If I never start the fund, it will never happen, right?  So, whatever amount possible each month, I’m going to do it.  Oh, and maybe I should get a passport too.  Hopefully it won’t expire before I have enough to actually go.

5.  Entire Week Beach Vacation.

The finances weren’t there last year to take a beach vacation, even a long weekend. But, this year is a must!  We will probably go back to Tybee Island, GA, which is one of my favorite places.  It’s small, not too crowded or touristy.  We also love going into Savannah which is about 20 minutes away.  I love the history and scenery of Savannah and could spend days wondering around and looking at all the beautiful homes and buildings.

Thank you all so much for joining me in 2011.  I truly appreciate every one of you for taking this ride with me, all of your wonderful comments and friendships that have started here.  Here is to 2012 and everything to come!

So, what’s on your bucket list for 2012?