HomeGoods StyleScope - I'm a Country Casual

HomeGoods StyleScope - I'm a Country Casual

Chastity, you are a Country Casual

Your home expresses your open, easygoing approach to life.
You love unique finds, and can turn a few mismatched garden chairs or floral teacups into a charming arrangement.
You appreciate a pretty mix of relaxed pieces, like painted wood or weathered furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, lots of throws and pillows, mementos and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a unique sense of breeziness and charm.
You value creativity.
You are stylish and fun loving, and can be an inspiration to others.
You have a natural sense of drama, and you know you have to be willing to take risks—whether with colors, finishes, furniture choices, or ideas—for your home to stand out. Your home can be happy and lively and the place all of your friends want to be.

Putting Your Style to Work!
With your style and needs in mind, here are a few tips that will help you make your home a little happier.

1. Your Design Challenge: ORGANIZE The front hall sets the mood for your entire home. Consider how to accommodate all the room's functions as beautifully as possible. At the very least you need a console, and if you're short on storage, consider a dresser. Outfit the surface with nice trays and bowls for mail, keys and sunglasses. Keep a trash can for immediately tossing the junk mail. Closet-door or wall hooks encourage coat and bag hanging rather than dumping. If you have children, try to give each a basket in the closet for hats and gloves. It's nice to have a chair or bench for changing shoes, a mirror for last-minute lipstick checks, and a lamp or sconces for warm light.

2. Your Happy Place Make this room as comfortable and inviting as possible by bringing in some real furniture like an armchair or a sofa if you have the space. A little lamp on the counter or decorative hanging light can set the mood. Stools are great perches and can easily be moved around. Don't forget to bring your personality and style into this room: hang some art or display a collection of family photos in mixed frames. Consider bold, happy colors in the kitchen as well, like brightly colored pots and pans, big bowls for corralling fruits and vegetables, and trays for spices, oils, teas and pepper mills.

3. Be Party-Ready All the Time! Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, keep some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.Scent: The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you'll be able to set a spread—instantly!Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

Go HERE to take the quiz.

Bead Soup Party

I am participating in this Bead Soup Party
which is being organized by Lori at
You can visit her blog to see the list of the 85 participants in the bead party.
This is my first time doing this am I am very excited.
Here is a picture of what I am sending my swap partner Kathie.

Visit Kathie Nightingale ofTwo Doxies Jewelry DesignWebsite:

Wishcasting Wednesday: Shine

Jamie Ridler asks today "How do you wish to shine?"...

I answer by saying I wish to "SHINE" by being

a beacon of inspiration

for other women to

BE who you are meant to BE.

Live everyday in your

own true light so that

you can "SHINE".

Dress yourself in the

jewels of your soul

for the whole world

to see and appreciate.

Decorate life!

Each and everyone one

of us struggles with ourselves

from time to time,

but by being steadfast

in who you are

you can navigate through

life struggles with

integrity and grace.

Don't be bound

by how others define you...

break the mold!

Appreciate and honor

the other women around you

for who they are also.

Strengthen relationships and emotional bonds!

Through community we can
heal and support one another.
To see how others answered the Wishcasting Wednesday question visit HERE.

Thrifty Tuesday

A day early of course...
I am in the process of
collecting plates, bowls, and candlesticks
to make cake platters and cupcake stands.
This week I was able
to come across ed a
whole PILE of items at
my local thrift shops to get me started.

I ended up paying around $15 dollars and came home with the following...
18 various bowls
14 candle holders
36 plates.

Now let's play with them and
see what we come up with....

I also came across ed these amber lamp pieces.

I paired them with a couple

candle holders to make these...

I will be linking to the following parties...

Met Monday @
Just Something I Whipped Up @
Making the World Cuter @
Make It for Monday @
Mosaic Monday @

Do It Yourself Day @
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @

Penny Pinching Party @
Show and Tell @

Thrifty Thursday @
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @

Frugalicious Friday @
I’m a Creative Cat @
Show & Tell Friday @

Saturday Nite Special @


Tonight I sat down and

was finally able to

put together my

2010 Treasure map.

My word for 2010 is


I continue to feel BLISSful in my relationship...

Everyday I LOVE him MORE and MORE!

As I navigate

the road of SELF GROWTH

I revival in the BLISSful discoveries...

of who I have BEEN,

of who I will BECOME,

and of who I AM.

The relationships I have formed

throughout the years are all unique and diverse...

BLISSfully encouraging me to explore

different aspects of my personality.

I love my FRIENDS...

each and everyone of them.

I am blessed

to have a large network

of women in my life who are

loving, encouraging, sympathetic, strong, and forgiving.

I look forward to more great moments with them in 2010.

I fill myself with BLISS

as I tackle my and I mean TACKLE

my warped ideas of body image.

It is always a work in progress,

but I continue to tell myself

I am a beautiful woman as I AM.

I am participating in MOSAIC MONDAY.

The French Post Giveaway

Head on over to Vintage Bella Studio to see her giveway.
Introducing her new online shop...

I LOVE all things French so these items of hers are just wonderful.

Never Enough Giveway

Stop on over to NEVER ENOUGH to enter a giveaway for this perfect apron!

A Woman's Haven Was Featured

I just came acrossed this...I was featured on this website Pianeta Donna under a posting Christmas Decorations with Recycled Materials. Didn't realize that I was featured until I was looking at my traffic feed.

Goddess Guidebook: Letter From YOUR Angel

I just love this INSPIRATIONAL being!

The workbook & planner is still only $9.95 - and has 40 gorgeous full-colour, illustrated pages. It will help you dream, plan & grow your amazing 2010.
This world needs your beautiful big dreams... and I created this workbook so you can feel totally supported, encouraged & inspired to make them happen.
It includes:
* making habits that are nourishing & supportive for you
* creating goddess goals in every part of your gorgeous life
* a soulful & practical system for making those goals & dreams come true
* bucketloads more.
If this feels like something that is right for you, you can read more & get your own copy sent to you instantliano (that's Italian for instant... I think! hee hee hee) at:
My wish for you
... and for all of us.May 2010 be filled with all the joy, love & support we need on our journeys.May we learn the beautiful lessons we need to, and receive the sacred medicine that is best for us.May we know that we are helped on this journey... that we can ask our angels and guides for their help whenever we need.May we know that we can create the big, beautiful dreams that rest within our souls.And may we remember at every step of the path just how loved we are, just how radiant we are, and just what goddesses we are.
I am so blessed to know you, dear goddess sister.

Word of Heart: Picture Your New Year

"What is a vision? It is a compelling image of an achievable future."
-- Laura Berman Fortgang

Hi everyone,
For many years now, three dear friends and I have gathered at the start of the New Year to create personal mandalas, also known as vision boards.
Armed with scissors and glue and great food, we pour through old magazines searching for the perfect words, pictures and images to capture our current dreams for ourselves. We then artfully arrange (or just plaster) those images on bristol boards in colours of our choice.
This is a spontaneous expression of magic. It never ceases to amaze me how we each find the perfect symbols to match our personal hearts' desires. And as we can now call upon years of experience of this, we each know the power of these mandalas, hung in offices and bedrooms, to inspire and reflect our lives over the course of the year.
Do we have goals set before we embark on this adventure? Not usually. We might have identified specific words like 'fun' or 'abundance' that we'd like to see posted but we never have a solid agenda for what is to be created. This is very much an intuitive process. As such, we get proof every year that our higher self is very present and active in guiding our paths. This is always very good news!
I urge you to try it. Do it on your own or gather soul sisters and make a party of it. Be sure to keep your mandala visible throughout the year so you can periodically connect with it and be reminded of those lofty visions that are ready to manifest for you. Because that's what this is all about -- bringing dreams to life.
This is way more fun than New Year's resolutions!
~ Patrice
P.S. Next week, I'll be releasing my program for the 7 key steps to empowerment. Watch for it!
"What if you slept,and what if in your sleep you dreamed,and what if in your dream you went to heaven,and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower,and what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand?Oh What Then?"
-- Samuel Coleridge
"Live out of your imagination, not your history."
-- Stephen Covey
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"Mumblings and Musings" Denise Linn's e-newsletter.

Welcome to "Mumblings and Musings" Denise Linn's e-newsletter.

This is the Year to Manifest Your Heart's Desire

In months ahead, you can find the truth of your soul. What has been hidden will be revealed. This is a time to listen to your dreams and intuitions and to watch for signs. The universe is whispering to you. When you listen, you'll make the right choices. Step out of the fog into your radiance. Focus on what you're grateful for and (as much as possible) don't gnaw on the problems of the past. Embrace this coming year with pleasure and delight. The theme for 2010 is "energy follows thought." Your thoughts will become your new reality with increasing speed. Please don't waste this precious window of time.

Here are some things that you can do in the days ahead to take advantage of this powerful time.

Create a "Vision Seed Collage" for the Future

Creating a collage for your desired future works because it gives form to the unseen. The process is a ceremony of creation that facilitates your dreams coming true. Here are some suggestions: Don't try to find photos of the exact "things" that you want. Instead, use photos or words that give you the "feeling" that you desire to experience as a result of attaining your desires. It's much easier to manifest what you want when you are in touch with the "feeling." Also, do not put anything on the collage that makes your subconscious scream, "That can't possibly happen!" Your collage needs to feel attainable and possible. Place your collage in a place where its energy can be absorbed by your subconscious.

Create a Magical Miracle Box

This is similar to the creation of a collage, but it's more fluid. Decorate a box—it can be cardboard, wood or plastic—and around the outside edges write: "Thank You! Thank You!" And on the inside lid write: "Whatever is written in this box is So!" Then, on slips of paper, write your desires . . . as if they have already occurred. When something manifests remove the slip of paper...and you can add more if you like. Put special objects into the box such as crystals or flower petals. Place it in a special place to help manifest your dreams.

Make a Manifestation Spirit Stick

Decorate a stick with yarn, beads, moss, feathers, etc. with your intention and prayers for the coming year. Every part represents a different aspect of your life in 2010. Leave it outdoors for 24 hours, preferable in a place where the morning sun can touch it. Then hang it inside so it can radiate that energy into your year.

These three seemingly simple things can make a huge difference in your coming year. To go to a class to learn more about these things please go to my website and then to the link to Soul Coaches to get a Soul Coach to set up a class for you.

May this coming year be filled with immense blessings and love!!!

To see more information about Denise Linn visit her website HERE.