“ Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly?”
Two months down and so far I have been sticking with my January goals I set. I didn’t set those goals too high. I am trying to build confidence, and unrealistic goals will not do that. February was a better mouth for me then January. Although I am still sad about what happened in January, at least I am getting to my level of acceptance with what happened. It concerns some family members that have become wrapped up in the political hate out there.
I am not ready to share that ugly part of what is going on in my life, maybe never will on this site. When my daughter started me on blogging it was always going to be a place for me to share the pretty things in life. Sometimes I will slip and some of the ugly comes out in posts of mine every once in awhile, but I am trying to keep this site about all the beautiful things I see and do every week instead. There seems to be enough heart ache out there in the world right now . Who am I to add to that. Better to create happiness instead. I know some of you out there are also dealing with this same sad issue.
Okay enough of the doom and gloom, so what has been happening here at Our Little Red House, well, lets see…to be honest not much this month. February has always been a very slow month for us all anyway. The weather outside has been nice, so that’s good. Oh, and I can’t believe this but I reached 1,000 followers this month. I was shocked to see that one day when I logged on. Thank you, all of you, for stopping by for visits, for comments (my favorite part because I love visiting with you all)for enjoying some of my posts (mistakes and everything…I am not the best with grammar and sometimes even with my daughter proof reading, I make many mistakes). Thank you for following this site. I have a lot of fun sharing with you all what it is like here at Our Little Red House and the country where I live. That was a big surprise when I saw I reached a 1,000 followers this month, a very nice one too.
I have also made progress on our bedroom make over this month. This of course is all in fun. When we had to repair this house and the one up north (Our Little Red House) there were many tears I cried, cuts, bruises, exhausting and frustrating moments but it all worked out in the end. This bedroom makeover does not involve anything near what building and putting together a broken house is like, that is hard work. With this bedroom update I am having a lot of fun putting everything together and decorating. Remember when it looked like this.
With just a little paint, items I already had at my home, plus thrifted and free items, we are making our room look pretty again.This is what it looks like this month. My husband even won a bid on a brand new solid walnut headboard ( I think it was at the most $5-$10) . It was cheap because it didn’t have a foot board to go with it. It looks nice with our old bed frame. Just the head board alone was normally priced at $300 or $400…I forget what my husband said. I am pretty sure I posted about this last month. I guess I am just so happy he surprised me with this one day and it looks so pretty in the room that I forgot all those original prices on things. Numbers and letters have always jumbled together with me, even as a little girl. I am more of the creative type.
I still have many more projects to finish. I love finding budget friendly ways to update our bedroom. You should see our cats explore the new bedroom. It’s so funny to watch. It’s like they walk around wondering where this room was, why were we hiding it from them all this time.
This was a month of heart gifts. I made some more goat’s milk guest soaps. I still had some dried Jasmine to add to it, and hand sewn felt hearts for our neighbor’s two year old. She is learning her alphabet and numbers. Thought the hearts would be perfect for counting lessons.
All of us in this home have been treating each other this month to lots of fun heart gifts. Sugar cookies, chocolate, pizza, and pretty plants. I even bought a couple of vintage historical romance books to read. My Nana used to give me her romance novels when I was a teenager, so funny those old cowboy heroes from the old west.
One of my posts this month was about three re-purposed hearts. and there was a question at the end about which one was everyone’s favorite, well the winner is…the red heart.
All around our neighborhood African daisies are popping up. It is so pretty. I have some growing in our front yard. I never had a chance to post a photo of the daisies that came out so here they are. I love seeing these every year.
Because I have been concentrating on all these other projects I have not worked on baby Yoda much and my daughter keeps asking me about him. There are no new felt projects to share with you all this month. I am sharing a post on one of my earlier felting projectsthat was a heart mobile. Tina at Two flew over the empty nest is also learning this new skill. She did the cutest little felt frog.
I visited the outdoor market here in our city several times this month. We have two outdoor markets here. I saw something I had never seen before in my country…people are starting to wear masks. This was at the beginning of the month, now I am sure we will all start seeing more. It wasn’t that crowded at the outdoor market. My daughter and I had a $20 challenge to see who could find the most items for that amount. My son is not a big fan of outdoor swap meets so he stayed home and slept in. But we still kept him on our list to find something that he would enjoy. I picked up a book for him on desert plants since he is studying plants, medicine and Bio chemistry. My daughter bought fresh jelly donuts for him. He just started his college education and at 19 jelly donuts are still his favorite gift.
I ended up buying a lot of fun colorful items. A hanging pot from Japan, glass Lady Bug bowls, ceramic owl measuring cups (to be succulent pots latter) a bucket of Perril beads, tin soldiers, brand new Macarma kit, paintbrushes, pig tin, pom pom baby (for a gift hang tag later), a wooden Christmas tree to up-cycle, candy from Mexico, tiny frog in acrylic, flower in acrylic, and a brand new Perril kit (for a gift).
My daughter was on a hunt for two things, religious friendship bracelets and anything Star wars. She searched up and down the rows and finally came across what she was searching for. She spent the majority of her money on the bracelets. The nice older man (he reminded me of a grandpa) was busy making the bracelets and when my daughter picked out the ones she wanted he sprayed them with holy water.
My daughter also found BB8. she was so excited when she did. She took him to the school she teaches at and the kids loved him. She told me she has been looking for that little toy for the longest time. It is listed online for $100 and she bought hers for $8. It is not in a box of course but it is just like brand new in the condition it is. She told the kids at school he was a baby BB8 and they all loved watching him go around the room greeting everyone.
Health tip for the month is this:…. prepare yourselves by being very vigilant with colds and flu viruses. Wash, wash and wash your hands some more. Make sure to wash your hands correctly too. I remember when my daughter was in intensive care for a month, every time we would go to visit her my husband and I washed our hands really well, so well that they started to crack and bleed. This is what happens when you have to wash your hands like that. All the parents with children in intensive care had cracked hands.
For some home remedies to prepare and have on hand check out farmgirl’s list of canned herbal remedies. Thank you farmgirl, love your site by the way.
One more thing, and this is the most important. If you are a smoker, try to quit. You have to get your lungs stronger and on the road to healing. Get your body ready by eating better foods and exercising, even if just taking walks or a stationary bike at home. If you live with someone who is sick and has a pre-existing condition make sure to always wash your hands and face before coming into contact with them. Protect the weakest by being extra careful around them when it comes to germs.
Remember don’t panic because panic and worry stresses our bodies and that in turn weakens our immune system.
What keeps me strong and grounded in times of trauma is that I know I have God standing by my side, I am never alone. I am not trying to push religion on any non-believers, just stating that having spiritual faith has a beautiful peace to it and it comes from a good place.
So please send prayers out to the people of the world, and to everyone else please send well wishes. I know you are already doing that but I like to remind everyone at times like these to remember to do think of others as well. Also send prayers and well wishes to Ela and Frank from Restless Roots. I don’t know if they will be blogging anymore,so I don’t know if they will read this. They could use some loving and kind thoughts and prayers headed their way. Emmy their dog passed on. Emmy was a family member .
All you pet owners know that our pets are like children to us. Ela’s farewell post to Emmy will hit you right in the heart. I don’t think it is possible to read the whole post without having tears in your eyes at the end of it. Emmy was a beautiful soul and she helped so many people. She was a furry hero and friend to so many, that’s what Emmy was. Read her story and you will know what I am talking about. Rest in peace Emmy, thank you for touching so many human hearts including my own, my beautiful furry friend.
Also Please pray for the health professionals, they have such a job ahead of them, they help heal us all. God gave them amazing gifts to care and treat the sick. Pray that they stay healthy and are able to cure and treat many people successfully.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
As always, this is how it works with my favorites, these are just the ones I really enjoyed reading but I know there are so many more cool posts out there that I have missed or read after I wrote this post up, remember I like to pre-schedule things. So if you have one to share with us all please do and leave a link back in the comments section. Hope you all had a wonderful February yourselves and that March brings even more happiness your way. Do something kind at least once a day, remember we need to counteract the level of hate out there right now and this is the best way to do that.
Favorite photo-Dragonfly effect
Koolaidemoms- Mac-n-cheese Pizza bites
Tumble into love- chocolate chip halfway cookies Gluten&Dairy free ()
Favorite post about spreading kindness–
Favorite art post-
DIY-ing machine-candy art
Loved the pink elephant.
Favorite- tips on blogging…great advice Renard, thank you. 13 reasons why some blogs struggle to get views.
Favorite…for all you cat lovers post. You all will love watching this one from Dr. Martha Andrea Castro
Favorite crafting post-
If I could list my all time favorite craft post of the year this would be it. Star creative I LOVE this post, you are absolutely hands down the most talented when it comes to barbie and all things related. I know your kids have fun at your house seeing what new things you have made turning items we normally throw away into fun accessories for Barbie and her friends.
Favorite home decor post-
C – 25 favorite planters from Amazon I have an alpaca planter that is very similar to the one on your list.
And one last thank you to one of my followers- Thank you for the romance story for this month of love, Suspended aggravation “live today”. If anyone would like to check it out Joy Journal is posting it free for her followers to read
That’s it for our month here, I will be spending the next couple of days planting flowers, and taking my mind off of the chaos that I worry is on it’s way. This election year is about to get very ugly and now we have this crazy bug going around making people sick and closing everything down. Thank you again everyone for stopping by, have a beautiful March, keep positive and have faith. Stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world. God bless you all, from all of us at Our Little Red House.
Here are just a few projects I hope to be sharing with you all in March:
Dollar Day do over- vintage mugs for gifts with your garden herbs.
10 budget friendly ways to update and decorate your bedroom
In the garden- shopping for flowers and updating patio chairs.
Nopalitos Cactus Tacos
ASD table time crafts- Vintage toys from the past to encourage fine motor skills.
Thriftstore treasure- A little mouse
Shopping trip (to be a surprise)
Take a walk with me through giant succulents.