Gratitude is a gift you can choose every day!

                                                 This is a time to look forward….

but also a time 

to see what has brought you here

and to give thanks for all that has happened on

the road of life.

It is the love and joy we attain that warms our lives and our hearts,

but it is…..

the challenges we overcome that allows us to truly feel the glow of


Celebrate the future…

hold dear the past…

and live fully TODAY! Image

Image from bing flower images.


Getting in touch with our springtime souls~Skipping Rock Farm…..

As winter is SLOWLY winding down and we can finally crawl out of the dreariness of the long days,  I’ve been researching some interesting places to visit, weekend retreats, one tank trips….Places to rest, rejuvenate and to get into touch with the REAL me!

This winter, I feel I’ve lost part of my soul. Not feeling like the outgoing, creative person I know I truly am and can be again.

One place I’ve discovered is Skipping Rock Farm in Granville, Ohio. Only 2 hrs SW of where I live. Skipping Rock Farm is sprawled over 6 beautiful acres. Including ponds, trees, studios for artists’ gatherings, party events….many beautiful opportunities await.  One retreat I’m particularly interested in is “A Dream Day” Retreat. A day of yoga, aromatherapy, painting and ending the day with wine tasting.

Isn’t this the most precious studio~

Check out the shabby rose plate:

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

I’m off to read more of Skipping Rock Farms~

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful photos!

One question for you to think about………….How do you love to rejuvenate your soul??

Blessings and Hugs,
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Rare, Old, Vintage Photos of the Greats!

My gal pal sent me these wonderful photos. I don’t know who the credits go to….If you do, feel free to let us know!

Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong

Beatles & Mohammad Ali

Paul Newman & Clint Eastwood   (swoon)

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley


Elvis Presley and Tom Jones……..

Isn’t walking down Memory Lane just the cats’ meow!

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Old & Very Rare Photos………

I remember these greats….do you?



Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger, New York , 1969


The Beatles and Mohammad Ali, 1964


Martin Luther King Jr. and Marlon Brando (The Godfather)


Danny DeVito and Christopher Reeve


Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein


Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee


Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood


Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone, 1921


Steve Jobs and Bill Gates


James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor


Ian Fleming and Sean Connery


Johnny Cash and Ray Charles


Elvis Presley and Tom Jones


Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash


 Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

Have a Vintage Kind of Weekend!
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Vintage Brocante Promoting Jai’Mien Atlier!

Many good things are happening here in the Buckeye State. Aside from working my full time job, connecting with friends, scouting for shoppes to photograph for BelleInspiration Magazine……I’m in the process of a dream that I’ve had for many a year! (39 years that is, clearing my throat here).

I will be launching a small boutique called Jai’Mien Atelier. If you have a moment can you stop by my page and click the like button??? pretty please.

Here is my second piece I’m working on for a friend that owns Pieces Fine Furniture, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

A fireplace mantel with the most gorgeous details! Don’t you love the detail work?

I’m so excited in my new venture and want to thank Michelle for giving me even more inspiration!!!

This piece will be black lacquer with gold accents. Will post photos when completed!

Gee, been so long since I’ve uploaded photos here, I had forgot how!

Stay tuned for the completed project!

Much love!
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For Your Hearts’ Sake~Hydrate!

Good evening….I’d love to share an email from a good friend of mine regarding Water and our Hearts….

Heart Attack & Water
Something I didn’t know either! I asked my Doctor why do I and other people urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor = Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water… Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack
Please pass this to the people you care about……
I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
We are always learning!