19 July 2016

Creating A Beautiful Home

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I am wondering if you are feeling like me and longing for some refreshing writing, recipes, 

decorating and projects.

If you are feeling like you could use a change of routine, I think you are in the right spot.

I invite you to stay awhile as I kick off my Summer Break series, a great series that is a sure 

cure for the Summer doldrums.

It is just about two weeks of non stop inspiration, from some of your most inspiring and 

delightful bloggers!


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I would like to introduce you to our first lovely contributor, Stacey from Poofing the Pillows.

Stacey's blog is all about home. She enjoys decorating, gardening, good home cooking and time spent with family and friends. Her world revolves around her husband and two grown sons.
With all of these men in her life, girlfriend time is very important to her and she views her blog as just that! 

Stacey has welcomed me into her life, her book club and now we are even going to
Haven together, she is one in a million!


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Creating a Beautiful Home
Contributor ~ Stacey Keeling

The days fly by in life lately and I often think about how my feelings and the world have changed. There was a time when I wanted nothing more than to be someone outstanding in this world. Did you feel that way too or do you still feel that way?  We all have our hopes and dreams and they do change as our lives progress. 

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Sometimes there are major events in our lives that change our minds about what is important or special or outstanding. My feelings changed a lot on a hot summer day in July of 1989 when a blue eyed boy came into our world - that was major. Sometimes there are tiny little inklings that creep into your heart and soul and change your mind about life. 

Poofing the Pillows shares her thoughts on home and life

At this stage of life and for a few years, I've wanted to create a beautiful home.  
Is it important to do that? I think so.  When we care for our homes we create softness, acceptance, and comfort. Home doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. Home just needs to be a place to retreat from the crazy, upside down world we are living in right now. 

Home needs to be where you feel safe, loved and accepted.

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Home does not have to be perfect. Ours definitely isn't. There's more dog hair floating around than you can imagine...the showers are not scrubbed nearly enough....we don't always get along....and shoes can trip you at any time.  But there is love and acceptance here among the messes and challenges. There is the knowledge that this is home because we are together and that is beautiful to me. 

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That is what I wish for you too, my friends. 



Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

47 comments:

  1. That was beautiful - because we've moved a lot we've always said. "home is where ever we are together." There is something comforting about the word, Home.. A space that reflects the heart of who we are and that feeling of goodness when we walk through the front door.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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    1. Carole, I knew my blogging friends would all relate to that post when I wrote it but I was boohooing when I wrote it. The current events lately have just made me feel much more homey and make me realize that there are a lot of people in this world who don't have the benefit home and what it does for us. ♥

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  2. Good morning Jemma and good morning, Stacey! I am not quite sure who to address here, who wrote this piece, but I'm assuming it's Stacey?

    I know the feeling. I have always been a very ambitious person, wanting to be noticed (I'm just being honest), wanting to contribute something important to a larger audience, but I have had to be held back, like a wild horse wanting to burst through the gates.

    Though ambitions are still strong, necessary steps to understand the writing process, the photography processed have slowed me down in a great way, and in turn, have allowed me to also enjoy my home. Funny how these cycles come and take us toward progress then bring us back again to a point of reassessing and prioritizing.

    Thank you both Stacey and Jemma for this very timely message.

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    1. Anita, our ambitions change over time, don't they? It's funny how the very things that were most important to us at 18 or 20 can become distant memories and that's ok because newer and better ambitions nudge their way in. Maybe it's because we mature a little and understand more about what's important. Your blog is a work of art which leaves me with little doubt that your ambitions are being funneled beautifully.

      Thanks for your sweet comment.

      Stacey :)

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  3. I love Stacey's view on life, the way she writes about it and how her home is a reflection of her beautiful personality! Love the series Jemma! Can't wait to follow along!
    Rebeca

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    1. Rebeca, thanks so much for your sweet comment. I'm feeling mushy lately and sometimes that shows when I write a post. I know you understand because your home is such a reflection of your sweet personality. We are all so glad you started blogging.

      Stacey :)

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  4. Friendships are beautiful. I know you and Stacey will have a blast at Haven. I would love to go and learn.

    I share both of your values and enjoy your blogs. There just isn't enough time in the day! Blessings to you both.

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    1. Bonnie, we will have so much fun at Haven and it's just a short two weeks away! It's a little scary but very exciting too.

      Your love of home shows in every post you write and I love my visits to your gorgeous gardens too. :)

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  5. What a beautiful post and a wonderful series to look forward to. I think it's important to have a beautiful and comfortable home too. It helps us feel uplifted from the time we get up in the morning and continues to be a safe haven all during the day. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Isn't that the truth, Diane? Just walking in the front door when we've been out and about is the best feeling! It's so nice to walk in the door and see and smell the things that are important to us. I knew you would understand. :)

      Stacey

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  6. Such a beautiful post! I could not agree more with Stacey.

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    1. Lauren, thanks for your sweet comment. I know how important home is to you too. ♥

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  7. What a beautiful post. Thank you Stacey for sharing. I think we all longed (or long) for significance. Perhaps it's when we quit looking outside to others and find it inside ourselves that we finally grasp what gives it to us. Thank you Jemma for this series. I'm looking forward to the others!

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    1. Cecilia, you are exactly right about that. I guess it takes a certain maturity to realize where true significance comes from. :)

      Thanks for your sweetness.

      Stacey

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  8. A beautiful post and she has a lovely home! I can't wait to meet both of you at the Haven.
    Maria

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    1. Can't wait to meet you Maria! Just imagine all of us home loving bloggers in one place! It's going to be so much fun. :)

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  9. Hi Jemma and Thank you for featuring Stacey today in your summer series.

    Stacey I loved this post as I feel it reflects the thoughts of so many of us who love home and family. Your words ring so true. We can look outside ourselves for a greater platform but the true importance is right at home surrounded by our loved ones. In the end, that will be the lasting comfort!! So enjoyed your post. Beautiful photos too.

    Have a great day Jemma and Stacey! Hugs!!

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  10. This was a very nice post, Jemma. I enjoyed reading it, and home is very special to me also. She's right, it's doesn't have to be perfect, just a peaceful place to retreat from the outside world. Her pictures were lovely, especially that last one. Thanks for all the inspiration you share throughout the year, Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

    ps I'm going to miss Nel when she's living in Georgia, but she reassures me that it will only be for a couple of years. When she traveled through Texas on the road trip, I immediately thought of YOU. :)

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    1. Sheri, thank you for your sweet comment. :)

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  11. I love that you two are friends in real life. I am privileged to call you both virtual friends.

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    1. Aw, Rita...we could have a great time together! I have no doubt about that. :)

      Meeting Joyce has been a true blessing to me.

      Stacey

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  12. Great that you two got together! Well said, Stacey. And I always enjoy seeing photos of your beautiful home.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda. You are very kind. :)

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  13. Beautifully written, and I so agree with everything said. Our home is not a museum, it's a place of relaxation and comfort, and yes....dog hair, a bit dusty, and those windows could be cleaner. :-)

    But people and dogs LIVE there, and that's the most important thing.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

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    1. Marilyn, I really do agree with you. There are days when I'm frustrated by dog hair and dust but I wouldn't trade any of it. I love that our beautiful home includes four legged friends.

      Stacey in Rockwall. :)

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  14. Home.... such a nice word when you think of all it represents... being safe, feeling loved... and having all your "stuff" around you lol

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    1. Cheryl, I know just what you mean. It feels good to say the word home and to think about it. I've said a few times lately that I love my stuff more than I should probably but there is comfort in those familiar things. :)

      Stacey

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  15. Lovely thoughts on a lovely summer day. Six days of recuperation down and I'm not stir crazy yet. Still loving our home.

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    1. Eilis, next week I want to come see you!

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  16. Such a lovely post.
    Home is where the heart is!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan, just the fact that you are reading Jemma's blog tells me that you love home but it's great to me to know that I'm not alone. :)

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  17. I love the idea of these posts Jemma! And Stacey, I am in the same place...just wanting to create a beautiful, comfortable home for the three of us here. My husband has been noticing and making sure my son notices that it is who I am and that I do it for them. Makes it all worth it.

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    1. You just said it perfectly, AnnMarie. It is who we are. :)

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  18. Beautiful post - thank you, Stacey!

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    1. Thank you Melanie. I appreciate your sweet comment.

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  19. Stacey and Jemma,
    Wonderful thoughts about what makes a home truly a home! Both of you show beauty in your homes and lives in your writing and your photographs.

    Stacey, when I had my computer upgraded this past spring, the computer technician cleaned it at the same time. He asked about my cats and commented that were was enough cat hair in my computer to make another cat. :) Yes, my cats love to lie on me when I'm using my laptop.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you for telling me that, Judith!! I'm glad I'm not alone in that hairy situation. :)

      Our cats are definitely part of what makes a home. My heart feels good to see my cat sleeping and I know you feel the same way.

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  20. Such a lovely, thoughtful post, that reflect sentiments so many of us share. Happy to hear you'll be going to Haven. You'll enjoy it immensely.

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    1. Thanks Doreen. We really are looking forward to Haven where there will be a large gathering of women who love home as much as we do. :)

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  21. Stacey, I think your words are beautiful and I feel very much the same way. It's super exciting to hear that you ladies are going to Haven together! What fun! You will need to spill every last detail when you get back! :)

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    1. Thank you sweet Kim.

      I will definitely spill it all to you. We can have coffee and chat. :)

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  22. Hello Jemma! I love Stacy's blog and her words here are so true and so beautiful.

    You will both have a wonderful time at Haven --it will be fun to see what you learned at the show when you get back

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    1. Pat, thanks so much for your sweet comment. We will have fun at Haven. We are looking forward to learning and connecting with others. :)

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  23. Such a great post! :) Everything is so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you Jessica. You are always so sweet to leave comments. :)

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  24. I love this series you are doing Jemma. What a delight to see Stacey's beautiful home!
    Thanks for sharing at C&C w J&J!
    Enjoy your week.
    Julie

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    1. Julie, thank you so much for your sweet comment. :)

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