Beaded Beginnings

Hippie Beads 2

I grew up in the era of groovy. Far out. All righhht! The 1960’s.

But, on a small farm in rural Minnesota, love beads were a lil’ hard to come by.

So, I watched. Waited. Collected ideas. Five decades later, my creative space is finally starting to look like my dream.

Hippie Beads 3

Recently I began volunteering at our church’s Mission Store a few days a week, where the proceeds fund our food pantry. (I’ve always had a heart for feeding folks, be it from the quickly depleted shelves there or my own kitchen — every hour standing behind the check-out counter or my stove makes a difference in someone’s life.)

BTW, check-out clerks are allowed to “shop” during lulls and you never know what might show up in the donation bin. Last week it was Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume Two for 50¢.

This week it was groovy.

I spied the miscellaneous bag of beads when I walked in and immediately recognized their former glory and potential. (My dream!) Nobody paid attention to them for hours, so I watched. Waited. (Until my break.) Snapped them up and hung them up at home!

TMOFW smiles at my ongoing Boho notions.

Speaking of which… my friend Ally offers tons of inspiration and encouragement re: living the life you’ve dreamed of on her website and in her VRAI inaugural e-magazine. Plus, she’s hostessing a custom Boho jewelry give-away. Such fun! As she’s oft said: “Dreams have no expiration date.”

Yes ma’am, gal pal. Don’t I know? :)

Enjoying groovy dreams come true,

~ Kim

My “Boho” Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

Sometimes I can be soooo serious when I’m pursuing my pursuits, I need to be reminded to have FUN.  (Plus I live with the King of Calm — aka The Man Of Few Words.)  He rubs off on ya after awhile. :)

Thankfully, someone came along out of the blue to shine their sparkle on the possibilities in front of my eyes and make me realize that I’ve settled for the same ol’, same ol’.  (Which is pleasant and peaceful, but it doesn’t accurately portray the party going on in my head!)

That special someone is Ally Phillips…

If you’re not acquainted with Ally, please head over to Ally’s Kitchenor better yet, check out her Holiday eCookbook series!  Chock full of sumptuous recipes and exquisite (yet inexpensive) decorating ideas, Ally’s ebooks are guaranteed to make any day (not just holidays) more sparkly — spontaneous — FUN!

After reading (and drooling) through Boho Holidays Sweet Treats and Boho Holidays Sides of Delight & Soulful Giving, I was inspired to go on a scavenger hunt for treasures with “Boho potential” in my own home!  Here’s what I found…

Boho bouquet

A vase full of silk flowers (from our wedding) with a lil’ added sparkle!

Boho frankincense and myrrh

Boho blue plates

Decorative bottles (which have starred in many a Christmas pageant as “Frankincense and Myrrh” holders), along with these plates I’d tucked away for a virtual baby shower earlier this year… just in case another sweet blogging friend o’mine had a baby boy. ;)

Then I added a few baubles…

Boho soup bowl

Boho bling

And while I was at it, I took down the drapes and hung ornaments from the curtain rods…

Boho danglies 2

Converted a bench into a serving table…

Boho side table

And followed that with a break!  (Gather ’round the tree…)

Boho "family photo"

After which, I dressed up the center of the dining room table…

Boho centerpiece

Rearranged “faux gifts” under the tree (I don’t shop ’til Dec. 24th!)

Boho gifts and tree

Set out my favorite Christmas decoration of all…

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

And called it a day!!!

Welcome to My “Boho” Blue Christmas…

A Boho Blue Christmas

(There’s food involved, too… more on that in the New Year!)

Wishing you blessings, memories, and FUN during the holidays. xo

Enjoying a lil’ inspired creativity,

~ Kim

P.S.  ‘Twas my own idea to to promote Ally’s ebooks.