Friday, December 28, 2007

New Year Resolutions

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Do you make New Year Resolutions? Last year mine was to make my bedroom more luxurious. Amazingly it was a New Years resolution I kept! I not only repainted my bedroom furniture but I bought myself a memory foam mattress pad (best thing I ever bought) and a down comforter. I've now had a year of very comfortable sleeping. This year I'm taking it one step further. I'm going to try to relax more and allow myself more leisure time. This is not going to be that easy because I usually get up on Saturday mornings, have my coffee and get busy cleaning house, doing laundry, grocery shopping, gardening, cooking meals, working on whatever current project I have going on and the next thing I know it's Sunday evening and I'm exhausted. I'm going to try to take more time to have breakfast in bed, read out on the patio or just take a walk once in awhile. Doesn't that sound like a good resolution. Much better than the "I'm going to lose weight" one.

The camellias in front of my apartment are blooming already. Isn't that shade of pink beautiful! (click on the photo above to smell them....just kidding but you can see them better if you click on the photo)


Alison Gibbs said...

Fabulous post Cindy.
Breakfast in bed- what a treat.
Your camellias look beautiful.
Have a Wonderful New Year.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh Dear Cindy. . . I remember well your post about wishing for snow. Well, check out my post and you'll see SNOW here in Michigan. You are invited to visit. . . and don't forget to bring your snow shovel.



Melissa said...

Oh so lovely!

Many Blessings,

Anonymous said...

Cindy those camellias are just gorgeous!
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Suzy said...

Cindy that is really a great resolution, actually the best that someone can do for himself. Somehow I never keep my resolutions, but maybe just because they are these types of "I am going to lose weight" resolutions.
I wish you a very Happy New Year and may your 2008 be fulfilling, wonderful and dreamy!


ginger at enchanting cottage said...

How pretty your bedroom is, and your white napkin. I have lived in my home for 17 years and still trying to decide what to do with my bedroom.( I have a hard time making decisions) But like you I would love to make more time for doing all of those things that you mentioned.

Cindy Roberts said...

Mmmmmmm. Yes, I smell the pink camellias. . . When I see the photo of breakfast in bed, I can ALMOST smell them! I like your resolution. If we all did the same the world would be a better place (the dirty dishes and laundry would pile up, but we would stress less about it!) Cindy, I'm ready for Spring. Stop by and say hello when you get a minute!

Shelley Jo said...

I had a similar thought earlier, while looking at my newest issue of Victoria magazine that I haven't finished looking through and haven't picked up at all this past week --- I need to make more time in my life for quiet moments of beauty!!

Shari said...

Although I think your resolution is a marvelous one, somehow I don't see you as a sit-around-and-relax kind of woman. And I bet if you do sit down for a minute, your mind is still running a million miles a minute with creative ideas! Hope you are enjoying your vacation. BTW, your camellias are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! So perfect, they almost don't look real. Wish I could smell them because I don't think I've ever smelled one before.

Hi, I'm Kathryn Bechen. said...

Hi Cindy,

Love the tea vignette and so enjoy your blog. You are truly talented. Kathryn

Marge said...

Hi Cindy! I'm just wondering how you manage to put together all of this gorgeousness! I love your breakfast in bed vignette and the pink camellias in the teapot.It's all so beautiful.Happy New Year!

vivian said...

HI Cindy,
I love your resolution.. mine is to buy artwork from all my "idols"!
I have a thing about my weekends being for me to relax or play.. so I bust my butt all during the week so that i have very little left that I have to do on the weekends! I'm better at this in the brighter months though.. once it gets dark I dont want to work!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Cindy,
What a wonderful plan you have for 2008! I might adopt that one!
Hope you have a FABULOUS New Year.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Now that's a wonderful New Years Resolution! Sounds like one that would be fun to keep! The camellias are just beautiful!
Southern Lady's Vintage

Artsy said...

I love your chintz china cup and plate. Your setting is very inviting for relaxation. I get that way in my house sometimes..looks so cozy I'd rather just linger at home than go to work at the tv station.

I enjoy your blog. You should write a book!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, beautiful post! We don't make resolutions any more, we can't seem to keep them!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year. Jenn and Jacqui

Robyn said...

Yes we all need to do that rest and enjoy a little 'me' time! Lovely photos! Wishing you a blessed New Year friend!

Elzie said...

Oh, you lucky person!! Here it's only grey, rainy days and no flower in sight. After this rainy December I wish that spring would come very quick next year.
I hope you'll have a Happy New Year and that 2008 will be whatever you wish for.
Love Elzie

Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy I love visiting your blog just to see what lovely photo you will have! I think your new year's resolution is a good one. We all rush about far too much! We need to slow down and enjoy the journey. I love the color pink of the camelia's. Happy New Year. Rhondi

Gayla said...

No kidding, you achieved your resolution. Your bedroom is dreamy!!!! I haven't thought of a resolution yet. I want to make one that will be good for everyone, not the usual lose weight, etc. (although I need that one!)... Such a good one you are making. Love those camelias.

Lizzie said...

Some of your photos are bjust breathtaking, and the tray of china and pampering things on your bed is no exception.

I guess my New Year's resolution is to get my abdominal wall back in shape so my lower back pain goes away.

I like yours better!

Naturegirl said...

Cindy your home and decorating skills is an inspiration!
Wishing you peace love much inspiration and blessings as we move forward to a NEW YEAR!

Rosemary said...

Happy New Year Cindy!!
That shade of pink is beautiful.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

The flowers are so pretty.... you sure did your resolution about your bedroom ... it is enchanting.... I agree with Penny we should all take more time to smell the roses or camellias... your blog is like that for me...taking time to feast my eyes on your wondrous blog...

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Cindy, we don't slow down enough these days to enjoy the simple things. We work so hard in our gardens that we cant enjoy the blooms, or the labor of the love we pour into our homes. Instead of enjoying our homes we plan trips away from it..LOL.. Anyway, thank you for reminding us to sit back and enjoy the simpler life...
Wishing you a Happy, healthy and blissfully relaxing new year!

Tammy said...

Dear Cindy,

I just wanted to let you know that I've been "lurking/looking" at your blog for the last couple of weeks and have really enjoyed it!

I've been away from blogging for a bit but have launched a new blog for the new year. It is private so I'll send you an invitation. I hope that you can visit me sometime.

Happy New Year to you and yours!


Mary said...

Oh Cindy, what gorgeous pictures! You have flowers blooming outside in December? I want to live there! I think your resolutions sound terrific -- much nicer than the "lose weight" one.

Wishing you a wonderful, bright and restful new year!

Anonymous said...

All of your photos are just lovely. I am always inspired by what you do at such little cost. Your projects turn out beautifully.

Lisa said...

I wish I could smell those flowers as all mine are blanketed in snow for many more months. I love your resolution, may even "borrow" it for myself. Best wishes for the new year.

Julie said...

Humm - good luck with that one! I thrive on "the next project" so it is much easier for me to lose weight than to commit to being more sedentary!

You did an amazing job with your bedroom this year...but all the work you put into that room is a contradiction to your new years resolution!

BittersweetPunkin said...

I have a LOT of New Years Resolutions....LOL!!

I hope you have a Happy Happy New Year!!

shabbychic said...

Hello love your blog and your home is so beautifull , I love the whole look. I love the button wreaths you made , I put in a search on how to make them and your blog came up in the address on your button wreath page, they are lovely. happy new year
do drop in and see me at my blog

Amy said...

Your luxurious bedroom sounds heavenly. I have a memory foam pad on my bed. It is so wonderful. I know you will enjoy yours. There is nothing like a restful retreat at the end of a long day! Enjoy! Amy

Nan said...

Happy New year. Stop by my blog. I'm having a party for a friend of yours.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Cindy... I'm so glad I found your blog and others through you. Love your resolution and your picture.

bj said...

thanks so much for the sweet words on my birthday post. I appreciate them very much.

Gail McCormack said...

I think your words are very wise, exactly what I had in mind this year, instead of setting big goals for myself I'm going to try and put some time aside to, as my horoscope said, smell the roses.
Happy New Year Cindy!!
Gail xx

Susie Q said...

What gorgeous photos dear Cindy.
You have such a flair...
Your art for photography AND design is unmatched. I know your flowers are so pretty...we are having high winds and snow and oh is it cold!!
You are an inspiration and a joy to visit!
Happy New Year! May this be a sweet year for you and your family.
I have so enjoyed getting to know you this year!


Cottage Contessa said...

Happy New Year Cindy! I hope 2008 is a truly wonderful year for you and your family!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Terri and Bob said...

Good plan! I like your style of New Years Resolutions!

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

Happy New Year Cindy. Hope you have the best year yet. Glad to see you will be doing something for yourself.

debbiekay said...


I looovee your resolution and I am too going to adopt a "time for me" resolve! Life is hectic and the older we get it seems to go faster. I am inspired by your post daily, thanks for helpin me slooowww down!

Blessings to you in the New Year.

Debbie Kennedy

Donna said...

Happy New Year Cindy, love your resolution. I just got back from visiting my mom in AL over the holidays and all her camellias were in bloom - so gorgeous. Love your chintz. Your blog is always so enjoyable - very inspiring.


Glenda said...

You have a great eye for decorating and photography. I seem to never get a great picture of things I have.
I enjoy your site.
Thank you

Cottage Magpie said...

I love those camellias--they look like they're my favorite variety, one called "Debutante." Mine aren't blooming yet, though! :-( Your tea tray looks so pretty and I love your resolution to actually ENJOY life. We need more of that!
Best wishes to you for the new year!
~Angela :-)

Regina said...

Happy New Year Cindy!!!!
aLL our photos are just inspired in germany is cold and rainy,no flowers in sight.
Herzliche Grüße Regina

KJ said...

This tea tray looks so inviting! I have a tea tray set up in my bedroom—just awaiting hot water! I like your goal! Sometimes, just the elimination of stress can address weight!

Have a wonderful rest of the evening!

Anonymous said...

My New Year's resolution for our home is to get our bedroom into shape. We have a large enough area for a little reading nook...but too much stuff. So I need to just dig in and weed out.