Monday, June 28, 2010

I have had some requests for help with decorating book shelves.
Sometimes they just get full of too many things and it is time to "Freshen them up"!

This little bookshelf has only a few books, but see how it is accessorized with a few frames an oval clock, and a few round balls on a pedestal -- it is nice to add in some round elements to such a rectangular space.

Notice the plant and the wicker basket.  It is always good to add a natural element or two.

On this shelf see how the books are arranged on the outside edges of the shelves and  decorative elements are the focal point on the middle sections.

Framed pictures and vases work well along with a few books.

If you have alot of space and alot of books, sometimes it is nice to have a decorative accessory all alone on a shelf --- as well as arranged throughout the books.

See the pieces of art and a plate propped up on the back of the shelf with a few items in front.
It really adds interest to your book shelf.

In this room they took out some of the shelves
and hung larger pieces of art on the back.

See how many different ways you can decorate a bookshelf!

Now go and give it a try at your house!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Took a Little Trip!

It has been a few weeks since I posted but I left the country for a bit ---
 I thought I would share with you a little of my trip.
Here are a few pictures from

The Philippines!

20 years ago I served as a Missionary for my Church---The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormons).

I had a chance to travel with a number of former missionaries and our mission president back to visit.  I took my 14 year old daughter with me so she could experience a little culture from around the world.

This is a picture of my daughter and I in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

As we traveled we stopped in Seoul, South Korea and picked up some fantastic fruit smoothies.

We stopped in Manila and saw the American Cemetary.

 Here are a number of former missionaries that I served with, American and Filipino. 
 And our sweet mission president in the middle.

It was wonderful to renew old friendships.

We experienced a couple of fantasic rain storms.

I had to practice eating the authentic Filipino style using my fingers!  My daughter loved that.

I tried the Pancit but it was not exactly as I remembered it---

This was a typical sari-sari store,  they now offer cell phones
and minutes for sale. 
Everyone has a cell phone!

A couple of darling boys at the market.

We had to visit the fish market.

Aren't they adorable.

The bananas and mangos are from heaven --- I could not get enough.

We attended a Cultural Celebration put on by 2000 youth from our church in the area. 
 They performed for our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

On the last day we were able to attend the dedication of the new Cebu City Temple.

It was a remarkable journey and one that I am so grateful to have shared with dear friends in the Philippines, former missionaries and especially my daughter, Tiffany.