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Birdhouse Makeover & A Time out

Hi Everyone,

Lately I have been feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed.
Feeling like I can never catch up ~
so I had to give myself a little time out.

I really needed to rethink my priorities.
I needed to get back to taking care of my family
and home first .
I absolutely love my blog and visiting all of you but I don't
enjoy it as much when I feel like I should be doing other things.
I feel so much more calm, happy, patient and all those good things
when I take care of first things first.
I'm sure you all know what I mean, right?

However, I did complete one small project recently.
(I couldn't go completely cold turkey, you know!)
I've had this little wooden birdhouse placque for awhile and
there was just something about it that I didn't love.
I finally figured out that it was the colors ~ I think it looked a little
too country for my taste right now.

So a little paint, a little stain, and a little sanding later ...

... and I'm in love!!

I think it looks so cute now and I have it
 hanging right where I can see it all the time.

Isn't it great when you can turn something
 you already have into something you love?

So what do you do when you feel overwhelmed?
Do you ever feel the need for a time out?
I think it's okay to give ourselves permission to do that once
in awhile, don't you?

If it counts for anything, you definitely have 
my permission!!  : )

Have a great day!

~ JoAnne

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  1. First of all your birdhouse is so beautiful. I love the colors.
    Second, oh my yes I take timeouts! :) Things can get so crazy and it is good to just unplug for a bit and get things back together, I did from Thanksgiving to about the first of the year and when I came back I felt so much better, refreshed actually. Life happens, take your time my dear, we will be here when you come back. :)

  2. I couldn't agree with you more JoAnne, we all need a time out every now and then. Blogging is VERY time consuming and there are so many days I feel like I accomplished nothing because of being on the computer all day ( I DON'T like that feeling)! Your birdhouse looks adorable!

  3. I sure agree with you!!Blogging is very time cosuming,and i find that i'm not getting things done around my house.Everyone things a break now,and then.I love your birdhouse.


  4. Thanks so much everyone for your kind and supportive comments ~ it means a whole lot!!

  5. I think the new colors are perfect! It looks more rustic and simple this way!

    I feel so much like you do. Blogging here and there throughout the day works for me. I tackle a project and then sit with a cup of coffee for 20 minutes and read some posts and then I am back to work. This seems to work for me, rather than spending the whole morning getting involved in blogging. It's nice that you took a time out for family and getting things done. I should do that more often!


  6. I've been feeling the same way. Lots of stress and don't feel like I can get anything done. Maybe I need to put myself in a time out too!

    Love the changes to the birdhouse - very cute!

    Hang in there!!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  7. I love your new little birdhouse! So sweet. And yes, definitely -- I think we all have those times where we just need a break. And if a break is what you need, then it's what you need! Don't worry about us -- we'll all be here ready to read your posts! :-)

  8. Hi JoAnne, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment. :) I love your blog and I'm off to read some more! :) Love, Tina xx

  9. That little birdhouse is adorable! And I can totally relate to how you feel, life falls in order when I keep my priorities straight. I am your newest follower, for whenever you get around to your next project. :) Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge! Karah

  10. I hear you on the juggling the blogging and the family! Looks like the time spent on your birdhouse was successful - it turned out amazingly! Can't wait to see more as I am now following you! Thanks so much for joining our challenge!

  11. Just got back from a time-out. I spent it reading books in bed! a way bloggy land is refreshing to me too.

  12. So lovely! Trust me, we are all in the same boat when it comes to the blog & family juggling routine!

    Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!


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