When Life Gives You Lemons…

What do you do? I’m a firm believer in just digging in my heels and pushing forward.

Don’t waste time asking why…

Or, why me?

Listen to your heart and find your strength from within…

How’s that old saying go?

“If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

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  1. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Beautiful pictures! That bedroom is so pretty and looks so inviting! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

  2. Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria says

    Just beautiful my Dear friend…May you have a GREAT weekend…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  3. Nana's Fun Stuff says

    Very nicely orchestrated Susan and I love it! Have a great weekend!

    Hugs ~ Laura

  4. I do believe it's all in the attitude! 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  5. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    What's weighing on your mind dear friend?

  6. Perfect example!!! I like the way you think and the fact that you are always ready to create some beauty!! Happy weekend,Kathysue

  7. Annesphamily says

    Susan you are so thoughtful today! I like the post and quote you used here. That bedroom is divine! Come see me soon! Anne

  8. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    The beauty of your posts of your home are almost more then I can bear. Simply dazzling. Makes us home lovers nearly weep for joy! I am not joking about this….simply gorgeous…so warm..so inviting so much of what dreams are made of!

  9. Susan, Happy Pink Saturday!! I love the pink rose petals in the cup and saucer all under the glass dome. But what really got my attention was the white iron bed in the last picture. I have this same bed that I purchased probably 25 years ago and I just love it. You can do so much when you have just a good simple piece like the bed to decorate around. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Oh that was so wonderfully done! My roses are nearing their last days for the season and seem to droop much more quickly after being picked but I could do this with them and give them a second life! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I have just found your blog and love it! I would so love to have even one porch! You are so lucky and I absolutely love what you've done with it. I will definitely be back.

  12. The Little Red Shop says

    How lovely! I hope you're having a beautiful weekend, Susan!

    : )

    Julie M.

  13. Thanks for the inspiration. Things don't always go the way we plan or would like and you have to try and make the best of it. Sometimes hard to remember to do.

  14. AntiqueChase says

    Beautiful hutch and displays!

  15. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says

    Your posts always inspire….Have a great weekend

  16. Graceful Moments says

    Lovely! Looks a bit like a cake!

  17. What a terrific post. Absolutely right on.

  18. T's Daily Treasures says

    Attitude is everything. Another favorite quotation of mine:

    Ability is what you're capable of. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. (Leo Holz)

    Best wishes for your weekend. Tammy

  19. Love the secretary and how you decorated it.

  20. Good example and a very beautiful room!

  21. I love the bedroom! I have the same blanket. I now know what to do with it. And I am going to paint my tall cabinet white.

  22. I am frantically making lemonade! What a truly inviting room, I just want to walk right in curl up in that chair while I sip a hot cup of tea then dive right into that bed with a great book before I close my eyes for a dreamless sleep! Oh heaven!!!!!

  23. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Very pretty, Susan! I love your secretary!

  24. Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com says

    Great post and oh so true! It's not what's happening but our perception of what's happening!

    Happy PS,

  25. Your desk is the perfect setting for such a thoughtful post. Thank you for the reminder to see the beauty in all things.

    From Virginia

  26. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Inspiring words and beautiful photos. I really think I like your guestroom even more than the porch. Maybe it is because I look at your secretary and see what mine could be. I still haven't attempted to paint mine, but every time I see yours…I dream.

  27. Misti of Studio M Designs says

    I see when life hands you bad roses, you make them into a beautiful tablescape! Love the pictures and the sentiment.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  28. Susan, what a darling post for Pink Saturday. You really are one creative lady! I adore this bedroom, and I'm so envious of your secretary. I've longed for one for many, many years. Thanks for this lovely post. It's perfection! ~ Sarah

  29. Sometimes there is no need to question why. Our lives are what we make them, except occasionally the goof Lord has other plans for us. Trust and obey.

  30. Absolutely true Susan, I always say "you are as happy as you want to be". I collect all those little petals that droop and put them in an apothecary jar.

  31. Absolutely true Susan, I always say "you are as happy as you want to be". I collect all those little petals that droop and put them in an apothecary jar.

  32. Purnima@a creative project says

    Pretty!!! Love the idea!!!!

  33. Happy Pink Saturday, dear Susan. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special, and for taking part in this day of celebration and thanks.

    There truly are miracles going on all around us every day. We just have to open our hearts in acceptance. Thank you for sharing the spirit of optimism. Life is what we make of each day.

  34. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Thank you Susan for stopping by; I'm happy to know all is well. My first thought when I posted; I was going to ask if I could bring my "footie jammies" to come spend the night in your beautiful guest room but then thought how selfish of me to think about…well…me:) So I asked about you instead:)
    Hugs darling girl, I love this post and prose oh and need I say; THAT ROOM!

  35. sewingseeds4U says

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful thoughts…Have a wonderful weekend. Patty

  36. Barbara Anne says

    What a lovely and welcoming bedroom!

    My grandfather's desk is just like the one in the photos, but it's still the original stained wood color and it doesn't have the upper section (wish it did!). I love this desk so much as I never knew my grandfather. He was born in 1864, was 20 years older than my grandmother, and he died long before I was born.


  37. Country Wings in Phoenix says

    Happy Pink Saturday Susan Sweetie…
    Oh what a beautiful share today for our miracle weekend. The blooms, the reguvenation of the blooms into scented petals, so many changes in our lives, and so many ways to see those changes, and yet again so many ways to opt how to deal with it. A beautiful share, and such beautiful photos Susan. Just exquisite as always.

    Please stop by and leave a comment on my blog as well. I am part of the Miracle Team and for all comments left on my blog Guideposts Magazine is donating $1.00 towards the next miracle makeover. I am dreaming BIG, I would like to make enough money for the next DOZEN miracle makeovers. I look forward to seeing you at Country Wings in Phoenix.

    Many hugs sweetie, Sherry

  38. Love how you turned things around…I would have never thought to use the petals that way.

    So pretty!

  39. Susan, I can just imagine snuggling up in your guest room. The lighting, colors and textures are so welcoming!

  40. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Amen Susan!!!!! My mom use to say if we would just stroll through life we would'nt miss any of the good things and we wouldn't be bothered by so many of the bad things. Thus the title of my Blog. Hugs, Marty

  41. This was a beautiful post-so inspirational and perfect for Pink Saturday's Miracle party.

    I have some roses that are ready to be thrown out but your post has just inspired me to do a spot of
    re-decorating! Thank you!

    Best wishes,

  42. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    Just beautiful!

  43. I love the way you look at life. I hope you have HAD a great weekend.I did. 14 days til the wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  44. Nancy's Notes says

    I am always excited to see your blog name pop us, I know that I'll be in for a treat and a treat indeed! What a gorgeous bedroom, looks delightful and so ready for any guest to arrive and be filled with joy to have such a room!


  45. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Hi, Susan! WOW, I love this idea of the little teacup and flowers (petals) under a cloche! You are very creative and smart. I think I am going to STEAL this idea, since I have been blessed with ZERO creativity. 🙂

  46. Oh Susan, not only did you do something simply beautiful with those petals, the words behind the pictures are very timely to me and perfect.

    Obviously, you see the world through the artist's eye and create something from everything.

    I really, really love this post.

  47. eileeninmd says

    Beautiful post and inspiration. Happy PInk Saturday!

  48. NicNacManiac says

    I just love love the unfolding of a room…you so what you do so well! xOxO

  49. Lesa's Life says

    Great message. Off the subject…the cabinet with the cream & gold paint is an exact match to the furniture in my daughter's bedroom…passed down to her from her grandfather. Dresser, nightstands, giant mirror, etc.

  50. Miss Janice says

    Susan, this room is one of my favorites in your home. I love the secretary and the colors of the linens! Love this post!

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