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3.01.2015

Spring Fling: Post Links

Spring is on its way!
Find archived posts featuring Spring themes & projects:

Easter
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You can also locate posts by topic by 
scrolling to the bottom of this page and looking under the 'labels' list, 
then clicking on 'Spring'. 

Or by searching 'Spring', 'Daffodils', 'Nests', etc. 
in the search bar on the left upper part of this page.

And also by clicking on the 'Spring Decor' tab on the right sidebar.
 
Enjoy!
~ Deb

2.03.2015

Valentine's Day Posts - MISSING?!!!

People have been messaging me this past week, 
saying they can't find all of my past posts for Valentine's Day and February Decor....  
which put me in a panic big enough to send me straight to my archives.
Even though I am not adding new content to the blog anymore, 
I want to know that you can find what you are looking for here!
Yes, the posts ARE all there!


I wanted to share with everyone that you can find them by 
scrolling to the bottom of this page and looking under the 'labels' list, 
then clicking on 'Valentine's Day'. 

Or by searching 'Valentines Day' in the search bar on the left upper part of this page.

And also by clicking on the 'Winter Decor' tab on the right sidebar.

Or, you can just click HERE to find them all!
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As much as I am able, I will pop in on the first of each month 
and post the link to that month's appropriate post label, 
so they are easier for you all to find ;)

PS: I'll also update the Pinterest board featured on the sidebar!

Happy decorating, everyone... Enjoy!
~ Deb

12.26.2014

A Gift for Myself...

One of my goals with this blog has always been 
to underscore the point that decorating isn't limited
to the massive renovations you see on HGTV home shows.
Or the 'before and after reveals' in magazines.

It can be the simple activity of arranging small items 
on small shelves on an office wall or an entry table,
so that you experience the beauty of nature, the season,
and your own creativity EVERY DAY.

In my mind, I've always been focused on showing you how to make small changes
without spending a lot of money
so that your home can reflect the changing beauty of the seasons
and INSPIRE you every day.
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(If you haven't read my 'about' page yet, 
hit the 'start here' link up above
to find out why and how HOMEWARDfound came to be...)
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Mary Engelbreit, one of my favorite artists,
says 'Bloom Where You Are Planted'...
I say, Decorate the space you have with what you have.
And love it. No matter how small it is.
No matter where it is, or how long it is for.

I've spent the last three years living in two rooms of my parent's home,
thanks to their generosity... and I'll bet you didn't know that about me.
It's a far cry from the gorgeous dream home I had on an island in Washington,
or the many other homes I have been blessed to have lived in over my life.
but I have worked to make the best of it... to love it, no matter how it limits me.

During this time, I have enjoyed creating and sharing ideas and inspiration with you 
here at HOMEWARDfound Decor.
I've employed some very creative tactics to focus on the small details and areas,
rather than offer 'room reveals' and wide shots -
because I simply don't have the space to do that.
I've made use of old photos of my past homes & decor,
as well as creating new projects and products for you to enjoy.
At times, it has been easy. Often, it has been remarkably difficult to continue.
It's been a cathartic and expansive exercise for me, 
 helping me to find myself again, after losing sight of who I was in the face of loss.

Through HOMEWARDfound,
I have been blessed and honored to be published in and write for many magazines, 
to have made and sold my original creations, providing me with an income,
and to have met so many people who are 'my tribe' of decorating-minded people.
It has healed and warmed my heart
to have read your encouraging and kind words in comments here and on facebook,
to have received your support and friendship across the miles.
And I am SO very grateful for each and every one of you,
for choosing to spend some of your time
reading this blog, trying the project tutorials, leaving comments...
it means the world to me.
THANK YOU <3

This year,
I am giving myself a gift...
the gift of peace. time. freedom. acceptance. LIFE.

peace.
my word for 2015.

Friends, the time has come for me to stop blogging and facebooking,
to take my life that I have made public off of the social media stage, 
and just LIVE...
to create when I want, for me, and not worry about doing it on a time schedule
or having to edit photos and create graphics and promote posts.
To stop feeling driven to produce and compete for an audience 
in the blogosphere, Pinterest, and facebook.
To stop feeling the need to produce or compete ANYWHERE.

Through my blogs Hummadeedledee, Debi Ward Kennedy retail design,
the Retreat Style blog, and now HOMEWARDfound Decor,
I've been blogging since 2004 - that's ten years.
And I'm just ready to stop, my friends...

I wish you all many creative hours making your homes reflect the beauty of each season
and of your own beautiful personalities...
May God bless and keep you, and may every day bring you cause to
Celebrate life, every day!

With Love, Affection,
and my deepest Appreciation,
Deb

 HOMEWARDfound Decor content on the blog and facebook page will remain online, 
with content for every season available to you all year long...
I hope that you continue to enjoy what I've shared here!

All copyrights remain in effect for all content on this blog.

12.23.2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas!
I'm taking some time off to enjoy the Holiday,
and I hope you are, too!
.(PS: to see more gorgeous photos like the one above,
see this post for images from the 2013 Vintage Marketplace show!)
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Find More HOMEWARDfound Inspiration for Every Season of the Year:

12.20.2014

Make Magnets from FREE Stamp Images!

Here's one last Holiday craft project and gift idea for you...
and it's okay if your budget is gone, because this is a FREEBIE!

When you make your last (last last last) run to the post office to ship gifts this week,
grab a few copies of the FREE Philatelic catalogs on the counters there...
they are filled with the current and upcoming stamp designs
that make GREAT art supplies!

Check out some of the Christmas stamp images in the current catalog:
 The images are generously sized (bigger than actual stamps), colorful, and very clear... 
I used the following images in my magnet examples:
Find images of stamps you like - then cut them out of the catalog.
Cut clean and neat, keeping the edges close to the artwork and straight.
"neatness counts", just like our kindergarten teachers taught us ;)

 Then use a glue stick or double-sided tape to affix the images to magnets.

Use old magnets you already have, or get a roll of flexible magnetic strips at the hardware store - 
it cuts easy and you can tape sections together to make bigger magnets
(as for the block of images shown above).
 If you want to, you can laminate the images before gluing the magnets on.
In just a few minutes and for almost no cost at all, 
you have some fun new magnets for your fridge or memo board for the Holiday season!

You know, if you just glued the images to cardstock and cut it into a shape,
you could create little tree ornaments this way, too!

BTW, you can do this for every season of the year,
since the USPS releases new stamp designs and catalogs all year long!

Linked Up:



Cupcakes & Crinoline | Project Inspire{d}


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