The Creative Touch


Am I partial, absolutely, but its for good reason. Changing Thymes, located in Grandville, Michigan, recently welcomed a new booth into their store. It’s called The Creative Touch. It’s a special booth because not only are there sweet knick knacks and collectibles, but there’s a variety of handcrafted and hand painted items. Who is the painter, you ask? Her name is Cindy Overbeek. She is my mother, and I’m proud of that.

My mother has been painting for over thirty years and has traveled both in and out of state doing arts and craft shows. Her paintings cover a wide range: still-lifes, signage, realism, florals, chic, and more. The pieces also vary in size and style. Within my home, I have many of my mother’s painted pictures and furnishings.

Cindy is a gifted artist and has a sharp eye for detail. Below are current pictures from her booth. I encourage you to check out The Creative Touch today! (Located in the left wing of the building)
2900 Wilson, Grandville, Michigan 49418









Our New Home: All Built and Getting Settled

Every morning I wake up, I’m thankful for God’s great blessings.  When we began house hunting over a year ago, I never dreamed we would build, but Beard Construction made our dream a reality. A big thank you to Wendell and Lance Beard, an amazing father-son duo.

Here is our home that the Lord has blessed us with. I’ve included pictures of the rooms we have been able to decorate so far.


The Kitchen
Living Room and Dining Room
Guest Bathroom
Garden Theme Guest Bath
My Son’s John Deere Bedroom
The Chicken Coop and Enclosed Run
Backyard and Woods

I Smolder for Older


The door opens, and my heart pumps faster. A sheen of sweat forms upon my palms as I gaze at the beautiful bounty before me. My eyes narrow, ready for the hunt.

Flaring once, my nostrils recognize the scent. Ah yes…this is the place. They’ve got…


The joyous search is full of surprise and unknown. What you might see, you’ll never know. But boy, it’s bound to be good. This how I feel each time I enter a vintage shop or antique store.

Given the choice between new and modern or used with character…I’ll take the old. Give me history. Give me rusty gold. Give me something that doesn’t fit the trendy mold.

I don’t need a match, just one to snatch. Faded can be fabulous and rusted oh so sheik, when the objects are priceless antiques.

Fifty-year-old spoons cause my spine to tingle with joy.


A primitive oilcan is love at first glance.


And oh, don’t get me started on the hats. Bonnets with a veil…mama mia.


Wooden storage trunk, yes please.


An old chair with dead mice? Hmmm, no problem. I’ll make it nice. A pair of rubber gloves and some antiseptic spray. Pull out the nests, scrub, polish and fix the bottom. Boom. Bang. It’s a winner.  And it looks great in my bedroom.


I haven’t got qualms when a piece needs some work. I can roll up my sleeves, I ain’t scared of dirt.

There’s something cozy about country and collectibles. I use them everyone. Tins. Teapots. Canisters. Trinkets. Umm. Umm. Good.



My heart is for the things that have a story, as a writer, it makes things have much more meaning. And beauty too.

What about you? Do you share my  love of old?

The Beauty of a Ball…Jar

My new favorite is turquoise ball jars.

Not only are they pretty, but they are also practical.

There are so many ways you can use a Ball…


They look great on a shelf.
Perfect for Utensils


Lights up Our Living Room






It’s fun to explore and be creative. Go ahead. Buy yourself some Balls today!

Country Chic

My New Kitchen Decor

Since I’ve embraced my farm girl passion, I’ve begun to redecorate my home. Pinterest and Country Sampler magazines have given me a vast gamut of ideas, which revolve around my love of chickens, farm landscapes, plaid, and antiques.

As I searched for the perfect pieces, a light bulb clicked on inside my head. I should have some items custom designed. I’m very close to a talented local artist named Cindy Overbeek. She’s a phenomenal painter, and I knew she’d give me a great deal. You might be wondering who is this woman…let me clarify.

She’s my mom.

That’s right! The artist is my beautiful mother. I’m a very lucky girl.

I told my mom what I wanted for my kitchen, and she worked her magic. I now possess a variety of lovely things all with a stamp of originality.

Painted Milk Can by Cindy Overbeek. My Cat Henry Thought He Needed to Be in the Photo.
Closer Image of the Barn and Farm Scene Painted With Acrylics
Watering Can That Sits on Corner Shelf

I’m so grateful for my mother, and I feel privileged to have her handiwork in my home. She’s terrific, not only in art, but also in deed. She’s a generous and wonderful woman of God. I love you, Mom. You’re the best!

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