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  • Inspiration

    Are you Listening?

    Are you listening? I mean truly listening? In today's fast paced world, it's a hard thing to do and is something that we need to be conscious about every single day.

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    Starting Today!

    We are the ones that decide to grow or to remain the same; to stay comfortable or experience the risk of something new. Starting today!

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    What’s My Definition – Five Ways to Find Yours!

    At some point in everyone’s life, we all ask the question – what’s my definition? Life circumstances “shape” who we are but they don’t necessarily “define” who we are.  SHAPE means to influence the development of something or to help something become what it is. DEFINE means to state the “precise” meaning of. Clear as mud, right?!? Think of it this way… It’s time for your loved ones to plan your funeral.  You’re gone.  There will be many stories about the life that shaped who you were. Those stories are simply that – they shaped who you were as a person. What defines you (your definition) is something so much…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Quick and Easy Stenciled Chair Makeover

    Taking an old and worn out piece of furniture and transforming it into a new and pretty piece makes my heart flutter! This Stenciled Chair Makeover does just that!  The fact that this piece has a unicorn AND glitter makes my whimsical heart happy!! If you have an old chair, a stencil, and some paint then it’s time to get to creating one of your own!  Wouldn’t this look amazing in a little girl’s room?  Mine currently resides in my office! I partnered up with Rust-Oleum to bring you this quick and easy DIY that anyone can do! Once I wiped the chair down and removed any heavy residue, I chose…

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    Hello Summer Banner Sign

    The changing of the seasons is always a fun time to spruce up your decor!  This Hello Summer Banner Sign is the perfect project for you to create this weekend and have it ready to display on your fireplace mantle of in your entryway.  The fabric strips create a sense of whimsy that is make this project FUN to create. You only need a few supplies that you may have around the house! A wooden 1x12x18 pine board, two cup hooks, a “Hello Summer” stencil, multiple colors of paint, a piece of twine, and some scrap fabric. Using a dark or grayish colored paint, slightly water it down to make…

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    Four Steps To Creating A Fairy Garden In 15 Minutes

    I have wanted a fairy garden since I was a little girl!  There is a sense of whimsy and imagination that comes along with fairy’s that I think everyone can appreciate.  You can make a fairy gardens large or small depending on your space, time and budget.  Fairy gardens are also great ways for kids to learn how to take care of plants.  Let each of your kiddos create one of their own to tend to throughout the year! There are 4 simple steps to creating a fairy garden! Once you know what they are and have all of your supplies, you’ll have  yours done in 15 minutes!  Get the…

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    Creating A Spa On A Budget

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    When people think of a spa they think of “expensive”.  I know I do.  While I would love to have spa days at least once a month where someone else does all of the prepping and pampering, real life doesn’t let that happen.  Creating a spa on a budget in your own home doesn’t have to be expensive though.  AND, you can get the same added benefits of paying hundreds of dollars for someone else to create one for you. Creating your own spa is easy when you use your 5 senses!  It’s that simple! Sight – candles are the first thing that people think of when it comes to…

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    Success Versus CRAP Identity?

    In order to achieve success you have to believe that you are capable of achieving it.  What is success versus crap identity?  Many of us have a lot of CRAP that we tell ourselves.   That we aren’t smart enough or good enough.  We have limiting beliefs inside of us that hold us back from the true successes that are within our reach.  Another CRAP thought is “I’m stuck!”.  It’s those limiting beliefs that keep us from moving forward.  You become frustrated and have difficult times because of these limiting beliefs.  That CRAP is what is keeping you from succeeding.  Simply put, you are letting that CRAP be your identity!  If…

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    How To Manifest Your Success In 6 Easy Steps

    “It’s never too late to be happy.”  “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  You’ve heard it been said before.  “Take today and move forward.”  But how do you manifest your success?  I’ve got 6 easy steps for you to implement TODAY that will put you on a FAST path to your success! These 6 steps will keep you emotionally and mentally strong to stay the path to success no matter what that means in your life. Our lives are solely in our own hands. While we can elevate others to places of great importance in our lives, ultimately if we are not happy, no one…

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    I Hope You Fail – How It Will Make You A Better Person

    I hope you fail!  I really do! When someone says “failure” usually the words that come to mind are sadness, fear, making a fool of myself, desperation, panic, shame, and heartbreak. But here’s what else you need to know about that word!  Helping, generous, openness, knowledge, bravery and courageous are all built from failure. To pretend that we can get to the latter emotions without feelings the pains of failure is a dangerous and misguided assumption. Your failure is guiding you to greater things. It is preparing you for interactions with others in which you will be viewed as the brave one and the generous one. You ever have those…

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    Home Decor Holiday Printables!!

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    I LOVE decorating for every holiday and season!  But having different decor for every…single…holiday or season can not only take up a lot of storage space, but it can take a lot of your budget too!  And for someone who has resolved to tighten down her budget this year, I don’t have a lot of excess to spend. I figured, why not create some holiday printables that you can swap in and out of pictures frames!  It’s easy and CHEAP!  Don’t stress on redecorating an entire mantle for the holidays!  Sometimes all you need is a little added picture to dress up a whole room and give it a new…

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    “I LOVE US” String Art DIY

    String art is a hot thing right now – I just despise (like really, really loathe) hammering in all of your nails.  For small projects, such as this one, thumb tacks make it SO much easier!  However, thumb tacks are not very appealing to the eye that’s why I painted the heads of them to match this project!  It’s like I won the lottery when I thought of that!  I mean really – doesn’t painting a  thumb tack get you just as excited?  Haha! Here’s what you’ll need for the project!  I LOVE using DecoArt paint!  It is the perfect paint for wooden boards and metal thumb tacks! I also…

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    This Is YOUR Mountain to Climb and How To Do It When You Don’t Have the Energy!

      That hard time you’re in – have you ever considered that maybe it’s the mountain you’ve been assigned to tackle!?! [bctt tweet=”Maybe, you are meant to climb it and prove the strength and determination to yourse lf and God!” username=”RuffledDaisy”] Maybe, you are meant to climb it so you can share with others at the top that it IS possible! Maybe, you are supposed to forge a new path and get around it or over it in an way that is a little unconventional! This is YOUR mountain! It’s been assigned to you because GOD believes that you can handle it! [bctt tweet=”You’re going to experience wind, snow and…

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    Reclaiming Your Life – Printable Download

    2017 for me has been a year of LOTS of changes!  Changes that were welcome and changes that weren’t.  Changes that stripped me down to my core and changes that built me up.  Every January people make resolutions with the greatest intentions that this will be “their BEST year”!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to start the year with such great intention and motivation.  What’s hard is coming back to the plans that you had when things get hard and life knocks you down.   You have a resolution to lose weight?  You get knocked down and off track when you get off track for a bit. You have…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    The BEST Crafts of the BEST Blogs in 2017

    Mandy over at Sugar Bee Crafts complied a list of the Best of the BEST – the very top post of 2017 from amazing craft bloggers!  It truly is the Motherload of Awesomeness… check out over 30 of the The Best of the Best in 2017 crafts!!  Here ya go!! Best of 2017 crafts   Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers See Lindsay: Maui Costume Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly…

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    Holding Others As We Are Held

    Babies are born with a preciousness that is beyond explanation.  The term precious means “honorable” and “of great worth not to be wasted or treated carelessly”.  We hold every newborn with a sense of preciousness.  Even in holding them, we are extra cautious..  They are innocent from the sins of the world and bring a sense of great worth when they come into being. Then we grow up.  As a toddler we commit sins in a selfish nature when we don’t want to share a certain doll or toy truck.  Simple, but nonetheless, a selfish sin.  As we grow older we may commit other, greater sins.  Maybe as a teenager…

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    Finding the Beauty in Your Struggle

    The caterpillar and the butterfly is the epitome of beauty grounded in struggle.  The process of morphing from a caterpillar into a butterfly is actually a very painful process.  It’s hard to see when we are in the middle of the struggle, but when you arrive on the other side, 99% of the time, you begin to see where the beauty was hidden or when it emerged.  Even in death there is more waiting to be seen.  For almost everything, the beauty of the struggle is there waiting to be seen. It’s no secret that I suffer from depression.  Some say it’s due to circumstances surrounding me and others say…

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    Success at Work VS Success at Home

    Business’s grow a lot faster than people do!  With the rise of social media, businesses can sky rocket through the roof and if you aren’t personally keeping up then you’ll get left behind.  This year, The Ruffled Daisy celebrated 8 years of being in business!  It’s been an amazing 8 years but it’s also been a challenging 8 years.  Running a business on your own (with just the hubby’s help) is a lot of work.  Some days were spent not giving enough to my husband and kids because the business needed me.  Some days were spent stressed and frazzled because I didn’t have enough hands or hours in the day.…

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    Thank you!

    Thank You to those that have hurt me.  You have made me a stronger person.  You have shown me who I do not want to be.  You have helped me see what I need.  You have given me the clarity when seeking relationships. Thank You to those that have loved me.  You have helped me see what love really is – even when it hurts sometimes.  You have made my heart a little bigger.  You have made my soul a little happier.  You have shown me that giving love is receiving love. Thank You to those that have believed in me.  You have made me feel worth it.  You have…

  • Business Life

    5 Things No One Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur!

    Wanna ROCK living the American Dream?? Oh, the American dream of being an Entrepreneur! People wanting to work for themselves and not having to punch a time clock or answer to anyone else.  After all, if you can do what you love then WHY NOT?!  There are lots of benefits of working for yourself. It’s on your schedule. You set the bar on what you want to make. You are your own boss – simple as that. You get to experiment and not be subjected to the rigid rules of a corporation. Look at social media!  ALL of the entrepreneurs portray that they have their shit together and life is…

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    It’s an Ugly Beast!!

    I’ve tried for several years to make a name for me.  Something that made me feel accepted.  Something that was mine.  Something that I needed others’ approval to succeed in.  But it failed.  It’s ok.  Because in the long run, it doesn’t matter what you give and share to others, if you are doing for the glory of kudos, then you will end up empty.  You have to be doing it from your heart.  Don’t get me wrong…all of my creations and writings are from my heart, but the disconnect comes from when you are wanting to feel the acceptance from others and not always getting it.  Depression talks to…

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    Pearls of Wisdom – Jennifer Wiltse

    It is one of my heart’s desires to encourage women to be all that they can be.  Life is tough and many times, we make it harder on ourselves than we need to.  We are made to be amazing beings!  And while we ARE amazing – we are far from perfect.  Life is all about embracing our imperfections and making them beautiful. Those beautiful imperfections are what defines you.  It is in those imperfections that we are called to share and create beauty with others.  Just like a smooth marble has beauty, so does a rough and callused oyster shell.  An oyster shell is made to withstand a rough and tumble…

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    Pearls of Wisdom – Terri Brest

    It is one of my heart’s desires to encourage women to be all that they can be.  Life is tough and many times, we make it harder on ourselves than we need to.  We are made to be amazing beings!  And while we ARE amazing – we are far from perfect.  Life is all about embracing our imperfections and making them beautiful. Those beautiful imperfections are what defines you.  It is in those imperfections that we are called to share and create beauty with others.  Just like a smooth marble has beauty, so does a rough and callused oyster shell.  An oyster shell is made to withstand a rough and tumble…

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    Your Fire Will Free You

    Anger is a powerful force.  It is both beautiful and destructive.  It has the power to change yourself and the world. Anger is what brought her here again.  The place that she has been frequenting far too often.  Her anger doesn’t change who she is to please someone else.  She’s done with that.  She no longer let her tears dampen her cheeks and fall to the ground.  Her tear puddles were dry.  It took a lot of pain to be here and pain may be what keeps her here.  Her anger is beautiful in a sense that she is taking control of her life – and yet destructive in that…

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    Have Courage To Follow Your Own Path

    We don’t always know what our path is. Paths take sharp turns sometimes and other times they are gentle. Sometimes there are steep hills to climb and other times there may be downed trees to move so you can clear the way for you to continue. At the end of the path is God. Waiting for you, to tell you “job well done”. You’re gonna fall. You’re gonna skin your knee and there are times you may break some bones. You start on this path by yourself and you pick you people along the way go help you navigate it. Some of those people take a turn that you aren’t…

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    Middle of Nowhere or Center of Everything?

    Middle of nowhere or center of everything? Middle of nowhere – the place of no contact with anyone or anything. Lost and distant from the connection in the world around you. Nothing that you know or anything that brings you comfort is around. The place where you feel fear and anxiety. Focus is on what you lack in the world. Center of everything – the place of centeredness and centering your soul. Connecting with the world even if no one is around. The vast openness brings you comfort in knowing there are things greater than you. A place to become grounded in who you are. A place where you feel…

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    Girl On Fire

    I wear this today…not because I feel it…but because I need to believe it! It would be easy to let the depression slip it’s fingers around me and take hold. It’s one of those days…actually it’s been one of those years. I want to stay to myself and not do anything or go anywhere. This girl doesn’t feel “on fire” right now. I completely worn down.  Some are mistakes of my own that I am accepting.  Other are mistakes that I hold on to because it was complete truth to me at the time.  The accepting and moving past is hard.  The acceptance of the mistakes I’ve made is sometimes…

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    It’s Time To Live Your Dreams

    Be a BOLD girl with BIG and AMAZING DREAMS! 1. Value your time! ⏰ It’s a precious thing. Fill it with only things that inspire, encourage and grow you. If it doesn’t make you whole, let it go! 2. Know you’re a work in progress! ? Understand that you are flawed and a sinner and that you are constantly in the path to being a better you. Don’t look down on your weaknesses, look up to your strengths. Let them guide you. 3. Know that you have a beautiful mind! ? You are constantly learning and striving. You have interesting things to talk about and to teach other people. Expand…

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    Your Darkness is a GIFT

    My darkness was a gift except I didn’t see it at the time. In the darkness you search for light. In order for a light to shine so brightly, there must be darkness! In darkness you have nothing else to see but who you truly are. In the darkness you feel lost and in that lostness you learn things about you that you never knew existed. Without that darkness, you may never know what the depths of despair feels like. Without darkness, you don’t learn to fight when it’s the only thing you have. Your darkness could be depression. Your darkness could be grief. Your darkness could be addiction. Your…

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    Be a GOAL Digger

    You know those goals and dreams you have? You have to dig for them! The hard ones and the most rewarding ones don’t come easy. You gotta dig hard every single day to make a small step towards big dreams! Goals and dreams can change through time but even when they change, the digging that you’ve done in the past creates growth. While you’re digging you may come across some junk that you need to throw to the side. It’s there to be just that…junk. It’s there to distract you from digging. Think of it like digging for gemstones. You’re gonna come across some that are pretty but don’t amount to…

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    Perfection is the DEVIL

    Why would anyone want to be less than perfect?  That would make life easy, right!  It seems like the easy road – but it’s that harsh inner voice telling us to be perfect that destroys us and keeps us from following the amazing path before us.  Striving and driving yourself to perfection actually destroys you.  It has at times stopped me from making art,  kept me from intimacy, and kept me from building relationships.  I didn’t want to show up unless I was perfect and it stopped me from doing so many things.  I turned down a lot of opportunities to ensure that no one found out how imperfect I was. People say…

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    FLY in Your Happiness

    You’re going to come across waves that knock you on your butt! And you’re going to come across skies so blue that you believe there is NOTHING that can stop you from achieving happiness! With two polar opposite things, it’s hard to see how sometimes you can see greatness when you’re down. The very things that push you around in life are the very things that give you lift…which enables you to FLY! Without the downs, you can’t recognize the ups and without the up’s you can’t recognize the downs. Embrace at all and FLY today!! Can happiness learned?  Some people ask if it is something that we are inherently…

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    Kind Words Lead To Kind Thoughts

    You can speak a million kind words to other people, but the ones that mean the most are the ones you speak to yourself. Those are the echoes you need to hear. This piece is hung as a daily reminder to me. Letting the ego and the devil speak words to you won’t lead you or guide you to greater things. They both speak with selfish motives. Let the kind words of your heart speak and listen to those echoes. Let them overpower those of the ego. If you don’t speak kind words to yourself, you will have no kind words to give anyone else. If you are telling yourself…

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    Progress is Sometimes Baby Steps – 3 EASY steps to your success!

    Struggles and failures are always going to happen.  They are put in your path to achieving your dreams for a purpose!  Don’t be discouraged!  The dream you have in your head is the dream GOD put there!  And HE is the one working it to fruition in HIS timing.  Sometimes that may take a different path or a different time frame than what you actually thought planned.  Stay the course! Just because you aren’t making progress of fast as you think you should be, does not mean that you aren’t making progress. When you hit the point of feeling like you aren’t making progress in your dreams, take a step…

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    Putting on My Mask

    Here we go again. Every single morning. I hate you. I despise you. Yet I have to deal with you every…single…day for the rest of my life. You help me have “somewhat” of a normal life. You help me not be “crazy”.  You keep me “happy”. For the most part. But I hate taking you I hate having to depend on you to keep me from drowning in my life challenges that most normal people can deal with on a daily basis. I hate having my husband look at me some days and say, “have you taken your medicine?” because believe it or not, he knows when I haven’t.  I’m too difficult to deal…

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    So Goes A New Heart

    When things become dilapidated, they need repair.  You can drive down any inner-city and see the amount of work that would need to be done in order to rebuild it into a thriving economy.  Things are built and then become old and need repair.  Sometimes that repair comes from the tearing down of the physical structure and rebuilding on a new foundation. So goes a new heart.  Sometimes we need to build that on a new foundation. There comes a point is some people’s lives where all of the pain and hurt that they have carried for years comes crashing down on them.  It may be the pain and hurt…

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    Your Blessings Start at Home

    “Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside”.  Let’s face it, there are some days where life just feels downright crummy on the inside!  We get “stuck” in the day to day treachery of living the best life we can and sometimes we can barely see above the pile of dirty laundry or dishes to ever see where we can be a blessing to others.  I’ve always likened life to a series of mountains and valleys.  We all hit the valleys of despair and rise to the mountain tops to rejoice!  You can’t have one without the other.  After every…

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    Drawing Your Map!

    Today, our furnace went out.  Driving all over town looking for a part when it’s 5 degrees outside is not my idea of fun.  I definitely have more important and pressing things to do.  I stopped at Starbucks for a Skinny Caramel Macchiato.  Surely that would make me feel better.  Nope, it didn’t.  Now I wanted to stuff my face with chocolate or a freshly baked cookie.  I hate stress eating!!  It’s gotten worse in the recent past  That’s another story for another day though. I pressed on with my irritating day and just did what needed to be done.  Got the part I needed so that I could be…

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    Love and Commitment

    Love and Commitment.  These words go hand in hand when you are talking about marriage.  That doesn’t mean that it all comes easy though. In the beginning, it’s all easy.  You meet someone you are attracted to, want to spend all of your time with, and share all of your life dreams with.  It’s easy.  You love this person with your whole being.  You want to commit to making this person the happiest and vice versa.  You envision a life of nothing but happiness because you vow to let nothing keep you from that. Then it gets hard.  Life gets hard.  You create a family.  You share this oneness but…