About Me

Greetings from sunny Florida!
I’m Diane, the Lavender Dreamer.
(taken on my birthday in January, 2014 at Canaveral National Seashore, temperature in the 70s, photo untouched)
I started my blog, Lavender Dreams in 2008 as a ‘creative blog’. I love to sew and make things and also like to collect, so I thought this would be a fun way to share my interests. Like so many others, my blog has ‘grown up’ and changed over time and now I blog about a little bit of everything. I’m retired and love life and I call it ‘happy blogging’.
(Ross Prairie State Forest, where we hike)
We retired and bought a home in North Central Florida about 8 years ago and are blessed to still have a nice home in the mountains of Western North Carolina, too. So we have the best of both worlds and enjoy spending time in both places.
(and yes, I have a lighthouse painted on my wall!)
I blog from my lanai so, ‘come on in’!
(my netbook on the sofa)
One of my goals in life is to take advantage of the beauty that surrounds me.
(a walk at the park with my honey) 
So I share trips to the beach and day trips to state parks. One of our favorite parks to visit is Canaveral National Seashore and we try to go there at least once a month.
I have a sweet husband that loves to drive and see new places so we are always on the go. I’m thrifty and usually pack a picnic and snacks to take with us.
(Another favorite spot near our home, Rainbow Springs State Park.)
I love to decorate and I’m addicted to thrifting. Here in Florida we have a lot of wonderful big thrift stores. It seems like a lot of people come down here to ‘downsize’ and bring too much stuff with them, so there are lots of great items in the thrift stores. I love anything vintage and buy things that look ‘neat’ to me. They may not have the most value but I like to surround myself with things I love.
(I love books, too!)
When I’m in the mood, I sew. And lately I’ve been making all kinds of cute ‘critters’. Bunnies have been multiplying around my house.
(before that it was mice! lol)
I hope you love blogging as much as I do and that you'll visit me often! What's my style? I call mine ‘happy blogging’!