Hello World! Welcome Friends! It’s my first post on The Dedicated House. Before I get started, there are several persons I must thank for inspiring me. I had never been a blog reader until Christmas 2010. It started in November as I was trying to decorate my staircase. To tell you the truth, it looked pretty bad. So, I thought, “why not look on the internet for help?” There it was at Creations from my Heart. Sherry’s staircase was so dreamy. It took me 8 hours, no lie, to decorate one flippin’ staircase. However, the Dedicated Husband and the Dedicated Daughter thought is was magnificent! What could be better than hearing your loved ones ooh and ahh over something you made? The professional decorating world may have thought it was not up to snuff, but who cares when your family is in awe. That one little visit to Sherry’s blog opened up a whole new world for me. I fell in love with Max, Susan’s sweet kitty at Between Naps on the Porch and of course her porch! One day, I will have a MASSIVE porch!! And, then there is John and Sherry at Young House Love. Holy cow, do they make me laugh. And, the Dedicated Daughter love, love, loves watching videos of little Clara who she calls “that cute little baby with the dog.” Then there’s Janet at The Empty Nest who can sew like no other! I am in awe of her skills as I am of my Mother who can make just about make any sewing machine submit! I on the other hand, must practice, practice, practice.