Saturday, January 29, 2011

Are You Sick of Seeing This Yet?

 I added a few more touches to this wall.  I've seen so many of these sewn messages that I wanted to try it for myself.  They'd look better if I weren't incredibly impatient and had ironed the fabric first!  Oh well.

I think I will do a black version and leave it year round.

Take a look at that dresser!  

 My mom gave me this piece.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Rather, it will be gorgeous after it's restored.
The photo below shows all the wear.
 But look at those handles...
 And decals...
And... she needs so much work... (no bottom, no back, the doors don't properly close, etc.)
I won't be tackling this project till this summer.  Any ideas what I should do with her?

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gallery Fred Style

I know this is a mom thing, but I totally love my kids' artwork.  It makes me happy to see what they come up with and how they interpret what they see.  So I've put together a little gallery.  

Tell me what you think:

 And yes, I need to put another frame in the center- it's on the list for my next IKEA run.

 Done by my son, 4 yrs.
Done by my daughter, 19 mo.

Excuse the box.  It's too heavy for me to take to the office and I'm not much of a nagger.  I certainly wouldn't mention it to the public that this has been sitting here for weeks and weeks and weeks.  

Friday, January 21, 2011

Photos Up

Part of the joys of moving into a new home is arranging furniture and hanging photos.  This is truly something I love to do.  Bit by bit our house is becoming our home and I think these little touches help.  

This wall is directly across from our formal dining room which is void of furniture.  We have our table in the kitchen and didn't need another one until we moved here.  Eventually I will find just the right table and chairs and hutch for that room, until then at least this little space is prettier.

Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

One Serious Post a Year Can't Hurt, Right?

"As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit."
Emmanuel Teney 

In a recent conversation with my best friend, I learned a life lesson that I hope to keep with me.  I'm sharing and baring a bit of my soul with the hope that someone may need to hear it and might learn to let go like I am to learning too.

The background to the story begins when I was texting my bestie about how dang happy we are.  I'm not trying to brag, and you'll hopefully see that in a bit.  Let's just say that I am very happy right now.  Life is good and I am grateful.  She was mentioning that life is good for her right now too (4 months into a relationship that is going swimmingly well).  

So I asked her, "Do you ever worry that you're too happy and that something might happen to take it all away?  Like you just don't deserve this and soon enough you're going to get what's really coming to you?"  
This is a real, real fear of mine.  One that I lose sleep over.  Night after night I worry, what would happen if....Usually it ends in a soaked pillow and a prayer to Heavenly Father to "help thou my unbelief (Mark 9:25)."

I will never forget my friend's response- it totally shocked me as I was expecting her to say, "YES! I totally agree with you and see what you're worried for, and you're a genius."  

Instead she said, "Fear is a secondary emotion caused by guilt.  I think we deserve any happiness that comes our way."

Hold up, Lady.  This means that I'm not worried that I will lose what I have- it means that I feel guilty for having such joy?  Then it all clicked.  That was exactly what I was feeling.  I was carrying one fat load of guilt on my back.  Guilt for a lot of different reasons and all things that I had apologized for my part and should have moved on like a normal person.  Guilt over things that I couldn't control or do anything about or help with.  I felt undeserving of the happiness that I'd worked for and been blessed with.  

Now, I am a lady of faith and I have been trying so hard to accept God's forgiveness as I know He's been generous in granting it.  I had repented properly.  I had tried to have more faith to know that everything will turn out alright.  I had tried to focus on the good and let fear go away.  I tried so many ways to move past these issues and yet the fear of losing had haunted me.

Haunted me until I realized that it wasn't fear, it was guilt.  As soon as I read "it's not fear, it's guilt-" I felt lighter.  I knew she was right, she was the genius.  This has helped me in infinite ways.  I'm learning to let go.  I'm learning that I do deserve my fantastic husband and kids.  I deserve whatever blessings I am granted.  I'm finally learning that I am loved more deeply than I will know in this lifetime.  And you are too!

And so, with this in mind, I decided to join in on a blog I frequent: simple as that.  She shared this post about New Year's Resolutions.  Rebecca picks one word to incorporate into her year and tries to live and embrace this one word.  Rebecca chose 'strength.'  Well, I have a word...


Free to be happy.
Free to enjoy.
Free to fail.
Free to learn.
Free to give.
Free to take.
Free to forgive.
Free to be forgiven.
Free to love.
Free to be silly.

Free from guilt.

Free from fear.

Free to be me.

So, this year, I am working to live free.

"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."
Martin Luther 
Thanks, bestie, you're an answer to my prayers.


Monday, January 10, 2011


Had to change these shades to something more 'me.'  I had all the materials on hand so this project came together quickly.  The lamps were only $12 ea., including shades, which I think is a pretty great price.  I forgot to take a before shot...OK, I'll be honest and say that I didn't forget it was more that I felt the intense NEED to get it done ASAP.  These lamps had maroon silk and dangling orange-ish beads.  Now they make me happy.
See the before material?

I added the black velvet ribbon.  I'm debating whether to add another band at the top or a second on the bottom or leave it. What do you think?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weaving Tutorial

Due to high demand or one person wanting more detail on how I did the woven piece, I've put together a quick tutorial. Please forgive the photos, it was late and I was in a hurry.
First step (and not pictured) is to paint a picture using water color and allow to dry.  Choose colors that coordinate to your room design.  In this case I've used scrapbook paper because I had it on hand. Once dry, run it through a shredder.

Next I traced where the opening to the mat was so I knew where to concentrate my design.  Then I marked off every 1/4 inch (because my shredder is a  1/4 in).
 Tape a strip at every other mark.  Continue all along one side.
 It should look like this when you are done.  All tape down on ONE side.
 Begin to weave your strips.  Over one, under the other, over, under.  Next strip do the OPPOSITE- if you started the last one under, this one starts over.
 Sorry this paper doesn't show the difference easily.

Use a glue stick to adhere the edges and every few strips I glued too- you'll get a feel for it.  Be sure to push up your strip as much as you can so there aren't any gaps.  Push up and glue.
Just keep going till you've gotten to the bottom of where your mat will be.  Trim up the edges and frame. 

Make sense?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Finally Getting Our Groove On

Man, I am so relieved to be settling into our home!  We are very happy here in Southern Cali and I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised by that- never thought of myself as a "California Girl."  Guess there is a small part of me that wants to wear daisy dukes with bikinis on top (rrrrright). I've managed to get a few projects finished and wanted to share so far:
First, I wanted to get organized after the Christmas influx so I bought basic fabric bins from Target.  I did wait happen to catch a sale for a dollar off each bin- hurray!  These are simple and self explanatory just cut out felt and adhere together. Voila!  In case you can't figure out my pictures, there's a box for baby stuff, food/kitchen toys, puzzles and cars.  

My son made the little apple :0)

This is a collage I made for our guest room.  Another easy one:  Paint paper, shred in paper shredder and weave together.  Now that this one is completed, I'm pretty sure that I am going to change the bedroom color scheme so I've decided to do another weaving on the reverse.  That way when I want to switch back all I have to do is flip the weaving over.  Smart, right?

Here's a pretty little number I found at the local thrift store.  She's going to have the mirror (shown below) above her and I'm debating on a color.  You can't see in the photo but the veneer just makes this piece look cheap so I AM going to paint.  I'm debating a few options- french grey, black or grey blue.  Ideas?  The wall color is staying put as painting the room would be a massive undertaking.

This is a banner I made to celebrate the all-important BCS National Championship.  My husband is a big Auburn University fan and we've invited friends to watch the upcoming game with us.  Because I hate love football, I decided I must make the most of it and decorate hence the blue and orange ornaments and banner. "If you can't get out of watching then decorate," I always say (or just made up)
 I made the two topiaries as well.  Got the containers at GW for $.99 each- SCORE!
The two candlesticks were also projects of mine, I painted and distressed them and replaced the missing crystals.

 It says, " Go Auburn."  rah rah rah.

 Last, I have a question- We have an eat-in kitchen with a bay window and I don't know how to dress the windows.  What do you think? I put the wreaths up (I might have an obsession with wreaths) to try and make it pretty but I'd love to soften the whole area with draperies.  Valance, no valance, only valance, only worry about the door, dummie panels on the outside of each window...I'm lost and need help!
 Phew, I'm exhausted just looking at this.  Now I have to get more done to post about!  I'll be back after my Anniversary vacation to an undisclosed (to me) location.  So nice to still love vacationing with your husband!  (and nice to have friends willing to watch your kids- yikes)

I shared this on The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday.  (this is my first time linking/sharing so I hope I've done it all properly.  If not, please let me know!)

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