Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas-time!


Our Christmas tree. Someone (we won't name names here) accused me of having a "Anthro/ShabbyChic" vibe going on with the Christmas decor this year. It was pure accident, I assure you! In my mind, handmade craft coupled with fancy detail with the littlest bit of effort = "Modern Folksy", not "girly"! What do you think?


I couldn't help posting this picture of Sunny. Maybe I should put this on the ICanHasCheezburger website. LOL!

And this one. 


This is all for now, but may your days be merry and bright through the holidays!





Tuesday, November 23, 2010

House Paint

If it stays dry this weekend, Alex and I may tackle the task of painting our house. Problem is, WHICH COLOR? (All colors are Valspar since I used their house-painting tool).

Current color scheme: 
Sable Calm
Sable Evening
Lincoln Cottage Lattice Green
Secret Garden
Turkish Coffee
 

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Contemplation

Does what you do make you who-you-are or is who-you-are a deciding factor in what you do?


Guess what? Its NOVEMBER which means its almost CHRISTMAS!

I google-image-searched for pictures I liked regarding Christmas, and everything I chose looked, "rustic". Then I decided to search what "rustic" meant. Here it is" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rustic

So here are a few "rustic" almost-Christmas inspiring decor pics:








Monday, September 27, 2010

This is how I start this monday


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal on the stove and hot Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea in my mug. I couldn't sleep all night so I am starting early on breakfast. Those oats take like thirty minutes to cook anyway. GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! 





Saturday, September 25, 2010

Alex's Birthday

I almost forgot to add this year's picture of Alex and his cake.
Happy 23 my hubs!


Indie Craft Parade etc.

Here in Greenville, SC we had our first ever Indie Craft Parade. Never can I go to a craft festival without comparing it  to ICP. The talent was super! My friends Elizabeth Blanton of Yellow Elm and Christin O'Bryan-maker of handmade journals had booths displaying their adept handiwork. These ladies are the kind of people showing us this "craft fair" wasn't your average hodge podge of artsy folk. No, this was something different. See for yourself.

We purchased a set of vases by Katie Coston of Illyria Pottery:


Another great find was made by 9 year old Marley of Three Bad Seeds


Head on over to their blog and you will see that I WON this adorable whale-the perfect friend to a strawberry: 



So, the Indie Craft Parade was a hit and has my friend Meredith of Feathers Falling putting her craft skills to good use for next year's fair. She has started a craft blog here

Admittedly, I have been thinking of crafting for profit too. Although, my skills are arbitrary, here is an assortment of my crafts over the past six months: 





My current crafty plans involve turning THESE sweetgum balls (which I scavenged from a humungous fallen tree branch that nearly missed our house. LoL, the branch puts new meaning into the term, "Fall") 



into THIS idea from Martha Stewart.


All that to say, around here, its the perfect time to get crafty-or at least get crafty ideas. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bring the Rain

I have been reading Bring the Rain. Of course, I am overwhelmed by her story- of her faith. You should read it, maybe it will touch you the same way. God is Almighty.
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Not trying to equalize interior design with a story of faith, I thought I should add some inspiration pictures regarding what to do with the master bedroom here at Francis.














Monday, August 30, 2010

Observing Hair Trends

Fall is coming! That means cooler weather, richer colors, and super trendy hair.


1. Bangs
If you don't have bangs already, fall is the perfect time to get them. 


2. Long Choppy Layers

3. Bold Color
Most go darker, but red is a choice color this fall.


Healthy Red: New INOA NO AMMONIA color.

4. Keep it natural
Embrace what God gave you, whether it be super curls, a pinch of wave, or straight.

Natural and Short, also in.

5. Accessorize
Hair pins, hair clips, headbands, feathers, etc. 


Accessories as seen on Etsy by Yellow Elm 

6. Nod-to-the-past updos



There you have it! My speculation of hair trends for Fall 2010.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ladies Night

 Jennifer of the blog, (In)Courage, describes the power of "ladies nights". These aren't your average ladies nights. For example, she and her lady friends focused their domesticity and made meals to put in your freezer. Who doesn't want to have a ready-to-go meal in a pinch? Here is more: 



I have started brainstorming other creative friendship builders that could be incorporated into our ladies nights "with purpose." When thinking about your own ideas, ask yourself what gift can you bring to share? Is there something that you love to do and could encourage others through the process?
Here are just a few possibilities that I came up with, but I can't wait to hear your additions. Some of the ideas are seasonal, while others can be scheduled for any time.
  • Clean each other's house. Take a Saturday and split into teams of three. Set the timer for two hours at each house and clean..yes, really deep clean. (I know, I know, they'd have to be wonderful friends ;)
  • Tackle DIY projects that been on that procrastination list - paint a room, refinish a trash to treasure yard sale find, rearrange the living room furniture.
  • Cut, organize and swap coupons (one of my favorites)
  • Bulk baking day - bread making
  • Can seasonal fruits and vegetables ( I want to learn this one!!)
  • Sew some slip covers, "mistreatments" or pillow covers.
  • Thrift store shopping 
  • Plant the garden (seasonal)
  • Address Christmas Cards (seasonal)
Spending time with friends is precious, but creatively blending time with friends, while embracing our domestic side has been such a wonderful addition.




Kind of cool, right? Ladies night is good for you. : )

Shout out to CaraBetsyMelissaAmandaChristin, Kate, Catherine, Meredith, Jeanne, Ashleigh, and Sarah whom I have shared a Ladies night with. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thrift Book Finds!

Apparently Goodwill has raised its book prices. Hardback books were $4 each! Today I visited the Miracle Hill Thrift Store and found these goodies for only $.75 each.

Also, I am collecting Better Homes and Gardens hardbacks.

Better Homes and Gardens (1980)

Better Homes and Gardens (1979)