Saturday, November 26, 2011

Move that bus!!!

I had my own Ty Pennington moment today, as I revealed a complete home makeover I've been working on all week. It was a blast!

My friend has struggled to get settled into her home of less then a year, so while she was out of town for Thanksgiving, she gave me free reign of her house.

First on the agenda- the living room. The main pieces were already in place, but by adding a few more art pieces and spreading the red accents throughout the space, the room finally looks complete.


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One of my favorite re-dos was the entry table.

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The most drastic transformation was the dining room/kitchen. My client's mom and I had purchased fabric for curtains and valances a few weeks ago and I was able to make them Friday and get them hung for the big reveal! It's incredible the difference they make in the space! The fabric is an absolute perfect match with my client's dishes and add such fun personality.

I used the matching dishes as decor on the display shelves and purchased a few more pieces, including dining room art.

I used my clients rings as napkin rings- a sparkly, girly solution!

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I also cleaned out and organized the office, bedroom and laundry room. My client requested her jewelry be organized so I simply used drawer organizers and separated by type- bracelets, necklaces, watches, earrings.

By just providing simple organational solutions, a house that seemed to have no extra space for storage, ended up with space up spare!

I love helping clients find solutions that work for their lifestyle, working with any...or no!...budget. So if you are feeling overwhelmed with a space in your home, give me a call and I can come help you move your own bus...or mountain!

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Feliz Dia del Pavo

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, celebrating both Wednesday night with friends and Thanksgiving Day with my family. I'm super blessed to be surrounded by so much love and laughter!

To add some "spice" to this year's celebration, Abby and I decided to have some friends over for a Mexican Thanksgiving potluck dinner.

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I found $0.67 bottled Mexican fruit punch...thanks, Kroger!


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Queso Blanco Velveeta + Rotel = major yum!


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Lindsey brought "frost-your-own-cupcakes". I loved her idea, since for me, dessert is about the cake, not the icing!




I'm pretty sure our Feliz Dia del Pavo Dinner will be a new tradition!


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Last week was all about Christmas decorations! My friend, Karen, gave me free reign of her home while she was at work so I got to decorate all day and she got to come home to a Winter Wonderland!

In her living/dining room, I removed some of her everyday decorations to showcase her nativities. The unifying color is Christmas red, so I put pops of it all through out the room.



Karen has an impressive nativity set in her entry, but it was lost on a large table. To create a better focal point, I covered the table in shimmery gold fabric and used books underneath to give height to various pieces. The nativity print hung above the table visually anchors the scene and gives guests no doubt Who Karen's Christmas focus is on!



The book cabinet in the den was screaming for a focal point, so I created another nativity scene with a star I found at Hobby Lobby. I also spent some time organizing Karen's bookshelves. I subtracted some items, allowing the eye to rest on the small vignettes created with some of her trinkets.


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Saturday was all about Jennifer's house! I've helped Jennifer decorate the last few Christmases, but this is the first Christmas in her new home.

Jennifer's husband, Ryan, is going to mount the tv to the wall soon, so we aren't done prettying up the mantle, but I wanted to show you the wreaths we hung on her bookcases....and her homemade stockings!






Jennifer had enough wreath fabric leftover that she was able to make table runners for each table in the living room. Using the same fabric will give her Christmas decor a cohesive, polished look.



By simply changing her burlap wreath ribbon from houndstooth to green mesh, her homemade wreath goes from game-day to holi-day in no time!



Jennifer's new favorite thing is her funky sun room! She already had the skinny white tree, so we just added bright turquoise, pink and line accents. Leave it to Jenn to be cutting edge!





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I had a blast helping these two sweet friends get ready for Christmas and I have several other projects scheduled!

There are only 34 days till Christmas, but there's always time for YOUR house, so give me a call if you need help!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Final Projects

I cant believe how fast the weeks have flown by, but they did and my classes at UAH ended this tonight. I've learned a lot and have meet some sweet new friends!

Our final project for Architectural Drawing was to design and draft a building that could be built in historic Moorseville, AL. I designed a party pavilion that mimicked one of the churches.




Our Interior Design project was a bit more involved, since we created 5 boards describing the design of an actual room. Since my mom and I are in the process of decorating her craft room, I chose to do my project with that space.

Here's a picture of my inspiration fabric:



This is a sampling of the type of furniture in the space:



This board shows the room accents...paint, flooring, upholstery fabrics and wall art. My favorite installation is the embroidery hoop art! Won't that look all crafty and cute?!?!



I drew the room to scale, showing the furniture arrangement:



Its hard to show the color scheme on a floor plan, but here's a closer view:



I had originally planned on completing this certificate course at UAH, but after being in the course a couple of weeks, I realized I was hungry for more! So I've decided to go back to school full time to get a bachelors in Interior Design at the University of North Alabama!

It's both thrilling and terrifying but I think I'd always regret it if I didn't pursue it.

Absolutely everyone I've told about my new adventure- even strangers!- have been so supportive and its served as confirmation from the Lord that this is the right road to travel.

Thank you, friends, for your love, encouragement and prayers!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Few Good Men

I received a lot of feedback from my previous post about ministering to single adults, so I thought I'd pass on another great blog post, this one by Kevin DeYoung. My friend forwarded me his post titled, Dude, Where's Your Bride?

One reason I so connected with Kevin's post is that accurately portrays the issues faced in singledom, without male-bashing.

I hope you'll take a moment to click on the link below.

But don't just read.

Pray.

Pray that the single men you know will be the strong, Godly men our society needs.

And pray that the single women you know will live a life of contentment and patience.


Here's the link:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/11/03/dude-wheres-your-bride/

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Celebrating 60!

Friday night was filled with precious friends, yummy food and TONS of laughter...all celebrating my beautiful mom on her 60th birthday!



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I was inspired by Pinterest to create some crafty birthday decor...here's my balloon wreath. That's 600 balloons pinned to a wreath form. YES- 600!




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I made a felt birthday banner and loved the festiveness it added to the porch. For the table, I used 6 yards of burlap, topped with candles in mason jars and mums wrapped in orange burlap. Have I mentioned that I ♥ burlap?




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My mom wanted a memorable party favor for each guest, so my dad cut out a smaller version of our favorite wooden turkey and I painted and packaged them.






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They were a hit!



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I enlarged a childhood picture of my mom and put it on the buffet for everyone to admire...how cute was she!?!?!




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It's not a birthday party, until someone eats some chocolate cake!



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Boys weren't allowed to our porch party, but we let Daddy come over for a quick photo shoot!









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With friends Melanie, Susan and Meg




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Rhega, Dicie & Debbie




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The whole gang stuffing ourselves with stuffed potatoes!
(From L-R: Abby, Debbie, Mary, Melanie, Susan, Meg, Janet, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Dicie, Rhega, Jackie & Jeanine)



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My mom received many thoughtful and meaningful gifts, but the funniest was probably Elizabeth's surprise of an autographed picture from "Rocket City Rednecks" (as seen on National Geographic). Elizabeth's nephew, Rog, is on the show and she even had him call to talk to the birthday girl!





The evening was exactly what I wanted it to be- a celebration of my mom. I know she left feeling very loved!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Minister to Single Adults

I'm really big on celebrating the stage of life each of us are in. Whether we are single, newly married, a new mom, desiring children, a mom of teenagers, empty nesters, or find ourselves caring for aging parents, we all have much in common. Yet, each stage offers it's own challenges.

Singleness certainly offers unique challenges and to help me face those, I read a lot of books and blogs on the topic.

A favorite blogger of mine, Carolyn McCulley, posted today about how churches can be more intentional about ministering to single adults and I thought it was so well written, I wanted to link up to it.

I hope you'll take the time to read it and be challenged and encouraged as I was...And maybe take the time to minister to the single adults in your world.

You can read her blog by clicking here.

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