Friday, September 20, 2013

... that one time I decorated for fall... (and winner!)


I was standing in front of the the bathroom mirror, contemplating cutting my hair, letting my natural curls take over, letting my gray grow in (more on that soon) and other, really earth-shattering thoughts, when it hit me out of nowhere, for no apparent reason.

"Over time, small choices become big decisions."

It was so profound that stopped in the tracks of my deep hair thoughts, and wrote it down.

Then I went off to coffee with Nurse Nicki and we talked about it.  (We talked about hair too.  Just so you know.)  I sat there in the sunshine, my hands wrapped around a tea mug as we mulled over all the areas of life where one small choice after another, seemingly insignificant, blend themselves together to create life's big decisions. You know, things like what we say, what we do, what we think, what we spend, what we eat, what we get lazy about, what we laugh at, etc. It was a gloriously deep moment and I got into my car thinking about all of the amazing small changes I was about to  begin making. 

I went home to put some fall touches out and welcome kiddos home after school.  It wasn't twenty minutes before I got mad because nothing was getting done without me either asking for it to get done, or having to argue over it first, and in the course of that evening, I yelled at my kids, fought with my husband, ate some chocolate after I put myself on a sugar ban, and then stomped off to my bedroom and cried. 

For real.

Many small, bad, rotten, nasty, cranky choices.  With all those earlier good intentions!

It didn't take very long to realize I was wrong.  Well, I mean, don't we always know we're kinda wrong in the moment, but we kick Jiminy Cricket behind us with the toe of our cute cowgirl boots, like he's not even there?  I had to go seek forgiveness from everyone and their brother over the next few hours.

I even considered knocking on the neighbor's doors and apologizing to them too. 

Later, I stood there gazing adoringly at our pretty fall-itized house and it was like God very gently and lovingly whispered some correction to my heart, "If you put out a pumpkin bedecked in liquid gilding but have not love... and if you carefully arrange your son's collected feathers in a crock but then yell at him because he's up on a chair messing it up, you become a noisy gong or a clanging symbol... and if you fluff pretty pillows and throws but have not are nothing."

And then I cried again.  Cause it was just one of those days.

I felt heavy conviction over the tiny choices I've been making in a few areas of life. I want to look back in hindsight at the DECISIONS I made and know in my heart that I pleased God with every little choice that went into those decisions. That said, here are a few photos of our fall-itized house, and though it's so fun to move things around and change things, and clean and fluff it for pictures, (I can't lie) I'm schooling myself to concentrate a whole lot more on my actions inside these prettily decorated walls right now.  Which I think... is probably what we all really want if we're honest.  Pretty inside and out. 
(After working my tail off with my shop reopening... I admit... I splurged and bought that cute blue plaid pillow from Target as a little treat for myself.  I told my man I was going to do it... and he let me.)  (He is such a good man.)  Things were gathered from here and there in the house, a decade-old book shelf made a reappearance, I nabbed some pretty feathers from my boy's collection and plunked my beloved antlers into a simple glass container.  I also painted an old white pumpkin with liquid gilding.  It was so fun.  And fast.  And simple.  And cheap.  (I like that.)

Fun and inexpensive idea: Use a $1.99 chalkboard from JoAnn's, (they have a light pine frame and a gray chalk surface. Swipe the pale pine frame with "Special Walnut" colored stain and once dry, spray paint the light gray chalkboard with black chalk spray paint for a vintage looking schoolhouse chalkboard like the one above.
 Grateful Blue Moon pumpkin print can be found here.

 Another inexpensive and fun idea.  This farmy print was a gift for my birthday, (found locally) but I wanted to hang it unframed.  I used four long slats of wood stained with "Special Walnut" stain, flat gold wire (JoAnn's Fabrics) and hot glue.  I made a loop of wire and sandwiched it between the two pieces of stained wood, along with the print, and hot glued the whole thing together.  Then I used hot glue to do the same thing at the bottom (without the wires.) Afterward, I used a length of wire to create a hanger by twisting it, as shown above.  I love how it turned out and it only took a few minutes to assemble. 

This is the same bedding as always but topped with an old blanket I love.  I also added a new pillow slip to an old pillow by recovering it in a yard of buttery soft black and white flannel that was 50% off!  It's so funny how just a couple of changes can instantly update the entire feel of a room when it's been done in neutrals overall.  I still love this room the most because it's calming.  (I'm in it right now typing this!)

***The two winners of the Deliciously Inspired e-cookbook are TeamHouston and AndeM1.  If you guys can email me at I'll get your connected with Debbie to claim your prizes***

(1 Corinthians 1-2) "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."


  1. Your whole house looks amazing! I am soooo madly in love with your farm print!! It is so charming!
    I feel like I've been more snippy with my family lately and I'm not sure why. Reading your post made me realize I need to pray about it and be more intentional with my speech. Thank you!

  2. What you do is magical!!! You make such sweet and simple changes and they make the BIGGEST impact!!

    Isn't true that we need to make God a part of every word, thought and deed!! A discipline that takes time and a lot of grace!!

    You are such a beautiful person, thank you for being so real, so honest and a total inspiration!!

  3. You know... you nailed it girl. Isn't it the truth? We work so hard (and lovingly so) to make our homes a welcoming place for our family at the end of the day -- but then, when they come home... well, speaking for me, sometimes I let them have it. GAH! Thanks for reminding me to "have love." Love you!

  4. Love all of your fall touches.
    When my kids were younger we had many a day like you spoke about. So thankful for grace, mercy and forgiveness. In those frustrating times I had to catch myself and my tongue before I spoke.
    God knows your heart.
    Hugs sweet lady.

  5. Like Sally said, we work hard to make our home sweet for our family when I have to say that one time my son said "Mom why you work so hard on decorating, I am happy to just have a place that is safe and clean" Ohhhh myyyy, made my heart sink for sure. You have to know that my boys are being adopted through the foster care system and I guess they remember not have a "place" to call home.

  6. oh, i love your heart.
    like really, really, really love it.

    i understand the need to apologize to everyone and their brother and the neighbors, too.
    if there's one thing my kids will leave our house knowing fully, it'll be how to forgive and how to ask for forgiveness.

    Hope y'all have a great the fallish details you added. I totally got some leaves from Michael's...50% off. WHOO HOOT! Thanks for that heads up!

  7. It all looks so good and I love that blanket. So sometimes we have tantrums too it's life and they problably don't even think twice about it.
    Have a great weekend, I'll be waiting by the mailbox for my goodies!

  8. It's all so beautiful of course, but YOU are the one who truly shines. Love your heart... Love you... And that cow print thing was genius.

  9. Since we are the same age, I can totally relate in so many ways. What I want to know is if we have to now deal with gray hair why do we still have to deal with acne? It doesn't seem fair, does it? After yelling at my Ava and Caroline the other night, and then snuggling my two little sleeping angels, I asked God for more patience. The next day at school without telling them the story, another teacher who is now a grandmother, reminisced about how she would struggle with her son when he was little and then think how could she have been upset with him as she watched him sleep. Fortunately, our God is an awesome God and He loves us!
    And I am still waiting for the Bed and Breakfast to open! :) Your guest room looks so warm and inviting as always. I am especially loving the plaid flannel blanket on the bed and the sign in your kitchen! Where is the blanket from? And did you make the kitchen sign?
    Have a great weekend! XO

  10. I so relate to these words. I often get so task oriented (although, it's not usually cute decorating unfortunately) and then I forget about the people for which I'm actually doing the task for. I'm with you in this struggle. Oh God, teach us to love!

    I adore your fall touches. Pottery Barn needs to get their rear in gear and offer you a styling job or something.

  11. I LOVE your revelation about concentrating on the pretty inside as well as outside. That really spoke to me--thank you! It's so important to love well.

    And I love your idea of hanging the poster with the wooden slats…so clever! I'll remember that one!

    Have a lovely weekend, Sasha! :)

  12. Your home looks lovely. Really like the farm print and what you've done to hang it; clever yet simple and effective. Thanks as always for inpsiring me! Hope you have a blessed weekend with your loved ones :)

  13. Hmmmm, I'm wondering... a friend gave me a whole load of slatted wood from a broken blind and they've been sitting around waiting for me to have an idea - how you have hung your farm print would be the perfect use for them. There are rather a lot of slats - that's a lot of prints to hang! ;)

  14. I so remember those days when my kids were younger and there was so much "stuff" to do. I didn't always behave as I would have liked and apologizing left me feeling like I really had not done enough to make things better. Praying for forgiveness and asking for guidance helped tremendously.

    Your home is so lovely! So many great ideas that don't cost a lot and make all the difference. I love your guest room too ~ looks so peaceful and welcoming!

    I hope to get my print framed today ~ LOVE it! :)


  15. I have been reading your blog for quite a while now and even though we are different ages, at different junctures in our lives and of different faiths, I am moved and inspired and sometimes, laugh at loud amused by your thoughts and musings on life, love, faith, family and self. You capture the wonderful, difficult, joyful, painful journey we are all on. Plus your house is adorable and your creativity inspiring! I look forward to reading more of your ponderings and observations on life and whatever else happens to be on your mind and in your heart. Thanks for sharing, you!

  16. Where did you get your crocks from that you have on the lazy susan in the kitchen:)?