Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ever Changing



Many of you have been visiting here long enough to know that things in this home are ever changing, ever moving, ever tweaking.  I'm hoping to share whatever spring/summer updates I do around here shortly- if I can get my act together for a post!!  We're working to finish the new and improved (and relocated) party pit out back, and I can't wait to share that once its finished. I cannot wait to feed people out on our DOUBLE picnic tables!  Oh yes... we now have TWO.  

Speaking of feeding people, my new favorite cookbook is the Little French Kitchen.  I was making a salad from it (so good) and had to snap this image for Instagram.  Mmm!
 Lately, I've been tackling a few solutions around here.  One in particular always seems to rear it's head this time of year as the sun begins peeking out-  I always seem to need a home for our sunscreens, sunglasses, campfire matches, garden gloves and garden scissors but there isn't a natural spot here for those things by our back door, so after a lot of "research" (aka- shopping at places like Marshall's) I hit the internet.  I found this metal spice rack from the Magnolia Market, and I have to say that it is the perfect size for those smallish items I needed to keep off the island/table all. summer. long. (NO it hasn't driven me stark raving mad for the past twelve summers, that everyone thinks the kitchen island where we make food or the table where we eat food is the natural resting place for every darn thing with no home.  Not at all.)


Side note- I went to open the patio umbrella today as the sun was out and calling to me and guess what I found sleeping in the folds of the patio umbrella?  A BAT.  I about died right there on the spot and yes, I am sometimes driven to extremes of dramatic hysterics.  (Things like sunscreen bottles all over the kitchen island do it to me and bats simply tend to push me far over the edge of what one normal woman can handle without adding hyperbolic drama into the mix. It's not my fault.) All I could think, in that it-felt-like-forever-but-really-only-took-about-five-seconds moment, was, "I'm so relieved my hair is in a pony tail right now... don't bats try and nest in your hair?... Oh Dear Lord Jesus let that be an old wives tale...Aww he's almost cute... kind of furry and soft looking... I should take a photo of him on my phone..."

Then he flew away and I felt like screaming again.  I just wanted someone to know. Thanks.

Anyhoo.  The sunscreen.  Well it has a home now but it needed a sweet little something above it, so I hung up the most darling little black box art from Ever Thine Home. It reads, "We cannot Lord thy purpose see, but all is well that's done by Thee."  Isn't that perfection?  (You can get your own here.)



And speaking of Ever Thine Home (my favorite place for faith-reflecting home decor) I've got a couple more items helping me kick off my summer.  I am madly, deeply and whole-heartedly in love with the Untie Your Story cards. I mean, as we get our party pit going and I start planning a gazillion gatherings with friends and family over the next few months, these cards are just what I want for pulling people out of regular chit-chat and into more meaningful conversations.  They have wonderful questions on them and I plan to pull them out again and again and use them in different ways- like as place cards or set them in the middle of the table for people to grab! I love things like that.

 I also love the "We still do" sentiment that I've seen in their shop. (Today was the 22nd anniversary of our very first date... I do keep track.  It was the turning point of my life so it felt very fitting to gaze at this sweetness and share it here on the blog.)  They have cute signs and such, and I'm loving the chippy and sweet frame they sent me with a scrolly "We still do" font on the bottom.  I placed our one wedding photo in it and set it in the bedroom, on the desk. 

(And side note- I am totally craving a color scheme update in this bedroom but I don't think it's been over five years since we went grays and yellow, and my man rolled his eyes when I brought up the idea of doing a soothing re-do in grays, creams, and blues with new bedding and keeping the walls the same.... apparently he's not as keen on change as I am. I'll have to work on that.)


You can do a little shopping at Ever Thine Home here, and keep in mind the We still Do items, especially if you've got any wedding or anniversary gifts to buy! 

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10 comments:

  1. Ever changing. . .but ever the same: beautiful:)

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  2. Your home is so beautiful Sasha. It is simple, chic, and so easy to love. I have so many items from your shop in my home, so I can think of you all of the time(: I am glad you are enjoying this season of your life. Susan

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  3. Ok so....... I am never again opening the umbrella. Amazing restraint you have not leading with that story ! So happy to hear you and your beautiful hair survived such an ordeal 😊

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  4. Love the sunscreen solution! And may I just say that the bat? It would still be folded in my umbrella in whatever catty-whumpas position it landed in when I dropped it and ran screaming into the house...with the door locked. Just sayin'.

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  5. Love the sunscreen/gardening solution. I would of dropped the umbrella and ran screaming if I saw a bat and yes, I have heard that same wives tale about the hair thing. It's a good day to have a pony tail.

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  6. I agree with Charming Lucy. I love your home! I'm sure you've shared this before, but where did you get those gorgeous suitcases? I have a few stacked mismatched suitcases at our house that hold our games, but I love the color of yours!

    How is it that you only have two sunscreen bottles and one paid of sunglasses in your sweet little holder? We each have two pair of shades, so that would be 8 prs of sunglasses and we have four bottles of sunscreen. A natural baby sunscreen for Addi, a spray-on kids sunscreen for Gavin, an oil-free sunscreen for me and a super powerful sport sunscreen for Cliff's days on the farm. My cute little cubby would be an overflowing mess! :)

    Crazy as it sounds, I actually love little brown bats. They are as scared as you are when you spot them and I'll tell you they're really bad at running away, so if for any reason they can't fly, take pity on them. They're like sweet little mice with wings only not quite as quick. (I also love sweet little mice).

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  7. I agree with Charming Lucy. I love your home! I'm sure you've shared this before, but where did you get those gorgeous suitcases? I have a few stacked mismatched suitcases at our house that hold our games, but I love the color of yours!

    How is it that you only have two sunscreen bottles and one paid of sunglasses in your sweet little holder? We each have two pair of shades, so that would be 8 prs of sunglasses and we have four bottles of sunscreen. A natural baby sunscreen for Addi, a spray-on kids sunscreen for Gavin, an oil-free sunscreen for me and a super powerful sport sunscreen for Cliff's days on the farm. My cute little cubby would be an overflowing mess! :)

    Crazy as it sounds, I actually love little brown bats. They are as scared as you are when you spot them and I'll tell you they're really bad at running away, so if for any reason they can't fly, take pity on them. They're like sweet little mice with wings only not quite as quick. (I also love sweet little mice).

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  8. You always find the cutest things ♡ My man rolls his eyes when I speak of changing things too, but then he rolls with it - like yours. We have good men ♡

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  9. I know it's scary but the great thing about bats is they eat thousands of mosquitoes it was probably scared off you might want to get a bat house they are tiny and don't take up much room bats don't go in your hair I wish I had one in my yard to eat all the mosquitoes love your home and blog your kids are beauties!

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