Wednesday, November 25, 2015

easy going...

Happy Thanksgiving dear ones!!

Lately, I have an obsession with Nordic, Scandinavian and Swedish decor influences.  I love the wood tones, the white, the touches of candlelight and clean lines.  It's the simplicity that calls to me.  I can look at soothing images of Nordic homes for hours, no kidding.  (It's made me yank things off walls and re-think a few spaces too. Ha!) 

Somehow the craving for a soothing color palette made it's way into my Thanksgiving table decor (which I set about five minutes ago) and I ended up with my favorite place settings of all time.  (So of course, I grabbed my camera, snapped a few pics and had to share.  Its the blogger in me.) Last week, when Adrain and I were headed off on our weekend away, we stopped in at Ikea for a champagne bucket and a few of their dotted flutes.  I was sad when I saw that they were out of stock, but thrilled when a sweet worker took apart the display and gave me a discount on six of them! (Happy heart moment!)

 I used creamy, frayed burlap for the runner, which is both cheap and easy, Ikea linen napkins, wood slices under a few white candles, along with a string of wire lights that I got last year at my grocery store.  The plates are all our everyday dishes, even the gold dotted plates. (We found those last Christmas at Marshall's and have used them all year.) The other goblets are almost as old as my marriage, and the sea grass chargers were from Ikea years ago. A simple pheasant feather (found years ago- maybe JoAnns?) topped each plate and that is it!  

Oh and I bought my pies this year because... yes.  I'm going the lazy hostess route with most things and all I really have left to do at this point is make some gluten free stuffing and pop the turkey out of it's brine and into a roasting bag. (My hoodlums named him Chuck.  So weird, yet so funny.  They name the turkey every year.)

For those of you who have been buying up the prints from my six day pop up shop... I LOVE YOU!!  You make my whole family cheer every time an order goes through, because my phone makes a "cha-ching" cash register noise that makes our day!!  (If you have already ordered, your items just shipped this afternoon and if you order between now and Sunday night when I close, your items will ship on Monday, first thing!)  This cute card is going into all of your orders! (Click here to shop)

I feel like I can't go without saying this, so if this is for you, then it's really from God because I didn't plan on adding this part, but I feel like I'm supposed to...  There is always something to be thankful for, even if your teenager is slamming doors and saying things that hurt, your baby is up all night crying and you're exhausted, your loved one has a life-altering illness or you're life is up in the air with a job situation, finances, cancer or any other unknowns.  God doesn't take breaks and He is faithful and can be trusted, because He never leaves His watch over you.  Don't give up or let your weary heart or fears overtake you.  He sees YOU.  No matter where you're celebrating or who you're celebrating with this weekend, or what you're facing beyond this weekend, He is your resting place and safe harbor in every storm.  We can thank Him for that, if nothing else.  And a thankful heart, is a peaceful heart. 

Psalm 62:8 (MSG) 
 "My help and glory are in God
    —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
    lay your lives on the line for him.
    God is a safe place to be."

Happy Thanksgiving, 

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Saturday, November 14, 2015


  The other day I sat in a coffee shop with my girlfriend and we commiserated on our desire to stop all the pre-thanksgiving Christmas overdrive.  (We blame the violent blast of cinnamon scented air as we enter all craft and home improvement stores. It flips some kind of instinct in me that makes me want to run.)  True story, I actually walked into Pier 1 the other day looking for simple white cloth napkins for Thanksgiving (harder to find than you might think) and walked immediately back out.  Christmas and Thanksgiving decor were competing so hard, that there was hardly room to walk around and the whole place felt too much of an overwhelming thing.  I couldn't do it. A little overlap is fine and totally acceptable... but it's getting to be too much out there!

Then my girlfriend and I laughed, because we both sounded like old grinchy ladies.. and then I realized that maybe it was just because we might only have five or six more total Thanksgivings with things "as they are".... and then I wanted to cry because well...I only have five more Thanksgivings (INCLUDING THIS ONE) until my boy is in college... wahaaaaa!

I can't even.

So I planted my paper white bulbs and shot some pretty pics in the soft morning light.  I enjoyed the peace of the quiet morning while a very tall boy clad in flannel pajamas, ate a huge bowl of cereal at the same counter that he once wasn't tall enough to see over. And I didn't dwell.  I just savored.  Because it's precious and I want to do my best at savoring right now.   

On a side note, my 50mm lens stopped working when Adrain and I went to Mexico last spring.  I was so upset over it, that I hadn't really used my camera since. The 50mm is my favorite lens and takes the best photos with the best light. I never felt very inspired with the big, huge lens on the camera.  It wasn't the same.  Well, anyway, a few weeks ago I dug it out of my camera bag, cleaned it really well and prayed over it and it worked!  I nearly cried.  I was so thrilled that I've been photographing life up a storm again so be warned... image overload coming this way again. Ha! (I think I'll savor that too.)

Before I go, (and at the risk of bringing up too much Christmas before Thanksgiving... hahaha!) I wanted to say that after much encouragement from you guys, tons of discussions and prayers on my part, I have decided to do (hopefully) quarterly one week pop up shops for my Etsy shop over the course of the next year! I will hopefully have a few new items each opening and a week seems to be about all I can handle with my limited time.  So.... I have one more week-long pop up shop coming on November 23 and I would LOVE to have you stop by! 

I will be selling all the old favorite prints you've probably seen, along with these four brand new pieces, just in time for holiday gift giving or home decorating! (I am seriously so in love with them I can't even stand it.) So be thinking of that, and as always YOU guys are the reason I can do this, and I love you all to pieces!!  Without you, I'd have no shop.  

Okay, I'm doing something amazing with 60 lemons in my kitchen right now so I can't chat anymore...  but, it smells like heaven in here!!  You'll have to wait and see what I'm doing.  It's going to be goooood!


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