summer snapshots: july 4 weekend

My vacation week was kicked off with July 4th weekend. We spent the weekend in London which meant the pace of life slowed waaaayy down. Playing, resting and a little Toy Story 3 action {so cute by the way} was the perfect start to the week off.

Check out Amber’s linky party this week to see what everyone else was up to.


it’s here! it’s here! it’s finally here!

The blog has a new look and a new attitude! You’ll notice several changes to this page and a special one in particular…I’ve finally added a shop!

I create. I know that is what I was born to do.  I have always loved to start with nothing and end up with something. Whether it starts with a blank piece of paper or a yard of fabric, everything has potential. Sometimes I feel like I can’t take another breath until something else is designed, rearranged, decorated, cut or sewn.

I have most things listed so far but above is just a sneak peek of what’s to come! I think it’s my favorite. I also want to get to the point where I add paper goods and listings for custom paper items like cards, tags and stationary. However, just because they aren’t listed doesn’t mean I’m not doing them now :)

I’ve got tons of cute new fabric, paper and idea so get to shopping!

For now, I’m going to go collapse.

Wonderful Wednesday: John Derian

Before we jump in I want to confess to my mega blog mistake.  I spent time this weekend playing around with coding my blog to change my look up a bit.  What I did was make all text input WHITE, from comments and e-mail subscriptions!! Oh my goodness.  If anyone tried to comment I’m so sorry for the phantom typing that may have occurred.  Thanks to my husband for alerting me of the prob last night so I could get things straightened out! Sorry again! Now to regularly scheduled programming…

John Derian Company may have been around since 1989 but his whimsical, decoupage designs have finally come across my radar. The beauty of his prints, home office supplies and serve ware made my heart skip a beat at my discovery in Target last week. The style may sooo not be for some people but I was instantly drawn in.  So drawn in that I opened up my wallet and splurged on some new storage for my office closet at home {yeah, it’s finally finished!  I’ll share the deets with you all tomorrow.} But for now you can rest your eyes on this.

Wonderful Wednesday: I don’t know…

…where I would be without the help of my “healing team”. You see, there is a group of four women who make up “my” team. Each one plays a particular role in helping me be restored to my fullest self. And today I want to celebrate these wonderful women.

{Teammate 1} It all started with a woman who commited to climb Mt. Everest with me in search for healing and restoration a little over a year ago. I am thankful for her deep in-tune-ness with The Spirit.  She listened to The Spirit at a time when I couldn’t. She battled for me when I couldn’t. She prayed for me when I couldn’t. And after many months of walking with me, we both felt led to invite another woman along my journey.

{Teammate 2} How I am thankful for my second teammate. She is quiet but available. To me her job is powerful. She listens to a person, and then listens to The Spirit. She helps a person in need find a person that can help. She connected me with my third team mate.

{Teammate 3} My third teammate is a Certified Social Worker. She is a Christian and listens to The Spirit’s leading each time I meet with her. She walks me through dealing with certain issues. She makes me feel human and helps me gain control of my thoughts and feelings. She is a blessing to me and I look forward to the 50 minutes I get to sit down and talk with her. After our second meeting together back in February, she saw something in me that needed to be addressed. Something that “talking it though” would not help.

{Teammate 4} That is where teammate four comes in. She is a medical professional. But not just a medical professional. She is a Christian. She helped me to see that there is much power in modern medicine. That modern medicine is the Lord’s temporary solution to a fallen world. She diagnosed me with MDD and GAD. What would probably be devastation for most was complete freedom for me. With the help of the best medicine ever, I can now be free from the heaviness. I can hear from the Lord. The Truths I had been trying to internalize from the Lord for so long would now sink in.

These are my teammates. These are the women who listened to The Spirit’s guiding at a time when noise was too loud for me to hear Him.  These are the women who set me on the path to healing from the battle wounds that the bloody claws of depression and anxiety caused me. For them I am grateful.

The journey is far from over, but I’m now prepared with tools and teammates I need to survive.  Today, I want to encourage you to celebrate the people in your life who have helped you along the journey.

Wonderful Wednesday: Polarized Sunglasses

I should really call this post “Can’t live without these Wednesday”.  I really feel like I’m going to die am almost blind without my sunglasses.  No these aren’t just any sunglasses.  They’re polarized. I’ve always wasted money on cheap shades that I would lose or break and that never really even worked.  I mean really, what’s the point of sunglasses if your still squinting?

Not with these babys…

I may have dropped a decent amount of dough on these but I might dare to argue that it was the best money I have ever spent. I’ve managed to keep these for over two years now and literally cannot go outside without them.  I wear them in rain and snow, overcast and sunny. All. The. Time. It’s probably a bad thing but my eyes are super dependent on them because they have to do absolutely no work when I wear them. You can read about how polarized sunglasses work here.

So today I’m celebrating the wonderfulness of polarized sunglasses. Cheers to the creators because they are a life saver.

In other four-eyed news, I officially have reading glasses now.  I was checked a week ago after eye pain and discomfort after long periods of time at work and it was confirmed that I needed glasses to read and for computer work.

There was a really cute pair of plastic frames that I wanted but I settled on these wine-colored metal frames because a lot more adjustments could me made to customize the fit {i.e. I’m fortunate to have long eyelashes but they hit the front of glasses. Super annoying.  With these metal frames that could be changed with an adjustment to the nose piece. Not with the cuter plastic ones} I feel super self-conscious with them now. Like I have a tattoo on my face that people are staring at.  I know that’s not true and many people haven’t even noticed them. Hopefully I’ll get over it.

My eyes were dialated for almost five hours on Friday night after my initial eye appointment.  I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. I moaned and groaned about the annoying discomfort of not being able to see {even though it was temporary}. I was so frustrated and irritated that I couldn’t see or read anything up close I decided to take Gracie for a walk. I could at least make out the general outline of the sidewalk.

Towards the end of the walk we passed an old couple, one in a motorized wheel chair and the other with two poles for helping her walk. She was blind. The blind woman was exclaiming about what a great walk they were having.  How it was so enjoyable and such a nice place to be. It was like cold water being splashed on my face. How could I be so selfish to complain about some temporary eye discomfort when this woman could see nothing?

I thanked the Lord for my eyesight and asked for forgiveness for sitting in my seething self-pity. I am blessed in a way that woman is not. I am grateful today for my minor eye problem. I can see my family and friends, the beautiful outdoors, Gracie and precious babies.  I can read and I can appreciate beautiful surroundings and things.

My sight finally came back to normal and I was so grateful. I hope I never forget what I learned in those prior hours of “blindness”.

Anyways, Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Wonderful Wednesday: Etsy

If you haven’t been to you should go.  It’s awesome. It’s basically a market place for handmade, vintage and unique items from sellers in all parts of the world. They have jewelry, all kinds of art, home furnishings, clothing and the list goes on and on.

Here are some things I’m currently digging from Etsy and using as inspiration for my own DIY’ing.  I guess it looks like I am not totally in support of Etsy if I don’t actually buy from it, I just use it as inspiration! Oops.. But hey, I am trying to encourage a couple of girls to do the dirty work of opening up a store with the hopes of slipping a few things in… That would be you Kristi and Em.  : )

Adorable burlap shades.

I’m going to try to make this table runner.  It’s navy ticking stripe with a burlap ruffle! Never done a ruffle before…

This coat hanger is just a plank of distressed bead board.  Would be adorable in an entry way or even a guest bath!

I am loving these adorable milk bottle bud vases.  I can just see a couple white tulips in there now…

Screen printed seahorses on dictionary paper.  The paper adds so much more interest to the image.

Vinyl decals to address your house. {My mind is turning over ways and places to recreate this look with paint.}

More ticking stripe.  I love ticking stripe in tan.  It’s much more natural and a lot less country looking.

And yes, more burlap.  It’s a small lavender sachet wrapped in yellow raffia.  Would be great as a gift and is perfect for drawers and closets to keep things smelling fresh.

If you’re not inspired yet, get on over to Etsy and get your wheels-a-turnin!

Wonderful Wednesday: Chesley

This is Chesley. She’s with her best friend Henry. Chesley is the daughter of my cousin and her hubby. I have spent a lot of time babysitting Ches over the last eight or nine months and we always have so much fun together.  Today I want to celebrate precious Chesley and the fun and joy she brings to our family. She is wonderful.

Feeding pizza to a toddler before bedtime.  I may be the best or worst babysitter ever.

Here she is with her other bestie. They’re in love.