Thursday, February 28, 2008

Yes, Please

From Country Living UK

From Country Home USA

Would you like to meet here for coffee or tea? And crumpets. We MUST have crumpets.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Shoppe Update

Spring Banners are in the Shoppe.... More styles and new products coming soon!

Welcome Color... Come on Spring

I think I am going to do a Week of Color to celebrate Spring - or at least my hope for spring! I am going to start on Saturday, March 1 and run through March 7. If you want to join in the fun and post colors every day too, leave a comment and I will link to you as we go...

Here are the days:

Saturday: Pink
Sunday: White
Monday: Blue
Wednesday: Yellow
Thursday: Brown
Friday: Your Choice

To get us started, these are some "springy" colors that have started popping up around here...

Don't they just make ya happy?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

As Promised...

Friday night Jeanetta, Ben, Nathan and I headed to Hot Springs for a little getaway weekend. We were officially celebrating Ben's birthday, but mostly we were just taking a little break from Kids and Chores and Daily Life. It was much needed for all of us.

The condo we stayed in is on a little inlet of a lake and is very peaceful and tranquil. The condo belongs to a client of mine and is a little getaway spot for her family, friends and her husbands business clients. I had the lovely honor of getting to decorate every inch of it when they bought it 2 years ago. I think the only thing I didn't purchase were the dishes and pots and pans, and 2 pieces of furniture. Everything else, right down to the towels and soap dispensers I picked out and purchased. My sister Jemimah and I spent a week there when we first moved everything in, getting it set up, and my brother (who lives in Hot Springs) came and hung all the pictures, and helped assemble furniture etc. My mom made all the curtains and throw pillows, and even Nathan got dragged up there one weekend to help. It was truly a family affair, and for that reason - and the reason that it was so much fun, and perhaps my most favorite job ever - the condo holds a special place in my heart. Luckily my clients are sweet and kind people and lend me the use of the condo about once (sometimes twice) a year and I always like to take someone who has never been before. (For more pictures of the condo see this post from awhile back)

So to the condo we went, and at the condo we stayed.
Jeanetta and I went junking on Saturday, while the boys went to the Races. Hot Springs has some great junking, with a few places only that remain fairly hidden to the tourist, but that us semi-locals know about...where the good deals are!

Jeanetta and I found some great bargains to bring home - including the newest lady for the Shoppe - Penelope. ( Can you tell we were feeling pretty goofy and giddy having stumbled on a booth that was going out of business and having a 75% sale, which is where Jeanetta picked up Penelope?)

And a few bargains and goodies I wished I could have brought home - like these vintage "glass" slippers... Aren't they too cute??

I also loved this mannequin - doesn't it seem so "Curious Sofa" with the key around the neck like that?

These plates are some of the only things I bought for me (as this was a work shopping trip,) I couldn't pass up their great patina (each was a little different, ranging from this creamy white, to a good old worn brown) along with the gold letter "G" at the top of each plate...

OK, well that is all for now. I really have to get to work - lots of Glitter to do today! Tomorrow I am bringing Spring back, whether the Weather gets on board or not! I am so over winter...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Have I died?

And gone to heaven? The fab Ms. Tickle is posting every day during Lent. Also I just got her book, Prayer is a Place and I have scarcely been able to put it down, except that I need to put it down in order to mull it over and let it sink in. I don't think I have read a chapter yet where I didn't cry. And the cover does not accurately convey the beauty and narative in this book... In case you are a "judge the book by it's cover" kind of person. Which I can be. Shameful I know.

She is a soul mate for sure. Wish I could share a cup of coffee with her and ask her all my questions... primarily how she worked and raised 6 kids- apparently successfully!

More posting tomorrow I promise - pictures from this weekend and thoughts on getting the house ready for spring...

Till then, go find some Tickle, you will thank me later!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Away with Me

I am off for a wee bit of R&R this weekend. Though the glitter will be going with me, the children will not be, so that alone is a nice break.

Here are some pictures of where I will enjoying my break and having deep,creative and uninterrupted thoughts, while I glitter away...

Thanks for all the sweet and encouraging comments on the last post. So nice to know that we are all in this thing called life TOGETHER!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Actual Encounter

This week has been a big fat full over the top emotional week. One of those weeks where around every bend seems to lay something that could finally do It. Finally put me over the edge, push me beyond what I can bare/juggle/handle/whatever. But still somehow things go on, and I haven't gone off into the deep end yet. And of course things are not acutally that dramatic. They just feel that way this week.

This week "aunt flo" came to make her monthly pit stop, my littlest sister is going through some hard personal things, there are discussions going on around here about jobs and possibilities and things that could alter our life in a lot of ways - both scary and excting- there are taxes to be dealt with (very, very scary now that I am in-coperated,) and that make me want to curl up in ball under my desk and hide, there are church related issues that make me want to throw things, there is the Sonic that I went to 2 different days trying to get a Java Chiller and on both days they did not have a working ice cream machine. SONIC people. Sonic. Half their menu is ice cream - how can they have a broken machine - for a whole week????? There is the dog who keeps breaking out of the yard and trying to eat the mail man, and the child that has decided that painting the walls with a stamp pad would be a truly brilliant and creative idea. Ha!

The thing is, is that this is all just real life. My problems are not unique, we all have weeks that make us want to tear our hair out or curl into a ball, or both... this just happens to be mine.

Yesterday I was looking up a quote from this book to use in this post over at another blog I contribute to every Wednesday. In the midst of looking for the quote I wanted to use, I also found this one, which I have always loved:
"All actual life is encounter" - Martin Buber

How true.

Last night we had our once a month Wednesday night service at church. This is a service that is full of music and singing, a small program of some sort and the sharing of Communion (the Lord's Supper) together. In a surreal twist of events the guy leading worship for us last night was our former worship leader at our old church. He and Nathan are close friends and we love him and his sweet family dearly. Also joining them on stage was Nathan's best friend Dan, along with some other of musicsions from our current church. (Are you confused yet?) It was so wild to stand there and sing songs at my new church, while being led with half the band from my old church. It was a "worlds colliding" sort of moment.

After worship it was time to take communion ( where we drink grape juice and eat some broken matza toast) and while the band played and I watched people line up to come foward to the various stations at the front of the room where they could recieve communion, I thought about that quote: All acutual life is encounter.

I thought about the people on the stage - both old and new to me and how they had impacted my life. I thought about this week- about all the encounters that had frustrated or inspired me. And all those encounters that were just daily. The guy at the gas station. The lady checker at the fabric store. All those little encounters, right next to all the big ones. And I thought about communion. My whole life I have taken communion (or The Lord's Supper as it was called in the church I went to as a child) and to be completely honest, for my whole life it has been nothing more than a ritual. I do not feel a spark or any kind of holy moment when I take communion. I drink the juice. I eat the bread. I sit back down. Sometimes I say a little prayer, but that is about all. Maybe some of that detachment and demystifing of it comes from being a preachers kid. From it being such a normal event. From always knowing that juice is just Welches and they keep in the fridge in the church kitchen and the matza comes out of a box and if you are starving during a church event you can go sneak yourself a snack. I have felt for awhile now that true communion takes place over those dinners or coffees with friends and loved ones where you have the converstations of your lifetime. Those moments when you can feel time stand still and the earth shift ever so slightly beneath you and in you. To me those moments have felt more holy than any communion service I have been a part of.

But last night as I watched my worlds collide on stage, and listened to the music filling the room, and as I watched the sweetness of the servers bending down to serve the kids, or the people who stood and prayed together, comforting one another, encouraging one another, I was glad that it is a ritual that we still observe. I thought about how I would be sad, if my kids didn't grow up having this oppurtunity to particpate in something so ancient and old, something that thousands of people have done for centuries. And I thought about what communion is really about. It is about remembering together. We are to break bread and drink wine and remember why we believe what we believe, and we are to do it together because all actual life is encounter.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goin' to the birds

I am trying desperately to get the majority of my custom banner orders done this week so I can move on into Spring and Easter. Just so you know, that was also my goal last week, but then I suddenly had a flush of RUSH orders and out went the plan to "get ahead...."

Easter is coming up so fast this year that I know I don't have much time to get things done for the shoppes. Therefore most of what I am going to be doing is going to be "spring" focused - I am calling this collection "Nesting" - and will be filled with items featuring birds, nest, flowers etc in happy springy fresh colors along with the Easter items. I am excited because I have stumbled onto some new paper at one of the larger craft stores and a new locally owned little paper store in my neighboorhood. Woohoo! I love the papers I usually use but I was definately needing an injection of fresh prints for inspiration. Also I am very excited to find a little local shop that I can support- always a "good thing" as Martha would say!

Hopefully everyone else will love the new papers as much as me...

Also hopefully everyone will love these new candles which are going up at Storia HOME on Friday, they are from the Spring "Nesting" collection and are called Pink Bird and Blue Nest. I think I am also going to perhaps do them in reverse as well. What do you think?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Makin' My Day

Last week I was awarded with a "You Make My Day" shout out from Vintage Indie which was soooo sweet and soooo needed! So here are my nominations this week (a hard task to narrow it down I tell you!) of some of the few (of the VERY many) who Make My Day through their lovely blogs and comments!

1) The Farmers Wife
2) Restyled Home
3.) Mabels House
4.) Pink Roses
5.) The Cottage Nest

The Rules of the Award Tag Are:

1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day

2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver

3) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

What I am Watching this Weekend

This weekend has been what we call a "banner weekend" - which means lots of the time spent in the studio glittering, stringing and packaging. I am trying to get on top of all the custom orders so I can get the Easter items made and put in the shoppes. Easter is just too early this year, and so I have virtually no "lead time" for orders. I need to get as much made as I can now and get it up by the end of next week. Phew, I am tired just thinking about it.

When I have a "banner weekend" one of the first things I do is hit the $1 a day rental machine and pick up some new flicks to watch while I am in my supreme crafting zone.

This weekends choices were:

and Amazing Grace

Both movies were good, food for thought and conversation and entertaining to boot. Amazing Grace is a good one to watch with kids, Wylie (age 7) had lots of questions, but held with the story well. Miles played and ran around for most of the movie but after it was over he was singing about the "beautiful Africans" so something must have sunk in...

I am looking forward to watching both again tomorrow with the commentaries on (like the movie geek I am) while I glitter and cut and paste just a little bit more...

Hope your weekend is going well!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Today was our Valentines Day party after school. A sweet little affair with friends.

The cupcakes were baked.

The plates & napkins all ready.

The table cleared.

The crafting supplies gathered.

The cookies brought.

The weather today was amazingly beautiful and the kids spent most of the "party" outside running and chasing and having a ball. Not even glitter could entice them back inside...
But the cookies did... At least long enough to lick the platter clean.

Hope your Valentine's Day was lovely!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Day

Tomorrow we will party like it is... Valentines Day! Parties at each of the boys schools and then one to follow here... What was I thinking? Sugar High Gone Wild? I promise to post-pictures post brouhaha, but for now I must go make Cupcakes and Treat Bags and all that good stuff. At least I will have Project Runway to keep me company... Oh the joy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Web Sale

There is a sale going on at Storia HOME. All candles have reduced shipping and Valentine's Day Inspired Banners are On Sale!! Stop by if you have a chance!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Some Images from Saturday

This is a hole in my roof. A hole caused by a tree branch taking a nose dive into it during the storms of last week. Saturday was a beautiful day and Nathan, along with his dad and a friend, got on the roof and patched it up. We didn't realize the hole was there until it started raining in the middle of our living room... Luckily we caught it in time and no real damage was done inside.
But thank goodness for insurance!

While Nathan worked on the roof, the boys and I enjoyed the pretty day, taking a few moments to sit and read, and warm up in the sun and just "be." Something I am not always great at doing when I feel like there is still so much to "do."

I just had to post these pictures of my beautiful and funny little men....They are too yummy!

Later Nathan finally broke into our attic (it's a long story) and took a few pictures for me since I have never been up there... maybe one day it will become my studio/hideaway. It is big (this is just one half,) but the ceiling is pretty low, luckily I am not that tall...especially when sitting down to glitter...

Friday, February 08, 2008

A Whole Lot of Work = A Whole Lot of Pictures Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from our Shoppe update yesterday - lots of red in this one corner! It is Valentines Day next week after all!

Jeanetta also has pictures over on her blog, and said to remind everyone that she will have lots of goodies (including the Paris suitcase) for sale on her Etsy site... Plus she has free shipping right now!

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