Friday, May 28, 2010

posting elsewhere

I have been asked to contribute to a local churches community blog.

You can find my post here.

After a very long and stressful week I am going to unplug and enjoy my family, my friends and my house for a few days.
Hope you enjoy your weekend too!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

over taken

It is all a bit hazy. Somewhere along about Saturday night this vintage green couch (yes, I promise it is more green than gold in person) wiggled it's way into my psychy. I blame Craig.
By Sunday morning it was a full blown crush.
By today when I went to see it in person, I had butterflies.
Now it is mine. 
And I am in love.
Call me crazy.
I can take it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

13 years and counting

Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven
By Hans Ostrom
They call each other “E”. Elvis picks
wildflowers near the river and brings
them to Emily. She explains half-rhymes to him.
In heaven Emily wears her hair long, sports
Levis and western blouses with rhinestones.
Elvis is lean again, wears baggy trousers
and T-shirts, a letterman’s jacket from Tupelo High.
They take long walks and often hold hands.
She prefers they remain just friends. Forever.
Emily’s poems now contain naugahyde, Cadillacs,
Electricity, jets, TV, Little Richard and Richard
Nixon. The rock-a-billy rhythm makes her smile.
Elvis likes himself with style. This afternoon
he will play guitar and sing “I Taste a Liquor
Never Brewed” to the tune of “Love Me Tender.”
Emily will clap and harmonize. Alone
in their cabins later, they’ll listen to the river
and nap. They will not think of Amherst
or Las Vegas. They know why God made them
roommates. It’s because America
was their hometown. It’s because
God is a thing without
feathers. It’s because
God wears blue suede shoes.

Happy Anniversary my Sweet Man. 
I am glad that we are more than just friends, even though we are the best of those as well.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blue Cabinet on Pink Porch

It is no secret that I love to throw parties.
Also I have a special affinity (as does Miles) for eating in the great outdoors.
So one of my goals for the porch make-over was to have some sort of serving/storage area for all my  picnic & porchware; Melamine plates, vintage cups, serving trays etc.

This hoosier cabinet is a gift from some friends who recently downsized. I have been craving one of these for our porch for years and I cannot believe that I finally have one!
There are still a few things to remedy - a drawer that needs to be rebuilt, some door pulls that need to be replaced, but those are small projects and can be done in time.
For now I am just loving my cabinet and planning my pink porch's coming out party..

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

the pink porch

This is my back porch/covered patio "before" - just a catch all storage area that never seemed inviting no matter what I tried to do out there.

Finally I decided something must be done because I want to be able to enjoy our backyard and patio area in our beautiful spring and summer months.

So Nathan to a pick-ax to the nasty sheetrock ceiling 

and Miles and I took a gallon of pink Kilz and we got busy

These are not the best pictures because I took them with my phone, but I wanted to share the porch progress with you.

There are still many things to do - lights and fans to hang, beams to have painted, rugs to purchase, things to move, problem areas to address, but for now it is coming along...

At least, as said best by Miles (in a tone of awe and amazement,)
" it looks like a ROOM out here now!"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

for my friend

When I am down and need to cry till morning,
I know just where I am going.
When I'm in need of sweet commiseration
To speak out loud.
Raise a glass to friendship
And to knowing you don't have to go alone.
We'll raise out hearts to share each other's burdens
On this road.

Every burden I have carried,
Every joy--it's understood.
Life with you is half as hard,
And twice as good.

With my good news you're dancing on the table:
Baby's born, to celebration.
The joy of life, oh what a sweet communion,
Shared with you.

Every burden I have carried,
Every joy--it's understood.
Life with you is half as hard,
And twice as good.

I know we're growing older,
Can you imagine what that will bring?
It's all a mystery to me now,
Except this one thing:
It'll be half as hard, and twice as good.

-Sara Groves

Monday, May 17, 2010

Reading, Listening, Watching

I am currently reading and completely in love with Las Orchestra Saves the World
It is a sweet and precious book that I am loving. Somehow I feel at home in it.

I feel the same way about Sara Grove's new album Fireflies and Songs
Somehow Sara always manages to create words and music that fit where I am in life exactly.
It is a lovely album, perfect, sweet, and unpretentious and most of all - true.

And finally, there is Sarah's House, my most very favorite Design Show, and my Sunday Post-Church Ritual.
Ever Sunday afternoon, after church and lunch, I crawl into bed and watch Sarah until a nap comes and overtakes me. I love Sarah because she mixes old and new items, and everything she does seems personal, not formulaic.

I would like to think that given her budget and opportunities I would design similar rooms.
I have particully loving the lastest season in which she remodels and decorates a Farm House. Oh the dream! I always love Sarah in the country the best.

I am anxious and hopeful that the FineLiving channel will find it in their best interest to also show her Cottage series too.  Just looking at the pictures online makes me all swoony...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

UK Love... again

Once again I am convinced I live in the wrong country.

Not that I don't love my country, I do. But my roots truly must be British.
Maybe that is where I will land someday...
For now, I am living vicariously and loving these whimsical goodies from Graham & Green UK.

In other fun news, pop on over to 6th Street Design where the lovely Kristen Krason has done me the great honor of featuring my casa on her blog!
Thanks Kristen!

Friday, May 14, 2010

a petite collection

So recently after a to my grandmother's house where I baked some cookies or brownies and used her vintage nut chopper, I have been on a quest for one just like it for me. Only in Aqua.

Well, the  search has landed me with not 1, but 3 vintage Aqua choppers so far.
And I think I am done. Surely 3 is enough?

Believe it or not they all chop/grind differently and wonderfuly and I need love them all.

Now I just have to decide how and where to display them so I can get to them easily to use them, but still admire their lovely color....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

of photo shoots and flowers

Monday was my dining room's photo shoot for At Home in Arkansas.

It was a lovely day as you can imagine.

Mandy and Nancy were here with Starbucks, flowers and cupcakes in hand. What could be more perfect for my dining room.

Nancy's photographs will be amazing (as they always are.) These are just a taste of what she was photographing, wait to you see her pictures. They put mine to shame!

Nancy gets me and my house, and it shows in her work.  My house simply glows behind her camera.
 And Mandy is amazing. She knows just what to do to set the scene for an amazing picture.

I like to think that I know how to take and set pictures, but when Mandy and Nancy are in the house, I just sit back and watch. 

My dining room should be in the July issue and you will probably hear my squeals of delight when it hits new stands and then you will be able to see for yourself what they can do. 

PS- I made the little cupcake flags on a whim per Mandy's suggestion.
I am so happy with how they came out, I must make more!

Monday, May 10, 2010

rainy day pictures

This weekend my whole family was together to celebrate my youngest sister Judea's college graduation (woo hoo! She did it!!!)  and Mother's Day.

To be all together like that is a rare treat, and we had the best time, just being mellow, hanging out, eating way too much, and doing the things we love to do like going garage sale-ing.

Judea, the graduate does not love to go garage sale-ing with us, but she does love to take amazing pictures and use us for her models.
Here are a few she took on a whim of me, my other sister Jemimah and my mother.
This is an old shack next door to my parents church.
And yes, it was actually raining.

(ps I stole these off her Flick account so the quality is not 100%. If you want to see more of her amazing work you can go here)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

bloomin party

Inspired by the women who taught me how to "fluff my nest,"

to the ones who taught me pinkies & chins are best held up & that a daily walks, coffee, prayers and laughter are the keys to a happy life.

  My Mom and My Maw

I dedicate my Mother's Day Brunch Guest Post on

to them

You can read it & see it here

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

In Progress Part 2 and BIG NEWS

So it rained. And it rained. And it stormed. And it rained.
And so they had the wedding inside.
But it was still lovely. And oh the bride was GLOWING! Truly, she and her pink dress and her sweet and sassy self were the BEST part of the whole day.

And the Coffee Filter Garlands were a hit too.
Even if they were inside instead of out in the courtyard where they truly belonged.


And so I don't have a lot of great pictures - because, well I was busy, and it was inside and instead of out and it was raining and the light... blah blah blah.

But I did get a few - very few!- pictures of bits and pieces.

And on top of all the wedding celebrations I got the best news this weekend -We have won the "Best Before & After"  Category in the At Home Design Make-Over Contest from At Home in Arkansas!!!

And they are coming back to my house to do a photo shoot a week from today!

 So if I am absent around here this week you will know it is because I am fluffing the dining room and trying to remain calm and mature, while inside this Jolly Goode Gal is doing the silliest happy dance imaginable!

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