Saturday, July 19, 2014

Me Time

          Being a new mom these days I find myself daydreaming about free time and mourning the "me time" I use to enjoy copious amounts of. I treasure my precious baby girl and feel blessed to witness all of her nuances and to see the miracle of life and growth in her. 
   It has got me thinking about what a couple of free hours to refresh my spirits would look like. I love cafes, flower shops, old book stores, farmers markets, antique shops, and boutiques. The ambiance of these venues allows me to unwind and tap into my creative side. 

I feel like I could sit at this window for hours after getting a great mystery novel from the shop next store... and of course a latte 

    Maybe the brevity of personal time these days will actually allow me to appreciate the moments I do get and really soak in my environment, and tap into my creative side.   SINCERELY,
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beautiful Textiles

          I have to admit an addiction to prints, textiles, colors, texture... all of these words get me excited to create. I could get lost among fabrics and prints wither they cover your favorite comfy chair, a throw gracing your bed, or a wonderfully breeze dress that fits perfectly. 

Black &White patterns though simple can be 
combined in a way that is intriguing. 

Love the mixture of colors and textures 

         The above colors and patterns makes me want to travel, see the world, eat, drink, and SHOP! The creativity of the designers, and the talent of the weavers, and artisans astounds me and inspires me. 
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day



      Very thankful for all the men and women who serve and have served our country and who preserve the freedoms we have today. I am personally very proud of my husband who serves in the USMC and I feel privileged to witness his dedication, service, and  the sacrifices he makes daily and the amazing men and women he serves beside. 
     I am also proud of both my grandfather who served their country as well and lived a life of honor and integrity. 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby's New Crib

Baby's New Crib 

              Its taken some time, but 99% finished with our baby girl's room and feel super relieved about it. There are still some small additions I have in mind, but I have a feeling I will be adding and tweaking things for some time to come. I did not adhere to any kind of definite theme more of a eclectic, anthropologie inspired vibe. 
          There are aspects that are old, new, gifted, and blue and I like the fact that I was not painted into a corner by using a narrow set of colors or theme. This is totally my preference I know others find more beauty in a cleaner, more "put together" look and I have also seen some stellar examples of this type of style. For me the more defined my style the more frustrating it is for me because I will search and search for just the right color or look, and end up sucking out the pure joy and freedom of discovery. 

Our crib we did a bunch of research, and ended up going with this Hudson. We ordered it through Amazon and it came quickly and we had no problems putting it together. It is a mid-range crib good quality and reasonably priced.
We found the dresser at a cute shop in Savannah
The rocker we found at babies r us and the foot poof I found at Target
As you can see thee are some empty frames that I am wanting to fill of pictures of Payton once she gets here. 

My quilt was made by a wonderful friend, Dulcy White, including the sheets and changing cover.

       This has been a joy to put together and love sharing it with y'all. I hope this will be a wonderful environment for our little girl to grow and thrive in. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dressing the Bump

It is hard to find a good balance between fashion and comfort when dressing your pregnancy body. I understand the desire NO.. basic need to be functional and with all the body changes, hot flashes, bump growth and such. Here are some looks that might inspire you and help you get through the moments when you start considering sweats and a t-shirt as the pinnacle of your fashion arsenal. 

My Personal Tips 
* Figure out your needs: Are you mostly in a work place environment, stay at home mom or worker, working out a lot, are you in meetings most of the time or chilling at the park or coffee shop (drinking decaf of course). This will defiantly drive what outfits are most practical for you.  

* I tend to lean towards neutrals and bring in pops of color with accessories that I already own.  A grey v-neck t-shirt can carry you a long way wither it is under a blazer, or paired with a comfy maxi.

Places to Shop 
     * Old Navy, Gap, Target give great options especially when you are being $ conscious and trying to build up your basics. 
      * Loft Maternity is a bit more expensive, but would be a good resource for some of the investment pieces, and if you are looking for an outfit for an event like a wedding or graduation.
       * Asos, Pink Blush Maternity, are some other sights that have some cute items for you to check out. 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sweet Frills

We are so very excited to welcome our little girl into the world in a few weeks and am not too shy to say I will find great joy in dressing her up. Here are some looks I love and can't wait to see her in them. 

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Doing Something Good

        I have been recently introduced to a wonderful organization whose mission is simple, but profound. Sole Hope is an organization that saw a huge need in Uganda and did something about it. There is an epidemic that runs rampant especially among children in subtropical countries it is called jiggers. This is a flea that burrows into the feet of their carriers and lay eggs that become infected and cause serious pain. The egg sac can be removed and the area treated, but unless the problem receives a permanent solution it will keep happening again and again. 

Sole Hope has met this challenge by organizing teams to go into Uganda and clean out these little ones feet, and then provide them with shoes to prevent further infection. This is where you can help. You can get a bunch of friends and family together and throw a shoe making party! It is simple, fun, and a practical hands on approach to helping those in need. 

Above is a link to how to plan your party and the tools you will need to be successful. Items include ...
  • Blue jeans – They can get them from their closets or purchase a very cheap pair from Goodwill!
  • Fabric scissors and Pinking Shears
  • Large Safety pins
  • Black sharpie markers
  • Plastic – items such as milk jugs, thin plastic folders, laundry detergent bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, etc.
  • A 10.00 donation to sponsor a pair of shoes. (I also always make it clear that if they can’t donate the 10.00 I still want them to come, because they are ministering with their time!)
Below is the link to Sole Hope where you can learn more and see all the wonderful effective things that are being done to bring health and happiness to so many little feet! 

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