Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!



Wishing you a day full of love!





Monday, February 10, 2014

Pretty Little Clippie



I'll admit...
Since having a baby girl, I've become a bit obsessed 
with headbands and bows. 
So when the Etsy shop owner of Pretty Little Clippie sent 
Elynne a sampling of her beautiful handmade 
clippies, I was thrilled! 



The clippies have a shabby chic look...soft feathers, netting, vintage colors.
Elynne had nothing like these in her collection! 


Until my sweet baby girl has enough hair to "clip" in the clippies, 
I can interchange them on the headband that was included. 

Check out Pretty Little Clippie on:


You'll love the unique designs and prices!
I just ordered the Country Girl headband:)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Outdoor Shabby Chic Wedding

 Last April my little brother married a sweetheart of a girl. 
I was given the honor of coordinating their little wedding and taking the pictures.
Take a peek...


My parents live on a lovely piece of property, which set the back drop for their ceremony.



Antique church pews and shabby chic chairs were used for guest seating. 







After the ceremony, we shared a champagne toast, light appetizers and delicious cake.
I kept the decor simple by using a burlap runner, mason jars, fresh flowers and a variety
of vintage serving pieces.










My dad made their one of a kind rustic cake stand.







Hopefully one day I will be planning a baby shower for them!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Meet My Shabby Sweet Tea Baby

 It's safe to say I took an unannounced hiatus from blogging! 
I left you last April knowing that I was expecting a baby in November. 
Well here she is! 

Elynne Faye 
Nov. 22, 2013
9lbs 9oz, 21.5 long


Elynne (EE-lynn) and I are both doing well. 
I had a chain of life threatening events occur after her birth 
and give thanks daily that I am here. 
Baby E is such a happy girl and sleeping like a champ! 





I have so much to catch you up on! 
Stay tuned...

xoxo,


Friday, April 19, 2013

Grace and Mercy

Many of us are asking why.
Why so many tragedies?
Why so much hurt?
Why so many children?

He hears us.

He knows our pain. 
He catches our tears and listens to our prayers. 

Remember, this is not heaven. 
Sometimes we won't understand why.
But we can all live with grace and even a little mercy.

We can take time to connect with those in pain.
To look for the good; the helpers. 

Let your heart hurt if needed. 
There is beauty in the most sad moments in life.
Let these times guide you to Him. 

Not away.

Remember, no matter how bad it gets, 
we will meet again. 
In perfection. 

-Elyse 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My thoughts on Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint



Back when I was freshly pregnant and still possessing enough energy to paint, 
I tried out Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. I chose this paint because it is fume free and green. Plus, I had been itching to give it a try because of it's amazing distressing capabilities. 

The first piece I worked on was an old dresser that once belonged to my husband's great grandmother. I applied the milk paint directly on top of thick brown lacquer that was originally on the dresser. Since I was wanting to achieve a chipped/aged look, I did not use the bonding agent that Miss Mustard Seed sells. 

Before:


As you can see, the paint randomly chipped off where it did not fully adhere. Working with this paint is much different than ASCP because you have little to no control where the distressing will occur. It's kindof nerve-racking and exciting at the same time!



The dresser was painted in Linen and waxed (by my hubby) with Annie Sloan's clear wax. 
We think this piece would make a lovely changing table.
It's the perfect height and size. Plus, I am thrilled with how it turned out 
and love the random chipping....

And then there is the next piece I painted.

Holy chipping Bat Man! This thing went nuts!


I picked up this solid oak antique dresser at a garage sale for $80. 

Before: 

I knew from the start that I wanted to leave the beautiful oak top untouched. Again, I used Linen milk paint with no bonding agent. Little did I know that this piece would have been a great candidate for the bonding agent... It is still chipping in my living room! It took a few weeks of looking at it to decided if I really like it or not. Verdict: We love it. It's just heavily distressed and needs to be vacuumed around a few times a week. 



To protect this piece, I decided to try Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. I chose this because it is safe for me to use while prego and super easy to apply. You simply pour a little oil on a clean cotton cloth and rub it in. If I compare it to clear wax, it is not as durable and is best suited for very porous furniture. 

Overall, I love using milk paint. It's a bit messy and nerve-racking but the natural distressing that occurs is gorgeous. To help the chipping along on both pieces, I used a plastic scraper and sanding block to flake off large cracks. 

I hope to start feeling better soon and get back into my garage to try out my new color, 
Shutter Gray.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Where in the world has Shabby Sweet Tea been??

 I'm tired.
I'm sick almost all day
and
I have no desire to be creative.
But I'm happy as a clam!


A Shabby Sweet Tea baby is due

Nov 16, 2013