Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello Monday

hello cold weather
hello chilly pine floors that creak with each step
hello baby in a bonnet

hello to rearranging 'junk' during nap time
hello newly styled mantel
maybe a hello to painting the brick white

hello to feeling overwhelmed with our old house
hello to project after project
hello to reading about a very special upcoming project

hello Monday
goodbye weekend

Friday, January 9, 2015


Happy Friday y'all.
Not going to lie, this week kicked my butt as a mom.
I read a post over at Natalie Creates that really hit home for me.
In her heartfelt post, Natalie openly discusses why she is afraid of becoming a mother....
the fear of losing herself.
Friends, this is exactly why I hopped on the computer yesterday and announced that
Shabby Sweet Tea is making a comeback. I recognize that I need this blog for me.
A much needed creative outlet.
My girls are my everything and I'm extremely close to both of them.
However, I'm not as close with me anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a happy wife/mom and beyond blessed to be staying home.
I'm just feeling a tad off after leaving my career behind, being on diaper
duty and keeping up with a teen.
Life comes with many different seasons. I refer to this one as
"in the trenches"
My days are on repeat.
and repeat.
And I'm okay with that.
I'm enjoying this season and have placed many ideas and projects on the back burner.
I like to think they just have more time to simmer and become greater.
But in the meantime, I will be carving out more time for me. It may be walking up to the antique shop, whipping up a wreath or painting a small piece of furniture.
It will be something I enjoy.

My girls have helped mold me into the woman I am today.
They did not cause me to lose myself...
I've just been so busy loving them that I've lost sight of what I love to do.
So here's to all you moms out there with very little free time.
Do something for YOU!
And here's to our children for enriching our lives, fueling our creativity and showing us
the many beautiful seasons of life.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shabby Sweet Tea Is Back!


Anyone still out there?
It's me, Elyse. The long lost blogger.
Man, has it been a long time. I use to love blogging so much.
What the heck happened?!

Maybe I was overwhelmed with a new baby or experiencing blogger burnout {gasp}
But to be honest with you, I've missed sharing tidbits of my life over here on
Shabby Sweet Tea.
So in 2015, expect to see more from me.
{for real this time}
More check-ins, lots of pictures and maybe a project or two.
I am however deleting my blog's face book page and I may not link up to many blog hop parties. Yes, I've missed blogging but I have very little free time. This blog is for me and because I love to create. No more comparing my little blog to big blogs, trying to promote it or stressing over what to post. I vow to keep it simple.

I can't wait to catch you up!
We may have sold our house and bought a historic farmhouse....
I've missed y'all.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby Sweet Tea

 Happy Friday Y'all! 
I've been working on a few paint projects, 
which I hope to post soon. 
In the meantime, I will leave you with some updated 
pictures of my chickpea. 
She's 7 months old now! 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Baby Barefoot Sandals

Baby barefoot sandals may just be the cutest baby girl accessory. ever.
My chickpea has a pair in every color. 
Hop on over to my etsy shop to see the collection I have for sale. 

Linking up to: Ivy and Elephants

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fancy Faye Handmade: A Headband Giveaway!

Vintage Flower with Felt Bow
Vintage Print Flower with Felt Bow
While I was pregnant with my baby girl (now 6 months old), I started making headbands and hair bows. After purchasing a few pricey accessories, I decided to try my hand in creating my own. Little did I know how much I would enjoy this craft. Since then, I have sold at local events and recently opened an Etsy shop. My goal is to create unique and affordable
hair accessories for your little one. 

I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a giveaway! 
One lucky winner will receive a free headband of choice.
The shop also has a grand opening sale:
 buy 2 hair accessories or barefoot sandals and get one for free

Felt Bows

Fancy Faye Handmade has a selection of banners, wreaths and cake buntings.
More fancy inventory to come!

Shabby Chic Rag Banner

Good luck! The winner will be announced on June 4th. 

Linking up to: Sugar Bee Crafts

Monday, May 19, 2014

Shabby Chic Inspired Baby Nursery

Here's a peek into my baby's nursery. 
Overall, I was going for a vintage/shabby chic look 
with a hint of pink but not over the top baby or girly.

Her bedding was purchased from the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target.
Unfortunately, it has since been discontinued.

The rag banner was created using strips of fabric, lace and burlap. 

I wanted a creative way to store her diapers and wipes without having to open the dresser up. My cheap and handy solution was purchasing wood crates from the craft store and painting them in Duck Egg Blue, ASCP. The antique dresser was painted in 
Linen, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I also painted a second dresser,
which is in her closet for extra storage. 

I pulled the rocker out of a dumpster and gave it a good make over. The antique side table was a treasure in my parents attic. Both are painted in Duck Egg Blue, ASCP.

The chalkboard I made by painting a picture frame and spraying the glass with chalkboard paint. The little book shelf was a local find, which I painted with several colors to give it a chippy layered look. It has since been filled with more books, sweet baby shower gifts and more stuffed animal friends. The tea set I picked up at Ikea when I was pregnant.

This cross stitch prayer was made by my grandma when I was a baby. I've said this prayer for as long as I can remember. My dad created the beautiful frame out of old barn wood.

I snagged this toy box for $15 and gave it a coat of paint and also stenciled my baby's monogram.

I'm hoping several of these pieces will grow with her. Before you know it, I'll me looking for a headboard! We also plan to install hardwoods in her room sometime next year.