Sunday, September 18, 2016

Our Lives Just Got Complicated

And it only gets better....
Back before the photo shoot, my husband was notified that he was on suspension pending termination.  He was a Well Tender for a gas company.  As each day went by, we hoped.  But days turned into weeks and on the 17th day, he was finally notified that they were letting him go after 16 years.  It all happened out of the blue and sure has rocked our world.   So please pray for us.  Life without medical coverage is something that we cannot afford.  We had 8 and half more years to pay on our home and we would be free!  We do not use credit, live with cash from day to day with our family of 4.  Somehow we've managed to make it this far in life without credit and it sure has felt good to not have things looming over our heads other than our home.   A road ahead lies before us with the uncertainty of what will happen.  But one thing I do know is that we are together and will stay focused on God.  Without Him, we'd be a hot mess.


As I was scrolling through Instagram, I saw this.  My mouth dropped and thought "what"....then I saw that Miss Mustard Seed had posted a shot she captured of our home during the photo shoot.  Isn't it gorgeous?!


The day my husband was notified, a dear sweet friend had sent me this adorable chintz tea set. Wasn't that just the sweetest?  It's like she knew....


And as I looked out of our kitchen window, I saw the sun peeking through the trees as it settled in for the day.  A sweet reminder that God is always there.


The very next day, we celebrated my Mom's birthday.  She has really been through some hard times too lately with losing her husband to cancer.  We really wanted to make her day a special one.


God knows I love my mom and wouldn't know how to act not having her.  So I am cherishing every moment we have since life has some crazy turns when we least expect it.


She simply gets more lovely and beautiful each year!


That evening, my sweetie and I were out in the yard.  The sky was absolutely gorgeous!  I ran and grabbed my camera and then proceeded to take a million shots.  The colors were just gorgeous!  I always am amazed at God's beauty in this world...what He created and allows us to see each day is just wonderful!


And our home He blessed us with is something that I do not want to lose.  We've worked hard for every bit of it!  We aren't into vacations, jewelry, cars or riches....we love being home with our family and feeling love.  



As usual, I always turn to making something good to eat to make the day a bit better.  I found this recipe on Facebook and made my own rendition.  I am really bad about not following directions.  Let me say, these cookies are the bomb!  With having to eat gluten free, there isn't a lot out there to eat when it comes to sweets since everything has flour in it.  We love our sweets after dinner, so when I found this and knowing how we love coconut, well, I had to make them!  My youngest daughter and I had chocolate all around our mouths and on our fingers after they came out of the oven.  Chasing them down with milk made us laugh as we saw how much we were enjoying them!  

So that's it for now.  Thanks for following me.  I am in the process of trying to figure out how to transfer my blog to Word Press.  I did buy my domain name though with the help from a sweet blogging friend.  I am excited about this new adventure and a little nervous too on how I am going to do it, lol.  I am not too tech savvy!  Of course I am going to figure out how to do it myself since we are now on a very tight budget.  I don't have the luxury to have someone else do it for me.  Really wish I did though, lol!

I hope you guys have a blessed upcoming week!  Please remember us in prayer..... I thank you from the bottom of my heart!



Saturday, September 10, 2016

My Very First Photo Shoot

I still cannot believe it!  
Not quite a month ago, I was contacted about doing a photo shoot here in little old West Virginia! I'm still keeping that hush hush so I don't jinx myself, but I can tell you about who came to do the photo shoot and what a pleasant experience it was!

For years, I've been a fan of Miss Mustard Seed.  Her blog spoke to me at a time I needed it...when the health problems were at their worst.  I remember one night reading her post about having a gall bladder attack, driving herself to the hospital all the while thinking it could possibly be a heart attack.  I realized at that moment, I was not alone.  Fast forward to years later, I finally had a diagnosis with Celiacs Disease. 

So to my surprise, when I received an email on the possible photo shoot, I was told if I was interested, the photographer would be Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed.  Let's just say, I did a huge gulp and responded "yes, of course"!!!!  

For years, I've dreampt of and have been let down a few times about the possibility of being featured in a magazine.  There was one time that I had actually signed a contract only to be notified that they had decided to go a different way.  Talk about being let down.  But the passion with making our home even better didn't stop though.  Ever since I was wee little, I've loved creating and decorating so that wasn't going to kill my passion.  Being in a magazine doesn't define who you are, but is sure is a dream of many with the same passion as me.

So, I'm still thinking in the back of my mind, that this still may fall through.  But the fact that they paid someone to travel to our home and spend 2 days to photograph our home is thrill enough!  And the added bonus of meeting some precious ladies!


Marian and her Mom, Kim, came to our home the evening before the photo shoot to get a feel and to see what type of flowers and props to buy.  I was so excited that I didn't even introduce my family to them, lol!

They were so nice and I felt so at ease...making the thought of them coming back even more exciting!

I had heard some horror stories from other blog friends about their photo shoots and thankfully, I had some great advice on what to do.

Having Marian was a blessing...she saw things in our home like I did and she really captured shots that I adored!


When I came downstairs and saw the flower arrangement in the tray with my angel...I knew this was going to be a good day!


Watching her make flower arrangements with my hydrangeas and ones that she brought made me smile.  She whipped arrangements together so fast and with such ease.  


And to take the time to teach me a few things with Lightroom was even better.  Years ago, I downloaded a free trial and was immediately overwhelmed, lol.  So I've stuck with PicMonkey because it's so easy.  


I stayed up all night after they left and fooled with my camera and editing with Lightroom once again....and this time I knew what I was doing thanks to Marian!

Of course my camera isn't the top of the line model, but I'm really happy with seeing improvements with my photos.  I love photography because it conveys what I see and what I feel.  I used to sit and study photos as a little girl from the Penny's catalog, the bedding section,  and dream of the rooms being mine someday.  Funny thing is...it happened!


My hydrangeas bloomed a few days before she came so that thrilled me because I was hoping she would want to use them.  When I told her, her eyes got big and she asked if I minded snipping them.  I could see the excitement in her eyes too!


She brought some paler blue hydrangeas that paired beautifully with mine.  I just adore blue!

My hubby asked me if my eyes and fingers hurt because I had been sitting at the computer editing all day, lol.... it thrills me to no end doing it!


I had a few hours of sleep the night before but it was the best day to me!  I so enjoyed talking with her mom, Kim...she was a sweetheart and can see where Marian gets her sweetness from.  I could see so many similarities with their relationship and how my mom and I are.  Mom did come up and our Mom's talked and talked while Marian took photos and I watched.  God really did bless me with the best experience for my first time with a photo shoot! 

Now,  to sit, wait and watch to see if and when they will use our home....that's going to be hard!  May was the given time...so I sure am hoping my dream does come true all of the way.  So far it's been really amazing!




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

One Last Fling

First I want to talk about how  very blessed I am to have the best husband ever.  There are times I get so irritated (I'm sure I'm not alone) with him and I know he does the same with me....but to have someone that is always there to have my back, to help me with my projects, to pray for me,  there for me when I am down  or not feeling well.  To have someone that I know without a doubt that loves me no matter what...well, that's really rare in this day.  We've had some really difficult times lately, but no matter what happens, as long as we have each other and stay focused on God, then we will make it!  I wouldn't be who I am without the support I've had from my sweetheart!  

We have a major event happening here at our home this week.  More details coming later....but we've had to do our Fall cleaning and sprucing up a little early.  I've had plans on painting the railing and stairs outside but the heat has put the damper on those plans. So bleach was my friend until I can get to paint.  We always clean the house in the Spring and in the Fall, cut back the flower beds, throw away all of the dead flowers and so on.  But we take our time....we haven't had that option this time around.

Our downstairs needed painted so I bit the bullet and did it.  The nail holes alone were the hardest to take care of!  Between moving all of the furniture, taking things off of the walls, filling and sanding all of the holes and then painting....I thought I'd never get done!  


 The blue I had mixed is Skywriter by Valspar.
The original blue we had was more of a gray blue.  I wanted something a little brighter to go with all of the British Rose and white.  


It's a little bit of an adjustment, but I do this with all of my paint.  I even did it when I painted the living room pink...now I love it and wouldn't change it for nothing!


Sorry I didn't take a before photo before we made this vent cover.


I had wanted to make this for a long time!  The metal air return vent was a true eyesore and a hazard to our toes since it was slanted at the bottom.   This is so much nicer, takes up less space and is pretty!


 The house got washed along with the porch.  I took up the rug for Fall....I'm kinda digging the floor this time around.  I've honestly hated this floor from the beginning.....either I'm softening up and my tastes are changing or I am just not caring anymore, lol!


What's left of my flowers after the major heat we've had, is a true miracle!  They're hanging on!


While everyone is decorating for Fall...I am having one last fling with Summer and enjoying our porch!


There is no better after a hard days work than sitting on this swing and relaxing.  There is something about a porch swing to me that gives a sense of slowing things down a bit.

Life is short and bad things happen to good people...but God is the answer to it all and with Him we will all overcome...in this life or the next.  

Have a blessed week!!!



Sunday, August 28, 2016

How I cut down my Sectional Sofa

Awhile back, I found a sectional sofa for $199.  It was kinda too big for my space, leaving me only one way to have it.  Well, I am not a "one way" kind of gal. I have to have options!


Here it is when we brought it home and after I just covered it up before making a slipcover for it.  See how on one side it is longer than the other? Well, I wanted it the same on both sides.  So....I decided to cut it down!


I rolled it over and peeled back the protective  part to see what I was dealing with.  I knew it was a wood frame so that made it really easy.  The metal bars  braces were screwed in so that made it easy to take apart.  


My sweetie came and helped when I needed his muscles!


This is the parts that we cut off.  We measured everything so the cuts would be even since there were strips of wood all throughout.


Putting the end piece back on.
I made sure to peel back some extra fabric so that when I put it back together, I could make it look nice in case I ever want to get rid of it.


I saved everything I could.



I'm so happy with it!!!


Now it's the same on both sides like how I originally wanted a sectional to be and I have options on moving it around!

All I had to do with the slipcover was cut it down on the one side since I made two slipcovers instead of one.  I thought it would be easier when I needed to wash...so I am thrilled that I did that!

As for the ruffles on the bottom, that is a bed skirt that I have wrapped around the sofa.  It used to be on our old sofa, and I made sure I kept it just for this reason.



Originally, I had the settee at the foot of the bed for years.  With the sectional coming out from the wall, I needed to move it.


Our space feels so much more open now!


And now, that gorgeous foot-board can bee seen!


So that's how I did it...my husband thought I was nuts and was going to ruin his comfy new sofa.   Oh how he was wrong, lol!  He should know by now that when I get it into my head, it's going to happen!



I love our master in the basement!  It's a true retreat!

I'm getting ready to do some painting now, the walls have so many holes in them where I've changed the arrangements.  But I am keeping my blue!

I hope you are having a blessed Sunday and may your week be ever better!




Monday, August 15, 2016

Inspirations

I think we all have inspirations don't we?  Whether it was something we experienced or saw while we were growing up or later in our lives....something that made an impact somehow.  I have plenty.  A lot of mine have to do with living with my Mammaw when I was little.  She had a mixture of many things in her home.  So when I come across something that reminds me of that time, I try my hardest to replicate it somehow in our home.


So many ask why I use sheets for my slipcovers.  The answer is "Mammaw".  She had the best feeling sheets and they smelled so good fresh off of the line.  Going to bed was so soothing to me.  When I got into my bed during the hot summer months, the bed was always so cool because of the nice percale sheets.  And in the winter, my bed was warm too.  So that's why I love using sheets!  Plus, if you really think about it, sheets are made to last because we are sleeping on them night after night.  So why wouldn't they be perfect for slipcovers?

We recently replaced this sofa with a sectional.  Something I had always wanted for this space downstairs.
I found one at our local Mountain Mission for $199!


I didn't have enough money, so I asked my Mom if she'd loan it to me until payday.  She said yes and was on her way!
The hubby and I took both SUV's to get it and I quickly covered it up once we brought it in.  I couldn't stand the plaid with all of my pastels, lol.
And guess what?  When my Momma left, she whispered in my ear as we hugged, not to worry about the sofa, that it would be a gift from her to me.  Now can you believe that?!  I'm so blessed to have her in my life...she's my best friend!


I knew I'd be making a slipcover for it soon, so this would appease my eyes until then.


It was in excellent condition and very clean.  That's what was so amazing about the price!  It is very comfy...check out my sweetie breaking it in.


And here it is all finished with the slipcover I never thought I'd complete!  I bought two queen quilted coverlets for the cushions and sheets for the rest.  I finished it at 3 am Sunday morning and thought I was going to pass out a few times from being so tired, lol.


But I didn't.
Thankfully our space was big enough for the sectional to fit.  Originally, I had wanted a more petite one.   Having the end tables made from a vanity sure did help on not taking up too much space with it..


I took the opportunity to hang some new and different things on the walls.  I made this from an old armoire door that I painted and distressed.  Adding the shutters and the metal basket gave it a little cottage charm.  When I put the blue bucket and greenery on it, now that made me fall in love!

I'm still tinkering around with the space and my walls, so I'll share that later when I get it the way I want.

Now to share some more inspiration...


Many years ago, a dear friend gave me the center plate above the mirror.  I had no clue what pattern it was nor the name of the china.  But I fell in love with the colors and pattern.  
That began a journey for me to find out.
  It inspired the blue floral fabric I've used throughout the kitchen and living room. 

It is called Georgian Floral in eggshell by Homer Laughlin.  Anne, from Whitelace Cottage had a set that I drooled over for years.  One day, I saw a post that she was getting rid of her set.  
Well guess who got it?


My little china cabinet couldn't hold the bigger pieces, so I had fun using them around the house.  I bet you didn't know that I love china!!!


The colors are so soothing and go so well with all of the pastels throughout our home.


I am thrilled with this platter on the mantle....simple but so pretty against the white.


They go so well with my other china.  I loved mixing pieces!


Putting one in this frame was a no brainer but oh so cute!


And they even made their way into one of the guest rooms!

Well, that's it for now.  I'm sure I'll be doing something else soon so stay tuned.  
Have a blessed week!