it is simple. book pages. WORDS. it just kinda fell into place.
” i wanted to peel off my hat and mask and the name that wasn’t mine, and sit in the middle while the misfits fell and piled up like pick-up sticks around me. then we’d crack open a worn cover and i’d read, and the words would do what medicine can’t won’t and never will. –charles martin’s book unwritten
” STORY is the bandage of the broken. sutures of the shattered. the tapestry upon which we write our lives”
–charles martin’s book unwritten
each morning when i sit under the twinkling lights as the days as the dawn is breaking words give me hope. i am reminded that while the world is throwing parties ..i want to be so engaged to the One who knows my pain…who offered to cut out my gangrene..to take my bruised, bloodied and broken heart and
bandaged it with love
be willing to walk the battlefield…rescuing the wounded
letting the WORD do what medicine can’t, won’t or ever will
while it is just a silly mantle in light of eternity
if practiced–LOVE..offering our story to others can & will help others to take
all the million broken pieces of their hearts and let the healing begin
i will be back wednesday with the heart behind our christmas decor…the ALABASTER BOX sign and PRE-ORDERS oh…and the WINNER of the our new collection contest coming out january 2 when we re-open our new store!!
we are always wanting to cover what we think is unseemly..ugly..messy don’t we?
well i could go off on a million rabbit trails with that sentence but i will spare you today.
i do however want to share THE best 30.00 we’ve spent in a long time
for a slipcover no less. a pottery barn slipcover. fromUGLYSOFA
you guessed it to cover the ugly. no not really. our couch is fairly new. we got it on clearance because of a small hole in the side here is a picture of it .. NOT what i would choose had if i could choose anything but hey..paid cash. saved some money right?
and i believe country living had a plaid couch not to long ago so maybe they are coming back in..ha!
since we are going all coastal”ly” we want all of our living room furniture to be cohesive and at this price i could justify it. it covered what needed to be covered and didn’t break the bank.
i am not gonna lie–i had to vacuum the sofa yesterday. it had my hair ( i have my quiet time on the couch) and bella hair on it. i have an ocd issue with hair.
the light color…will drive me cray BUT i put a quilt on the sitting part
and when company comes…which is like never…i will rip off the quilt and voila! there is pain in beauty right? the good with the bad
oh..you know my grand babies moved to florida last month and the oldest begins kindergarten this year so grandma & auntie’s got busy shopping to fill
care boxes full of school supplies.
no lie nik and i were looking on PBkids the night before last and had chel pick a backpack reed would like and she chose the baseball one.
i have some pictures to share with you from the long holiday weekend. i am getting around to sharing it midweek i know. the days are just flying by..are yours too?
throwing my heart into my home and my life into the world of technology to be honest is a love hate relationship. some days weeks i long for the simple life before
all of this. sometimes i stand back and think it is so crazy and self centered.
how can story matter? how can what i have to share be any different than anybody else?
i am surely not a home dec blog…my heart runs deep and wide and i often struggle to make sense of it..so i mesh that in with the decor
and gosh darn i am one of those persons who makes a lesson out of everything. i just.can’t.help.it
i need an anonymous class for it.
so as we have been throwing our heart and soul…and sweat into this old house that is not even ours…what the heck? is that sane? i don’t know yet.
ask me in a year…
i am learning that old houses can have good foundations..they just need lots of tearing out things and putting in new. a little at a time.
it is called saving up for something that matters.
you matter and i matter and we are like old houses. we have good foundations we just need a little gutting now and then and some new habits put in place right?
that is just what we did to the bathroom–we gutted it then put new tile, tub, sink, faucets and a light.
and we ran out of money…oh the floor tile comes in friday!!
but that was all we could do at the moment. we we are walking on concrete board floor and living for a bit wit
the green moisture resistant sheet rock until we can save up more money for planking etc.
it is lesson in patience. and being thankful for what we do have and what we don’t have anymore….mold!!
there is lots to be learned from old houses…so i am sure you will be hearing what that is as we go…ha!
don’t you buy things for the packaging? me too!
we painted the stained shelves annie sloan old white and sanded them. they are as soft as a baby’s butt i swear!
i touched up all the walls…well except for one with ashwood. my absolute favorite neutral color.ever!
i will be putting this dining room lamp up for sale in my etsy shop if anyone is interested let me know…
with childlike glee i clap at the transformation taking place within this home and within my heart. there are hard places. there are stop places..and places where i am so sure i will not be able to face tomorrow.
that it will never end
days can fill with hopelessness and spiral out of control if i am not focused and intentional
but then i remember whose i am i am a warrior woman after all and warrior women are scared courageous and worn weary they run the race set before them
so we run today girls. we run.
i will be sharing more of our inspiration pictures and where we are headed with this house each week from now on. we are also working on some fun things in making our guest room an office as well as finishing up the bathroom and then to tackle
that kitchen…my my my. and on the cheap too!
:: SHOP CLOSES thursday JULY 11 @ midnight and will re-open in AUGUST with all of our holiday signs! time to order and receive before the holiday::
MOXIE’s new SHIRT…you can choose different colors as well…go check it out. MORE coming very soon!!
thank YOU .. there are NO words for your support of our little shop. we could do nothing without you. thank you from the deepest places in my heart…xoxotiff
this is the bright home in which i live, this is where i ask my friends to come, this is where i want to love all the things
it has taken me so long to learn to love….there is no house like the house of belonging
::: planking the walls on either side of the fireplace :::
completely changed the vibe of the room
and we didn’t even fill the nail holes!
we painted the planks Benjamin Moore’s Whispering Spring
in which I TOTALLY stalked Ashley and stole the color from one of her favorite’s…couldn’t help myself
and you would do the same thing! she has a happy home!! and I love her…and her home:)
anyhoo isn’t it amazing what little projects .. over time .. can do to change the heart of a home?
what little projects do you have lurking around in your heard?
have you planked any walls?
I love it so much I am going to do my whole bedroom!
you can click here here and here for planking tutorials
and remember…a little bit at a time makes a big difference a year later!!
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