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words can do what medicine can’t..our christmas home

it is simple.  book pages.  WORDS.  it just kinda fell into place.

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” 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
and LOVING
letting the WORD do what medicine can’t, won’t or ever will
–unwritten

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

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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!!

xotiff

 

 

 

 

 

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a best kept secret..pb slipcovers & backpacks

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.  from UGLYSOFA

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!

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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.
seriously fantastic!

:::tmi:::

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.

well uglysofa had that one…for 19.99!  and the matching lunchbox so we bought him both.
i don’t have to tell you how expensive it is to send the littles off to school anymore!

so grandma’s – auntie’s….let’s come together and help our kiddo’s out!  even something little helps.  do what you can with what you have.
everything makes a difference and is appreciated

moral of this post?

go get yourself a a good quality slipcover and a backpack.  you have my word it is worth it!
i am going to get the drop cloth one for fall/winter…

oh…did i tell you the girls and i are driving up to the mall of america friday?  for 5 days!  never been to MN before
and we soooo need a break.  just a mini one but thankful for it.

and now for those really uGlY wingback chairs…oh uglysofa if you could help me on that one
i would be forever grateful but since you cannot:( i did purchase this.

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these 2 chairs will be slip covered or i will die tryin!

happy wednesday…love you all:))

 

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we are like old houses – our updates in pictures

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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?

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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!!

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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.

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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.  

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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!!

I am His - made to order shirt

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

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I forgot to tell you about our planked walls!

dark ~depressing ~ dirty
my 3 adjectives that described this room when we moved in a year ago last month

last Christmas we had painted the walls and it looked like this

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a little paint, ripping up the carpet and our most recent project

::: 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?

QUESTION?

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!!
xotiff

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