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i am loving…are you?

Ha ha!  I know what I will do…blog about some of the little things I am loving!  why you ask?
because I would love to know those things about YOU silly!  so here we go

I am LOVING

pinning for some of my house projects.  Light, texture, soft color layered all against a neutral background, layers of all sorts — just a few words that
would describe my decor style groove.. you kinda can see these words taking shape in our dining area and soon our
living area…so much happening:)

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 vintage, cottage dining room

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passiondecor-de-marieclaude:    ethanallen.com

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Penstemons and other blooms from the garden beside a family heirloom breadboard from Germany.

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Vintage Style Bathroom with sweet colors!

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36th Avenue coat closet

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Brights Closet

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now for my house… ( not quite the same is it…yet my friends…yet!)

talk about being uncomfortably real.  I am taking off the doors of our kitchen cabinets to see if I can give these 50 year old things a face lift or botox or something!  I will show you progress soon.  I got a few color samples to try inside the cabinets.  We are doing some open shelving on either side of the sink.  We also tore out the overhead cabinets above the stove!!

here I said I had two goals for the week with one being cleaning out the hall closet.
CHECK..done!  explains the above pins for closet ideas.  I am turning this into a
“mud closet”.  I picked out the paint for stripes girls!!  going with stripes…i think

and last but not least is my refrigerator! and the spill that happened the other day–
see why Instagram is so cool?  you find stuff like this out right when it happens…lol!

I am LOVING

trying new hair styles like twisting the hair and secring with bobbi pins but it doens’t quite look the same on me as on Grace sot I keep going back to the hat.
LOVE hats…

I am LOVING

trying new food and eating cleaner

tiff’s big bowl – plain shredded wheat, grape nuts & banana’s swiming in vanilla almond milk peeps:) ( inspired by Engine2 )

tried Nutella for the first time – wonderful all wrapped in crescent rolls and baked all soft and gooey!
Grace got a cooking lesson..more on this subject very soon:)

my weird lunch one day…apples, peanut butter and pepperoni

I am LOVING

watching documentaries all last weekend.  Nothing wrong with being educated on what we are eating.
I highly recommend watching all of these.

Engine2
Forks over Knives
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

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DUCK DYNASTY..where has it been all my life!  This is for you Becky:) I am seriously in love with this family.  We watch them over and just laugh.  The good laughs..the kind that makes you forget we live in a merry go round society that goes so fast and you just wanna get off and escape to another place and time kinda laugh…

my camo pants that i will not get rid of..now i call them my duck commander pants

I am LOVING

my INSTAGRAM friends

Sasha’s Etsy store to re-open and Chrissie opened her store again for the new year with some adorable pillows for those kiddos in your life.  And the ever amazing meg’s mercantile shop and Ashley’s home projects that just make me sick..in a good way:)…always something fun going on there.

Instagram is my fav thing happenin right now.  It is instant and fun!  We are houseofbelonging by the way:)
I am on it WAY more than Facebook now.

ok..now your turn–what are some things YOUR crazy little self is loving….

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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

oh..don’t forget to follow along with us on INSTAGRAM as we connect the sacred in heart ~ home and handmade

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O Come all Ye Faithful Home Tour 2012 + Shop News

hey everyone…hope your weekend was good?  what did you do with your one wild and crazy weekend?  do tell…
pictures first….then words

::::House of Belonging Shop News 2013 ::::

we are deliriously happy to share two of our new signs.  we are seeking to carve out our own niche in a  huge sign market.
after working at Restoration Emporium this year and being introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk paint in our furniture refinishing we
have begun using it on our signs and LOVE it!  love..my sweet entrepreneurial friend has a amazing ascp store.
i am a color outside the lines kinda girl and anything that lets the user to work in an independent, intuitive and creative way–we are all in:) 

i will do an in depth post sometime this week on our 2013 shop..the new signs. we have a whole new vision for the coming year.  boy do i need it right about now too:)  each sign has a story and i can’t wait to share it with you all.  we have some really amazing signs coming.  God has been so faithful but first we are working long and hard getting signs out to our sweet customers:)

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 we would love to have you follow us on INSTAGRAM @ houseofbelonging to see shop sneak peeks and our daily life as we live out the sacred connections between heart home and handmade…

just the beginning of all sorts of wonderfully fun changes for our little house coming your way:)
praying this week we realize we can’t do everything perfect..we can’t kill ourselves doing too much…praying we choose what we love the best about the holidays..let those things remain and everything else can fall away…and may we give grace to other women..other momma’s if their stories are different than ours…xotiff and this post comes with a big hug gosh darn:)

so come peruse all the beautiful homes over at Jen’s today..

 

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O Come all Ye Faithful Mantle 2012 – take 1

being sick has really slowed life around here but we did manage to get the bones of our mantle up over this last week.
we still have to put the glitter letters on the stockings, tweeking the mantle and finishing preparing our home to embrace the coming season.  I am having the kids stay home this weekend and help me get it all wrapped up before our family get together’s.  I am practicing using a new set of “glasses” to see all of this as a gift..trying to not let all of the stress undo me causing me to be a scrooge…it will all get done just as it is meant to be and i want to enjoy it all to boot!  I really am excited to share it all with you.

Our inspiration this year were the words O Come from the song O Come All Ye Faithful..
there is something about the invitation that gets me..and faithful? me? not hardly
but stillcome

yes you…me…just as we are
no strings..no try harders..and yes with all the broken messiness just COME

a song about adoring a baby king

in flesh appearing

we will have a full post up over the weekend with all of our O Come all Ye Faithful decor…see ya then!

do you have an inspiration word or theme you used this year?

xotiff


The Lettered Cottage
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holiday bi-polar – and happy balls!

have you stood calf deep in the ocean and when the big wave comes you have to brace yourself?  you can feel the force of the water and tighten you leg muscles? and then the relief when it subsides out to sea again– only to come once more?  that is how my emotions have been the last two days.  moments of panic-overwhelm to not asking for help to feeling alone to focus Tiffini and boo hooing in the bathtub for God to help me…rather fickle isn’t it?  we all go through it..this journey of life.   I am slowly getting better…

a plus:: didn’t eat SO much junk this holiday..you eat so much carbs and meat that all you want is Mexican..now THAT sounds good!

 a few snapshots of some of our CHRISTmas decorating we have been doing each day…I will do a full post on down the road once I am feeling up to it.  Right now it is a crazy hot mess…the house

 make a happy ball garland for someone and I guarantee it will bring a heart smile!

 i am obsessed…

i too thought my thanksgiving week would be way different.  soooo didn’t happen that way so we are making the best of it.  I sit and delegate..not a bad deal right?

another plus to being laid up in bed I found another new series that I am OBSESSED with…Made in Chelsea…have you watched it?  i have been practicing their verbage..like “‘cheeky’”…it is like listening to Adele in 10 different people!

I have went down to my concentration look and am now looking daily for the moon face to appear…i crave anything bad for me and NEVER feel full…i am eating lots of sugar free jello, snack pack pudding, white bread, eggs, mashed potatoes, macaroni and yes..cheese please…bland and residue I am:)

come over here and give me a hug–thank you for loving on me.
we are watching White Christmas together on my bed…each with our electronic device

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do you INSTAGRAM?  I do..you can follow me @houseofbelonging…I am just SURE someday business will return to normal!
what about you?  any new shows..series you could share with me?  I love the UK;)
any crazy boo hoo stories from the bathtub…!  am I the ONLY one?:)
when things go south from what you dreamt them to be what are some things you have tried that helped?  I’d sure love to hear…

moon face over and out…xoxo

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