Happy Reading

Jul
2013
23

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I’m so excited! Today the kids and I ventured down into Denver to face the heat and get poor Amigo dog fixed (is that TMI?) and ran by Paulino’s Garden Center. If you haven’t been to Paulino’s and you are a lover of plants and water, you must go! The have water features that make you feel like you aren’t in the desert, the friendliest cheerio eating Koi in all of Denver and succulents and cacti to melt a heart of stone. And most importantly I found moss on sale there for $1.88 a bag! Steal! A dusky black, purple, which I know I’ll need for something crazy one day and red-my fave! So anyways, strolling through that place is inspiring, and could get expensive if you lack restraint. I found a book on succulents that I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on…”Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates” by Leo J. Chance. So I one-click-shoppinged that baby straight to my door from Amazon! (if you don’t know what that is, you should!) I am so excited to read about the plants I love and the details that are specific to my area. It’s a guessing game sometimes until I settle on what works, for one plant. I will be sure to fill you in once I get started on it…in the meantime the link is in my sidebar if you want to take a look. It’s a good deal on Amazon.

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So a happy day was had by all, accept poor Amigo, who never knew what hit him! Hope you had a sweet Monday as well.

Night friends!

Weekend Fun

Jul
2013
21

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Weekends are my favorite time, especially in Summertime. The days are so long you pack in a week of fun in just a day or two. This morning started off with coffee on the deck, which has quickly become the best and deepest breath of my day, before the crazy starts. Then we loaded up and made the rounds of the neighborhood garage sales. We met so many sweet neighbors and found some serious finds.

Super fun vintage feather earrings 50 cents!

Sweet vintage feather earrings for 50 cents! Bought at the house of the lunch lady from the kids’ school. She was a sweetie!

Good mountain summer tunes, a buck a piece

Good mountain summer tunes, a buck a piece

The nicest neighbor guy gave me this cactus starter that had fallen off of  the huge mama cacti...freebie! woop woop!

The nicest neighbor guy gave me this cactus starter that had fallen off of the huge mama cacti in his beautiful sunroom…freebie! woop woop!

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Same nice neighbor guy’s sunroom find…Huge aloe for $4!!! I’m not gonna lie, this made my month!

A Beautiful Mess

Jul
2013
17

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We were playing outside today at a friends house when one of the girls screams out that she made a huge discovery…a caterpillar crawling along the deck railing! All the littles go charging at once to see this exciting find. My oldest comes back around in about 3 seconds and I hear “ugh that’s disgusting.” I was a little surprised at this response from my nature journaling child, so I said, “I thought you loved caterpillars and bugs?!” She proceeded to inform me that this one was fat, brown and fuzzy. And it was dis-GUS-ting. Without a hesitation I gave her the mom remark, “Well sweetie, something beautiful will come out of that ugly caterpillar very soon. And I know you love butterflies.” She went on about her bike riding with no more on the fatty. I sat there thinking, “I was fat, brown and fuzzy until you were born. And look at you!” (She was born in late July so I floated all summer and literally baked a bun in the oven.) I let my mind wonder to all the things in my life that I would consider fat or ugly or a mess altogether. Most of my life would fit those categories really. In truth, all of ours would. That friend who’s house I sat at, had invited me over that very morning to help her organize and re-decorate her house. She said she felt like she couldn’t get her #@!$ together and she didn’t know what was wrong with her. Let me tell you, there is nothing wrong with this girl. She makes homemade bread, (not in a bread maker) every week, she brews kombucha tea at home, she thrifts and bulk shops, she teaches her kids things that would never even enter my brain! And yet she feels not good enough or inadequate because interior decorating is not her forte! Don’t we all do this to ourselves on some front? This year I am so excited to embark on the journey of embracing my story, messes and all. The Creator made me who I am, in His image. Which means I am creator as well. Creativity takes time and usually a mess. And I’m ok with that. Most days I feel like that poor caterpillar inching along, fat, fuzzy and disgusting. But I am encouraged that the Lord tells me I am His masterpiece. He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I could do the good things he planned for me long ago. In His eyes, I am already that beautiful butterfly. And I will fly. It is for freedom I have been set free. {Reference Eph 2:10}

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Epic, the polyphemus moth we found on the lower deck last week, giving us a one eyed wink.

What’s Shakin’

Jun
2013
14

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So, what’s shakin’? I feel in somewhat of a holding pattern…travel times are coming to a close this weekend. So I am frantically trying to pack in one last visit with all the peeps I love, hit all the spots I wanted to hit while in Dallas and not get dizzy in the process! The kids are loving the swimming, the heat, the evening bike rides, the time with family. I think they are Texans at heart just like their mama and despite their daddy’s best efforts! I do love the mountains, but there’s no place like home. So here’s what’s shakin’ for me…

~Loving this blog today…Small Measures (I found Ashley through her posts on Design Sponge)

~Thinking about trying my own version of this project when I get home to Colorado. I am not the seamstress  that my matriarchs were, so my version will most likely include paint in lieu of fabric.

~Wishing we had one of these in Denton, TX or Denver, CO-I’d take either location! Then wouldn’t smell like I wear Starbucks as my perfume of choice. Ick!

~Reading…ok, let ‘s not lie. I haven’t opened a book since I left the Mountains! I have however been devouring Flea Market Style Magazine and The Simple Things…yes I’m an issue behind on both, but there’s such much good stuff. And I may or may not buy a new magazine and lose it in a stack of creative mess and then find it 2 months later. It has never been confirmed or denied. :)

What shakin with you?

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Happy Monday, plant-loving friends! What a terrific time of sunshine and family I was blessed with this weekend. I am behind on posting, but it is happily so, since I have been in Texas for a few weeks now soaking up the heat and the love of the fam. So today I want to show you some adorable plantings I did at my sister’s ranch in Stephenville, TX a weekend (or 2) ago. (You must excuse my foggy travel brain. I don’t even know the date, much less what time zone I’m in!) I used thrifted pots that cost me $1.99, $3.99 & $6.99, but all at half off! Woot woot!  Kel works at the most amazing and vast grower’s nursery, so we ventured into the greenhouses, despite rain, mud and puddles, to clip over-hanging tufts of sedum, hens and chick and snag a few ferns. We were in our happiest, happy place! Once home, kids and animals out from under foot, we dove into project mode. Kel made a crate planter for ferns and I did a few of my pots. Such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Sedum and buckets of cuttings: my favorite combo!

Sedum and buckets of cuttings: my favorite combo!

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Asparagus Fern, Blue Spruce Sedum and red moss for a punch of color.

Bird's eye view

Bird’s eye view

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I want to say this is mouse ear sedum, but there are so many varieties it is hard to name them all!

Juga, the observer

Juga, the observer

For those who are wondering: Yes, I traveled 1,000 miles with moss, succulent soil and gravel in the back of the truck, just so I could pot at will.  Does that make me an addict? No! Well, ok, maybe. But I love it to much to let it go. It’s in our blood! Thanks Kel for a weekend full of my favorite things with my favorite sister. Green thumb high five!

 

Oh Deanie Pants…

Jun
2013
05

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My friend Claudine is such a sweet inspiration to me that I almost can’t go a post with out mentioning her! Do you have one of those? Every one needs a friends like Deanie. We are women together, not just mammas. Creative forces to be reckoned with, not just baby raisers! We thrift, dream, write, create, dream more, make dreams happen, all in a Saturday morning! A few weekends ago we ventured down the hill to hit the Horseshoe Market in Denver, thrift around and find some inspiration. It was such a fantastic day! Here’s a few shots…

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Great quilt

Great quilt

Deanie is obsessed with globes, and I can't blame her.

Deanie is obsessed with globes, and I can’t blame her.

Sweet Mountain Love

Sweet Mountain Love

I want to make these out of coffee filters!

I want to make these out of coffee filters!

Love these crocheted glass covers

Love these crocheted glass covers

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Me and Deanie with our staches.

 

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Or in our case, smudgy finger painted memories…sob, sob! So my kindergarten girl is moving on to the real deal and my lil todder man is racing his way into his last year of preschool.  So to capture the memories (and the unbearable stacks of art & homework sheets) we make a binder for each school year. The kids get to go through, picking the ones they want to keep and hole punching them as they go. We keep the class work on which they first wrote their names, cute little stories, drawings, nameplate from their desks, all the fun visuals to remind them of their first few years. They love it! A few clear sheets protectors are a cheap and easy way to add photos from the years performances, holiday parties and field days-if you’re better than me at getting real pics printed! A friend told me she would make a page with the first day of school pic and answers to questions like, What are you most excited about? What’s your favorite color, food, animal, etc,  And then another for the last day of school. I love this idea! But of course have not gotten to that yet. At least I got the binder done and the stacks out of the way.

First day of kindergarten...seems so long ago!

First day of kindergarten…seems so long ago!

KG bInder

KG bInder

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Treasured schoolwork

Treasured schoolwork

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Oh man, if I have to pull clothes from the winter wardrobe again I might just have myself a good cry. For real. We get gorgeous moments, but today it is rainy, hail off and on and grey & chilly. We have been enjoying the spurts of warmth and fighting off the bouts of cabin fever with an array of springtime projects.

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My little artist

My little artist

Rocket launcher building

Rocket launcher building

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kisses!

kisses!

Smiles in the sunshine.

Smiles in the sunshine.

 

Launching the rockets.

Launching the rockets.

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Making Mercury glass was such a fun project and the end product was the best part! We made a set of 12 various shapes and sizes of faux mercury glasses and then perched gorgeous champagne cupcakes in them as a pre-wedding gift to the bride last weekend. Her reception theme was all Mercury and silvered glass, with monochromatic shades of creme and yellow, so she absolutely loved the gift! It was mom’s idea so I get no credit for this one!

Champagne cupcakes in Mercury glass, made by yours truly and her amazing mamacita!

Champagne cupcakes in Mercury glass, made by yours truly and her amazing mamacita!

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Gorgeous reception in the old train station in Ft. Worth Texas. Wedding Coordination by Terri Camp (mamacita), florals by Keri and details by my sis & sis in love Kel Barron and Shelby Camp.

Gorgeous reception in the old train station in Ft. Worth Texas. Wedding Coordination by Terri Camp (mamacita), florals by Keri and details by my sis & sis in love Kel Barron and Shelby Camp.

Heart Words

Apr
2013
30

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My sweet lil Miss comes home from kindergarten with homework sheets of addition and subtraction, penmanship and heartwords. I thought it funny they call them heart words nowadays. We used to call them “sight words”, but they are basically words you memorize before you are able to actually read to help you piece together simple sentences.  They are words such as I, you, we, she, they, love, like, is, feel, see, etc…the more I thought about them and put them together, the more my wheels turned…I feel…you love…she sees…we like…these are the words of our hearts.

I had heart words today. In a coffee shop I’d never been to, over a tiny table, talking for a half hour before we noticed we never launched into our interaction with the obligatory cup of coffee! So after a brief pause to order Vanilla Lattes, we dove right back in. She and I had met once before in passing, sort of a friend of a friend situation. Something inside me prompted me to set up coffee with her and I sensed that the Lord had something good for me. I could have never imagined. We talked life, marriage, friends, moving, being the one left behind when friends move, children, marriage with children, honesty, Jesus, the hurting souls in our world, what we can do…we covered it all. In 2 hours. Needless to say, it was the heart words. She asked me at one point in conversation, “have you told him how you feel?” to which I replied, “no way!” She pressed me to bravery, to be open and honest in my most intimate relationship, as I was in that very moment with her. Weren’t we instantly bonded because we had jumped straight into “I feel…” “We love…” “He sees..”? Why do I guard myself from those closest to me, preventing the bond that happens over these heart words? Mostly fear. Fear of rejection, fear of disappointment, what if we don’t bond? Wouldn’t that be a greater let down than if I just didn’t try again? Fear of being seen as crazy, or seen as who I think I really am and they just don’t know it yet! But that’s not truth. And not my burden to carry. It is mine and mine alone to be honest, to be real, to share my heart words with those I love and to be blessed by the bond that ensues. It’s not easy. I love to talk, to connect, to interact with people and it’s still the hardest thing in the world to do with my own hubs! But when I step out, I feel connected, I am seen, we love, he feels…it’s all in the heart words. I guess it’s true what they say, everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.

With the sweet comes the sorrow. Wise words from a new friend that I was so blessed by today.

With the sweet comes the sorrow. Wise words from a new friend that I was so blessed by today.