Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weekly Wishlist Fall Series - Jewelry!

Well... my oh my... I seem to have forgotten something last week didn't I? haha. I did think about doing my Weekly Wishlist last week, but when I thought of it I was busy and then I didn't think of it again. Oops. BUT, to make up for it, I'm going to do two this week. Because it's my blog and I'll post if I want to! Haha!

Alright, so this week we've got two posts coming... and the first one is all about Autumn-Inspired Jewelry! After all, why should we let our homes and front doors have all the decorating fun? EXACTLY! We shouldn't! We should get to have our own cutesy fall decorations just for us! Enjoy...

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Later this week: The Prettiest Pumpkins!
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Do you have any seasonal jewelry that you ONLY wear at certain times of the year?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Books & Books & Books &....

Usually, date night for us is on Tuesdays. We go to Lubbock, take care of any errands that need ran, then we go eat at Zookini's (which has half-priced buffets on Tuesdays), and then we'll either go to a movie or go walk around the mall. We had it in the meal plan and budget to go on a date today BUT yesterday I got a call from the Children's Home and they scheduled a last minute training session for this Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-10. SOO... we decided to go out last night. Plus, we had to go pick out a doorknob/lock set for the new front door that will (HOPEFULLY) be installed this week...more on that in another post.

So last night we headed to Lubbock where we bought our new doorhandle/lock thingymajog, I got a few new clothes, we ate delicious steaks at Texas Roadhouse, and then we went walking around in the mall. We went and looked at the animals in the pet center (always fun), we browsed and window shopped, and then we stopped off at the Barnes & Noble store on our way out of the mall. I went to the Children's Books section and browsed and browsed and browsed some more. So often when I go to Barnes & Noble, ESPECIALLY the one here in Lubbock, I am taken back to Fox Books from "You've Got Mail". f-o-x. Mainly because our B&N is two stories and has a children's book reading area... :) But maybe I'm the only obsessed "You've Got Mail" fan out there... but I certainly hope not. haha.

I can't wait till we have kids in our home!!! I've decided that when we bring the kids to Lubbock, I'll take them to B&N and let them pick out a couple of books to read at bedtime. :) I'm so excited. I believe in reading to your children every night. Every night. Even when they're too young to understand, to young to know what you're doing or what you're saying. I'll still read to them. I want to generate a love and passion for books like I had when I was little. And the reason I had that love and passion is because my Granny read to me every night. Then when I got older and could read, I would read to her every night. She bought me books all the time and I loved them. I read like crazy! I still have a quite a few books from when I was little. Unfortunately, when my aunt and uncle moved in with my grandfather when they retired and to help take care of him, they threw away or sold in a garage sale a LOT of my old books. That's only the beginning of my issues with them for all of that BUT... perhaps that's for another blog. Anyway, thankfully, I still have some books but as I was browsing through B&N last night, there's definitely some books that I need to make sure to buy when we start getting kids in our home. Like these:

I really need ALL of the Little Critters books. They were a favorite of mine growing up! I always used to look for the little mouse in the illustrations.
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I think when one of the kids is old enough, I'll take them to B&N and let them pick out 3 or 4 of the Little Miss and Mr. Men books at a time. After all, they're only about $5 a book!!!
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And where would we be without Eric Carle's WONDERFULLY illustrated books! I think it's a perfect opportunity to encourage literacy AND artistry at the same time.
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And of course, this classic MUST be included in the collection!! I also recently learned at our Basic Medical Care Training Class that this book was written psychologically to help children fall to sleep. Evidently the pictures start small with more wording on the pages and it builds until the pictures are large with little wording on the pages, before it goes back down to smaller pictures and more wording on the pages. Apparently, this is to grab the child's attention, build their excitement with larger pictures and then slowly quiet them down with smaller pictures and more talking... GENIUS! And apparently there are more books out there that use that same concept or a similar one. ALl good things to know before becoming a parent. :)
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So... what books did YOU love as a child AND what other books should we make SURE we have on our "Must Get" list???

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Study of Philippians: Chapter 1

This week I'll be working through the book of Philippians. Philippians is a short book, only 4 chapters, so I encourage you to read through all of the chapters every day this week. See what God is telling you through Paul's letter to the church in Philippi.

First off, Philippians can be broken down into 4 parts. Each part is a chapter that focuses on being joyful in different situations.

The Blueprint:
  • Joy in Suffering - 1:1-30
  • Joy in Serving - 2:1-30
  • Joy in Believing - 3:1-4:1
  • Joy in Giving - 4:2-23

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v. 15-18~ Paul had an amazingly selfless attitude. He knew that some were preaching to build their own reputations, taking advantage of Paul's imprisonment to try to make a name for themselves. Regardless of the motives of these preachers, Paul rejoiced that the Gospel was being preached. Some Christians serve for the wrong reasons, but we should pray that God uses their message, regardless of the motives. Of course, I'm not saying that we should follow these people, the truth must still be taught. But do not underestimate God's power to get His message into the ears of those who are to hear it, no matter who is doing the speaking.

v. 20-21~ To those who don't believe in God, life on earth is all there is and so it is natural for them to strive for this world's values - money, popularity, power, pleasure, prestige, etc. For Paul, however, to live meant to develop eternal values and to tell others about Christ, who alone could help them see life from another perspective.

Paul's whole purpose in life was to speak boldly for Christ and to become more like Him. Thus, Paul could confidently say that dying would be even better than living, because in death, he would be removed from worldly troubles and he would see Christ face to face.

Are you ready to see Christ? Are you that sure of your salvation? If you're not ready to die, then you're not ready to live! Make certain of your eternal destiny; then you will be free to serve - devoting your life to what really counts, without fear of death.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Big Debut!

A few months ago, I started thinking about designing my own nursery decor. You know, painting my own wall art, designing my own bedding, and even creating my own mobiles. After looking at current mobiles, looking at nursery decor styles, I have come up with my own line of Children's Room Mobiles. I LOVE THEM. My first line is the Rain Cloud Mobiles, but I've already been thinking, planning, sketching out a couple additional lines. We'll just see how this goes though before I get in "too deep."


Just some quick info:
  • For kids ages 0-???: They're great for kids of various ages because they aren't too cutesy tootsy that once a kid hits age 6 they'll hate them.
  • Completely Customizable: Customers have the options to either purchase a pre-designed mobile (like the ones pictured below) OR design their own. Once these are in my shop, I'll have a large selection of colors that customers can choose from. Nearly any color combination to match nearly and bedding or room decor can be done. All mobiles will be made to order.
  • Pricing: $20 per mobile + $5 for S&H. I think that's a good price for such a great item!
  • Size: These mobiles are fairly large. The cloud is about 15X8 inches and each raindrop is appx 3X5 inches. Plus you have to take into account the strings and all that jazz and you've got yourself a pretty good size decoration for your children's room.
  • Shipping Time: Because these mobiles will be made to order and I have to have the right color supplies, it can take up to two weeks for production and then a few days for shipping. But we'll see, once I get the ball rolling, if I have several orders coming in I might purchase extra supplies here and there so that would cut the production time down by at least a week.

So now... without any further delay... may I introduce you to my new line of Chidren's Room Mobiles starting with... The Rain Cloud Mobiles:

Spring Rain


Circus Rain



Atlantic Rain


Fire And Rain


Pacific Rain


Peacock Rain


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These will go into the shop either Sunday or Monday, depending on how much time I have and how many orders for these I get this weekend. I'm excited!!! They're super cute!!!

So... now I have to know... what do you think?


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Weekly Wishlist Fall Series - Flower Decor

Okay, so last week I featured fall pillows. Gosh, wasn't that just lovely? Well, in addition to wanting throw pillows for every season (it's part of that whole "magazine" home-look I'm going for one day...) I also like flower arrangements, centerpieces, wreaths and so on for each season. Not too crazy though... I like the more subtle arrangements. BUT, after browsing around Etsy for a while, I have found some really marvelous flower arrangements and wreaths. Some very traditional... some very whimsical. Whatever your style may be, I hope you enjoy these... :)

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I love this! I would love to have it so I can put in on my front porch next to my other fall decor out there.
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And I think this would be perfect for my back patio...
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Or perhaps you prefer something a bit more whimsical? I think this is super cute and wouldn't be too loud or bold for the office cubicle. ;)
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Traditional? Yes. Classy? Most definitely!!
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This reminds me of a pasture in late summer when it's all dried up and gloriously golden!
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Just hanging out... a cute and whimsical wreath!
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It's for Indoors Only, but that's okay. It would look gorgeous inside my home...
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Okay... I found a wreath, and then another, and then another... and... well... you just need to go see ALL the gorgeous wreaths at this shop. Here's some of my faves, but I couldn't pick any one of them to be THE favorite for my blog... so go look at them all. Really... your front door will thank you for it. :)

I most definitely have a new love for yarn wreaths... a very deep, passionate love.
I want one... nay, I need one.
Don't forget to visit the shop to see ALL the glorious wreaths there... siiiigh...

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Next Week: I'm undecided... but it will be something
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So what did you think of this week's features?
Special question of the week: Besides orange, red and yellow, what "fall" colors do you like to implement in your Autumn Home Decor?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's coming....

...but what is "it"?

I've been working on something for a couple months now and I'm very excited to share "it" with you. But not yet. FIRST, "it" will make "it"'s debut this next weekend at the Fall Festival. Then, "it"'ll be available in my shop. But don't worry, I'll reveal "it" here on my blog later this week.
Here are a few pictures, and yes, I over-exposed them, over-edited them and over-cropped them. After all, I couldn't just give the secret away that easily....









So... any guesses as to what "it" is????

Hint: There's nothing else like "it" in my shop.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Weekly Wishlist Fall Series - Fall Decor Pillows

I have plans for this weekend. The "To-Do" List is on the chalkboard in my kitchen. On the list include "Put up Fall Decor ♥". Not that I need reminding... I mean, I've been wanting to put up my fall decor for a month now. Heck, I'd love to put up the Christmas tree but hey, first things first I suppose... :)

I love putting up my fall decor... it make my house feel so warm and cozy! Siiiiigh! Oh heavenly pumpkin scented candles... I can hardly wait! I was browsing around Etsy for some new fall decor ideas... and I found a LOVELY collection of Fall Decor that I just MUST share with you all! But because there's so much of great stuff out there, I've decided to split it up in sections. That way, we can give these fantastic fall items the glory that they truly deserve. This week, we're going to focus on pillows. One day I would love to be that person who redecorates their home with every season... and in the fall, I would have a lovely assortment of fall pillows to place on couches, loveseats, beds along with my fall throw blankets, and other fall decor. Yes, one day... I want people to walk into my home thinking they just stepped into a Good Housekeeping magazine. It's a dream of mine... and any of these pillows could help that dream become a reality. I hope you enjoy looking at them just as much as I do.... Enjoy :)

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Next Week: Wreaths & Flower Arrangements
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Have you already put up your fall decor? If not, when do you plan to put it up?




Thursday, September 2, 2010

Weekly Wishlist - The Perfect Fall Outfit

I can feel the change in the air. The highs are in the 90s or if we're lucky, the 80s, instead of the 100s. The nights are much cooler. The days are getting shorter. I know that very soon, cold fronts will be making their way through the South Plains and eventually, they will just stay and hang out with us until about March. And I have to say.... I'm SOOO looking forward to it! :D

Fall is most definitely my favorite season! I love the coolness, the colors, the crispness in the air. I just love everything about it! I'm not sure what's "in" or "hott" right now as far as fall fashion, but for me, I believe that mustard yellows, dark teal blues, grays/greys, dark purples, THOSE are the colors that should be IN for this fall fashion season. And, in honor of most of those colors (sorry dark purples), for this week's Wishlist, I've put together what I think would be the perfect fall outfit! Enjoy!

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First, I LOVELY mustard yellow dress. Doesn't it just look OH SO comfy!??
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Now to liven it up with a splash of accent color...
This GORGEOUS dark teal blue ring can be made in any size and
is perfect for adding some color to any outfit!
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Another accent lovely accent piece! I usually accessorize my outfits with a couple pieces of contrasting jewelry, and these two dark teal blue pieces are a LOVELY contrast to the mustard yellow dress.
What's even better is this clip could be clipped in your hair, on your dress, on your scarf, on your bag, it's so versatile!
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And just in case it's a little chilly out... a lovely scarf!
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And of course, now that it's fall, you can't be caught strolling around in flip-flops anymore. But these GORGEOUS brown leather riding boots would be perfect! I seriously would buy these if they were my size. I've been looking for some brown leather riding boots for over a year now and still have not found a pair that I truly love. Except for these, which of course are too small... :( But perhaps they fit you? And just think, you could wear them with all sorts of dresses and skirts, as well as your favorite skinny jeans... oh the possibilities, it just makes my heart ache for them even more. :)
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And what would a girl be without her bag? This gorgeous purse
matches those perfect boots perfectly! AND, just look at ALL THOSE POCKETS!
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You might think that's all you need... but oh no... not yet...

Now that the temperatures are lowering, it's time to break out the coffee, cocoa and teas (or ciders if that's your wish). And of course, if one must drink from a coffee cup, it must be a most stylish coffee cup... like this lovely one with Mr. Darcy's Proposal on it.
My heart sighs everytime I see this mug. I've put it on my real wishlist for Christmas. Let's just hope the hubby follows through with this one. :)
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For jotting down ideas, keeping shopping lists, journaling
your thoughts and ideas... this journal is just what you need.
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Well, I hope you love my fall fashion ideas. This was so much fun, I might have to come up with a couple more outfits throughout the seasons. :) Thanks for reading my blog. If you've stopped by to read it, please take the time to leave me a comment. It gives me warm fuzzies everytime someone leaves a comment.

What colors do YOU think are HOTT this FALL SEASON?