Friday, December 9, 2016

Sunroom - Before and After

This was the sunroom about six months after we moved into our house. It was nice, peaceful and relaxing. I could have been done, well after I finished the coffee filter lampshade.


Then my House Beautiful magazine arrived and I saw this:

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The sunroom never stood a chance. So, I began gathering and scouring the internet, do you know how hard it is to find the perfect lavender curtains? Thank you Bed, Bath and Beyond, who knew?



These pictures do not do it justice, but it is spectacular! The Pier 1 sofa is a perfect seafoam and the chairs match in a different, but shimmery fabric. The wings were an amazing find, they are made out of metal and reclaimed wood. I made a sign to hang over them that says, "He will cover you with His feathers, under His wings you will find refuge." Great reminder!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Communi-Tea - Intentional Hospitality

This day was building in my heart for years. There were those who inspired, those who opposed and those who attended, it finally happened in October. I have had a vision for a tea party where lots of women, from lots of different places come together and fellowship. It was a dream come true, a walking out of my identity as a daughter of God. Inviting, encouraging, beckoning women to come, get away for a few hours talk to other women and enjoy the beauty of our Father in each other. 

We started a small group in our home a couple of months ago, which gave me the final push and vision for this day. It was a month ago that I knew it would be called "Communi-Tea" and that gave me the fuel and fire to get the invitations printed. 


The weather could not have been more perfect, so we stayed on the back porch the whole time. Enjoying each other, the food, the tea and the fun.

Our menu included the following:

Sandwiches & Savory


Sweets & Treats

Pumpkin Muffins
Assorted Russell Stover Chocolates
Plain scones served with
lemon curd and Devonshire cream


The pictures I took of the amazing women who attended did not come out. When I went to download them from the camera they were not there, so you will have to trust me that these women were beautiful and had a wonderful time.

Everyone was already talking about doing it again and we will in the Spring. Maybe you could join us?

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These end tables are gorgeous! They have amazing detail and great curves. I stained the top red mahogany which brought out the richness in the wood and the grain. If only I had a place for them - lucky you!!!


What little girl wouldn't love sitting here for hours? My little girl has already expressed her desire for it and when that didn't work, she named several little girls she would like to give it to.  The growth chart to the right of the vanity is made by my friend Mary, she is so talented.


A Murphy 4019 cedar chest with a distressed finish. The inside is untouched and in great condition. I tried keeping this one too, said it would make a great bench for the dining table, but that didn't work.


A great rustic JOY sign for your front porch, living room or kitchen. It has a little sparkle to it. I AM keeping one for my porch.


Cute little boxwood pots in a rustic chicken wire basket with wooden handle. This has a little sparkle too.


All these items and more can be found at Rescue Me Market.