A side table refinished for a sweet friend!   This new print was created for the nursery of a baby girl and is available in my Etsy shop.   And this one was added for the nursery of a precious baby boy. Also available for download in the Etsy Shop.   I added some eyelet to lengthen a sweet friend’s romper.  I’ve so enjoyed helping this gal prepare to walk down the aisle. Not much longer!   Picked up a sleep Lucy Bear from boarding after our short vacation.   And this sweet girl came for morning Bible Study. 

In these last few days, I’ve been able to visit with so many friends; it’s been a delightful time.

  Also, I recently got to enjoy being in this sweet friend’s wedding. She was one of my first friends when I joined the college/young adult ministry at Long Hollow Baptist. Nearly 7 years of sweet friendship. 

Monday morning brings some big news! Can’t wait to share! 



Rosemary Beach

Mom and I have enjoyed a fun getaway at Rosemary Beach, our new favorite beach in the 30A area.   Finally at the beach after a long night of driving.

 I love the all the architecture and colors in the community, but this green, dove, and natural palatte is my favorite.       The area is full of native plant species, interconnected foot paths, and harmonious architecture. It is refreshing to see uncomplicated rooflines, functioning shutters, and restraint in finishes. In middle Tennessee, there is a trend of putting complicated roofs, dozens of finishes, and a mixture of architectural styles all on a single home (the “McMansion Trend”).  Houses in one neighborhood seem to “compete” with each other. Here, they clearly work together, and this lets each home’s unique features shine. It’s truly a treat for the eyes!   Since it was just the two of us, we were able to fit into a sweet little carriage house. We loved it! Our walk to the beach was about 5 minutes.       There is a pretty town square with shop, restaurants, and its own post office.      Delicious iced amaericanos from Amavida.  The view across the property where we stayed.  My ferns traveled with us. Ha! They require daily care, so I decided to bring them along.   Chambray tops, wavy hair, and a lazy beauty routine were highlights for me.   I wandered down to the water early on the second morning.       We cooked breakfast at home each morning.         We had a delicious dinner on the first night at Paradis.    

          I enjoyed going to all the shops, but especially Tracery, an interior design store. I’ve followed their blog for a while and their design of the Southern Living 2012 idea house was the catalyst that launched my love for buffalo check. 🙂  

        Taps and fondue at La Crema. 

Sewing Projects

 A dog crate cover for a friend. The ties allow the front flap to be secured back.  We chose drop cloth material because it’s cheap and durable. 

My friend also wanted a little half apron, so I whipped this up from the drop cloth scraps and some of my own material. I decided to play with some decorative stitches. 

 This little project was a bit more complicated, but oh-so enjoyable. It is shipping off on Monday as a “thank you” gift for a friend who went out of her way to show me kindness recently.  

Added bias tape the next morning, ripped some seams, and simplified.   

Galvanized Tub as a Planter

If there’s one thing that delights me, it’s making our home “homey.” Gardening lends itself to just that. To my sentimental heart, there’s something lovely about flourishing plants that says, “This is a place where things are nourished and grow.” I know. Sappy, right?  I use a lot of herbs and seasoning in my cooking, so I was excited to try and grow a few outdoors this summer.

 In an apartment, containers inside and out provide that opportunity. I chose a galvanized tub as a planter this year for several reasons. First, I had one on hand (you can’t argue with “free”). This wide container is suitable for a “mini garden.” It also adds a bit of fresh farm appeal without being in-your-face thematic. 
The one modification that’s essential is drilling a few drainage holes in the bottom. I drilled one in the center and a few more spread out evenly due to the width of the container. It’s as easy as that! You can add some rocks in the base for added drainage, too.

 I also recently brought my beloved ferns outside on an overcast day (direct sun is the enemy of ferns) for my first attempt at fertilizing them. I purchased liquid fish emulsion fertilizer and diluted it heavily (about 1/8 of a cup in a gallon of water). The product does have a rather strong smell I didn’t enjoy, but I hope my plants do! I’m anxious to see if they survive; I know the wrong, too-strong fertilizer can be the enemy of delicate fronds, so we’ll see… Fingers crossed!