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La joie c'est le partage
{ the joy is in the sharing }

Friday, July 29, 2011

French Provincial Love...Almost Finished!

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about showing you my finished furniture.  I'm almost done.  Bare with me!  Thank you for your nice comments about the french grey piece two posts back.
Have a wonderful day!
xo and God Bless,

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Blessings

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Thursday, July 21, 2011

French Provincial Love

I love these curves...
I love these handles...
I LOVE the contrast between the cream and the light french grey!
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I can't wait to take you on a little tour of my newest painting endeavor.
Stay tuned...I'll be finished very soon!
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xo and God Bless,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How Do You Do Summer?

 We do summer with cozy backyard tents
 made with vintage sheets...
warm afternoons
and a handful of good books.
How do you do summer?

xo and God Bless,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Burlap + Old Wood Table = Rustic Farmhouse Charm...AND...My Other Finished Project

Good afternoon!
As promised, here is my completed project.
It's a window awning!

I made it for our kitchen window.  The window needed something, but I didn't want to block any light,
or the pretty view

so here it is all finished and hung.
I used a pretty "cafe" graphic from The Graphics Fairy (she is just so cool!)
{as you can see, the cabinets still have not been painted}
{but the kitchen has}

now I have a full view of the garden bench...

the hammock peeking through the trees...

and my lavender that smells like heaven.
Now, on to another project that I worked on yesterday...

 I got this table on Saturday
{please pay no attention to the lack of baseboard mouldings here}
{we're installing them this weekend}
I know, not the most beautiful thing in the world right?
But I had an idea.
  As soon as I saw the table, I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and exactly how I wanted it to look.
I imagined burlap and a fresh coat of white, dry brushed on.
So I pulled out my sander and got to work.

Look at the beautiful wood that was hiding under layers of opaque brown stain.
I know, right?
I dry brushed the legs with white paint after thoroughly sanding,
then sanded again slightly for a worn look {even though it was already pretty well worn}

then I added a pretty burlap skirt...

...and an ice cream parlor chair
and there you have it...instant rustic farmhouse charm in the playroom!
You want to know a secret?
There are tons of toys under that pretty little skirt and you don't even see them.
Enjoy your afternoon
xo and God Bless,
I'm linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party
Go on over and check it out
lots of cool ideas!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Look What I'm Making...

I'm going to be a tease today! 
I'm going to give you a teeny tiny sneak peak of what I'm working on.  You guys are such good guessers though, I bet you'll figure it out!
Have a great day.

xo and God Bless,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Blessings

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted,
and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
but he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Matthew 13:1-23

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Summer!

 I know, it's been ages since I've tended to my blog.  I didn't mean for it to be that way.  Really, I didn't.  I have missed everyone though and I thank you so much for continuing to visit me even though I didn't update for so long.  And, I was really excited to see that so many of you decided to follow my little blog.  I really appreciate that and it made me feel so good to know that even though I've been MIA for awhile, you still had faith in me to update soon.  You guys inspire me to create, decorate...to do my thing!  Thank you for that.  I mean it.
 We've been keeping busy, enjoying all that summer has to offer and of course, what would summer be without a trip to the beach?
 My sister got married on June 18 and it was a beautiful wedding!  The weather was perfect and she was a beautiful bride!  I wish that I had more photos but it was kind of hectic.  Since I was in the wedding, my sweet husband was dad in charge all by himself and not many photos were taken - thank you love!
 aren't they wonderful??
 and here is me and my gang!
Our little guy was the ring bearer.
I'm hoping to get more photos from some of the others soon and will post them as I get them.  But until then...
 I hope you are having a relaxing summer...
with boat loads of fun!
{sorry, I couldn't resist the pun}
xo and God Bless,