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Happy Halloween!

Hard to believe we are knocking on November's door...
Yowza.  Where does the time go?

This is the bowl my mom gets out every year to put candy in for trick-or-treaters.  I love the sweet, simple illustrations of the not-so-sweet Halloween ghouls and goblins on it... It's just a paper bowl from Hallmark bought decades ago.  {I think it might have been my grandmother's at one time?}  Nothing fancy, but holds some fond memories for me.

I'll try not to have such a ghostly presence {see what I did there?} around this blog as I have lately... in the last few months I have started a new job, moved to a new place, and am just getting used to new scenery!

Hope you get lots of candy out there, friends.


winged things

Two interesting sightings lately...

I noticed this little bird perched on the rooftop next door when I was standing at my kitchen sink one evening.  
I can't believe it was still long enough for me to grab my camera.  
Looks like it was suppertime for its crew, too!

This light reflection settled on my wall one late afternoon... 
I see an angel with wings.  Do you?!  
I mean, it's not the image of Jesus burned into a piece of toast or the Virgin Mary in a potato chip, but I haven't seen it reflected this way again since that day.

Pretty neat if you ask me!


home for the fourth

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope your long weekend has been a good one.  I've spent mine enjoying the peace and ease of a visit to my parents' house... just visiting with family, going to church, sort of helping my mom in the kitchen {but mostly reaping the benefits of her incredible cooking skills}, and spending time outside.

I took a few photos...

Mama made biscuits... what else can I say about those?   Y U M.

And our neighbor, Mr. John, brought over homegrown tomatoes from his garden...

This is the designated sliced tomato bowl every summer...

Just waiting on these beauties to ripen in our own garden... then we can return the favor to Mr. John!

I did pick some cucumbers that were ready, or as I prefer to call them -- future pickles.  

I enjoyed my time at home so much!
Thankful for sunny summer days, blue skies, green grass, & U-S-A.


they're here!

The days of waiting for my niece & nephew to arrive seemed to pass so swiftly!  {Even my sister-in-law said so, so you know it must be true since she's the one who carried them around for all those months!}  I feel like it was not that long ago that I shared the exciting news of the twins on the way...  AND NOW THEY ARE HERE!

Ellen and Harris were born two weeks ago on June 13th!  {If you want to read all about the big day, my brother documented it beautifully here.}

Much like the day my older nephew Graham was born when I shared the spectacular sunset from his hospital room, this was the incredible sight I saw out of the NICU window when I met my niece and nephew for the first time:

There's no way I could have staged this.

It happened the instant I walked into the room to visit those sweet babies.  How amazing and kind and thoughtful is our Lord?!  This is His promise.  He is always near.  HE SHOWS US THIS TRUTH.  It's just so special that it was a double rainbow for the two babies... and it's perfectly fitting that one of the rainbows was a little weaker than the other, because big brother Harris arrived quite larger than little sister Ellen!  

God has given the babies more strength as each day has passed.
They were able to go home today and be under the same roof as their parents and big brother.   
Now the real fun begins.  :)



refreshing design

True story: I love to rearrange furniture and change up my decor whenever inspiration strikes.  

Moving things around can bring a new perspective on your home and even make it feel like you've gotten a complete makeover without springing for an entirely new suite of furniture & accessories!

I thought it would be fun to share one of the rooms in my condo that I've changed up since moving here a few years ago, and I am linking to Kelly's Korner Blog showing Every Day Real Life Home Tours.

This was my master bedroom shortly after I moved in...

There's nothing wrong with it, really... it just felt tired to me.  And it didn't really reflect my style -- I love color and pattern, both of which were highly absent in this set-up.  {Plus, that bed had long seen its best days... I think my parents had it when they first married, and it was a hand-me-down to them!  Hashtag it might fall apart any second.}  

Sooooo... I changed it all up!

I rearranged by using the natural lines of the room, which meant my bed would go under the window.  This brought symmetry and order into the space, which I really dig.  

A priority for me was covering as much of the existing carpet as I could with this blue & white rug... I am a renter, so I'm stuck with the pinkish carpet.  That also means I can't paint the walls, so bringing in color through fabrics & furniture was my best bet.

The tall piece to the left of my bed serves as a display & storage space for my jewelry, which also injects color into the space.  I keep my printer & other home office supplies on the lower shelves behind the makeshift curtain.

I found that brass headboard at a thrift store for $19!  And every other piece of furniture is either a hand-me-down, curbside cast-off, or thrift store find that I painted.  I know it's not fancy, but it's an affordable solution for me... and you can paint over furniture as many times as you want! :)

Even though each dresser and desk are a different color, they are all in the blue/green family... they complement each other, rather than chopping up the space.

I scored these original oil paintings at my favorite junktique store in Birmingham... and they were marked down 50%!  They originally had two different color frames, but I sanded them and painted them both a gloss white to match and really bring out the colors & textures in the paintings.

Here's what they looked like before I painted the frames:

So there you have it.  My real life bedroom... in all its imperfect glory.

If you'd like to see another refresh project in my humble abode, click over to this post.  And you can see other glimpses of my condo by clicking on the 'abode' label under Topics in the right side bar over there. ---------->

Thanks for stopping by!


in the clouds

I caught this shot from my kitchen window the other night.
I can always tell when the walls inside my apartment start turning pink or orange in the evening, I need to look outside... God's trying to get my attention!

His power and beauty cannot be denied in the changing colors and the expansive horizon... to be reminded of His eternal reign, His promises, to know and trust He is Ruler of all the Earth... it brings so much peace.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; THE SKIES PROCLAIM THE WORK OF HIS HANDS.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge."  Psalm 19:1-2

I'm so thankful He sees us and shows us His glory!


Spring is poppin'

Hey, hey!

This place could use a little life... some color infusion, perhaps?
I can think of no better way to achieve that than through springtime blooms!

Here's a collection of flower shots I've captured over the last month...

{For full enjoyment, pretend that pollen is not flying all around, OK?}

These first three shots may be my favorite... pretty obvious, but you can see 1) I focused in on the solo purple bloom in the front, 2) I changed the focus to the background grass, 3) Gus the cat wanted to be part of the photo shoot -- he is seriously nosy!  Still love him, though.

Our Father in heaven is soooooooooo creative!
The limitless detail in each of these blooms leaves me in AWE.

Matthew 6:30-33Living Bible (TLB)

30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?
31-32 “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them,33 and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.

What a wonderful, truthful reminder in these flowers... WE. ARE. LOVED.


the asterisk

This deal alert popped up in my e-mail today...

Always read the fine print, you guys.

Or you might be headed down a wrong road...  

This is the world in which we live.  Happy Tuesday!  ;)



If you've been a regular visitor around here, then you know I enjoy the occasional stroll through a "junktique" store just to see what treasures are out there.  

If you're new, welcome!  You can see some of my past store visits here, here, and here.

I recently paid another visit to one of my favorite stores and captured some of the items that really grabbed my attention and/or that I really wished could have come home with me that day!

I have always wanted one of these artist manikins used for figure drawing.  I used to buy one every time I had to stage a model room... they are the perfect, fun addition to an otherwise humdrum bookshelf or desk.  

This is how you group books together for big design impact!  I want allllllll these books.  I mean, how about that green?!  

Just thought this was cool... I bet Joanna Gaines would approve, too.  :)

Again, big design impact.  Love how they had these similar trays grouped together on the wall.

Cute book!

These. chairs.  

They were in PRISTINE condition... like they must have sat in someone's grandmother's living room that nobody ever went in except on Christmas morning.  They swiveled and sat like a dream.  The striped velvet upholstery is not for everybody, I know... but it was so clean I would almost hate to cover it up.  These were the find of the day!  {I bet someone went home very happy with them.}

This armoire is definitely on-trend with the bamboo/chinoiserie craze that seems to be sweeping interior design lately... very nice piece.

This was an old 8-MM film canister of someone's trip to the Bahamas and the Grand Canyon.  Aren't you so intrigued?!  I bet those would be fun to watch... or you could do something really cool with the canisters -- good color, and they had plenty of them.

I'm not really sure what this little figurine is... it just made me do a double-take, because it looks like Donald Trump.  THAT HAIR.  Hee hee.

Loooove the old blue paint on this farm table.  The tag said it was circa 1800's.  Sanitary?  Mehhh.

And finally, just some great art & cool portraits...

That blue dress!  This would bring some vibrancy to a space for sure.  She could have a whole new identity in your home.  :)

It's fun to browse... not just online.  In a REAL store.
Try it!

Happy weekend.