Thursday, March 26, 2009

Master Bedroom

So here is the before and after of our master bedroom. When we bought the house the walls of the master looked disgusting. It looked like someone had repeatedly thrown buckets of dirty water all over the walls! If you are just now joining us, you may be wondering why we took up all the laminate wood flooring that was put in throughout the house. Well it looks fine in the pictures but in reality the boards were not installed correctly and there were many large gaps throughout the house that could not be fixed. Also, we preferred the darker wood flooring we now have in our living areas and Randall was insistent that we had carpet in the bedrooms. So in this room we: scraped popcorn ceilings, put in carpet, painted walls, painted trim, replaced light fixture.



The color of our walls is Benjamin Moore - Gravity. LOVE it. It is such a calm and relaxing color that I am now trying to figure out where else in the house I can put it!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Our family just got a LITTLE bit bigger!

We were excited to welcome Kinley & Ansley into the world last Thursday evening. They decided it was time to come and there was no stopping them! There were over 30 people at the hospital awaiting their arrival. Thank you to everyone who has been saying prayers on these little ones behalf. They have worked! 7 weeks ago we had a scare that they might come WAY too early. But thankfully Katie was able to keep them in 7 more weeks and we are so grateful for that. Praise the Lord! They needed that time to grow and get strong. It appears that they are very strong indeed. Although they came out weighing only 3.3 & 3.5 pounds each, they are breathing on their own now and are doing well!
I got to visit them in the NICU on Saturday and it was so exciting to finally see them. Enjoy these pictures!

Me with Ansley Grace


Miss Kinley Kate

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jewelry Making Machines!

Some girls from my brothers youth group came to stay with at our house for a weekend retreat where I taught them how to make jewelry. I was so impressed with how great the girls creations turned out. I am a perfectionist so it takes me forever to put something together. But they whipped out necklace after necklace and they all looked wonderful! Here is our work in progress- we had to have sonic drinks to keep our energy up of course!

And here are some of the finished product! They will be sold to raise money for the youth group! I predict that they are going to sell out and have to make more very soon! But more importantly we all had a great time talking and hanging out together having some girl time!

As an extra bonus, two little cuties came along and stayed at Papa-Dede's house!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fresh Spring Decor

These are some pictures I took of a couple vendors at Canton that I thought had especially cute displays. I am loving this look right now- clean white and tan with fresh green natural accents. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I finally...

... went to Canton! One weekend a month all these vendors haul out their wares/antiques/junk and put it on display for crazy people like us to buy! I have been wanting to go for a long time, so when my good friend Ashlea invited me and I actually had a Saturday with no plans, I jumped at the opportunity. We were on the road the next morning by 8. I was so zealous about the trip I didn't stop to think about the weather forecast and how chilly it would be!  So... I ended up with an $10 Mavs sweatshirt by the end of the day (I had to get an extra big size so it would fit over the three layers of clothing I already had on.... guess it will be Randall's sweatshirt now). Here's Ashlea at our necessary Starbuck's stop on the way:

We had our scarves and our walking shoes on- we were ready to get down to business.

I enjoyed the "junk/antique" vendors the best. They also have more boutique like stuff indoors but that was a little steep for my budget. Most of my bargains were between $1 and $3 dollars (except the sweatshirt) and here's what I got home with: 
2 vintage aprons
3 blue glass mason jars
1 yellow coca cola crate
some berry garland
& 5 giant clothes pins
I will have to show you after pictures later of what I do with some of this stuff... the wheels are turning.

Okay, I did make one serious purchase from the "nicer" vendors indoors: BEADS.
It's been awhile since I've made anything, but seeing all those shiny stones inspired me. Also, my sister-in-law is coming in town this weekend with some girls from her church and I am going to show them how to turn these strands of beads into beautiful necklaces. They are hoping to sell them to raise money for church camps/retreats etc. for the youth group. Hopefully I'll have some great "after" pictures to show you of our handiwork!

Okay so now everyone knows... if you are looking for someone to go to Canton with... call me! Next time I am taking the pickup so that I can check out the bigger stuff like furniture! I could always use another chair to go in my collection of chairs that need recovering!