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Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Special Tribute

My family recently gathered to celebrate the life of my grandmother on what would have been her 94th birthday.  We didn't need a traditional funeral for her; we simply desired to have a time for her family to connect and share our common bond - our love for a remarkable woman. 

My grandma was born in Kansas in the twenties and raised on the farm.  

Although she didn't always live on a farm later in life, 
she always had the strength and strong work ethic of a "farm girl".

In her twenties, she headed out west with her family to Oregon in their "covered wagon".

She married and started a family of her own. 
One of my favorite things to do with my grandma was to talk about those "good ole days" in Oregon on her farm. 

She would light up in a unique way when sharing those stories.  
Lots of love and hardship were experienced then.   

She suffered more tragic loss than most losing her husband and brother in the same vehicle accident when she had 3 little ones at home. 

A few years later she was blessed with a husband who took on three little ones as his own. 

They also had three together bringing the total to six kids to love. 

My grandma was very special to all who knew her.  

She was very giving.  

She never thought of her own needs, but was more than willing to help out anyone in need (family, friend or stranger).  She would give a ride, a meal, or her last dollar to someone in need. 

She was a good listener

She made herself available without judgment to listen to her kids and grandkids. 

She was committed to her God, reading her Bible and prayer. 

My grandma was also loyal to her Dodgers and Lakers, watching a ball game whenever she had the chance. 

And she loved babies!

She always gave me the power to make her decorating decisions!  :)
She allowed me to rearrange her furniture, hang pictures on her walls, etc even as a child.  I painted furniture for her, decorated her "senior living" apartment when she downsized, made curtains, and more for her.  She loved anything pink, purple or floral. She was easy to please and always grateful
She did so much for so many. I was always honored when she allowed me to do something for her. 

My last gift to her was to make her memorial party something that reflected her life and the things she loved.  I thought a "Dairy" theme would be fitting because her dairy farm in Oregon was a special part of her life.

Wooden crates with babies breath centerpieces are reminiscent of wooden milk crates.

 Simple flower arrangements in mason jars and milk bottles were used in various locations. 

Two old screens from one of her outbuildings were wrapped with twine and used to hold treasured family photos. 

Extra photos were available for all who wanted to take some home. 

We laughed and cried together. Watched a slideshow filled with memories and fun music. Shared stories with a common thread about her selfless love. 

She will truly be missed here on earth, 
but hopefully we can all learn from the great example she was to us all. 

This verse speaks loudly about the type of love my grandma had:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Master Bedroom Makeover - Inspiration

For five years I haven't been able to pull my master bedroom together. There are a few elements I like, a few that have to go (brass ceiling fans!), and a few I'm willing to live with.  The original master bedroom area has carpet, and we use that as a sitting room.  The previous owners added on about 400 square feet to the existing bedroom (with wood floors) and we use that area for our bed.
Photos from when the house was for sale
Left photo: From the hall door looking in
Middle photo: looking back toward hall (3 doors on right = one bathroom and two walk-in closets)
Right photo: alcove for the bed

Problem # 1 - I don't want to paint.
My house isn't huge, but my master bedroom is!  When we bought the house the master bedroom walls were yellow (paired with pine floors it was yellow overload).  We covered up the yellow walls immediately with a very pretty and soothing grayish blue color, and I do not want to paint it any time soon.

Problem #2 - No headboard
We love our king sized bed, but I've been "dreaming" of an upholstered headboard for some time. Have you seen the prices of those things? Yikes.  My husband and I thought about building one, but that could turn out to be one big DIY disaster.  A headboard-less king sized bed in a gigantic bedroom with vaulted ceilings looks very lonely.

Problem #3 - I have very "yellow" pine wood floors
I like wood floors, but the color of my floor is not my favorite. 

Problem #4 - Curtains
I have these Farrah curtains from Target that I adore and match my walls nicely. The curtains aren't really a problem, but I have had a hard time trying to coordinate fabrics/bedding to go with them. But they are keepers. I absolutely love them.

Problem 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = Blue walls, Blue/white curtains & yellow floors and no headboard.

The Solution: 

This headboard!

After seeing this beauty online, we saved up and purchased this one from Target. It is very reasonably priced too for an upholstered headboard (in my opinion). 

I've been trying to figure out how to make a gray headboard, blue walls, blue & white curtains, and yellow floors work. 

Then it hit me…Yellow! Instead of fighting the yellow or trying not to include it in the color scheme, I need to embrace it. 

Although, I thought it was one of the elements about my room I despised, I realized it is the key to bring everything together. 

I found these fabrics that I think will do the trick! They are predominately a blue and a gray with a hint of yellow.  They will make lovely pillows for the bed and such! 

Here's a little inspiration board to show the elements together.  It just might work! Now we await the arrival of the headboard and fabric swatches to see how they look together in the room, and I am on the hunt for the perfect pharmacy style lamp for our nightstands that isn't too pricey. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Think Yoda Best - Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

My little blond boys wanted something, well, "boyish" for their Valentine's Day cards.  My youngest wanted to use Darth Vader, but I couldn't think of anything clever/Valentine's related with "Darth".  "I think Yoda Best" is what we came up with this year instead.  My boys love anything that has to do with Legos Star Wars or coloring.  This little homemade Valentine combines their love of both. A Lego Yoda coloring page image found online combined with some text and a glow stick = my boys' version of a Valentine.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Printables

I wish I had a new project to share with you, but life has been busy. 

Instead, I thought I'd share my Valentine's projects from last year.

Lunch Box Love Notes Printable

 Available in 2 colorways:


Valentine's Day Bookmark Printable
"Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day write now!" or Love Scriptures

"God is love" Printable
1 John 4:7-8

Hope you all enjoy your Valentine's Day! 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Laundry Room {Progress}

When we purchased our house five years ago, we knew immediately that the laundry room layout was not going to work (it was more of a hallway than a place to fold clothes).  We also immediately knew what to do. We borrowed space from bedroom #3 by reframing the closet and moving the door location. The bedroom lost a little bit of closet space but not much. The other benefit of moving the bedroom closet to the right was the addition of double doors on the adjacent wall.  We use this room as additional living space (not as a bedroom).  The double door entry faces the living room in the revised layout.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Indian Corn Fall Wreath

Happy Black Friday!  

No crazy 3am shopping experience for me today.  I did take advantage of one online sale though.

The big plan for today was to put up the tree. My little blonds helped me put "Fall" away and pull out some Christmas boxes from the basement.  My 8 year old is growing up too fast. He helped me carry in the tree.  Then he set it up for me! I added the mesh ribbon, but he single handedly decorated our tree. It was so fun to have his help.

We removed our pumpkins and fall wreath from the porch to replace with Christmas decor. I thought
I'd share my super simple and cheap wreath I had up this year…also, you can see the lovely shade of turquoise that I recently painted.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Projects of Christmas Past

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! 

Christmas is right around the corner, and I have a ton of crafts I'd like to do and not a whole lot of energy to get them done! Anyone else feel that way too? So instead of creating something new to share, I thought I'd do a wrap up post of some of my Christmas posts from last year. 

(print, cut and hang)  

(a quick and easy addition to your table)

(a simple way to display your Christmas cards)

(want, need, wear, read)
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