9.29.2008

Do me a favor...

Please answer some random questions so I can know you better!

Have you ever sent in a secret to Post Secret?
What is the strangest thing you have even seen, heard or experienced?
Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?
What is one or some of you guilty pleasures?
Have you ever had or been to a tea party as an adult?
Are you more girly or tomboy-ish?
What inspires you?
Are your nails painted right now?
What magazines do you subscribe to?
What's your most favorite possession and why?
Are you more private or open?
What is something you can't live without?
Describe yourself in a few words please.
Is there anything random that you would like to share?
Is there anything specific you would like to know about me?

9.26.2008

An Award... or two! And... Kelly Wearstler!

I received my first blog award! This was a sweet surprise! THANK YOU La Donna Welter! She is one of my new blog friends... she is one sweet lady and quite creative too! Be sure to check out her beautiful blog!

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Please put the logo on your blog. 2. Link the person from whom you received the award. 3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. 4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog. 5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

I nominate the following because I truly love their blogs and find so much inspiration and beauty in them...
1. Beautiful Things to Share
2. My Romantic Home
3. Warm Pie, Happy Home
4. This is Glamorous
5. Lilla Trollbacken
6. Brilliant Asylum
7. Modern Country









UPDATE! I just received this thoughtful award again from my dear friend Charmaine at Beautiful Things to Share! Thank you very, very much! Please check out her blog, it is one beautiful post after another!!!

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Next Subject! Do you know Kelly Wearstler?

I didn't know who she was until I started watching Top Design. She is beautiful and I find her quite intriquing! Check out these walls of plates that she has done... AMAZING! I'm in love. I am really wanting to do something like this in my house! I guess I need to start collecting some plates!


















Her Bio if interested:
Recognized among design aficionados and contemporary culture devotees for her enchanting take on interiors and the luxury lifestyle, Kelly Wearstler has fine-tuned contemporary notions of elegance since establishing her firm, Kelly Wearstler Inc., a decade ago. She returns to sit on the panel of judges for the second season of Top Design.

Dubbed one of the design world's top tastemakers by House & Garden and honored among House Beautiful's best designers for seven years running, Wearstler has re-imagined the visual landscape on a diverse array of award-winning projects. In addition to international resorts and hotels throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, she has designed select offices, restaurants, retail environments and residences that are frequently profiled in travel, lifestyle and magnetize design cognoscenti around the world. Currently, Wearstler is preparing the lifestyle and design experiences for six hotel residence projects, which are underway in Miami, Anguilla, Mexico's Riviera Maya and Vietnam.

Wearstler's debut monograph Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A follow-up book for Regan Books, titled Domicilium Decoratus, featuring the designer's former Beverly Hills residence, was initially published in 2005 as a deluxe, limited-edition folio; a general edition followed in 2006. Several additional volumes on design and lifestyle are underway for publication as the decade continues. A regular contributor on living with style to such fashion bibles as Harper's Bazaar, Elle and W, Wearstler was named one of the best dressed of 2007 by Vogue.

As the namesake and creator of several product lines, Wearstler enjoys sharing her signature style with design professionals and discriminating retail shoppers. Fall 2007 marked the opening of the Kelly Wearstler boutique at Bergdorf Goodman. The boutique showcases a range of decorative home accessories designed by Wearstler exclusively for the legendary store. An extensive collection of handmade carpets for The Rug Company debuted in Spring 2008, with a fabric and trim collection for Groundworks at Lee Jofa to follow in Summer/Fall 2008. Wearstler will also design a book of fine wallcoverings with famed hand printer Cole & Son, set to debut in early 2009. Decorative pillows, throws, table linens, bedding, tabletop and more will soon join this portfolio of home products.

A native of South Carolina, Wearstler received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Extra tidbit: Kelly is on the cover of the October 2008 domino.

9.21.2008

I can't get enough of this!

Nightmare, Cute Find & Help!

I went shopping last night which was a nightmare! Now... I love to shop don't get me wrong but I have gained a little weight and clothes just dont fit me right so it ended up being a terrible experience! I actually get really down and leave the store feeling so bad.

The problem is, I really need clothes because the little that I do have, do not fit me anymore! It really is a nightmare.

I have never been on a diet before but I need to figure out some kind of plan because I LOVE sugar and I LOVE carbs. Does anyone have any secrets they can share where I can lose and not feel deprived?

I was about to leave the store empty handed when I came upon these little shoes. I need some new balet flats really bad and these were on sale and after some seraching, they had my size! Aren't they cute!

I also have been wanting to check out this thing called a Ped Egg, has anyone used them? I went next door and found them at Bed, Bath & Beyond! So, these are my current finds.

I ended up leaving on a happier note BUT I still need to do something major when it comes to changes that MUST be made. I am petite so even gaining a couple extra pounds is a big difference for me.





9.20.2008

{quote of the day}

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life." -Frank Lloyd Wright

9.19.2008

I was Tagged!

I was tagged today by two delightful sisters over at The Summer Kitchen Journal and they want me to come up with 7 quirky things all about me! I'll do my best while trying to think on the spot...

*I have a huge fascination with serial killer pychopaths!

*I am super cranky if I'm tired and I need a good 3 hours to wake up in the morning. It's best not to talk to me during that time.

*I do not like coffee but I do love the smell of it! I love tea, especially with honey.

*I used to have OCD so bad that it controlled my every thought, it has gotten much better over the years.

*I prefer dessert before dinner!

*I don't like to sleep with socks on and I don't like using any pillows either.

*I love chocolate milk with ice.

Now... Who is next! I'm going to tag:

Charmaine

Kate

Shannon

Joy

Crystal

Whitney

Gari-Ann

Midnight Snack

Something you may not know about me...
Not only am I a night owl but I'm a snacker!

Some friends and I got together earlier tonight and I brought pasta salad, I had a little left over so now I'm just eating away as I wander through blog after blog after blog after blog. There are so many amazing women out there! It's great that we all have a place where we can connect and share thoughts, ideas, recipes, tips, stories, creativity, inspiration, encouragement, prayers, laughs, everything and anything!

Pasta Salad Info:
Tri-colored noodles.
Cucumber.
Bell pepper.
Black olives.
Granny smith apple.
Shredded colby jack cheese.
Zesty Italian dressing.

While noodles are boiling, I get a medium bowl and put about 1 cup of Italian dressing in it. As I cut up my veggies and apple, I put them straight into bowl to marinate. After noodles are done and cool for about 5 minutes, I dump veggies and dressing in and mix it all together. Add a little more dressing, mix, cover and then put in fridge to cool. Once you're ready to serve... add more Italian dressing, mix, add shredded cheese, mix again and you're ready to eat!

9.18.2008

You wanted to know...

In my last post, I asked you to ask me whatever you wanted! So... here goes.

{Please continue to ask me anything at any time and I'll be sure to answer. You can post your questions to me on this post or my last post, either one is fine!}

Questions & Answers...

What is the earliest memory you have? I would say maybe 3 years old. I remember vague things about the place we lived, a mean babysitter, pooping in a corner of a room, getting my hair yanked by my moms friends because they wanted to do it. I have a very sensitive scalp to this day.

What is your favorite veggie? Fruit? I love broccoli and watermelon.

If you could define your "style", what you call it? I have a tough time defining it, I just like what I like, new things, old things, sentimental things... I like things that you cant just go find at any store or see in your neighbors house. I like different things or new ways to use items. I like things to be pretty and cozy.

Do you like living here in southern California? I love it here.

What age were you when you gave your life to Christ? Around the age of 19.

What can't you live without? Jesus of course but also my dogs.

What county of So.CA do you live? Orange.

I would like to know if you are an artist? I wouldn't consider myself one but I'm decent at doing different things if I put my mind to it. My dad and brother would be considered artists though, oh, and my husband.. they all are brilliant!

Tell us more about your pets: where they came from, how they got their names, etc.
Carmen is a Cocker Spanial mix, he turned 11 this year and I have had him for 11 years. I got him when he was 6 weeks old. I actually found him in the newspaper and bought him for $10.

Preston is a Miniature Pincher, he turned 3 this year and my husband and I got him right after we got married 3 years ago.

Sadie is a Jack Russell, we believe she is about 3 or 4 years old. We found her on Christmas day 2007. She was wandering on a busy road near our house when we were on our way home that day. She has been with us ever since.

What is your favorite board game? Clue.

Do you have a passport? Have you had the opportunity to use it? Where did you go?
Yes. My husband and I got married in Italy.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Night owl for sure!

How do you like to decorate? I like things classy, pretty and cozy. I like old weathered things, I like items with stories and history to them. I love great finds and thing that are just different. I like a place that looks lived in, a place where everyone likes to come and hang out.

What's your favorite style of design? Do you like to mix and match different styles? I love french country. Yes, I like to mix and match just about everything.

Which do you prefer:
Coke or Pepsi? Coke.

Where is you favorite place/places to buy/collect your home decor? Home Goods, Anthropologie, quaint gift shops, flea markets, my grandma.. she has the best stuff!

I want to know if the gray chair and desk (in the picture) is in your home? I wish! No, I don't even remember where I found that picture but I love it. I love the color gray!!!

This was fun... keep the questions coming!

9.16.2008

What would you like to know about little ol' me?

I copied this idea off of My Messy Nest. She had people ask her questions and she answered them all as if she was being interviewed. It's a cute idea. I am new around here so if there's anything you're interested to know about me, just ask!

Don't be shy... Come say hi!

Also, if you're interested in being a follower of my blog, please don't forget to hit the {Follow This Blog} button on the right side of page!

Have a blessed night! xo Love, Brandi

9.14.2008

Shhhh... they're trying to sleep.

As some of you may know, I am going through some trying times. I know I am not alone. The Lord is with me always and I am trying to seek Him through it all!

Thank you so very much to all who are sending prayers my way. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Big hugs to you!

My grandma recently sent me a card and as always she has scriptures to share, she had it written down clearly but for some reason when I looked it up, I came across a different scripture! A came across the wrong scripture by accident... but I know that it wasn't really an accident, it was meant to be because I needed it at that moment. I know the Lord works in mysterious ways... and this little verse stuck to my heart in a way that I can't explain. It's something that I needed to read. Thank you Jesus for your Word and your ways!

1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

I have missed coming on to blog, but I just haven't had much motivation. I do come on and sneak a peak at what all of you have going on... its always a refreshing experience!

I do have something funny to share.... in the back of our yard is a big hill, full of trees, plants, wild life and rats... icky rats! BUT... one rat in particular has charmed me a bit. He scurries his little way from branch to branch every single night to these two trees in our side yard. I didn't know rats ate leaves until I watched this little guy do it night after night. This little guy is not even little, he is chubby and he goes to the very top of the tree, grabs his leaves and then comes down to a more sturdy branch and eats away.. he does this for hours. It's quite a show! Every time I go out there to let the dogs out, he is out there. The odd thing about him is, he doesn't run away when we come out. It doesn't phase him one bit, I could reach over and pet him if I wanted, that is how close he is. I took a little picture of Mr. Rat for all to see. He is a character and I look forward to seeing him later tonight!















I'm going to go for now, but hopefully I'll be back soon! Just in case you feel like smiling some more, here are some snapshots of my adorable sleeping babies right now... Carmen, Sadie & Preston.


















I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and have a very blessed week!
Love, Brandi

9.05.2008

Power of Prayer

Have you ever felt such a deep sorrow that you body literally hurts? I am desperate for prayer! If you happen to come across this post, please say a prayer for me. The Lord knows what I need better than I do. Thank you truly.


Psalm 6
2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
6 I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
7 My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.
8 Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
May they suddenly turn back in shame.

Psalm 27
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 38
1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage!
2 Your arrows have struck deep,
and your blows are crushing me.
3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.
4 My guilt overwhelms me—
it is a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and stink
because of my foolish sins.
6 I am bent over and racked with pain.
All day long I walk around filled with grief.
7 A raging fever burns within me,
and my health is broken.
8 I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.
9 You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.
11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.
12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
All day long they plan their treachery.
13 But I am deaf to all their threats.
I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
14 I choose to hear nothing,
and I make no reply.
15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me
or rejoice at my downfall.”
17 I am on the verge of collapse,
facing constant pain.
18 But I confess my sins;
I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
19 I have many aggressive enemies;
they hate me without reason.
20 They repay me evil for good
and oppose me for pursuing good.
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.
Do not stand at a distance, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
O Lord my savior.

Psalm 40
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
who have no confidence in the proud
or in those who worship idols.
5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]—
you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.
As is written about me in the Scriptures:
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.”
9 I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out,
as you, O Lord, well know.
10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles surround me—
too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
14 May those who try to destroy me
be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble
be turned back in disgrace.
15 Let them be horrified by their shame,
for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
16 But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
O my God, do not delay.

Psalm 42
1 As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
3 Day and night I have only tears for food,
while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”
4 My heart is breaking
as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
amid the sound of a great celebration!
5 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and 6 my God!
Now I am deeply discouraged,
but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
from the land of Mount Mizar.
7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas
as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.
9 “O God my rock,” I cry,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”
11 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!

Psalm 56
1 O God, have mercy on me,
for people are hounding me.
My foes attack me all day long.
2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
and many are boldly attacking me.
3 But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
5 They are always twisting what I say;
they spend their days plotting to harm me.
6 They come together to spy on me—
watching my every step, eager to kill me.
7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
in your anger, O God, bring them down.
8 You keep track of all my sorrows.[a]
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
in your life-giving light.

Psalm 61
1 O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
2 From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
3 for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
5 For you have heard my vows, O God.
You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.
6 Add many years to the life of the king!
May his years span the generations!
7 May he reign under God’s protection forever.
May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him.
8 Then I will sing praises to your name forever
as I fulfill my vows each day.

Psalm 69
1 Save me, O God,
for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water,
and the floods overwhelm me.
3 I am exhausted from crying for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
waiting for my God to help me.
4 Those who hate me without cause
outnumber the hairs on my head.
Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,
demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.
5 O God, you know how foolish I am;
my sins cannot be hidden from you.
6 Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,
O God of Israel.
7 For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.
9 Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.
13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
hoping this time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God,
answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud;
don’t let me sink any deeper!
Save me from those who hate me,
and pull me from these deep waters.
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
or the deep waters swallow me,
or the pit of death devour me.
16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
for your mercy is so plentiful.
17 Don’t hide from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
18 Come and redeem me;
free me from my enemies.
19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.
You see all that my enemies are doing.
20 Their insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
If only one person would show some pity;
if only one would turn and comfort me.
21 But instead, they give me poison[a] for food;
they offer me sour wine for my thirst.
22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare
and their prosperity become a trap.[b]
23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,
and make their bodies shake continually.[c]
24 Pour out your fury on them;
consume them with your burning anger.
25 Let their homes become desolate
and their tents be deserted.
26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury;
they add to the pain of those you have hurt.
27 Pile their sins up high,
and don’t let them go free.
28 Erase their names from the Book of Life;
don’t let them be counted among the righteous.
29 I am suffering and in pain.
Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
he does not despise his imprisoned people.
34 Praise him, O heaven and earth,
the seas and all that move in them.
35 For God will save Jerusalem[d]
and rebuild the towns of Judah.
His people will live there
and settle in their own land.
36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land,
and those who love him will live there in safety.

9.04.2008

Happy Fall! {Part 3}

Thought I would share some of Martha Stewarts pretties.... Enjoy!














9.03.2008

Self Check-List

I don't remember where I stumbled across this but I think there are some pretty important questions to ponder and ask ourselves on a daily basis! Questions that will only help us keep our priorities in order and help our better selves only blossom into someone even more beautiful, lovely and Christ-like!

God: Am I......
- Actively choosing God and His ways at every decision, word, moment, thought and step each day?
- Consistent in my quiet time?
- Daily spending time with God in prayer and Bible reading?

Husband: Am I.......
- Praying for him DAILY?
- Being a help meet to him?
- Preparing for my husband daily?
- Spending time with him?
- Positively responding to him?
- Noticing, regarding, honoring, preferring, esteeming, praising, admiring and loving him?
- Bending or bucking with submission?
- Being predictably happy?
- Giving away to others what I haven't given first away at home?

Children: Am I.....
- Spending quality time with them?
- Praying with them daily?
- Teaching them to follow God by my words and actions?

Home: Am I managing my home effectively. ....
- with finances and budgeting?
- with housecleaning? (Managing it instead of it managing me?)
- with planning meals and shopping wisely?
- by taking care of needs at home?

Others: Am I......
- Loving others correctly?
- Serving others?
- Preferring others?

Self: Am I......
- Growing in my walk with God?
- Eating properly and exercising?
- Making sure I am healthy and give myself rest when needed so I can be what my family needs?

Have a blessed day!

9.02.2008

Happy Fall! {Part 2}

So! On my front porch, I switched out my summer pillows to these darker creamy green pillows and I added this adorable garland that I just love and that was only $5.00. I'm about to run out and get another one to put inside the house somewhere!

On to the more imporant things... I need help {pretty please} with my mantle! When I look at the picture I took vs. how it looks in person, it doesn't look the same to me at all. In person, it looks more full but in the picture it looks more scattered and dinky. I feel like my mantle looks cluttered/over stuffed... what should I take down? And, do you think the white sticks out like a sore thumb? I was thinking of maybe taking down all the white pumpkins and then replaying the mini white ones with mini orange ones?

Next, I don't need to ask if you see it because how can you not BUT that big, ugly bundle of blue & black wires hanging off to the left, what can I do to hide that on a red wall? I HATE it if you can imagine. I'm desperate, please help! It just hangs there because I don't know what to do.

Okay, I'm going to go look through all of my old October and November Country Livings for some inpiration, I didn't know I had so many, this is going to be fun!

Thank you and I hope where ever you are, you're having some fun decorating too!





















Oh, and one more thing! I received an email from one of my favorite long time creative friends.... SUSAN BRANCH! Be sure to check out her site to see the latest!





9.01.2008

Happy Fall! {Part 1}

I started my fall decorating! I'm not finished with it yet but I'll show you a few sneak peeks!

I found this acorn at Home Goods today... I don't know if you can tell in the picture but it's really big, bigger then my hand. I love it! I searched everywhere for another one but this is the only one I could find and it was only $4.99.

Next is a cute white pumpkin that I just adore. It's actually cuter in person.

Okay, in the picture with the white turkey dish, there is a mini apple pie candle sitting in front of it. I found that little thing at CVS for $1.99, it's darling. I haven't burned it yet so I don't know if it's really going to smell like apple pie but I just thought it was too cute.

The orange pumpkin in the next picture is actually a really big candle, it's sitting in my wire basket that I love.

Next, is a box of acorns... I didn't know what to do with them. I think I'll just keep them in there unless I think of something else.

Now, I'm going to go read my new magazine! Have a blessed night!

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