Posts by melissa

5 Simple Burlap Projects

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in burlap, crafts | 6 comments

5 Simple Burlap Projects

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel for my family. :)

Have I ever mentioned that my husband is a youth pastor?

This opens us up to so many amazing opportunities in the summer!

June was full of local camps…and July has been full of travel.

We spent a week serving an orphanage in Mexico called The City of Children.

From there we drove up the coast of California all the way to San Francisco.

{Daisy won a trip through Pottery Barn Teen for her bedroomthat is a blog post in itself…AMAZING!}

We flew home, unpacked, washed clothes and packed again for New York.

As I type this post, we are at camp Shiloh that serves children from the Bronx.

Fun times!

So today I am sharing some of my favorite burlap projects…

Burlap Projects

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New Kitchen Color

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in kitchen | 10 comments

New Kitchen Color

A couple of weeks ago it was time to pack up my family of 5 to go to camp for 11 days.

And the day before we were to leave…I decided it would be the perfect day to paint my kitchen.

Because what else needed to be done?!

{I really wonder about myself sometimes?}

I just imagined how wonderful it would be to walk into a newly painted kitchen when we got back from camp.

How fresh everything would look…

Perfect cream color for my kitchen

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How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in crafts, wreaths | 3 comments

How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Every year my hydrangea bush outdoes itself.

I end up with seriously large, beautiful hydrangea blooms.

It actually should have died years ago.

My sweet mother-in-law gifted me with an Annabelle Hydrangea when my Anna Belle was born.

Such a sweet thought…but my reality was that I didn’t really have time to deal with a new plant.

I had a little girl that had just turned 2 and a newborn and I was tired.

So I quickly planted the little plant after letting it sit entirely too long in its plastic container…with no water.

And I forgot about it.

Until the next year…it began to show some life…and actually began to produce the tiniest of blooms.

I thought it just might make it after all.

Until my precious {then 3 year old} Daisy saw the tiny blooms and proceeded to pick everyone of them…and brought me a beautiful tiny bouquet. :)

I knew that was going to be all it took to polish the poor plant off.

But year after year it just kept coming back…defying all odds.

Allowing me to make things like this hydrangea wreath.

How to Make a Hydrangea Wreath

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I Need Your Help!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in crafts, wreaths | 16 comments

I Need Your Help!

So a few weeks ago something TOTALLY AMAZING happened!

{I still can’t even believe it?!}

Better Homes and Gardens emailed me and asked if they could use my floral monogram in their


Are you serious?!…of course they can! :)

{I can’t even believe that Better Homes and Gardens knows that I exist?!}

My competition is 3 incredibly talented ladies!

So if you want to help a girl out…

…I would really appreciate a vote for my floral monogram!



{You can vote every hour of every day this week!}

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Lime Simple Syrup

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Oh My Word Would You Look At That, recipes | 13 comments

Lime Simple Syrup

If you are hopping over from Top This Top That, I am so glad that you are here!

I was raised on sweet tea.

My mama was putting it in my thermos for lunch by the time I was in the 1st grade.

No Kool-aid at my house…

…my friends wanted my mom’s sweet tea!

In the summer, she would hang little gold mugs from hooks under the cabinets so that we could come in and fix it ourselves.

Sweet memories. :)

So when my Southern friends wanted to get together and share drink recipes…

…I knew mine had to involve sweet tea!

So here is a fun simple syrup that will sweeten your tea while adding the perfect lime flavor.

How to Make Simple Syrup with Lime

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