5 Simple Burlap Projects

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in burlap, crafts | 7 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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Neutral Kitchen Paint Colors

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in kitchen | 12 comments

Neutral Kitchen Paint Colors

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.

So instead of washing and folding…I was searching for the perfect neutral kitchen paint colors!

The perfect neutral with just a hint of gray and cream that would be totally perfect with ironstone.

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 | 5 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.

And allowing me to show you how to make a dried 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 | 17 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 mama’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 lime simple syrup that will sweeten your tea while adding a hint of flavor.

How to Make Simple Syrup with Lime

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How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in kitchen, painted furniture | 10 comments

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

I come from a family that is all about traditions.

Or maybe it’s that my parents didn’t like a lot of change.

My parents lived in the same house for 26 years.

We moved in when I was 1 and they moved out when I was 27…during those years my mom redecorated and painted and rearranged…but one piece of furniture always stayed the same…

…the kitchen table.

I love that every family meal that we ate in that house was at that very table.

My husband’s family is much the same way…my husband grew up eating every meal at the same table…which now resides in our dining room! :)

So when David and I bought our family kitchen table…I knew that I wanted to use it forever.

But the shiny cherry was beginning to bother me…so I decided to try my hand at refinishing.

And I LOVE the results!

Here is how to refinish a kitchen table:

How to Refinish a Kitchen Table

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Mason Jar Craft Flower Wraps

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in backyard, crafts | 4 comments

Mason Jar Craft Flower Wraps

I hope your summer is living up to all you were hoping it would be!

We are filling our days with campsbike ridestrips to the pool

…and backyard parties. :)

We love to drink out of mason jars, but your jar can easily get lost in the crowd.

So here is a way that your crew can identify just which one is theirs…

…with this simple Mason jar craft!

Mason Jar Crafts

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Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I hope your summer is going to be full of all of those things that make summer so special.

I hope it will be a time to make memoriesembrace momentslaugh a lot…and enjoy life!

I hope you catch fireflieseat ice creamswim all afternoonmake lemonade

…and live up each hour in each day!

And if you have some dreams that require a bit more cash…

…then this giveaway is for you!

Enter below for your chance to win!

Just think of all of the amazing things you could do with $400 this summer!

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Life to the full!


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Backyard Tour

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in backyard, garden, garden art, outdoors | 26 comments

Backyard Tour

Summer is here and it’s time to take the fun outdoors!

So my Southern friends are back together to share some Outdoor Living ideas with you!


I decided that I would give you my backyard tour!

Garden Path Ideas

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Summer Camp Link Party

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

 Are you wanting to be THAT Mom {or Dad}?!

That SUPER COOL, SUPER FUN, “I wish I had a mom {or dad} like that!” Mom {or Dad}?!

Design Dazzle invited a few bloggers to share their best Summer Ideas…

…and now we want to see your AMAZING ideas!

Link up all of your BEST summer fun!

I’ll feature several of them {along with the other participating blogs} around the world wide web. :)

{And my girls can’t wait to try some of your ideas themselves!}

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party

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