Monday, November 23, 2009


I'm making progress in the powder room. I have almost all four walls covered in patches but not glued down. I tried the gluing as you go method but that didn't work if you wanted to change your mind, which of course I did. So I am taping them up and rearranging until I like what I see and then the glue comes out. This bathroom is hard to photograph because it is so small. Love the tape dispenser and roll of toilet paper in this shot!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Happy 30th birthday today to my first born daughter Amber! May your 30's bring you much happiness, joy and reward for all your hard work. You mean the world to me.....have a great day!

Washington State Bar swearing in ceremony, November 5th 2009.

Friday, November 20, 2009


I've been feeling very unbloggy lately. Not, antibloggy just a bit uninterested and I think I know why. A few weeks back our Pastor talked about gratefulness, or the lack of gratefulness actually, and it has really stirred me up. Now, I would not consider myself an ungrateful person. Being thankful is important to me. But lately God has been exposing the depth of my gratefulness and I am finding it to be shallow at best. A small puddle of gratefulness instead of a deep sea.

On a regular basis I thank God for my family and friends of course. I thank him for my home, my car, my cat, and for food and clothing. The regular stuff. I often am grateful and thank Him for a warm bed, my pillow, my chiropractor, a full refrigerator, a full gas tank, hot water. More regular stuff. Or is it? To many people in the world, these are not regular at all! Luxuries, wishes, things only dreamt of.

My husband came home from a breakfast meeting with a friend yesterday and posed this question to me....what if, tomorrow you woke up and had only the things that you thanked God for today. What would you have? Would I be able to smile, talk? Would the sky be blue? Would my husband love me? Would I have a relationship with the Lord?

Gratefulness is not something we can tack on to the end of our list of Christian virtues. It is vital. We cannot worship God without being thankful. It's just not possible. In her book, Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss says, "We must choose gratitude, first and foremost because it is the only fitting response to a good and gracious God who has delivered us from our guilt and shame."

It's never too late to become a more grateful person. Unfortunately, it takes a bit of practice. If you would like to be part of a group of people that are each listing one thousand things that they are grateful for click on Ann Voskamp's button below {thanks Sara}.

When thou hast thanked thy God
For every blessing sent,
What time will then remain
For murmurs or lament?

R.C. Trench

holy experience

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Here is a shot of my perfectly dull powder room! For the life of me I haven't been able to get inspired with the look I want for this little, seldom used room until now! It has wonderful potential...beadboard wainscotting, a lovely chandelier that I purchased at Ballard Design and a unique mirror. It just needs a bit of pep, some energy!

When I saw this wall over at Sara's Art House I knew that I had finally found my inspiration. There is finally hope for this poor little bathroom.

I had planned on just picking out random scrapbook paper from my large stash but was so excited to find this pack from K&Company at Michaels.  I knew I wanted a black damask pattern but wasn't sure what other colors I wanted to include. This color combination along with the different patterns is just what I had in mind.  The only other ingredient to accomplish this project is time!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I'm tired of my plain, boring, white lampshades in my living room. I'm thinking maybe one of these....on the lamp, not on my head. I'm just going to add this project to my list...we'll see what happens! I have however found the perfect paper for my powder room project and am working up the nerve to actually paste it on the wall because I think that once it's up.... it's not coming down easy! I'll show you that on Thursday. Have a great Wednesday!

1. Fullhouse   2. Unknown   3. Alice   4. Just A Girl   5. Alice 

Monday, November 2, 2009

E is for Easy...C is for Cute

I'm always on the lookout for vintage books that I can use on my scrapbook layouts, frame as art or decoupage with. Amanda and I stopped at an estate sale this summer that had tables heaped with books of all kinds. Unfortunately, we were on our way to an appointment and didn't have time to search through the book mountains. I just happened to see this book in a smaller pile that was near the stairs on the floor and knew right away that the pages would be so cute framed. I also loved that they were in my favorite colors, red, black and white and would fit into any room in my house. I waited until Michaels put their frames on sale for 40% off, added some scrapbook paper and .....instant art!