Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daylin Skye Designs

Have you heard of Daylin Skye? If not, you should really click over and check out the website here.
Amber, the brains and talent behind Daylin Skye Designs, is an old college friend of mine. She makes beautiful handbags, clutches, pouches, etc., that are all handcrafted in California, vegan friendly, earth conscious and cruelty-free. These bags are high-quality vegan leather, and Amber can even make you something special at your request. I got the fun opportunity the past few days of sharing some peeks at her new spring line on Facebook and Instagram. I thought I'd catch you up here and let you see some of the bags. 

This little beauty is Daylin Skye's signature bag. I loved this one because it can be carried at the wrist, or on the shoulder, or even as a cross-body. 

 These are all the bags I got to try out! Isn't she talented?!

 I decided to take that red gem out for a little fun photo shoot. And guess what? Hubs took these pictures! He may have a future in photography…. ha! ;-)

It was a little chilly…uh…it was FREEZING outside, but that setting sun was fantastic! 

 Anyone want that red bag now?? You're welcome. 

Here's a cute pouch I haven't seen in person, but isn't it adorable?

Head over to the Daylin Skye website and buy yourself something cute! 

til the next time,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Free Printable! - No. 2

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I have 2 free prints for you!
Just click the links to take you to the download page, save and print.

Print HERE

Print HERE

I hope you enjoy!

til the next time,

Monday, February 2, 2015

I'll Have a Blue Monday!

It's been awhile, but here I am with another Blue Monday!

First up, these stairs. I think I'd like to do something interesting with ours if we ever get around to adding them to our attic. 

Love this master bedroom makeover on one of my favorite blogs. 

And how about this dining space? This whole room is absolutely gorgeous, and I'd love to have some of those chairs. But they are pricey, and where would I put them?? I saw some recently at a small cafe in NYC. Sigh...

This entry is beautiful, and of course, I'm loving that door! 

Happy Monday!
Til the next time,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Free Printable! - No. 1

I've decided to offer a free printable (like so many other bloggers are doing) here on the blog every month. What's better than a freebie?! These are great ways to change up the art on your walls very inexpensively. Just buy a cheap frame, and there you go (I love Hobby Lobby's every-day-50%-off-frames). 

I'd like to get the prints up early in the month, as they will most likely pertain to whatever happens in that month. For January, I've created this simple print and I think it's a great mind-set to start off the new year.

You can download and print at home, then trim to fit in an 8x10 frame, or you can have them printed at your local print shop (FedEx, etc.). 

Click here to download.

Happy Day!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Our Family Photo Session Favorites!

First, let me wish everyone a Happy New Year! Along with everyone else, I can't believe 2015 is already here; another year gone. I do have some goals for this year, but I think I'll keep them to myself (don't want to jinx it), and share some favorites from our recent photo session. All photos were taken by Rebecca Cain of RCain Photography, and she did a fabulous job! 

I'm one of those people that plan these sorts of things a month or two in advance, and I bring along all my own props. I searched for a vintage bicycle for awhile and couldn't find one I was willing to pay the price for. I just happened to mention it around my parents and my dad said, "why don't you just use my old bike?"  UHH…why didn't I think of that? So that's what we did. And the antique bench came from the family-run business…a funeral home. :) I was actually pretty sick that day with a sinus infection, but with no time for rescheduling, we went ahead and thankfully, I *think* I look pretty normal. Whatever normal is.

Thanks to each of you who read my blog. This little creative outlet makes me happy and I'm glad you've followed along this past year. I hope your new year is filled with many of God's wonderful blessings!

til the next time,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Around the House ~ 2014

Every year it seems I can't get my Christmas decorating done until the last minute - and this year is no exception. Does anyone else feel like this has been the shortest December ever? Mine's been especially busy….I started the month with a trip to NYC (maybe more on that later), my dear Father-in-Law passed away while I was gone, and we had our annual Christmas concert at church that I head up - and ALL of this was in the same week. It couldn't have gotten anymore chaotic. Anyway, I finished decorating this week just in time to host part of a progressive dinner, AND to link up to some awesome house tour parties. If you are new here, thanks  for stopping by!

Linking up at:
11 Magnolia Lane

Evolution of Style 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes

Nesting Place - Christmas Tour of Homes 2014

Savvy Southern Style

First up, the outside. As always, I have to defend our ugly yard. We are in a severe drought and everything is dead or has been removed because it died. Don't judge. HA! And yes, we still have a gutter leaning against the house, waiting to be moved since we added shutters. Life is real here, y'all. 

Uh…yeah…those dead ones haven't been removed. :) But I had to show an up close picture of my dad's old bicycle. Isn't it great?! 

When you step inside, this is the view of our living room.

I was lacking inspiration this year, but finally got started when it hit me at midnight one night for the mantel. I really like the way it turned out this year. 

I had plans to use my Cameo Silhouette to cut a template for my chalkboard, but for some reason I cannot get the silly thing to work lately. Anyone else having that problem? 

My splurge this year was these fantastic Anthro stockings! 

So far, I've only had time for making these gold burst thingies. Do they have a name? I just hot glued some cake pop sticks together and spray painted them glossy gold. 

I love reflections of twinkling lights….

I love my nativity set, but it's hard to get a good picture since it sits up high. 

No pretty presents under our tree yet. But I have a feeling if there was, two two-year-olds would quickly have them unwrapped! 

Moving on to the dining room…

Do any of you ladies recognize that blanket scarf there on the table? It's only the most famous scarf in blogland this year! And I didn't pay the $40 price…I got it for $12 on eBay. Straight from China. We had a party this week and the table looked bare. I thought fast about 10 minutes before guests began to arrive and dug this out of my closet. I did make sure it was clean first. :)

This piano is always hard to decorate for some reason, and I'm loving the way it turned out. 

Hubby hates this piano and says he's going to tear it up and carry it out the back door and use the scraps for something else. It's too heavy to move...

A few shots from the kitchen.

That's not dust you see…it's glitter. It's everywhere. Much to Hubby's dismay.

I finally did something else to this chalkboard, since it's been the same since February for Valentine's Day! All I did was rearrange the pictures….

The last stop is the bathroom. Y'all, these pictures are awful. This room doesn't get much natural light and all of our days have been overcast lately. I had to turn the lights on, which made the walls look weird, instead of the pretty mint green they are. 

And that concludes my Christmas House for this year! Hope you've enjoyed it. 

til the next time,