Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pretty Ways to say Thank You

If you know me or have read my blog very long, you probably know that I love pretty paper and I collect stationery. I don't always have a need for it at the moment, but it's nice to have a supply on hand.   Several years ago, I posted about this love here. I think the art of writing a note to someone special and dropping it in the mail is one of the funnest things to do! And who doesn't love to be on the receiving end?? There's few things sweeter than opening the mail box and knowing someone thought enough of you to buy a card, write it, address it and mail it. 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner (I know that's UNBELIEVABLE!!), I've been thinking on being thankful. Sometimes it feels as though we live in a self-centered world where we have so much and so many material things, that thankfulness is lost. But why should it be when there's so many pretty ways to say a simple "thank you"? I did a little searching at some of my favorite places and came up with a few ideas to make it easy on you if you're shopping for a pretty card. 

I'm on a gold foil kick right now and love the simple elegance of these from Cricket Printing

Or how about these for the Southern girl?! I had to give in to temptation and order these fun cards from Nella Designs. A card doesn't always have to be a "thank you card" in order to say thanks. 

I'm dying for these from Stephanie Creekmur, too!  

Last, I'm loving all of these from TinyPrints! I always get our family Christmas cards here, but they have so much more. Did you know you can customize your own? 

These are too fun and I love that they embrace the huge floral trend going on right now! 

Most of their cards even have a pretty backside! 

These are so chic! 

Think about saying thank you, and make it pretty! 

Til the next time,

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Apartment Therapy Room for Color Contest

So, I entered my living room into the Room for Color contest at Apartment Therapy. Every entry does not become a contestant, so I was surprised when mine was actually chosen to compete! My room was just posted yesterday, so it doesn't get as much "voting" time as earlier posts. If you like my room, I'd love if you would go over and vote! Public voting ends tomorrow morning at 11am (CST). You have to sign up for an account before you can vote, but it's easy peasy. :) 

Go HERE to vote.

I've made some changes in this room over the last several months, but I'll show you more of that later. 

til the next time,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Anniversary to US!

This blog has been a little on the quiet side, due to the fact that we took a family vacation the end of August, and I had surgery the week we came home. I really do have crafts/renovation progress to share, but I'll get to that later. Today, just want to wish my guy a Happy Anniversary. It doesn't seem possible that it's been 4 years since that happy day! You are the best thing (along with the twins) that's happened to me. You are my favorite for reals. :-) 

til the next time,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My CD Released on iTunes!

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile probably know that I am a singer and a choir director. I love music. There's not a day in my life that doesn't go by without some singing or listening to recorded music. About 14 years ago, I made a Christian/Gospel cd when I was just a kid, fresh out of Bible College. I tried a few years ago to get it on iTunes, but I needed at least 5 physical cd's to send in and I no longer had even 5 left! About a month ago, I decided to check on the requirements, figuring things had changed with technology, and they had! I had to go through lots of online "paperwork" and it took about 2 weeks to get everything straight….THEN I had to wait for it to be released. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. The title is "If You Owned the World" and I penned 4 of the songs: "If You Owned the World", "Extraordinary Love", "He Never Gave up on Me", and "Call on Him". 

Obviously, over the years, my style has changed and my voice most likely has, too. The voice matures just as the rest of us does! I'd love to make a new Praise and Worship album, but it takes A LOT of money. I talked with a studio in Nashville about 8 years ago and then, it was going to cost about $30,000. We all know everything goes up with time, so it may cost more now. I'm really trying to focus on writing some new stuff and maybe….just maybe…saving enough to at least get a start on a new project. We'll see. But any track you buy will help! :) 

So, if this is your sort of thing, check it out. My favorite tracks are "If You Owned the World", "Extraordinary Love", "Child's Prayer" and "First to Say".  

Click HERE for the link to iTunes. 
(It's listed under Kassie Dutton because my info had to exactly match the info on my cd cover)

til the next time,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday to Our Little Loves!

Please stop growing so fast…..

You two are the greatest gifts in our lives and truly, Life is Good.  :) 

we love you,
ma-ma and da-da

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Harrison & Lyla's Nursery on!

It's getting late on Saturday night and I'm finally sitting down with a cup of hot chocolate (yes, I'm ready for fall), relaxing for a few minutes before bed. This has been a crazy day making last minute preparations for vacation. Woo-hoo!! 

So, I'm really just checking in to tell you, that a couple of months ago I was contacted by wanting to know if they could share the twins nursery on their website, promoting different ideas for baby furniture they sell. We got our cribs at, and as most of you have seen (if you have followed my blog long), painted them turquoise. had the best deal on the Jenny Lind cribs I wanted and we love the way they turned out. Apparently a lot of you out there like the turquoise cribs, too, as it's one of my top pinned pictures on Pinterest. THANK YOU!! :) Anyway, our nursery is being featured for the month of August on the nursery furniture page. You can go HERE to see it. It's the 2nd rotating picture at the top of the page. 

We've made a few changes since the picture on their website. This is how it currently looks. We have a cute trash can now, a throw on the glider, and of course, the painted striped curtains we just hung. The ivory rug was changed out only a few months in (haha) for a big red shag rug. However, shag doesn't work well with baby puke. Everyone hear me on that!! Don't do it! Hopefully, a professional cleaner can get it out and the rug will go back on the floor. :-) 

And just for fun, here's where we started with the room and cribs before painting.

A big THANK YOU to Amy Dragoo with who found me and thought this was worth sharing. :) 

til the next time,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Items in My Etsy Shop!

It's been forever, but I FINALLY have some new items in my Etsy shop, "Arlie & Essie". I've said a little here before about my shop, but for those who don't know, my shop is named after my two grandmothers. Arlie was my mom's mom (who I never got to meet), and Essie was my dad's. 

Anyway, I thought I'd share here that I've been working on some art prints that are available to download directly to your computer and you can have them printed and throw them in a frame. Or, something I'm dying to try is making something cute with one through Shutterfly. Have y'all seen all the nifty stuff you can do through them now?! 

Here's the prints I have available and I'll update you as I add more. 

til the next time,