Monday, February 21, 2011

from yellow to pink

It's HERE! The little girl bedroom redo!!!! Above is a sort of sneak peak of the color scheme and the fabrics gathered and used in this blessing of a project!

We were blessed this past Saturday with our own interior decorator- my sister-in-law, Lisa, from Reinspire. How it all started: I emailed her to see if we could barter services, I'd take her childrens' photos (one has a first birthday soon!) if she could redo Ella's room. I think I need to take some VERY VERY good photographs and give her quite a package after seeing this beautiful transformation.

Now, since we moved into this house, about 6 1/2 years ago, Ella's smaller sized room has been yellow. It has worked up until a year or two ago. After child #3, our house exploded. Meaning, the mother isn't keeping up with organizing, decorating as she should be, or could be. And, she's less likely to demand a whole lot of picking up from the children if she doesn't know where things should be in the first place!

The next two photographs are recent, from a few weeks back. Notice the mess on the desk behind our girl. Empty juice bottle. Lots of stuff in front of the register on the floor. Things just hanging on the bed's headboard. We were tired of that headboard, not liking stuffed animals on the ground all the time, needing to purge BIG before Lisa came over, perhaps a week or so before, Ella and I got rid of several bags of trash and also toys. Whew. That was a major undertaking. I'm so glad we did that then, because there was STILL plenty to go through once Lisa was done. We are not super declutterers I guess!

I am so thankful, first of all, that Lisa was so willing to do this. Also, her joyful attitude and approach was refreshing. And, everything she touches is beautiful, so we were all quite excited.

The next six photos were taken in 2008, right after Lisa had made a matching bed/curtain ensemble with pillows. I LOVE the fabric. I forget where we found it. But the quilt Lisa made is most certainly a keepsake. At this point in time, I could decorate "okay." Notice the uncluttered feel of the room. HA!

(Above is the quilt Lisa made, as well as coordinating pillows)

(Notice the sweetly painted letters (Lisa), and handmade tutus (one from Lisa, one from my Gram))

(Some more decorative accents. In particular, the little frames)

On to the fun stuff...the official makeover! I didn't upload these quite in the order I wished to but that's okay. This first photo shows MY favorite part of the room. It may seem silly if you're not into scrapbooking. But LOOK at that paper that was modge podged onto Ella's desk. Just LOOK at it. I LOVE the doily paper (by Studio Calico, I think?). Lisa had asked me to pull pink paper from my stash so she could use on this desk, after she painted it (and the drawers, which were red, green, and blue- ugh!). I found some and LOVE the trio of papers from my stash she ended up using!

This next photo shows you the mirror Lisa attached to Ella's bedroom door (yay! we hadn't had one for her yet!). Also, the star accent and adorable banner hanging above Ella's bed.

This next photo showcases what Lisa did.

Yellow walls GONE, replaced with white on two, and pink paint on the opposite (the right).

Shelves, vertical space, presented beautifully. YAY!

Furniture placement to open the room, as well as a shortened curtain. The curtain is vintage, and Ella really loves the pom pom trim!

Do you notice the third color used in the makeover? The blue? SOOOO soooo excited that worked out. I had found a vintage blue and white sheet set at a local thrift store, and had had plans on using it in my old Etsy shop but never did! So glad I never did! Lisa put that baby to work and used bits and pieces here and there!

Ella enjoying her own little place. I'm so thankful this desk is usable now!

This photo was taken right when Ella entered the center of her new room! The blue and white outfit hanging behind her was sort of an inspiration piece. If you look here at this board I put together on Pinterest, you will see other things that inspired the color scheme and feel of this room! I found that outfit (it's actually a one piece outfit from Children's Place) at a thrift store for $3! Lisa is soooo good at understanding me and KNEW EXACTLY what to do with what we had.

This is my favorite spot of the room, besides the top of the desk! I LOVE the tissue paper pom pom Lisa made! Inspired by one on the Pinterest board! Decorative bags for storing little toys or hair accesories, a basket for toy horses, a place to show off the red cowgirl boots, and a sweet presentation of a horse page I did of Ella when she was petting a horse in its stable at a fair. Lisa took my basic black 12x12 frame and attached matching fabric on it, rosettes, AND made the hanging piece from part of that sheet set. On the bookcase, Lisa also made an adorable curtain from the sheets to hide books and games! Oh, AND a basket liner, too!

That little bear Lisa tucked in behind the lamp was mind when I was a child. SO happy she used the girly dress form. She also brought with her this lamp and reused the lampshade we already had in the room.

It was so cute...Ella wore her horse shirt the day the room was being transformed!

Closer look at one happy Lisa used a couple things I made Ella the past few years. I little scrapbook and round box-purse. She placed a toy sadle, there, too! Cute!

Closer look of the sweet, medium sized tissue paper pom pom! It is a perfect accent. I LOVE where she placed it!

Here's a closer look of the chair Lisa brought over for Ella to use! I love the extra padding (a piece of vintage quilt) and the lovely gingham fabric draping over the back and the bow. Super sweet touch!

A closer look at the bookshelf and the ruffled curtain! Also, the little vintage/fabric/stamped banner is something I made a few months back and on a whim gave to Lisa to see if she could use it with this room. She knew just where to put it...and that, too, is part of her amazing decorating gift!

Another "complete look."

The little flower on the lampshade is an embellishment from Pink Paislee. In the back of the photo, you can see two of those little frames that had already been in Ella's room. Lisa attached ribbon on the front to match the room and also two little horse pictures are now framed inside them!

A better look at the new (well, vintage but new to us!) bedding.

Here's a better look, also, of the scrapbook page. I think it's one of my favs I've ever done of Ella!

I think this is the longest post I've ever posted! And, it most certainly took the longest to create! I hope you enjoyed it. I wanted to showcase Lisa's handiwork. And just so you know, everything we had already or had bought "thriftilly" sometime before, and we ONLY purchased the two gallons of paint! So you know you can transform a room on a budget!

Lisa's handiwork- There's so much of it and it truly blessed our family. Including my husband who already wants to repaint OUR bedroom and I am not sure I am ready for that just yet! Thank you, Lisa, for doing this room makeover. It is a priceless gift!

I will show more of the room soon this week! I forgot to mention a couple other details!

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Beginning...

It's right there on the book. The title. One Thousand Gifts.

Intriguing, isn't it? I always try to figure out the meaning of the title, the reference, as I am sure many others do.

Chapter 3 tells you just what you need to know. It's time to count gifts. It's time to let God work in your life in an astonishing way. Here's my start. It's not poetic, it's simple, it's MY life. This means it's personal, it's God given to me, and unique, just like yours would be. It's not time to compare.. It's time to relish and let the joy take over. ( until I can correct the "autocorrect" on my typing, enjoy the funny typos on the list! Lol!)

One Thousand Gifts....the list begins....

1. Buddy's falsetto
2. Memory taking through a camera.
3. Play dough masterpieces
4. Baby love with his wide open arms
5. A song by buddy
6. Serenade by sweetie
7. Too short pants on growing toddler
8. Tall young girl
9. Silly buddy words
10. My biddy playing with light sabers out in snow with friends
11. Sweet baby boy snoring
12. Sound of miniature race car running downstairs...controlled by the big kid of the house
13. Several cups of chai tea a day
14. WD's hair scent
15. His soft head of hair
16. Sweetie folding my laundry
17. Hearing daddy read books to each child
18. Ella's horse drawing
19. WD's love of play dough, never ending
20. Chewing a whole pack of pure bubblegum that was supposed to be the kids..ha.
21. A new Bible
22. Contentment with my state of no scrapbooking "purchases"
23. The feeling of being cared for by the Lord
24. Texting from my mom and dad
25. Texting to my mom and dad
26. A sister in law who loves to decorate
27. Putting together an inspiration board for Ella's room
28. A good fish dinner
29. WD eating mini tubs of butter at bob Evans.
30. Pizza dinners
31.Pancake breakfasts for the kids
32.New ideas
34. The smell of ace hardware
35. Sweet thrift clothing find for Ella
36. Hand lotion
37. A thank you card from neighbors to rich for shoveling snow of theirs
38. Rich's willingness to serve God in the church
39. Practicing my classical music
40. New books to read
41.Library fines to support local library
43. Voluntary hugs from Philip
44. Philip telling me WD is cute.
45. WD excitement ironed barnes and nobles train table
46. Rich saying barnes and noble ton
47. Cold wind outside
48.Warm cozy socks
49. A place to rest comfortably
50.Free science programs
51.Cold glass of water
51.Stillness of heart
52.Hope of mind
53.Rest of body
54.Healing of soul
55. Choo choos for boys
56. Dreaming of a candy bar only to find its gift wasn't a dream
57. Warm baby next to my cold body
58. Paper towels
59. Warm hugs from my second
60. Inspiration fulfilled
61. Good readers
62. A girl scout project
63. The art of gluing bits of papers, and your hands, through decoupage
64. Valentines day happiness
65. Little blond curls on top of WD's head
66. The name sir toppemhat
67. Cheesy smiles for mommy
68. Rushing, whirring, rustling wind sounds day and night
69. Buddies "chew"
70. Being forced to rest even though I have a sore throat and aches
71. Not having to go anywhere for a day
72. Fine point sharpies
73. Blog giveaways
74. Winning blog giveaways
75. Comments on my blog
76. Peace of mind
77. Classical music to increase piano skill
78. Friend appointments
79. New discovery of joys
80. Ella's long hair
81. New, soft animal for Ella that she treasures
82. Buddies new name for his chameleon....colors
83. Art loving children
84. Coffee for my sweetie
85. Early work days for my sweetie
86. Being able to calm a girl down if mistakes are made during school
87. School successes
88. Little cups for Graham crackers and milk
89. The little giggle laugh by WD.
90. The little boy voice of WD
91. The hat that says tall, and silly, upon Sweetie's head
92. Dinners liked and eaten.
93. When nothing good is on TV
94. Re-readng favorite books
95. Discussing certain topics with my dad...some intellectual convos.
96. Buddy wearing a long sleeved shirt!
97. Buddy sharing his Leapster with WD
98. Note taking on the iPad
99. Songs in my heart that won't go away
100. Sweet little attempts by little kids to fix things.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Triplet of Stars

( quiet joy)

Charis, Eucharisteo, and Chara.

Grace, Thanksgiving, and Joy.

Three words that, in this second chapter of this incredible book I'm reading, the author uses to bring about the desire to change our hearts to live fuller for God. She says of this "triplet of stars," that they are light in the dark, life. Life. Light.
We see examples of grace- Jesus. Where do we find thanksgiving? Even at the cross. How do we grasp joy? Just as God did at the death of His Son. Can we do this? Be thankful amidst pain. Show grace during our worst trial. Let our hearts light up with joy in all circumstances?
How do we do this? We accept God's words as truth. We practice faith. Seek. Follow. Seek. Follow. Seek...and follow.
I've felt I've followed the Lord my entire life, up to this point, and plan on doing just that for the rest. I've seen this constellation of stars at work in so many around me. My grandmothers, my grandfathers...through their worship, baking of cookies, babysitting of my brother and I, fellowship with other believers at their church. Through my parents- their work, their mission at church, their day to day preparations for living. Through my husband, his unconditional love for me, despite my mistakes and failures, and his prayer life, his spiritual journey.
How are my "stars" doing? Do I acknowledge this grace given? Is my thankfulness an all encompassing act? With what spirit do I live? I am ALWAYS encouraged by the thought of God's grace and His ultimate sacrifice for bringing about salvation for those who accept it. I think of countless times in which Jesus extended his hand of mercy, and grace, to those who bypassed the law to search for His miracle. The woman who grabbed his garment as he passed. The woman who broke her tears and perfume at his feet. Those moments are kept in my heart vault of examples.
Thankfulness, in my life, is a thread that sometimes has one strand, and sometimes two or three, depending on how much control I relinquish to God. Giving up to him the everyday, the good the bad. What cord am I building? One that is not easily broken? I hope, and perhaps through thankfulness comes the greatest joy. I know Ms. Voskamp said that thankfulness precedes the miracle, and in my life, an important miracle I've craved is this: JOY. And as wonderful as joy is, it can come through pain and sorrow, for God works through those things in ways we do not understand. I let Him. Do you? I LET Him, I SEE Him, I LONG for Him.
It never fails, at 4 o'clock the countdown begins. My three children ask again and again when daddy will be home. The littlest blonde hair child, nose smooshed against the big window. Perhaps his sticky face leaving its stickiness on the glass as well. The fidgety middle child, running all around, back and forth, up and down, driving me crazy, by the way. The oldest child, becoming either quiet on her own accord or joining in on the wildness of her brother, Philip. A longing, expressed in different ways.
Patience. Excitement. Anticipation. I think all these are real, and honest ways we await for His presence in our lives. Don't we have these different emotions at times? Do we let God take these emotions and reactions and shape them into charis, eucharisteo, and chara? If we are fearful, can you see how God holds you in His unshaking hand. If we are peaceful, we should be thankful- not forgetting how important reveling in that peace is. Anticipation, a key to dream and hold onto hope...but don't let it be discarded as the worst of life comes your way. As much as it is said, it's true: keep your chin up. Delight in the Lord! It is SUFFICIENT to FILL!

God Gave Us The World, review

God Gave Us The World....He most certainly did. With love for us, he did so. With perfect knowledge he did that. With sweet creativity, he made the world. I love how God is described as being creative. What a wonderful thing to teach a child. Ms. Bergen is right on with that concept and many others. It's touching, the questions the little cub asks it's mother. The replies are just as warm and thoughtful. The pictures are charming throughout the book. When a certain food is thought as being less desired by the cub, the mother chimes in that the other bear thinks it is "delicious.". Again, a positive element to be taught.

Mama Bear explains the vastness of Gods power and plan to her cub through terms such as special, a mirror, home, amazing, and gift. She also uses comparisons of Gods nature (to create) to cub's grandparents' past times. A fun way to show the little cub about God. This precious book delighted my toddler, and my soon to be 8 year old read it at her first chance. I highly recommend this children's story. It's beauty lies in it's simple truths! Not only is it beautiful, it's educational and could be part of a preschool or kindergarten homeschool program. At least, that's what I will do once my littlest one is a couple years older! I recieved this book free from Waterbrook Press, and this review is my own.