To DiY, or not to DiY

I have this love-hate relationship with DiY projects.  I love how simple and inexpensive they can be to do yourself and I love how many resources there are these days to give inspiration and how-to’s.  Then, I hate (maybe not that strongly) when I spend time taking on these projects and they come out looking like I did it myself instead of the alternative, like I bought it.

This internal struggle (it’s really not that dramatic) is why most of the walls in our new house are still blank.  Part of me knows I should not fill them all at once because our tastes in decor are still changing with every HGTV show we watch.  The other part, however, just feels stuck trying to sift through all the ideas and deciding which are really worth the trouble and in which we should just invest.

In comes Pinterest.

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I have browsed and browsed for wall inspiration- be it pictures, canvases, structures, detailing, etc.  Some of my finds I can tackle on my own, others have led me to excellent vendors online that I would be happy to support.

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Check out my pinterest {linked to the images} for more details of the projects if you’re interested.  Also, the bottom scripture canvases are from French Press Mornings, a blogger I began following recently.  She has an etsy shop and as you can see, her work is beautiful (and influenced by Rifle Paper Co, and I think it’s clear that I have a love affair with them already).  It’s going to be difficult to decide which I’d like to display since I can’t buy them all- but she also does Encouraging Wednesdays- when she provides a free 4×6 download of the featured print and 40% off that print in her shop for the week.  WIN WIN.

Any Pinterest DiY projects on your to-do list?  I’d love to hear about some of your successful or failed projects.  Share below!

xoxo, heather

A good Word

This weekend was the best- the absolute best that I have had in a long time.  We had a few things planned but we were staying in town for all of it.  Work was mixed with play and it was the recipe for a blissful time with my little family.  I know today is the first day for the Real Simple: Get Real challenge but allow me, for just a moment, to ooze the joy I have pouring over from the weekend.

Here are some sweet pictures captured from the weekend: 

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Also, we were able to go to church together.  We have yet to formally move our memberships since being in Wilmington.  We both love the church we attend, but let’s be honest.  Working every other weekend doesn’t allow for dedicated attendance- and we both need/want this so much.  So so much.  Matt and I agreed to make a more conscious effort to stay in town as much as possible on our weekends off and to invest more into our city, our home, our church this year.  This Sunday could not have been a more perfect time for us to get started. 

Our church commits to adopting one word for the year, either individually or collectively, to serve as a resolution of sorts.  Our pastor even co-wrote a book about it- My One Word.  As you might have read previously, I already have 5 main resolutions so I was not planning on having a word for the year.  Then, as if I should have ever tried to plan otherwise, I was smacked in the face with a word straight from God yesterday.  

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The title of our current series is Risk.  Risk.  A word that keeps me from doing more than I would like to admit.  Matt and I were just (I’m talking just the night before) discussing some pretty heavy decisions that could be made this year- weighing the pros and cons- planning 14 steps ahead.  Literally, two minutes into the introduction to the sermon, we were exchanging glances and smirking.  We left church yesterday and laughed all the way home.  God could not have spoken any more clearly to either of us.

Needless to say, I now have a word, and I didn’t even plan it.  Naturally.  I really should know better at this point.  This word will be staring me in the face at each crossroad this year, big or small.  Do I let myself be paralyzed by the risks associated with a decision or do I let what I know to be true about my God allow me to make a more informed decision?  The more I know about Him and how He is working in my life, the more my actions will be aligned with His.

I encourage you to check out the sermons here if you’re a planner like me, constantly trying to take the reigns and dictate the outcomes throughout your own life.  

I’ll leave you with some thoughts/ quotes I jotted down:

Proverbs 16:9

“God rarely gives me anything more than the first step”

Luke 14

Judges 6/7

“You need to plan; not to control the outcome but to know what the next step of faith is”

Do any of you have a word for the year?  Similar struggle with planning? I’d love to hear your take on this!

xoxo, heather

 

Good as Gold

There have been so many fashion trends this season.  I feel like, for the most part, they have been relatively risky.  No longer can you both embrace a trend and remain in your comfort zone.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  With that said, I have loved about 93% of what I’ve seen.

From the new neutral: leopard, to faux fur, to leather galore, to print-mixing, to plaid for days, to layers upon layers, to stacked jewels, to GOLD.  Did I miss any?  I’m sure I did!  But what I think makes me the happiest about all these is it only requires one subtle change, one “piece of flare” added to any outfit to jazz it up.

Then again, there are those of us who choose to go overboard sometimes; but once you are freed from your comfort zone, it really is difficult to go back.

So that brings me back to my original point: one of my favorite trends.  Gold.  GOLD. Gold. Is there anything flashier?  I submit not.  And it’s everywhere these days.  I’ve put together some of my favorite options which have been hard to ignore when I am supposed to be elfing for everyone else.  Even better: it’s not just limited to your wardrobe.

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Maybe I went a little crazy with the accessories- what can I say?  They are that little something to brighten up any outfit and are typically less expensive.  I’m thinking there should be a lot of glitz and sparkle in your NYE outfit this year!

Do you feel like you’re on gold overload?  Nah, I didn’t think so 😉 Anything I left out that you are loving about this trend?  Please share!

xoxo, heather

It’s beginning to look….

..a lot like Christmas!!

I just love this season.  I’ve been caught in this state of wanting so badly to decorate for Christmas and Matt has refused.  I get it…  I guess.  But let’s be honest, this really is the most wonderful time of the year!  [Cue music].

I had an extra long weekend off from work and I ate up every minute of it, literally and figuratively.  Matt and I had a quaint little Thanksgiving by ourselves;  it was bittersweet, with an emphasis on the sweet.  I missed seeing all of our family, but it was so nice to enjoy a home cooked meal together.  And I’d say we did a pretty terrific job!  Matt roasted a chicken- it was mouth-watering… so juicy and full of flavor.  I made stuffing and gravy, green bean casserole, and Matt finished it off with his mom’s famous cranberry fluff.  Naturally, we needed a long winter’s nap with some football on the side.  

{My apologies for the lack of food pictures this time, we ate way too quickly to snap any! Oops!}

There was more than enough time the rest of the weekend for me to rest, majorly clean the house, spend time with dear friends, decorate, and even do my favorite- elfing!  We cheered Carolina on to a victory over our rival Clemson – five in a row, my friends.  

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And we even got our Christmas tree!  I so enjoyed our sweet weekend together.  I’ve included some pictures of our decorations around the house- truly excited about these.  All I’m going to say is sometimes you gotta splurge and other times you gotta hit up the local Dollar Tree.  But once it’s all put together- no one will ever know the difference!

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Needless to say, I cannot wait to host sweet friends and family during this season.  And you better believe this decor will be staying well into January.  That’s not tacky, right?

Before I return to work today, I’ll be making an advent wreath/calendar/thing somehow, someway.  For those of you interested- we’re following along with the She Reads Truth: Emmanuel study for this year’s Advent.  Join us!

>> UPDATE:  I just ordered this Advent Calendar printable PDF.  Plus, enter code BLACKFRIDAY13 to get FORTY percent off your order(!!!).  Support small business and have a wonderfully creative Advent calendar that gives you the flexibility of making it your own! <<

How have you decorated for Christmas time?  What has been you’re favorite part so far?  Any secret deals you’ve found?

{Also, don’t forget- CYBER Monday is in full force.  These sales are blowing my mind!  If you buy anything online today, please google their specials and don’t forget to go through Ebates!  I repeat- make your dollars go so much further!}

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the final gift guide link-up with Cheers Y’all and Down With the Dearmore’s!

xoxo, heather

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