and tried out (for the first time ever) a fabric protector spray that promises to:
- repel stains
- and water.
Afterwards, I baked up some blueberry muffins with the girls.
And enjoyed munching them out on the porch... waiting for the spray to work its magic...
with the hope that one day, blueberries and white upholstery will peacefully coexist.
Contrast that one with this, which is also in my idea book:
I think I'm having some decor schizophrenia going on. This idea book is just beginning, and I look forward to adding to it more in the future. I also created my own page there which is basically a cliff notes version of my blog here.
I hope you'll visit and create some books of your own. I'd love to see your houzzes!
I wanted to share my new finds from TJ Maxx while they are still in the stores (I hope!).
First up... these lovely jars. You'll find them in the soap aisle (not the homewares section). They did come with two round soaps each.
15 years ago this month, I married my best friend for life. My husband and I are very different in many ways... he is a software engineer and well, suffice it to say, I am NOT. I was an artist before my children came along, and that is something he would never attempt to be. Our personalities are a tad different too, but we balance each other well.
Aside from the bigger things in life, like faith and family, we do share some common interests, as evidenced here on this home decor blog. Lucky for me, my husband's hobby is home improvement. I have the vision and he implements it beautifully. We're a good and dangerous team. Dangerous because it's caused many a move in which we got itching to start a whole new project. We're always in the middle of something.
My husband and I met in college at a coffee house we were both performing at. Our musical styles and influences were worlds apart in those days. Over the years though, our tastes started melding as one, and we started writing music together. Being Christians and desiring to meditate on scripture more effectively, we started putting scripture passages, word-for-word, to song. It was our desire for our children to benefit from these songs as well. Some friends started encouraging us to record the songs for their own children. So that's what we did.
The response to the albums has been very positive. The albums won't win any songwriting or production awards... they are just simple songs. We wanted to stick to the KJV or NKJV translations, and let me tell you, it's not an easy task to use words like "hath" and "reckon" and "vessels" in a melodic way. But what the songs lack in style, they are made up for in substance. And that was the whole point.
In celebration of our anniversary, we'd like to share three FREE downloads for you today. The first two songs are from our two Scripture in Song albums. The third song is from an album we are currently working on. It's going to be an album with hymns set to new music. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks for celebrating with us! For free download, click the song titles below.
Free Download: A New Song (Psalm 40:1-4a KJV)
To purchase Volume 1 album: click here
Free Download: In the Morning (Psalm 30:1-5 NKJV)
To purchase Volume 2 album: click here
Free Download: Found by You
Full album to come.
The drawer pulls on top were broken, so I threaded fabric through for temporary handles. One day I'd like to purchase these darling knobs from Anthropologie.
They are a little spendy though, especially considering they cost almost as much as the tables themselves. But they'll definitely add the finishing touch.
We swapped out their table lamps with two swing-arm sconces we had in storage. I'm liking the practicality of them. We also added an old jute throw rug to provide a bit more texture to the room, and my old chippy white bench from childhood now sits at the foot of Middle Bear's bed.
On the topic of children's rooms, you all need to go see what Erica Cook from Moth Design cooked up. It's a design blog dedicated to children's spaces. What an excellent idea huh? It's called "Little Moth"...big style for little people. SO sweet.
They take turns coming out every night at dinnertime to be read by Mom or Dad, depending. We like to be proactive in teaching manners (rather than REactive). These books help with that. A chapter is read each evening reminding us why manners matter.
Here is one which has a short passage for every day of the year:
We glean much from each chapter of this book as well:
Our children quite enjoy the lessons. We have a laugh most nights, realizing how many times we've gotten things wrong. But we are always encouraged to do things differently the next time around. Together, of course.