Showing posts with label me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label me. Show all posts


Baby Bump...

A few weekends ago we had the delight of meeting up with Paula, from Two Ellie, for a maternity photo shoot. We took the photos where we had some wedding photos taken almost 7 years ago. It was fun to go back and have pictures taken capturing this next chapter in our life. This is only a sampling of the photos that were taken that day. I have too many favorites to share! Swing by Two Ellie to see some of Paula's favorites. Enjoy!

 courtesy: a life's design
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95 days...

We were not sure if we were going to find out what we were having, but decided to have our surprise early. This was our photo on our Christmas card we sent out this year to surprise everyone. I love surprising people! I hope you all are enjoying 2013! Thank you for hanging in with me. I hope to post more often in the next 95 days, before our little bundle arrives. Happy Weekend! 


Images of the Day...

Gene & Rita
In Paris
My wedding
At a birthday party
 Receiving chemotherapy

My sweet grandfather passed away this past weekend. After many years battling cancer, he passed peacefully in his home on the lake at sunset surrounded by family. My grandparents married with they were 15 years old and had been married for 65+ years. They traveled the world together while he served in the Air Force and could put anyone to shame on the dance floor. We celebrate his life knowing that he is happy and healthy with our Lord in Heaven. Today we lay him to rest and honor Master Sergeant Gene J. Ballard with a full military service, for a man who loved his family and country. 

Be Joyful Always; Pray Continually; Give Thanks in All Circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


DIY: Sunburst Mirror...

This past weekend we tackled one of our DIY projects on the list, a sunburst mirror! We have a large open wall in the guest room and I wanted something that would fill the space, and be artful and interesting. I love how it turned out. Here's how it was made. 

~ We started with spare strips of oak we had. 

~ Selected a spare piece of wood for a sturdy base and large enough for the mirror.

 ~ Start cutting the strips of oak. 
We measured the space beforehand and knew we wanted the mirror at 36", 
so we cut strips between 15" -18" for variation.

- Start laying out your base and nailing it down.

~ After we nailed down the first base layer, TJ measured and cut the tips of the strips at an angle to fit in between the nailed down strips.

~ Start nailing down the second layer. On the second layer we flipped the oak strips over to add variation in the color.

~ Cut and add additional small strips to the tips of the strips. The small pieces were glued down. 

~ Once the glue is dry, carefully flip over the mirror and add the picture hanger. This also depends on the size of your mirror. Ours was 36". {You could add this before attaching all the strips, but it will make your base uneven}.

Then we added a piece of a 2x4 to the center so the mirror would be raised. Then we glued the mirror down (using this glue) to the 2x4 piece {which I forgot to get a picture of because I was excited that it was almost complete.}

~ Then we hung and admired.

 Our total cost: 
wood, nails, glue = free
mirror = $.45 {from thrift store}
picture framing kit = $5.00
total: $5.45


Project Sneak Peek: Guest Room...

Remember when I posted that I was helping a friend with her guest room. Well, we only have a few finishing touches left, but I thought I would give you a sneak peek. Enjoy!


Project: Laundry Room Renovation

 {the before}

Remember last month when I showed you my sister's hutch makeover. It inspired her and her husband to renovate their laundry room to make it more functional and pretty; because no one really loves doing the laundry. ;) As always our consults where all via email, text, and phone and her inspiration were fabric remnants in yellow and gray. The renovation included: painting the walls, new flooring, stacking the washer/dryer, new cabinet and reusing an old countertop piece {painted it}, building a wall to house/hide the water heater {it is accessible}, new lighting found in a flea market and painted, new artwork, and building shelves and drying racks. Overall it took them about two weeks to complete, but they said it was worth it! 


Prayers Please...

The post today will be a little different. I come today asking for prayers for the people of Alabama and all other states affected by the storms and tornadoes that ripped through the southeast. I am very grateful we are safe, along with our family and friends. My husband and I live in Birmingham and our neighborhood was struck hard by a small tornado/straight line winds early yesterday morning, before the evening storm. We are thankful our home was spared; only trees down in the back yard. We are still without power and are staying with friends and family. Please pray for our precious state as the search continues for survivors and the clean up begins as people rebuild their lives.
 *Images courtesy of of the part of town I live in. 

If you are local we would like to help. Structures, Inc. would like to send our thoughts and prayers to anyone affected by the tragedy and offer our support and assistance to anyone as they recover and rebuild their homes or business. If you or anyone you know has property  that has damage, please do not hesitate to contact us to help. We wish you strength, peace, and safety in the days and months ahead.