Newest Addition to the walls

Easiest project I’ve ever done. Fabric. Embroidery hoops. Construction paper and painters tape to get the layout just right. Finished in 1 1/2 naps 🙂




I bought all the fabric for about $18 with enough left to *maybe* make pillows if I ever learn how to use the sewing machine Aunt Kari gave me. {ahem. Ms. V when you’re in town *wink*wink*} The fabrics came from Hancock and a local place called Bernina in Stitches. The hoops came from JoAnn’s when we were in Memphis. How I miss JoAnn’s and Ben Franklin Crafts. They were $.99 and $1.50 a piece. Soooo pretty easy, pretty cheap craft.


Makin’ Progress….

To our Mississippi family…… We’re settled. Kind of. All boxes ar unpacked. And life is in full motion. Ben and I spend our days running errands, playing at the park, cleaning, and napping {a luxury for the tot.} He’s walking {and running when it’s to get to his daddy} so well; his words and sign language (please, more, done, eat…) are all coming along nicely. And, he’s discovered a love of small spaces. IMG_4760

I’ve been spending a lot of his naps looking like thisIMG_4750

{redoing a desk but not quiteee there yet.}

Here’s what we HAVE done: IMG_4783

This used to be brown. I sprayed it white and distressed it a bit. Love it.

IMG_4774Painted this accent wall

IMG_4770to this beautiful soft blue. Bought the chair at Pier 1 to go with the table when we have guests


This is my favorite spot in the house right now. I just need nicer handwriting for my chalkboard 🙂


Second favorite place: Chalkboard. To remind us what we live for.

IMG_4780I’ve taken off all the top cabinet doors to start painting them this weekend.

There is still so so much to do and it seems like we’ll never get done. Hopefully we’ll be closer before you get here!

Gratitude Tree

I’ve been seeing all these “thankfuls” pop up on facebook and blogs alike. Ever since I read Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 Gifts I’ve kepts my own little list. Sometimes regularly, sometimes not. Then, Jones Design Co. (one of my fave fave faves) posted a printable and I swooned. Did my own little spin…

I started with these materials plus my Silhouette. The first thing I did was wrap yarn around my wine bottle. 

Glue every 6 or so wraps after you push your yarn down to make sure there are no gaps.

Here is my end product.

I did a bit of funky toward the top. I like it. I may to another bottle completely spread out like this. 

Then I went to work cutting out my leaves. Did this while ironing so I didn’t “waste” time waiting for the machine to finish cutting… 

Cut a buncha little wormy looking strings… 

Use them to tie on the leaves. I tossed all my leaves in to our Halloween bowl and leave it sitting on the table.

Go out to the yard (or send your manfolk if it’s not too dark … Unfortunately  it’s terribly dark when mine gets in from work… and I’m not one to wait around until Saturday ) to pick up some cool looking sticks. 

I found my best sticks in the “leafiest” part of the yard….

Each night at dinner, share your “thankful” for the day. Cliff and I both do this and Ben’s thankful is the thing he smiled at the most that day {the hub’s idea} then write in on the leaf. . .  and we dated the back. }

We use the same leaf just because.

When you add them to your tree it may look bare {like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree really}  

So I simulated what it would look like with lots-o-leaves…

As I was working on this post, I searched for “thanks.” When I came across the passages in the Gospels I realized something I never realized before. As Jesus broke bread {knowing full well it represented his body to be broken} and drank of the cup {knowing his blood was to be shed for all those who would believe}




What?!?! The Son of God, the name at which every knee would one day bow, was giving thanks that he would die a death that was undeserved so that we might have eternal life that is undeserved. What a concept. Let me say this to you again….




He didn’t bemoan his “job.” He didn’t bemoan his president. He didn’t bemoan the agonizing death he would endure on calvary. He simply gave thanks.

“And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you “

Pretty Wreaths are Like Pearls…

…No Southern girl should ever be without them! I love the way a front door looks with a pretty wreath hanging on it. It can brighten up a house. Just like pearls brighten up a bad day 🙂

*I’m back at blogging and still getting into the swing of remembering to take pictures of everything. Forgive me*

I got a simple grapevine wreath at Mamaw’s rummage sale for $1 and bought some pretty fabrics from JoAnn’s (love JoAnn’s.) I also had some brown and green burlap. I bought the brown with the fabric and had some green left over from my “Sigh No More” kitchen art. Burlap is so cheap and quickly becoming a staple in my crafting.  

I went to work making rosettes. There are so many tutorials out there but Shanty2Chic is one of my favorite blogs and I always go back to their’s.  Except I cheat and don’t iron the fabric first; I just fold as I go and it works just fine.  After I got all my rosettes finished I just laid them out on my grapevine until I found a good look and glued. I used tacky glue but a glue gun would have worked well too!


*Of course I couldn’t neglect a “P”

ON a side note, this little man turns one tomorrow! 

A Celebration


This little man turns one on Thursday.

We celebrated last weekend with family. Pattygram, Big Al and /uncle Scott Bot came in for the party!

Ben always loves spending time with these two…

Here are some shots from the party!

 *Anyone else thinks my husband looks like a sitcom dad in this pic?? * Perhaps of the Dunfey variety?

He loved all his presents… 

….but not as much as daddy did.


It was a great day to be with the Pyles!


Mumford in My Kitchen. The Gospel in My Heart

Who doesn’t love Mumford? Seriously. If you’ve never heard them, stop. NOW. And listen. I love the lyrics to “Sigh No More.” Possibly  my favorite Mumford song.  “Sigh No More” was inspiration for my most recent project. Take a look ….

I got the frame for 3.99 at Goodwill (I think. Although it’s kind of a blur.)

I then used these materials to transform it… 

I just spray painted my frame

While this guy hung out away from the fumes

Then, I used distress ink until I got the frame the way I liked it, cut the letters out with my silhouette and just like pie, it was done and hanging in my kitchen to remind me of the freedom found in love!

Appropriately I read this in Romans today, “therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” The beauty of freedom is found in Romans 8.

A Sign for Mama

For the first time I can remember I did not celebrate with my mama. Sent her this instead. Image

Crafted by yours truly. If you are looking to buy something similar (and much better!) check out my pal Allison’s etsy shop. Definitely a different style than this but same kind of “deal” if ya know what I mean. Hand painted goodness.

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