I had major plans for today. I was heading to Franklin, Tennessee for the City Farmhouse Holiday Pop Up show. Emma was at the lake with Daphney and JC was going riding. He rides mtn bikes with a group of boys at least three days a week! They were going to Tannehill today, which is not close to home. His ride fell through and either I had to take him to ride or take him with me to Franklin. Both scenarios were flawed. He pulled the, why-do-you-go-out-of-town card to make me feel guilty and it worked. I found that I really wanted to stay home.
It’s Friday! This week as been out of control! I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday. That’s hard to swallow when the alarm goes off at 6:00am. Jeanine came over and we worked in the workshop for a bit. She helps with the books, because I hate that stuff!! I organized and filled orders and got ready for the Beholden Event for the launch of the latest Good Grit magazine.
I went to bed last night thinking about my mom’s kitchen and how I was going to take pictures of it so you could see and woke up to texts saying my sister was at the hospital in labor!! I wanted to be there so bad, but I was 3 1/2 hours away with other obligations for the day!
I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of November, 2015. Emma is 16. She is driving and acting all grown up. She has a debit card and is off every afternoon taking friends for ice cream or McDonald’s or bowling! I’m not sure what will happen when that birthday money is gone, but she talks about finding a job every day! She’s such a creative entrepreneur. I don’t know where she get’s that from. I guess we teach our kids things and don’t even realize it. She’s been working on hand lettering and she’s wanting to play around with water colors. I’ve encouraged her to make note cards and Christmas cards to sell. She’s pretty hard on herself and wants it to be perfect. I think they are perfect, but what do I know. I’m the mom. Here’s a peak of what I found in her room today! She’s pretty good, huh?
Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art. -Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Let’s talk plants.
I love the way they soften a room.
Problem is…..I do not have a green thumb. Remember those plants you had in college or in the nineties that you would put above the cabinets and they would grow like a vine? What were those called? You couldn’t kill them. They needed little light and even less water. Then, putting things above your cabinets got cluttery and we all stopped doing that. and the plants died. and I never got anymore plants.
I can’t believe this market is only a few weeks away! It seems like only yesterday, Emma and I were on our way to Pike Road, Alabama to sell jewelry and catch up with some of our favorite friends! I’m extra excited this year because I will be in the Chapel! Two years ago I set up inside and it was a wild day! That was the first year back when it was called The Chapel Market and Layla decided to pull together some of her besties that had things to sell. Last year, we set up in a booth right outside the front doors and I brought a TON of stuff!!
Y’all, I was asked to do an interview on Terrysfabrics.com and show some of my work plus some things that inspire me!! I was so happy that they chose me and would love for you to read along. They have lots of designers featured on the website and it’s full of super cool inspiration! Check it out, but first….here’s mine!!
Just finished watching the season finale of Beach Flip? Whew! What a ride. That was absolutely the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Filming for 6.5 weeks and then watching HGTV every Sunday night!! Who could’ve ever imagined? I’m so glad the winner has been announced. Do you know how hard it was to keep that a secret? HARD!!
Martha Montross and Alex Borre are the winners of $50,000. I am so proud and happy for these two. Did you know they got engaged a few weeks ago? Such an adorable couple. They’ve known each other almost their entire lives! I want to tell you a few reasons why I love them and I know you will love them, too. (like you don’t already!)
The bathroom challenges on Beach Flip this week were brutal. I have never been so tired, stressed, beat up in my life and we had to take on the SECOND most important room in the house!!!
Bathrooms are tiny, right? It’s hard to get an electrician, plumber, tiler and yourself, your teammate and carpenter in there to get it all done. OH MY WORD!!! We did it, though. We powered through this huge challenge. It was mentally challenging as well.
The controversial Whale Bed cost us this challenge. I really don’t think it was the bed. I really think Mahdi and Melissa deserved to win. Did you see their room? It was fantastic. Especially if it were in Miami or California……..Gulf Shores, Alabama has never seen a room like that!!
OH, this week was a doozy! We bit off more than we could chew with that board and batten in the guest bedroom challenge! It looks amazing finished, but the caulking and the nailing and the spackling and the sanding and the painting!!! Wow, it was a LOT of work! 3 days was not enough time for that challenge! We did learn that if you are going to paint over purple and do a wood treatment covering the walls. You should paint the whole wall BEFORE you start adding the boards. That would have saved us so much time!!! #lessons
We are heading into Week 4 on Beach Flip. I feel like you should know that this home renovation for a tv show is actually a social project. Taking 4 teams who have never met and put them into a situation where they have little sleep, junk food, no time to call home and not see our families for 8 weeks in a pressure cooker is a social project. I feel like they should’ve had scientists taking notes in the control room while we were on and off camera.
The Kitchen challenge. This one was a doozy! Remodel a kitchen in 5 days. Seriously, this was HARD!! Daphney and I have a lot of experience with kitchens. Together we have renovated or built at least 15. NEVER in 5 days or with the restrictions set upon us by HGTV. But, we signed up for this task and we wanted to put our best foot forward!
Wow, I can’t believe we are on Beach Flip on HGTV!! Daphney and I auditioned for the show last August and call back after call back, we found out in December we would be leaving our families in February for two months! Needless to say, they weren’t too happy. It felt like something we would regret NOT doing, so we went for it!!
Hanging out with the Smoking Glue Guns is always fun. We pull together a fun craft and the girls come over to eat dinner, drink a little wine and go home with something hand crafted.
We invited Wendy Garner over to join us and she brought a camera crew…that girl! She wanted to do a segment on our local tv station about girls craft nights. We were thrilled she wanted to show off some of our crafts! We decided to do something everyone can do and something that everyone needs! We all have birthday gifts to give and everyone knows presentation is the most important part!
Around here we love our jewelry. I love to find new ways to create a statement piece. Our Smoking Glue Guns craft night recently created our own statement necklaces using felt and beads. Now this is not your typical easy peasy craft. This one takes patience and time. Of course, you can make yours as easy or as complicated as you want, but we like to show off!
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be a participant on this summer’s hot new HGTV renovation show called, Beach Flip!
I swear, I’m never negative and for me to put that last pity party post out was out of my comfort zone. You know why? I know things will work out as they are supposed to. I know that I have lessons to learn. I know that all will not be good and I have to have hard lessons in order to grow.
I filled my car to the rim last Wednesday night. to. the. rim. I put 8 doors, stands for the doors, bins of necklaces, cuffs, extra tools, business cards, post cards, koozies, everything you can imagine you might need to set up for the biggest show you’ve ever done. Three days. Thousands of people expected.
Be brave enough to travel the unknown path, learn what you are capable of. -Rachel Wolkin
I fell off the face of the earth. On February 5, I left Birmingham on an airplane and landed in an unknown place to work on a huge project for the next 7 weeks. I got home last Saturday and all I can say is, I’M BACK! Seriously, I can’t give you any details! The big reveal will happen sometime in June and you are going to DIE! It was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to share the good, the bad and the ugly. There were a lot of all three!
It’s amazing what can happen in a year. I literally put down a plan last January to make my business my priority and I’m astounded at where it is today. I had 5 stores that carried necklaces and cuffs, been in one magazine, two big shows I planned on attending and one part-time creative friend that helped me make jewelry and listened to all my ideas. Today, I have 14 stores, a HUGE thing (haha, sorry) coming up in a month, have been in several magazines several times, will be at the Country Living Fair, Southern Makers in the Spring and plan on countless trunk shows and heirloom workshops in my studio!! Not to mention, I have employees!
I have been dreaming of this house for over a year and we are just a few weeks away from finishing. (like 6) I’ve been documenting along the way on the social media sites mentioned above all along and have had so much fun seeing your comments and oohs and ahhs! It’s so inspiring to me!
I was asked to do a Tablescape for the Birmingham Home and Garden show earlier this year. One of my friends, Betty Bussey, is the spokesperson for The Lovelady Center. A center that is empowering women so they can return to society as well-equipped women of God. Read more about how the center helps women on their website.