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Thursday, December 29, 2011

divine conversation

Hey y'all,

guess what...I got a call from a dear friend this morning...divine appointment I tell you what! 

I encourage you to be a friend to someone today....give a smile, a word of encouragement, maybe pray for them if they come to mind.  Be a friend! 

Thanks to my friend for giving me a word of encouragement....several actually.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

organizing toys....AND thoughts

Last night I was organizing the house in a mad dash to enjoy the boys before bedtime.  Every toys needs a home, right!?  While my hands were speedily working I was praying, giving my thoughts & ideas to God.  What a fun time I had in those fleeting moments. 
He spoke some very simple truths to my spirit.
·         Get the house in order
·         Everything has a placethen everyone knows how to help clean up
·         Create stations throughout the house -- no matter what room the boys are in there is always something constructive to keep their fingers & minds active
·         And some other more private revelationsJ
He also gave me ideas on how to be the mother He’s called me to beand wifeJ  I desire all He has for me & its big I tell ya!  One day you’ll know just what I mean when I say BIG!  Until that day I keep asking God what does today hold?  How can I please YOU today?  Some days are better than others but never because God didn’t come through on His end!  I’ve missed it somewhere but when I confess my sin He is faithful & just to forgive me & cleans me of all unrighteousness (some days more than others). 
Right now my goal is to spend more time with Him, in His Word & shutting my mouth to HEAR from Him. 
I pray for you today that you hear His voice & that you gain His vision and plan for your life.  It’s always better than anything we can dream, hope or imagine. 
Where does He want you to go? 
What does He want you to do?
Much love & peace to you,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Finally our own shop.....

...for a weekend:)

Check out this video & read on....
Grand Tour of Retail Space & The Grey Pear boutique inventory

In order to better showcase a retail space for lease in downtown Buda we setup shop.  It looks a bit like a gallery with the exception that nothing was hung on the walls (can't mess up a fresh paint job).....we didn't move ALL of our inventory in because of time & energy...not to mention SLEEP I need from time to time. 

All in all, today was very successful....seemed to have several very interested people for the space and we sold quite a bit of our creations.  Nothing big yet like the furniture or big pieces of art.  There are a couple pieces I would love to keep in my collection so if they don't sell I’ll take that as an invitation to keep them for a bit longer. 

At the risk of sounding a bit strange (you're reading this so most likely you already know the strange factor I possess) I would love the people who buy the art to send me a picture of them with their art on their wall.is this too much to ask?  I’ve put so much time, energy, focus & prayer into each piece that I feel a strong attachment to them & know the new home they find will be perfect for them.  They’ll be treated with respect & loveJ  Oknow I’m getting a bit silly!  But really just an enthusiastic collector is all I askMarc just wants someone with cashJ 

So in case you didn’t come see us todayand to all of you who did, THANK YOU…please come by for a visit after church tomorrow.  Love n hugs.  Trish

Oh, and a shout to Peggy my VERY FIRST follower of my blog ...I met her today for the first time.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

100 miracles in one lifetime, humility,I once was lost but now I'm found:)

Hi..I'm back. I don't know about this "if you have a blog you have to write every single day" stuff.  I don't know how to find the time, energy and focus in each day to process thought, much less organize it,  in the form of a blog for the whole world to read...or at least those affected by MY cozy big world.

I'm pretty excited to report that My mom came to visit Sunday & she even stayed over.  It was amazing!  Our Life Group met that evening and our Bible study portion went right along with the message her pastor just preached (at her church in San Antonio).  Her giddiness was endearing.  During her visit  she was able to have tons of grandbaby time (that's all Tiernan talks about now...wanting to go see Bamaw).  To top it off my birthday gift was working with me in the garage for as long as I wanted.  1 in the morning wasn't even too late for her.  I was the one who wanted to go to bed!   We laughed, moved stuff around, hung things, loaded our cars down & laughed some more.

Here is my point....although it may take a while to get there I think you'll be blessed with this story.  Over a week ago I was driving to a friends' house in Lakeway (Austin).  When my phone GPS said "turn left here, your destination is on your left" I knew there was a problem. You see my friends live in a really fancy neighborhood with things like houses & streets & lights.  The farmer, on whose road I was about to drive down, had posted some pretty fierce "you aren't welcome on my property" signs.   I guess I'm having an impromptu road trip   An hour later I arrived unscathed...blessed actually.   My praise God time was amplified by not only the extra time in the car but the huge white moon behind light billowy clouds  and diamond like stars blanketing the country sky.  Beautiful.  No one even gave me a hard time, perhaps not realizing I"m one of those gals who can have a laugh on herself. ... therein lies my "funny".  

Moving along.....ONE week later I'm in a car with some friends, one of those friends happened to be the same lady whose house I was on my way to that beautiful big moon evening.  Driving home from a Joyce Meyers conference at Lakewood in Houston we were all entwined in conversation when we stopped for gas.  We pumped gas & went to the restroom.  While inside  (10 minutes after pulling over) it dawned on me that the roadsign said Shertz!  I asked my friend "are we in Shertz? Is this Shertz?" I ran outside looking frantically around.  My friends were unsure of how to handle my hysterical fit and assured me we were fine.  I looked to my right & there it was.  The sign!  "Entering San Antonio".  For those of you who don't know Texas very well we live near Austin (an HOUR away).  Continuing my fit back to the car I threw down my keys and asked who was driving us home.  I insisted that I WAS NOT going to drive any further.  I lost....clearly these ladies weren't going to back down.  I needed to revisit my notes on patience & long-suffering  maybe one on joy as well. 

"This never happens to me" I assured my friends as we headed home from 1604!  "I need the cheesecake!!!"  (last night's left overs from The Cheesecake Factory...dutch apple streusel caramel cheesecake....can you contain your drool???)  Nummy.....that hit the spot!  Then my friend sitting in the front proceeded to tell funny story after funny story to the point where we were all laughing so hard to the point of tears....mushy tears:)  I thought "this lady is hysterical!"  Just then something came up in me.... pride.  YUCK!  My pride was magnified when I started telling funny stories of my own.  My friends' laughter carried an "I'm sorry you're not that funny" kinda sound.  But I AM FUNNY!  Oh, that's the pride speaking...don't listen. Didn't we JUST leave the Joyce Meyers conference where she taught on humility.  WOW....here we go...my first test not even 24 hours later.   

Hold up.  That's not the story I started out wanting to share.  I have to believe I'm lead by God so take it as a bonus.  
The reason for this blog entry:  the stories that came to mind were: 
--the time my best friend, Kim, & I went to  Puerto Rico on a last minute standby flight with not so much as a hotel reservations.  "we can sleep on the beach" was our way of looking at it....it's meant to be an adventure!   Long story made into a teeny tiny one:  Island totally booked, Penthouse suite, rental car road trip landing on the WRONG side of the island, out of gas and no clue where we were.  Boy did I have a blast!  Pretty sure getting lost without knowing a lick of spanish wasn't part of the adventure that Kim enjoyed too much.  I told her it would all be wonderful & I would take care of it all.   What an adventure!  Story of my life.  
--Big Bend trip with Melissa: as the sun starts going down on the way to Big Bend National Park we realize we're lost.  shortly after we realize we're really lost.  Like 5 hours out of the way lost deep in the heart of the STATE park.  Realizing we had to find new sleeping arrangements for the night we pulled over at the only building we saw in a town of about 40 people.  LONG LONG story short...we found a place, an interesting place, down a long winding pot hole filled dirt road with cattle in no rush to move out of our way,  another adventure.  actually just the start of a week full of excitement, fun & surprises.  To tell it all would be about 13 pages.  I would know, Melissa typed out the whole amazingly wild story in letter form and sent it to the entire family afterward:)  

First point I'd like to make is this: God has saved me more times than I can count.  Miracle after miracle after miracle.  My mom & I tried to list some of them in my garage Sunday night...FUN memories.    
Second point:  Just like my friend who has a tendency to lose things with nearly impossible chances of finding those things.  With each story, facing the impossible situation, God shows her just where to look...miracle after miracle she can recount.   Every time.  God is faithful....in all things at all times!   She loses things & I get lost...He shows her where to look for something lost & shows me how to get out of the situation I've gotten myself into.  He shows me the way!   He'll show you too if you just call on Him.  Ask Him for help, don't just assume He's there to bail you out.  You've gotta have faith that He will....that His word is truth & it'll work for you.  Find out what the WORD says about your situation.  Believe me, I'm doing that right NOW in a few areas of my life.  I know He WILL lead me....Psalm 32:8 tells me "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you."  Good stuff friends!~

love you & miss chatting with you everyday.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

what if someone offends me???

. tonight I learned about being open & honest in friendship.  
I learned that while I was traveling I didn't have any real, come over on friday night kinda right around the corner friendships.  I made friends then left and am blessed to say that MOST of those friendships still exist at various degrees of depth.  So now that I'm living on land ....in ONE town (a very small one, at that) ....at one church making loads of new friendships.  

 I had to ask myself...what do you do when a friend disappoints you ....or lets you down....or frustrates you?  Do you say something?  I believe so, yes.  

I would feel better if a person came to me and (gently) told me about something I did or said that offended them. Its so much easier when its all out in the air...with LOVE and kindness...then you can move forward & all will be well....the relationship grows & the spirit of offense has no where to live inside you:)   yay!!!  I have the victory!

i encourage you to share your heart with your friend even when you don't know how the other person will receive it. WAIT!!!  STOP HERE!
DO NOT ....i say....DO NOT go to that person without FIRST going to your Maker.....God in heaven.  Give him any offense or bitterness or anger you may have.  Ask Him to help you communicate IN LOVE .....He is LOV E & He said we're to LOVE our neighbor as ourselves.  Love them even if they did something unforgivable.....NOTHING is unforgivable....Jesus paid for it all & if you don't know Him, you really should!  He'll set you free, heal you & love you all the way back to wholeness....joy & peace is what you get when you serve Him!  

whooohoooo!  I love this life He has given to me....His grace & favor are amazing

3 STRONG...life changing lessons

yesterday I was a part of a Secret Sister event with some ladies from my church.  I showed up at 10am, all the while thinking I was going to be a few minutes late.   I called my girlfriend to ask where she was (although I didn't see anyone else I knew either).  Standing in her pjs finishing breakfast cleanup she informed me it was at noon...I was TWO hours early....then she said the restaurant we were meeting at was actually 12 miles away...I was at the WRONG PLACE!  After deciding I was simply too far to go home now I prayed...and I drove...and I called a couple people.  I had the best time doing nothing.  I wished I would've had a better plan & accomplished more while I was out without the kids but I wasn't exactly planning to get it all that wrong.

that story to preface this question: Do you ever get it wrong?  like, really really wrong?  ever feel as if you've just regained your composure & strength after a left hook from the devil just to be caught off guard with a sucker punch?  Well I'm over it!  I took authority...the authority given to me by the shed blood of Jesus....over the "caca" I had been facing. the past little while...all the time after my party till last night I've been getting "it" wrong.  That is, not doing my best or giving my all.  

3 messages came to me this weekend & I changed my course. I will give you the cliff notes version for your reading pleasure. 

Lesson #1
remove the quit option from your life...Pastor Alison taught us about this using a poignant story about a Navy Seal who was the sole survivor of a battle in Afghanistan. Don't quit! Remove the option at all so you don't even have a thought about it...so much more than just that, it was really touching. He was shot but told his body to shut up...move! so he ran to excape the enemy...then he had to jump over a cliff and upon landing broke both of his legs...he MADE himself get up & NOT quit...he RAN until he was rescued. He removed the quit option & didn't give up...we can too.

Lesson #2
John gave a wonderful talk today at our greeters ministry meeting at church. he told of a time where he was corrected about his attitude. about serving God with your whole heart. Doing whatever you do with excellence. (side trip: which reminds me, it was really strange not being on stage this week--praise & worship) Guess what?!?! I'm grateful for correction....gently given:) when you get "it" wrong...ask forgiveness...from God & the one you hurt or offended...be forgiven!

Lesson #3
faith & thanksgiving go hand in hand
if you're standing in faith for something make sure you're being thankful for what you have right now. let your words say what The Word says about you & your situation
I am thankful for my husband, my kids, my house, my car, our businesses thriving, our debts cancelled, our bed, my backyard, coffee, good lighting, furniture & art, my cat, MY FRIENDS!!!! our Pastors, anointing, paint, candles, a dryer (in the name of Jesus!), speaking of....I'm thankful for clean clothes! dozing off yet?

ok okay...i'll sign off. not sure if jumbled & incoherent grammar patterns bother you but they will certainly bother my honey...he hates reading poor grammar:) sorry babe! I didn't get too bothered with the shift key either, did i?!? hehehe

love ...some kisses....a big hug to you

Monday, October 31, 2011

I'm back

ONE week...how can so much happen in one little week?  Even the past couple days.
After the party I took a week to regroup, refresh & get back to basics.  Without a pressing project at my heels I could finally breathe.  3 days actually, of nothing but breathing. & taking care of my boys, of course.  What a joy just to watch them grow!  They're playing together a bit more which mainly means Tiernan pinning him to the floor & Koen giggling.  Pretty adorable.

I laid my heart on the line at my party & shared things I know God wanted shared. I know this because I spent many hours in prayer.  I prayed that I would speak only what God wanted me to speak, that the right ladies would attend, that everyone would have hearts to receive whatever God had for them. I also had some mighty prayer warriors lifting me & the other ladies up in prayer.  I can’t begin to tell you how many women were drastically affected by that evening!  I’m still getting calls or emails with great reports of the things God is doing for them.  To be utilized by God in such a way was a true honor & I hope each person will know their Maker & Savior in an intimate way from here on out.  He is a BIG God and NOTHING is impossible for HIM!!!!

I have so much inside me.  I can only share bits & pieces at this point and some not at all as I have to guard what God has given me personally until it’s able to be seen in the natural.  But something to ponder as I’m walking this out right now.Have you ever felt wrongly judged?  Well I have.  Recently. 
After the party I took a break from blogging..from talking to anyone. so that the things God was/is doing inside me could saturate my soul without being exposed to judging eyes.  I will NOT allow the spirit of offense & strife to mess with me & rob me from what God is doing in my life right now.  I’m just a bit shy getting back in the swing of things with this blog.  As if I’ve missed you but I’m nervous to let you into my heart again.  Silly?  Well, we’ll just have to see how it all plays out
Now that I’m back I don’t even know where to begin. 

  In this lesson I’m learning I ask you to learn alongside me:  reflect on what God is sharing with YOU… guard it...pray about it...read the word...what does He say about your situation in His word? 

A good friend taught me ages ago that you must keep your mouth shut when you don’t have the freedom or peace to share.  That’s one lesson I learned the hard way & honestly, am still learningJ

Proverbs 4:23
Amplified Bible (AMP)
23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

housework can wait! much to do

Koen just demanded this nap so I’m at home trying to finish creating one more art piece for the show...I mean party Saturday.  Too much to tell & each moment I spend typing I feel I neglect my duties. 
Dad is working on the chest cabinet (painting & adding legs) and “Faithwhich is the word spelled out in old rusted tools or parts of things...most I don’t even know what they are but I dug them up & they inspire me!  BEAUTIFUL!!!

¨      Measure & cut piece for one of the Huge squares of old wood we have
¨      Print image with CC WestI hope they can have it in time!
¨      Parking signcut & paint
¨      Setup sign-in book pages with pens
¨      Sand chair down a bit

FLOORS???  May have to wait till next week!

Now back to work.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

pickin' with the gang & serious forward motion.

3 days late!  I haven’t updated you for 3 whole days!  Well, it’s been a little busy to say the least.  I mean really, you can’t imagine. 
Clearly giving you 3 days’ worth of updates would bore some of you to tears so I’ll start with last night. I had a friend over to stay the night & HELP me with...well, anything & everything to do with this party.  So we all played with the boys, ate dinner, Marc gave T a bath, I put Ko down then work began...
We started with our Scentsy orders for the party.  In order to make this happen the 3 of us had to smell each & every scent.  TonS!  Marc finally broke out the bag of fresh coffee beans.  Good move Honey! After about 23 different yummy fragrances & a few hairy ones, we were all a bit slap happy for some reason.  Giggles ensued.  And continued...fizzled...then returned for a grand finale.  Fun times.

Music is pretty final.  I wanted a jazzy bluesy funk all in the Christian genre.  Nearly impossible feat.  She did a great job coming up with various artists & sounds to make the evening great (I can see its been loads of work for her...huge blessing).  I picked up a couple Big Band Swing CD’s.  Come on, you know you want more swing music in your life.  Now, if we could just have some cool God music with that beat...NICE!  The music is pretty random with a funky, jazzy, contemporary, hip hop vibe.  It’ll have a little something for everyone.
I was able to formulate a plan for the Scentsy table setup (since that only came up in my plans yesterday...guess I’d better get on that). 
Marc has also been a HUGE help the past couple days. We went pickin’ on his parents land as a family & found this amazing piece of corrugated rusted tin that will be perfect for a big lovely work of art.  He’s also been helping me brainstorm and making sure I haven’t forgotten anythinga few things already have come to light so thanks Honey. 
We’re planning to get some carpentry help from my dadgoing Monday to San Antonio after he gets off work to discuss a couple projects (and maybe leave them with him to finish:)  He’s amazing & I just know he’ll be able to pull it off.  So happy happy to have help in this area...especially since I’m down to the wire.  Less than 7 days left & I need to make a HUGE statement.  I hope the world is ready for this husband & wife duo.

Love & hugs...sleep well,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Help is here--now take it!

God is sending me the help I need and now I need to find the time to reach out and ask for help...today was all about my family!  I felt a bit scattered but all in all it was a great day.  Did you see that amazing blue sky with puffy white clouds?  My favorite kind of sky actually.

Marc worked on the jeweled cross for a while after the boys went to bed & I sat across the table from him.  Its looking rather good. 

I finished the “G” which I painted on an old railroad tie.  I have about 15 more so I’ll take orders at the party if anyone wants a monogrammed conversation piece for their entry...perhaps above the door bell:) 

Have a vision for 3 more paintings on old wood...just need to make time to be creative.  Now would work but I’m fading fast...thought I’d drop an update in case I have any readers yet:)  Some people seem to think a blog has to be purposeful.  Isn’t this full of purpose?  To share the Favor of God on our lives & how it affects those around.  And from time to time random thoughts about life, family, God, hair, The Party, and food.  Ok, food doesn’t get too much attention on this blog, lets be honest!

That’s all for now my friend.  Till tomorrow (should be picking up my clock then). 

Love & peace


Sunday, October 9, 2011

how to recover a chair with a hot glue gun...start where you are

Some of you may already know but one of my favorite quotes was taken from someone, perhaps famous, but I can’t remember who...
Start where you are,
Do what you can and
Use what you have

That says so much right there about our business and our style.  So in order to promote the use what you have line I’m all about reusing, recycling & GIVING generously.  I’ll start randomly showing stay at home moms how to do things, create things, organize things, etc.  I add the word randomly because I don’t know what that looks like for me with 2 little ones, a husband, a decorating business, my art, our furniture projects, this party I’m planning and a small portion of my brain dedicated to the technical aspects of this technical world I’m making every attempt to keep up with through blog, website, and facebook.  Anyone else have a lot on their plate...raise your hand.  I know too many moms to count who have their plate just as full if not more than I do.  Surround yourself with a strong support team.  I’m still building mine right now.  Pray in the people that will be part of that team...pray blessings on them, financial increase on them, healthy family life, peace & joy as well as LOVE!  God will send you the right individuals who will help you shine & guess what...in the process YOU get to bless their hat crooked!  You know what I mean by that...bless them SO much by a smile, a touch, a listening ear, a caring heart, a special gift and your loving words.  God loves when you love on His sons & daughters. 

So the question I have for you tonight is a question a dear friend from church asked me when I had just had Tiernan, How is your relationship with God? It was a tough question to be asked in the middle of the hustle & bustle of checking kids in, greeting friends that pass, and remembering diapers.  I said it’s good, I’ve been having great quality time with God.  I mean, what do you say to that?  No, I’m really not where I should be, could we talk?  NO.  I didn’t even feel at the time that my walk with God wasn’t close.  I thought all was great.  Now a couple years later I realize that was just the beginning.  My walk with God is so much more than it has ever been.  Its not just a “hallelujah I’m healed” kinda deal.  It’s the real deal & some days more than others honestly.  Some days I get wrapped up in life then turn to God & ask Him His opinion of something.  Other days I can sense Him walking with me & guiding through each conversation, decision and memory.  The good news is I’m NEVER going back!!!  I’m so happy to be walking through this life growing closer every day to God & my husband...each day brighter & brighter.

That all being said... ask yourself...just you, no one else around...
How is your relationship with God?  Every relationship involves 2...are you seeking Him?  Asking Him into every moment of your life? 

Proverbs 3:5-6 says
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct & make straight & plain your paths.”

So trust in Him, inquire of Him.  What does He want you to see today?  What does He want you to do today?  Do it...walk it out.  He’ll be there to guide & protect you.  If you wonder where in the Bible to find that one check Psalm 32:8.

On a silly sidenote before I head back to my chair project...Marc ran a video of me on YouTube which I’m going to try to attach to my blog.  He wasn’t supposed to get my face & I forgot to address the camera to explain what I was doing.  But ya know something... this isn’t my regular thing. Sometimes I just need to figure something out & work it through.  That’s a whole other entry & since I don’t think you can take it right now I’ll have to save it for another day...remind me to tell about the process, how I work & why you’ll have to excuse me as we take this journey together.  Together...you, me and anyone else out there reading this quirky, long winded, random words on a page blog.



healed & prosperous! You???

Healed!  I am healed!  So I felt totally terrible all morning & honestly slept on & off until .  When I woke up at 2 after eating I noticed my prayers were answered!  I was totally healed.  I’m not even messin’ around when I say I felt terrible.  Some kinda funk had gotten into my chest & was affecting Marc & the boys as well.  We all seem to feel fantastic & it goes to show the God we serve is a good God who still heals, saves, delivers & sets people free!  WOOHOOO!!!

When Marc & T went down for their well deserved nap Koen & I were left to ourselves.  I took a video of him crawling all around, ignoring me & eating food off the floor.  When Ko finally joined the other boys for his nap it was party time for me.  I felt fantastic!  This video I shot of Koen embarrassed me to the point of cleaning my floors on my hands & knees.  That lasted for about the time it took to finish the playroom floors (and that was just cleaning around the rug).  The real action started when Swiffer entered the scene.  I was a busy bee cleaning all the floors ...oh, not any of the bedrooms actually...so what took me so long?  I also cleaned the kitchen & spray painted a frame for the Psalm 32 art.  I said I wasn’t going to work in the garage today & I meant it.  I worked on the front porch. 

I also kinda finished ... ok almost finished ... the Louis Shanks chair.  Which, by the way, I don’t think I’m gonna sell.  I think that’ll be added to our staging inventory.  Gotta start somewhere, right?  Marc ran a video of me on YouTube which I’m going to try to attach to my blog.  He wasn’t supposed to get my face & I forgot to address the camera a lot & explain what I was doing.  But ya know something... this isn’t my regular thing. Sometimes I just need to figure something out & work it through.  That’s where all this talk about helping the normal housewife do things to save her money.  Hence this blog entry. 

Sprayed the butterflies again on the unnamed butterfly art I have yet to reveal.

I think I have the plan for the top piece of the side table.  The one where I used the drawer as a jewelry caddy.  Anyway, I’m between 2 ideas... gluing old foreign stamps on the entire surface then painting over with a scripture or something OR I could paint it, do a painting on top of that paint then seal it really well & make another table out of it with funky legs.  I wonder what will happen with that one!  Any suggestions?  Crickets.

Anyway...God just continues to show himself more & more each day.  Through my new friend Cat He told me I was going to have each hostess draw & give their gift away themselves.  Each hostess will also get 30 seconds to talk about what they do, who they are & whatever they want to share in that time... could be words of encouragement, a story, something interesting about them or what they make or do.  It’ll be perfect.  God has His hand on every aspect of this party.

Praise God I’m healed & prosperous!...how about you?!?!



missing church today:(

I hate missing a church service!  Especially with the anointing so strong the past few months ...you really wanna be at every one.  You see, we’re blessed to receive rich word at our church, however my family is missing today because we are overcoming!  We are NOT sick!  We are the healed of the Lord!  Marc & I were talking & asked ourselves do they really want us greeting at the front door today the way we look & soundprobably NOT.  Sorry John to cancel on you last minute!  The good news is God shows up at our house tooright where we are.  He is so faithful.

To top it all off...it’s POURING...with lightning & thunder (favorites of mine),  I’m going to guess we’ll be exiting that stage 3 drought we’ve endured for so long.  Now that makes for an amazing day of restoration with my family. 

So today there will be NO work in the garage so no project update this evening.  Maybe some insight, a story or some words of encouragement later.  Have a blessed day & feel free to send some scriptures or prayers for healing our way!

Thanks for your prayers & LOVE


Saturday, October 8, 2011

busy...fast paced day..loads DONE!

Oh boy folks TODAY: a day to rejoice, to give God thanks for all He’s done & is doing in our lives.

Garage sale started at and was a huge success!  Darlene made good money & some treasures found new homes.  Looks like we’ll have another one after the party since she has TONS more stuff.  

Marc was a champ today watching the boys while I used my time, energy & muscle power to help Darlene.  It was time well spent.  She is a dear woman & God is pouring out His favor on her life.

Project update:  I finished the Psalm 32 map art I started 2 months agoJoanne will be happy.  That is, if she likes it.  Can I handle rejection?  YES.  I can.  I can handle the fact that not everyone will love what I do.  You may not love what I create but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you!  A little smile there:)

Ooh, let me tell you my new best friend Erin (met her once before) came with her girlfriend, Lee & helped me move my huge sign into place & I only just realized I didn’t take a picture of it in its new home.  She’ll be an amazing “hostess” for my party since she already has a tent, lights, and amazing creationsshe does what we domakes something from nothing.  Talented!!!  I can’t wait to see what she does with her “store”.  Did I tell you I am calling them “stores” instead of booths.  It just fits so much better for what I’m trying to accomplish. 

Now its off to bed.  I know I said last night would be an early night but it was well after & always comes too soon.  I’m in great need of REST!!!!  Ni-night.

Thanks for reading & LOVE


Friday, October 7, 2011

new hostesses--party updates & WOW...amazing day to share

Today was amazing!!!  I mean really & truly amazing!  I had a divine appointment with this amazing mom & her 2 daughters.  Both daughters are going to be “hostesses” at my party.  One is a decorator & artist, the other bakes yummy cupcakes & goodies. I’m certain loads of ladies will love their creations. 
I had my first RSVP phone call todayLOVE IT!  Thanks Kathy for signing up & bringing your 2 daughters!

Spent all afternoon getting ready for the BIG garage sale tomorrow at the Motley Menagerie.getting ready for the big party & cleaning out every nook & cranny. So make sure you come to the garage sale tomorrow morning!

I’m also working at redesigning the space & remerchandising all the rooms with our creations & unique finds.  You must also take a look inside and watch as it takes shape from now until October 22nd.  Change is good & you know I love to make things look pretty. FUN!!!!

Project update:  So you wanna know what projects I worked on today?  Why in the world do I ask, of course you do! : )
I stained the wood that will frame out the sign and an extra pieces as a shelf for tea cups.   I also moved 2 works of art into Motley’s tonight for showcasing as soon as I have space & time to hang ‘em.  I believe for favor as God is sending me the photo booth people!  Good stuff.   I spent a lot of time with my boys playing in the back yard, teaching Tiernan about “room time” and teaching Koen “no”.  He seems to really like cat food.

An early sign off tonightthank God Darlene made me leave early.  I would’ve stayed all night long working!  Thankfully I get an early night.  After today’s workI’m sleepy & need to recharge for a sale.

Ni-Night folks.LOVE


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

party details--added a hostess & worked a ton!

What an amazing day!  I had a blast with my boys, took them to The Jumpy Place for the morning.  If you live in this area you really should try them outfriendly, clean, fun & safe.  Great time meeting new ladies tooforgot my purse so I didn’t get to give out invite or business card though.

Naptime rolled around & I was in a fancy rush to accomplish as many projects as possible.  So I finished ONE
  • The fence coffee table art. Took a LOT longer than I thought but I did finish it & all that has to be done is the mounting stuff on the back. 
  • Then I started TGP sign (pegboard)now halfway finished with the painting -- still need to buy, cut & mount the 1x6 frame.
  •  Wood glued the bench & picked a color for paint (tomorrow perhaps) unless I change my mind---on the color that is.  I would love the Holy Spirit to jump in on this one & show me which color is best for the future owner of this neat bench. 
  • Applied the fabric tape or ribbon to the back of the chair & cut n fixed the seat fabric.  Looking amazing!  I have to really be on with that one because I don’t do this type of thing often & I don’t want to mess it up.  Every piece I mess up I think we’ll just have to keepJ  I mean I don’t want to sell anything I don’t just love...right?!  Not sure if that sounds right but we shall see.

I know this is pretty random tonight but so what!  Another random yet poignant thought: Funny in a really cool and I don’t have another word to describe it kinda way--is God has really been working on my art.  Every time I make a mistake on a piece(which sadly happens often) He turns it into something beautiful.  A whole story on this will be attached to “LOVE”.

One more side winding trail here and I’ll leave you with many blessings:  I spoke with this wonderful lady (friend of a friend) who sells Dolce Mia products which I had never heard of until today.  She has the same idea about design that I have for this party & she’s totally ready to come onboard.  What a great God we serve ya’ll!  Hello!!!  Anyway, believing Him to bring more amazing women across my path for this journey! 

Love n hugs,

And many many blessings!!!

I've got it! "hostesses"

What do you think?  Instead of that awful “vendors” title I’ve decided to call them Hostesses.  We are ALL hosting this party & I want the right people being marketed by my efforts.  This is my seed sowing into them, their business, their family. 

I’m so excited!  Get ready ladies for a really fun evening.  I REALLY am thrilled about how this party is taking shape by God’s grace.  I only have anything by the grace of God!!!

Side trail:  I think I need to take the time to figure out an easy way to get pictures & videos in my blog then you could SEE the progress I’m making on these pieces.  Or maybe that's silly & no one would care to watch.  Not sure about that one. I'm sure Marc will tell me if ya'll will care or not:)  He always seems to know those things. 

Back on track:
So tonight--  I got a wall calendar out & started the timeline that my wonderful husband has been encouraging me to do.keep me organized.  Thanks Honey for helping me get it together!  He’s amazing ya’ll!!!

In my random scheduling process I planned out my day tomorrow
kids play
jumpy place with boys
home for lunch & naps
work in garage creating new fun things
kids get up then our normal routine kicks in.

Tomorrow’s naptime projects entail:
our BIG yellow sign
a bench I forgot to mention in early posts
the fence coffee table piece (mount, name, figure out how to hang & write out story)
the Louis Shanks Chair
and several phone calls & some computer work

With God ALL things are possible.  I give it all to Him because after all, He’s the reason all this is goin’ down (using the Michael Murphy gesture here)!  I’m celebrating His favor in our lives!!!  Hope you’ll celebrate with me & be introduced to some really neat gifts to buy for Christmas!

Love ya’ll
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