March 27, 2017
24 hours feels too short of a day for me. One day in Sunday school, when I was little, I heard the story of how God permitted the sun to stay up for another day while Joshua battled the Amorites. While the other kids were listening with eyes sparkling at this fascinating story, I was sitting there thinking, “wow, I would love it if God extended everyday to be double!” The dilemma There seems to be so much I want to do and too little time. I want to exercise, play with my dogs, read a book, spend some Quiet Time, pray, cook every meal for my family, chat with my family & friends ... Read More
March 22, 2017
Well, this past week highlighted a huge milestone in a friend's life: his proposal! He courted his girlfriend for the past 9 years (that's almost a decade, folks), so when he asked me to help decorate for the second best day of their lives, I was delighted! The plan was for the guy to somehow make his unsuspecting girlfriend stumble upon one of the rooms in our church. Once she came in, he would sing and play the piano to her and then pop the question! The problem was that the room we were working with was very, very big and it would be a huge undertaking and a design challenge to decorate the whole room.
March 14, 2017
Doesn't the term "hard-wiring" scare you? It definitely scared me. I had NEVER IN MY LIFE handled electric wires before this project and neither had my husband. I thought all you had to do was somehow screw in the light fixture and there would be light! But after doing it ourselves, turns out hard-wiring is not that hard (pun intended)! We had a simple-as-can-be, builder-grade flush mount light fixture above our dining table. It wasn't that bright and didn't feel like it fit the rest of our decor, so it was time to go. Between the Min and me, it took about 3 hours to replace the flush mount with a lovely pendant chandelier, but we feel like experts now! I doubt it would take more than 30 minutes next time. Hopefully, with these instructions, it won't take you that long either!
March 11, 2017
Have you ever wanted to learn a new hobby but wasn’t sure where to start? Perhaps you felt unsure whether or not you’ll ever become good at it? For the first time since I started blogging, I won’t be featuring a tutorial or reveal. Instead, I wanted to take a step back and address some of you who are intrigued but doubting your ability to do the various projects on my blog for yourself. Doing DIY and craft projects certainly requires a variety of skills, but trust me, you don’t need to be a pro handyman to start! In this post, I want to prove that to you. My Story Always ... Read More
March 6, 2017
Who doesn’t love a project that costs almost nothing? No one! I came across these candle wall sconces at the local thrift store here in Charlotte for $0.99 each! That’s less than $2 for two well-built (albeit, old), solid wood pieces. Of course, I could not just pass it by! Anyone that knows me knows that I have a thing for candles (I make soy candles all the time – see the red velvet cupcake candles I made for this Valentines Day) and I have a thing for wood. Plus, recently I have been searching for something to paint and distressed to satisfy my inner Joanna Gaines. So, what a ... Read More
February 27, 2017
Have you ever held back from starting a project because you’re just daunted by the sheer amount of work it would take? Yeah, that’s how I felt about painting our kitchen cabinets. Every time I was in the kitchen, I would make a mental note of how good it would look if we painted our cabinets white. Yet, for over a year, I never got around to starting it because of all the work that would be required. In every blog I read about painting kitchen cabinets, people would be saying things like, “Yay! we completed our makeover in TEN DAYS!” or “It only took us TWO WEEKS to finish this!” Um… yeah ... Read More
February 20, 2017
We finished painting our kitchen cabinets white about 2 weeks ago. I’ll be honest – I feel like I’m living in a model home whenever I walk into our kitchen! (I know, brag much?) This recent makeover allowed us to check off a whopping 3 out of the 7 things on my ultimate plan for our kitchen, which I shared a couple weeks ago. I am amazed at the difference that paint could make to brighten up the room. I couldn’t wait to share it with y’all. First, let me preface our reveal by telling you that Min and I are not patient individuals. We don’t like long projects, we are eager to ... Read More
February 13, 2017
Do you have that one spot in your house that is just awkward whatever you do with it? For Min and I, it was a corner in the living room behind the staircase. We initially considered making it into a gallery wall, but it was just too narrow and too inconspicuous a spot. Yet, when we didn’t put anything in it, it made the whole area look empty. I know, it’s so weird how that happens. Ya see, we have an open concept living area, where our kitchen, living room, dining area, and entrance is essentially one big room. It seems everybody nowadays wants this type of modern floor plan ... Read More
February 7, 2017
Every Christmas, I make soy candles in my favorite holiday scent for my closest family and friends. I love the fact that you can handmake something that people can use and enjoy for a long period of time. So ever since 2 years ago, candle making has become a Christmas tradition for Min and me. This year, while I was brainstorming ideas for Valentine's Day gifts, it hit me that making romantic candles could be meaningful too! A week ago, I found out that you can actually whip candle wax to look like cream, so I decided to make cupcake-like candles in the scent of my favorite Valentine's Day indulgence: red velvet!
February 3, 2017
The first episode of Fixer Upper that I ever saw changed me forever. I had seen certain home renovation shows that showcased astonishing before and after shots. However, none of them inspired me to actually get off my couch and start drilling, sawing, painting… you get the idea. Well, long story short, Chip and Joanna Gaines did exactly that. My favorite part of the show was always when they show renovated kitchen. More than anything, I loved Joanna’s use of the color white. I feel that white is the simplest but the most complex and essential color when it comes to the modern farmhouse style. It brings out other accent colors while ... Read More