Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Try some brown glaze

I have been fussing with my bookshelves for a while, and trying to put together a fresh dining room. Here was my solution. Brown glaze over the cream paint created an old world style, and introducing the dishes with the books makes it work in the dining room.

Sanspointe Dance Performance

Steph said it, but I concur...This will be one of the most precious memories of Aleza ever.
Rae was performing for Sanspointe, this beautiful, abstract, freestyle dance, inspired by life and motherhood and the beauty of womanhood. Aleza was accompanying the crew, and there has never been a more beautiful 5 year old aprentice. Clearly Aleza was doing what she was created to do. Truely, Aleza exudes dance. She loves to create costumes, dressup, and perform. Yesterday she told me she is debuting an origional piece in Birmingham at her home this weekend. I can't wait to see it!

Way to go Rae...You are creating a little dance monster and she is destined to be a woman full of life, love, freedom, beauty, peace, harmony, and movement.

Other Stuff I found around the house...

We found that log at the creek

Found a new doormat. How cute is that?





a 4 BOY


More Yard Sale Finds...

big basket: $5

origional art of mississipi delta in custom pine frame: $50

antique milk jug: $3

Skateboard: 2 for $3 in great condition. boys fave!

cowboy boots: $2 and just elijah's size

aloe plant $4

large jade plant $8

handmade hard wood rocking chairs: 4 at $30 each

antique art in great bronzed frame: $10

antique wine barrel (now using as an end cute): $5

great blue plant stand: $5

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yard Sale Season

That's Right! It's that time again! Yard Sale Season! Hooray.
This season is for me what football season is to my husband. Just divide and conquer. There is nothing but pure satisfaction that comes from those wonderful treasures brought home every Saturday morning. Here's a few I have found so far:

Navy Cargo Trunks. $8 each.

Hardback Books. $1 each

Outdoor chairs/rockers with custom cushions. $20 each

Trifold shutter screen. $5

Bucket planter. $ .50

More to come soon...
Preview: rockers, barrells, baskets, boots, skateboards, plants, more and more...

Egg Lady

That's right. One of my newest projects is egg distribution.
Blake has a sweet patient who has a variety of laying hens, and eggs to spare. So, every month when he comes in for his apt, he brings us eggs galore. This time I had 186 fresh, organic eggs to give away. It's a good problem to have, but can get a little stressful since I don't have the refrigerator space for that many eggs. So I gave, and gave, and boiled, and cracked, and scrambled and served until the fitting name for me is now Egg Lady.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Props to My People

Okay, the love is bubbling over again, and I have to tell my three best gal pals how much I love and adore them. Stephanie, Rachael and Cassie...You complete me. haha. Actually, it is so funny. I was the American dream exemplified not too long ago, except that I didn't have a posse. And now you people have wiggled your way into my life, and I finally have a crew of my own.
But these three women inspire and excite me so much because they are truly amazing! Beyond amazing. Just let me be cheezy just a frickin minute please and tell the world what makes you crazies so damn cool...

1. Steph. I know you think I only love you for your body, but really, there are so many other reasons too. You really can tell a story like no body's dang business. And, really, I laugh just thinking about your laugh...and the way you make me laugh. You always know great places to go on vacation or go explore, you are my sister in desperate punctuality, laid-back-ness, and you know how to just sit and hang out better than anybody. One thing I love to hate about you is that you are so dang smart. I just freaking can't keep up. And one thing I hate to love is that you could debate with a wall and have it questioning whether it's really a wall or not. See, too dang smart.
World, here's what you need to know about my girl Stephanie: She's the beautiful girl in the center of the room being the life of the party, making everyone laugh with all her fun stories, making every guy want her because her idea of fun is making a fire in the middle of nowhere looking like the Au natural granola girl with the do rag on her head after she just shot a bear or something outdoorsy like that...But at home, she's the picture of strength, taking everything in stride (whether it's big stuff like finding out your unexpectedly pregnant with twins...or the small stuff, like welcoming in the friends that show up at 9pm for some conversation and a sit, while your single-handedly trying to get the boys fed, bathed, and in bed.) You may not can lift the bar in the gym, but, girl, you are strong as an ox on the inside, and I love love love love love you.

2. Rae. You have become closer than a sister. I can share stuff with you like I can no one else because, with you, there is no such things as shallow. If it ain't deep and it ain't personal, then it ain't anything worth anythang. Because of that, you challenge me, inspire me, mellow me, teach me, learn from me, make me laugh, make me cry, and make me dance, which is what life is anyway, right?
World, here's what you need to know about Rachael. She is the wild, beautiful, fun, artist who knows everything there is to know about art and life and dance and culture and celebration and community. And what she can't explain, she just lives. She can make a thrift store tshirt look like Armani and give it an equally fashionable name to go along with it. Her house is the hang out because she has a way of making people family the first time they come over, and she puts people before stuff. And even though, sometimes she's messy (her hair, her kitchen, whatever) it's in that great way that makes you feel more comfortable to be who you are because you know you have just come into contact with someone who is individual, confident, free, and beautiful, so you can be that way too. One warning for those of you who have a Rachael in your can be yourself with her and feel free and have fun, just be careful going out with her, because she will be the one that everyone is staring at.

3. Cass. One of my oldest friend. We hit it off early, like the very day you moved to Cullman in the 8th grade, we became best friends. I love you for being my little firecracker. Seriously you have more energy than a protein bar, and you always motivate and encourage me whether we're running or parenting or growing in faith. And speaking of encourager. You are the encourager. Literally, I know no one who can give and receive compliments with such sincerity and depth like you do.
World, here's what you need to know about Cassie. She's the hot as fire ball of energy who likes to keep things analyzed and practical. If you need something done, she will get it done, or help you get it done, with a smile on your face, feeling like you just conquered the world. She will be your most sincere teacher, coach, or student depending on the phase of life, and hold your hand if you just need a good cry. She is amazing at telling you exactly what is on her mind and doesn't hold back, but also keeps things positive, graceful, and eloquent. World, if you don't have a Cassie in your life, you need to run out and find one.

Anyway, I don't know how a silly little girl like me got to be friends with all you very cool folks, but I am touched... no...moved... no... honored to have been adopted by ya'll and call you now family. Just amazing. Each one of you add such fruit to my life. Yummy, tasty, healthy, strong fruit. Like a pomegranate or a cranberry or something. You get the point, which is, I LOVE YOU!!

More pics of my posse...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Top 3 people I want to say THANKS to this week...

I have been thinking for some time that I want to use my blog to thank people in my world who I don't tell enough, but couldn't live without. I feel like I say thank you a lot, but for some reason, saying thanks just isn't always enough. So I hope to periodically post it here how much you mean to me for the whole world to see.

It's only appropote that my #1 thanks on my #1 'thanks' blog goes to my #1! My best friend. We have rarely left each other's side in the last 9 years, know everything about each other, and love each other more now than we ever have. No matter what, we will always be. I can't even start to name all I want to thank him for, but he knows already, thankfully.

2.)Thanks to you for thinking my children hung the moon. Being such a vital part of the village raising them. Helping us make sure they not only receive the best education Birmingham has to offer, but also win their very first fund raisers, and do it in style, wearing the best looking things from GAP and Landsend. Thanks for helping us keep them safe on the road and in a comfy bed every night. Thanks for singing them songs and telling them stories. For everything, thanks.

Thank you for being the person in my life who has known me the longest and still calls me every day. Thank you that I can always be honest with you, and you always love me anyway. Thank you for thinking I am the funniest human alive even though, clearly, I am not. Thank you for letting me be your baby doll and treating me beautiful while we play dress up. Thank you for being such an amazing grandmother treating my babies as if your very next breath depends on their happiness. Thank you for being the most sacrificial person I have ever known always giving, but also teaching me to take care of myself, and when we fail, still just giving, giving, giving.

Monday, April 6, 2009

This book is amazing! Cried and laughed my heart out. Watch this: