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Keeping It Cozy {Andrea Fowler}

Do you know what an amazingly fun job it is to hand pick women to be in my courses? Not only do I get to reach out to these incredibly talented women hoping they will be in the course….but then they tell me that want to do the course! How did this happen:-) The line up for the new Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays} is so beautiful that I keep pinching myself. Each week I want to highlight …

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An Australian Wedding {Simple Beauty}

Few people know their style as clearly as Cathy Penton. Photos of her home will make you swoon! (Lucky you that she is one of the teachers in the new Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays}) I have been blessed by her friendship though blogging for many years now. She has carried my items in her shop and she has created custom pendants for my shop. Recently her beautiful daughter got married and Cathy  has been gracious enough to …

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What I Wish For You Today {Heck, what I wish for all of us}

On my run today I was listening to different music, thinking about friends, thinking about all of you guys and I wanted to share these songs with you. Within each of these songs I hope you find glimpses of yourself. I hope you hold on to a few words that will encourage and inspire you. I hope you will know…really know…that you were made for a purpose. I hope you will know that your time is now. **********   Come …

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How We Celebrate Birthdays

I love birthdays! One whole day to love on just one person. One day that allows you to give a person a glimpse into how much their life…means in yours. It was almost 15 years ago that our birthday tradition began… It was my birthday during our first year of marriage and my day started off with a stack of envelopes. Keep in mind that we barely had any money in those years but what followed made me feel so …

Flashback Friday {My Favorite Makeup}

Last days to get the brand new Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays} at the early registration price of $48! Registration is open. On August 26th the price will go to $58. ********** {originally posted on May 9, 2012} Hello everyone! I am back from teaching in California and my leg is healing beautifully! It is still bandaged but almost all of the infection is gone. Seriously….everyone that has ever known ANYONE with an infection has shared some horror …

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A Brand New E-Course {and a giveaway too}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Last fall I launched Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living}.   I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home…..you, family and friends.   I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.   My heart was to create a course that encouraged women to open the doors of their home because of what was inside of them…not just what was …

Flashback Friday {Protect This House}

{originally posted on July 4, 2011} This week I went into Under Armour to get some new clothes for Jack. Every time I am in there I love their slogan. I think it is genius and it is thought provoking to me. {Protect This House. I Will} We make choices every day in how we care for our bodies. Right now I am not wanting to write about protecting our bodies and keeping them healthy. I am writing about our …

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Go Get Your Power Tools {For The Love of Reclaimed Wood}

This Monday we will launch the last mini course in our summer series! Have you wanted to learn how to use the tools and supplies to create frames and signs? Are you itching to use power tools? If you have a love of creating something new out of something old…this course is for you. Join Melaine Thompson in For The Love of Reclaimed Wood. Here is a peek into the course… What do you do with leftover wood from a …

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You {Are Loved}

Music is such a daily part of life in our home. Whether it is coming from our phone, MP3 player, computer, turntable or CD player…music fills our home. I shared this song the last week of my The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes} course and after talking to a friend today I wanted to share it with all of you. You are loved. So, so loved. “Loved” by JJ Heller (Verse) Do you dream of a home …

Flashback Friday {4 Days of Juicing: I Almost Ate My Children}

{originally posted April 24, 2012} We have been juicing since before we had kids. My favorite used to be carrots, apples and parsley. We have gone through a few juicers over the years and even the kids like it. Since finding out all about my food allergies we have gone back to juicing and basically trying to make most things from scratch. I kept on reading about people doing the juice fast and feeling terrific. High energy levels, clear skin, …

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New Prints In The Shop

I have two new prints in the shop! Come on over and check them out… Flower Girl Crown of Roses These new prints are being printed on high quality watercolor paper. This paper and quality is exceptional for creating the depth and detail of the original work. Watercolors and Flowers {an introduction to watercolor painting} just began this week! We would love to have you in class.

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There Is Room For All of US {Melissa Loves}

I am a big believer that there is room for everyone when it comes to your gifts and what you have to offer this world. Your gifts are beautiful and big…and so is this world. Awhile ago I wrote THIS post about making room for creative people around you. I hope you will join me with this new series about moving over and making room for others. For this first post I wanted to show off the beautiful gifts of …

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Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}

I know that so many of you have waited all summer for this summer course! I can understand your excitement because I can’t wait to learn from Courtney myself. Starting THIS Monday is Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}. I met Courtney a few years ago while attending ALT and connected with her immediately. She is so funny and her talent runs deep. She has been featured in some of the best magazines and she was even one …

Flashback Friday {I Will Show You Mine If You Will Show Me Yours}

{Originally posted on May 16, 2012} This week I thought it would be fun to show you what I carry in my purse. This is really it except there was some loose garbage that I had to shake out:-) 1. The Anne Ruffle Messenger Bag 2. My favorite sunglasses from Banana Republic 3. Keys (with the oldest leather key chain but my father in law gave it to me years ago) 4. I always have to include some food incase …

Honestly {I Wanna See You Be Brave}

I am loving this song (and the whole album) by Sara Bareilles. “Brave” You can be amazing You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug You can be the outcast Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love Or you can start speaking up Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do When they settle ‘neath your skin Kept on the inside and no sunlight Sometimes a shadow wins But I wonder what would happen …