Noonday Collection Flash Sale Ends Wednesday



Some of Noonday Collection lovely Spring items are on Sale for only a few more days!

visit: to order before these little gems are sold out!

Hope your weekend was fabulous and you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

I was blessed with the men in my family cooking for my daughters and I. They made an amazing  Mexican inspired meal. On top of that I was surrounded  with grandkids hugs and laughter. A great day!


Have a great Monday!


Noonday Collection Sale


I became a Noonday Collection Ambassador last Fall and I have to admit this is a company that makes a difference! The beautiful collection of handmade, fair trade accessories from around the world creates economic opportunities in vulnerable communities and changes lives. They create dignified work for their partner artisans and empower women with employment, children are cherished and educational opportunities are created.

With Mother’s Day coming next month these lovely items would be a wonderful gift for the Mother’s and women in your life. Orders placed before April 26 will arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

You can read more about Noonday Collection and their artisans at .While you’re there shop and help us build a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs and we are connected. These lovely items won’t disappoint and you can know you are helping others.

There is a SALE going on as well ! These items will sell out fast so I suggest ordering this week. My favorite the Lines and Stripes Catch All was originally $142 now on sale for $99.50 and I expect it to sell out in a day or two.



Hope you’ll take a minute to view Noonday Collection’s Spring Line

Have a great week!


Are You Ready For 2015 ?

New year 2015


Can’t believe it is 2015 ! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Day surrounded by the ones you love.

Our home was filled with laughter, children, family and friends, just the way I like it. I have to admit it’s a little quiet around here now that it’s all over and the grandkids and families have gone home.

In the quiet of today I’m stopping to ponder and reflect back on 2014 then contemplating goals for 2015. I have so much I’m thankful for this past year and I get a little sentimental thinking about how fast kiddos are growing up and life is changing.

In thinking about the New Year , I hope to make it a year filled with intentional relationships and purpose. Nurturing present friendships and cultivating new ones. Reaching more women with Noonday Collection and sharing the stories of hope and redemption of our artisans.

My creativity and passion for making beautiful homes for every budget and style will be alive and well this coming year. Projects are waiting to be started and others are on the brink of completion. My plan is to post some tutorials so you can be inspired to be creative in your home as well with some fun projects.

Projects from 2014:

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Thanks for following me in 2014 !

Here’s to 2015 with fresh ideas and new inspirations!


An ‘Almost Fall’ Morning

The sky is blue and the air is crisp this morning so I decided just to grab my camera and take a walk around the yard. Here is a peek at what it looks like around here today as Fall begins to change the landscape.


The garden is bursting with tomatoes and pumpkins as the morning dew evaporates in the sunshine.














I think I have reheated my coffee at least 5 times this morning because I keep getting sidetracked by the beauty of the view around me. Thankful for this peaceful and glorious start to the day. Taking time to stop and smell the lavender today !

Have a great Monday !


My New Adventure as a Noonday Ambassador


Well I finally took a leap of faith last week and began this new adventure as a Noonday Ambassador. Noonday Collection is company that sells beautiful handmade jewelry and accessories which provides dignified jobs at a living wage providing sustainable income for the vulnerable.

You can read more about Noonday Collection’s purpose and story here:

With my family raised and out on their own I now have some time on my hands.  I’m a creative ‘hummingbird’ (that’s what my husband calls me), that has always loved fashion and decorating. Just ask my family they will tell you they never know when the house will be restyled for the next season, guess it’s a bit of an obsession. I like to think of it as making it warm and inviting ready for friends and family.

I believe God has been stirring my heart to look beyond my comfy sofa to the hurting world and global poverty. As a woman and a mother I feel it is important to speak up for those who love their children like I do and who want a better life for their families.

I first heard of Noonday through my daughter Summer Scandrett when she became a Noonday Ambassador over 2 years ago. In fact I hosted her very first trunk show. Her heart and love for the Noonday purpose was contagious and I was an instant fan. I hosted a trunk show every season and wore Noonday everywhere I went.  I had thought I would love to be an Ambassador but not sure if this was for those gals in their 20’s and 30’s and I wasn’t hovering in those decades anymore.

Well the stirring in my heart just couldn’t be settled and I believe God nudged me to speak up on behalf of those who need my voice to be heard for them. Their stories just keep playing in my mind and I knew that it was time to join the Noonday Collection and tell the artisans personal stories of redemption and hope as well as economic opportunity.

Now I am excited to share the Noonday Collection story and purpose to those who haven’t heard and impact the lives of those beyond my borders.

The new Fall Collection is truly the most beautiful yet. Each piece is handmade and reflects the craftsmanship of the artisan.


So if you haven’t heard of Noonday Collection please take a moment to get to know this amazing company and their heart for advocating for the poor and passion for adoption.

Have a great day !


Gallery Wall Updated

A while back I decided I was DONE with this gallery wall arrangement and wanted an update. I had changed the pictures out over the years more times than I can even remember. So down came the little curtain rod and brackets and the black ribbon and all the frames and I started over.

Here is the before:


And here it is now:



I had all of this already so it was just a matter of designing a plan. Pinterest helped some but honestly it just got me started because the items I was using were unique to my taste. I started by laying my frames and items out on the floor to get an arrangement I liked and that would fit in the space.


Then I cut out paper patterns of the frames so I could tape them on the wall and decide spacing and where nail holes were going to be. I measured the hook on the back of the frame and marked the pattern with the placement of that hook so I knew where to put the nail. That saved the wall a few extra nail holes to patch.


Excuse some of the photos aren’t the greatest, I used my phone and forgot to snap some with a better camera, but you get the idea.

Next I played around with what I wanted in the frames, for now they are pictures of our trip to Italy last summer. I chose ones that had a hint of blue to go with my summertime décor. Then it was a matter of deciding the art and what would work in the space. I used an empty frame and a chalkboard to add interest and whimsy.

I really like how it turned out and fits in the room.




The family room has a casual summer beach feel at the moment and I kept it simple and relaxed. Think I may try adding a stairway gallery next to display more family photos and some pieces I’ve collected. Would love to hear your wall gallery ideas .

Have a great Wednesday!



Annie Sloan Paint Does It Again!

I have been on a house purging closet cleaning frenzy lately. One of the things I decided to tackle was the dresser in our closet. We have beautiful Pottery Barn furniture in our master bedroom that we purchased a few years ago but before that we had a 1976 oak bedroom set that we bought right after we were married.

While it was the style of the time we lived with it way too long. Probably because it was our first big purchase together and it seemed like a lot of money at the time. My husband doesn’t see the need to replace something if it is functioning and isn’t broken. My desire to replace it was finally consented to and the oak dresser was moved to the closet for my hubby’s clothes.

This is a picture from a previous home 10 years ago:

bedroom 1976 bedroom-001 Dresser Before

I took a crowbar, hammer and screwdriver and went to town removing the top recessed drawer . I was over that look and wanted a larger surface on the top of the dresser. I forgot to take pictures of that process as I was disassembling it ,but it was very therapeutic I must say.


I removed all the hardware and got to work painting.

Here you can see where the top piece used to be.P1040560

After 2 coats of Annie Sloan Off White Chalkpaint:


I waxed the top with clear wax but didn’t bother to wax the whole piece this time.

After new hardware :





I think it can hang around for a few more years now.


I love the way it freshened it up and gave it a new look I can live with for a while.

Hope you’re having a great summer !


Guest Room Ready !

DSC_0026The sun is shining this morning and I am finally snapping pictures of the guest room where the door headboard ( ) found it’s home.

I had ordered the bedding from Ballard Designs back in March and it was on backorder and it just arrived last week. Seems that  black stripe ticking was in hot demand when I placed my order.

I wanted a room that was calming and restful, since it is a bedroom after all. It makes me want to start painting everything in my house and get back to a white pallet and start decorating every room from scratch. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon so I’ll just enjoy this little square of the gray and white trend at the moment.




Armoire was a pine entertainment center that we had for over 14 years. I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen and we added a new board in the back to replace the cutout for an old tv. New knobs from World Market also added to the makeover. Love how it turned out.




I am in love with this bedding !



 I’ve been working on multiple projects and haven’t stopped to post them. I aim to get back to Blogland and post more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful day !


Vintage Door Headboard

I have had this old door for a while with the intent of making it into a headboard for the bed in our guest room. At first I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it work since it was about 17″ longer than a queen size bed so I stuck it in the garage for the winter until I could think of how to make it the right size.


This month I decided it was time to move on with this project.

I had already painted the guest room, as well as an armoire that used to hold our TV for years and a little end table, bought a new bed and bedding. So it was time to drag out the door for its makeover.

My handy husband insisted on helping me, thank goodness, that door was heavy and I couldn’t manage it on my own. We decided, after measuring and drawing up a plan,  that if we cut off one of the panels the bed would be 60″ just the right width for a queen size bed after we added the side supports to make it 70″ when finished.

We sanded the brown paint off the door a bit just to see what it would look like. Fun but the room was being decorated in mostly a gray and cream color scheme so I planned to paint it when it was assembled.


Then we needed to add side pieces that would finish the ends and be used to stand the headboard up and bolt to the bedframe. We used two 2×4’s and faced them with a 1×4, and a 1×3 on each side of the door. We determined the height of the door above the bed and cut the end post to that height. I went with 54″ from the floor to the top of the door allowing an additional 1 1/2″ for the header piece.


I was going for a simpler look to finish the top of the headboard so we opted for 2 pieces of wood that would be the top, one 1×4 and 1×3 to give the look I wanted.


All pieces were wood glue and nailed together. We also used some metal mending plates to attach the 2×4’s to the door.


Today I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen color. Love that paint ! No priming and you have such freedom of creativity with it. I was going to use one of the homemade chalk paint recipes I saw on Pinterest to save a little money, but I loved this color and so for this project I stuck with the ‘good stuff’.

After I had given it a light coat I started liking the worn distressed finish I was seeing. I had planned on painting it with a couple of coats to hide the previous color and imperfections. I pooled the opinion of my daughters and a friend and they all liked the pictures I sent them of the finish I was getting with one coat. So I decided, for now at least to embrace the imperfections and uniqueness of the piece and live with it for awhile. What do you think? More paint coats or leave it as is?





I am still planning on waxing it tomorrow and considering adding some dark wax to the creases as well. Not sure yet as the more I look at it the more I like it just the way it is.

Here is my supply list:

vintage door( or you could use new one)

2   2×4’s ( as straight as you can find)

3  1×3’s(clear pine finish boards)

3  1×4’s( also pine boards)

*wood glue, nails and metal mending brackets( I think you could use additional wood strips to join the 2×4’s but we opted for this)

*Chalk Paint and Wax

It was fun to make and I’ll post a picture of it again when it is attached to the bedframe. The finished guest room will be posted when it all comes together. It’s almost there!

Thanks for stopping by,


Joy to the World

P1030790 Decorating the house for Christmas is week long process for me usually hitting high gear when we finally get the tree in the house. So this has been the week to drag the bins of decorations out of the attic and sort through the glitter and garland.

I wanted to keep it simple this year and not over decorate but still keep things fresh and festive.

So here is a peek into my home for the Christmas Season:






I think I will add some greenery to the mantel to finish it off.







That’s enough of a peek for now I hear a cup of hot chocolate calling me.

Happy Decorating !