Monday, January 30, 2012

change of scenery

I am one of those people who often gets an itch for a change of scenery around my house. This used to annoy Josh, but now he often welcomes and participates in the changes. Consistency will wear a person down I tell ya.

Well, this time my kitchen got it.

Almost six months ago I pinned this image with the words, If I could clear some counter space, I could do this.
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Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I saw this image and also saw my answer.
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Getting my knife block off my counter, would definitely clear some counter space.

So, I marched down to target with my Christmas gift card in hand and got myself a magnetic knife strip.

So that I could do this.

The only thing I needed was to find a tray for corralling it all.
When all else failed, I shopped within in my own shop.
Perfect seafoam green tray find.
And a bonus - I found a vintage coffee can that had been forgotten about.
Clearly my kitchen utensils are not as easily color coordinated as Martha's. 

I was excited to be able to corral some of my everyday use items out on the counter.
EVOO in vintage jar
Toothpicks in apple container
Salt and Pepper pinches
Measuring cups

I added my ceramic farmer's market basket from the swap to the scale.

Always gotta have clementines when they're in season.

This little switch up also helped clear a perfect spot for my iHome, because cooking without music just isn't cooking.

I saw this fun play on words on pinterest (where else?) and thought it was thoroughly appropriate for above my music in the kitchen. So I made a little sign for myself.
Let us turn up the beat. 
Yes, lettuce. :)

I know I'm not the only one who loves a good change of scenery - so what have you been up to?
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Friday, January 27, 2012

sharing thrift inspiration

I'm over at Parsimonia {Second Hand with Style} sharing my thrift mix inspiration.

Be sure to check it out and give Beth some love for her fabulous blog!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

14 weeks

So, I'm actually 15 weeks. These are going to be a week behind. I gotta wait til the end of the week to be able to write accurately about what's happened.

And I want to share the sweet letter I mentioned that Rachel wrote letting the church know I'm pregnant - it's definitely one for the baby book. 

        THE TIME IS FULFILLED    Mark 1:15       

The time has come. With these first words, Jesus frames all that has been and all that will be.

There will be many firsts—many firsts for which I will not be, in the literal sense, present. But I will ponder in my heart what were to me first words from the lips of this child’s mother and undoubtedly, years from now, celebrate the grace that flows through beginning chapters.

What was an ordinary hour ended as anything but; one among us is expecting, we learned. It is upon these glad tidings, the Spirit dances.
Dear Baby Goodman,

We confess that our first thoughts had more to do with the likelihood of you being the best-looking child on the planet. We accounted for what will be your adorable wardrobe adorning a delightful inner sparkle and could see the herd of advertising scouts heading straight for the ‘burg.

But then we got to thinking about whom and whose you’ll be... and the marvel matured. We realized we wouldn’t have to tell you that Jesus loves you. You, precious child, will be surrounded by people in whom your Lord lives and moves.

You will bear the mark of your parents' discipleship. We just know it. The gracious ways of your mother...your father’s eagerness to enter the game in spite of injury upon injury...our world will be a brighter, bolder place.

You’ll never see the light in her eyes when the reign of God descended upon our library. So let me say this: When Shelby proclaimed with great joy the good news, hearts sung and spirits soared. We remembered that ours is indeed a God of holy moments. For us, as it was for those four by the sea near Capernaum, excitement won the day. And immediately—yes, immediately—we loved you.

                                                                                                                Always, Peakland UMC

My heart is full.

Wanting to see the previous weeks? Look here.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I've had a few projects up my sleeve that I've been working on as gifts that I can now share.

One was a belated Christmas gift for my brother's girlfriend, Shannon. I follow her on pinterest, and I noted this project that she had pinned. That's one great thing about following your friends on pinterest - it gives you great gift ideas!
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After seeing this, I stumbled upon an old spice rack that I knew would be perfect.

A few coats of black spray paint and I had a whole new nail polish organization shelf to give her.
I was pleasantly surprised by how many nail polish bottles can fit on the shelf.

Hope you love it, Shannon!

Next up, is a project I've had in the works for a few weeks. I was originally introduced to this idea by my friend, Vanessa. She originally pinned this idea and executed it beautifully for her mother.
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When thinking about my own mother's upcoming 50th birthday, I thought this idea would be a perfect gift - 50 years of memories. So I used facebook and email to contact lots of people who know/love/have history with my mother and asked them to send me a memory of her.
I got lots of lovely responses and I knew that bundled and read together they would make her feel special and remind her of the amazing woman she is and has been to so many people.

I wanted to make my own envelopes, but in the time crunch it didn't happen.

My mom called me after she received it - she laughed, she cried, she loved it. 
Thanks to all the people who contributed to this special gift.
And happy, happy birthday Mom! 

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Friday, January 20, 2012

renewed energy

I'm not gonna lie, my shop suffered during the last three months.
Finally, last week I got some renewed energy and listed the piles of stuff sitting in my office.
I couldn't believe how quickly stuff flew out of the shop - you guys are awesome!

Never fear, there's lots of new stuff still there!

And I've also put a bunch of stuff on SALE. So when you're in the shop, be sure to check out the SALE category and see all the steals!

It feels good to be back. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

thank you x 3

I just wanted to be sure to thank all of you for the sweet words of congratulations to us. It is so fun to know so many people are so excited for us as we begin this new adventure! It felt like my birthday x100 on facebook yesterday when I shared the news. Josh came up and hugged me yesterday when he got home from work and said That was fun to share our news with everyone. It really was. Thank you for making us feel special.

I also need to thank my sweet husband. Josh, you have been everything I needed and more during this rough first trimester. You carried our family when I was weak, physically and emotionally. You took on extra work around the house and made sure we had food to eat. You held my hair when I was throwing up and listened patiently through my tears. You helped pray me through anxious hours. You are a wonderful husband and I know our child is going to be blessed to call you Dad.

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I'd also like to thank the following foods for helping me survive the first trimester:
  • pizza
  • applesauce
  • clemintines
  • crackers
  • ginger ale
  • McChicken's
  • string cheese
  • PB&J's
  • cran-grape juice
  • all things carbs

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Monday, January 16, 2012

this party is bumpin'

It's true. We're gonna have a baby!

We are over the moon excited! And now that I'm officially in the 2nd trimester and morning sickness is (mostly) behind me, I am feeling like my old self again. My apologies for the sporadic posting over the past several months, but morning sickness was no joke in the Goodman household. I was so lucky to have a sweet, caring hubby to take care of me and flexible hours at work so I didn't lose my job.

I'm working on making a digital scrapbook of sorts for this pregnancy with pictures of my growing bump and notes to our little baby about each week. I wanted to take a picture of me each week, but that (along with many other things) didn't happen while I was down and out. But I improvised.

So, if you'd like to get caught up on what's been going on in the bumpin' process, here's a glimpse of the first trimester.

All prayers and words of wisdom welcome for this clueless mama-to-be.
Already, I had no idea it was possible to be so excited/anxious/scared to death all at the same time.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

two steps forward

This one simple gift from my husband has allowed me to take two steps forward in my goals for 2012.
It has helped me 1) get organized and motivated me to 2) entertain more.

He built me these shelves to go above the hutch so that I could organize all my serving and entertaining items.

Since our kitchen is lacking is space to store larger pieces, all these pieces had started to overtake the bottom of the hutch and were looking quite cluttered. To see them organized motivates me to use them!

Plus, this gives me my fix for opening shelving which I've always wanted in a kitchen.

Another good step in my goals - a blogger friend sent me a book in the mail to read! I'd say I'm off to a good start this year!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

for your tuesday

Just some random, fun things I've run across on the internet lately and thought I'd share. 

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Words to live by.
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There's just something about a huge photograph that I love.
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Wouldn't this say Valentines Day like none other?
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Probably the most creative proposal I've seen. Her face is hysterical.
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Beautiful wallpaper, matching headboard.
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Revive old paintbrushes by soaking them in hot vinegar.
I haven't tried this yet, but if it works, I'll be saving a lot of paintbrushes.
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Now, that's a crouton I could get used to.
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The new Martha Stewart + Avery collaboration. Is there anything Martha doesn't do?

Happy Tuesday!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

handmade gifts

So, I know it's after the fact, but I had to wait until all my gifts were distributed before I could share a couple of the handmade Christmas gifts I made this year. So, if you like these ideas, tuck them away for a birthday or for next Christmas!

Coffee Cup Cozy
I made this coffee cup cozy for my friend Katie, a stylish mom-on-the-go who loves coffee and recently got a new keurig. 

First, I cut the sleeve off an old sweater.

Since only one end was nicely finished and the end that I cut was apt to fray, I decided to sew a piece of my favorite vintage fabric onto the unfinished end to help it stay intact. I sewed a straight line down each side.

And then I slipped it onto a white plastic coffee cup. Perfectly personalized for my friend.

Vintage Dish Towel

While thrifting, I found a couple really fun vintage tablecloths for $1. Reason for the low price? They were stained/had holes.

Knowing they still had potential, I snatched them up anyways. So I decided to make several dish towels out of them. First off, I took a dish towel I already had to give me an outline for what size I wanted to make them.

I didn't take any pictures of the sewing process because it's simply ironing over your unfinished edge and then sewing a straight line.

Out of one table cloth, I made 5 dish towels.

I was even able to keep one for myself.

Stained tablecloths are not a lost cause.

Vintage Tin Candles

I know already shared this one, but it was part of the handmade gifts I made this year so I thought I'd include it in the group. Check out this post for the how-to.

Did you attempt any handmade gifts this year? Do tell.
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