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Unity among Mourning {getting real}

This little blog I started years ago has been reserved for all things inspiring, pretty, and little bit of personal. I try not to dwell on the mishaps of life and most definitely have set aside any political values I may have. Of course though I could never put my true hope of my savior Jesus under wraps. HE is my all and that I will not keep quiet on. As I am sure you all know by now the life altering tragedy that happened on Friday in a CT elementary school. My heart broke the instant I heard the news. I wept as many of you all did I am sure. Honestly I still weep and hope the day never comes where I stop. I never want to be hardened to the tragedies of this world, to others pain and sorrows, I simply never want to become numb which I know can be so easy with the comfortable life I have. I have FULL FAITH that all the children of that day are having a blast in Heaven and that is my true joy, but I hurt for the parents, siblings, family, friends, and all those who had to go through that day. We will never understand why that happened even though I so desperately want to wrap my brain around it so we can be sure it never happens again. Our schools should be safe. I mourn for those who were directly affected by that day and pray for a peace that overcomes all. What broke my heart further on that very day was all the "politics" that came forth before we even knew the names of the children and adults. My facebook, twitter feed and the media were heavily bombarded with thoughts on pro gun/anti gun/ whether God was there that day or if He left them there alone / etc, etc. No matter where each of us stand on certain "issues", to say it nicely, I am sure we all had a sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs by the words that were expressed so matter of factly. I am sure we all have opinions and thoughts. I know I do, strong ones at that, but maybe just maybe for this moment if we all took the path of showing our love, compassion, and sorrow for those that are hurting FIRST then maybe this sad world would have hope rather than the discord it now beholds. I am sure many of you may wonder if my thinking is too small, but I truly do believe the only way we will see real change is through the eyes of loving one another no matter our differences rather than hate and discomfort. We as the people of this world will never see eye to eye on all issues. Everyone will always think they are right as the other side is wrong. I know one day I will rejoice in Heaven as I will witness the love of all that I so desperately want to see here in today's world. I just wish we could have had it for a moment on that Friday. As the Mr tried to comfort me, as I was quite the mess, he assured me people were just trying to have understanding of what just happened and want to fix it. That I do understand, but in my heart and soul I would have rather had a uniting of all. The Presidential race was bad enough to make me question my social media presence, I cried then over all the hatred that was spewed during that time too. I am sure most of you feel the way I do, I believe my readers at least the many I have slowly gotten to know and meet, have good hearts who's main goal in life is to do the very best for our children, families, and friends. I ask that today we all join together to show a true love towards someone whether we know them or not in the name of those not only that lost their lives on Friday, but those who have lost mothers, fathers, children, friends, and family due to the ugly in this world. People are hurting, I know how many readers I have, we CAN make a difference in someone's life today. Will you join me?

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2


Easy as Pie {a partial DIY}

The other night I put together this little wooden star for our porch. It was a pre-made star that I got from a local shop and strung lights around it. Really easy and I am sure the actual making of the star would be easy as pie too. It was just a great price so I grabbed it. Rather than taking it down after Christmas I may just leave it up inside. It really is fun to have around.


A Whimsical Christmas {a home tour}

Thank you to everyone for your more than kind words about my first styling job! Really meant the world to me. I did promise to share that home owner's "real" Christmas decor in all its glory. I also was sure to include more of the stunning home for your viewing pleasure. It really is so fun!

The home is open concept. This is the main living room and what you enter upon going through the front door. There is another door behind the tree that leads towards a guest room. On the right of the fireplace leads towards the master.

The kitchen, eating area and second den are off behind the main living room. There is also a good size den/office area and stairs that lead upstairs to the "girls" rooms and den.

The dining room is a separate space that opens up to both the main living room and kitchen.

This is the second "den" area off the kitchen.

This family entertains a lot in their custom built home and by a lot I mean A LOT. They built their home to share with family, friends, and out of town guests whoever they may be. Also you can see where my red and white tree/room was inspired by. It was too much fun not to replicate! Thank you Rachel for letting us have a look into your home once again!!!!


Styling for B-Metro {hiphip hooray}

Sorry for my absence, I have been working! I am so not sure how working and single moms do it, but that's for another post. Yet when people ask what I do I can't quite pin it down since its all over the place so I tend to say I am a stay at home mom. I suppose that is where my heart is anyhow. Again for another blog post. One of my new found loves is styling! I have always wanted to give it a go, but was never sure how to get started. Thankfully Graham Yelton contacted me wondering if I knew of any homes that would fit into her newish gig, one of many by the way, as B-Metros home feature editor and photographer. I am sure you remember years ago when I featured her home. She has since remolded/added on/etc. Anyhoo I knew the perfect house to recommend. One of my besties Rachel who built this custom home a few years ago and has been decorating little by little over the years. She seriously has talent even though she is so modest about it. After discussing with Graham a bit we thought it would make for a fab Christmas feature and she asked me to come in as stylist. She gave me her vision and I went to town. Here it is in all her glory...

I am pretty sure Rachel is going to kill me for putting up the above photo, but she does look gorgeous. As for behind the scenes, Rachel decorates for Christmas in a whole other way. It's over the top fun, whimsical, bright, and I love it. For the feature though they wanted her house to stand out and not be swallowed by the Christmas set up hence the muted/rustic look. I am going to share Rachel's true decor soon though. It is AMAZING!!!!

So this project could not of happened without Rachel and Layne who kindly allowed me to take over their home for a few days, Kelli of Retore Interiors who literally let us use her whole shop and personal home items, along with her time and mad bow making skills to allow my vision to come to life, and of course Graham who gave me the chance to come in on this project. I seriously had so much fun!!! Styling is not for the faint of heart though, wow, it's hard work.

You can read the full article here on B-Metro.


An Arrangment How-To {part 2}

Today is part 2 of my new little series! In case you missed part one this is my most talented friend Brooke of BKWed. She was sweet enough to share with us simple yet gorgeous how-to's for arranging flowers. This one may be even simpler than yesterdays!

I thought that you all would enjoy not only a fun and colorful arrangement, but also a neutral one for all us neutral nellie's. We used a urn that I had outside, of course this arrangment could be done in any tall vase that had a wider mouth.

As for our main flowers we used hydrangeas. They are an all time favorite of mine. She stripped the leaves off the areas that would be in the water. She then messed with them till she found the look she was seeking. Basically Brooke laid them out so the arrangement would look good from all sides.

She then started adding "fillers" to add some height and make the arrangment have more of an impact.

In the end she also added the eucalyptus and dianthus green balls left over from the first arrangement to achieve a more fun, full, and elegant arrangment. 

What You Will Need:

-Above are the flowers we choose, but as I said yesterday you could easily create the same look with other variates depending on what you can find and prefer.

-We happended to use an old urn that I had on hand, but any tall vass with a wide mouth would work.

-Sharp shears for cutting and removing leaves

-A trash can near by with ample space to work. In our case we used the dining table.

-The ability to create as you go. As in Brooke's case her initial thought of flower choices evolved a bit as she went along.  In the end she ended up adding a few leftovers to acheive the look she wanted. We even contemplated going into my garden and cut rosemary and tree branches. In the end we decided against it.

Does she just not look stunning in my neutral living room? Brooke really out did herself.

Thank you Brooke for sharing your talent with not only me, but also Two Ellie readers. Hope we get to do this again in the near future! Flowers are needed for every occasion right?

To see more of Brooke's work go to BKWed for a gander!