Jump Start on January

Huge day over here! Not only is my fever down and I’m finally out of bed, but the boys and I got seriously serious about cleaning out and organizing this house! I had a long list, and honestly, I still do. I didn’t come close to tackling it all today and that is totally cool with me. One thing at a time for this girl. I feel proud and motivated and free of kitchen clutter and crumbs!

The boys each checked one thing off their lists too! E cleaned out his desk and V tackled his nightstand (woah, gross). Let’s just say we haven’t had a fish in this house for over 2 years so there’s no excuse for his drawer to be littered with fish food flakes. Yuck!

So…what’s on your list today?

I don’t know about y’all, but I can be a bit of a dish and glass breaker. I’m one martini glass down after the holidays and a few of my dinner plates have cracks and chips. This is a great time to order a few replacements and replenish supplies. I also cleaned out the spice rack and…yikes…most of them were expired. Heading over to spiceology.com to fill ‘er up.

Step Right Up!

Come one come all…it’s PARTY TIME!  Oh did I have fun with the hot glue gun for this circus shingdig!  Once again, I was honored to be asked to decorate for UBC’s Welcome to Children’s Ministry Luncheon!  The goal is to incite curiosity, wonder and excitement for the incoming kindergarten and first graders as they Step Right Up to all the fun that awaits them in Children’s Ministry.

The chapel is a large room with incredibly high ceilings.  It’s always a challenge to make the space seem intimate and inviting.  Without careful planning, a room of that size can easily eat up your decor and all your hard work will go unnoticed.

In order to avoid the dreaded space-eating-decor scenario, I swagged colorful pennant bunting across the room in a random pattern and instantly brought the focus down to where I wanted it.  I welcomed all who passed with giant popcorn cups filled with yellow and white balloons and each table was set with a one of a kind circus themed centerpiece.  (I’m still picking off hot glue strings and glitter from my hair.) With a church event and a conservative budget, crafting and good ‘ol fashioned sweat equity is always the best bang for the buck.  Thanks again UBC, for getting me away from the tile and drywall dust for some fun with glitter and glue and a chance to Step Right Up for some seriously cute fun.

The Bitter Sweet Kind

There were books (not for reading, just for gazing), photo booths, speeches, laughs, and a few of those really great tears (you know, the bitter sweet kind).  And I’m pretty sure that’s how you measure a great high school graduation party.  This one’s a wrap. Thanks for letting me help out, University Baptist.  I loved every minute of decorating for The Next Chapter.

Art Gallery

Today is the day that the art teacher sends an entire year’s worth of art home!  Not gonna lie, it’s my favorite day of the school year!  In order to make room for all the gorgeous new treasures, I have to take down and put away the old ones.  Here’s a photo of the incredible gallery I’ve been enjoying this year.

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 I’m going to miss it.  Priceless works of art, if you ask me. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect to receive a place of honor in this casual kitchen.  It just has to be theirs.