Friday, August 16, 2013


May I translate? "Thank you to give us order.  We're very appreciate that.  When we have order, we have hope."

This is a photo of a thank you note from some of our Noonday collection artisans in Haiti. It was received in the main office and shared with us. Y'all, it's a thank you note to the customers who want to purchase their products.  See those two cute NEW bracelets? Those are coming out on Aug. 28 in our catalog for the fall! These artisans are beyond thrilled that American women want their it jewelry, scarves, belts or bags. Your orders give them hope!
 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

God uses many ways to bring hope to His people. It can be through a smile to a stranger.  Acknowledging a homeless person to help them remember that they too are important. Providing shelter and food to those suffering. Taking a new mom a meal. Listening to someone who is struggling and just needs a sounding board and a hug. Purchasing a piece of jewelry knowing that it helps provide the artisan with a living wage--not just a hand-out-- for a pretty trinket. Sometimes I think we are too busy to remember that God wants to use us to give hope and show love to others.

I am learning to slow down and abide in Him. That was the word that I have held close to my heart this year. I am learning to say "no" to good things; things that are not meant for me during this season. Learning to lean in and to really hear what His Word is speaking to my heart and how He wants me to follow. This is not easy for a gal who wants a plan now! I am in "wait" mode.

This sweet note truly touched my heart. It's such a simple reminder that our words and actions carry more weight than we realize. So, I encourage you to be that hope for your family, friends, and folks that may pass through your life for just a moment.

Hope y'all have a great weekend! It's the last one before school cranks up this year. Child #1 has already headed off to the land of Williams Brice and is counting down the days until the first SEC game. Hoping that he plans on studying as well! Child#2 begins his senior year in high school. Cross country conditioning has been going on for a while, and our first meet will be in a week up in Charlotte. What are your plans this weekend?

Sweet blessings,

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Mantel--The End!

How crazy is it to spend almost an entire summer redoing and redecorating just one teeny tiny area of your house? Well, if you have been following me, you KNOW that I am that crazy mama! We have two weeks left until school begins here, and it's about time to I did! Then, come next month, I will start with fall mantel ideas :).

Here are some pics of the finished mantel with some cool pieces that I inherited, shopped my house for and bought--at the fabulous Real Deals here in Greenville! Lori and the girls will definitely help you if you have any decorating questions--I always do! I love the way it came together, and it gives a peaceful, cottagy (is that a real word?) feel for that dark portion of the den.

 Done!!! Yay!

 Lantern from Marshall's Home goods, blue mason jars from target, dead hydrangeas from my backyard!

 Blue vase and funky green frame from Real Deals.

 Vintage blue mason jars (the medium and tall ones), from my sweet friend, Cathy, who purchased them in Texas.

Green grassy stuff
( don't you just love my decorating wordage?) from Real Deals, milk white glass from my collection.
Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!!
Sweet blessings,