(Warning: this is a long post. Hmmm...are ANY of my posts ever short?)
Is it just me, or are you more busy this summer than past summers?
I'm not complaining, because it's nice to be needed.
And I am able to rest in the heat of the day, inside, with a cup of tea and the book I'm reading.
Speaking of reading a book, I am actually considering writing an e-book or two.
On two unrelated topics.
One is an untapped, rarely covered area in home staging.
My grace experience after having an abortion,
and after becoming a birth mom.
What's cool is, Sarah Mae, over at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee just wrote an e-Book
on How to Market and Sell Your eBook.
I will be reading that next, I suppose.
Down in our basement office and up in our guest room, some
Miss S, college Junior girl, was living on Furman U. campus during the school year,
but will now be living at home while finishing college.
Her new digs will be the basement.
Her new livingroom/sleeping room, the "old" office.
Her new kitchen, dining area? The cafe'.
Her new powder room? The Salle de Bain, cafe' bath.
Which means, the beds, bedding, and furniture will come out of this room,
the OLD guest room and this room will become the NEW OFFICE.
(Already started transferring stuff.)
Miss S will be sleeping/moving into this room, the OLD OFFICE.
(Which, quite frankly, is a disaster area. Put on your hard hat and steel-toed boots, y'all.)
Do you see the white painted desk pieces above?
My friend Becky's husband, Rob (from the Farm House Kitchen post HERE),
found this black, red, and teal corner desk in a house he was working in to renovate.
He brought it home and Becky wasn't going to keep it.
So, I asked them for the desk and it was mine, and I painted it!
I asked him for it because of this page from the Ballard Designs catalog:
Shortly after that, another friend, Laura, had these 5' long shelves in her trash cans outside.
I painted them, too.
See my inspiration page between the shelves?
Well, as you saw above, the walls in soon-to-be NEW OFFICE are a teal gray.
And I like it. But I'm tired of it, too. Poor me.
While debating on what to do with the walls (paint them khaki for staging to sell later next year,
or just leaving them as is) I came across this picture in yet ANOTHER Ballard catalog.
Oh! The stencilled walls!
This is what I will do to the office. Which now includes finding a huge stencil,
and brushing some glazing over that (help me, Ann!)
Last week, I found this wonderful train clock at Hobby Lobby for $8.
But, I also have THIS 2 1/2' clock (it was only $4 at Goodwill).
Which one do you think I ought to put in the room?
Miss S returns from her summer job in North Carolina on August 10th.
Think I can finish the rooms by then?
In other news, our new South Korean daughter, our exchange student,
whom I shall now refer to as "Lovely", will be arriving August 2nd
and we are crazy excited (and scared) about that.
Her room, at least, is finished. Until she gets here. And if she would like to change it around a bit?
Certainly! It's her room now. See it HERE.
This Friday, 7/1, and Saturday, 7/2, Miss S and I have a wedding gig in North Carolina.
I am decorating and she is photographing.
Will be sure to chat about that when I get back.
...in July, from the 20-24, I will be in Tennessee.
Staying in the cottage at Gina's Place.
I won the Call to the Cottage contest with this dreamy post, HERE.
Gina also contributed to a book, see it HERE.
Other July happenings?
My sister, Stephenie, arrives in Atlanta. Must drive down to see her and my other sisters,
Amy, Ana, and their beautiful families.
Miss A, our teenage daughter, has a 17th Birthday on the 18th.
Mark and I celebrate 22 years of marriage in the 22nd!
Sigh. I won't be here much.
Which is why I took a picture so I could remember her face.
What kinds of things do y'all have going on this summer?
I ask the Lord that He would bless your endeavors.
Strengthen you during quiet times and bring you peace.
I have purposed to pray for any of you that ask me to, this summer,
during my afternoon tea time/quiet time for your
families, jobs, traveling, whatever.
You may leave your requests in the comments, or if you are more private,
email me by clicking on the envelope button at the top right of my blog.
It will be my privilege to remember you and lift you up to the Comforter
and Giver of all Good Gifts!
I love y'all!
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.