Monday, April 21, 2014

A two minute project

A couple of weeks ago, while I was home getting our taxes in order (his, mine, ours - UGH!) I had my electrician come over to take care of a few things that have needed to be fixed for a while. Just maintenance stuff ... nothing exciting. No pretty new chandelier photos ...

As he was putting back one of our switch plates he went into his bag and pulled out some new screws. He said it bugged him that the screws were not fresh and white. Hmmm.

And I started thinking about that. 

Do you know you can buy switch plates that don't show any screws at all?

They come with a back plate that easily screws onto the wall ...

And then you just snap on the front piece. It is really easy.... takes less than two minutes.

These are the little details that make me smile.

I did every single one in the house. My little tangent for the day :)

I picked mine up at Lowes except for the larger ones which I got here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is risen

Easter! Spring is here. Life bursts out in abundance ...

 Instead of dyeing eggs this year, I used the left over eggshells for little planters ...

A perfect symbol I think. For new life. For resurrection. For hope. And joy...

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him; lo, I have told you." -Matthew 28:5-7

Happy Easter!

Images: He is not here: Etsy, Because He lives: Etsy

Friday, April 18, 2014

The slaughtered lamb

Last fall, I went up to the farm where my youngest daughter lives to witness a lamb being slaughtered. As part of her internship she takes educational classes and this was to take place in one of her classes.

It was not something I could even process to be honest.  And yet I wanted to be there. I thought it would be a way to connect with the work that my daughter is doing and experience the profound moment with her. I was nervous. We have become so far removed from the food we eat that most of the time I don’t think we even consider that the meat we are eating was once a living creature. For that reason as well, I wanted to be there. I wanted to be reminded of the cost. The sacrifice.

The man who was in charge of the slaughter did an amazing job. He was there to teach and he spent a good amount of time explaining the process and what to expect. He made it as easy as it could have been, considering the gravity of what was about to happen, for the observers, the students who performed the slaughter and most importantly, for the lamb. 

I was not sure how I would feel about what I was going to experience, and to be honest, I don’t think even now, that I can fully articulate everything that I felt, being there.
But what I can say, is that it was one of the most profound, beautiful and even spiritual experiences I have ever had. It was also one of the hardest.

There is such a cost to this food we consume.  I pray I will never take it lightly.

After the teacher explained everything that was going to take place and prepared his students for what they were about to do, he read us a passage from a book:
     "I’ll pause above this food, and know I am of this world, carbon and breath like my parents, my siblings, the creatures great and small, single-celled or green, that create the miracle the rest of us consume.”
     “I have looked my food in the eye. I have raised some of it myself, loved it when it was small and defenseless. I have learned to kill. And I’ve learned to say my own grace. It’s a prayer of thank you, a petition for the unfolding communion I call home, and a promise to protect the world entire, to stop the agonizing bleed of species and the rising scorch of heat.

       “To save the world we must know it. We must face where the damage lies – what human activities, in whatever mixture of hubris and ignorance, have done, no matter what it means to our identities, our securities, our dreams.”
Note: Excepts of the passage were taken from, The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith, Flashpoint Press, 7th Edition, Chapter 5, page 271-272.

I could not help but think of Jesus. Jesus, our slaughtered lamb. The Lamb who came to save the world. The God man who came down here to see where the damage lies. Who gave his life for us. So that we might live.

Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of differences. The lambs on the farm did not suffer. Their slaughter was fast and painless and their life before was good. They were fed well and cared for and when it was time for their sacrifice, it was done in a loving manner. But still, as they held those pure lambs down, their heads on the pile of hay that was to catch their blood, and their utter silence while they waited for the teacher's instructions ... I could not help but see the correlation. The sacrifice so huge. The cost so great.

So on this Good Friday, (and always I hope) I will pause before my Lord, with gratitude and know that I am only who I am because of what I have been given. Life.

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God." - 1 Peter 1:18-21

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make your day pretty

Spring is here! We have had some lovely days lately with beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures and the flowers are starting to bloom in abundance.

I cannot resist bringing a few inside.

I am busy this week working on a few summer weddings and wrapping up some painting projects and  pillow orders. And getting ready for Easter. 

I broke an egg on the floor today and it gave me an idea ... I'm thinking about making these:

Life is flying by. 

Our sweet granddaughter just turned two-and-a-half. My sister took her down to the beach and took some cute photos of her ... She is just precious!

I'm hoping to clear up some time to share some of my latest projects with you soon ...

In the meantime ... make your day pretty!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mixing styles

The daughter of a good friend of mine just bought a new home in London. She lives in a very "hipster" area and wants to her new home to be decorated in the "Modern Nordic" genre. I had to smile when she shared her ideas with me for a number of reasons ... I am super excited to see what she does (oh, how I wish I could just jump over the pond to play in the new house with her) and also because I had no idea what some of her terms meant! I had an "idea" what hipster meant, but wasn't quite sure what "Nordic" was. So I did a little research.

My version of "Rustic-Modern-Chic" or "Nordic-Modern-Chic"

I also played around a little on Olioboard; I thought it would be fun to give her a little inspiration board.
And some fun images to look at.


One of the questions I get asked a lot is when if it is okay to mix different styles. YES! 

Mikel Irastorza Interiors | Mid-Century Modern meets Boho Chic

Photography: Per Gunnarsson | Scandinavian Style
"Vintage Modern"

Leone Design Studio | Marrying Modern with Antique

I love the elements of antiquity in this space juxtaposed with modern furnishings. 

Ken Levenson, Architect | Jenna Lyons' Brooklyn Townhouse
"19th Century details with Modern and Rustic elements"

I have always mixed different styles. In fact, I do not like 100% "period" homes or a home decorated in all one style, so mixing just comes natural to me. I found some great examples of different styles mixed together...

"Glitzy-Glam meets Farmhouse-Chic"

"Modern Rustic"

These are just a few - the possibilities are endless!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The wearing of the green

Green has been big the last year or two, but it is especially big today...


So whether you are Irish or not, and no matter how you wear it ... don't forget to put your green on today! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Walking home

Camille Pissarro / made by mollyinkenya via

I love this quote and think it could be said about people. What if we saw things in people that were not all that easy to see but are there. Things that other people don't see. Beautiful things.

And what if we spent our days helping those people see the beauty inside themselves. 

Because we are all in this together. 

"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." - John 13:34