Monday, September 28, 2009

Rise & Shine Women's Retreat with Proverbs 31 ministries speaker, Renee Swope

Renee Swope with Proverbs 31 Ministries will be in IOWA!!!

Saturday, October 31
Time: 9am to 3pm
Where: Orchard Hill Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Designed to:
you to "rise" up to who God created you to be.
Refresh you on your walk of faith.
Renew your strength to "shine" His light.

This event is open to women of all ages, in all stages and from all places!

Click for more information: Rise & Shine Retreat

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall inspiration at my boutique

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1st Day of School Standing by Our Barn

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1st Day of School 2009

Zach, age 16
Anna, age 5
Tjaden, age 9

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Front entryway in our home

Here are some pictures of our redesigned entry way we just completed.

I had been collecting vintage swim baskets for years and used 6 of them here on these two shelves. I lined them with burlap feed sacks to hide all my extra junk so my guests think I am organized...hee...hee!

My husband, Kevin and my oldest son, Zach did all the woodworking out of old barn lumber we had stored away. Nothing is better than FREE right?!

The top two shelves are 13 1/2 " deep and 42" wide and are supported by wooden cleats.

Below these two shelves is a picture ledge that is 4" deep. Currently it's holding black and white photography, a milk glass hobnail vase with boxwood, a bronze number 8 that I picked up at Lowe's on clearance for 25 cents. Also shown is 2 oyster shell votive glass with battery operated tea light candles for nighttime ambiance and nothing says welcome that a "burning candle" they see from the outside. A 5" architectural barn star is peeking out from behind one of the photos.

Below the picture ledge we used a 12" board. On this board we screwed in 4 coat hooks from Lowe's that are in an old rubbed bronze finish. An old wooden wheel is hanging from one hook.

I picked up this rectangular pillow from Goodwill for $1.75 that I plan on recovering in a vintage feed sack or burlap with some numbers stenciled on it.

The pillow is setting on a bench that is 22" deep. They used two boards to create this depth which is perfect for displaying seasonal items in the corner while yet plenty of room for guests to have a seat to take their shoes off.

Below the bench are two metal baskets with handles, which are perfect for all those shoes that accumulate and keeps the entryway floor nice & neat. No need to fumble over all those shoes trying to get to the front door!

I am leaving them unlined so when they have snow or rain on their shoes they can drip off onto the linoleum "wooden" floor.

Hope you enjoyed our new redesigned entry way. It is great to have everything nice & neat and well displayed.

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