{let’s celebrate} more 4th of July party ideas + a paper medallion tutorial

Patriotic Table for 4th of July BBQ or Picnic with red, white & blue decorations, flags & bunting

I’m back with more 4th of July party inspiration! Here’s a pulled back look at the table sitting out front of this lovingly restored farm house. It belongs to a dear friend of mine and I’ve been wanting to stage a party shoot here for ages but I wanted to wait for the perfect project and this was it! I think this house was “made” for a red, white & blue celebration, don’t you?

{Blogs I Love} Restore Interiors

restore interiors blog logoI’m updating the design of my blog over the next several days and you’ll notice some changes. I know change can be hard sometimes but I ask you to bear with me as we work out the kinks. I’m excited to be implementing these upgrades that will help my blog to be more profitable which will not only provide an income for my daughter and I but also help me to create even more fun projects to share with you!

{let’s celebrate} a 4th of July backyard celebration

Stars & Stripes 4th of July Picnic, BBQ Celebration and Party IdeasCan you believe that the 4th of July is next week? I don’t know where the time goes.  It’s Independence Day next week and I’m sure it will be Halloween before we know it!  Well, no matter how fast it’s all going… I’m SO excited to share my 4th of July celebration with you!  I had so much fun pulling this party together.  I love old-Hollywood musicals and one of my all-time favorites is The Music Man with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. It is a Star-Spangled, Technicolor Extravaganza and was very much and inspiration to me for this party!

{be encouraged} Dream Big! quote

If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough quoteOne thing that I learned at the Haven conference was that I’m not alone in feeling inferior. It was surprising (and not surprising all at the same time) to me. I looked at these amazingly talented superstar bloggers and was so blessed to hear them share how they too sometimes struggle with not feeling good enough. I battle with this emotion a lot but the keyword is BATTLE. I refuse to accept this state of mind but unfortunately that doesn’t just make it automatically go away. What will? I think catching those thoughts and replacing them with truth – you see I think those thoughts are lies. So when I was out walking with my little one this morning – enjoying a glorious Spring like day despite the fact it’s almost July – I had the idea to begin sharing an encouraging quote with you each week. Whether you are trying to overcome negative thoughts or just like to read an inspiring bit of prose, I hope these words will inspire you on your journey!

Back from Haven Conference 2012 {oh what fun!}

I’m home from my Haven Conference adventure! My trip down was fairly uneventful (always a good thing when traveling!) and I was so excited to receive this amazing swag bag upon my arrival at the hotel. Can you believe the awesomeness that is included? Tucked inside the bag was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a stencil from Royal Design Studio, a Kreg Jig mini tool, a paint brush, an entire roll of Frogtape, a Comfort Grip handle for spray paint from Rustoleum, a can of stain remover from Oreck, Cutter bug spray, a thermal mug from HGTV & Shaw and more, more, more!

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