Wednesday Words of Wisdom
Happy Wednesday lovelies,
I found this quote and would love your thoughts

It's not what I do, but the way
I do it. It's not what I say,
but the way I say it."
Mae West

Rest on the second part of this quote for a moment.
I'm confident each of us has been on the receiving end, or maybe you've even said it ourselves.
"I was joking!"
Does following a rude or insultingcomment with the phrase “I was joking” negate the sting/injury to the person on the receiving end? Does it erase the lasting effects? Does that phrase make us lovely and innocent; now devoid of responsibility for the negative words flowing from our lips?
Friends, free speech may be a right, but speech is certainly not free. There are always consequences for what we say, whether or not we acknowledge the impact our words really make.

Proverbs 18:21, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (NIV)

Is there a disconnect between your words and your intention?

I'll leave you with a bit of pretty today.

Happy Tuesday my lovelies,
I recently found this quote and it's been on my mind ever since.
Take a look...
and leave your thoughts.
Here's a little happy song to get you started.
I'd never heard this before and I don't know anything about the singer, but this song is dancing in my brain today.
Are you in your own way today?

The Help

I have been holding my breath waiting to see the movie “The Help” since it was released earlier this month. I finally went this weekend with two friends. Can I just say that this movie not only lived up to the hype and my lofty expectations, but this little movie exceeded both!

I grew up in the 1960’s and I couldn’t wait to see all of the fashions and décor. Both were indeed something this Southern Belle was ready to Di-AH (DIE) for. The sheath dresses, belted shirtdresses and kitten heels brought back all sorts of memories watching my mom get all dressed up just to go to town. You can be assured she dressed me up to.

Look at the set for Aibilene’s kitchen. I think the set decorators translated her simple and sparse life into the perfect kitchen décor just as it was portrayed
I laughed out loud when I saw this pink bathroom. Now ya’ll know I love all things pink, but this room is just too much! Talk about a blast from my past. We DID have pink tile in our bathroom, but our sink and toilet were white. Guess we weren't as fancy as Hilly.
If you haven’t seen “The Help”, I can only say, “Bless your heart, you must have been dropped on your head as an infant because ya’ll are soft in the head.”

Grab a friend or two and treat yourself. One word of warning:

You’ll be craving Southern House Wine (That’s Sweet Tea ya’ll) when you leave.

Quiet Time

Quiet TIme

Ephesians 3:20, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

Happy Friday,

While Tom and I are busy getting the "Elmore Inn" ready for those we've invited to stay with us should hurricane Irene decide to intrude on their lives, I'll leave you with my new favorite phrase.

Happiest weekend wishes my lovelies!!

Happy Thursday lovelies,

I recently found this quote by the lovely Audrey Hepburn

I thought it mirrored a number of scripture verses.

These are the scripture verses I found, what verses can you add to the conversation?
Hebrews 13:16, "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." (NIV)

Proverbs 16:24, "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (NIV)

Deuteronomy 31, "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (NIV)

Ponder this and leave your posts as I take lunch to a friend.

Tickled Pink
I'm tickled pink today!
Okay, I know, I'm tickled pink everyday; to be really honest, I'm passionate about anything and everything pink!
Did you know that I wear pink EVERY DAY? In fact I think if I left the house without wearing at least a bit of pink, I'm not sure I could function.
Sad... but true.
If it's not my Isaac Mizrahi watch, its my accessories, shoes or unmentionables.
I just don't feel like myself if I'm not wearing a least a bit of pink.

While I'm spending the day taking a friend to the Doctor's office today, I'll leave you with a few of my favorite inspirations of pink.

Talk to you tomorrow my lovelies.

Happy Tuesday lovelies,

I'm currently working on a project that seems almost impossible. After the fire last year, the wonderful restoration folks removed everything from every room, cleaned it, then returned everything. Only one little problem...
The items in my office and adjoining alcove are now all mixed together.

Books, our two son's childhood memories as well as a number of things that were slated for donation prior to the fire are now all together a jumbled mess.

I'm having a hard time staying motivated to get this project completed.
What about you friends, you are facing a seemingly impossible "something"?
While you're pondering your answer, here are a few lovelies I'm using for inspiration.

Of Course I think these "blingie" pink heels by Kate Spade are very inspiring!

Since these Kate Spade lovelies cost more than $200.00,
I scooped up these inspiring Candy's Peep-Toe Heels.

Be encouraged and continue pressing forward my lovely friends...

Monday's Message
Happy Monday my lovelies,
If you find yourself struggling with failure today then change the way you're looking at "failure".
Instead of beating yourself up, putting yourself down and listening to all those old tapes full of lies, discouragement and defeat
Begin to train yourself to focus on this:


How would you like to be such a failure in life that failure was built into your name?

Bartimaeus was born a failure. His father was considered unclean and the fact that Bartimaeus was blind only confirmed to the Jews that he was a sinner from a family of sinners and a total failure.

However, when Jesus entered the area Bartimaeus called out loudly and continually until

Jesus stopped and addressed him asking him what he wanted.

As Bartimaeus rose from his stooped and humbled position to meet Jesus, he threw off the one thing that screamed his uncleanliness; his cloak. Notice that this blind, unclean “failure” was so confident that Jesus would heal him that he threw his "security blanket" away.

When asked what he wanted, ""the blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.'"(Mark 10:51) "'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.'" (10:52) He received his sight immediately.

Lovely friend, do you feel like you’ve been marginalized by failure? I want to encourage you to throw off your cloak of failure and wrap yourself in the garment of faith.

Remember our new definition for FAIL

First Attempt In Learning

Quiet Time

Quiet TIme

Psalm 103: 1-4

" Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,"

Happy Friday
What a great way to spend your childhood.

My life is so great, it makes me want to flip!

Life takes us all on a ride, I just think every girl should ride along in style!

Oh friends, I can hardly wait to enjoy this happy place... I'm closer than you think

I couldn't leave you without a bit of black and white beauty

And a lovely shoe...
Happy Friday my lovelies

Okay my lovelies, here are the finished pictures of my guest room makeover inspired by Sarah Richardson.
Prior to the makeover, my guest room only had the bed, floor lamp and white bedding.

Sarah's Room

My sister Maria (the decorator) was here last August (2010) and we used all of my current things, mixing in a few new ones. You'll notice this room continues to be a work in progress.
Please note, many of my purchases and prices may no longer be available.

Here is our interpretation:
I nixed the idea of using the bold black and white wallpaper. In fact, I've nixed using wallpaper forever! I can't tell you how much time, blood, sweat, tears and money we've spent removing it and repairing walls.
I chose to introduce black and white by using accessories starting with the black and white dust ruffle (a gift from my sister, as her daughter was no longer using it).
I already had the white matelasse bedspread and white dust ruffle.
I already had the white lamp and black shade.
Total cost for dust ruffle, lamp and shade $0.00

The framed bird plates in Sarah's room were purchased at Pier 1 for about $5.00 a plate. Of course those plates were no longer available so my sister Maria and I found these white plates with laser cut edges. I bought 3. We found the green and white herringbone place mats at the same Pier 1. The black shadow boxes came from my local Michael's store and I framed them myself. Estimates to have my discount plates and mats framed at the same Michael's, Hobby Lobby and other professional framers was more than $280.00.
Total cost for 3 plates, 3 place mats and 3 shadowboxes $80.00.

I found the green and white duvet cover, green magazine holder and pillows
on clearance at Z Gallerie.
I already had the white shams.
Total cost for duvet cover and decorative pillows $150.00.

My sweet mother-in-law Catherine embroidered this in 1970. I thought the green color fit in beautifully and serves as a reminder of this precious Jesus girl. Catherine would be 100 years old this year if she weren't already dancing with Jesus. Miss that girl!

This pillow sham was handmade by my Gia GIa (my Greek grandmother).
I'm not sure what you call the talent of hand embroidering the initial and cutting out pieces around the stitches, but she did a beautiful job.
Notice the letter "E"in the center? Her name was Elene (E len' e). It 's perfect for Elmore too.
I think she did this in the 1930's.

This is the Duncan Phyfe table I scooped up in an antique store in Calabash, NC this winter.
The top has a few blemishes, but who doesn't? Besides, if you place your accessories correctly, no one will ever notice those imperfections.
The little white pedestal plate with black ribbon was purchased at Marshall's Home Goods.
Total cost for table $80.00
Total cost for white pedestal plate $5.00

So far my makeover has cost $315.00

I wonder how much Sarah spent, not counting the construction she did to create a guest room out of a yucky basement.
Here's the episode of Sarah's Guest Suite.

Be Inspired!

Hi my lovelies... I've been collecting inspiring images lately, and here are a few that are inspiring me today.

The little pop of pink in this beautiful chair just makes me happy.

Love, love, LOVE the monogramming touches.

Everything Sarah Richardson designs is fabulous in my book.

I used this pictures as my inspiration for our guest room. I'll post the pictures of my room a bit later. Keep watching to see.

Monograms!!! I tried to have our monogram added to our new Dining Room chairs, Restoration Hardware didn't offer this option. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can add this feature to my already upholstered chairs? And no, I can't afford to reupholster the backs.
I think I'd add the monogram to the backs instead of the fronts.

How I wish my kitchen was large enough to include a pretty, shiny and sparkly chandelier like this one.

Love the pink painted back wall of this grey cabinet. I also love how these shelves were dressed.

I think the blue paint on the back wall of this white cabinet is a great way to update an antique.
Hmmm... this gives me a great idea. Stay tuned... maybe I can talk Tom into letting me try this with an inherited piece.

What a great way to add a little "Bling" to any room.
Okay, I want to try this with a pair of my older, really loved pumps. Wonder what adhesive they used to make these wearable?

I hope you're inspired to be creative. Let me know what is inspiring you today.

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