Tuesday, April 10, 2018

4 Happy Campers

We didn't grow up camping, but I was happy to start once I had kids.  I loved tent camping, backpacking, and then more recently having a travel trailer.  

I don't know if everyone feels this way but once I have something new, I start noticing everything associated with it.  Once we got the trailer, I started seeing everything "trailer" related.  So, of course, we started carrying some of those items in the shop.
A Best Seller!
Who wouldn't want this adorable flour-sack hand towel in their trailer??!  

We just got this cute small "Happy Camper" wood sign in recently.

I love hearing about all of the different locations people go to with their trailer.  I'm learning about so many beautiful locations around the U.S. that our customers have visited.  Feel free to suggest your favorite!  So exciting! Traveling and discovering new places is the best. 

Although I have to admit, we aren't currently "happy campers".  There was a fire at the storage unit where we keep ours and it burned to the ground.  The entire trailer and everything inside is gone. :( 
It was so shocking and sad, but it will be ok.  We have insurance and began our search and found a new one.  Maybe I'll find some new camper products for the shop as well.  There's something to look forward to!  And it will all be good in the trailer hood again soon!!

Enjoy the outdoors,
Donna (& Diana)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Yay! Spring

I love this time of the year! I don't know what it is, but for me, springtime always gives me a really strong desire to do a little redecorating in my house. It doesn't have to be anything major. It can be something as small as moving furniture pieces around, painting a new accent color, or rearranging and adding new wall decor.

Green is the color of spring and also happens to be my favorite accent color. Green is an easy color to incorporate into any color scheme because it is made up of both warm and cool colors. Adding a little green into your home makes it more calming and relaxing, and I'm all for that! 

Here's a few simple ideas...

Plant a small succulent in a cute vintage enamel cup~

Donna and I both love cactus, and pitchers, and polka dots~

And everyone knows that we love windmills~

So add some freshness to your home this spring with a touch of green. 

Love, Diana (& Donna)

Friday, October 13, 2017

DIY Repurposing

As most of you already know, we love repurposing, recycling, and redecorating. You can create such unique, one-of-a-kind home decor pieces, with some of your everyday items and add tons of personality and character to your home.

Let's start with old shutters and doors. We love incorporating these architectural elements into our home decor and, of course, the more chippy the paint, the better. For those of you that would prefer non-chippy paint, it's easy to apply a coat of polyurethane over your piece.

Hang shutters "as is" or simply set them on your fireplace mantle...

Use them to add another dimension to your artwork or large clocks...

They are adorable in a baby's room...

And one of our favorites is turning an old door, with a lot of history, into a sliding door...

Here's a photo that one of our customers sent us, showing how she used one of our old doors in her house.  It looks beautiful...
We love to see your DIY projects and photos, so please share them with us.  Hopefully, we have inspired you!

Happy decorating!
Diana and Donna

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Addendum 101

As mentioned in my last Blog, there is a lot of friendly competition within our family, so I wasn't surprised when I received several photo's from our children, attesting to the fact that they were definitely "the favorite" of their grandma and grandpa...

Wait who's that grandma took out to lunch?  Who took Alana to the beach...


Is that grandma giving Brian flowers or the other way around? Thank you grandpa for your "first autographed" softball...

Sorry Brian, grandma say's it's all about Chauncey today...and grandpa and I go wayyyy back...


Apparently, we also have a new group of "favorites"...great grandchildren!

And if it wasn't for Melissa, grandma and grandpa wouldn't have these beautiful great-grandchildren...

I think this is a good time to remind everybody that our annual family reunion is not too far off.  For anyone who needs a good photo op or needs to work on their ranking, myself not included, the reunion will be the perfect opportunity!

Finally, I'd like to point out that, I believe, this is the first "Addendum" ever written to one of our blogs, but let me double check on that with Donna...

To Be Continued...
Diana (and Donna)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Competition 101

Competition 101

Just one of the many great things about our family is our fun-loving competitive spirit, which brings us all a lot of laughs.

A good example of our competitive humor is that each one of us siblings claims to be our parents’ favorite. Of course, we like to affirm this with “your favorite daughter” gifts and cards.  I’m not including our brother here because, we’d all admit, he is definitely the favorite (son).

Somehow we have managed to pass this competitive character on to our children.  They all claim to be grandma and grandpa’s favorite…

Our father is one of the biggest Chicago Cubs fan's out there.  So when the Cubs played in the World Series, two of his grandsons drove to Casa Grande, Arizona, one from Phoenix, and one from Tucson, to watch every game of the Series with their grandpa.  
Now, I’m not saying they did this to cement their ranking with their grandpa, but let’s be real, they are tied for #1.  Game on cousins…

Why am I sharing this with everyone? Well, Donna has always written our blogs and she is really great at writing.  Now that Donna’s plate is pretty full with running our shop in Wimberley, Texas, I volunteered (OK, I was asked) to contribute to the blog.
Need I say more…

Love, Diana (& Donna)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4 New Starts

5. Blog more often!
I love to Blog ~ although that's probably hard to tell since it’s been a year since my last one! Oops!!  One of my New Years Resolutions ~ Blog More Often.   A lot happened in the past year too, so there was a lot to write about.  Perhaps we were too busy and put it at the very bottom of our “to-do” list (although those listed on this glass dish are definitely more important!)  

Our shop in Wimberley is off to a great start.  After opening last March, we closed the shop in Cave Creek, AZ in June. One of the perks of this, is that Diana now has time to work on some art projects she’s been wanting to do.  She continues to make the beautiful wood crosses, has added some mixed media art and coming soon ~ original paintings.  Here’s a sneak peak…
We LOVE Sunflowers!!

 I can’t wait to see more of her new artwork.  We will have it in the shop in early February. So exciting!  She’ll also be contributing to the blog, so I’m hoping she put that on her New Years Resolution list also.  :)

Donna (& Diana)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

4 Some of the Positives in Life

Happy Happy Happy New Year!  It's going to be a great year... right?!!  I tend to be a very positive person, so I like to think it will be.  Last year we were in the midst of major home renovations at this time, so it's definitely going to be less stressful this year!  Although stressful, (and I had to keep telling my husband - "it's going to be great") we have enjoyed updating our home and getting it to the casual, rustic style we like and are comfortable with.  We're getting there!

One of my favorite pictures from the holidays of our (newly bricked) double-sided fireplace (kitchen side) with newly painted mantle.  The new stone facade now matches the other (living room) side as well.

Being the positive person I am (or try to be!), I LOVE decor with inspirational or positive words and statements.  I'll be honest though, I was probably a little bit too obsessed with it this past Christmas and bought a few too many "making spirits bright" and "joy" word blocks and pictures ~ but I found a place for them (of course) and they looked great! :)  When you think about it, I guess it's not a bad thing to have too many positive statements around.

Diana and I both like to have encouraging and inspirational items available at the shop as well. You'll be able to find them throughout the entire store ~ on wood blocks, plaques, hooks, stitchery, and even jewelry. Uplifting home decor and jewelry just feels good (and they make wonderful gifts too).  A simple quote can give you a new outlook on any given day!

Nice reminders to see, read, and ponder (love the word ponder). :)  Think about a place in your home that you would like to see/read something positive each day. 

Enjoy your home, your life and promote happiness!

With Joy & Bright Spirits, Donna (& Diana)