Wednesday, December 15, 2010

all wrapped up ...

wrapping 101 ...

think outside the box when wrapping your holiday gifts
this year ...

some of my wrapping favorites are ...

old brown bags
greenery off the tree
an old pillow case tied at the top

yes ... think outside the box!

stay warm today my friends

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

eight ...

8 days ...

in just eight days i will be ...

standing in the airport waiting to run into the arms
of my husband

in just eight days ...

i will finally take a break from hearing
mama when is dad coming home

in just eight days ...
i will stand before the love of my life
and i will ...


yes ... my husband gets to come to Iowa for 4 days
for Christmas

we are celebrating at my parent's house
so he actually won't be home as in our house
but ...

i'm okay with that


because you see then ... he won't notice the half started projects


the half painted bedroom furniture
the half painted walls
 the white slip covers on not only the couch
( which we already had)
but now they are also on the chairs ...
 the white painted steps ...

yes... it will be just fine at my parent's house
just fine


p.s ... honey if you are reading this i love you! reallllllly love you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

a project ...

the ball wreath

it is amazing how with a little time
you can make the perfect gift

i had vintage old ornaments that i had found at local
thrift store ...

and i attached them to a bended wire hanger

you can get step by step directions here

it takes a little time ..

but it is ...

the perfect project while watching that horrible reality t.v
that you love ... but hate to admit to loving


you will be thrilled when you are done

have a great day keeping warm

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The first day of the rest of our lives ...


i take a step and a big ole' deep breath

after days of waiting and flight times getting put off
my husband will finally fly out of Davenport

yes today ...

this deployment begins

and for that I am thankful!

p.s ... tomorrow i will have beautiful photos of
my home and what i did for Christmas decor

p.s.s ... i appreciate you all

Psalm 62:1 ... My soul finds rest in God alone

Friday, November 26, 2010

it is Time ...

the time has come ...

tonight after the kids say goodbye and goodnight
to their dad
i will drive him to Davenport


this whole deployment cloud that we have been living
under since last year will finally ...
be moving along

we have had this whole last week together ...
playing, doing family things, laughing, crying
and now ...
well we both agree
now it is just time... and we are *gulp* ready

we have had our talks with the kids...
i have been instructed on how to manage the bills...
we have our skype ready

let it begin ...

but my heart ... well now my heart that is awhole other thing
my heart aches already

i will miss my best friend
i will miss getting lost in his arms
i will miss him walking through the door
i will just simply ... miss him


i know this ...

it is what it is and today... i am choosing to TRUST
choosing to OBEY
choosing to keep running forward in FAITH
without knowing ...

one day at a time
one day at a time

Joshua 1:19
have i not commanded you ...
be courageous... do not be terrified ... do not be discouraged
for the Lord you God will be with you
wherever you go!

yes ... my soul finds rest in God alone ... Psalm 62:1


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful ...

 i am thankful ...

for HIS grace that has saved me through faith ...

my husband ... who makes me see life in rosy hues

my children

my father ... who always speaks words of truth

my mama ... who just always ' knows '... without me using many words
what my soul needs

my sisters ... my bff's

my brother ... for moving home so we can all be surrounded by him

my besties ... who just 'get it'

our home

white paint


and it could go on and on ...


Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm dreaming ...


 let the ideas begin ...

this year i am dreaming of a white Christmas

i can't wait to dig in to decorating this week ...


Thursday, November 11, 2010

love ...

Happy Veterans Day ...


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

dreaming ...

i am in that transition phase ...

i am

over the gourds and pumpkins
and ready to decorate for the holidays

but ...

we haven't even celebrated thanksgiving yet ...

so ... instead i have been cleaning
and sorting and organizing
and planning

on what projects i want to tackle inside the house
this winter
like painting my bedroom and painting my bedroom furniture

and this morning i was inspired by these beautiful
faded soft blues and grays ...

ooo and the crisp white of course ...

the perfect combination for a bedroom

have a great day

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cleaning House ...

i have been spending my days organizing ...


too much maybe...

it is seriously as if i am 8 months pregnant

i think it is the whole deployment thing ...
and knowing that i need to have all my ducks in a row


between daily things with the kids
i have been sorting, tossing, donating

and to be honest

it feels great

( photos courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Club ...

tonight i am hosting my Cooking Club

it is anywhere from 6 to 12 women who get together
once a month
we pick a theme ...
tonight is


we take turns at each other's homes
each one of us getting a chance to host

we each bring a dish that includes our theme
we talk about our dish
we laugh
we eat
we drink wine
we top off the night with coffee

so many different women ...
a writer, one who loves to bake, one who just went through a divorce,
one who has a child with cancer, one who just lost her sister, one who
just had a baby, one who is about to have a baby, one who always brings pizza
no matter the theme, one who only brings wine because she can
not cook , one who just moved to California
 ... yes this is my group.
and i love them

it is something that i look forward to every month

and tonight i get to host

so excited ...

photos tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Choices ...

yesterday i made a decision ...

and let me tell you it was a tough one

you see i got offered an amazing opportunity ...
a fabulous decorating opportunity
one that i have been waiting for
one that some perhaps maybe dream of

but the thing is
is that it also was time consuming
and needed to be done within the next month or so

and even though
i so wanted this
it just isn't the right time

so i made a decision ...
after days of going back and forth
and praying
it became so clear ...

now is not the time

now is the time to focus on my family
now is the time to spend every moment i can with my husband
now is the time to get me together before
i am on my own

yes ... i have made a decision

one of my favorite scriptures is ...

... let your yes be yes and your no be no
Matthew 5.37

you see i knew in my heart way back when i was asked to
do this ... that i should say no
there is just way to much going on now
my husband's deployment, projects we need to do around the house
before he goes, spend time with the kids
but i got excited
i got really excited at the thought of this opportunity
and what it may lead to ...
but deep down ... i knew

and now this morning i realized
you see that is God
that tugging inside... that feeling deep down...
he is attempting to make my path straight
and yet i am trying to do my own thing
not HIS

because when it is HIS plan ... i always know... there is no tugging
there is no hesitation
when it is HIS plan i am amazed at how doors open

yes... this morning i made a decision

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chalk it up ...

i am
a lover of chalkboard paint

ooooo yes ...
i love me some chalkboard painted things

walls ... tables ...

actually a couple of years ago my husband
had to pull the plug on the whole chalkboard thing ...
he thought... ahem...
that i was getting a wee bit carried away

you see i became a bit addicted to the whole chalkboard look

at one point we had our kitchen done... hallway done...
a wall in Sib's room done... basement wall done ...
and i was about to paint the wall next to the toilet in the bathroom
when the ax came down

i know right? how fun would have that been ...

soooo ... i gave in and over the past few years
i have slowly weened myself
now we just have the hallway upstairs

but i love these photos ...

oooo and if you want to have the fun of chalkboard paint
but not the black or green color ...
go here and check out Martha's recipe for
chalkboard paint using any wall color you have laying around
(scroll down to bottom )

it is a good thing!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

just a little time ...

i love this chandelier

and how simple ...

just a grapevine wreath that you can pick up at any
wal-mart for a few dollars

decorated with leaves etc ...
a few tea lights tucked into some hollowed out
mini pumpkins ...
and run a sturdy twine or wire through to hang

perfect from a low tree branch or  from a hook on your
porch ceiling

even the tea lights in the window ... love love love

ooh fall ... i am so glad you have arrived!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mama said there would be days like this...

it has been awhile ...
actually it has been so long that this morning
when i tried to log on to my blogger account it asked me for my password
and ...
those of you who know me
know i am not a write things down type of gal
so to be honest
i could not remember it

i was trying everything i could think of
and then... finally...
it opened up
and now i still do not remember what i put in

i have been catching up on things
around here these past couple weeks

decorating the house
decorating other people's houses

lots going on here in the Ford house
but i promise to be back tomorrow ...
have i said this before?
i m feeling a little bit like i have posted this before ...
most likely i have

until tomorrow my friends ...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Coming down from the high ...

a look at this past weekend ...

Sunday night was my fall show ...

the porch was packed full ...
it was the most perfect night 

a huge THANK YOU to all of you who stopped by

next week i will post some things that i have left over ...
just a few things that are too pretty to be packed away

have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

only days left ...

we are entering the final countdown ...

it is a bit crazy here today ...

lots to get done before my fall show on Sunday


i have ...
a child who did not sleep well at all last night

another child who is getting in some molars

a child who insisted on wearing yellow snow boots to school today
again ...

a dishwasher that will not drain ...


to be honest ...
there is a bit of excitement in the air in this house
because only 4 days left til my husband gets back
from being gone for two weeks


as you can imagine ... the kids are beyond ready
to not only get a break from mama ... i'm sure ...
but to see their dad

and me?
 yes ... i am beyond ready to get a little tiny break
from them as well

hope you have a great Wednesday!

p.s  ... i am so excited about the things at the show this year

p.s.s ... i have decided to have it on the porch ... my show
 is a bit smaller than i usually do but it will packed full with
amazing things!

p.s.s.s ... be sure and swing by!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Come on over ...

only 5 more days ....

til gatherings fall show...

sunday September 26th
6-8 pm

1824 bever ave se

spread the word!

Friday, September 17, 2010

We are family ...

today ...
i am spending the day getting the house ready

because tomorrow ...
my favorite ladies are coming to stay

they are funny
they are creative
they are the kind that just make you feel loved

we will sit and chat
look at magazines
have some wine
eat yummy naughty foods
play with the kids
go hit up the thrift stores
and just simply
be together ...

a perfect weekend .

hope yours is just as great!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Love ...

this morning ...
i am missing my husband

you see he is at a two week training camp
with the national guard ...

and it hasn't even been a week yet


and to be honest ...
the whole deployment thing is really starting to set in

November 27th he will be deployed
to southern Iraq

and i know without a doubt that we will be fine
i trust that God is in control
i know that no matter what may come
he will see us through
i believe that all of this is not even about us ... but about glorifying him
in some way

but the hard part...
the part that makes my heart ache ...
is the missing of him
i just simply miss him


and he has not even gone yet...
well he is gone...
but you know
not gone as in gone deployed gone

and it's not just me
but the kids ...

the kids who ask everyday ... usually three times a day
when is dad coming home?
and yesterday morning when i told Sib in 10 days
he said...

mama that is FOREVER.


and i just kept thinking
he hasn't even been deployed yet

i'm sorry... i'm having a moment
you probably logged on here to here the music or see some
beautiful inspiring photos
and here you find me venting...

so this morning i find myself repeating the words
of my dad...

one day at a time
one day at a time

and today ... i just miss him.

1 peter 5:7 cast all your anxieties onto me for i will give them rest


Nothing says fall like ...

today ...
 there is only a half day of school

so i am thinking ...

that today ...
yep today just might be


Carmel apple making kind of day!

enjoy your day!

( photo from suzie breeze)

Monday, September 13, 2010

You are invited ...

it is time ..


Gatherings fall show
sunday September 26th

( sorry no early birds please )

1824 bever ave se
cedar rapids ia

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Welcome back my love ...

this past weekend
we took the whole family to
our favorite little apple orchard

i never get too excited about the apples

but the pumpkins...
well now the pumpkins ... they can change my whole day

I am a pumpkin lover

yep a lover of all pumpkins

oooo the white ones ...
and the perfectly imperfect Cinderella ones ...
 the tiny itty bitty baby ones ...
i love them all

this year ...
and i know this will be a shocker for you all ...

i think i'm just going to stick to the white ones
yep ...
white pumpkins everywhere
well maybe a couple of ...

the long island cheese ones ...
did you know that is their name?

i just love their muted color...

oooo fall ...
i am so glad you are here
you have been missed!