Sunday, December 16, 2012

{Heavy Heart}

I am at such a loss for words about the senseless tragedy in Connecticut.  
Our prayers are with everyone affected. 

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for
of such is the kingdom of Heaven."

Matthew 19:14



Sunday, November 25, 2012

{Meeting Miss Mustard Seed}

Saturday I had the amazing opportunity of meeting Miss Mustard Seed.  
She was doing a book signing at SuzAnna's Antiques in Raleigh, NC & I wasn't missing it no matter what!
My awesome husband accompanied me on the 2.5 hour drive & even chatted Marian up about farming cotton! 


MMS is the reason I started my business.  I have followed her blog for years & even tried a few of her DIYs like her German glass glitter letters & ornaments.  She is a constant inspiration & her words of wisdom & truth gave me the push I needed to open Raised In Cotton Interiors.  

Marian is a real genuine person.
Her accent is adorable!
And that new short haircut is totally her!
My husband actually asked me when I was going to cut mine like that.  What? 
He was as smitten with her as I was.  


She wasn't in a rush as she signed our books.
She talked with us.  Asked us questions. 
It's what I love most about her.
She is a real person.  Just like you & I.

I could sit & talk to her for hours.  
I am so thankful she shared her talents with so many of us through her blog, paint & book!

If you get the chance to attend a book signing please do!
You won't be disappointed!


I look horrible in this picture mainly because I was so nervous.
I mean I'm standing next to Miss Mustard Seed!

She said to me, "Anything is possible." 
She is so right!

What a great day it was!
I am seriously still pinching myself & re-reading what she wrote to me in my copy of her book. 


What an honor to meet someone like her....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{Happy Thanksgiving}

We have so much to be thankful for this year!
Our Savior, our health, our home, our jobs but most importantly this beautiful little girl who is so full of life, a big smile & the best laugh ever!



We are so blessed & so thankful!
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

{World Prematurity Day}

Today is World Prematurity Day!
We have two preemies in our family.
Parker, born at 33 weeks weighing 3 pounds & 12 ounces & 
Landry, born at 32 weeks weighing 3 pounds 9 ounces.

Parker spent 20 hours in the NICU before she passed away.
Landry spent 32 days in the NICU before she came home.

Did you know that 500,000 babies are born premature every year?
Did you know that every 30 seconds a premature baby dies?

As the mother of two preemies I encourage you to please find your local March of Dimes & get involved by donating financially or by volunteering your time.
No parent should ever know the feeling of delivering a baby too soon. 




To all the NICU doctors & nurses THANK YOU for doing what you do!

Monday, October 22, 2012

{Prayers for my father-in-law}

Friday my father-in-law was taken to the hospital & has been there since.  He was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis a few years ago.  It has attacked his lungs & now his nervous system.  He is in constant pain & on tons of medication.  He came down with pneumonia Friday.  They are having trouble controlling his fever & shakes.  Please take a minute to say a prayer for him as he is very sick.  I know I serve a healing God & I find peace & comfort in that.  

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

{What's the Right Age?}

Our daughter, Landry, is 16 months old.  
She's still in a crib & right now I think she needs to be.
She's busy.  Really busy.

I've been talking with several other moms about what's the right age to move her to a big girl bed.  In Landry's case it will be a twin.  My grandparents are bringing down the twin beds my sister & I used as children.  I'm excited to be using them in Landry's room.

I'm nervous about moving her into a big bed.  I've read & heard so many different opinions that I'm quite confused.  I know each baby is different so there isn't a set age but I want to hear your opinions.

What age did you move your toddler to a big girl/boy bed?
Is there an age that's too young?

I am having some difficulty planning the space too.
Her room is small.
It's a 10x11with two great windows & gorgeous maple hardwoods!
The wall space is limited on two walls.

I had 5 pieces of furniture in her nursery.



I eventually took out the rocking chair & side table because she doesn't let anyone rock her anymore.
I guess she's too grown.
It was easy to configure the room because the crib was horizontal against the wall but I don't want her twin beds to be up against the wall.  I hope that makes sense.

I am trying to decide if I want to use both beds too.
I don't want her room to be all furniture & no play space.

For some reason I'm just lost on putting the space together this time.

I do have some must for the room.

She has to have her TV.
I need to keep the chest & hutch.
I don't want her bed in front of window.

Other than that anything goes.

I do know that I am changing the wall color.
We are keeping the curtains because I love them!
The ceiling is staying the same color because I love it too.
I've got a stencil all ready to go.  I just need to decide what color & where it's going.

We've decided on the Savannah bedding from PB Kids.
I'm leaning more towards the blue.  It has tons of green in it which would justify the curtains & ceiling color.


So once I figure out the space planning everything else will fall into place. 

Please share your thoughts with me!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{Bookcase Turned Buffet}

My sister & her family moved into a new home in April.  They gained about 1200 square feet so they've been slowly adding more pieces of furniture.  One of the pieces they needed was a buffet in their formal dining room.  I had a piece that I purchased a long time ago that I was using for paint storage but was willing to give up once I found the perfect hutch for a steal! 

The piece was originally a bookcase.
It's solid wood & extremely heavy!  Like it took 3 people to carry it.


It wasn't exactly gorgeous or ugly.  It was kind of in between the two & I knew I could make it pretty.  I had originally thought about using it as a TV media cabinet but realized it was way too narrow.  That's when we moved it to the laundry room to store my paints.  

Anyway, long story short she is gorgeous now. 


I painted the top in ASCP Graphite with a clear & dark wax.  


The bottom is painted in ASCP Chateau Gray with clear wax & lighting distressed.


My sister loved it.  
And to be honest I was sad to see her leave.  

I'm working on some chairs for their formal dining now.  
Things have been busy here lately as I'm working on painting the front door & working on a new gallery wall in the living room.  

If you follow me on Instagram than you are getting to see the sneak peaks of all the projects I'm working on.  If you aren't following me please do!  I mean you get a first look at all the fun projects & you get to see daily pictures of our beautiful daughter Landry!  

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 21, 2012

{A New {To Us} Dining Table}

We've been making some changes in our home & one of those changes is our dining table.  We have an extremely small dining area.  It's really just a nook not an actual room.

We had a rectangular table there before but in order to get to one side of it you had to pull the table out. We always made our niece & nephew sit in certain spots because they are so little.  

I knew we needed a round table but convincing my husband was another thing.  Or so I thought.  
He went to our favorite used furniture store the other day to pick up a hutch & some chairs I bought & came home to tell me about this gorgeous table he saw that would be perfect for our space.  I knew I married him for a reason! 

I had actually looked at the table a few days before for my sister-in-law.  It wasn't the style she was looking for as it is hexagon versus round or oval.  I loved the base of the piece.


It's what stood out to me when I first saw it.  
I have plans on painting it but not sure what color yet.  I'm thinking ASCP Louis Blue.  

It came with two leafs & 4 chairs that need to be reupholstered.
It's perfect for our space. 


Right now I have our old chairs with it but we picked these up that I think I'm going to use for now after they get a fresh coat of paint & some new fabric.


We have a lot of projects going on right now that I'm trying to prioritize so we can actually get rooms done versus projects.  Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, I've been running a fever the last few days so I've been a little down in the dumps.  My energy level is extremely low which means I am able to get little done.

Hope I'm back to normal tomorrow because this mom doesn't have time to be sick. 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

{What Was I Thinking?}

We purchased this amazing chest that is solid wood & in perfect condition minus the 5 coats of paint it had.    I knew I could make him handsome again with some work.  Little did I know how much work until late last night.


I decided it would be a great idea to start stripping it late last night because there were a few places that had paint that was chipping.  I normally don't strip pieces because I almost always use ASCP & there's no need for sanding, priming or stripping.  This is where I am now....


I seriously want to pull my hair out.  I don't know what I was thinking stripping this piece.  There are so many layers of paint & most of it won't come off no matter what I do!

I tried painting it & it's so obvious that the piece isn't smooth.


It looks horrible!
So I am going to try stripping some more & see what happens.  
I was so excited about this piece but now I'm a little disheartened.  
But I'm going to keep trying & see where I get.

The top actually looks good which gives me hope.


I am excited about the potential this piece has & I had a vision for it the day I saw it so I'm going to keep on trucking on.  

Have y'all tackled any projects lately that got the best of you?

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!  
It's almost the weekend!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

{Small Desk Makeover}

We were lucky enough to grab two of these desk for literally nearly nothing.  They are solid wood with dovetailed drawers.  They were an ugly honey color & I knew that I would have to invest a little time prettying them up! The original hardware was gorgeous & I even loved the uneven patina on them.  

I've only finished one but this is what he looked like before

{Sorry for the bad iPhone pic}

This is what he looks like now


I painted the top in ASCP Graphite.
The bottom got a got of ASCP Old White with the drawers in ASCP Duck Egg.
The whole piece was sealed with a clear wax & distressed.  


He turned out gorgeous! 
Or since it's a he I should say handsome!

My husband said this is his absolute favorite piece I've done.  
I love it too.
The colors are so amazing together!

Last night we delivered this gorgeous piece to a dear friend of ours. 


I snapped these with my phone as we were getting ready to leave but I'm hoping to go back & get some good pictures with the camera. 
 I really wanted to keep this piece because it turned out so gorgeous!

I'm getting ready to work on this piece & I have amazing plans for it.


It will actually need to be stripped because it has several layers of chipped paint.  
And while loading it into the car we noticed that at one time it sat upon casters so I will be on the hunt to find some to add to the character of the piece. 

Well I have a beautiful little girl who refuses to go to bed so I'm off to play with her!

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 27, 2012

{Knocking them out...}

We've had a lot going on in our house lately.  We are getting rid of a lot of stuff to prepare for a yard sale & my mom who will be moving in on September 9th.  We are meeting my brother half way which is Tuscaloosa, AL to pick her up.  She was laid off from her job two months ago & we decided it was best for her to be here with us.  She is excited & I think a little nervous too.  She's never lived outside of Texas so it will be a huge change for her.  We are excited because it means Landry will get so spend quality time with one of her grandparents & it will help Ashley & I out tremendously.  We will actually be able to have a few date nights together & I can actually get organized with my business.  With all that said I've been getting quite a bit done lately with the crazy schedule I have.  

I finished up three more pieces since I last blogged.  I love all of them & one of them actually already sold before I even finished it.  That's pretty awesome! 

This beautiful bookcase got a coat of ASCP Louis Blue & Old White.
It was a beast to paint but it turned out gorgeous. 
It has legs that we took off so we could fit in our SUV & I'm trying to decide if I want to put them back on or add some old casters.  Decisions, decisions....


The original hardware was just some plain old brass knobs.  This piece was calling out for some a little fancier so she got these gorgeous glass knobs that we picked up from Lowe's.  It truly is amazing how you can drastically change the look and feel of a piece by changing the hardware.


This beautiful french provincial was steal off of CL.  It definitely needed a makeover though so she got a coat of ASCP Coco & French Linen on the bottom & Coco & Graphite with dark wax on the top.  



 I did a crackle finish using this from Faux Studio Designs.  I love the way it turned out.  It was kind of trial and error though to be honest. Next time I will most likely experiment on a piece of wood to get the desired texture I want rather than just jumping in feet first.  


The original hardware was gorgeous but need a fresh coat of ASCP in Old Ochre.  This piece is for sale & I'm hoping it will be gone soon so I don't find a space for it in our home!


This next piece is seriously one of my favorites!  
She sold before I was finished.  
Check out her legs!
Those are definitely whistle worthy!


 I am finishing up this piece today.  All it needs is the new hardware & to be buffed.  I seriously want to keep this one but she'll be moving on to her new home tomorrow.  

I will take pics once I'm completely done.  

This is the piece I'm working on now.  I love these tables are making a come back!


Well that's what I've been up to lately.  We are busy working on putting frames together too.  I am hoping to start painting those this week.  

I have to find a happy medium between the furniture & frames! 
I'm open to any suggestions!

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

{Dog Attack & Sick Dog}

It's been a busy last few weeks for us.  A week ago I received one of the most horrifying phone calls of my life.  I was doing laundry while Landry was playing.  Our oldest niece called to tell us that our nephew had been attacked by a German Shepard while playing at his friends house.  He was being rushed to the ER an hour away from our house.  I called my husband who was on a tractor in the middle of a field spraying peanuts.  He said he couldn't understand what I was saying he just knew it was serious & so he rushed home.  We got to the hospital as fast as we could.  Long story short he was okay.  No broken bones just a TON of bites!  Some pretty deep.  




These are just a few of the pics. 
He was such a trooper during the whole thing. 
The dog was taken away & put in quarantine for 10 days.  The owners want him to be put down after the 10 days because they fear he will do it again.  

He is so blessed to have been able to get away when he did.  I cannot imagine what would have happened if he didn't know to protect his face & neck.  He said the dog immediately went for his neck.  His friend was able to get a shirt around the dog's neck & choke him long enough for our nephew to run out the door.  

He will carry a fear of dogs for a long time.  
I see the fear in his eyes when he comes to our house & sees our dogs.  
He has nightmares.
All of it breaks my heart.  
I am so thankful that there will only be a few scars physically.  

As if that wasn't enough the next day we woke up to a very sick dog! 
Pep, our oldest GSP had swollen legs, wouldn't eat & just wasn't herself.  
We rushed her to the vet where she spent the next 4 days on meds.  Pep has been sick for a while but never to this extent.  The vet can't tell us what's wrong with her so she referred us to the NC State.  We are waiting on their call & until then Pep is on more medication to control her low red blood cell count & the swelling in her legs.  

She's a super important part of our family & we can't imagine life without her sweet face.  Please say a prayer for her & the doctors that will be treating her.  

With all the dog drama I put business on hold for a few weeks but I'm back at it now.  We are working on a custom piece for a client this week along with a wholesale order for our frames!  Lots of exciting stuff going on around here!  We've been working on some home projects as well & I hope to get organized enough this weekend to actually share those with you soon. 

We have a busy weekend full of paint, frames, sanding, distressing, etc.... 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

{Simply Gorgeous}

I purchased this piece a few weeks ago & finally got around to painting it.  
It's a solid piece. 
Made by Thomasville. 

It didn't have dovetailed drawers but I bought it anyways.  
I loved the lines and it sort of looked like some of the popular bamboo pieces I've seen lately. 

This is what she started out as


She was a dirty ugly cream color with pink highlights. 
 The hardware is amazing!  It just needed some sprucing up so I gave it a fresh coat of white spray paint. It's as good as new now.

Here she is all dressed up....




This piece turned out beautiful. 
I'm going to hate letting it go but it's going to be for sale. 

I'm finishing up another piece today.  
It's been a beast to paint but has turned out absolutely beautiful! 
Hopefully I will be able to share photos of it completed tomorrow!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

{Landry's 1 Year Photos}










These are just a few of the amazing images captured by Carrie Small Photography!