Monday, January 16, 2017


I cannot believe my last blog post was dated November 28.
 A lot has happened since then and then again not really much at all. December was a busy month around here-wrapping up some fall remodeling projects with clients and hosting Kennedy (my college aged daughter who lives in California now). It was a whirlwind of fun and family and bittersweet. My nephew Alex got married to an amazing soul mate...but it's a bit sad that the days of "cousins' outings and sleepovers are long gone. I enjoyed lots of quality time with Kennedy but I still cried like a stuck pig when she boarded the terminal to fly back 'home'.  Lots of happy mixed in with some sad. And the older I get, the more I realize that those mixed emotions are part of life and it's okay to feel both grateful and melancholy at the same time.
As a person who is usually very high or very low...I have been finding it a little surprising to be stuck somewhere in the in between. :)
I have been giving myself permission to be okay with that. 

I am praying that 2017 is going to be a year of "FAITH" for me. Hebrews 11:1 says "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see". 
I have felt my faith wavering lately with all this heartache in the world and my prayer has been that God would show me HE is WITH US, and living IN US and helping people THROUGH us. I pray the same for you this year...

 Switching gears from the mini-sermon, I thought I would show you the transformation of my friend/client Kylie's house. She is just the biggest sweetheart and she had me out last week on a rainy winter day to give her a little boost of confidence with her choices for her bathroom remodels. I couldn't help but snap a pic of the exterior to show you what can be done! Never judge a book by it's cover...or an exterior by it's facade. :) 

 She and her husband were struggling to find an exterior siding color that complimented the reddish/brown roof that was not going to be replaced. They wanted a siding color that had the complimentary cedar looking shakes to go with it and not all color choices have that. I suggested a white or creamy white (they had originally thought clay/tan) and away they ran with the design elements. Beautiful!!  The inside is as beautiful as the outside and I can't wait to post pics of the new bathrooms. We were in agreement with all selections. She did all the work, and I just said, "yes, yes, yes and yes". Decisions made. :)

I had a great month for my booth in November but probably because of my lack of marketing/instagramming/blogging- things were a bit slow for December. Ken and I just dropped off lots of new items and I have several more big pieces to bring in next week. Be sure to check things out and let me know if you're interested in any custom signs. Still firing those out on a weekly basis and will continue to as long as you guys keep asking. 

Here is a treasure hunt of other Not So Shabby finds scattered throughout the store. 

Signing off for now. Happy 2017!
-Melancholy me :)