Thursday, October 14, 2010
How sweet is this!!! My garden is a disaster. It's been totally neglected all summer but somehow things keep managing to pop up. I have one cantloupe , one watermelon, and oodles of cayene peppers I have no idea what to do with. Does anyone have a good recipie for homemade hot sauce?
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Cindy Parker did a great job putting together this year's Handmade art show in Homewood! Her house looked amazing (as always), the weather was perfect, and all the artist's booths were beautiful. One thing I love about doing this show is it's one of the few times a year I can get together with both of my sisters. Rachael made crosses out of old wood and rusty old found objects, burlap pillows, chalkboards out of old doors, and other funky folk art type pieces. Julie brought her little hand stitched embroidered birdies down from West Virginia. She also brought something new this year...
Julie made these incredible baskets out of gourds. Each one was etched with her own designs.
Laura Stacy's butterfly tanks were amazing. They looked like they were glowing with the sun coming through behind them. Laurastacy@earthlink.net
Friday, October 8, 2010
I just finished a brochure for Heart of the Bride's new campaign. How precious are these babies?!!!
NOW is an aggressive campaign to raise $365,000 by 1.1.11. They have so many incredible life-changing projects that have critical needs right now. Here are a few of the projects...
Multipurpose Ministry Building: Nehemiah Boys Ranch
Additional Space: Ukraine Orphanage
Nafasi Training Post for chidren graduating from the orphanage: Kenya
Maternity Girls Home Completion: Zambia
One of my favorite projects is their maternity home in Zambia. Since early 2009, abortion is on the rise in Zambia because of increased US government funding. Through the crisis Pregnancy Center led by our partners thousands of girls have given birth to babies that would have been aborted in recent
years. The NOW fund will provide for the completion of a larger Maternity Home giving many young mothers the real help needed to choose life. NOW offers a way for you to give directly to life.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
So Iv never made a pie before because I always thought it was this big complicated thing and Demitri's chocolate pie is SO GOOD, why bother. But I was watching the food network recently and saw the easiest recipe ever. You make the whole thing in the blender. My kind of cooking. It sounds wierd but it is delicious. Its kindof key-limey tasting. Iv made it 4 times this summer already. I think its going to be my new "old faithful" for potlucks and parties.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
What a whirlwind! This was our first time to do a wholesale market. It was a huge learning experience and a lot of fun. And we picked up 42 new shops. yay!
Here are some pictures of the booth. We used 400 old books as table bases. Half of these were old Readers Digest we got at the thrift store for .25 each. The table tops are old doors that my sweet husband, Matt, refinished. He found one of them in someones trash on the side of the road. The other two were from my sister, Rachael's home remodel. Rachael also made the paper dress on the the dress form and the burlap curtains. We used old Pepsi crates from Yucatan for our store displays. Thanks Diane.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
So much going on at once!!!
It has been crazy around here. Faith, Carol, and Dottie from Heart of the Bride had three work sessions with me this summer learning the ends and outs of pottery jewelry. The designs they came up with are fantastic. We will be showing them off this weekend at Market in Atlanta. You will be able to check them out on their website soon www.backtoafricastore.com
While Dottie and I are at Market, Faith will be in Africa training the women there. She will also be getting another group of women started making our drawstring bags.
It has been amazing to watch God work out all the zillions of details to make this project come together. It has been a huge growing experience for me in learning to trust and depend on Him.
Check out the adorable paper dress my sister Rachael Eden made to be the center of our booth at Market.
Take a look at her very cool blog....www.urbanedenal.blogspot.com
Monday, May 10, 2010
Heart of the Bride is a wonderful organization that builds orphanages all over the world. Several years ago they started a business called Back to Africa producing and marketing these gorgeous paper bead necklaces. Ladies in Africa recycle old magazines and such to make the necklaces. Not only does it provide them jobs to help support their families, but when Heart of the Bride sells them the profits are used to help the orphans. Their jewelry has become hugely popular. I'v sold dozens right off my neck. Everytime I wear one someone ask me about it. Well, Im so excited to be partnering with them through the pottery jewelry. After I show them the process, my sweet friends at HOB ar going to take a kiln and supplies to Africa and train the women there how to make cross pendnts. They wont be exactly like mine, though. The women there will be adding their own flair then stringing them on their paper beads. The colors look fantastic together. We made a few samples to show off at Back to Africa's Grand Reopening May 7th and 8th. They have a brand new studio/HQ in Niceville and all are invited to come see it. The project begins in July so please be in prayer!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
going shopping for my dress this weekend!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This is my favorite festival all year. It's also one of Peyton's
favorites too because of all the unusual kids activities. The
year before last they did a fossil dig for the kids with real
The festival in Waverly (just outside of Auburn) is
put on by Standard Deluxe, a very cool screen printing
company. I first found out about them at the Kentuck
festival. They always have tons of great t-shirts and bags
for sale including the annual Boogie shirt. Heres one I
picked up for Matt last year.
The music at the Old 280 Boogie is fantastic.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy!
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Refugee Sewing Society is a wonderful ministry in Atlanta, GA where women from many war torn countries such as Sudan, Burma, and Rwanda work creating and selling handmade goods to support their families. If you have purchases any of our pottery pieces, you have seen their handiwork. They created the beautiful little drawstring pouches that our earrings and necklaces come in. To really get an idea of their talent, though, you need to visit their blog and Etsy shop. My favorite of their creations is the Refugee Bag. Very cool!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Handmade show at Cindy Parker's house in Homewood is this Saturday. Its the first ever Spring show and the weather is going to be perfect! I found all kinds of great vintage knick knacks in Texas so I'll have 30 or so new junque jewelry pieces. These pictures are terrible, but you get the idea. The necklace on the left is one of my favorites. Its an adorable vintage ladies' matchbook case.
One of my best finds in Texas was this set of 11 miniature harmonicas. They are so sweet and they work too! I turned several into necklaces while we were still there and sold them both. I'll be bringing more to Handmade.
And of course I'll be bringing tons of new pottery necklaces and earrings.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
9am - 5pm
Rain or Shine
115 Riviera Rd in Homewood
Saturday, April 10, 2010
9am - 5pm
Rain or Shine
115 Riviera Rd in Homewood