The House Hunting Story..

So..We moved into a new (new to us) home at the end of March. We needed more space and all 4 of my little darlings were ready for their own rooms. They have always shared..and they are growing BIG :(…

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So the house hunting extravaganza started. I am normally a pretty calm person…but I am not cut out for this kind of stress. Is it going to sell quick?..oh no, it’s not selling…”We cannot have a TOWEL laying out when people come to look!!!”…I turned a bit crazy. And just about the time I gave up…It sold!!

Now next hurdle..we had our eye on a house that we LOVED. We went to open houses, looked 3 times..drove the motorcycle out on sunday afternoon..you know..house stalking….It was empty..so no owners were calling the Po-Po. Our offer was accepted a couple of days later!!! All those things I worried about…most happened.

We closed on our house before we closed on new house  . A week and a half in between houses..we can do this. We borrowed a camper RV from a friend..we camp all the time, what the big deal, right?? The big deal was lender issues..over and over…they hate self employment..

We lived in the camper for 5 1/2 WEEKS!!!! 2 ADULTS, 4 BOYS, 2 dogs..( Boxer and MASTIFF!!!) The first week and a half were not bad..was kind of fun. Snow storms, ice storms, no power, SPRING BREAK…you name it. It happened.  Thank the Lord, no children or pets were harmed in the middle of my almost break-downs…but alas…we were freed from the camper..Home SWEET Home.

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So, I want to be able to look back, get feedback, and hopefully give some good ideas to some folks..I am going to post my progress on each room as I “de-90’s” it. It is a fabulous home with lots of character..so stand by and throw in some comments! I would love to hear it!

P.S. Sorry this is such a LONG post…

Peace! Im OUT…Amy

 The never ending tv cabinet saga…

 

 So you know the scenario..your looking for the “perfect” piece of furniture, and your using something temporary…just for a little while, right? Turns into 2 years later..and you ask yourself how this happened? 

That’s me with the tv console/cabinet situation. We had plans that were half built, just never felt right. So thankful to FB land that lands me to a local antique store. 


This was my original idea..still love it, I won’t lie. But hunky husband wanted the other and I think it will be great too…but can someone please buy this and make it awesome..please?!? 

So..I will post pics of the progress and finished product soon! What are you creating today?? 

Xoxo-Amy

Whoa, Nellie..it’s been awhile.

Two years?!?!?! It’s been two years since my last blog post?? Well baby, I’m back. There has been alot of creative things going on around me, and I follow everyone else’s so I might as well jump back in the game, right?? Life just has a way of taking over sometimes.

SO-there will be lots of updates and new adventures ahead!

STAY TUNED!!

XOXO-Amy Lou

well, hello again!

Wow, I have been kinda MIA…It has one heck of a crazy year! But, I am back and ready to update you on all that has been going on in “Amy land”. Life just has a way of taking over, doesn’t it? I think the biggest struggle is just to not let that take over where we are just running around and being crazy people. Being deliberate with our lives and not letting it run us. My pastor said yesterday “Don’t let our “stuff” and our “lives” own us. Profound statement. Im striving to make that happen.

With my birthday being July 2, its a good opportunity for me to reflect on the first half of the year. Turning 39 this year, I guess approaching the big “4-0”,forced me to take a look back and a look forward. My biggest and toughest accomplishment has been my children. Being a mom is the most rewarding, sometimes heartbreaking, toughest thing I have ever done. Although my job is not done, it kind of my turn to “spread my wings” a little bit. After years of on and off college attendance, I have decided to go back to school. It will be a busy year, but at the end, I will be a nurse. I will still do furniture, and all things crafty, but I need to finish what I started…and end up getting a paycheck every week 🙂 Lots of changes, but I am very excited for what God has in store for us.

Having said all of THAT….there has been a lot of renovation going on at our house! I will be posting pics soon! Slowly we are coming out of 1994, and I think it is looking fabulous! I just wanted to check in and say hello! You will be seeing lots of post coming up! Thank you for visiting!!

XOXO-Amy Lou

Heeellllooo Twenty Fourteen!!!

So, as I logged on yesterday I realized how long it had been since I wrote a post! I have had WAY too many things going on in the last several months, and I admit…I have lost my focus.

My Goals for the NEW YEAR!

1. Relax More

2. Focus on what is important. 

We really spend too much time on things we don’t like doing, that we can say NO to! I aim to cut out the stuff that I don’t feel called to, cannot fit into my schedule without leaving no time for myself, and making me CRA-CRA! 

3. Not procrastinating or not dealing with things.

This is probably my worst. If it I don’t want to deal with it, I act like it doesn’t exist. Can I get an Amen from the choir??? I KNOW I am not alone. Regardless if it financial, family, or work…My goal is to DEAL. Most things are not a big deal…but those things that ARE, I can’t ignore. 

I am very excited for the events of the coming year though. Going to amp up my business, take a VACATION!!! and enjoy my kiddos before they leave the nest…sniff sniff. 

What are your goals for the New Year? Are you expecting good things? Making small goals/big goals? 

Cmon friends.. lets do this!

XOXO-Amy

Throwing off the dirt!

So, I know this is a decorating, DIY blog…however, I wanted to write down all my thoughts from my weekend. You don’t mind riding along, do you?? Well, great! Let me tell you about my weekend then!! 

So, every year for the past maybe 7 years? we Foursquare women, and several hundred others load up and go to a womens conference at Victory Church in Oklahoma City. It is always a fun trip, and its great to get away and get refreshed. Everyone needs these! Women and men..it makes us better, trust me! I always go with an expectant heart, although some years have touched me more than others.

The past year has definitely had its challenges, and is still currently riding the wave of big challenge. I admit, I have been feeling very overwhelmed and just wanted to go lie in my bed, pull the covers over my head and forget all the things going on around me, because quite frankly, I am tired. Emotionally, physically and spiritually. Sad to say, I have laid down. The theme was BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL!! Honestly, whoopity doo. Boy, did I have a spiritual awakening coming smack me in the face. Thank you LORD. As Barb Swanson spoke about “walking through our trash”, I realized what I am facing head on. FEAR. As I wrote on a piece of paper all the things I am fearful about, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I am gripped with fear over my future. 

Then Holly Wagner, who is FANTASTIC, btw…spoke of being AWAKENED. I have been lured to sleep by the fears and cares of this world. I have been laying down, not using one piece of armor that the Lord has provided to me. I have left my children and my husband unprotected spiritually because I was too tired to fight. And lets be honest while I am spilling my guts, lol….I didn’t trust the ONE who has always taken of me, to be able to handle the cares of my world. I felt shameful because I feel like a failure. That I haven’t done everything perfect.  I told myself that he is with me, but I didn’t “feel” him, and was too tired to seek him out. 

You may not know me intimately, but I am not a lay down kind of girl. You may think, “she’s being too hard on herself”, OR “why would she let herself get THERE?”..but thank God for his deliverance. Why don’t we recognize the ploy of the enemy to make us feel like we are all alone. That we have screwed things up too much that God doesn’t WANT to help us”??? Plain and simple…I did not trust God with the affairs of my life that are the most important to me. Thank God for his gentle hand that comes along and pulls away the fog in our mind, opens up our hearts and brings refreshing. My circumstances are still the same, but I am not handing my destiny to the one who wants to take it.

God says in Philippians 4:6 NLT-Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell GOD what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Isaiah 52:2, Brush off the dust and get to your feet, captive Jerusalem! Throw off your chains, captive daughter of Zion!

I am going to dust off the dust of the things that weigh me down, Throw off the chains of the things that make me feel oppressed. I am no longer going to be laying down allowing the enemy to beat me up in my spirit. I am sharing this, because I know I am not alone. The enemys tricks are not new. He wants to make you feel like you are nothing. Period. Every good thing comes from God. 

If this has bored you to tears, so sorry 🙂  I know this is long, but I know this can be life changing for people. Shake the dust off, throw off the chains my friend. Let’s live this life we were given. Let’s change it for the good. Let’s complete the assignment that we have been put here for.

Have a fantastic week!

XOXO~Amy

Dining Room pics-Part 1

So, I totally forgot to put pics up of my Dining room remodel! I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. SEVERAL quarts actually.

Before

This is BEFORE..when we just moved in..Not bad at all…except that ugly peach brown that should be illegal in every state. It had to go. We knew that we were going to paint the trim, as beautiful as it is..it just too dark for our taste. I know..GASP!! But it’s WOOD!! I know, I know..guess what…it STILL WOOD, hehe.

During

Getting ready to work..

Very tall ladder…potential danger…Sending hunky husband to Lowe’s for some scaffolding…I don’t have time for an ER visit if I am going to finish..

Room is painted, I chose Benjamin Moore Bennington Tan…and I LOVE! Now its time to get out the steel wool, sanding blocks and wax. I always go over it first with steel wool. It buffs out beautifully and makes it much easer to wax..but this is just the way I do it..many different ways.

Finished room..act like those ugly red lamps aren’t there 🙂

That UGLY light needs to come DOWN!

I love this so much. I really do. This is a job that you really have to be committed to, lol. I took me about 2 weeks to finish.

I’ll Post some more pics soon on the completed room and entry way! Would love to hear your feedback!

XOXO-Amy

Summer is here!

So, I havent posted in awhile..the sun is out, kids are here..and its just been crazy. I had a mental bucket list of what I wanted to do over the summer…DID YOU?? 

1. Read several books…DONE

2. Work in my garden…DONE..but my cucumbers are turning yellow and orange?? If you have an answer to that one..I would love it!

3. Make a quilt…I am almost done, and I have to say..easier than I thought! 

4. Get some projects done on the house..

    I have started several of these, not finished several of them, which does not make me happy…but work has taken over. Although, my bedroom is almost finished and let me tell you…GAWH!!! Its awesome!! I have started painting my kitchen cabinets which I am liking, but will not be finished for awhile. 

Lastly…relax and breathe. Go to the lake, have some cookouts..be with friends and family…after all, isn’t that what life is about???

So, if you have not made a summer bucket list..today is the day!! Its never too late!!

This Junk Mama is tired!!!!

Three shows in 3 weeks…what the heck was I thinking and who talked me into this???Image

Dont get me wrong..I LOVE shows…no, I REALLY love them. But this was a marathon even for me. I have learned that I have limits..age will not let me do what I used to do. I require way more sleep…can I hear an AMEN??

I did get a late start getting ready for show #1 (Herb Fest) due to end of school year STUFF..and back yard reno..will do a post on that soon.  However, I was working till the last minuet…like changing 4 chairs the day before..and the morning of the show! BUT..it was packed, the rain cleared a few hours before start time..and it was a fabulous day. So fabulous in fact…that it was almost a SOLD OUT show. Great, you say..I agree…but then it was a mad dash for show #2..SUGAR MOON that is a 3 day show.

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Great 3 days with truly great people. Some people come into your life that just “get” you..and it is always fun to get together…So Heather..(A.K.A. Lucky Peach Designs..check her out..her work is fabulous..and so is she) and I decided to do show #3 together..and I listened to her craziness talking me into this 3 show/3 week thing..BUT…show #3 JUNK HIPPY ROADSHOW was AWESOME!!! We always meet the funnest people here. I love the reactions when people come to our booth. One particular girl named Erin asking….”Why did you sell those chairs before I got here??” Girl, you were cracking me up.

Anyway..I lived through..even though I ended up with a nasty looking eye..which turned out to be an ULCER!!! ugh!!! I saw my girl, Miranda Lambert in concert..had the funnest photo shoot of my life with great friends, and became a Mimi again to a beautiful girl named Kori Elizabeth.

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IMG_4238 IMG_4240 IMG_4234My Hunky husband and very smitten Uncles….

Despite being a crazy month…we are beyond blessed.

XO…Amy

Heart is breaking

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For those of you who may not have heard, Oklahoma has been hit by a devastating tornado again. Our hearts are just breaking. Please pray for the parents who have lost their babies, as well as families that lost loved ones and everything they own. We are a resilient people, but right now we need the loving arms of our Father. Please donate to the Red Cross.