Sunday, June 30, 2013

Anneka's First Birthday!



 This weekend we celebrated my God-daughter's first birthday. It was an absolute gorgeous day spent with her friends and family. I am so thankful to be a part of this little ones life. She brings me so much joy and happiness. I am also thankful for her amazing parents who let me be involved with special days like today.


Above: The birthday girl spending time with her daddy.
Below: Anneka and her God-father, Jeff, enjoying the weather.





Anneka was so lucky to have her Grandmother fly in from Peru to celebrate her first birthday!



My gorgeous baby had so much fun at her birthday party! She wasn't exactly sure about her rocking horse but I am sure she will warm-up! I can't wait to teach her how to ride a real horse someday!







I made Anneka a special first birthday cake topped with delicious berries. The cake and cupcakes seemed to be a hit with all the little ones.



How cute are these kids? I mean seriously, my friends make some cute babies! Oh and also, I found out two of my friends are expecting again! I am so excited for their growing families.





Happy first birthday Anneka!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Liberty, Justice and July Tabletops

 
There is something about this patriotic time of year that makes me want to read more, watch television less, and get lost in meaningful conversation.
My July tabletop was centered around bright red apples paired with a blue checkered table cloth.
I adore all things patriotic and my table makes this known.
It is the perfect place to sit after a meal and attempt to solve all the world's problems.
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Piece of the heart.

My favorite part of Junk Bonanza is finding things I am passionate about and bringing them home as if they were my long lost possessions. The beauty of antiques and collections is that they speak volumes to people's hearts. I recently found a quote in a home d├ęcor magazine that hit home for me, it read,"Do not worry about style or trend, collect what you love and the rest will fall into place."
 
One of my favorite vendors at bonanza is Mimi-Toria's Designs. I never seem to leave the booth empty handed. My first piece that I purchased years ago was my "Free Spirit" necklace. I once had a guy tell me that his favorite thing about me was that I was anything besides complacent. I liked this, and it has stuck with me throughout the years. While some days, especially those as of late, I feel anything besides free spirited. However, I know that I have that wild fire inside of me somewhere. Whenever I put this necklace on I feel like raising a little hell and letting go of all my cares.
 
This past year I could not help myself, I left Mimi-Toria's with two amazing pieces that have already been used and loved so much. The "Aim High" necklace brought tears to my mom's eyes when I purchased it. She recalled a movie where a dying father stated those last words to his son, and she couldn't imagine a better message to pass along to your children. It was so beautiful, and being a country girl, it spoke to my heart. However, while my mom was set on me getting this piece I had already fallen in love with another necklace, "Forgiven."
 
Hands down my biggest battle in the past several months has been forgiveness. It is a work in progress for me and involves a lot of faith and reflection. The crazy thing is that I know that I have God's forgiveness, but I struggle with self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others. I love when I wear my "Forgiven," necklace and I instantly think about the love and warmth I get from Christ.
 
While visiting with the creator of my necklaces she mentioned that she often prays that her jewelry finds the correct person. I feel like each time I am leaving her booth I am leaving with something that I cannot leave without. It is a wonderful feeling and I am thankful to have found so many pieces that that I am head over heels in love with each day.  Please visit Mimi-Toria's blog: