Sit a spell… an update!

Photo by French Blue Photography

I didn’t purpose to take a blog + social media “break” over the summer, but it just sort of happened. The last time I posted was when I was considering a summer class (which did not make) and now planning a fall class! Time flies!  Over summer,  I posted some on Facebook and Instagram but just haven’t been “feeling’ it” and I finally realized that is okay, of course.  My oldest starts back to school today and it feels good and right now that I stepped back and took some break.  Recently the youth from our church took a pilgrimage to the “Holy island” of Iona in Scotland and they spoke Sunday about the rhythms of life and rest they observed.  I keep thinking about that concept.  Not rushing. Pilgrimage. …….not adding more, routine and making some good new habits with work and personal care and time with the ones I love the most.  I know the pendulum swings from #girlboss and “#hustle to #rest and #restore so fast its cliche but there really are some serious nuggets of truth regarding finding boundaries and discipline with being self employed.  After nearly 13 years in business I am ready to finally find a better balance.  

So with that in mind, I purpose this fall to not take on more work that my schedule allows. Which is hard I have to confess to you.  When one is self-employed there is an urgent feeling that you must “work work work” while you can because who knows if the demand will be there later.  Owning your own business can encourage an incredible discipline and trust in God or a frantic lifestyle of over-scheduling, under-delivering and always feeling behind. I confess to feeling a lot of the latter because of fear I would lose work or there “wouldn’t be enough” down the road. Especially since the divorce. A scarcity mentality.  But in reality, if I could slow down and enjoy and throroughly complete the work I have, no doubt the Lord will deliver more clients in His perfect timing. He always has and yet I try to control and don’t trust by taking on too much.  So there will be a wait list for January schedule and beyond…Soon I will have a more detailed inquiry form that you can submit with info about your needs and projects and if I have a cancellation I will contact your or let you know when I begin scheduling for January and Spring.  

I am also starting a newsletter to share some new details and collaborations (coupon codes!), so my loyal readers can be the first to know about some details and info that I may not be ready to share on the world wide web or even Instagram but want to get out to a select group.  If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter do so here or in sidebar.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR THIS FALL

  • CREATIVE CLASS More info coming soon on the Fall Class with the City of Brenham, the class will be held Friday, Nov 11th with a special event the night before! You don’t want to miss class MARK YOUR CALENDAR! It is going to be HOLIDAY theme but not too kitschy I promise…it will be the perfect hygge HOLIDAY blend to get you just enough in the spirit and will have tips and tricks you can use all year long!
  • SOUTHERN LADY Magazine have you seen the Sept issue on stands NOW?  It features a wonderful article on my work that I am so grateful for and proud of..thank you editor Mona Moore. It includes more photos of the O’Donnell house that I blogged first here and the Bethel home that I blogged about here. New portfolio galleries coming very soon that will show more of each home and give sources for man items in the article.  Thank you O’Donnells and Bethels for sharing your homes
  • ROUND TOP Antique Fair is coming soon check here for more info on scheduling visit here, the show does start even earlier this year!
  • OLD GLORY ANTIQUES I have been working on the Old Glory Antiques project that will also be opening this fall with a special sneak peek during the fall show (Sun Sept 24th, 4-7 and Monday Sept 25, 10-5). Watch Instagram and the new newsletter for details on Old Glory. Also be sure and follow Old Glory on IG and their website. Y’all it is amazing. I will post some construction photos soon. Such a joy to be part of this project.
  • BED + BREAKFAST Need lodging for the show?? Again sign up for the newsletter so you can find out about a special Bed + Breakfast I have been working on that is the perfect spot for during the show…I have three wonderful lodging recommendations you don’t want to miss!
  • CONSULTATIONS Future work/design consultations- Again my schedule is full for this fall while I catch up on current projects and client work but I look forward to hearing from you soon about how we can work together in 2018!  Get on the newsletter so you can be the first to know about openings and new details as they develop!
  • LAUREL, MS!  Last but not least the last real blog post I did was about the Market Beautiful that my mom and I attended in Laurel Mississippi, home of HGTV’s HomeTown, we had a wonderful time and I will be sure and share more about that visit this fall by blog and or newsletter, what a special place and YES Ben & Erin are that cute and even sweeter in person! As is Laurel!

Oh and that photo up top, so much in that one photo.  That is from one of the homes featured in this month’s issue of Southern Lady!.  Very special clients that just had a baby by God’s mercy and grace. Watching their home being remodeled and restored while they waited for this baby was such a blessing and picture of God’s restoration and movement in our lives. Also the dear soul that did my window treatments (and those of Cote de Texas, thank you Joni for sharing Monica with my clients and I)  passed away soon after the draperies in this home were installed.  So much bittersweet.  Dear Monica I dedicate this post to you and your love for beauty and detail and your fiery spirit.  You are missed.

Life is so fleeting y’all.  I pray we will all go live with intention and rhythm and grace, focusing our energy on the things that we love and that NOT those things which we yearn to be free from… I fail at this miserably every day but I hope this new school year and 2018 will be a time of progress and refining, discipline but with rest and noticeable change and new joy!

Round Top Shopping Adventure

Round Top, or Texas Antique Week as it has become known more recently, can be overwhelming and challenging.  Where do you start? what do we do? I have done blog posts for years and shared links with sites with wonderful reviews and tips and tricks but finally I am ready to get in the trenches with you “this way GIRLS!!!”
Yep, it is official… I am finally doing a Round Top ‘mini’ class…and yes those that know me well know I have said before “that sounds like a nightmare I will never do it” . . .  but the stars have aligned (and Easter is late) and so  with the help and encouragement of friends I am taking the bull by the horns (or something like that) and I am doing TWO MINI CLASSES . I will have my Pop Up Shop open at Henkel Square (directly next to ROYERS PIE HAVEN) during the show as well.  I would only set up at Round Top if I could be near Pie (and a restroom) and lattes!  More details on that coming soon but I wanted to get this mini class info out to you asap.  This is what it will involve:

MINI CLASS/ SHOPPING ADVENTURE DETAILS

  • MAP/FAVORITES/HISTORY…We will meet at Royers Pie Haven outside for coffee and a 30-40 minute run down of where to shop for what including my fave places for rugs, quality antique pieces as well junk/vintage (cheaper) items etc … I will also share a bit about the History of Round Top from a Historical and Decorative Arts standpoint. And of course fave places for pit stops, bbq, restrooms and more.  All the vital info
  • SWAG BAG . . . You will receive a map, cheat sheets, worksheets, note taking items, measuring tape etc and fun stuff! 
  • ACCESS! Last but not least you will receive my cell phone number (don’t laugh) and you can call and or text me once we disperse or come back to my tent to find me and show me on your phone what you have found and get my advice on the price, condition and if it works in your space.  You can also email me ahead of time for pointers and questions.  Cell service isn’t always great but I will stay in one place all day so you can come back and find me as needed.
  • LIMITED SPACE book soon here because I can only take so many of these or my head might spin off but I think it will be really fun!  I am offering two classes both on FRIDAY MORNINGS DURING THE SHOW (3/24 & 3//31). We will start at 9:30 at Royers Pie Haven! and by 10:30 ish you will be on your way armed with all you need for a good shopping adventure
  • DO I GO OUT AND SHOP WITH YOU? No, this is not a tour or personal shopping..All of my individual shopping appointments are booked for the show and typically go to my clients that I am working with on new builds or large projects.  If you want to book me for personal shopping time next show please email me to reserve space if available. 

           WHERE? Royers Pie Haven in Henkel Square, Round Top, TX

WHEN? Friday, March 24th & Friday, March 31st- 9:30 ish

WHY? So you know where to go for what and coffee and pie for breakfast!

COST?  $149 includes Holly’s talk, breakfast, and swag bag with map and goodies as well as email and cell info/access to Holly for advice

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