Guest post-Simple + lovely dinner

I have a guest post today and it is so timely because I am preparing for the upcoming Creative Class event with the city of Brenham.  So, I am in the trenches of how much work these pretty events really are and seeing these photos reminds me it is all worth it to create these moments with people you care about whether colleagues or clients, friends or family. 

Haylei and I are started talking about this guest post during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey during a time when I was really struggling with the importance of what we all do in these creative/fluffy areas of work and life.  Haylei lives in south Louisiana and she could totally identify with the feelings I was having and during our emails I felt like the Lord (I know some of you are laughing but seriously) was reminding of that well-know verse in Ecclesiastes about how “there is a time for everything.”  It is so easy to doubt our purpose in the creative world, at least it is for me but it is really absurd considering I am a Christian. As a believer I should understand and remember my Creator, and Savior are creative and beauty makers and it is crazy for me to ever doubt how important that is to life on this broken earth.  Storms rage, marriages end, loved ones get sick and life her can be hard.  So when we get a chance to create a little respite from the world and be with our friends and the women that encourage and support us, we should savor it like Haylei and her friends did in this story below.  Create beauty and then enjoy it.  There truly is a time for everything.

Thank you Haylei for sharing your talents and perspective.  You are wise beyond your years.

Through the wedding industry in Lafayette, Louisiana, these ladies were brought together.  Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals for Pure Vintage Rentals, and Haylei Smith (behind the camera) focuses on business branding. They support and promote each other, but more than that they are friends.

Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own. It would be easy to spend all our time working, running, and going. But it’s a must to carve out time for ladies night- even though pajamas and cereal sound tempting. Bohemian backyard dinners are the perfect way to do that. Just kick your shoes off, grab a throw pillow and call the gals.

No need to be fancy- grab dinner to go and use what you have. So when they got together for this ladies-night-out, they each brought something to the table. Like every friendship, when each person contributes a little bit, a nice dinner like this one can unfold easily!

To make things easy on these lady-preneurs, take out poboys from Lafayette’s local eatery, Pop’s Poboys, was the perfect pairing with another local staple- Zapps potato chips.

Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts.

Add some mixed fruit salad and Lindsey’s cocktails and you have a feast for queens.

                Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own.

Photography- Haylei Smith
Florals- Root Floral Design
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Food- Pop’s Poboys

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!

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