Bittersweet Transitions

For the last year or so we have been contemplating closing our Tyler Pink Tumbleweed location and I am sad to say that it has finally become time to make that move. 

This year is going to bring about so many changes I sometimes feel slightly overwhelmed by them all. Some of them are exciting answers to years of prayer + waiting, some of them are necessities, and some are simply the end of a season and God closing the door on them. This decision to close our Tyler  location in a combination of the last two of these and is oh so bittersweet.

The last three years of working with my mom and sister on this store has been an amazing adventure. I think we have all learned a lot: about ourselves, each other, and our family. But there are seasons for everything so we must adjust and move to our next chapters. My dad retired this last year, excitingly earlier than we had all thought, so without the store my parents will get to really enjoy this time. I am so happy they will get to travel (especially to Midland to spoil this new grand baby) and really dive into their church and community full time. Natalie will have one less thing to juggle with her so full life of being mommy to two, a new home, and full time nursing job. And I will be able to focus more on growing the other two stores and of course figure out the whole mom thing this coming year. All of this plus the more practical side of things, like leases and such, means that by the end of January our doors in Tyler will be closed. 

We will be sad to not see our lovely customers + employees on such a regular basis but we know it is time. The Lord has plainly told us all that this is His best for us so we are choosing to listen. On the bright side…that means our entire inventory is going on major sale. So stop by and grab your bargain! 

Thank you all for your support in our adventure the last three years.

Love, Allison, Kathy, + Natalie 


joy in 2015

Last year I joined the trend of picking a work of the year rather than setting New Year's resolutions that, lets be honest, I would be breaking one week in just like everyone else. It ended up being a theme, and not one that I had necessarily intended. 2014's word was "aware". I began praying about it in December and when God put that seemingly random word on my heart I thought he was telling me that I needed to quit being so self centered. That I needed to look outside of myself and serve those around me, be aware of others and look for opportunities to love them. I was in a not great place, focusing on the fact that I didn't have a 2 month old baby like I had expected and that we were struggling to become pregnant again. To be really honest I knew that was the word God had given me but I didn't want it. I was wallowing. Not ready to give my sorrows over completely. But God knew what he was doing, as always, and didn't let me change it. As the months went on, without realizing it at first, I did become aware.  Not of the world around me but of my god around me. Of Him completely engulfing me in his love, of his patience with my stubbornness, of his grace to forgive me for taking matters in my own hands and not trusting. Aware of the enemy and his desire to attack me (lets just say that was not a pleasant realization but an utterly necessary one). Aware of his word, that it really is powerful, that He speaks to me through it. Aware of the relationships He has given me to encourage and challenge me to seek his way over my own. Aware of his greatness, that He truly has the details and timing all worked out and it is better than my planning could ever be. But isn't that our Father's way? Why must I first assume He is correcting me, when He is in reality loving me so deeply and calling to me to rest in that love?
So a couple months ago several friends and I decided to start praying for our word for next year. And Holy Spirit started almost immediately to show me a theme: JOY! Not happiness, but true joy. The kind that is only found in Christ, in our relationship and dependance on him. Joy that cannot be shaken by circumstances, this is what I am seeking in 2015. I am excited to see not only what He has to teach me this year, but for the peace that will come in the learning.



attempting to get all my Christmas decorations up.

dreaming all kinds of random things…these hormones.

brainstorming on a middle name for our little man.

eating too much.

drinking lots of Kelly's homemade hot chocolate mix.

planning all kinds of fabulous for this year's cookie swap.  

trying to get some names crossed off my Christmas shopping list.  Why do I wait so late every year?

loving our new Pink T logo

feeling overwhelmingly blessed.  

wanting the excess Jesus has given me to overflow into others.

listening to anything but Christmas music.  Does that make me a Scrooge? 

reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

waiting patiently for my baby shower.

seeking quiet time by myself.

making baby boy's bedding! 

attending some prenatal yoga.  It is lovely.


It is fall, right?

I'm not sure how this month snuck up on me and is now almost over. Although September in West Texas doesn't necessarily mean it is getting any cooler it does mean that my hubby is off in the woods hunting for weeks on end. So that means I bust out all my fall decor and dive into my favorite season. I changed it up a little this year and went kind of simple. No orange and red garlands everywhere or elaborate place settings on the table. Just lots of pumpkins and antlers {or more antlers I should say}.  

I think my favorite spot this autumn is going to be my front porch. I have been spending almost every rainy morning the last week here reading and drinking lots of decaf coffee. By the way, if you haven't ready Crash the Chatterbox grab a copy ASAP!


A new way to shop Pink Tumbleweed!

So we hear that many of you love items on our Facebook and Instagram feeds but don't have the time to come to the store.  We have your shopping solution!  Now, on Sunday nights, our loyal Pink Tumbleweed followers have the option to shop from home!  

This is how it works:
  • Sales start at 8:30 pm CST
  • When you see something that must be in your closet comment “Sold, your size, + your email”
  • You will receive an invoice within minutes.
  • Pay that invoice via PayPal or credit card within 24 hours and we will ship it out or you can choose to pick up in store.
  • The handful of styles featured on our Social Media Sales will be exclusively online for one week. AKA you will get first dibs on them!
If you are as eager as we are and want to preregister with our software before Sunday click on the link where you prefer to shop:

Enough with the technical junk and on to the clothes…Here is a little sneak peak of what is going to be available first:

See you Sunday at 8:30!  Happy shopping.


Tuesday Tidbit

So some exciting news… we brought a new line of jewelry into the store! That may seem slightly mundane but this isn't just any jewelry. It's not only handmade and totally cool.  It's not just that every time a wear a piece from this girl people are all over it and asking if I have it in the store and where in the world this fabulousness came from. It's that my best friend of 25 years is making it. Y'all, she has been uber talented since forever and she is finally sharing with the world! 

She started selling her pieces on Instagram (@sassandcrafts) a few months ago and the following has been steadily growing as word get out of her unique style. 
 See what I mean? Obsessed…because obviously tassels are another form of fringe!

I convinced her to make some things for the Midland store and she brought them in yesterday! I was so excited that we couldn't help but style a couple things with our new fall styles. And that led to a mini photo session (because, oh yeah, she is also a bomb awesome photographer. See? Talent.) 

I know you are going to want to go stalk all thing Sass and Crafts now so here is all the details to do it:

Her blog is here. She shares a little bit about her inspiration on it!

Her Instagram (@sassandcrafts) sales are every Thursday at 8 CST. If you are unfamiliar how these work it is super simple. The first person to comment their PayPal email gets it. Items are for sale as long as they are unclaimed but you are going to want to set an alarm on your phone so you can be there first to see. Sorry, now you'll be addicted just like me!  


Guns or Glitter?

Our amazing friends threw us a gender reveal party a few weeks ago so that we could all find out together what this little rugrat is going to be. It was perfect.  Even if there was no electricity, or water for that matter, because that is what happens when you live in the country on a water well and it storms. 

Overwhelmed and overjoyed by the people in our lives that came, I was struck that this is our village.  These are our people.  These are the ones who will help us raise this child, family and friends alike. They love us and are invested in our growing family. I received texts from lots of them through out the day before saying they couldn't wait to see what "we are having" totally including themselves in the we. I cried over the amount of in my face blessing this showed me.

But enough with the sappy and on to the details this one put into the party that will make you drool and go crazy pinning:

Why yes, those are handwritten invitations. She must love me!

Team Girl VS. Team Boy

Ok I am usually not a game person but I really liked this.  Jaime found tons of old wives tales on how to predict gender, lots of which I had never heard, and had us circle what I had experienced. It was fun to hear which of these people held as true.

For the actual reveal she had my handsome hubby, who is an obsessive hunter if you don't know him, shoot a balloon filled with paint with his bow.  Could it have been any more tailor made for us? I LOVED it! Mostly because he was so into it and so darn excited it about made me cry (notice a pattern?).

So GUNS it is!
(as if there wouldn't have just been pink camo guns instead!)