Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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!  




Monday, September 15, 2014

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!)



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Top it off

How are you guys feeling about the new fall trend of floppy felt hats? Cause I'm all over it!

perhaps wear hats a touch too often during summer but around here it hardly ever gets cold enough to don the traditional winter toppers. So these lovelies seem the perfect solution: not too hot, make them fancy with a dress, go casual with a kimono and leggings, or super laid back with a tee and boyfriend jeans.

Here are some of my Pinterest inspirations

   

And here is how we styled it with some of our new fall attire at the store!
And this fabulous tassel necklace is from my insanely talented friend. She sells them here and on Instagram, follow her @sassandcrafts.




Monday, September 1, 2014

That time we went glamping...

and there was a fabulous tent, an airstream, and a farmhouse.

There was yummy dinners under the stars.


S'mores and chatting by the campfire.

Feeding the cows in fancy dresses.

Worship by candlelight.

Learning to paint.


New friends and old friends.  

A photo shoot to celebrate the unique beauty God created in each of us.


Prayer for one another as we drank coffee in the morning sun and had the sweet truths of Jesus sang over us.

Of course there were flower crowns.

But mostly there was Jesus. Who met us there with the reminder that we are royal daughters of the most high king. An amazingly creative king who knit us together perfectly, chose us, and loves us more deeply than we could fathom. He whispered sweet reminders into each heart of who he has made us each to be. Isn't our beloved wonderful?


P.S.  I heard a rumor of a fall glampout… keep an eye on the Beloved Society blog for more details! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Currently...


expecting a baby in February and we just let the secret out! 

dreaming about whether we are having a boy or girl.

brainstorming for all the Christmas shopping shows we just got accepted into!

attempting to catch up on my reading through the Bible in a year schedule.

obsessing over cleaning out every closet and drawer in my house.  

eating lots of burgers.

planning my next trip to LA.  More on last week's buying trip soon!

trying to eat less chocolate and more veggies.  

feeling lazy this summer.  

listening to lots of Ellie Holcomb. 

reading Gone With the Wind.  

waiting  to watch the movie until I am done. 

seeking some inspiration for my home and the stores. 

attending this fabulous glamout in just a few weeks!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

29 before 30 // birthday list

I am so looking forward to this last year in my twenties. I feel a sense of expectancy and excitement, knowing Jesus has big things in store for me. Lots of lessons that I am eager to learn, hopes for big milestones, growing closer to Holy Spirit everyday, and finding new ways to worship + delight in God.  Not to mention lists just make my heart happy. 


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1. Get organized
2. Learn calligraphy
3. Go to dinner//movie solo
4. Do 10 pull ups without a band
5. Run the free press half marathon 
6. Make my bed everyday
7. Learn to make a classic cocktail
8. Give away something really expensive
9. Write letters to 5 people who have really impacted my life
10. Find a mentor
11. More random acts of kindness
12. Read (and watch) Gone with the Wind
13. Learn to knit
14. Finish reading the bible through
15. 
Start making my own salad dressing
16. Have a backyard movie night
17. Try a few new restaurants in midland
18. Climb Guadalupe Peak
19. Learn to make tamales
20. Plant an herb garden
21. Go glamping
22. Learn to use my SLR camera well
23. Go to a women's conference//retreat
24. Acquire a taste for black coffee
25. Blog more consistently
26. Have an all day movie marathon
27. Learn some Spanish
28. Finish my quilt
29. 
Get a new passport stamp


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

28 before 29 list // recap



1. Start a blog

2. Go to a drive in movie
I have the best friends ever. This didn't happen until my birthday party this year when they surprised me by setting up our own private drive in on the shop door.  That will now be a regular occurrence this summer.

3. Buy a strangers dinner 

4. Go skydiving.
Fail.  But not for lack of trying. If it was cancelled 4 times; should I take that as a sign?

5. Learn to play guitar
Well I had one lesson…post wine walk…that ended in me getting the pick stuck in Sutt's guitar.  So needless to stay I still can't play one note!

6. Try Yoga 
Yeah, again pathetic that this didn't happen.

7. Watch the sun rise at least once a month

8. Visit a new place in Texas 
Marfa AND Austin with the same three besties! 


9. Call instead of texting  
Getting slightly better at this. And especially tried to make it a point when it may be difficult conversation.

10. Go roller skating 

11. Go to a concert 
Kenny Chesney in Dallas.

12. Do a fun run
Color Up 5K in Tyler 

Zombie Run
Color Vibe in Midland

13. Carve a pumpkin
Not sure how this never happened this fall, but am sad about it.

14. Study one of the gospels in depth
LOVED diving into John last summer.

15. Do Insanity all the way through.
Fail, twice.

16. Go skiing 
I REALLY wanted this to be water AND snow skiing.  But I did manage to get on the lake a few times last summer.

17. Paint something
Some of my girls from Pink T and I went to Wine & Canvas for our "Yay, we survived Christmas" party. 
So. Fun.
Got to spend a fun afternoon with these two lovelies at The Pottery
18. Throw a huge BBQ
Our 4th of July bash may have ended in a trip to the ER but was super fun while it lasted...

19. Try a new fruit, veggie, and meat
A friend gave me these bitty cumquats to try out of her bountiful basket. So strange but I liked them!
I also found a love for eggplant and salmon this year.

20. Make a quilt
Making progress on this one.  I had no idea the time it takes to make one of these things. A whole new appreciation for grandmas.

 


21. Spend one on one time with each of my nieces and nephew. 
Sad this didn't really happen.  I need to slow down next year and find a way to kidnap those cuties!

22. Read a classic book 
To Kill a Mockingbird was even better than I remembered from Jr. High.

23. Memorize a Psalm
Shout for joy to The Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that The Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100 

24. Sew a piece of clothing
I made this high low maxi skirt from this tutorial.  It really was very simple, even for a non sewer like me!
25. Write thank you letters 
Gotta say, not really much better on this one, since I guess it doesn't count that I only bought about one hundred of the cutest Thank You notes. Maybe two got actually put in the mail with writing on them. One day I will be a responsible southern woman. 

26. Go to my high school reunion 
Yep, I got to go with my high school sweetheart who is still the cutest boy in our class. 

27. Go to the airport and buy a ticket
Two of my besties also but this on their lists this year as our crazy, way out there, dream check off. We never got our spontaneous courage up enough to really do it, but one day it will happen. Maybe I should start a 100 before 100 list for it to go on!


28. Write a blessings journal