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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie’s Nursery

As we prepare for our next little one in this house, I wanted to show you my favorite room today as part of our Fixer Upper series, Ollie’s nursery. When we purchase the home, this was an immediate — “This has to go” — moment. The walls were so bright and loud, and definitely against my style. Although I am sure the older owners loved the bright and cheerful Barney-inspired paint, my inner self just cringed every time I walked past this room.

It honestly took us the first 9 months to invest in the first floor of our house, so the purple stayed well into our time of moving in. Once we found that we were pregnant, I could not wait to redo this room. Once we dove into it, however, we quickly discovered that bright purple paint took a few more coats than normal to cover up… and on the simple removal of a tiny wall paper border was a nightmare to remove. After the fact, we found a bit of left over wall paper in the closet next to some Gorilla Glue… I would have to assume Gorilla Glue is not what the sales associate at Lowe’s recommended, but it made much more sense why we were struggling not to remove the wall along with the paper.

Although they are hard to see here, there was also a bit of love that had happened over the years to our carpet. And by love, I mean, a few little girls that called this their previous bedroom may have attempted to paint their own finger nails bright red. There was actually multiple nail polish-like stain through the upper level, and so we had to invest in new flooring as well. We also did some little things like swapped out the light fixtures, painted the baseboards, and all of the outlets were originally different shades of white/painted. So we changed every outlet and outlet cover in the entire room. It truly made such a difference.

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Our Fixer Upper

Our Fixer Upper

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Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

crib | dresser | bookshelf | crib bedding | pegboard inspiration | end table | rocker | baskets | laundry hamper | pillows | adventure prints | peter pan quote | adventure awaits sign

Our first purchase for the nursery was this “Adventures Awaits” sign from Hobby Lobby. Pairing that with Oh Joy!’s crib bedding and a few extras from some of my baby showers, Ollie’s nursery came together so amazing! One of my favorite pieces in the room was this hand crafted pegboard that hangs above Ollie’s dresser and changing station that Dusty made for me. Inspired by Shanty2Chic, it turned out perfect.

Another one of my favorite pieces of the nursery is this Peter Pan quote by Ever N After, an Etsy shop that I stumbled upon during my pregnancy and fell in love. Each design is handmade and made to order. Brittany’s wooden signs are beautiful hand lettered calligraphy on stained wood and she never uses any stencils! How talented!!

The quote “Little boys should never be sent to bed, they always wake up a day older” in Peter Pan allowed me to have a bit of Disney in Ollie’s nursery without having a Disney-fied room. I sprinkled a few other Disney items throughout including an Oliver & Company Oliver plush toy, Disney Mouseketeer hat, and Mickey and Minnie, of course. However, this rustic wooden sign is by far my favorite. It is truly something that you cannot get from a store.

It is amazing to see where this room was originally with its “Barney-purple” and wall paper border that took weeks upon weeks to remove, but I am so grateful for how it turned out. We have spent so many hours in the midst of these four walls, and I cannot imagine Ollie in any other space in our home. It was those hours of nursing, millions of diaper changes, and book after book reading to him that really has made this area special, and I love it.

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Adventures Awaits Nursery

Happy Fall Y’all

Thank you, The Rustic Nest, for sponsoring this post, Happy Fall Y’All. I was selected for this opportunity by The Rustic Nest; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Happy Fall Y'All

Happy Fall Y’All Sign | Pumpkin Lantern

As we headed home today from our travels this past weekend, I cannot be more ready for fall. It is finally starting to feel and look like the seasons are changing. I anticipate seasons a lot, but typically fall and winter are not as highly anticipated in this house. We do not like the cold all that much; however, this season has been different. I could not wait for our upcoming weeks, and the activities that they hold. Quickly we will be surrounded by our neighborhood with our annual yard sale, trick-or-treating, chili cook offs, and more. Fall is so great for us to be outside with our neighborhood and loving on each other well.

So today I am embracing the fall season. I have a few key essential oils in my diffuser and the whole house smells like Apple Pie. I am giddy with my fall decor this season as well. My newest addition is this lovely sign from The Rustic Nest.

We have a “landing spot” in our kitchen. I think everybody does; however, our landing spot drives me nuts. The only thing that lives there, or suppose to live there, is our coffee pot. But when the area is cleaned up, it looks so empty. My goal was to find the perfect decor to place there so that it would no longer be a landing spot for pantry groceries that never made it to the shelves, mail, keys, and other mismatched things. I knew that my new sign from The Rustic Nest would be perfect.

We live in our kitchen. I am cooking something up constantly and beyond that, it is a place for us to chill in the evening. It easily flows into our living room where Ollie plays after he gets home from daycare and it is open to our dining room as well. I will show you the before and after on Friday; however, let’s just sit in how perfect our “landing spot” looks for now.

I found the pumpkins in the empty lantern for $7 at WalMart and matched with the wood grain of my Rustic Nest “Happy Fall Y’All” sign, it is adorable. We have been keeping a good effort to keep this spot clutter free and I cannot thank Niki from The Rustic Nest enough for helping with this.

Her shop is filled with adorable simple decor items for fall this season. I love the Pumpkin Patch sign and the quote from Anne of Green Gables. The best part about it all is that you have a chance to win a sign from her shop! Head on over to our Instagram in the next 48 hours to find out more. Keep it for yourself or gift it to a neighbor that needs a bit of happiness in their life. You will definitely enjoy it either way!

Today I had to go shopping with all 3 of my kids and my husband. 😩😩😩 It was awful but we survived and let's just say I'll never do it again. On a happier note, this sign is listed in the shop, link in bio @therusticnest13 or www.therusticnest13.com #falldecor #fallsigns #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

It's Friday Eve guys! I'm celebrating with a little 🍹🍹🍹😬🤷🏻‍♀️ It's been a baaaaaaaad week. 1st I took my kids to the dentist only to find out they no longer accept our insurance. SERIOUSLY?! I think that deserves a little phone call BEFORE the appointment don't you 😡🙄 Then Max - my Kindergartener - decided he didn't want to go to school anymore. I had to force him to go...like peel him off me kicking and screaming. Just rip my heart out and stomp on it okay?! So with all of that being said, I'm celebrating big time that this week from hell is just about over 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Who's with me 🙋🏻••• On to more exciting things like this sign, it's listed in my shop, the link is in my bio or head to www.therusticnest13.com #fallsign #falldecor #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

NEW SIGN ALERT!!! I just listed this beauty in the shop 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼•www.therusticnest13.com• #pumpkinpatch #thepumpkinpatch #pumpkinsign #falldecor #fallsigns

It's October already?! Time flies. Sign is listed in the shop! 🍁www.therusticnest13.com🍁 or click the link in my bio. #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables #fallsigns #falldecor

Here is a little bit more about Niki, the owner of The Rustic Nest:

How did you get your shop started?
I bought a Silhouette Machine in 2013 to make various things for my own home. I started putting sayings on vintage windows that I had found at flea markets to give as wedding & housewarming gifts for friends & family. That turned into signs for my own home as well as gifts for others. Everyone always said “wow, you should sell those” so I decided to open up a shop!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part about owning a shop is all the “business” stuff like taxes and legal stuff. Not my strong suit because I just want to do the fun stuff like create the signs!!

What is one thing unique about you?
This is such a hard question! All of our signs are handmade from real wood! We do all of the work here from our home. My husband cuts and occasionally sands and from that point its all me! I design the signs, stain, cut stencils, paint, distress, wax and package up signs! I am also slightly obsessed with crochet lace and love to incorporate it into my signs whenever I can.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part is that I get to be here at home when my kids get home from school, on their days off and when they are sick. I love being here for them whenever they need me.

How did you get your shop name?
When I was trying to come up with a shop name my best friend said she thought it just HAD to have the word “Nest” in the name because it made her think of home. I loved that idea so my husband and I brainstormed over dinner one night and it just came to us! All of our signs are rustic in nature so it fit perfectly!!

What is one way that you keep organized?
I have a list for everything! I am a total freak about being organized because I can’t function without it!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Up to this point I haven’t been very good at it! My youngest just started Kindergarten this year so I’m trying really hard to work all day while they’re in school so I’m not working as much while they’re home.

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

Managing the toy clutter when you are a one-year-old is no joke. I have been wondering if toy organization was even a real thing prior to pregnancy. I remember when Ollie was first born, people would say that the baby things take over your home and we were determined not to be those folks. We love our kiddo and we know he takes a lot of “things” to keep him moving, but we still want our house to look like a home and not a toy store. If you are not careful, before you know it you have a legit house full of baby stuff and toys. Anyone with me?

Luckily, we’ve got ample storage space for all of the baby stuff we’ve saved and I’m really good about going through the toys that become dust collectors and retire them to storage. The thing is, without a proper playroom on our main floor, and without proper organization, my living room can quickly get taken over with toys. We will have balls and books and blocks within moments of Ollie hitting our door after daycare.

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

As toys have crept into our home over the past year, and as Ollie has became more and more mobile, we have slowly transition some of our pieces in our main living space to suit our needs of an active toddler.

We love it. It is quick and easy to transition to an “adult space” once Ollie goes down in the evening and he has became more than capable of getting his own toys out to play when we are having some family time. We have books for him in the home wherever he is and his love for reading has grown tremendously over the past few months. We also noticed his need and want to have his own chair to sit in that was easy for him to relax. We luckily found a great deal on this one as an open-item and it matched our decor perfectly.

Managing Toy Organization without a Playroom

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Overall, I can’t be happier. This space cleaned up so nicely all because of a simple piece of furniture that we already had and transitioned easily! I love that we can feel as though the space is family friendly without being completely overrun by toys.

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Our Fixer Upper :: Guest Bathroom

Thank you, Creatively Christel, for sponsoring this post, Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom. I was selected for this opportunity by Creatively Christel; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Fixing up a home is a long road. Whoever actually feels like they can flip a house in a 30 minute style like they do on television is insane. Even those shows that show the real timeline of things and some of the struggles, they tend to have unlimited financing for things that pop up and for all of the “nice to have’s”. Our house was more realistic and a traditional flip. We did not contract a lot of the work out which made our timeline longer and our budget better. Thankfully, my father has a history in construction and knows a thing or two about how to navigate a Lowe’s or Home Depot and my husband has been willing to learn along the way.

I can honestly say that this is the first season that I feel like we have a complete home. We sort of did last year, but in a season of Ollie being an infant, my energy was nowhere near in decor mode. Now that fall is among us and even though the temperatures in the midwest is still blazing hot, our home is starting to appear more like the holidays.

I traditionally stay away from Halloween decor, because 1) I do not necessarily enjoy all of the creepy things, and 2) the window of decor is so short. However, my fall decor game is in full swing. I wanted to add some touches throughout the house, even in the little spaces.

Our guest bathroom resides smack dab in the middle of our home. It is only bathroom on our main floor and gets used a lot by guests. Going back to the “nice to have’s” in a fixer upper, I would have loved to knock out the dated sink and cabinetry; however, the budget just did not allow. When we moved in, the walls were screaming with a green color and the floor was super dated. Add some cheap looking fixtures and there was still a lot to do in this little room. Add a little better choice paint colors, some new fixtures, homemade cabinets and some floor that we repurposed from the original kitchen and we had ourselves a styling place!

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Our Fixer Upper

Our Fixer Upper

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Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

One of the things that I love about this transformation was that just with a little love and decor, the room really transformed. Like I said earlier, I am so excited to allow a fall decor explosion on my home this year and this guest bathroom is no different.

One of the things that I am loving about my fall decor is this perfect piece from Creatively Christel, a small shop on Etsy. If you have been around for awhile, you know my love for small shops and how much I adore supporting them. The idea of lending a helping hand to somebody that it impacts so directly just makes my heart melt. That is why I knew that her chicken-wire framed pumpkin would be a perfect match for our home!

Christel is no expectation. She started to dabble with wood in her dad’s shop after a few attempted sales on Etsy with food! She absolutely loves creating new pieces for her shop and still does!! Now, most of her shop is some sort of wood creation. Although, she has added a small vintage section and she has a few wheat pieces, which are mostly made to order. I loved how individualistic this item is. I had never seen anything like it. When it first came in the mail, I thought I would find a tiny clothes pin and use it as a photo holder; however, for now, I love it as it is. The piece will go with me all the way up until Thanksgiving, giving it a good shelf life each year!

Her designs are so well priced y’all! From garland to ornaments, wooden sign, and more, her items are as low at $6, which beats any local craft fair that I’ve been to lately. They are adorable and vary according to what you are looking for so I highly suggest going and checking her out. She is also give you a 15% discount code with your order! Use “blogreaderspecial15” for 15% off in her shop!

Here is a little bit more about Christel, the owner of Creatively Christel:

How did you get your shop started?
Interestingly enough, my shop got started by selling sweet treats not wood decor. I made chocolate covered, peanut butter filled Ritz crackers and pretzels with a white chocolate wafer and an M&M on top. However, I quickly realized that the food industry was not for me. Soon after, I began dabbling in woodworking in my dad’s wood shop and was pleasantly surprised when a few of my original designs sold. Of course this fueled my passion in wood crafts and I started creating new pieces to sell on-line.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part about owning a shop is finding the time to create new things on top of the orders that have to be made.

What is one thing unique about you?
While I was in college I learned to weave wheat into decorative wall-hangings. For several years I participated in local craft shows selling my designs. When I opened my Etsy shop, I began selling my wheat on-line as well. Although my wheat was/is quite popular, the majority of the items that I currently sell in my shop are wood or vintage pieces.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is that I get to set my own schedule.

How did you get your shop name?
All of my life people have always told me that I was so creative because I was always using my hands to create things. So when I chose my name, I knew I had to have the word creative somewhere in the title.

What is one way that you keep organized?
One way that I keep organized is with lists. I make to-do lists for items that I want to make (that includes sketches), items that I need to make (restocking and sold items), materials I need to purchase, and lists for shipping timelines.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am still working on finding a balance between family life and work life. But, typically I work in my wood shop on my husband’s day off and he watches our son. On other days, I work at home while my son is napping or in the evening after he is in bed.

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Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper: Guest Bathroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Master Bedroom

Better Together

I promised to continue showing highlights of our very own fixer upper. One thing that saddens me is when I hear about a girlfriend that loves decor and decorating her home, but gives zero time and attention to her bedroom. To me, it is my sanctuary. It is my retreat at the end of the night and I want it to reflect me and my style 100%. So while the rest of our home is shades of blue and gray (which I love), my personal retreat is a calming seafoam green with accents of love around each corner.

It’s theme? Better together.

This honestly has been our home motto since before we were married. Dusty and I have learned over the years that we thrive when we are together more than not. We communicate better. We listen better. We love better. So why not make that an essential part of our bedroom.

One of the first years we were together, he got me the cutest little Precious Moments collectable. On the box, it reads, “No matter the weather, we are better together” and it is so true. We compliment each other. We bring out the best in one another. We challenge the other.

As we began our home remodel, I knew deep down that I wanted to have that simple theme for our master bedroom. Remodeling is not an easy task, and remodeling approximately 2,000 sq. feet in less than a year and a half with a pregnancy in the midst of it… well, let’s just say we made it and we are continuing to push through.

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Better Together

After:

Better Together

Better Together

Through it all, I search high and low to highlight this ‘better together’ theme and was thrilled when found New Creation Co. I quickly contacted Brett at New Creation Co. and found that they had originally designed this lovely piece of decor for their brother who danced to the Jack Johnson song, Better Together.

SO DID WE!!

Of course, it was a perfect match.

The day that it came in the mail, I could not wait to get it up on the wall. The sign has such high quality and was perfect for our room.

I truly believe that marriage is just better together.

I am so lucky that I found New Creation Co. It was the cherry on top of our lovely bedroom transformation!

Better Together

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie’s Playroom

Thank you, Whimsical Imaginings, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Whimsical Imaginings; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Over the next few months, I am slowly going to start showing you all of the great things that we have done in our home! Our very own fixer upper has taken way longer than I could have ever imagined; however, it is finally starting to be pieced together in perfection.

Today I wanted to highlight Ollie’s Playroom. When we first bought our home, I just knew that this would be a nook just for me. I pictured a beautiful white long desk with a Circuit and a reading chair. It was going to be the spot for me in the house. Of course, none of that happened. Before we even managed to begin remodeling our upper floor, we were blessed with a pregnancy and this space quickly became the place where our little would play for years to come.

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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Square Organizer | Square Storage Cubes | Height Ruler | Photo Frames | Happy Camper Sign | Essential Oil Diffuser | Soft Building Blocks | Shape Sorter | Other Odds ‘n Ends came from Target Dollar Spot

We have always been firm in the thought that our house did not need to be overran by toys. We are fairly minimalist parents in an American-abundance-of-things culture. We have struggle with how many toys, what type of toys, and where to they all go. I honestly think that this space is ideal for a solution to that struggle.

The space itself is a bonus landing-like area at the top of our stairs. It is surrounded by entrances to all of our bedrooms and a full bathroom. In similar homes in our neighborhood, this space is closed off with a wall and is a very small 4th bedroom for the homes; however, I am so glad it is merely an open space in our house. It is currently perfect for morning routines. We wake in the morning and shut our baby gate at the top of the stairs. We close all of the extra bedroom doors and bathroom door, which allows baby Ollie to run free in between our master bedroom and his play area. After we are done, it is the easiest place to tidy up quickly in the entire house. All of the toys are limited to the small area and find their way back into the bins.

Some of my favorite things about this room is the wall decor. I wanted to be so intentional around making sure that the decor in this space meshed well with our whole home feel but allowed a bit of whimsy, education, and childish factor. One of my favorite pieces is our family portrait that was designed by Whimsical Imaginings. I discovered Serina’s shop on Etsy a few months back and knew that her designs would fit perfectly to what we already had selected for these walls. I could not have imagined it any better.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

She worked with me to make sure that aspects of our family was highlighted in the photo that she painted for us. Note the Mickey in Ollie’s arms? So ideal for us and our Disney loving home! I truly will treasure this piece for many years to come!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Whimsical Imaginings is giving you a 20% off coupon to anything in her shop! Use TAKE20 at checkout to gain your discount!

Here is a little bit more about Serina, the owners of Whimsical Imaginings:

How did you get your shop started?
I actually didn’t have any plans to start a small business. I was approached by a friend who knew I was a painter when she was unable to find paintings that suited the vision she had for her nursery. So I painted her some custom canvases, and it sort of snowballed from there. I had many other people approach me afterward, so I started with just local orders. I set up my etsy shop after a year or so, and didn’t really have anything listed for the first year. I eventually went back to it, and now it is what it is!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I think most of the hard part is over now that my shop is more established. At first it’s just a bit of a learning process trying to figure out shipping and pricing, and it’s a lot of time to get things listed.

What is one thing unique about you?
This is a hard one! I guess maybe that I’m most happy when I’m home and painting. I love being alone, and I have to paint. It’s my stress reliever and I just feel most myself when I’m creating.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Right now it’s that it allows me to be home with my three babies. I’m just so thankful for my shop because I’m able to spend my time with them while they’re little.

How did you get your shop name?
I actually came up with it because my oil paintings (which is my most favourite medium) are super whimsical. I’ve always been told that I have quite the imagination, and so the two things sort of just came together to make the name whimsical imaginings.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists! I have people contacting me through instagram, through Facebook, and through Etsy, so it’s necessary. I have to write down what I need to do and when, otherwise it’s so easy to forget things.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I actually feel like they sort of blend together. They’re not really separate. My kids are involved in a lot of what I do. They often paint beside me, and tag along when I make post office runs!

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Intentional Home Decor

Thank you, Grace for Grace, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Grace for Grace; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

GraceforGrace

Although it feels like we have been in our home forever, honestly, it’s only been two short years. In those two years, we have remodeled 85% of our home from top to bottom. We have travelled a lot. Oh, and we welcomed baby Ollie in our lives. It has been a busy two years to be frank.

Now that we are settling a bit, I am still trying to get our decor under control in our home. I have managed to create quite a collection in our spare bedroom of great items that I have found on clearance over the past 24 months, but have not found a perfect place for each item just yet. I have most recently been taking each room bit by bit and seeing what needs to be done to make sure they are “completed”.

One thing that’s been consistent throughout our home is the intentionality of our decor. Yes, it is a bit Hobby Lobby-inspired. Yes, the majority of it came from a clearance end cap at Target. And yes, I would love it if Joanna Gaines walked in my front door and adored my style (since I feel like she’s my inspiration for everything). However, as I am placing things around our home, I want it tell a great story of our family, what we believe in, and where we would like to go. I want the essence of our walls to tell our guests who the Bahorich’s are.

GraceforGrace

GraceforGrace

So when I stumbled upon these adorable hand-lettered wooden hymn signs by Grace for Grace, I knew that their work would be ideal for our home. Each sign is personally designed by couple, Tyler and Jordan, who love God and people. They love showing their love through their beautiful handmade crafts to brighten homes all over the country. They initially started their business to help pay for their wedding and are loving every second of it.

We chose “Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee” as it is one of my favorite hymns. If you know me well enough, I have a deep love for David Crowder and his music. I am so thankful for his commitment to sharing the Gospel through his songs. I was introduced to this hymn through his music (not a traditional hymnal at church like one would think) and have loved it ever since.

It’s a great reminder to us as we try to be intentional in our lives and live out the Gospel that we may (and probably will stray); however, our prayer has to be to bind our wandering hearts to our Lord. This piece of decor is so important for me to see on a daily basis, as well as a great reminder to our guests that we host often. I just love it.

Tyler and Jordan can design any hymn, which is great for you to be intentional with your home decor. They hand write the portion of the hymn that you love over the piece of music it belong to. How cool!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Hop over to my Instagram page in the next few days to find out more about our giveaway with Grace for Grace!

GraceforGrace

Here is a little bit more about Tyler and Jordan, the owners of Grace for Grace:

How did you get your shop started?
Tyler and I have been together for almost 2 years, and we actually started our shop by making each other crafts for holidays/anniversaries. We both love crafting and noticed that our friends and families were interested in the things we were making, and it has turned into a really fun way to raise money for our wedding.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Since Tyler and I are both very involved in church, work, and school, it’s really hard for us to find time to work on these crafts together. Tyler feels bad if I do most of the work and vice versa, so we try to do as many of them together as we can.

What is one thing unique about you?
All of our skills are completely self-taught, so we are constantly growing and improving.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
We have a lot of fun creating these crafts, so it’s awesome to be able to raise money for our wedding by spending time together and doing what we love.

How did you get your shop name?
We knew that we wanted our shop name to reflect our love for God, and Tyler suggested GraceforGraceShop based on John 1:16. God loves us SO much that He shows us continuous grace, and we like to try to share His love with others.

What is one way that you keep organized?
It’s a little tricky sometimes since we receive through a few different platforms, but we keep all of them on a Google Doc that we update frequently.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Thankfully, our family life overlaps with our work life because we craft together and often employ the help of our family members.

Shop Small :: Pine Lettering Co

Thank you, Pine Lettering Co, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Pine Lettering Co; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Shop Small

I absolutely love to read. I have since I was little. Reading has been my escape. Reading has been my inspiration, my creativity, my calm. In my younger years, I enjoyed reading fiction. Diving myself into another world through the pages of a book was my go-to. As I have gotten older, I have found myself to be more of a self-improvement junkie. Business books. Gospel-centered books. Books on how to find happiness. Books on how to discover organization. Books on how to communication better. The works. My favorite is typically a collection of short essays around a common theme written by a female writer.

And that is why I love Shauna Neiquist. The woman writes directly to my heart and soul. She writes words so eloquently that makes me devour a book like I did when I was little and I always am anticipating her next release.

So when I stumbled upon Pine Lettering Co.‘s print of a quote out of one of her books, I jumped on it. It is perfect for a little one’s play room! Her quote is all about wildness, settledness, and becoming. Perfect for a little boy’s growing world. Shop owner, Brently, does great hand written and designed art for any perfect spot in your home. Check out her Etsy shop as you do a bit of spring decorating this week!

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Here is a little bit more about Brently, the owner of Pine Lettering Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I have always been a doodler when it comes to words. Spending time creating the words I write has always helped them sink in. After awhile, people started asking me to create for them and eventually some close friends and family convinced me to open an Etsy shop.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Putting your work out there is scary! It makes you feel vulnerable. Every time I mail a product there is a part of me that gets nervous that the person it was created for won’t love it.

What is one thing unique about you?
I have taught in a Title I school for 4 years but started my teaching career in a class of over 50 students in Yaounde, Cameroon.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love interacting with people! I also love doing custom orders. It is SO fun to take someone’s vision and make it come to life.

How did you get your shop name?
I love North Carolina-which is often known as the land of the pines. My husband and I use pine wood for projects as well!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Planners!! I love love love handwritten, offline planners.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Right now I’m balancing a full time teaching job and starting up a side Etsy business. Because this season of life is so busy, I try to be as intentional and present as possible wherever I am- home and work.

Shop Small :: CoconuTacha

Thank you, CoconuTacha, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by CoconuTacha; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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If you don’t by now, we are a Disney family! We love Disney around here and have officially started counting down to our next trip at the end of the month! The moment I saw these prints, I knew they would be perfect to help complete decorating the walls of Ollie’s playroom. They were fun, added a bit of color, and allowed me to have a bit of subtle-Disney in our home.

I’m not an over-Disney person when it comes to decor. I love it, but I don’t want a Mickey-fied house either. I try and keep my sprinkles of pixie dust to a minimal where really, only a true Disney fan would know what was going on here. One day I’ll show you all of my pixie dust throughout the house, but for now let’s just love on these prints!

Owner, Natasha, thinks of her shop as a product of my life so far. She draws. She paints. She honestly is creating something everyday. Since the age of 3 when she received her first paint set for Christmas, she has been drawn to what can be produced on such materials. Inspired by fiction books, sci-fi films, magic and nature, she has always found something to draw, paint or make in 3D. I love how many Disney-inspired pieces she has in her shop, but she does so much more too. From wedding invitations to cards to prints, her shop is full of great things for your walls or a friends’.

And something else? Natacha has offer you 30% off any of her products in her shop with the code “BAHORICHABODE”! The coupon expires soon so don’t wait!

Also, great news! We are now hosting a giveaway for one of these signs for your house over on Instagram!! Hop on over to the my account to learn more about how you can enter through April 16th!

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Here is a little bit more about Natacha, the owner of CoconuTacha:

How did you get your shop started?
When I was 16, my boyfriend persuaded me to start a blog to showcase my work – I didn’t think much of it but I thought ‘why not?’. So I set up a small blog on Tumblr. After a year or so, I realized that I was getting a lot of interest; people were even asking if they could purchase my artwork! And so I opened my Etsy shop, www.coconutacha.com when I was studying Graphic Design in the University of South Wales.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop (and I guess perhaps any business!) is that you have to have many different job titles. As well as being the artist/designer, you are also the Customer Service Representative, Sales Advisor, Graphic Designer, Marketer, Post Person and the list goes on…. I used to think that owning my own business would mean that I would be drawing and painting all day – that is so far from reality!

What is one thing unique about you?
I would say my style is the thing that is most unique about me and my shop. I love painting in a splashy (almost messy) watercolour style, but still keeping it simple, minimal and subtle.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop for me is definitely the feeling that I get when someone purchases a piece of my artwork! I still get a little shocked and surprised, and I am eternally grateful to everyone that has ever bought something from me. There are also perks such as getting to choose my own working hours. Also there’s no travelling or commuting involved! I used to spend 3 hours a day (sometimes longer) travelling to and from my office job – it was a nightmare!

How did you get your shop name?
Haha, it was more of an ‘under pressure’ thing.. When I first set up my shop on Etsy, I didn’t think of a shop name at all until it asked me! It was a spur of the moment combination of my name and favourite fruit (Natacha and Coconut); and so CoconuTacha was born! I also didn’t want anything too specific, such as ‘Natacha’s Watercolours’, in case I wanted to branch out in the future – which I did! I now sell a range of stationery, from wedding invitations to planners and calendars.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I sell my own weekly planner in my shop which I even use myself to keep on top of my weekly tasks. I write lists and keep a diary of important events and projects coming up. I don’t think I would manage without doing any of these things!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I work from home so I am always surrounded by my friends and family. I tend to schedule my working hours to when everyone else is working as well – and try to stick to it! I also try not to work weekends, but it’s a bit of an unrealistic goal when owning your own business – it’s not a 9-5 thing. But I always make sure I take time to switch off and relax with friends and family – that’s one of the main reasons that I quit my full time office job in the first place.

Shop Small :: Prims and Proper

Thank you, Prims and Proper, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Prims and Proper; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Although Easter is later this year, it has really kind of crept up on me. Don’t get me wrong, I bought Ollie’s Easter basket months before he was born (clearance last year) and have been planning and plotting his goodies for months. But now that it is here, I cannot wait to show you all of his goodies!

One of my favorite things this year in his basket are these adorable fabric carrots by Prims and Proper! With the Montessori play in mind, I wanted to make sure that Ollie had some toys that would grow with him into his toddler years. We really want to emphasize the importance of good food and cooking. As I start collecting fabric food for him to play with, my hopes that he will have a variety of strong bright colors to play with. We can later use the food for sorting, pretend baking and gardening, and more!

I also love that they are mutli-purpose! They would also look adorable as a bowl filler or Easter table decoration. So until Ollie is through the everything-goes-in-my-mouth stage, these will be a perfect decoration for the spring months!

Owner of Prims and Proper, Nancy, has filled her shop with tons of homemade goodies from dog collars, placemats, magnetic letters, holiday banners, baby bibs, fabric pumpkins, tooth fairy pillows, and so much more! Each displays the best handmade quality a girl could ask for and each design is just so cute.

And something else? Nancy has offer you 10% off any of her products in her shop with an order over $5 with the code “BAHORICHABODE”! The coupon expires June 15th so don’t wait to order something for Mother’s Day or a housewarming gift for your friends. Personally, I’m thinking ahead to fall and looking at these fabric pumpkins because they are just adorable!

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Here is a little bit more about Nancy, the owner of Prims and Proper:

How did you get your shop started?
A friend of mine told me about Etsy and encouraged me to list one of my pillows. I listed one item and got discouraged because it did not sell immediately. I then read everything I could about listing, selling and making my items easy to find. It was definitely a lot of trial and error, but it was very much worth it.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Balancing filling orders with my job as a Pediatric Nurse as well as having a life. I am very Type A and a perfectionist. I never want to disappoint a customer so I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect.

What is one thing unique about you?
I am very good with color and putting different fabrics together. I love to decorate and have had my home featured in a local magazine.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Knowing that items I make are being used around the world. How cool would it be to be in a foreign country and see a dog wearing one of my handmade collars!?

How did you get your shop name?
I love primitive decor as well as feminine, french country decor. I felt “Prims and Proper” really reflected that style.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am a list maker. I write everything down and get a lot of satisfaction crossing out items I have finished.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am extremely organized. I will sacrifice sleep to sew and fulfill orders.

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