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Shop Small :: Little Lunch Maker

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

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Who does not just love some new decor!? As we are finished up Ollie’s playroom these past few months, I stumbled upon this print from Little Lunch Maker and have not hardly been able to wait to show it to you!! The story behind this piece of art is perfect for our home…

The Story Behind the Art (taken from Little Lunch Maker):

I have a WILD child.

Several, actually… but one in particular has wild pumping through her veins to a beat that is other-worldly.

From infancy she has been fierce and fearless — a tornado wearing a tutu. I promise you, we thought the movie The Croods crafted their little cave-baby character after her.

She tries to free-climb pillars in grocery stores. The only volume she has is roar.

Here eyes light up with excitement at deep water, fast rides, ridiculous heights, and unknown creatures and experiences.

She is wildly beautiful. And daily reminds me of this side of Jesus that I’ve forgotten because I live such a padded, air-conditioned life.

He is the Creator of lots of wild. He loves and values wild. He is wild.

Wild is wonderful — and so welcome here.

Goodness, how perfect is that!? I remember thinking about Ollie before he was hear and what was I going to do with a little wild boy. One that plays in the mud, runs around with balls of energy, giggling and playing. What was I going to do? But this story behind this art is perfect. Jesus is the Creator of lots of wild. He loves and values wild. He is wild. Wild is wonderful.

God made the wild animals according to their kinds… And God saw that it was good.”
― Genesis 1:25

“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”
― Revelation 5:5

“He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Paired with her magnetic wooden frames! Perfection! I honestly cannot tell you how I love each piece separately and even more together.

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Here is a little bit more about Elise, the owner of Little Lunch Maker:

How did you get your shop started?
My father-in-law has severe Alzheimer’s disease. He’s been declining for about 10 years. In the winter of 2014 there was a significant downturn in his dementia. After much prayer, planning, and life-rearranging my husband, Jason, quit his full-time job to care for his dad to enable him to remain in his home.

Jason calls this time with his dad a gift, and “a long goodbye”.

One of the gifts from this time was the need to feed our family of 7 and meet our bills. This need was the push I needed to pray fervently about how I could help support my husband, and the rest of my family during this time.

The Little Lunch Maker shop is the outworking of those prayers.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Remembering that true success is obedience to God. Obedience = Success. And that success won’t always look like the result I think I want and need.

It’s easy for me to prioritize specific, outward results and appearances – which need attention and intentionality, and it’s definitely necessary to have plans and goals. But. And this is a big “but”.

Like in every other area of life, God wants to grant me the greatest success. Greater than anything I can hope for, plan for, or imagine. He wants me to be the best steward of owning this shop that I can possibly be. And realistically speaking? That’s going to taking some deep character work. That’s the rub. That’s the hardest part. The character work God is doing in this never-ending journey of stewardship and co-creating with Him.

Sometimes that looks like growing in patience while learning some technical aspect that makes my eye twitch with frustration. Sometimes that looks like intentionality and accountability with my finances and the back-end-numbers-side of the business… which is my least favorite part of owning a shop at this point. Sometimes that looks like learning to rest, instead of giving into the desire to quit altogether.

Whatever is the hardest for me is always about some character trait God is building into me.

What is one thing unique about you?
I view everything through the lens of life being an unfolding of His story (or I try to keep this perspective!). When God is the Main Character in the story of life, and not me or my loved ones, everything shifts in a good way.

This is why my art has “The Story Behind the Art”. Because each piece is only a tiny bit of the bigger story we always need to remember: He loves us, and the story isn’t over yet! The Best is still coming our way. I hope the Story Behind the Art always lifts our eyes back to Him.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Being able to work from home, doing something I L O V E that encourages people to remember who God is, and how loved they are by Him.

How did you get your shop name?
I was reading about the story of the the five loaves and two fish that Jesus broke and gave to satisfy and nourish thousands of people. I’d read the story many times, but this day it hit me in a fresh way — someone made that little lunch.

It was just ordinary faithfulness for them, you know? A daily act. A small act. A consumable act. They had no idea at the time what their hands had made would end up in the hands of The Maker of the heavens and the earth.

And I was encouraged. I could do that. I could bring my smallness to Him — even if my offering was laughably minuscule in the face of all the need and lack.

Because in the hands of God? Ordinary faithfulness is the stuff of miracles.

We are all “little lunch makers”. And I believe if we offer our all to Him – we will see the glory of God and experience the joy that comes with co-laboring with Him.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am loving the workbook from Emily Ley’s Masterclass – The Well-Loved Brand. It helps keep so many aspects of my business organized!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Lots of prayer, planning, and outside help!

I pay one of my sisters to watch my kiddos from 8am-12noon 4 days a week. My husband watches our 6-month-old for a couple of hours after the kids are in bed each night so I can work. The hours before and after and in-between are for meal-making, homeschooling, house cleaning, taking care of my father-in-law, and kissing my baby’s chubby cheeks.

My 11-year-old daughter (who wants to be an American missionary/teacher someday) helps a TON with homeschooling my 7 and 4-year-old daughters. My mom and several sisters (I have 5 sisters) volunteer for childcare for one 4-hr time block each month.

Custom Holiday Decor with Salty Pine Paper Co

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Today I want to introduce you to Salty Pine Paper Co.

I love personalized ornaments. We have plenty. From our first home to first year married, we have them all. I just love these glass hand painted ornaments and they look so great on our tree this year! Owner, Jenny’s prices are just right for those holiday gifts for the sitter, teacher, mailman, whomever, and her designs are just great. Jenny makes custom ones for each state and paints on wooden slices also. Her shop is just full of adorable hand designed prints and other neat gift ideas. One of my favorite things is her wooden gather wall hanging also!

This is a set of four red glass bulb ornaments that Jenny sent me, each measuring 2.5″. They are all hand-lettered and embossed in gold. All four ornaments arrive tied with a cloth ribbon, and are packaged safely in their shipping container with lots of love! (Please note – the pictures above show the ornaments in our premium keepsake box, which you can add on at checkout. This does not come standard with each order.) They are made with such love and look how adorable they are!!

Jenny also offered a special code just for Bahorich Abode reader. Use the coupon code “BAHORICH15” so you can get 15% off their purchase now through January 31st, 2018!

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Here is a little bit more about Jenny, the owner of Salty Pine Paper Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I started Salty Pine Paper Co. in the spring of last year, after I took an interest in calligraphy and started lettering things for around our own home. I loved the idea of making personal pieces that will bless and brighten someone else’s space, and I think there’s something SO special about having hand-made items as part of a home’s decor!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Hmmm…I would say the thing that’s been most challenging for me is actually pricing. First, it can be nerve wracking to assign what you think is a fair value to your pieces, while hoping that others also see that value and then are willing to use their hard-earned money to acknowledge it. Second, I haven’t always been diligent about intentional pricing, where I collect the cost of every single material needed for a certain product and then price the final piece in such a way as to cover materials and make a profit. My engineer hubby, Luke, is very good at numbers and at keeping emotions out of decision making when it’s needed, and he has helped me grow tremendously in this area, so that now, I’m confident about charging what is actually reasonable and necessary, instead of essentially giving my pieces away.

What is one thing unique about you?
I’ve lived in all four corners of the US… California, Alaska, Vermont, and now, Florida!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
There are so many things that I love about owning my own shop, but I think one of the top ones is the community of other small business owners that I’ve met. There are so many incredible entrepreneurs with kind, generous hearts, who want to cheer you on in your own business, support you, and come alongside you when you need a little help. That has been a HUGE blessing to me in my business, and I hope that I can be that person for others as they step out into their own adventures!

How did you get your shop name?
Deciding on a name for the shop took me a good bit of time, because I really wanted it to represent “me” somehow, without having to use my actual name. The “paper co.” part came about because I felt like it captured more of the “small town feel” I want my business to embody. The “salty pine” part represents the places and things that I hold dear – “salty” for my since-I-was-little love of the sea + Florida, the first place Luke and I moved to *together*, and “pine” for my growing up years in woodsy places, namely Alaska and Vermont + my love of outdoor exploring. All combined, I really loved the way Salty Pine Paper Co. sounded, and I feel like it carries personal, intentional meaning, which was important to me.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I LOVE my planner and a good ol’ fashioned to-do list! Luke teases me all the time for still using a real-life planner when I could store all the same information on my phone/computer, but there’s just something I love having things written out in front of me.

How do you balance family life and work life?
One thing that helps me to balance family life and work is setting boundaries on my time. So for example, I’m not usually in the office after Luke is done work for the day, or on Sundays, etc. That boundary gives me the margin to really enjoy and maximize work days, but also the freedom to not feel guilty when I’m soaking up “free time” with my favorite people!

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

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.

Before:

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!

Before:

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.

Before:

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.

BEFORE ::

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

AFTER ::

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!

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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!

Shop Small

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.