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Lemonade Makin’ Mama’s shop is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Sasha’s shop is now OPEN!

She always has the most amazing prints in her shop, but she’s kind of blown it out of the water this time.
{pun totally intended, since she added a plethora of watercolor prints!}
Sasha puts her heart and soul into what she creates for her shop.  You’ll love everything she has!
I’ve got one of those mason jar tea towels, and I can tell you it’s high quality.  I use it all the time.
Now, I just need to add one of her butcher selection ones to my collection!
Here’s a picture of Sasha’s butcher selection tea towel in action in her kitchen!  
I wonder if she’d let me come over for dinner?  I want whatever’s in that gorgeous cast iron pot.
Look at her thanksgiving prints!!!!!  
I’ve got the pumpkin one being shipped to me, and I can’t wait to show you when it gets here!
Here’s one last print for you to ooooh and ahhhhhh over.  
This would be beautiful on your bedside table or in your master bathroom…a reminder of what matters most.
I love all things handmade.  God has created all of us, whether we know it or not, to create.
Sasha has found her nitch.  She has found a way to create beautiful, handmade items from home for us.
It’s hard putting your art out there for all to see, so I not only love Sasha’s heart but I love that she has courage to create and share it with the world.
I’ve shown you just a glimpse of what’s in her shop…head over when you get a chance to see more!
Here’s a treat for you & me…
She’s blessing us with 10% off in her shop this whole week. {September 16-23}
Our coupon code is TARA10, and you can use it when you check out.

Head over as soon as you can…things go FAST in her shop.  No joke!
Oh! I almost forgot!!  You wanna know something else she makes that goes lickety split?
Her Christmas garlands.  
She’s got a wait list forming, so get on it, if you want one!
I’ll tempt you with a couple of pictures….
To get on the wait list, send Sasha an email at:  
Also, send her your full name, and the number of garlands you want reserved in your name.

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Awww thank you sweet friend. Already got lots of orders from your sweet little promo. Thank you. :)

Tiffini - aren’t we so blessed? i mean really…this is crazy to have such an amazing group of women. there ARE some positives to this technology gig…hugs today girly. praying strength for your mind..your heart and your body….xo

Farmgirl Paints - I loved her stuff!!! Bought one of each I think.


Laundry Room Before and Afters

This is what our laundry room looked like up until this past weekend.
We could have kept it like this forever, and it would have been fine, but I knew I could make it function better for us.
When Andy and I talked about what we wanted to do in there, we both agreed on a couple of things…
          A.  The project needed to cost no more than $100 &
B.  It needed to take us no more than 3 hours.
I made my own version of a design board with pictures I have pinned on my laundry board.
I have found that this is a great way to narrow down all the ideas I gather from Pinterest.
As you can see below, I even have a list of the elements we chose that we knew could work in our space.
In a perfect world, I would have every detail finished to show you today, but this ain’t no perfect world.
We did manage to get everything done that we set out to do, but the space above our mud sink still needs love.
I’ve been crushing on black walls, since Edie showed us her bedroom walls.
I wish I was as brave as that woman, but since I’m not, I decided to test the black wall waters in our laundry room.
I am in loooooooove.  No regrets!
My close friends might need to remind me of my love for light and airy walls,
before I smother all of our walls with black paint.  I’m kidding, I think.
I feel like I need to insert a drum roll…..but since you wouldn’t hear me, just pretend there’s one.
Here she is!

She has to feel better, doesn’t she?!  I know she doesn’t have feelings, but if she did….
I’m enjoying doing laundry more already.  Okay, that’s not true.  
But, I can tell you that I love going in there, since laundry is inevitable.
And more importantly, this room is now working for us instead of against us!
I consider all the baskets my friends.
A few of them store craft supplies and a few of them store essentials, like batteries, lightbulbs & sponges.
I decided to put all of my daily laundry supplies in my handy-dandy bag from thirty-one.
It’s on top of my dryer for easy access!
The only things we have left to do are::
     1. Add a colorful rug to the floor.
2.  hang hooks for backpacks.
            3. Put something above our mud sink.
Oh, and we did add the wire shelving rack behind the laundry room door for all of our cleaning supplies.
If I figure out how to angle my camera just right, I’ll snap some shots of it for you.  
It’s super helpful for storage.  I was ale to get all of our cleaning supplies out from under the kitchen sink.
One last shot at the before and afters….

*I had four of the baskets already, but the other ones all came from tjmaxx & marshall’s.
*We had the corbels, but we bought the shelves from Home Depot and used the stain we have at home.
*The rack on the back of the door {that you can’t see} came from Home Depot.
{if you’d like to know what it looks like, just look up above at my design board.}

Dawn - this looks amazing tara!! i am wanting to tackle my laundry room this fall, and i might just be a total copy cat!! love the black walls…and love our thirty one tote..i became a consultant not too long ago!!

Tracy C. - where did you find those great baskets? I love the texture they bring!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage - Beautiful! Love the wall color!

paige - LOVE it!!!! honestly as much as i love white, a black wall is seriously the perfect compliment to a light airy home. it grounds it. even if only the laundry room.
give george a virtual high five.
oh & i heard the drum roll.

The Domestic Fringe - Love it! Looks wonderful. I just painted a wall black with chalkboard paint and I’m in total love. I can’t believe how much I adore the black. Who knew? White is my default, but now I’m rethinking everything (about paint) and my husband is getting worried.

You did an awesome job.


slip4 - The room looks fantastic, Tara!

Jboo - Wow — love it!! My laundry room desperately needs help! Call me a copycat!! :)

Katie - So crazy how simple changes can go such a long way! It looks amazing :)

GLENDA CHILDERS - How fun to have a quick project that has so much impact. The dark walls with the beautiful white appliances … perfect.

You would laugh (or cry) if you saw my laundry room. It is down three flights of outside steps (think winter) to a dirty grungy basement. But the laundry is free and that is very unusual for Chicago.


Barbara - Love it i need a pretty laundromat of my own!

Jackie at Roots and Wings - It looks great, Tara. And how satisfying to be able to tackle a room project for little $ and time. Can’t wait to see it in person. :)

Lindsay Firzlaff - Ooh – LOVE the black paint and the white brackets – what a contrast!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - It’s SO cute. I am with you I love the airy walls but ever since i got brave and painted my bedroom that deep dark gray/blue color I’ve been less afraid of it. I think as long as the main rooms like the kitchen/dining/living rooms are light and airy I can turn other rooms cozy with fun paint. And Edie (my total blog crush) inspires me like crazy too. Such an amazing woman.

So basically I love what you’ve done here and it’s FAB. We need to hang out. And shop. :)

Sheri - girl…..that’s all i got… LOVE. now come do mine. :)

Tracy - Love it…simple and beautiful!

Tracy - Love it…simple and beautiful!

Megan - Great before & after! That black paint is awesome. I had been searching for a rug for my laundry room too and just found a great one and very inexpensive at Homegoods. Do you have those?

Kelly Cach - Your shelves are amazing! Jim is making one for our office (except it will be a hanging shelf….darn lath and plaster!), and I showed him yours for inspiration :)

So classy and fun….can those two words be used together to describe a laundry room?!

Kelly Cach - Your shelves are amazing! Jim is making one for our office (except it will be a hanging shelf….darn lath and plaster!), and I showed him yours for inspiration :)

So classy and fun….can those two words be used together to describe a laundry room?!

Wendy - It’s beautiful! (She’s beautiful, sorry!) lol If Edie’s bedroom can be sultry, then I think your laundry room is too. :D

Leeanne Dyson - Pinterest is an awesome place to find inspiration and ideas! And I think it’s a good way to keep within the budget because you get an idea of what things to look for before heading to the store, so you’re able to narrow things down to must-haves rather than “I think this will look good” pieces. Anyway, you did a great job! -Leeanne @ Master My List

T - Tara, I love this. So gorgeous — My inspiration for MY laundry room update. It’s SO BAD that I am embarrassed to even think about posting a “before.” Yours works because you have white trim, however. I have oak trim all throughout my house, and husband won’t approve of painting it. Wonder if I could pull this off using a neutral warm being/white/khaki color on 3 walls, black on the one with the W/D and shelves? I’m in a never-ending love affair with black! (and neutrals!)

T - … make that “beige/whitish/khaki,” not “being”


17 years and counting.

dearest andy,
we were just babies when we met and married.
  our brains weren’t fully developed until we were around 28.
that sure explains a lot.

we’ve grown up together.  literally.
we could say we didn’t have a ton of growing up to do, but that’d just be a t-total lie.
we had so much to learn about pretty much everything.

and to think i almost walked down the isle to someone else.
repeat after me….so glad that didn’t work out.  for real.
you are my knight in the white corolla, and i’m so thankful that we were meant to do this life together.

i’m grateful for the hard work we’ve done to make a beautiful marriage.
thank you for treasuring me…for choosing me every single day.
thank you for bearing with me…in the hard places {and when “smarmy girl” rears her head!}
thank you for fighting for oneness with me…and for insisting that we dig a little deeper and love a little harder.

you are everything i never even knew to ask for in my Mr.
17 years strong, and i’d pick you again over and over and over.

LLH Designs - Sweet, sweet, SWEET! Happy 17 years to you…and praying for many, many more. Love what you said about how your brains weren’t fully developed until around 28 and how that explains a lot. Yes! Sure does! I’m stealing that line to share with my husband. We married as babies, too. xoxo!

Kelly Cach - GULP!
That is the sweetest!
Happy Anniversary!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - happy anniversary!! We celebrate 18 in November and we were 19 and 20! (barely 20… I had just turned 20 two months before! Talk about babies!) I pray you are blessed with MANY more years to love on each other. :)

Barbara - Sweet, here’s to many more!

Sarah - Love this! There is such comfort in the knowing it is a forever covenant. Happy Anniversary!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista - This is so sweet and very encouraging! I am 29 and going on four years in October with my Mr. I look forward to many years from now, to look back, and hopefully share similar sentiments. Happy Anniversary!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely - Happy happy anniversary to you both!!

Tiffini - oh love you both! celebrating with you but i swear it was just last year and i read your post on your anniversary. time is going WAY to fast…geesh
to many more….xo

paige - happy anniversary my sweet friend!!!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of This and That - Happy Anniversary! Marriage is hard work, but there’s nothing more rewarding than staying together, through the good and the bad.


A few friday FAVORITES.

Hello there Mr. Beverage bar.  You’re perfect.  I love you the most for being totally doable.
Miss Entry Way, somebody loves you well, and it shows.
Look at your wood floors and your striped rug and your painted door and your gorgeous bench.
And, don’t even get me started on your awesome pants mirror.
I didn’t think it could get any better than you, 
and then I checked out the other before and afters and my jaw dropped.
Pushpin art.  Sometimes I think I’m kind of, sort of creative.
Then, I come across someone who has thought up pushpin art, and I realize I have almost no original ideas.
And, don’t even get me started on them being gold.
When I put away my too-thick gold herringbone necklace from 1991, I thought gold was gone from my life forever.
I can’t believe I’m saying this….gold is back, and I’m totally crushing on it again.
I’ve been off sweets for four weeks, except for that amazing wedding cake I ate a few weeks ago.
So naturally, I have pinned forty seven hundred sweets on Pinterest.
Now you tell me how I’m supposed to live without these s’mores peanut butter cookie sandwiches.
Maybe instead of no sweets I’ll do minimal sweets.  #iamweak
If you’ve learned anything at all about me, you know I love fall.  It’s by far my favorite season.
Prepare yourselves because I’m about to blow this blog up with “all things fall”.
I will absolutely be bringing outside into my home in the form of fall tree branches this year.
Y’all have a great weekend. We’re having friends over tomorrow night, but before that happens,
we’re working on our b.o.r.i.n.g laundry room.
What are you up to this weekend?

slip4 - Love love favorites posts! And these are wonderful. This weekend I am heading to Smith Mountain Lake with my best girlfriend for lots of lazing around, lots of reading and some wine :)
I had put my gold jewelry away a few years back because i felt silver looked better on me…now that it is back and (ahem, I am older) gold looks fine on me again! Have a great weekend! Wake up that laundry room :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama - HI sweetie!! Man I’ve missed you and your blog lately. This week is a whirlwind over here. LET’S talk next week for SURE!!! Gosh it’s crazy.

Tiffini - hello friend:)
happy weekend…i am so going off sweets after all my surgeries…they ok’d me for the next surgery and scheduled it for october 29. it is the biggest of the three but one step closer to not having this bag…God willing of course. just gotta surrender each day
can’t wait to se your laundry room — we are working on my bedroom this weekend. it feels so good to be working on some home projects here and there again:)
love all your fall stuff:) love you…xo

Farmgirl Paints - I saw that pushpin art and fell in love too. brilliant. now I must find a place to do it:)

Laura @ Finding Home - Thanks for sharing our beverage bar!