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Hello friends!
I hope you had a restful weekend doing all the things that make you smile with all the people you love the most.

I know that some of you are going to be getting your Christmas shopping done this week, so I wanted to let you know that you can order any of our signs through this coming Friday and be guaranteed to get them before Christmas!

We typically make our signs as they are ordered, which is why the turn around time is usually 4 weeks. However, we have some of our Christmas signs left over from the Country Living Fair, and they’re just hanging out in the garage waiting to be shipped!

I thought I’d show you each sign and let you know how many are available.  You can order these signs in our shop, and we’ll ship them out this week.


All other signs in our shop, including customized signs, can be ordered through this coming Friday, November 29th, and you will receive them by Christmas, which means you’ll need to approve the template we send you by the end of the weekend.  Our shop will stay open through the holidays, but any sign ordered after this coming Friday won’t have a guaranteed arrival for Christmas.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I’ll be checking my email throughout the day!

We have 8 of these 2x2 signs.  They

We have 8 of these 2×2 signs. They’re $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 10 of these ready to be shipped.  They are $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 10 of these 1X4 signs ready to be shipped. They are $100 + $30 shipping.

There are 3 of these waiting to be shipped.  The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

There are 3 of these 2X2 signs waiting to be shipped. The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 3 of these ready to be shipped. This is a 4X2 vertical sign.  It

We have 3 of these ready to be shipped. This is a 4X2 vertical sign. It’s $125 + $40 shipping.

We have 2 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped.  The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 2 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped. The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 6 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped.  The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 6 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped. The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

There are 4 of these 2X2 signs available to be shipped.  The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

There are 4 of these 2X2 signs available to be shipped. The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 2 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped.  The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.

We have 2 of these 2X2 signs ready to be shipped. The cost is $100 + $30 shipping.























Jackie - I’m excited to put my Christmas sign out on our mantle this weekend! Can’t wait to start decorating this season. I’m mixing it up some this year!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my dear!! xoxo

Becky - I canNOT wait to pull mine out. It’s gonna look so good:-) BTW thank you for your comment on my last post. I wanted to reach through the computer screen and hug your neck. Feels so good to be understood. Love you friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle - Do you still have some Silent Night signs ready to be shipped available ???


Friday Favorites

It’s been a busy week at our house. We’ve had a couple of basketball games, and I’ve continued to be on the mend from a nasty chest/head cold that has lasted longer than I thought possible.  Lets just say kleenex has been my closest friend this week.  I haven’t plugged into social media, and to be honest, the break has been nice.  Sometimes you just need to unplug.  The break was over when I realized I had neglected my email for as long as I could…272 emails needed to be dealt with pronto.

You wanna know what else I neglected other than my email?  Remember the menu plan I made for November?  I stunk it up bad this week.  All you really need to know is that we got take-out two nights and ate cereal the other nights.  Confession is good for the soul. The end.

Ready for Friday Favorites?  Cause I could keep chatting.

Okay.  I’m starting with some good reads from the week because well, I’m still figuring out wordpress, and sometimes it’s just easier to put all the words at the beginning.  Note to self:: pick up WordPress for Dummies.

I always like her words.

This friend of mine has had her life interrupted, and she’s living out the truth in this post like a champion.

This friend is strong and brave and rocking her 2nd of three major surgeries like a rockstar.

I want these boots.  Too bad the link doesn’t follow through to the actual website.  Do you know who makes them?

Ordering this t-shirt and this one.

I can’t believe that fall has almost come and gone.  I wish it could look like this just a little longer.  I’m hanging onto Thanksgiving and all things fall for one more week because this time next week we’ll be decking the halls. {falalalalalalalalala}

Y’all have a happy weekend.  Invite friends over or meet some for dinner, like we did tonight. Roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate. And, for the love of all things wonderful, wear yoga pants as often as possible.

Meg knows how to color her world happy.  Not everyone can do this.  She has mastered it.

Meg knows how to color her world happy. Not everyone can do this. She has mastered it.


I’ve got a thing for apples this fall.


Built-ins make me drool.

Built-ins make me drool.


If I ever host Thanksgiving, these will be on the table.

If I ever host Thanksgiving, these will be on the table.


I love this entry.

I love this entry.



I need this in my life.

I need this in my life.


Lori H - Wonderful favorite picks as always! Hope you are back to feeling 100% real soon :)

Jennifer - Those boots look like a pair of Ugg boots I tried on…… Try their website!

Dawn - I have a very similar pair of those boots (mine are UGGs, beautiful and comfotable) that I purchased at Marshall’s, and have seen online at (in several colors). Good luck! The ones in the link are gorgeous!

LLH Designs - Totally buying the red version of the “I love my husband” shirt! And buying him the “I love my wife” for Christmas. Awesome. And oh, when you get WP all figured out, school me! xoxo!

Jackie - Hope the weekend has brought some needed r&r to help you feel better!!
Meg does have such a gift with color. And I love those built-ins, too!!
I also have some brussel sprouts in the fridge…think I’ll be trying that recipe.
Love you, friend. (And thanks for the shout-out. :) )

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I read the comment about Meg and went (out loud) INDEED SHE DOES. What a gift.

Love those placemats… I pinned em too. cuteness!!


Birthday celebrations.

We celebrated my dad’s 71st birthday this weekend.  I love celebrating birthdays with my family.  We never miss the opportunity to get together.  Every single person gets celebrated every single year.  They get to pick whether they want a home cooked meal or a meal from their favorite restaurant.  They also get to pick their favorite dessert of my mom’s. It’s always a team effort. Everyone arrives and we all pile in the kitchen together…it’s loud and a little chaotic.  Everyone wants a part to play, and this time was no different. My mom  finished icing her homemade coconut cake, which happens to be my dad’s favorite.  My brother pulled the chicken and steak off the grill, I pulled the bacon wrapped asparagus, baked potatoes, and hot, buttery ciabatta bread out of the oven, Andy fixed all the drinks and set the table, and my sister in law taste tested the fun appetizer that I made from Pinterest.  All the while the kids were running in and out of the house, and the dog was barking because he thinks he’s one of them.  And dad?  He was watching Nascar in the family room because it was Sunday afternoon in the South and it was his birthday celebration. Finally, everything was ready, and we all gathered around the table, prayed and thanked God for my dad’s life, and enjoyed another meal together. There’s nothing sweeter or more sacred than gathering around a table with the people that you call family.
This is my dad with all the grandkids.  Getting him to smile in a picture is truly a task.  For this picture, I told him to give me his best smile…not the one that makes him look like a terrorist.  This is what he gave me.  Geeeeeez Louise.  I think this might be the best it gets. He is a man’s man.  He rises before the sun.  He has owned his own business for almost 50 years.  Can you imagine doing the same thing for 50 years?  He can’t imagine life any other way.  He has never had a credit card and doesn’t believe in debt of any kind.  We were shocked when we talked him into getting a debit card two years ago.  He never activated it.  Of course he didn’t.  He has grown one of the prettiest gardens of anyone I’ve ever known, and he loves to share most of what he grows.  He’s humble and simple and very wise.  In fact, he’s so simple that he still wears jeans and tennis shoes from 1987.  The man does not waste a thing!  He’s one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known.  And to prove my point, I’ll tell you that he wanted work shirts and pants for his 71st birthday.  Work shirts and work pants.  His mother worked until she was 76 in the sewing plant, so I’m sure his long term goal is working at least one day longer than she did. He’s loyal to his core and would take the shirt off his back for anyone who needed it.  He’s shy, not much of talker, which means it hasn’t always been easy for him to share his feelings, but when he watches any of us do anything, his eyes swell with tears.  He loves his family, and we love him. I wanted to share the oh-so simple and delicious appetizer I made from Pinterest.  You know it’s A+ when the kids love it!  Try it and let me know what you think!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Good Morning sweetness! Love this post about your father. Such a fun peek into your life. And love the description of the chaos, kids, dogs, family… man I thrive on that. Gonna have some of that today here too. LOL

jodi - I love the picture of your dad and the kids….so nice! I love to get together with my family, my house is the gathering place(it’s the biggest). My parents are both passed away and it’s just my 2 brothers and their families and me and my little crew. We love to get together as much as we can, you have to…family is everything! :)

Your appetizers look delish! I LOVE pinterest, I just need to try more of what i pin. :) LOL

Take care!

Christy - So precious! You look like your dad. Glad you had a good weekend.

michele - our dad’s are truly cut from the same cloth. I swear they even look alike, if Don-T had stache or Duane-O didn’t. Read this with tears in my eyes so sweet!!

Becky @Farmgirl Paints - Good times for sure. That appetizer bite looked amazing. I’m kinda craving them now:-)

kerrie - I love people like your Dad…they are the salt of the earth. We could learn alot from him. I think he is wise, wise, wise. To have no debt…that is someone to respect and to learn from. How lucky you are to have such a father. xo

tiffini - hello sweet girl. i am so slow in getting back into commenting but here i am:) i got woke up at 4:30 so i thought i would visit. hoping to have a cup of coffee with you;)
i love your heart for your daddy. that is one thing i truly missed in my life was a dad. don’t really know him. i AM thankful for our heavenly father of course. you know that:)
but i love love reading about real life daughters and daddy’s:)
looking forward to more time with you and all the girls..have a beautiful Tuesday friend. love you . you know that right?:)

Robyn - Tara, what a true blessing of family you have. When we feel there is nothing left to be thankful for, even in all its messiness, family is always there!

Kim-in-the-Cove - I love this! What a great tribute to your dad. He sounds like such a wonderful role model for the whole family. I think the shyness and inability to smile for a camera must be genetically linked because we have several family members who have the same problem!! haha

Great post!

Tricia - Your love for your dad shines through, Tara. It sounds like you all had a really wonderful day. xo

Susan - Loved hearing about your time together….these are some of the sweetest memories. Savor this season in your lives. Will try that appetizer…looks yummy!


Kelly Cach - That’s the sweetest tribute! Made me teary. Those Dad’s….they sure are special.

And btw, the couple that hosts our new bible study group is from Augusta, Georgia. It’s a little like getting to visit with y’all ;)

Jenny - Reading your post about your Dad made me tear up. Had to actually hold myself back. Your Father is so special and reminds me of mine. We are both so blessed to have such simple, warm hearted fathers. I’m so glad you shared him with us.

LLH Designs - I love the way you do birthdays. It all feels just right for who I think you are and what you’re all about. And what does the family do for you on birthdays? Do you go out or does everyone pitch in at home? xoxo!

Debbie - Reading your post brought tears to my eyes…..your father sounds so much like mine. A man of integrity. I lost my dad a year ago at the age of 92…enjoy every minute and every celebration you have together….they are priceless. - i enjoyed reading your blog in the past and i’m so glad to have found you again!

your dad looks like a sweetheart and hey, if he’s still wearing jeans and tenny’s from 1987 then he’s totally hipster!; )

i’ll have to try that appetizer. love anything with goats cheese!

Jackie - I love this! Being able to gather with family often is something that we don’t get to experience since everyone lives too far away. What a gift!
And that appetizer looks scrumptious. :) xo

Mindy - Gathering with family – the best! He may not have a big smile on his face but I see a big love behind those eyes for you all.

geraldine - Made these recently at a get together, and they were a hit! Very light and flavorful, and so simple! Thanks for the awesome appetizer! I used GF crackers, worked perfectly and will be a staple recipe for me.

Super Bowl Appetizers - […] crisps with goat cheese, blackberries and honey from Between You and Me look absolutely delicious – and far more healthy than most of my appetizer picks. They can […]

Robin - Can you email me the recipe, it looks amazing and I cannit wait to try it.

Friday Favorites | gold confetti - […] App to Try: How fresh, simple and delicious do these […]


Teen Room Makeover

I was the college student who changed her major 5 times before settling on Child and Family Development.  Somewhere in the mix was a degree in interior design.  It’s always been an interest of mine.  I was the little girl who asked for new bedding and fresh paint on the walls for her birthdays.  I was also the teenager who rearranged the furniture in our house during the summers, while my parents were at work.

My dad thought interior design seemed like a wasteland of a degree.  If you’re a designer, don’t be offended.  This is the same man who doesn’t change things ever, unless they’re broken.  He also still wears tennis shoes from twelve years ago.  No worries.  Reading this wouldn’t offend him in the least because he takes great pride in living a simple life.

So, where was I?  I think I was sending out a disclaimer that I make no claims to be a designer.  However, I love helping people figure out how to make their homes a refuge and how to make their homes function for them.  What’s the saying?  Have nothing in your home that isn’t both useful and beautiful.

With all that said, my dear friend Julie asked me to help her figure out her style and help make it happen in her home.  We started with her daughter’s room.  Laura Scott is a senior in high school and wanted her room to feel a little older.

Her walls were more of a baby pink, which you’ll see in the before shots below.  She really wanted to keep pink walls, but she wanted a different shade, so we picked two other pinks…a super light pink that feels more airy, and a darker pink to bring a little pop to the room.  Her room is actually converted attic space, so it’s a very large room with weird ceiling angles.



I knew from talking with Laura Scott that she wanted twin beds in the space, and she wanted to have a desk area to do her homework at every night.  Her mom also showed me all the artwork that Laura Scott had created throughout her years in school.  This family has hearts the size of Texas, so I knew finding a way to display her artwork would make all their hearts happy.

Here are a few after shots for you to see…First up is the gallery wall that we mentioned. As you first walk in the room, there’s a super long wall that needed something pretty dramatic. We filled it with her most treasured art pieces from Kindergarten to present.  I think the lion’s head is my favorite! She’s a fantastic volleyball player, and her number throughout highschool has been #13.  We found those metal numbers at Scott’s Antiques in Atlanta!




These next shots are of her new desk area.  Laura Scott is truly one of the nicest teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know.  She loves people and her life is surrounded with friends.  I wanted to display some of her favorite pictures taken throughout high school because relationships are so important to her.





And last…her twin beds with their classic white bedding from Tar-Jay and some extra pillows to add some color. You have to really look to see the wall behind her beds…that’s the darker shade of pink that we chose.  




It really wasn’t hard at all to make just a few changes that made a huge impact.  We shopped my house and found the headboards for her new twin beds, we painted her desk and her bedside table a fun peacock blue, we picked up new bedding, and we bought a handful of accessories to tie it all together. It’s amazing what a difference it has made to divide the room into areas and then finish them out with accessories.

It was so much fun that we’ve decided to move our way through the rest of the house over the course of this next year. Julie has such a tremendous heart for her family and for opening their home up to others. It’s so beautiful to see her figure out what her style is..what makes her heart smile. I think it has surprised her to see how easy it is to make changes in each room that truly reflect who she is and who her family is together.

We’re working on the family room now and then we’re going to give her other three kids new rooms during the Christmas break. Shhhh, they don’t know! After we finish those up, we’re going to tackle their dining room and their master bedroom. I’ll be sure to show you the before and afters so you can see how attainable it is!

Laurin Stevens - Tara, what a fabulous job! I know LS has to be so excited to hang out in her new room! Way to share your gift for making a great space!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Oh my gosh I feel GIDDY!! First of all I didn’t go to college, I got an “MRS.” degree. :) BUT had I gone… it would have been interior design all the way. Still think about getting a degree in that. Love it so much. I also changed my room and house all the time. Loved that!! We are kindreds, you and I. Already knew that.

LOVE what you did here!! Just a ton of sweetness and when I said I was giddy I said that because you said there is more to come! I can not wait to see it all.

Jenny - Looks so inviting. What a fun project. You definitely have a style for simple, warm and personable. Super cute, Tara.

Megan - You are a great friend! What a neat space for this young lady. As an art teacher, that gallery wall is my favorite! How cool is that lion??!!

Starr - No disclaimer needed…you are TOTALLY a designer, friend! And my favorite one at that! Can’t wait to see the subsequent posts. Exiting!!!

Kelly Cach - Oh, Tara! This shows what a big, giving heart you have. Really, what a gift you are to your friend. And what a dream come true for her, I’m sure….to have someone so willing to physically HELP with decorating. It’s one thing to inspire people with pictures and suggestions, but to have you actually dig in and do the work has to motivate and excite her all the more. If any of my local friends are reading this, by chance do any of you have a heart for service with a side of interior design? Just let me know and I’ll get ya my address ;)

And I gotta say, I laughed OUT.LOUD at the thought of you rearranging while your parents were gone ….Hahahaha, caught my funny bone!

I’d hire you in a heartbeat, Tara….as a designer AND a friend :)
Bless you for using your gifts.

Jackie - Fantastic job, lady! It looks great.
And it’s SO fun for me to see that artwork over the years up on the wall! :)

melissa shepard - LoVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had that knack! What a talent.

Kourtney - What a beautiful job you did! As the beneficiary of your design skills, I can say that I know how blessed their family is!

Susan - How cute!!! Love the make-over that you all did! I really love the artwork that you incorporated on that huge wall. Great idea!

Christy - LOVE it!! I bought the same twin bedding for my little one a couple of weeks ago. :) I wish you could come down here to help me with my tween’s room and my room too. I bought paint to paint the whole downstairs the other day when it was 40% off. Now to figure out when I’m going to fit in the actual painting part!

Deanna - This looks so good! I really like those headboards – you guys are so creative! Also, curious about where you found the framed bulletin board. I was eyeing one similar from Ballard Designs to go over my console table by our mud room, but it’s $80 – yikes! Do you know of a cheaper option?

Flower Patch Farmgirl - You had me at gallery wall.
Well done, T.

Courtney - sooo awesome! you did a great job!!

Mindy - I love this room and I bet the lucky girl you designed it for does too!

Mindy - I love this room and I bet the lucky girl you designed for does too!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - that’s a fabulous room. a BIG room! lucky:))) love the bedding. and the letters and the art!! well done friend.