A Surprise In The Mail

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.   Joel left on Friday for a weekend at the beach with over 50 college students so I stayed with my friend  Calli whose husband also went.  We had an awesome girls weekend that consisted of eating lots of salad, sipping hot tea and decorating.  It was an amazingly productive but restful weekend.

Have I told y’all how wonderful my husband is?
He is the most wonderful person I know!  I learn so much from him.  He spends his days pouring his life into college guys, by being a close friend and teaching them how to pursue God.  He loves so well, I am humbled by his amazing heart.  Then he comes home and pours his life and heart into me.  Of all the pursuers of God that I know, Joel, is most like Jesus.
Ok now that we are all in love with Joel let me put the cherry on top.

Do you remember the candy corn fall decorations I wanted?

Well look at what came in the mail this weekend!

He had read my post and ordered them for me.

He is the best. He knows me so well.  My heart is safe with him.

Oh, I can’t wait to display them in my house!

Let me ask you, have you told your man (or lady) how special they are today?

 Have you told them how grateful you are for them?

I encourage you to do that.  Then thank God for that person.

With love,
Lauren

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Lovin My Job

I have spent the past two days working on a couple color consultations for two customers.  Let me just say it has been a BLAST if I could just spend all day choosing colors for people I would be on cloud 9!

I love getting packages. I rarely do so it is really exciting when I do.  This afternoon I was sitting on my bed folding laundry and the FedX guy pulled up in front of my house with this.

 It is for one of the projects I ‘m working on for a customer.  Here is one other piece to the project.

Can you guess what I’m making?  I will show you the finished product once it is done.

Also, I want to let you know I love to hear from you.  I often talk to people who say they read my blog but I have no idea they do.  Sometimes I feel like I’m just talking to myself:) so leave me a comment I love, love to hear from you.  Let me know who you are.  Tell me what you like.  Trust me it won’t annoy me.  Actually, I am very guilty of this, I read other people’s blogs and never comment.  I recently read in a blogging advice book that people who read blogs and don’t comment are known as “lurkers”.  Haha, I thought that was hilarious.  Let’s not be lurkers! Let’s talk, let’s get to know each other!

One more thing, if you haven’t checked out my Etsy shop, click here, and check it out. If you live locally and want to purchase something you can contact me by clicking here and we can arrange for a pick up so you don’t have to pay shipping.  I’m in the process of uploading pictures of more items.  I am constantly finding new treasures so check in regularly.

I hope you have a great start to your weekend.  I look forward to hearing from you:)

With love,
Lauren

A Beautiful Wedding

Hi to all! I went to the most beautiful wedding yesterday and I just couldn’t wait to share some of the photos. Joel’s cousin, Jenna, married Davey yesterday and it could not have been more perfect.  It took place at a residence in Southern California.  The venue, the people, and the wedding party were breathtaking.  But the most beautiful was the bride.  I spoke with Davey, the groom, at the rehearsal dinner and he told me about how he and Jenna really worked hard during their engagement to honor God and each other and yesterday it showed.  As she walked down the aisle he looked at her with such approval and she was presented to him, a spotless bride.  It made me think of what it will be like one day for the church to be presented to Christ.  Oh, it is going to be the most beautiful wedding day ever!!

Here are some snap shots of the big event.

With love,
Lauren

Decorating For Fall

My favorite time of year is right around the corner. Fall.  I love when the first cold front blows through, it has such promise, such refreshment.  I love the excitement of three months of holidays ahead.  I love pulling out my sweaters that have been stored away since February.  Most of all I love Fall decorations.  I love the colors of Fall.  The warmth in reds, golden yellows, oranges and shades of brown.   When I was a little girl my mom and I would load up in the car and head out down old country roads to find grapevine growing along old fences. When we found some she would pull over, yank the grapevine out of the fence and start bending and shaping it into a wreath.  I loved watching her create!  I loved the
organic-ness of the moment.  Then we would load back up in the car and go look for some “pretty weeds”.  When we found some we would pull over, she would get out her scissors that she often carried with her and she would cut any “pretty weed” that we found.   Then we would go back home and I would spend the afternoon watching my mom create a Fall wreath from the treasures we collected.  I admired her creativity.  I learned from her resourcefulness.  I thought my mom was soo cool!  I wanted to be just like her.  So when this time of year rolls around these kinds of memories come flooding back into my mind.  My “creativity” box opens up in my mind and I start dreaming up different ideas for my house.  Hopefully, this Fall, on top of our bathroom remodel, Joel’s job and me starting a business I will have time for my hobby, creating beautiful things for my home, and if I’m really lucky I will take pictures and share with all of you:)

The other day I was posting pictures in my new Etsy shop, Rescued Home Interiors, and I came across these precious candy corn at Old Goat Prims

I absolutely love them!!! They would look so cute in my house this Fall.  They are only $15!  I first considered making them but for the price I really feel like it would be better just to buy them.  That is, if Joel will let me buy anything else for our house:) What do y’all think? Do you like them? Come on you know you want to give me your opinion! Let me hear it.

With love,
Lauren

Lamp Makeover

Not only do I have a thing for chairs but I am drawn to lamps, more specifically, lampshades.  I think a lampshade can add such character and really bring out a personal style in a room.  Here are a few of my lampshade makeovers.

I really enjoy taking something that is blah and making it unique!  A few weeks ago my friend, Jolie, asked me to be looking for a floor lamp she could put into her son’s nursery.  She painted his room with large vertical yellow stripes, soo precious, and was looking for a brown lamp that would go with the room.
I had this black and white lamp that we were no longer using.

And turned it into this.  What do you think?

I was very pleased with how it turned out.

The latest update on my Etsy shop, Rescued Home Interiors, is that I have uploaded 10 items that are for sale and will be adding more in the next few days. You can view and purchase those items by clicking here.

Also, my interior decorating business is growing.  I did a color consultation for a church sanctuary last week!!! I know can you believe it?  God is so good.  I am also working on a few other projects for customers.  If you are interested in a color consultation and follow-up and live in the San Marcos area, I charge $65.   A color consultation includes one hour on site where I come out, take a look at your space and listen to your desires.  I will then follow-up with you by presenting my color choices and decorating suggestions.  Also, I  charge $35/hr. to complete any decorating work.  You can contact me by clicking here or emailing me at laurenlowry04@gmail.com.

With love,
Lauren

The Rescued Home on Etsy

Progress on the guest bath is moving along quite slowly here in the Lowry household.  The school year is back in full swing and even though I’m not teaching I am still on a school schedule with Joel’s job.  If you didn’t know my husband is a pastor to college students and much of our lives revolve around students.  We love it because we feel like we’re still in college! Since my last update we purchased this pendant light that will hang from the ceiling

and two of these sconces that will go on both sides of the mirror over the sink

in oil rubbed bronze from the Restoration Hardware outlet for a fraction of the catalog price.  I love me some good deals!  We are hoping to complete the bathroom project by the end of October!  We spent the weekend installing the plumbing for the sink, toilet and tub.  We need to finish some electrical and plumbing and then sheet rock can go up on the walls.  I love that part because at that point it starts to feel like the room is really starting to come together.  Hey, I have a funny story.  The other night we saw a neighborhood cat slink through a small opening under our house.  I thought it was gross because I am not a big fan of cats and I didn’t want them under our house.  Joel said it was good because they will keep the mice and rats away.  When he said it that way I was ok with cats instead of rats!  Well, on Saturday I was under the house, working on some plumbing, in the corner where the cat had been and I looked down to see a huge pile of bird feathers on the ground! I yelled “EWW!”  And Joel screamed, what?!?  Not only had the cats been keeping rats away but they were using the underneath of my house for a dining room!!!!  RIP little birdie.

 In other news I’ve been working on pictures for my Etsy shop and wanted to share a few with you.  I’m hoping to have it open for business by this weekend:)

With love,
Lauren