Saturday, August 15, 2009


You know how I love Amy Butler. I'm also in love with her new collection of handcrafted rugs. View the slide show here... and be prepared to drool.GEORGIA

Cotton blooms create a cloud of soft circles for resting, stretching & lounging. Enjoy these clouds in either green or blue.

Big and bold poppies and leaves create fresh & modern accent to your favorite spaces. Two color ways to choose from


A deep rich organic pattern in charcoal brown and blue. Heavily sculpted pile in an artistic and lush tapestry for your floor.

joyful and passionate flower in deep red, burgundy and magenta. A romantic accent to warm up your room!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

(in) courage

Well. You may have already heard the buzz of excitement hovering around the blog-world this week. If not, let me tell you what the buzz is all about: It is about courage. It is about our girl-made mess and the God who redeems it. It is a place to be inspired, rejuvenated, and accepted.
So what is it? Well, on Monday August 10th, you can see for yourself. For now, check out for a preview. The girls at Dayspring (a division of Hallmark) have been tirelessly working to launch a new site for you and me, a place to call home.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Personalized Pillows

Imagine coordinating all of your child’s bedroom pillows -- with some personalization to boot. With Bella Marie's personalized pillows, you can.

Seamstress and Etsy shop-owner, Marie Villa, loves personalized items, as do her children. To Marie, her name pillows are "the perfect projects to make that not only coordinate with a room's colors, but also personalize it at the same time.”
Marie used an assortment of Heather Bailey Freshcut fabrics for the “Emme Pillow” below. Other materials include a background fabric (Marie used a solid, pre-quilted fabric) Heat n' Bond™ Lite, stuffing, and lots of thread.

According to Marie, this is a simple design to make. Each pillow takes about 2 hours to complete. "The letters are the only thing that can get tricky – but with practice you can get them just right."
Marie's pattern is from one of her favorite websites,, for $6.95. However, if you don't have the skills nor the time to make your own customized pillows -- but you love homemade, you’re in luck. Marie will make a custom one for you. Contact Marie through her Etsy shop, Bella Marie Designs, to place your custom order. Keep in mind, longer names such as Savannah can be fit onto a slightly longer pillow.
If you don’t have a little guy or girl in mind, Marie suggests a “Mom” pillow for mother’s day or a special “Grandma” pillow with grandchildren’s names hand-embroidered around the pillow's front. For pillow inspiration, comb through Marie’s Flickr set here.