Fall is among us people! I am so excited, I've already started to pull out my scarves and tights and boots and sweaters and everything else thats warm and cozy! Is it starting to get cooler over in your neck of the woods?
It's raining today so I'll be staying in and making some green chile chicken enchiladas for friends. Rain always calls for a movie night in!
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one // I love waking up to photos and things crafted by my own two hands. I will always love that photo of me and the mr. I'm thinking it's time to add a few new photos though. Learn how to make those flowers here.
two // I've enjoyed putting my hands to embroidery and cross stitch; soon I'll be adding some to the shop! I love the simplicity of these little pieces; they're my little treasures.
three // placing little sweet notes from my family and friends is my favorite. It's good to remind yourself that you are indeed loved.
four // one of my favorite Liberty of London pieces; one day I'd love to pass it along to my little girl. I've been collecting doilies for the last 3 years. I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but I look forward to the future project and all the memories it will hold of special thrifting outings!
five // journals and books will always stay. I just detest getting rid of journals or books; they're just so... special! let's see how many times I can say that word, ha!
six & seven // perfumes are a slight obsession. I associate certain times in my life with different scents - they say it's the one sense that can bring back a memory the fastest. So I like to think of them as bottles of sweet memories past and some not yet made^_^
eight // I love having white space; it's all part of the declutter!
nine // love love this print that the mr got me for my birthday.
ten // the cutest purse ever that Adrienne gifted me.
eleven // transition pieces that still need to find a place to settle. I only have so much room!
twelve // I will always love baby's breath; it's so whimsical and pretty.
thirteen // jewelry and sunnies on collected and thrifted plates. I've been collecting plates for a few years now. Not sure what I'm saving them up for, but I love the idea of each one having it's own story.
fourteen // bringing out my balls of yarn. Fall means knitting and these colors are just perfection.
My space is slowly but surely coming along. These are just peeks; hope you enjoyed. Have you begun to simplify? If so, how is your space looking?? I'd love to see your progress, feel free to leave a link below!
As I've been awaiting the arrival of my iphone 5 delivery, I've been crafting up a storm. Here are a few new lovely things I'll be adding to the shop soon! I love this foxface the most! Hope your day is off to a lovely start!
I love to create. I've been trying to think of a way I could use my creativity in a way that all of you could enjoy. I've decided to start posting downloads for you! If you're anything like me, you like to change up your computer space with pretty new desktop backgrounds. So, in honor of my new Simple way of life, I give to you the "Beauty in the simplest of things" desktop background. I'm very excited for this fun little addition to the blog. Soon, I will be adding a button where you will be able to search all downloads. Hope you enjoy!
I've been thinking, and the more I think, the more I realize something; I over think things. I want to get back to the basics. I want to stop over doing life and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. I think this will help bring clarity into my life, focusing on the more important things.
reprioritizing // This is really where the idea of change came into my life. I took a step back from what I was doing and realized that I was not giving the time and attention to the things I loved most and it was taking it's toll on several aspects of my life. One of those things was family. Without sharing too much, the job I recently had been in, had not allowed me to visit my family as much as I've grown accustomed to doing. Over these past few months I've realized just how precious my time with the people I love is to me and my life. I felt that I was not living to live, I was living to work. Does that make sense? There was no end to my work and though it provided for me financially, it was actually doing the opposite for me in every other way. I want the things that matter most, to get the best of me, because those things deserve my time and energy the most.
reorganizing // I'll expand on this below, but this was primarily because I realized that my life has become so cluttered with things. Ever since I was a little girl, I have filled my life with lots of things. I'm sure there's some deeper meaning to it, but the void I was trying to fill with material things, I realize I can fill with so many other things of actual purpose and substance. I'm not selling all I own, but I am getting down to the bare minimum; I just don't want to live my life in excess. Back to the basics.
rethinking // This is really just about retraining my mind to be a new person - a better me; to stop pretending to be somebody and actually be somebody. I'm tired of saying "one day" and I truly want to start being the best me, now. Undoing the way you've thought for the last 24 years is no easy task, but it's one that I'm willing to take on. I feel empowered and capable like never before. If you set your mind to something, you truly can achieve it and I believe that with all my heart.
This is a new chapter for me. I feel like I went through a season of unrest, wrestling with anxious thoughts about where my feet were going to land - even after I seemingly had my life in order, I hadn't felt like it was coming together the way it was supposed to. It was a good time in my life, don't get me wrong. Through every season I try and grow and figure out what wisdom I can glean from it - these last six months have been no different. While I may not be in my dream situation currently, I have found rest in my soul and peace in my mind. I believe I am where God has placed me and I feel like my life is moving in the right direction. I think my biggest fear in where I was at these past few months was that my life was becoming stagnant. Where I once was a river that flowed freely with thoughts and inspiration, I felt myself plateauing. This is a place I believe we all reach, but it's so important to push past it. I am now a steady stream and I cannot wait to see what this next chapter holds for me.
I will be doing several things to incorporate this theme of simplicity into my life.
>> decluttering: This speaks primarily to my room/closet. I love to shop. There, I said it! I have long enjoyed going out and picking up a few things here and there, and have now found myself surrounded by a bunch of stuff. Stuff that I don't really need, mind you. SO I've decided that the only purchases I make will be meaningful - things that will add to my life and not simply take up space. There are things I own that I truly treasure, and I want all of my "things" to be special. That being said, I'm cleaning out! This will be a great way for me to start saving money and a great way to give back by donating unneeded things to people who do in fact need them.
>> creating space: I have found that I think best and am highly productive when I have room. I reorganized my room a few months back, but it has since become a clutter. I'm going to be cleaning up and cleaning out as I stated earlier, and refocusing my space into a place that breeds inspiration, creativity and life. To start off, I picked up some new plant babies. I'll post more photos of my progress soon.
>> creating routine: I know routines can become mundane and boring, and sometimes they get a bad wrap, but I truly believe that a good routine, properly implemented in ones life will bring about a beautiful and fulfilling relationship between you and your life. There are several things that I plan on implementing into my daily routine. Here are a few of mine:
exercising- running or doing yoga
drinking more water & taking my vitamins
journaling and reading through a devotional
less electronics and more quiet time - more reading books
getting more fresh air
cooking at least one meal/ staying on a consistent healthy diet
crafting for the fun of it checking in with family and friends - through visits, phone calls, skype dates or a simple text maintaining a clean fresh space
So that's it for now. I hope this inspires you to challenge yourself in a new way. It's a stretch for sure, but it's one I know will pay off & something I know I'll thank myself for later. With all of that being said, you can expect the blog to start to look a little different; remember, we're going back to basics. I'm excited to revamp not only the look, but the feel and the content. I've already started to work on fresh new features that I know you will enjoy. If you have any thoughts or tips on any of this, leave a comment or even email me! I love hearing from all of you. Thanks so much friends for allowing me into your lives, for letting me share my heart and for being so kind. Have a wonderful week! xo. Melisa
details // dress: thrifted, boots: Minnetonka, necklace: renegade craft fair, purse: a gift from Adrienne
This week is already off to a wonderful start! So much change, and I can't wait to share! It's starting to feel like fall here and that in itself is enough to make a girl smile. Anything new or exciting in your neck of the woods??
I love visiting my sister. Being around her always makes me feel so comfortable and happy. I decided to go for an overnight trip and I'm so very happy I did! It was a simple, but sweet day spent together. She made stew, we watched movies, talked about life, giggled lots and I snapped a few photos. Sister time always makes my life better. Do you have a sister? Aren't they just the best??
This is Gemma. She is basically perfect. I'm not generally a "baby person" per say, but this sweet little bird has completely changed me. I never really grew up around babies, because I was the baby of the family myself. I've never really been one of those super nurturing motherly types either, so when Gemma came along I was quite surprised as to how taken I was with her. And I really am. She is just the sweetest and prettiest baby and don't you try and deny it. I snapped these photos at her one year birthday party and thought I'd share a few. I love this family so much!