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New Planner from Hearth & Hand

 

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Since this is my first post on the blog for the new year, I guess I should say “Happy New Year!”, even though it’s already the 20th of January! Every year I resolve to get organized because organization is NOT one of my stronger points. Honestly, I think organization doesn’t typically come easy to creatives (though there’s always an exception to the rule). There’s certain things I’m organized with (hold on while I try to think of one…ha!), but most things are jumbled. I don’t mean that my house is a mess, or laundry doesn’t get done or anything like that. The pantry could use a good organizing, as well as the kids closet (probably like a lot of you), but mostly, my BRAIN is a mess! I’m forgetful (thank you Lupus) and I have to write things down most of the time or I’ll forget. Last year I bought a cute planner from Anthropologie and never wrote anything in it (thank goodness it was WAY on sale). SO, I’m starting over again this year with a new planner from the Hearth & Hand collection at Target.

I saw this planner a couple times before I bought it and really liked the simplicity of it, and it comes with everything I think I need at this point. I’ve seen a lot of really cute, very complex and expensive planners out there, but I don’t really think I need all that to keep up with my schedule. And this one was priced right!

The simplicity is keeping with Joanna Gaines style.

I love how she puts little house keeping and home decor tips throughout the pages.

There’s space for all your goal planning, too.

Do any of you ever fill out these contacts pages? Miss Organized here never does. BUT, I actually typed up addresses of family and friends a couple years ago and keep it saved on my computer. Go me! I am now well on my way to being an organizational guru!!

How many of you keep yearly planners? I’d love to hear what you use!

Click here to get this simple, but lovely planner from the Hearth and Hand collection!

Till the next time,

Kassie

 

 

 

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Harrison & Lyla’s 5th Birthday Farm Party {Down on the Farm}

Harrison & Lyla celebrated their 5th birthday a week early at the end of August. I figured since it’s now October, it’s about time to blog about it. 😉

I don’t do parties every year. In fact, other than family get together’s at Chuck E. Cheese, the twins haven’t had a party since their first birthday (see that party here). This is totally just my view, but I don’t want my kids expecting a huge party every year with tons of gifts. I also feel it’s a burden on guests to have to buy EVERY year for the same kids. Especially when I have two at the same party. I feel my kids will appreciate something more when it’s not expected every year. Anyway, that’s just my opinion, so if you’re different, that’s totally fine. Ok, mooo-ving on… (see what I did there?)

I think it’s a little hard to come up with cute party themes when you’re having to do boy/girl. Luckily, I didn’t think too much on this one and the kids were ecstatic about it, so I went with it. And Y’ALL. I decided to do this party TWO weeks before the party date. Yikes. Other than invitations and reserving the bounce house, I did every bit of shopping, crafting and work the week of the party. It was luckily a slow week (except for the fact that we were leaving on vacation 3 days after the party, and I was also trying to get outfits together for family photos). Why do I do this to myself? Ohhh yeah…for my kids.

So, the farm theme was a hit with my kids and I thought it all turned out cute, so here I am sharing. We had the party at my parents place. This is basically where I grew up from age 11: out in the country, but right on the edge of town. Pretty perfect. They have about 6 acres including a small pond…or a tank as Texans say. There’s no animals now, other than some wild turkey, rattlesnakes and a few deer now and then. We had a someone else’s horses at one point and my dad had a few cattle…we also had some chickens, cats and dogs in the mix too. 🙂

So, here we go with the pictures. Here’s the invitation I designed with cute clip art from Etsy. (Source at the bottom of the post)

The food tables.

Y’all, my friend made the cake. She also made the cake for their first birthday party, you can see that post here. All I did is show her a Pinterest picture of a cake the kids picked out and she DELIVERED! In her defense, it was hot and humid, so some of this was melting by the time I got a pic, but isn’t this the cutest? She did fabulous!

I made these food labels and attached with miniature clothes-pins.

Ignore the box of forks I forgot to move in my rush to get pictures taken before the guests started eating!

Brownies cut into circles for “cow patties”.

Chex Mix made for good “chicken feed”, little smokies wrapped in crescent rolls for “pigs in a blanket”,  “pitchforks” in a metal bucket, and rice krispie treats as “haystacks”. That label blew away in the wind….. 

Deviled eggs as “farm fresh eggs”. 

Robbing the kids toy box made for easy table decorations!

My dad let us use his Kubota tractor as the photo booth! I LOVE how it turned out!

I downloaded these photo booth props at the last minute from Etsy because the ones I ordered from Amazon didn’t make it in time. They were easy to cut out and glue on a stick. (Source at bottom of Post)

 

Cousins!

I couldn’t believe I found a farm theme bounce house! It was perfect and the kids loved it! And of course, we had lemonade and sweet tea!

The birthday kids! Can you spot the evidence of a mouth full of chocolate???

I have the sources listed for these cute shirts at the bottom of the post.

It turned out to be a fun day “down on the farm”!

 

Sources:

“Country as a Biscuit” tee

“Cow You Doin’?” tee

Farm Photo Booth Downloadable Props

Farm Party Clip Art

Drink Canisters (similar)

Cow Fabric

Bandana Fabric

Red & White Checkered Fabric

Galvanized Bucket

Farm Bounce House

Farm Animal Figurines

Mini Hay Bales

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Wichita Falls Bridal Market 2017

I had the opportunity to style a booth last weekend at the annual KFDX Bridal Market in Wichita Falls, for Rebecca at RCain Photography & Hello Sweetie Design Co. Last year, I styled the booth for Butterstick Bakery and Castle Events. You can check that post out here.

It was fun to be back…It somehow doesn’t feel like work because I truly enjoy it. I thought I’d share a few photos with you, even though I only had my iPhone with me. Rebecca had spoken with me about the look she wanted, so I scoured my attic (which is a mess and resembles a thrift store) and managed to nail the look she was aiming for.

I knew what I wanted to use, but wasn’t sure it would all fit in her 10×10 booth, so I did a little space planning. I did this using a free app on my phone. I don’t have any fancy software yet, but this got the job done (there were no wood pallets in their furniture options either, which is what we were using for a backdrop, so I used bookshelves in place of those). 🙂

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After I knew what would work, I loaded up my SUV the next morning in FREEZING weather and it had just started snowing. OF COURSE. The one day I have to be loading furniture by myself into a vehicle…. I think the wind chill was around 3°F. For central north Texas, that’s cold, y’all! Anyway, I got there and luckily, there’s a large garage to pull into for unloading and we had some help!

These pictures were taken before most of Rebecca’s product was added and I didn’t go back the next day. Shopping in Dallas was calling my name. 😉 The plan was to also add fresh pink petite roses in that gold vase, and the stands on the table to the right, but she didn’t have time to stop and get them the morning of the market. Oops.

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Rebecca’s husband made the wood pallet backdrops.

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My niece gave me the Tiffany & Co. box because she thought I might be able to use it sometime, and it was perfect for the giveaway Rebecca was doing! She gave away cookies from Butterstick Bakery that were added to that cake stand.

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My little “for like ever” cake topper turned out to be perfect for this event, too! It’s amazing what you find in your own home when you start trying to pull something like this together!

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It’s always fun to do some styling and see the end results! I hope to do more in the future and I’m really excited to have enrolled last week in interior design school! It’s not something I think you HAVE to do in order to be good at styling or decorating, but I believe it will help me. And learning of any sort is always a good thing!

 

I hope you all have a happy Friday!

til the next time,

Kassie

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It’s My 10th Bloggiversary!!!!

Y’all, my blog turned TEN YEARS OLD this week!! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 10 years!! TEN! NO, it’s not this particular blog…this is actually my 3rd blog and hopefully my last. It’s hard work changing platforms, names, gaining followers, etc.! (But switching to WordPress was worth it!)

And if you want to know how I keep track of the bloggiversary, it’s because I turned 30 the week I started blogging. Uhh…which means I just celebrated my 40th! Here’s to birthday week! Lawd help me! 🙂

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I started out on a little, ugly blog when people didn’t even know what the word “blog” meant. I didn’t even know. Some friends of mine had moved away and started a blog to keep those of us that stayed behind updated on their new life and a church they were starting (who actually moved back to where I live and are now my pastors). Anyway, it looked fun, so a few of us jumped on the bandwagon and started blogging. Mind you, it was mostly an online journal where you kept your circle of friends informed about what you did that particular day! I was going to share with you my first post, but I think it might be too embarrassing! And it gives WAY too much personal information (what was I thinking??!!)! Now, most of my friends have fallen off that bandwagon, and my blog has developed into something I never knew it would. I love to write, share my home and projects; and hopefully someday this blog will be even more.

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So, for those of you who follow along, old followers and new, I’m doing a (small) giveaway on Instagram to say thank you and to celebrate 10 years of sharing creativity (or not so much) with the world. Head over there and follow me if you don’t and tag a few friends to enter the giveaway as well. My link for Instagram is to your right. That’s all you have to do (I’d love for you to subscribe to my blog as well, or follow on Bloglovin’, but it’s not required to enter).

The winner will receive this REVERSIBLE wood sign! The giveaway begins today at 3pm central time, and will end Friday morning at 8am, central time.

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 So head on over to Instagram and enter…and thank you for reading and supporting this blog.

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till the next time,

Kassie

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Magnolia Market Trip

A couple of days ago, I got to make a day trip to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. I’d been once before (back in September), but it was to the “little shop on Bosque”, just before the new place opened. Oh, and if you’re not sure what Magnolia Market is, it’s Chip and Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”) store in Waco, TX. I can’t believe there’s anyone who wouldn’t know who they are, but I guess there’s some unfortunate soul out there. Ha!

It was raining when we made the trip (what? Texas with rain? Only for a solid month now….and I’m only half-complaining, because it’s a lot better than a five year drought…or was it seven? Anyway…). I went with two of my sisters-in-law, and we had a lot of fun. It was impressive from the moment we walked up. An employee met us down on the sidewalk, handed us a big umbrella and offered to take our picture with the shop in the background. He told us to keep the umbrella until we made it to the front doors of the building (excellent customer service).

And then…I walked inside the front doors and heard angels singing and the sun broke through the clouds! 🙂 🙂 It’s like an oversized Anthropologie that only sells home decor! And we know I love Anthro! So, I thought I’d share a few pics (even though they’re all iPhone pics) and let you see a little of it. It’s a good thing I don’t live closer; I’d be broke for sure!

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Can you tell we were happy to be there? My sisters-in-law may have just been really happy to be out of the SUV, driving in torrential rains and listening to me call on the Name of Jesus every 5 seconds. 😉

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Most of you have probably seen a picture of this fireplace and wall, but I took a (horrible) pic anyway.

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This is a shot of some of the first floor. I couldn’t get the whole room on my phone.

The next few are details on the first floor. How cute is this Tulip Bar?

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I may or may not have come home with a few items in the above pictures. 😉

And excuse me as I was a hot mess by this time (the humidity was horrid), but I did meet Jimmy Don so I had to take a pic!

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The photos below are pics of the lower floor you step down into. You can see there was not a huge crowd. I’m guessing because it was a Thursday, and all the rain has caused massive flooding in the state.

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Detail pics below on 2nd floor.

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This “Demo Day’ area was suitable gifts for men. It was a cute space.

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I even had to take a few pics in the bathroom (while someone was knocking trying to get in). But pictures are important, right?

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I know, I know, dirty floor, but I love this kind of tile…

Moving on to outdoors…

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I think it’s pretty amazing that they have this area just for people to hang out and “play”. And there’s not too many places you’ll go (I can’t think of another) that people are just playing outdoors and Christian music (alternating with old jazz) is blaring over the sound system.

There’s also food trucks surrounding this area. We didn’t get anything…we had eaten before we got there, but I think the only truck open was Common Grounds. Probably due to the rain.

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Next is the garden area, where there’s a separate little store (just like the old place on Bosque had).

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Cute little fairy gardens!

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Inside the seed shop.

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They even have two little goats right there downtown.

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And leaving the main store as you check out…

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I hope you enjoyed my little tour….My husband and I have often talked about what makes Chip and Jo so successful. I think  first, it comes down to their dedication to God, the fact that their show/life reminds us of a simpler time, and the fact that they are family-focused, and just plain genuine. I think America is searching for “genuine”. And they’ve found it here amongst a shop with shiplap, flowers, vases, measuring spoons, wooden signs…… and goats.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Kassie

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Ellis Jean Design Co

Welcome to my new blog! If you’re here, you’ve probably seen the post on my old blog (A Couple of Pounds), on why I’ve created a new blog. I’ve worked on this for about two months. I’m hoping for some exciting things in the future, and felt this was the best move. If you’re wondering where “Ellis Jean” comes from, it’s both of my kids middle names. You can follow me on Bloglovin’ (just click the heart under my picture at the right) to see when I post something new, or you can subscribe by email (further down the right column). Thanks for reading!

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3 Things I Love about the One Kings Lane Website

I was asked recently to write a review highlighting the One Kings Lane website.
I’ve told you a little before about One Kings Lane. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a website that offers flash sales daily, specializing in high-end furniture, decor, etc., at a discounted price. A few things that set them apart from the other “flash-sale” websites, is how theirs is set up, and the information and inspiration they offer the customer.
Here’s my love list:
1. THE SALES ARE CATEGORIZED.
 For instance, one of today’s sales is on sheepskin and hide rugs. I know if I’m not looking for a rug, I don’t have to look through all the rugs to find the one item I am looking for. But if I’m looking for a console table (which I happen to be), I see that there’s a sale going on under that specific category and I know to look there.
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ORIGINALITY
You find things here you don’t see everywhere else.
This includes everything you need to make your cupcakes look darling!
3. HOUSE TOURS WITH SHOPPING LINKS
The One Kings Lane blog (linked from the home page) offers a lot of inspiration, but my favorite is the house tours. And what I really love, is they add shopping links to shop the rooms from the tours. The worst thing is finding a photo of a room that has exactly what you want, but you can’t find the item, or you have to hunt for hours to find it!
Isn’t this dining room AH-MAZING from this tour?! I love it…
And how incredible that the links are provided for the items/very similar items, and you could re-create this look in your own home!
My only problem with this website, is that I find I seriously need more pondering time and money. 😉 Head on over and be inspired.
til the next time,
kassie
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Minted Design Contest

On a whim, I decided this year to enter Minted’s contest for designing a Christmas/Holiday card. I just started learning Adobe Illustrator a couple of weeks ago, so these are not fancy, but I figured it didn’t hurt to try. 🙂 If you like these, you can click on the link below each card and vote for my design. There are some AMAZING prizes for several winners, along with a percentage of sales this holiday season for every card purchased in winning designs.

 

 

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Happy Monday!
til the next time,
Kassie
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Daylin Skye Designs

Have you heard of Daylin Skye? If not, you should really click over and check out the website here.
Amber, the brains and talent behind Daylin Skye Designs, is an old college friend of mine. She makes beautiful handbags, clutches, pouches, etc., that are all handcrafted in California, vegan friendly, earth conscious and cruelty-free. These bags are high-quality vegan leather, and Amber can even make you something special at your request. I got the fun opportunity the past few days of sharing some peeks at her new spring line on Facebook and Instagram. I thought I’d catch you up here and let you see some of the bags.
This little beauty is Daylin Skye’s signature bag. I loved this one because it can be carried at the wrist, or on the shoulder, or even as a cross-body.

 

 These are all the bags I got to try out! Isn’t she talented?!
 I decided to take that red gem out for a little fun photo shoot. And guess what? Hubs took these pictures! He may have a future in photography…. ha! 😉
It was a little chilly…uh…it was FREEZING outside, but that setting sun was fantastic!

 

 

 Anyone want that red bag now?? You’re welcome.
Here’s a cute pouch I haven’t seen in person, but isn’t it adorable?

 

Head over to the Daylin Skye website and buy yourself something cute!
til the next time,
kassie
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Chair Crush / One Kings Lane

Recently, I was contacted by One Kings Lane asking me to tell you what my “chair crush” is.  First of all, if you aren’t familiar with One Kings Lane, they are a website that offers flash sales that change daily. Check them out..they’ve got a lot more than chairs to crush on!
If you’ve seen my “Blue Monday” posts, then you know my favorite color happens to be blue…more specifically aqua or turquoise. One Kings Lane has these incredible chairs right now that I would LOOOOOVE to own! I think they’d be great alongside my yellow sofa! I’ve got to deal with brown leather for now since Hubby and I had to compromise (although we went with a style I could live with). Maybe for the bedroom??? 😉
Looks like 3 out of 4 give a nod to mid-century design. I think my tastes might be changing! 🙂
til the next time,
kassie