Just pretty.

Sometimes you just have to take a breather.

I'm kinda like my house in some ways.

I feel better when I open my windows and let some fresh air in.

After months of getting ready for the Chapel Market, I think I'm done.

I could paint forever and feel as though I don't have quite enough.

Or I don't have all the right designs for everyone.

And then I remind myself.... breathe!!

So that's what I'm doing today.

I thought I would meet up with you here and say Hi!

I thought you would enjoy some of my favorite places in Texas.

This one above was taken right out of the shops back door.

It's crazy how these awesome shops just set up right in the middle of cow pastures.

The cows.... they don't seem to mind one bit.

I don't recall the name of this shop but it reminded me of an old drug store.

The lights and shelving ...oh my!

And slap dab in the middle of a field... a herd of deer.

I know!!!!

Can we have a moment here?

Piles of wooden sweetness...glory B

I'm feeling refreshed already but then I start asking myself questions like...

Woman! Why in the world did you not buy some/all of these?

I know right?

What was I thinking?

And then there was this..

Like BIGGEST disco ball ever!!!

This picture does not do it justice..at all.

Y'all this thing was so big it would not even come close to fitting in the back of my SUV.

For that reason alone, I bid my goodbyes and walked away.

But around every corner, you fall deeply in love again.

You forget about those wooden pedestals and tractor sized disco balls....you do.

Your attention moves on to Swedish furniture and you start the process all over again..

You gather your thoughts... and take it all in for days like these.

I love looking back at the photos from our trip.

I can almost smell the sweet grass and dew covered tents.

Thanks for walking along with me today.

Now I must start packing and making lists...Oh JOY!!

I'm working on a Chapel Market post for those of you considering coming next Saturday.

And for those of you that can't make it this year, maybe you can plan on the next one.

I so want to meet YOU!


live or faux

Live or faux.

Will they know?

For the last 15 years, we have used the same tree.

We called it "the ole' faithful"

We loved that tree!

It was the perfect height and width and was hinged!


With all good things, they must come to an end............wait!

Don't you just dislike that saying?

Although we put our "ole faithful" to rest, that didn't mean we couldn't replace it. Right?

So the question was..

Live or Faux

Time was creeping up and the holidays will be here soon. oh geeeeeese!!!

I had to decide. The time had come!

Many of you know I decorate and join in with the Holiday House Walk every year.

This will be my 4th year  and its such an honor.

So nothing like a little pressure ...right?

But then....

The sweet sweet Balsam Hill came to my rescue!

They had something so very close to our "ole faithful' AND even better!

It is called the Silverado Slim

I placed my order on-line and it shipped the very next day.

It arrived all wrapped in cute little red bows y'all!

If you are shopping for a faux tree, here are just a few things that is a must for me.

An easy stand that won't damage my floors.

Hinged branches are the BOMB y'all.

There is no sorting through colors and sizes and poking in holes that you can't see.

You just gently fold them down. LOVE..

Another plus when searching for the perfect faux tree....

I always look for sectional trees that can be broken down and save room.

The tree I picked out comes in three pieces and also comes with a storage bag for safe keeping.

And get this, it also comes with two pairs of gloves so your hands won't get all poked up.

But honestly, the needles are so soft, I didn't even use the gloves.

I feel bad for saying this , but....this new tree...

It's so much better than our oldie.

Bless its heart!

I like the way the branches are layered.

And you know me, I put this tree together minutes after it arrived.

I don't plan on decorating just yet nor plan to leave the tree up.

I just wanted to share with y'all in case you're in the market for one.

Sometimes pictures in catalogs leave you wondering.

I hope this helps you some.

If you're wondering about fallen needles...

There were only a very few and made clean up easy!

I'm taking it down today and storing it for just a few......

It won't be long before its go time and I can get away with decorating.

I push it closer every year and I know....

Why rush it? Poor Thanksgiving. Are you crazy?

I never rush, I savor.

I love to enjoy my turkey with soft twinkle lights...

and Yes..I'm kinda crazy.

I just love family and friends and decorating and if that makes me wrong...

I don't wanna be right...


But really y'all.

I love Christmas!

And I love sharing with all of you.

If you have any questions about our "new faithful" tree.

I would be happy to help you.

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Bringing blogging back.

We all have em.

You know those squinty  eyed photos on the beach?

Yeah, that one.

You spend hours getting all pretty only to return to the sand for a few family photos.

And don't think for a second that its all giggles and smiles.

In fact.

It's quite the opposite.

So why do we do this annual ritual?

Why do we force life to freeze that moment in time?

I have the answers friends.

Because life passes so quickly, we can't catch up with it.

As humans, we do everything in our power to stop that moment.

Breathe it in. Savor it. 

And even if we have to paint on smiles some days, our hearts our always grateful.

I guess that's why so many of us blog.

We put "us" out there.

We blog happy times. Sad times.

We blog.

But what happens when that blog that was started to file of lives takes over?

What happens when it becomes a job and not a scrapbook?

What happens when your story becomes a commercial of sorts?

No one is to blame.

It just kinda happens.

I'm guessing by now you may have heard about "Younghouselove"

You may know them as John and Sherry.

They are saying goodbye.

My heart felt so many emotions as I read this.

I had the pleasure of meeting them and can I tell you,,,, they inspired my socks off!

They are the real deal.

They started off small and worked so very hard to grow their blog.

I wondered how they could do it and wished I could follow in their path.

yeah..ok.. maybe not as big but as faithful.

It cost y'all.

Time. Precious time.

Unlike monetary things, time plays fair.

We are all gifted the same amount of time in each day.

It's what we do with it that matters.

I respect their decision and actually breathed out a sigh of relief for them.

I'm sure many of you bloggers can relate.

I have been so busy painting that I haven't had the time to paint a wall.

Change a light fixture. Make a cool DIY.

So what's there to blog about I thought.

And it brought me here.

Lets start back at the beginning.

I want to return to what I loved so much.

Sharing our story. 

It may not be glamorous nor informative.

It may be down right boring but its "us" the real deal.

I think blogging should go back to the basics.

I miss so many of my friends that just couldn't stand the pressure.

That breaks my heart.

So if you're still here reading this... bless your heart!

If you are one of those that have laid your pen down, I hope this encourages you.

I hope, if your heart is tugged to write....Oh my precious friend write!!!!!

Throw those stats out the window.

Don't count your followers.... count on your friends.

Put your family first and share when your heart is ready.

I have so much to be thankful for today and you are one of them.

So here is to bringing blogging back!

Now take a deep breath and LIVE LIFE!

I love y'all.

Finding the good ole' days

Last weekend, before the sun was completely up, we traveled back in time.

Like wayyyyy back.

1800's back.

Baton Rouge has a little hidden secret that many don't know about.

It's a little over 400 acres of Louisiana past.

This place is called the "Rural Life Museum".

Last year we brought our youngest for the first time to their Harvest Days.

It was then, that she knew she wanted to join the fun.

The small "village" reenacts the golden days.

1000's come out to visit every year and it's so worth every second.

Fast forward a year and here we are back in the 1800's.

She is on the left in the blue.

Too cute!

While she was doing what she does best, Marc and I walked the grounds.

We sat on front porches and waved at neighbors as they walked past.

We wondered what it would be like living in days of old.

I won't lie... I kinda wish  we did some days.

With this sweet guy below, I could live anywhere!

We could grow gardens together.

Sip sweet tea together.

And plan harvest days just like these.

Oh what fun!

But then reality kicked in.

I stood in that tiny smoke filled cabin and watch the ladies demonstrate their cooking skills.

I quickly longed for my new range and dove right back in time.

But then again....the food they prepared was awesome!

Returning back to reality, we walked across the field and found our sweet girl sharing how to make corn husk dolls.

My heart grew a little.

It was like watching a "love comes softly" episode on the "Hallmark" channel.

Here she is sharing how teachers and students had school.

I peeped in through the window...busted.. lol

So if you're ever in Baton Rouge and want to know what living in Louisiana in the 1800's is like.......

Visit us.

You may never want to leave.

For the locals and visitors, I will post a Christmas schedule.

We would love to have you join us.

xoxo Susie