Cayo Coco, Cuba

Over Easter my hubby and I took a quick long weekend trip to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We decided upon Cuba due to the price point and the great reviews from friends and family. Well, we were not disappointed. We went to Memories Caribe and had a blast. The staff was wonderful, the beach fantastic and our newly redone room was great. 



The rooms were simple but well thought out. I liked the wood cut outs for the walls. I thought it was so much better then a traditional painting. 


In the buildings my eyes always went up to the ceilings. I liked looking at the structure and the best lighting choices. 



But our favourite place to hang out was at the bean Cafe. It was poolside and such a cool atmosphere. 


We will be back! 

Steven Curtis Chapman Memoir

Two weeks ago Steven Curtis Chapman released his memoir. It is called, Between Heaven and the Real World. My story. 


This man has been in the music industry for 30 years. Many music awards and family struggles along the way has made his 30 year career even more incredible. 

I had the pleasure of working with Steven for a day and what an absolute pleasure it was. He is truly a wonderful person and a man of God.

I do not want to say too much about the book as the last thing I would want is spoilers. I suggest you pick up a copy. Read what was happening behind the scenes as the songs were written and sung. Enjoy some laughs and shed some tears. I know I sure did! 


Also if you want to see some great interviews and hear him sing “unplugged”, be sure to go to the 100 Huntley Street website. 

http://100huntley.com/watch?id=225182&title=the-grieving-journey–steven-curtis-chapman


​Happy Reading! 

Been awhile…

Sorry friends! I know I have not been on here in a long while! Life has been busy. No excuse, I know but it truly has. 

I did find time to experiment with a wood pallet sign my hubby made. I painted it grey and painted on some words. I will be trying another soon. This is round one to get a feel for the paint. Not too shabby for a first go however.


Excuse the messy workshop! 


A little too much grey on the mantle so it will have to move but you get the idea. This is a super reasonable and fast project. 

Frame-tastic

So I like fun jewellery. You know, the grown up version of play jewellery from when we were kids. I like the bling that comes in under $20. It is fun to mix it up without spending loads of cash. Also, you can find neat deals at garage sales and thrift stores. The one issue I have is storing it. I have tried boxes but then I forget what I have. My other solution was hanging it in my closet. See below.


But that is still a bit annoying. Unhooking it off the bar and not the best light. I wanted another simple solution.

I found a cheap plastic frame and put a coat of chalk paint on it and hung it on the wall. I then grabbed a handful of small nails and went to town.


This piece is behind my bedroom door so not really out there for all to see but it does make my morning selection so much easier and also gets my teenage daughters out of my room quicker too! (They often borrow pieces.) 

Now this is not all of it. I will leave the chunkier more bead like pieces in the closet but the light more everyday prices are now grab and go frame-tastic.


Trust

Every year I choose a new word. 

This years is going to be one of the hardest for me. As a teenager of the 90’s and growing up in the X File generation of “Trust No One”, this is a huge leap for me to take.

I am going to be more trusting of people around me, whether it be at work, in volunteering and in my church. I will not be foolish but instead of looking for the negative I will trust they have good intentions. I guess in my “old age” I am starting to have my rough edges worn away and realize that there truly are a lot of good people in the world and if they hurt you, it probably wasn’t even intentional. Yep, that is a hard pill to swallow but I am working on it. Trust me! 😉 I am working on it! 

I think too often I have leaned on my own experiences and my own thoughts  to come to conclusions where trust would be foolish. This year will be different. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

I mentioned my word to my boss Ellen who has taught me so much in just six months and she had it drawn for me. 


Such a simple short word but such a challenge. 


Do you have a word for the year? 

Crafty Christmas…

This Christmas my family dug deep and let their inner crafters have some fun. My sister in-law especially! 

In her pottery class she made me a lovely change dish which I have displayed on my nightstand but my favourite piece is her “let it snow” art. She white washed a frame and then with burlap and paper made me a lovely picture which I hung right away.


I love this piece a lot! 

Then one of my aunts made the cutest ornament earnings for all the ladies. Stand included! 


My mom made me a fabulous hat and there was other jewelry to pick from. One of my other aunts designed the coolest pens.


These are the best gifts at Christmas! I love when everyone brings out their inner crafty! 

Merry Christmas!