Thursday, May 15, 2014

:throwback thursday:

Hi, friends!  Long time, no blogging.  Honestly, sometimes I forget about this little space, but when I remember it I then feel horrible for forgetting it!

Today I am throwing it back to 2010 with the C family.  I adore this family and have known them for 14 years.  Watching their kids grow up has been amazing.  They are one of the kindest, most giving families I know.



Happy Thursday, everyone!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

On Seeking the Sunshiney and What "All Things Sunshiney" Means to Me



I love using this blog to share my love of art, crafty diy ideas, decorating, music, photography, and funny stories from my life.  Occasionally, I will share my faith through this blog because I feel that this is a good platform for me to share that story.  I began this blog several years ago because I wanted to take the focus off of "me" and I wanted to share more of Him.

my deepest desire is for God to use me for His glory

My deepest desire is for God to use me for His glory.  To take my hands and use them for His purposes, to take my heart and use it for His purposes, and to take my words and use them to bring glory to Him.

I named this blog All Things Sunshiney because of my story...my testimony.  It is a story that is still unfolding, of course, and will continue to unfold and transform throughout my life.  I chose the phrase specifically from Psalm 139 - a passage that speaks to me over and over again in so many ways.  This passage is my life verse.  The entire psalm reads:

1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

This is such a powerful passage to me and I drew "all things sunshiney" from verses 11 - 12:

"If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you.  The night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you."

When I was nine, I stayed with my Grannie and Poppie for the summer.  We had just gotten home from church camp in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.  I remember one night before I went to bed, I said to my Grannie, "I want Jesus to save me, what do I have to do?"  She asked me if I understood what it meant to be saved and I said "yes," in all of my nine year old wisdom.  So we prayed together and I asked Jesus to come live in my heart.

I remember that night vividly.  I remember the way my Grannie smelled, the color of her night gown as she knelt down beside me, the feel of her hand on top of my little hands, and the way her voice sounded when she gave me the words to pray.  I remember the feeling I had after I had asked Jesus to come live inside my heart.  It is such a sweet memory for me, and that is my salvation experience.

But, that's not really my story.

My story is found in the process of God leading me (and you...all of us) out of the darkness and into the light...into the "sunshiney."  My story is my testimony - just as your story is your testimony.  I believe that we all have a million reasons in our lives to feel happy and thankful (the sunshiney), but I also believe that we can easily get stuck in a place of melancholy and sadness (the darkness).

For me, that dark place feels like the extra room we all have in our house where everything gets thrown when company is about to come over.  You know the one I'm talking about.  The room with the door that is always closed because when you walk into it, it is so chaotic and unorganized that it overwhelms you.  It is a room that is easier to avoid than deal with.  Sometimes we walk by and throw a few more things on top of all the junk that is already in there, and close the door again.  Sometimes we walk into the room with good intentions of cleaning it out, but the process becomes too arduous, so we stop.

I believe that, thankfully, we do not have to rely on ourselves to get those rooms "un-junked."  I'm not saying that we should all air our stories in great detail to the world, not at all - hopefully we all have someone that we can share our details with in confidence.  I am saying that I believe when we are brave enough to open ourselves up to the light and share our stories with one another - even dark stories - community is built.  When community is built, there is no need to close the door to our junk-ey, unperfect rooms and pretend that our homes are perfect.  It's ok to say, Hey...I have a junk room too!

I believe that God uses our stories to bring glory to Him and to bring us together.  He is all things sunshiney and for that I am so very thankful.

Thank you for taking the time to be here.  I believe that we all have a story to contribute, that we are all equally valuable, and that we all have a purpose in this life.  We all have our own way of seeking the sunshiney in life, and this little blog is my way of doing just that.  I am blessed to share that journey with you.  My hope is that this blog puts a smile on your face and inspires you to go out and spread some of your own unique sunshine into the world.

God bless you,
Julie

Saturday, October 5, 2013

peek-a-boo

I have had several photo shoots lately and have been horrible about posting them!  (Also, I'm trying to merge all of my creative things into one place, so please be patient with me as I make the transition.)  This is the second time I've had the privilege of photographing this beautiful little girl.  She is absolutely precious!  More to come...



Monday, June 3, 2013

chalk paint

Hello, sunshiney friends!  Can you believe that it is already June?  My goodness, how time flies by! I had a super busy month of May with work and my daughter's end-of-the-school-year activities. I cannot believe that my baby will be a 5th grader next year. (sniff) I have big plans for the two of us to enjoy every last drop of summer vacation!

During my last giveaway, I asked about different things you all would like to see on the blog.  My friends offered up some really hilarious ideas, some of which I actually WILL blog about, and one reader got picked to win a custom canvas from me. The winner, Cathy, said she would like to know some more about chalk paint.  Although I have never personally painted anything with chalk paint, I know several people who have.  My best friend, Melanie, recently painted these items with home made chalk paint!


(trunk into coffee table)


(lamp)

Through a grueling interview process with yours truly, here is what Melanie has to say about her projects:

1:  State your name and qualifications for giving this tutorial.

My name is Melanie awesomesauce Stout. I am one crafty girl who wishes to spread glitter and sunshine everywhere I go. I love to find unique pieces of furniture and refinish and sometimes re-purpose them to add to the cuteness on the planet.  I have been refinishing furniture for the better part of 20 years- beginning with the summer of my tenth grade year when I helped refinish a 9 piece antique dining set with my mother and aunt. Since then, I have refinished dressers, cabinets, bookcases, chairs and other eccentric home decor items.

Very impressive, ma'am.  We should be friends.

2:  What supplies did you use?

My supplies for this project:
1 vintage Army Corps trunk: it is approx 24w x 36l x 24h
4 wooden fence post toppers for legs (I chose a rounded design)
4 small blocks of wood approx 2"x 3" (scrap wood works)
4 washer and bolt sets to fit your chosen legs
Wire brush
Small plastic bucket
Stir stick
Two paintbrushes
Sandpaper
1/4+ cup un-sanded grout ( I used biscuit color)
Kilz
1 quart of Better Homes and Gardens- Charcoal Sketch (satin finish)
1 quart of Better Homes and Gardens Antique Lace (flat finish)

I appreciate your thoroughness.  Knowing me, I'd forget to mention the little details, like un-sanded grout.  It is a good thing that I am not giving this tutorial.


3.  Please share with us your step by step process, complete with dance offs, cupcake eating, and/or lipgloss application.

First off, I cajoled my mother dearest out of the vintage trunk she had hiding in the corner of her basement. We hauled it all cobwebby and gross to my car and put it in the backseat. When I got home my husband looked at me like he thought I'd lost my mind but after I explained what I was doing with it he quickly changed his tune and helped me get it prepped for refinishing.

First, I took a wire brush and scrubbed the crazy out of the outside surfaces to remove any rust, dirt and just overall grossness.

Next, dear husband cleaned out the inside (the lining was torn and musty) and then drilled holes in the corners and installed the wooden legs we picked out at Lowes.

The following evening we hauled the trunk inside and put it on a plastic sheet and let it acclimate to the house temperature for a day or two- by this time it was the weekend and it was sunny again! YAY! Time to paint!|

First, I primed the outside of the trunk with a good coat of Kilz with a cheap paint brush and let it set for a day (Friday)... then threw that paintbrush away because I never can get Kilz out of the darn things (hence cheap). Then, Saturday- we (he) hauled it out on the back patio and, after some discussion, husband decided he wanted to do the undercoat of Charcoal Sketch. He put two coats of that paint on the trunk, drying well between each coat. I'm of course fluttering about giving instructions and standing around looking cute while he paints.

After everything dried, I mixed about half the quart of Antique Lace (white) paint and un-sanded grout in a small bucket. MIX WELL.  Using a dry paint brush, I began painting the trunk. This paint is thick, but it spreads well so just keep working it with the brush. Also this paint dries fairly quick so you need to work efficiently. Meaning don't stop and apply lipgloss or do anything equally girly during this process. Just get it done. 

Apply a second coat after about 20 minutes of drying time.

Allow to dry for at least an hour. Now you can go apply lipgloss....

Finally, after it's all dry and stuff... take your sandpaper (fine grit) and begin to sand off the high places. Down to the undercoat of gray. I just distressed the crazy out of my project because I like how it looked. The sanding part is all a matter of personal taste, so just keep going until you get the look you want.

Then we (he) moved it into my newly furnished living room and had a 30 second dance party because it was just so stinking cute. My husband was super impressed and also proud that he gets to claim partial credit for this project. Even though it was my brainchild and my sunburn... whatever. He did do some of the heavy lifting so I suppose I can share credit with him ;)

You make this sound so easy!  You did a wonderful job, girl.


4. Would you do anything differently? 

Yes. 

1. Take before pictures. Duh. 
2. Wear sunscreen. Double duh!! 
3. Still need to seal it with some kind of matte clear coat or wax.

We will get 'em next time, tiger.


5.  What are your feelings about bacon?

I love bacon.  I think it is one of the best inventions ever.

Melanie, it is official: you have won my heart.  Let's be best friends forever!  Oh yeah, we already are!   Thank you so much for sharing your chalk paint experience with us!

Cathy, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial about chalk paint!  Melanie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful projects with us.  I look forward to harassing you again in the near future. 

Also, here is a photo of Cathy's custom canvas.  I hope you love it, Cathy! Thank you so much for participating!


Keep it sunshiney, friends, and have a wonderful Monday!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

her room redo, part one

Hello sunshine!  I've been meaning to share some of my house updates for quite some time and it just keeps getting pushed to the back burner.  There is no time like the present though, so let's dive right in, shall we?

I bought this little old house two years ago.  I love it.  It was built in 1968 and it is full of charm and character, but when I moved in...it really needed some TLC.  Nothing major, the house has wonderful bones, but a lot of elbow grease and painting.  I still have A LOT to do to make it my 'dream' house, but I have done quite a few things over the past two years to freshen it up and make it more my own.

A fun project has been my daughter's room.  When we first moved in, her room was the first room I painted.  I wanted her to have a nice space of her own that wasn't full of boxes that still needed to be unpacked.  Originally, the room was a blank white box and we painted it a pretty blue color to go with some bedding we found at Target.  It was good for the time, but now we are starting to really get serious about the decorating and re-doing of the house...so we did a little room switcharoo.  My house has three bedrooms, with the third bedroom being the guest room/office.  My daughter and I both decided to switch those rooms and give her the other room.  The rooms are basically the same size, but because of the way a closet it set up in one room, moving her room would allow for better furniture placement if that makes sense. So, she went to her Dad's for the weekend and I got busy moving furniture. What a workout!

The room that was the office/guest room was a green color from Sherwin Williams called "Brassy Gold" that I really have enjoyed, but I'm not going to be bringing it back in the redone house.  One thing I knew I wanted for her to have was a big chalkboard wall, so I decided to just free hand a funky frame and fill it with chalkboard paint.  Here is the beginning of that process:


I liked the scallop edges and thought it would be girly and quirky, just like her.  I painted her walls a light blue to match some bedding that we got from Target a few months ago and a few hours later, this is what we had.



Doesn't the blue make such a big difference?  I will post soon about the details and take some better photos.  I still have several projects to do in her room and I will document them as I get them done.  I have totally enjoyed throwing myself into redoing the house, especially on a budget.  

The best part?  When she got home from her Dad's, I didn't tell her that she had a surprise. About an hour after being home, she walked by that room and started jumping up and down and immediately drew all over the chalkboard wall.  It was completely precious!  Stay tuned for more updates! 

Have a sunshiney day, friends! 
Julie