Journal



Helen's First Easter

Helen's First Easter

After 3 months spent with Helen, I'm finally easing back into journaling here. I've been working on her baby photo book from Artifact Uprising since she was born, trying my best to take more Polaroids and print more tangible photos. I'll write about what it's been like becoming a new mama one day, but for now: Helen's first Easter. I'm so thankful for our girl this year, who will make holiday completely new. It's like we get to... Read More



Make Something Good Today - A Memoir

Make Something Good Today - A Memoir

I have missed this journal. I worried some days if things happened and I didn't document it here, if I would remember it happened at all. It became an important part of my life over the years, stretching all the way back to January 1, 2010. So many of you have sent lovely comments via social media or email saying you wish we would write a book. One thing I couldn't reveal to you here is... Read More



The Juggle is Real

The Juggle is Real

In my last post I introduced you to my sweet town of Water Valley, Mississippi, and how we love raising our son Tom Otis here, but I didn’t tell you much about what I do. So, while I am a mom, I’m also a business woman, a shop owner, a writer, a photographer, and a designer.    I opened my shop Amelia in 2009, in Oxford, on the Square. At only 187 square feet, it... Read More



Creating a Dreamy Sanctuary for Your Bedroom Without Breaking the Bank

Creating a Dreamy Sanctuary for Your Bedroom Without Breaking the Bank

Jana and I both go for the same feeling with our bedrooms...dreamy! Both of us created bedrooms that we love without breaking the bank and we'd love to share how! Here are a few tips on how to transform your bedroom into a dreamy sanctuary: Choose your focal points and colors wisely. For that "dreamy" look, light tones...whites...are best. Don't bring in too many colors or your dreamy feeling will quickly become more "fun" and... Read More



The Griffin House

The Griffin House

 In the season finale of HGTV Home Town, Anne and Russ Griffin, were looking for a place to call home for little awhile. What they didn’t expect was the dream, craftsman home that they will cherish forever.  What we’ve always loved about Erin and Ben is their unmatched ability to uncover the home owner’s taste and stay true to the intent of how they will live and use the space. With an “open door policy," Anne... Read More



Legacy

Legacy

Our family tree is largely populated with average people. They were mostly poor, tough, Scotch-Irish frontier people on my side. We just missed some famous people. My tree boasts Belle Starr’s half-sister and Daniel Boone’s second cousin. Lisa’s side has a lot of hard-working Germans and three Mayflower passengers. These are salt of the earth people. When you think about it, what would it really mean for us to be directly descended from the most... Read More



The Trest House

The Trest House

When I look back at all the works of literature that have had a major impact on my life, they all have one thing in common -  a setting that acts as an additional main character. What would Harry Potter have been without Hogwarts? Lucy without Narnia? Peter without Neverland?   Looking back, I think I’ve always projected that idea into my own life. In college, I lived in a matchbox efficiency apartment that was... Read More



Laurel In Full Bloom

Laurel In Full Bloom

 The Home Town Finale Celebration on Monday, March 12th is quickly approaching, and Downtown Laurel is more excited than ever to kick off this spring season of events. Carrie Cullum, who works with Laurel Main Street, gives us a preview of what this spring holds that will make a day trip to Laurel or a weekend getaway worthwhile!    Downtown Laurel is waking up from hibernation and now is the perfect time to visit!  Our retail... Read More



The Burks House

“He wondered whether home was a thing that happened to a place after a while, or if it was something that you found in the end, if you simply walked and waited and willed it long enough.” ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods Used to be, that when I thought of ‘home’, the first thing that came to mind was the place I grew up.  I was raised in the county, outside Laurel proper, on a hundred acres... Read More



Cozy Home Tips

Cozy Home Tips

Every house has its downfalls. The renovation money takes years to save, the priorities fall elsewhere; inevitably something keeps you and I from calling it “finished”. Discontentment would suggest that we focus solely on all that’s left to do, whispering in our ear, “You could make it perfect if you only had a few more dollars.” But enjoyment? Enjoyment would pull us to the present, gently nudging us to focus on the here and now.... Read More