So in the last couple of months Matt and I have been working on the first floor of our house. If you want to see what it all looked like before (Someday when it's all done, I will do official before and after shots) you can look here.
I was totally inspired by a few projects that my dear friend (and fellow blogger) Sarah had done in her house! Check out her blog An Inviting Home. It is full of sweet house projects (and other amazing stuff.)
In her hallway up stairs she did a birch tree stencil. She got it on-line here at Cutting Edge Stencils. And then she was sweet enough to lend it to me after I oooooh'ed and aaaaaah'ed over how great it looked.
|Here is her wall! Isn't it flippin' sweet??|
|This was a huge stencil, and was not SUPER hard to use,|
especially when there were two of us to work on it.
|The first phase consisted of this row. We didn't start phase two until a few weeks later.|
|We finally (pretty much) finished the day before mother's day.|
|I was one happy mama when it was finished!|
The other project we worked on was the art wall. I wanted a chalk board and a space to hang art work. Again, Sarah had done both of these projects beautifully, so I consulted with her for tips and suggestions.
Her projects turned out like this:
|She created a coffee bar menu on her chalk board. Check out her full tutorial here.|
|Her children's art work hangs in their breakfast nook. Check out the full post here.|
|This is were we decided to put our art wall. We hung up curtain tension wires from Ikea.|
You can find them here.
|We painted with the chalk paint first.|
|Then Matt built a custom frame around it, complete with a chalk ledge at the top.|
|Gabriel's birthday sign I drew for him.|
|This was before we put the doors back on.|
|We had to paint while children kept on doin' their thang through out the day.|
Gabe was in heaven having constant access to a ladder all day.
So, there ya have it. It's still a work in progress.
I look at all of this and am completely amazed at God's beautiful provision over our family. Two years ago I remember crying during a conversation with my mom, so confused at how everything was just hard. We didn't know where we were going to move. I was pregnant with an unexpected baby, I was grief stricken about my dad still and worried that nothing was going to work out for us. My mom reminded me of a verse that shows just how much God cares.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
This verse is what one of my tattoos is based on. It's a baby bird to remind me that God cares about mothers, that he cares about our concerns of providing for our babies, our families. Our great and almighty God cares enough to provide a mama bird a place to lay her babies' heads. So of course he was going to provide a place for me to lay my babies' heads down too.
My nest is so sweet. I sure love my home.