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Several months ago a close friend and her husband shared some amazing news, that they would be adopting a little girl!  With much love and planning a few of us girls jumped right in to throw her a gorgeous shower that would celebrate the news of the baby girl that they would soon bring home.

Becky and I took an old pallet from the back yard and made the sign for Beth’s little girl.  It was our gift to her, and it currently hangs in her nursery:)  The dresser is a TRUE antique that I painted pink and distressed with sandpaper.  I have always wanted to make a mini fabric banner and hang it at an angle like we did, I think it turned out great!  Steph made this GORGEOUS cake for Beth, the rosettes turned out perfect, and it was an ombre cake on the inside!

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Here is a close up of the cake!  Steph truly is a talented baker!

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We added pink touches throughout the house! Silk and fabric roses on the lamp, real pink roses, and  a burlap wreath.

 

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We wanted something sweet and sentimental for Beth to show her little one someday.  Each guest left their thumb print on the tree.

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Shades of Pink on the Mantle!

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The Mimosa Bar was a huge hit!  We had all sorts of fun juices and toppings.

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Each guest had a champagne glass with a baby item tag.  It’s a fun way to keep track of glasses!

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Mason jars held the silverware.  We wrapped each set in a pink napkin and lace.  Then added a pink paper straw.

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Thumb printing in action.

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A few of the guests (and a few of my closest friends!)

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Becky, Steph, and myself.  We make a GREAT team.  I loved every second of planning this shower with you girls.  You are amazing friends, Godly women, and an inspiration to me.

(I also love that you can see the decorated mantle in the background!)

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Here is Beth on her special day.  Each women who came to her baby shower has been blessed by Beth’s friendship.  It was a privilege to honor and love her .

Beth, we love you.  We are so excited as you start this new journey in your life.  You and Mike will be amazing parents, and we are ready to watch your dream come true.

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Here is it!  The little red barn.  The last several months have been a roller coaster of emotions as we have witnessed our home become what it is today.  We are abundantly blessed and thank our Lord Jesus for providing and allowing us to to experience his joy and blessings.  Our home has been loving called “The Barn” during the entire renovation, so it seems appropriate to continue to use it’s new nickname.

Meet The Barn!  (We still need to landscape and finish several small projects both inside and outside.)

 

 

 

 

 

Painting and decorating our little red barn has been a dream!  It is by far one of the most fun things I have done in a long time.

The first floor is our living area.  It is completely open and airy.  The kitchen and dining room and family room all lead into each other.  It’s prefect for life with young kids and entertaining.  Here are pictures of our first floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the exact before and after pictures to give you an idea as to what specifically has changed.

The kitchen before.

The kitchen after.

 

 

Kitchen wall before.

Kitchen wall after.

 

 

The Dining room before.

The dining room after.

 

 

The family room before.

The family room after.

 

Steve and I want to say a big THANK YOU to every single person who helped us out.  We have been blessed by all of your friendships and appreciate all of your help whether it was helping paint or trim stuff or watching our kids or during moving day or simply encouraging us in the right direction.  Hugs to you all!

There will be many more posts and pictures to come as I finish decorating the bedrooms and bathrooms and everything else imaginable.  We also have an amazing spiral staircase and a fun hidden storage area that I cant wait to show you.

Also, see the last posts so you can see ALL of our before pictures:)

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Here are some FABULOUS Linky Parties-  (I am still trying to figure out how to actually add the party buttons!)

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We did it!!!  Our barn home is complete!  We are so excited to be living in God’s blessing.

It started when we found some land in Black Forest and fell in love.  Little did we know that there was an old barn right across the culdesac waiting for some TLC.  Our neighbor met us for coffee and suggested we take a look at the barn.  Thank goodness we did!  From the moment I saw it, I knew it was meant for us. Our realtor went to work and we purchased the land and the barn!

Several months later with the help of an AMAZING contractor, Matt from Craftsman Custom, the barn renovations began!

Here are all the before pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We believe the Barn was built in the 60′s as a real barn.  Then over time someone attempted to renovate it into some sort of storage shed and efficiency apartment.  Clearly  it was completely trashed and unlivable when started.   Vision, patience, hard work, and Craftsman Custom made it possible!

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I finally spent some time on my dining room table!!!  I love it!  It was originally an all white farmhouse table.  I love the design, and the white.  But I wanted a bit more contrast with the white legs.  So I spent some time on the tablet top.

BEFORE- (not bad at all, just all white)

 

 

AFTER-

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This window frame is from an old building in Denver.  It happily sits above our fireplace mantle.  I cleaned it up and added the verse.  It fits our family perfectly!

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A friend of mine was married not too long ago, and I agreed to help with her backyard wedding.  It ended up being cold and rainy:(, so we had the wedding inside.  Mason jars and white flowers were the focus of the decor.  Here are a few pictures (by the amazing photographer- Sharayah).

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I wish I had a before of this frame, I don’t know how I didn’t take one!  It started as a simple GOLD frame, with nothing more.  I painted it heirloom white, used fabric from hobby lobby as the center piece, and hot glued twine to hold the pictures.

This jar sits under it.  (Thank you Tara for the idea!)

 

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This past weekend I helped co-host a baby shower for my sweet friend, Becky.  The shower was absolutely beautiful!  It took a small army of women to pull it off, but in the end we were happy to see Becky smile! I was blessed to have help from some amazing women, and here is what we did!

This is the SWEET table we had set up for guests to fill a bag of candy on their way out.  A simple way to say “Thank you”!

 

 

This cake is actually a cupcake creation.  It was made by the amazing Katie who flew in from CA for the Shower.  She is amazing!

 

 

It wouldn’t be a party without any of my banners!

 

 

There was a onsie decorating station, so we used my signature onsie as an example:)

 

 

The food was delicious!  I am thankful to have friends who can cook and bake, because I didn’t make any of the food!  Every dish was amazing!!

 

 

I re-finished this horse for Becky as a gift.  I will have to find a before pic and post it.  I just love how it turned out!!

 

 

I dressed up these vases with white burlap, fabric, and grey ribbon.

 

 

This wreath is made of pink and grey and white fabric strips.   We hung it above the drink station, but I didn’t get a pic of it at the party:(

 

 

We rimmed the champagne glasses with pink sugar crystals.  The raspberry punch was delicious!  The puff balls on each side were the perfect accessory  to each table, each one was hand made (thanks Anna!).

 

 

Here are all the girls who had a hand in making the shower perfect!  Thank you to all of you!  I am blessed to have met and made friends in the process:)

 

 

 

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A few of my best friends have had babies this spring.  So I made each of them a onsie!  Every new baby deserves a unique and precious outfit to wear their first months:)

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PB sells some super cute mason jars.  I have had my eye on them all spring, but they are just a bit too pricey for me.  So….I decided to make some of my own.  I love them!  Here are a few pics.  I can use them for flowers or candles.  There are 10 total!!

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