Mother's Day Sale

We want to celebrate all Mom's and have a sale! Happy Mother's Day to you or someone you love! If you've ever wanted a prism necklace, now is the time. This is the perfect go-to necklace. The simplicity of the style paired with the glamour of the prism puts this at the top of all the lists of the Mom's we know! 

This first style is what we know as the prism on leather. It takes the glamour of that prism and tones it down with leather. You can wear this casually with a t-shirt or out on the town with a little black dress! The retail for this necklace is $55.00. The sale price is $40 from now until Mother's Day!

 

Prism necklace on leather.

The next version is the Prism with Chain. We carry this necklace in long or short versions and the chain varies depending on what we have in our workshop. We are always hunting for unusual, vintage chain and like to keep this one fresh using what we have on hand! All of the prism necklaces have a vintage key placed on the necklace. This necklace retails for $95, but from now until Mother's Day we are offering it to you for $75.00! 

Please let us know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by the Lucy's Lockets jewelry drawer to find a necklace that not only makes a statement, but tells a story!

Lucy Lockets by Lucysinspired


I have been a busy bee! I took a little trip to Seaside a few weeks ago and stopped in to the warehouse at Southern Fashion House. I talked with Amy and Laura a month ago and wanted to get some of my Lucy Lockets in DeJaVu in Seaside. They had a few right before the holidays and did well with them. I set up an appointment and took around 100 pieces with me.

I threw everything on the table and they started picking out personal pieces immediately! Now, that felt good! I love when someone wants to wear a piece themselves! That has to be the best affirmation. Once they had their own stash tucked away, they picked pieces for the store. It was such a joy meeting everyone that works there and getting their feedback on different styles. Of course, the prism necklaces are the most popular. I think they picked up 17 prisms on leather and took every prism on a chunky chain that I had. There's some talk about a housewife from Beverly Hills that wears one? It's not mine, but apparently, it's very similar!!

The workshop has been busy and thankfully, I have had several locket elves helping me out in the last few weeks! I thought I would share a few pieces of the collection I've sent to Tuscumbia and Fairhope this week!

Leather cuffs have been so much fun to make. I added them into the line last summer. So many options and all are one of a kind!


This escutcheon is a gorgeous brass. I added a key, as always and loved adding these two links from a vintage lighting chain. 





I really can't believe I let this one go. I LOVE it so much!! That piece that looks like a fleur de lis is a great color and makes this one look full of treasures!



 This spring heart will be great for St. Patrick's Day!


Another group of leather cuffs. That giant disc in the middle? #swoon


Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour 2013

Welcome to my home, aka Hansel and Gretel!  This isn't my front door, but it's Mr. Snowman and he wants to welcome you to our home that is filled with character all year long! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

I picked up this baby pinecone garland from a new friend the other day and knew exactly where to put it. These windows open our world to our back yard that is forrest as far as the eye can see. I wanted to pull a bit of the woodland in and these do just that! Aren't they sweet? 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

As we move through into what we call the "big den", our Dear Santa letter is empty? What in the world? I think what has happened is that is in mid-change-our-mind-mode. Do your kids do that? Mine are changing their minds everyday! I love to use natural ever green throughout the house. I didn't let them take too much off the bottom when I bought my first-ever REAL tree, because I knew I could use it all around!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

This is one of my favorite spots in the house. It could be because I built that table. Yep, I built it will my two hands and a couple of saws! ;) We have a family friend that is a wood worker. He builds amazing furniture and he helped me at his workshop last Fall learn how to use a chop saw. I'm hooked!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

Have I said this is one of my favorite spots, yet? You might hear that over and over in this tour. I'm pretty smitten with this house and love every inch. This is our smaller fireplace and I change this guy around weekly! A few staples are the deer that my husband shot and that big brown corbel? I like to pet that thing every once in awhile! It moves from one end to the middle, but is always on this mantel!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

We believe in surprises at our house and our stockings need to be filled to the rim! That one with the pom-poms is mine. Santa knows how to fill that sucker up, too!!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

This trim on this tree. Amazing, right? I love that chippy-lead-filled paint. It is all over my house! I made this tree from trim that was saved from a home that was built in 1890 in Montgomery. It had several owners and they all tried to refurbish the home until it was in a fire and would cost too much to make it livable. I work with a company that saves old things and got my hands on some of this trim. I've been saving it for something special and love how my trees turned out!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

John Connor goes out into the woods behind our house and finds deer sheds. I have offered to pay him for more, but he's yet to find more. This mantel for the Fresh Style spread had so many sheds, you would have thought we'd been hunting all our lives! Thankfully, I have a friend that has and he let me borrow 20 or 30 sets!!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

The centerpiece on the dining room table is my lazy susan from 

Create-ologie

 and those shiny brights have multiplied over the years! I have intentions to make a wreath out of them, but for now I will enjoy them on the table.

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

This cozy corner is new at Hansel and Gretel. I bought these tiny, yellow couches from one of my besties, Ashlee. They gave me more seating and makes this corner come to life where it was just a place to fill before. Now, we will use it for parities and my son loves to play Xbox from here! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

I have an extensive collection of Penny McAlister. I cherish every piece and love to have all the bright colors filling my holiday spaces! If you are new to my home, you should 

read the story

 about me inviting the family that built this house over last Christmas. It was as if they built it for me! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

Oh Christmas Tree! 

I have to admit, I love this tree! It's the first real tree we've ever had and it couldn't be more perfect. It's so fat and full! I ended up not getting about 2 bins full of ornaments from the storage unit. I'm sure I could fill every gap, but I love it just as it is!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

Channel letters are really popular right now and we have a pretty good collection at our house. I love this red F, it's probably my favorite! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

This is the infamous walk-in fire place. It's huge and I love to fill it with my holiday decor. It looks totally different from the 

Fresh Style

 spread this month. I did that back in August and changed it up for December! You can find the magazine in the app store or in most Books a Million stores!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

John Connor painted this snowman when he was 4. I'm pretty sure I drew it and let him go with the paint. It's my most favorite of his art. That name? Kills me every time!

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

Emma's art on the chalkboard. She free-hand wrote it. I'm so jealous of her handwriting! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

I had 

Southern Accents

 build me this tree about 4 years ago. They thought I was crazy. I think it's amazing! It's my all-time favorite! 

Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013
Lucysinspired Holiday Home Tour 2013

Well, that concludes the tour for now. This house has been so much fun to decorate and work on this year. I call it my project house. I've gotten to do a lot of fun things with it. Stay tuned for continued updates. I'm always taking pics and posting them on 

Instagram

. You can also find what inspires me on my 

Pinterest

 page and like my 

Lucysinspired

 page on Facebook. You might see my vintage inspired jewelry, Lucy Lockets, as well!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Farmer Country Club

I have done so many fun projects with architectural salvage. It's crazy to me that I haven't done a post on each and every one! I guess I can do a quick roundup. I have built 7 houses, renovated 1 and am in the process of renovating the second, oh and building another! It's a hobby and a business. My husband is the best land/lot finder in the state of Alabama. So, if you are in the market to build a house, he can find you a piece of property that will knock your socks off! Or you can just let us find it, build a house on it and then you can buy it from us!

Our first home was built in 3 months. Basic floor plan and not many extras. High gloss trim, maple cabinets and oak flooring. Don't get me wrong, it was great. We even had a bay window in the kitchen that overlooked the woods and it was perfect! Emma was born there and when she turned about 3 months old, we moved into our second home. The lot was bigger, the house was bigger and I got crazy with the paint colors. This was a big open floor plan, but again, not a lot of extras. John Connor was born here and a few weeks later, we moved into our third home. We had built-ins in the living room, slate in the kitchen, we even added on a bonus room so there was a cool, brick wall! All of these houses were build as quick as possible, live there a few years and find the next "best lot ever". The fourth house. Oh, that fourth house. I still think about the pool and the tennis court. You can see a little of the front of the house here




But, it was the antique bricks from Chicago, the beams that were milled into 5-6" wide heart pine flooring and the trough from France in the powder room that make me miss it. 
This trough was from France. We had a metal base built as a stand. 
As you walk in the front door, you see one of the beams that the we used to mill the floors. This one had a lot more paint on it and they talked me into sanding most of it off. I learned early on to go with my gut on things I like. The contractor for this new house will probably hate me. (wink) Those are the bricks from Chicago. You also see one of my favorite things to collect, foundry patterns. 


Walking into the living room, you will see a wall of doors that open onto the back of the house, but turn around and you will see the other side of that brick wall and John Connor's first deer hanging above the mantel. The ceiling was clad with hickory planks. You can see a smidgen of walnut trim that we used on both sides of this room. It was from a house built in the late 1800's. The mantel was a piece left over and you can see the gorgeous detail that goes all the way across. You can see a few more pics here.



Moving into the kitchen, we pulled out all the stops. The cabinets were custom built from hickory and we used a red stain for the top cabinets. I love the lead glass across the top, too. The bricks were split to create a veneer for the backsplash. You can see a small piece of red granite that was amazing. It is surrounded by terra cotta tiles that were in boxes in the bottom of a church basement that was being cleaned out. (jackpot!) We used the same hickory for the bottom cabinets, but used the bead board side for the doors and just a clear coat to enhance the wood. Our kitchen table was a piece of granite attached to the island. Lots of homework and creating happened at this table!





 The keeping room, where we lived ALL the time holds lots of memories. We sat in front of many a fire in this stone fireplace with that old beam as the mantel.


Ahh, the back of the house. We lived out here. The doors you see open up folding to one end. My kids were always in the pool and that swing? My husbands grandfather, Papa, built it for us! This is the best place in the whole house!! There is antique brick framing the arches and I can't tell you how many times we refinished that floor. It was not wood that should be outside!!!


 My bathroom. Oh, this place was a close second to favorite places in this house! That copper tub? Yes, please. I could sit there and read a book forever! The best thing about this tub is the water NEVER got cold! We used the hickory for the cabinets and the bead board on the ceiling. I love that crown molding, too. This color is a lot brighter in this picture than it was IRL.

 These pictures were from Instagram, so I apologize for the grain and the words! Our bedroom was 4 steps higher than the main floor of the house. I took this picture in the "sitting area" of the room that was level with the rest of the house. The banisters were literally found on the side of the road. Metal and the perfect patina. I had the railings made at a local ironworks shop.




John Connor's room was so fun!! We pulled out all the stops in here. The tin was from an old barn that was torn down from our camp house. We designed it around the size of this hand turned bed. 





I will have to dig up more pictures from the rest of the house. It was a lot of fun to build and I'm really looking forward to working on MoonGlow!

The Day We Almost Died in the Exumas

April and I didn't want to waste our last day at Fowl Cay and we decided to go down to the beach for a few hours. She wanted to master standing on the paddle board. I was going to paddle around and look for sea turtles.

The water was a little rough. The wind was blowing in from the east and it made little, tiny waves in our little cove of water. It didn't look too bad, but on the paddle board it wouldn't have been easy. I suggest we get in the kayaks and go around the island. It's not big. The kayaks are easy. We will go with the current and maybe, just maybe the current will be the same all the way around!


I totally talked her into it.

She thought it was a good idea…at the time.

We start out and are smiling and talking about how we can't believe we have to leave. It's so amazing and the water is so gorgeous. We see JR, April's husband, at our place and he waves. April tells him our plan and he smiles and nods…she actually said, jokingly, "We are kayaking around the island! If you don't see us in a few hours, send someone to look for us!" She was joking….

We get to the first set of little jetties. Cute little rocks piled up. The current will change when we go over them, but it doesn't look too bad. The kayaks are so easy. I'm sure we can make it and when we get around the corner, the current will probably change again…or it will be all smooth and lake water like. I'm sure of that. Smooth water will be right around the next corner.

Wait. What is that? April, are those white caps? Are we about to be in the full on fight of white rapids right here in the bahamas? Ok, just keep calm. It will be fine. We can do this. It's too late to turn around now. We are so close. Look, there is the inlet and we will be back to where we started.

Hey April, "Are you moving? I'm barely moving! This current is strong!"

I'm in my mind telling myself that this is great exercise, I'll probably be sore tomorrow, I can't wait to get to the shore. Will we ever get to the shore?

We have to go all the way around, there isn't a beach on this side. It's all rocks. Keep going, we've got this.

We finally make it to the pass. The problem with the pass is the current is meeting in the pass. There are boats that come through the pass….with motors. There are waves. Big waves. The waves are pushing us where we want to go, right? Wait. I'm turning around backwards. April is tipping. DO NOT TIP IN THE PASS!!! Get out of the pass! If we get really close to the rocks, we can sneak through. If a boat comes through, we ram into the rocks. What do we do. Get away from me! If we bump each other, we both go in. OMG, I'm nervous. She's panicked. She's using her panic words. Just get out of the pass!!!

She thinks it's a good idea to go to the pier. Hello? How will we pull this heavy kayak up onto the pier? I can not do that! There's a little piece of sand over there and what looks like a smooth concrete area that is just big enough to pull up a kayak. I'm sure that's not what it's there for….until today.

She pulls right into the right spot. I am 10 feet down the bank where there are lots of sharp rocks. I keep slamming into the shore and start to worry that the kayak will be damaged by the rocks. What if I damage the kayak? I would feel terrible! I finally get out of the thing and start dragging it across the rocks that I'm also walking on with my tender feet. I look up and April is out. Her kayak is out. She's pulling it up onto the driveway and I'm still not sure I can get mine up there. She comes down and grabs it and pulls it onto the land and then goes back to get hers out of the way. I FINALLY got it out of the water.


Now what? We are both in our swimsuits, wet hair and no shoes. We have to tell them in the office. We go in and tell Grant our brilliant idea of kayaking around the island. We're laughing and smiling…he's not. He asks how far we made it and he's jumping up out of his chair with the radio in hand. I can get the guys to get them (panic), where are they? We proceed to tell him that we got them out of the water and onto the land. His whole face and shoulders relax and he smiles this really big smile. He thought we left them in the water and they were just floating along in the caribbean!! We saved the kayaks and our lives! We didn't die and the kayaks are on the shore! Celebration!!! Then we walked all the way back to the beach with no shoes and only our swimsuits on. We were alive.

Look at this picture…do you see the current out there? That's where we almost lost it! 

Always Have a Party Favor

I remember going to a birthday party in elementary school and receiving a party favor for the first time.

It was Jolie's party. The little bag was darling, you know, the plastic kind with a pretty design like balloons or candy or a clown on the outside? We were given the gift as we left the party. I vividly remember climbing into the backseat of the car and couldn't wait to see what was inside. I opened the bag and it overflowed with gum, candy, jacks, bouncy balls, so many tiny, wonderful toys and kindnesses. Someone was giving ME a gift?  I will never forget that. Since then, my favorite thing about planning a party is the party favor.  My children have had "themed" birthday parties. You know the ones, the cake matches the invitation, there were treasure maps and trunks full of gold, bags filled with beads and gems and gold coins. Everything matched..right down to the what we wear!

 Now, I have the joy of designing jewelry. In my Lucy Lockets jewelry line, I have a prism that hangs on a leather string. It's not fancy and can be worn with anything, seriously…..anything. A t-shirt and shorts or your favorite little black dress, from a picnic to the prom. Wear it anywhere. I was invited to a Blogging Get Away Weekend on Tybee Island hosted by Mermaid Cottages and Mary Kay Andrews. I had to take everyone SOMETHING! There were care packages for all of us and I just slipped my little stamped burlap bag in for each and every attendee with a prism necklace. They loved them!


I found everyone wearing them at different times and to different venues. On Saturday, we made our way to Savannah to shop and visit historic homes around the city. My absolute favorite was Alex Raskin Antiques on Bull Street and West Gordon Street. The home was built in 1867 and I couldn't get enough of the chipping plaster and wallpaper and imagining the stories those walls could tell. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted and asked if we were with the blogging group. This wasn't on our planned tour and we were taken aback that he would ask two random girls that question. Did we stand out that much with our cameras in hand? He recognized the necklace!!  Someone had been in with one on earlier. He knew we were together because I had given everyone a party favor. I was thrilled with that little bit of branding I had accomplished in this intriguing town of Savannah! So, if you see someone walking around with a prism necklace around their neck, ask them if it's a lucy locket and if they are a blogger. There are a few…..

all over the United States!

If you are interested in browsing my jewelry or know of a store that might be interested in carrying Lucy Lockets, let me know! My etsy shop is called Lucysinspired.

Covering Walls with Paper

I know wallpaper has been making it's way back for the last year or so. I love it. I can remember helping my Mom hang wallpaper at our house when I was younger. It was not easy! Then trying to remove it out of our first home! We don't have fond memories of hanging or tearing down wallpaper.
It's everywhere now!! Very glam and in small spots, wallpaper can be an easy update! I don't have plans for wallpaper for moon glow, but I'm sure it will show up in a closet, on a ceiling or in a powder room!!

One thing I found at market that I can't quit thinking about is 8x10 pieces of paper that could be used as a wall covering. It had the perfect vintage look and even had texture, like old, european texture. I wanted to try a piece of it, you know, bring it home and play. I'm buddies with the VP of Sales for the company and he said, "NO WAY!!".  Apparently, the cost is pretty substantial. I may call him and see how much they ended up selling, maybe he needs me to sample it and show how fab it could be somewhere in my world!


Thinking about it tonight, it reminds me a little of the booth I created for the Sloss Holiday Shop in December. I had a Lucy Lockets booth for the Friday night and Saturday show. I was looking forward to hanging out with my buddies from Digs Design. We kinda hung out a lot in the local shows for the season!

My brother helped me build these walls and Ashlee helped me cover them in old books, sheet music and an old wallpaper sample book I found at a house that was being torn down! OH MY GOODNESS, this little book was from the 30's and the wallpaper was priced between 12 and 18 cents a roll! I loved how on the back of each sample, the company would tell you the perfect use for the particular pattern or color.

The frames I have hanging are just for looks, they weren't for sale, but they were salvaged wood that was pulled from the home with the wallpaper still attached. I had it made into frames and I LOVE them! There's a floral pattern and looks like kraft paper with the simple flower design repeating.

These are a few pictures of the whole booth. It was a cold and rainy weekend, my booth fell over, but as usual, I had a blast!









What do you think? Have you been too scarred by wallpaper? If you have used it in your home, I would love to see pictures!

The Gardens of Hansel and Gretel in the Snow



This house. I can't begin to describe how much joy I get out of this little cottage in the woods. Right now it is full of clutter and there are coats piled on top of blankets piled on top of theater seating and cherubs and jewelry and corbels…ugh. It's full!

Tuesday, Birmingham may have gotten a little snow storm. It may have only been 2 inches, but people, it shut this city DOWN! I was lucky enough to get my kids and a few others home to my house before the traffic got dangerous. There were so many that were not so lucky. Some that spent the night in their cars or walked miles, serious miles, in the snow. uphill. both ways. They can totally tell their grandchildren that story and not be exaggerating!!

I look outside after I got a phone call out of the blue that kids were getting out of school early. I had no idea. This place, what I call Hansel and Gretel, looked like a winter wonderland! It was gorgeous!! I was walking to the car snapping photos with my iPhone left and right. I just couldn't get enough! After the debacle of getting home and calming my nerves, I got out the Nikon and got some up close and personals.

Here is the tour of the Hansel and Gretel Gardens in the Snow.

This antique gate is from New Orleans. It is the entrance into the front gardens of Hansel and Gretel.


I could eat the patina off of this gorgeous gate. 



Upon entering into the front cobblestone walkway, you will see several characters that were here when we moved in. The angel at the end was my addition and I love the way she is looking over our home! 



This cutie was here and can't you tell she is a flirt? She's always smiling! 


This bike was featured with a bow for the Holiday issue of Fresh Style Magazine last year. 


Here's an upclose of that gorgeous angel. I know she is praying over our home.


When you pass her you come into the courtyard at the front of the original part of Hansel and Gretel.
The snow is covering the antique bricks that are in a gorgeous pattern surrounding the fountain.


This tree overlooks the courtyard and holds the twinkly lights in place. It is truly magical at night!


From our steps leading down into the courtyard, you see the front of the house. Kevin Palmer took an awesome shot of that red door and doorknob when he and Layla came by a few weeks ago. You can see some of these same spaces with no snow!


I just love these icicles hanging on our little cottage!



The back of the house was a true winter wonderland! 



The Magic Barn….I should have styled it for Christmas for next year with the snow.


We don't get very much snow this far south. I enjoyed it while it lasted…3 days! If it ever snows here, it usually melts within hours!











Birmingham Snow Shuts Down the City

Hansel and Gretel Courtyard

Tuesday morning I woke up with a smile on my face. One of my best friends, Ashlee came to Birmingham for my birthday party at Bottle Tree the night before and we were going to have a fun day playing. The kids went to school and we sat and drank coffee enjoying the view of Hansel and Gretel and reminiscing about the songs my new favorite singer, Davin McCoy, sang the night before. I heard him at the Songwriter's Fest the weekend before and fell head over heals. Connor surprised me on Friday saying he was coming on Monday! So incredibly blessed with that guy. Connor not Davin. (wink)

I was on the phone with another friend laughing about the events from the night before and I saw a few snow flakes. It was that whole, "Oh, look! It's snowing!" Ashlee asked how I could even see those flakes they were so small. She declared, "It's just flurries.". She had an appointment with TMB Skin Clinic at 11:00, I was going to go with her and then it was lunch, shopping and playing for a few hours. OH, I forgot Connor's car battery was dead and he had to jump it off before he left for work. I'm thinking that was around 9:00. Ashlee and I decided we should get up and get going, so we started getting ready. As we were finishing up, Connor called and asked if the I thought school would get out early. Why in the world would they? I looked outside, the ground was covered and snow was falling as fast as it could! How wonderful! 5 minutes later, I got the phone call, school would be out at 11:30. Ashlee's car was still at Bottle Tree, we needed to pick that up, go to her appointment and get back before the kids got out. We had an hour. Still just taking our sweet little time and trying to look cute for the day, we finally got upstairs and realized there was no time to get her car, that could wait. MY CAR HAD BEEN RUNNING SINCE CONNOR LEFT! #seriously

My driveway!

We start out of my neighborhood toward TMB, there's a hill to climb. It's covered in snow. There are cars going up…slowly. Ok, no biggie, let's get her to her appointment, I will drop her off, go pick up kids and head back to pick her up. We make it up the hill. People are turning around. I freak out a little. These people are panicking. They are worried about not making it over that hill and back. My kid's school is on this side of the hill. I look at Ashlee and say, "We have to go get the kids!". 30 minutes before they are letting them out. I get gas since the light is on….just in case. I tell Ashlee to get some snacks inside the gas station. I go in to help her, she has nothing. She's looking at Vienna sausages and mac n cheese single servings. No, Ashlee, we need chips and salsa, doritos and junk food! It's a snow day!


We jump on Hwy. 119 and this is what we see.


Not a lot of cars, but a lot of snow. I pull in the parking lot and decide to go ahead and go inside. I've since talked to two different parents and need to pick up 3 extra kids. The check out desk was diligent with her "rules" and I had to tell her each kids name one at a time and she had to double check that I was on each ones list. The last two? I was not on their list. She wouldn't let me have them. I told her I would just grab them in the parking lot. Abduct much? I stood in the hall as John Connor walked around the corner in shorts and a short-sleeved t-shirt. All the parents just stared at him, shook their heads and then found me. Yes, he's mine, he only wears shorts. If he's comfortable, I'm comfortable, ok? Sophie walked up next, then Emma with Caelis, "Can Caelis go home with us?", sure. Bryson, one of the kids I'm abducting and we set out to find her brother. I just tell them where the car is and we head out. Guess what? I have 2 seats. 6 kids and 2 seats. Pile in the back, kids. I know it's snowing, the roads are slick, but I was not prepared!! We pull out of the parking lot, to the left 119 is backed up, we can go the other way to pick up Conor from the high school. I'm crossing my fingers we make it the 3/4 of a mile home. As we turn the corner to the high school, it's pretty backed up but moving. We are trying to call Conor and get him to walk down the hill. There are high school kids walking around everywhere. The signal is horrible…has been for the last hour. We finally get him and he's already started walking. We pick him up at our road and he jumps in…that makes 7 kids, 9 people with 4 seat belts. We are on the home stretch, though! Our house is a winter wonderland!! We all pile out and snowballs start to form and be thrown. They can't wait to get on the trampoline and bounce all that snow off!






In the meantime, Ashlee is a little worried about her car, oh and getting home!! She's from Florence, Alabama where it isn't snowing at all. Our first priority is feeding all these kids. If you know me…I do not cook. Seriously, never. My husband cooks and buys groceries on the day that he decides to cook because we eat out 5 nights a week. I'm not kidding, at all. I know we have frozen PBJ and maybe some eggs. We did buy a loaf of bread. Toast? Emma starts making cheese quesadillas for everyone. She's 14. She's so smart. I thaw out some deer meat and find a chili seasoning packet in the pantry. We put on a pot of chili. (I know how to cook some things, I just choose not to) We feel pretty good about the situation. Then we start watching the news and I start getting text and phone calls from friends that are stranded or their kids are still at school. The buses in our district never even left. The next area over sent their buses out and had to turn around or leave their bus. My MIL had to be rescued with her bus full of kids. They were coming home from a field trip. There were teachers on the bus, but she was stuck on the interstate for 2 1/2 hours!!! She said there were so many people helping move cars out of the way. They got a police escort, meaning she still had to drive her bus full of kids through the mess! Thankfully, she delivered them all safely. I felt so much panic for all of those mothers. One of the mothers of the kids I had had to abandon cars and walk home. One was on an airplane and was rerouted to Memphis. She wasn't going to be home until Wednesday. That hill I mentioned earlier, well…those panicky people? They panicked, slid, got slammed by other cars, and realizing they weren't going anywhere anytime soon, abandoned their cars. Panick. I was safe at home, with my kids, my friend and I were panicking for them. Connor was in a meeting, remember? He was in Vestavia, which is not too close to home when there's a blizzard and cars are stuck ALL OVER THE INTERSTATE! He has 4WD and believe me, he was going to take advantage. He is not a patient-sit-in-traffic kind of guy. He was off-roading and taking the "back way" all the way home. Remember the panic? People needed to call people, the phone lines were jammed and not a lot of talking was going on. We were just texting to find out where he was and how bad it was. He was updating and it only took him a few hours to get home. On the way, he was picking up old ladies that had abandoned their cars and taking them up the hill to the church. One told him her car was sliding and she just opened the door and rolled out, letting her car slide away. STOP.THE.MADNESS! I was so glad when he made it, but we still had friends that were stranded. My other friend, Ashlee, really how many people have two besties named Ashlee with 2 EE's? Me. So, she and her mom were on their way to UAB to see her Mom's hubby that had been admitted the day before, when they realized they couldn't make it. Heading down 119 from HWY 280, toward home, they made the 5 mile trek in 3 1/2 hours!! Sliding, blocking traffic, creeping home. Her mom is in a wheelchair…no chance of walking home! They made it to the entrance of her neighborhood about the time Connor with the 4WD got home. He went to help and some other sweet samaritan had already come to the rescue. When he got home, he said it was terrible with all of the cars all over the roads, abandoned. What is going to happen to those people that got out of their cars in the snow and less than 20 degree weather?

We just sat and watched it all unfold on Facebook and the news. The kids were happy and warm and fed, so all we could do was wait. If there was someone in need that we could help, we were ready.



It took my brother 6 hours to get to his kids. Speaking of kids stranded at the schools, there were 1,000's, seriously THOUSANDS, that had to spend the night at school. Not just middle schoolers who were glad to hang out with their friends all night, but preschoolers, kindergarteners, teachers who rocked them to sleep that night.

So many were on the highway over night, in their cars, with limited gas and some without chargers for their phones. A friend's sister was on the highway overnight and sent a picture of around midnight when they were standing on the side of the road by a fire. Gas was limited and it was the only way to keep warm. One friend was sliding down a hill uncontrollably in her car and was hit multiple times. She got out of the car and walked to the hospital nearby. Thankfully, a friend picked her up so that she would have a bed to sleep in. Her husband stayed at work all night trying to get trucks in and her boys were safe with family or in college within walking distance of all that he needed. Another friend also slid down a hill, had a wreck and ended up in a hotel room with a stranger as a roommate. She gave a blanket to a fellow stranded driver that was sleeping in the hallway of the hotel!! There are so many more stories just like these, some a lot worse and some not near as bad. Never the less, we all have a story about this Snowopacalypse of 2014. We were supposed to get a dusting. Our friends on the coast cancelled school this day and the next because they were supposed to get snow. I think they did, but nothing like what we got. Our weather people got it wrong, but man, I don't envy that job. I know they do their best and we have some of the best in the country in our area. I sure don't blame them or anyone for what happened. We get made fun of when there is a chance of flurries around here. The grocery stores have bare shelves of milk and bread and some of my snarky friends make snarky comments laughing at themselves, us southerners. We just aren't equipped, we don't have to deal with it like those northerners do. Remember at the beginning when I said my son was in shorts and tshirt? He has one pair of pants and one small under armor lightweight jacket that I BEG him to wear when it's below 20 degrees. I had on a shirt, jeans and boots that day….with a scarf. No coat, no socks, one layer. We play in the sunshine 9 months out of the year. If it gets cold, it's usually in the 40's. Our city was shutdown on Tuesday and finally made it's way out yesterday, for the most part. My kids are home again today and yes, my son is sitting next to me dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. He's heading to Arkansas with his best friend to go duck hunting. He has his camo….he'll be outside for a long time in the cold. He can handle it!

My friend, Ashlee finally got to go home yesterday, we ate chili and soup and chips and crackers, made cookies and ate the dough. I enjoyed having her here so much and can't believe she's not sitting on the couch with me again today.

Happy Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, brrrrrrmingham snow 2014!!!

Hansel and Gretel Barn





Atlanta's America's Mart Gift Market

That's a tongue twister! I just got home from market and as usual was clearly inspired! There were several fun trends I picked up on. It's funny how the trends sneak in and then, with our web-based lives, they take over!! I think we are all tired of chevron (I've never been a fan of it everywhere), antlers, they didn't really last long. They went from I don't want a dead animal on my wall to fake dead animals on every wall! ugh.


This market had a few of those left overs, but the brands have to find the trend almost a year in advance! They are already in China sourcing what we will love in 2015!! woah. that sounds crazy! We enjoy going to Creative Co-op. They do a great job of sourcing and making those reproductions look real. We love their lighting and furniture, but The Spotted Zebra is more of a gift shop. In January, we jump right into Christmas. yes, I haven't even gotten all of mine out of my house from December and I'm picking out new for 2014! It's a little unnerving. Let me tell you there will be woodland holidays everywhere! Hansel and Gretel will have fake critters on every mantel if I'm not careful! Owls, squirrels, foxes, did I say fox? Yes, there was a fox in EVERY showroom. I sang that song, you know the one, all day everyday! Honestly, we didn't buy a lot of it. It seemed a bit over done. I think we will be tired of the fox. Won't we? Please say yes.


We got to see old friends, like Thom, at Creative Co-Op.



We also met new friends, well, we've been friends on Instagram for like EVER, but I met Brian Patrick Flynn in one of my favorite showrooms, Blue Ocean Traders. He is a designer and producer at Flynnside Out Productions that lives bi-coastal and I love his style. The fact that he knew who I was and said I was pretty was just icing on the cake! I shared some of my "market tips" with him. He's not used to the mart. Oh, BPF, let me show you the way!


We weren't just there for The Spotted Zebra, Lucy Lockets got some new trinkets and chain for Spring! I have several stores waiting on jewelry. Hopefully, it's in a store near you! If not, let me know and I can contact them!


I found several light fixtures that will be great for Moon Glow. Do you buy lighting just because you love it? Or do you find a spot for it first? These will have a place, just not sure where, yet!!


I love these! I already have a pair of AMAZING pendants for the kitchen at Moon Glow….oh, maybe these can go to the cabin on Lake Martin! That's a new project I picked up yesterday! I'm so excited about it. It's being completely gutted, so it's like starting fresh!



 Gorgeous mirrors at Blue Ocean Traders. I could fill a crate at this place!


Textured wall paper, covered books and dachshund dogs were everywhere! This was in the Creative Co-Op showroom. 


One of my favorite showrooms for their displays is Demdaco. This wall made into a flag with mason jars. Yes, please.


  Another display at Demdaco. It reminds me of the gym flooring Layla used from Southern Accents several years ago. I love the way they spaced it. I'm thinking we can do something like this at Southern Makers this year!

One Little Word for 2014 - Mindful

Resolutions, Goals, Intentions, One Little Word

Some call them different things, in the end, they are all the same. Resolutions can be broken, goals not reached, intentions forgotten, that one little word lost in the shuffle. 

I think I will put down on paper all of them. Just set myself up with things I know I need to do and hope that I can follow through!! 

My word for 2014 is Mindful. It came to me in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. I do so much and I want to be mindful in each moment. Sometimes, I can't remember the moments because I've already moved on to the next thing. I want to slow down enough to be thoughtful about what I'm doing. 


Living our lives to better ourselves and those around us. Become a better you and reflect that light on others. It will shine from you and reflect on those around you.  We can make the world a better place. Believe it can be done and it will be. Here's to 2014. My 42 year on this earth, the 18th year of my marriage, 14th year with my daughter and 12th year with my son. I can't wait to see what God has planned for us!

Making Scrap Wood into Gift Ideas


I have a love affair with architectural accents. I always see more than it's original purpose. A piece of trim that was once used as an accent piece is now made into a picture frame to hold a picture of someone special or made into a Christmas Tree or Flag. I use each piece and nothing goes to waste. When I cut something, I will save the leftover piece. It goes into a box. It may be a triangle, a square or a rectangle…..sometimes it's a really awkward shape. I started making ornaments out of left over wood 4 years ago. I pulled out my stamps and added a "Merry Christmas" or "To: From:". They adorn a tree in my house and I still love to make them. This year, I was asked to come up with a craft for our local daytime show, Daytime Alabama. Wendy Garner is a friend and the host of the show. She and I have talked a little about my craftiness and she asks me to come up with something every once in awhile to do a segment. I did a couple of segments in the spring with The Smoking Glue Guns!

We set up in Papa's Barn since he has a great workspace and it's one of my favorite spots to work! Laura came over to be my "assistant". She did a great job stamping away while we talked about all the ways you can use these small pieces. By the way, Anthropologie is selling a little bundle of wood pieces for $14.00 right now. You can get those…..or just run outside and see what you can find! (wink)


Throw one on a wine bottle for the perfect hostess gift!


Thread the ornaments with jute to hang on the tree. 


These can be place holders, coasters, or just name plates for everyone that's coming to the party!


 I picked these up at the hunting camp the weekend before. They were left overs from the wood chopping and we made them into personalized coasters!


I love this one! Personalizing each person's stocking would be a fun project for the family to make one night! Have each person make their own or decorate it for someone else! 


You can see the segment here. We had a blast, as usual! Thanks for coming by, Wendy!

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An Ornament Party or Something Like That

I have been hosting a Dirty Santa Party for the last 15 years. It is definitely the highlight of my holiday season, and if I'm honest, one of my favorite nights of the entire year!! I invite over friends and everyone brings a gift for a Dirty Santa Swap. If you've never played this game, the rules vary and I get to decide the rules at my party!

First of all, there is food! We had Friday Pasta catered from Taziki's and so many of my friends brought appetizers, desserts and wine! We had a full table and it was all DELISH!










 I'm so blessed with so many friends that enjoy coming to this party. Some we see all year and others not as much, but we get to celebrate each other and the holiday season on this night.





 A party isn't complete without photos, right? Well, I have a professional photographer that is one of my dear friends and she offered to take photos as a gift to me! Isn't that the best gift ever? Her Dirty Santa gift was a photography session with Santa for next year. Believe me when I tell you, this was the BEST gift of the night! Here's the pic from my session with Santa this year!


She set up a spot for everyone to have pictures made with friends in front of the tree. We took lots and Lori gave us tips on how to take a better picture. Chin up and out and lean over!!





 Can you tell these two are my sisters? 









Emma got to come this year! We may have to start a new tradition and make it a Mother/Daughter event!


 Oh look! Lori came out from behind the camera! 




The night isn't complete without a group photo! It's hard to find a spot for everyone at Hansel and Gretel. This place is brimming with furniture and holiday decor! You can click over here to see the Holiday Tour!


 I love seeing all of the candids of people laughing and hanging out. 








 We started the Dirty Santa Swap. This is wear everyone's true colors come out. If you want to play, you bring a wrapped gift. Back in the beginning, this party was considered an ornament swap. Up until this year, that's what I called it. I got a hard time after last year when some people brought ornaments and some brought GIANT letters that spelled J O Y. The gifts didn't feel equal to some and some left pouting, some with gifts and some without? The way we play is you count the gifts and if you brought one, you pull a number out of the hat to determine when you get to choose a gift. Number 1 opens the first gift, number 2 can steal it or open a new gift and so on. To keep the game from going on and on and a gift being stolen over and over, it can only be stolen twice. That means 3 people can touch it and it's dead. No one else can steal it. Unless, you are number 1, then you can take ANY gift whether it's dead or not! This makes the end of the night very entertaining!






 Sometimes, there are gag gifts. Sometimes, people play tricks on each other. A few years ago, Suzanne got a hold of Daphney's senior portrait…..She blew it up to an 8x10 and framed it. It was the best gift that year! Several got to take a magnet of Daphney from 1989 home with them! It was hilarious!!

This year, Daphney paid her back. She found a picture that Suzanne sent us while on a field trip with one of her boys. She was on the bus, the windows were down and she was having a blast. (not) Little did she know, Molly would play around with it and add a sombrero and mustache, make sure Daphney had it and a mug was ordered on Walmart.com. Suzanne, the intuitive person that she is, picked the small package wrapped in red polkadot. She had no idea what was going on. EVERYONE else had been filled in throughout the night. When she grabbed that package, cameras came out and the surprise commenced!


She was COMPLETELY blown away! She was speechless. Do you know her? That does NOT happen! I wouldn't give anything for the way Lori captured this moment.


 It was the perfect ending to an amazing party! Thank you to all of my friends who came to the party. I wouldn't trade any of you and your friendships! xoxo


The good sport and her mug that is on every counter every morning this holiday season. Here's to you Suzi! muah!




Holiday Home Tour 2013

Welcome to my home, aka Hansel and Gretel!  This isn't my front door, but it's Mr. Snowman and he wants to welcome you to our home that is filled with character all year long! 


I picked up this baby pinecone garland from a new friend the other day and knew exactly where to put it. These windows open our world to our back yard that is forrest as far as the eye can see. I wanted to pull a bit of the woodland in and these do just that! Aren't they sweet? 


As we move through into what we call the "big den", our Dear Santa letter is empty? What in the world? I think what has happened is that is in mid-change-our-mind-mode. Do your kids do that? Mine are changing their minds everyday! I love to use natural ever green throughout the house. I didn't let them take too much off the bottom when I bought my first-ever REAL tree, because I knew I could use it all around!


This is one of my favorite spots in the house. It could be because I built that table. Yep, I built it will my two hands and a couple of saws! ;) We have a family friend that is a wood worker. He builds amazing furniture and he helped me at his workshop last Fall learn how to use a chop saw. I'm hooked!


Have I said this is one of my favorite spots, yet? You might hear that over and over in this tour. I'm pretty smitten with this house and love every inch. This is our smaller fireplace and I change this guy around weekly! A few staples are the deer that my husband shot and that big brown corbel? I like to pet that thing every once in awhile! It moves from one end to the middle, but is always on this mantel!


We believe in surprises at our house and our stockings need to be filled to the rim! That one with the pom-poms is mine. Santa knows how to fill that sucker up, too!!



This trim on this tree. Amazing, right? I love that chippy-lead-filled paint. It is all over my house! I made this tree from trim that was saved from a home that was built in 1890 in Montgomery. It had several owners and they all tried to refurbish the home until it was in a fire and would cost too much to make it livable. I work with a company that saves old things and got my hands on some of this trim. I've been saving it for something special and love how my trees turned out!




John Connor goes out into the woods behind our house and finds deer sheds. I have offered to pay him for more, but he's yet to find more. This mantel for the Fresh Style spread had so many sheds, you would have thought we'd been hunting all our lives! Thankfully, I have a friend that has and he let me borrow 20 or 30 sets!!


The centerpiece on the dining room table is my lazy susan from Create-ologie and those shiny brights have multiplied over the years! I have intentions to make a wreath out of them, but for now I will enjoy them on the table.



This cozy corner is new at Hansel and Gretel. I bought these tiny, yellow couches from one of my besties, Ashlee. They gave me more seating and makes this corner come to life where it was just a place to fill before. Now, we will use it for parities and my son loves to play Xbox from here! 



I have an extensive collection of Penny McAlister. I cherish every piece and love to have all the bright colors filling my holiday spaces! If you are new to my home, you should read the story about me inviting the family that built this house over last Christmas. It was as if they built it for me! 







Oh Christmas Tree! 
I have to admit, I love this tree! It's the first real tree we've ever had and it couldn't be more perfect. It's so fat and full! I ended up not getting about 2 bins full of ornaments from the storage unit. I'm sure I could fill every gap, but I love it just as it is!



Channel letters are really popular right now and we have a pretty good collection at our house. I love this red F, it's probably my favorite! 


This is the infamous walk-in fire place. It's huge and I love to fill it with my holiday decor. It looks totally different from the Fresh Style spread this month. I did that back in August and changed it up for December! You can find the magazine in the app store or in most Books a Million stores!


John Connor painted this snowman when he was 4. I'm pretty sure I drew it and let him go with the paint. It's my most favorite of his art. That name? Kills me every time!




Emma's art on the chalkboard. She free-hand wrote it. I'm so jealous of her handwriting! 



I had Southern Accents build me this tree about 4 years ago. They thought I was crazy. I think it's amazing! It's my all-time favorite! 


Well, that concludes the tour for now. This house has been so much fun to decorate and work on this year. I call it my project house. I've gotten to do a lot of fun things with it. Stay tuned for continued updates. I'm always taking pics and posting them on Instagram. You can also find what inspires me on my Pinterest page and like my Lucysinspired page on Facebook. You might see my vintage inspired jewelry, Lucy Lockets, as well!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

beth holiday home tour


Welcome to my home, aka Hansel and Gretel! I was thrilled when Beth asked if I wanted to join in on her Holiday Home Tour! This isn't my front door, but it's Mr. Snowman and he wants to welcome you to our home that is filled with character all year long!







I picked up this baby pinecone garland from a new friend the other day and knew exactly where to put it. These windows open our world to our back yard that is forrest as far as the eye can see. I wanted to pull a bit of the woodland in and these do just that! Aren't they sweet?




As we move through into what we call the "big den", our Dear Santa letter is empty? What in the world? I think what has happened is that is in mid-change-our-mind-mode. Do your kids do that? Mine are changing their minds everyday! I love to use natural ever green throughout the house. I didn't let them take too much off the bottom when I bought my first-ever REAL tree, because I knew I could use it all around!




This is one of my favorite spots in the house. It could be because I built that table. Yep, I built it will my two hands and a couple of saws! ;)




Have I said this is one of my favorite spots, yet? You might hear that over and over in this tour. I'm pretty smitten with this house and love every inch. This is our smaller fireplace and I change this guy around weekly! A few staples are the deer that my husband shot and that big brown corbel? I like to pet that thing every once in awhile! It moves from one end to the middle, but is always on this mantel!




We believe in surprises at our house and our stockings need to be filled to the rim! That one with the pom-poms is mine. Santa knows how to fill that sucker up, too!!







This trim on this tree. Amazing, right? I love that chippy-lead-filled paint. It is all over my house! I made this tree from trim that was saved from a home that was built in 1890 in Montgomery. It had several owners and they all tried to refurbish the home until it was in a fire and would cost too much to make it livable. I work with a company that saves old things and got my hands on some of this trim. I've been saving it for something special and love how my trees turned out!
















The centerpiece on the dining room table is my lazy susan from Create-ologie and those shiny brights have multiplied over the years! I have intentions to make a wreath out of them, but for now I will enjoy them on the table.










This cozy corner is new at Hansel and Gretel. I bought these tiny, yellow couches from one of my besties, Ashlee. They gave me more seating and makes this corner come to life where it was just a place to fill before. Now, we will use it for parities and my son loves to play Xbox from here!










I have an extensive collection of Penny McAlister. I cherish every piece and love to have all the bright colors filling my holiday spaces! If you are new to my home, you should read the story about me inviting the family that built this house over last Christmas. It was as if they built it for me!

























Oh Christmas Tree!

I have to admit, I love this tree! It's the first real tree we've ever had and it couldn't be more perfect. It's so fat and full! I ended up not getting about 2 bins full of ornaments from the storage unit. I'm sure I could fill every gap, but I love it just as it is!






Channel letters are really popular right now and we have a pretty good collection at our house. I love this red F, it's probably my favorite!






This is the infamous walk-in fire place. It's huge and I love to fill it with my holiday decor. It looks totally different from the Fresh Style spread this month. I did that back in August and changed it up for December! You can find the magazine in the app store or in most Books a Million stores!






John Connor painted this snowman when he was 4. I'm pretty sure I drew it and let him go with the paint. It's my most favorite of his art. That name? Kills me every time!











Emma's art on the chalkboard. She free-hand wrote it. I'm so jealous of her handwriting!






I had Southern Accents build me this tree about 4 years ago. They thought I was crazy. I think it's amazing! It's my all-time favorite!






Well, that concludes the tour for now. This house has been so much fun to decorate and work on this year. I call it my project house. I've gotten to do a lot of fun things with it. Stay tuned for continued updates. I'm always taking pics and posting them on Instagram. You can also find what inspires me on my Pinterest page and like my Lucysinspired page on Facebook. You might see my vintage inspired jewelry, Lucy Lockets, as well!


Thanks so much to Beth for asking me to join this tour! She is a blogging friend turned real friend and I'm so glad to know her!

About Me




Lucy Farmer of Lucysinspired specializes in all things aesthetic, residential and commercial interior decorating, freelance styling work, creative direction and brand development for businesses and individuals, and marketing solutions through social media for small businesses looking to grow their brands organically. She is based in Indian Springs, Alabama. 

Always calling Alabama home, Lucy earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from the University of North Alabama in 1994. Going to work for the retailer Parisian was a dream come true. After staying at home to raise her family, she went to work as Creative Director for Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. A short stint with a local marketing firm, Telegraph Branding gave her the realization her kids still needed her at home! She is using her creativity designing spaces that she and her husband, Connor, build or renovate and continues the work with Southern Accents and freelance work around Alabama.  She currently sits on the board for Southern Makers and is looking to help REVIVE Birmingham in the arts and retail realm. Not to be left out, Lucy also designs a jewelry line of vintage hardware called Lucy Lockets. She was recently featured in Fresh Style Magazine and is in the holiday gift guide of Southern Lady. 

Moss Rock Festival and a Woodlawn Pop-up

I was crazy busy last week. It seems to be a trend for me lately. I enjoy working with companies and brands that I can strategically align with. I know that Rome was not built in a day. It was not built by one person, either. I met Becky Denny and her daughter, Zade a few months ago at the warehouse in North Birmingham known as Deconstructive Waste Services. A salvage company that had a wonderful plan to recycle wood, brick, glass, etc. Digs Design was also in this building....behind the burlap curtain. No one was allowed to go behind the curtain! Oh, I was so intrigued! I saw a couple of pictures on Instagram and Facebook from Digs and made it a point to follow them to Railroad Park for a pop-up in the Spring. I introduced myself and Becky and I were instant friends. We had a LOT in common! We won't go into that, though, they aren't all great qualities! ;) We are both self-proclaimed dysfunctional! I got numbers and told them I would be in that week. You can read more about that here.

That leads us to 6 months later and a lot of brainstorming! They packed up the warehouse into 3 tractor trailers, yes, that's right THREE!! I can't wait for them to get into a new space and unpack. It will be like Christmas! They are full of vintage, industrial, mid century modern pieces that are great for conversation pieces, unique lighting, loft design and so much more. They got into the REVIVE Birmingham Pop-up in Woodlawn. It was planned to be the last week. This would give them time to curate what would be in the shop with an invite for me to bring my Lucy Lockets! I was very excited and really love working with them. We got to be in a great corner building with amazing natural light that was going to house the Baking Bandits! Seriously, this girl can cook up something delicious! I ate very well that week! Thanks Kristen Farmer Hall (My last name and my mother in law's maiden name, which is also John Connor's middle name, and I'm done) was the brains behind this little pop-up bakery. She had an amazing following and we were blessed that her patrons wanted to shop with coffee and scone in hand!

As the weekend neared, we started trying to plan for the Moss Rock Festival. It was being held at the Preserve in Hoover and Digs had a booth there, as well. I volunteered to help set up and man the booth for the weekend. Guess what that means? I packed up my Lucy Lockets and headed to Hoover! We also took some really cool pieces from Digs. We saw so many people that weekend and throughout the week. There is definitely a spark out there for this kind of vintage design. I took lots of pictures of our booth on Sunday and got a few shots of some of the other booths.

Overall, it was a great week. The word is definitely out about our companies and Digs has a few really good leads on warehouse space. I think you will be seeing something from them in the next few months! Look for a great sale and welcoming open house!

One of my favorite booths and favorite people, Anchor and Daisy. Andrea Marty has created the most amazing eco-friendly, sustainable