New Sponsor Welcome: Thirty-One

I am thrilled to welcome the newest sponsor of Crafty Texas Girls----- Thirty-One Gifts.

In their own words, "the mission of Thirty-One is to celebrate, encourage and reward women by offering quality products and an outstanding opportunity to become successful business owners. "

"Our stylish, affordable products are exclusive to Thirty-One. From our signature purses and totes to storage solutions that help organize your life, you'll find something to fit every personality and situation. Each season, we develop new products built on the idea that our products must be functional AND fashionable (and, of course, make great gifts!)."

 The name "Thirty-One" comes from the verses of Proverbs 31. The Proverbs 31 woman is dearly loved and respected by him and her children, yet she is an individual in her own right. 
 So whether you choose to shop online, host a party, or even join the Thirty-One team, please stop by and check out all that Thirty-One has to offer. Just visit my favorite Thirty-One Consultant,  Michelle Gregory over on her website to view all of the new Fall/Winter products. And tell her a Crafty Girl sent you!  
Michelle Gregory: Thirty-One Consultant

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Crafty Texas Girls and having your ad reach an amazing audience- please email me at craftytexasgirls@gmail.com.


Design Dilemma

Sometimes it can be hard to decorate. Despite all the pretty pictures on pinterest and the glossy catalogs, sometimes you can just get stuck.

Source: bing.com via Holly on Pinterest

When that happens, I think the best thing you can do is call a friend. Remember the "Friends Don't Let Friends Shop Alone" thing? Well the same goes with decorating. Sometimes you just need someone to bounce ideas off, help you talk through ideas, and be supportive. A fresh pair of eyes can bring new ideas and inspiration.

When I started re-decorating my home, my friend Jennifer helped me organize my ideas and work through the trouble spots. And now I am getting a chance to do just that for my friend Stephanie.

Stephanie sent me some photos and an email:
"I have a "design dilemma" that I could really use your help with!  I am in the planning stages of redecorating my home, going from "Texas Tuscan" to a more neutral "Ballard style" look that I have been drooling over for the past couple of years.  
I have plenty of ideas for the rest of my house, but this tall, skinny niche in my stairway has me stumped!  I have attached a few photos of the niche in its current state.  I would like something a bit more fun and original.  
You can see in the photos that I went faux-crazy when we first moved in, and the niche was my first victim ;)  I plan to remedy that with a coat of our original wall color  (Sundew by Sherwin Williams) to lighten up and unify the space, but beyond that I am a bit lost! 
The niche measures 22 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 8 1/2 feet tall at its highest point.  I will be replacing the brown frames on the wall with a new display to compliment whatever ends up in the niche.  
I am using predominantly black, white, silver, neutrals, and natural fibers throughout the rest of the house, punctuated by "pops" of a yet-to-be-determined color. The only other stipulation is that I am trying to avoid anything too large and heavy that the twins can pull down onto themselves now that they are pulling up, cruising, and giving me daily heart attacks.  So, in other words, I am asking for tall, skinny, fun, original, baby-proof decor. Easy-peasy, huh?"

 I love her email because I have been in that same place! Everyone has. SO my dear friend, here are some things I have found that might get your creativity flowing again. And PS- your twins are adorable. If that space was lower to the ground- it actually could be a baby reading nook!

Design Dilemma Suggestions:

First- I think after you paint (although there is no shame in faux) the inside, I would divide the space. The easiest way to do this is by adding shelves. That way you don't get stuck in the rut of using just one tall piece.


Second- make it more 'you'.  Nate Berkus says the most interesting homes are ones that include personal items. I think that is why you don't like the vase/art combo- it doesn't reflect you and your family. Add items to the shelves from trips, include photos, or try framing personal affects. Look at collections you might have, unify the space by including these items in sets of three.


Third- Be willing to try something bold. Whether it is with a dramatic color or even an 'unexpected' accessory on the shelves of the nook, the bigger the risk- the bigger the reward!

Stephanie- I hope that helps! Please send in some photos when your project is done. We can't wait to see how it turns out!

Do you have a Design Dilemma? Send it on over and I'll see what I can come up with. 

Linking up at these great blogs:
-Be Different Act Normal
-Tatertots and Jello
-Serenity Now
-Under the Table Dreaming
-The Creative Paige
-Not So Simple Housewife

Home Stories A 2 Z


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. We all have so much to be thankful for.

We celebrated with family out in Aledo. The weather was gorgeous- 70 degree weather in November! Jeff fried a turkey and the kids played, fished, and ate way too many cookies:)

I am not a 'black friday shopper'. But I did order a few things online last night. I found a 'Barney the dinosaur' for Maisy and a vintage pink elephant Care Bear Cousin for Afton.

I also found a cool handmade 'red riding hood' cape for Afton. I love to buy handmade!

Source: etsy.com via Samantha on Pinterest

Today I am working on the Christmas decorations. I have few new ideas in mind but I want to go through my boxes and see what I have. Last year I did primarily white and burlap. But I am feeling a bit more 'green' this year. Here are few images I am using for inspiration- all photos from bhg.com.

Have a great weekend!

Don't forget- shop my store from now thru Christmas and receive 30% off with this code: CRAFTY30


Oopsy Daisy Baby Winner & Christmas Shopping

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Oopsy Daisy Baby contest.
It's so much fun to give away such an adorable item. 

And according to random.org the winner is: 

***Alisa Cox ***

Lucky girl! She is getting a "Wild About Santa" bling shirt. 

I wish I could give each and every one of you a bling shirt. I want one too! 
So for those if you just 'have to have one'- be sure to visit www.oopsydaisybaby.com

And if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this year, then shop handmade.
Stop by and see the new items I have listed in my etsy shop
I am adding new items daily- headbands, bows and more! 

Gift certificates are available. 

and use coupon code CRAFTY30 to receive 30% off any order place before Christmas. 


New Sponsor: Welcome Kristie Mills Photography

I am so excited to welcome the newest sponsor of Crafty Texas Girls--- Kristie Mills Photography!

 Kristie Mills is a talented family photographer out of Keller Texas. Her photography speaks for itself,  she does beautiful work. 

In her own words, "I am a mom--first and always!  I am also a mom that loves photography.  I enjoy interacting with kids and capturing who they are in a photo- their authentic self, not fake smiles. Children grow so fast, every stage of childhood is fasinating.  Don't let the moment pass and just wish you had photos of them at 'that' age, because I know as a mom, you can't get it back."

Kristie describes her  style as "classic modern". She says "I want you to be able to look at a photo of mine 20 years from now and love it as much then as today. "

  Kristie's sessions are held on-location using natural light. She says "I encourage kids to play around, so that I am able to capture their true, priceless expressions.  Pictures with laughter while playing or adorable little pouts are some of my favorites!"

Kristie Mills Photography specializes in newborn photography. She has a small, in-home studio full of wonderful natural light. Kristie encourages her clients to personalize the photos with sentimental blankets and accessories. And customers are also invited to make use of her vast selection of baskets, hats, flower headbands and blankets.

Other services offered by Kristie Mills Photography include- Christmas Cards, Birth Announcements, Online Proofing and much more. Stop by website or find her facebook. Or email her directly at kristie.mills@gmail.com. Be sure to let her know a Crafty Girl sent you!

**Don't forget- today is the last day to enter the Oopsy Daisy Baby Giveaway to win a "Christmas Bling Shirt". Click here to enter!

***If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Crafty Texas Girls and having your ad reach an amazing audience- please email me at craftytexasgirls@gmail.com.

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