Baby showers and patting preggo bellies,
lots of time with our nephew, Chee’s cousin – Jack,
red white and blue,
smoking up the kitchen with dry ice,
croquet in the back yard,
more baby Jack – four occasions for visits and holding his cute face in a three week span!
Such exciting news: last week’s Tod Purse Giveaway Sponsored by HipSwap was won by a Joyfully Gray reader! I was thrilled when I learned this news. Whitney Freeman from Indiana will be receiving her new purse within the next week, as it is packaged and on its way! Thank you to Whitney for participating and being a visitor of the Joyfully Gray blog and CONGRATULATIONS!
This is week four of the HipSwap Purse giveaway and a Gucci Hobo is up for grabs! This red-pebbled leather beauty retails for 1,500 dollars and could be on your arm in less than two weeks!!!
In addition to the lovely red leather, the purse features a navy cotton stripe in front and large gold ring hardware at strap ends. The dimensions are: 15″ x 9″ x 1″ with 10″ strap.
The DoubleTake Consignment Boutique first opened its doors in Short Hills New Jersey in1992 and from day one the store has been packed with women who understand the advantages and value of consignment shopping. DoubleTake, which only accepts the highest quality & current designer clothing and accessories, has been recognized as a unique clothing boutique where huge savings can be realized.
Stay Tuned for next weeks Giveaway! It is going to be even bigger.
I can hardly keep my camera away from Lucia; she gets her hands on everyday it and goes to town. She captures a little bit of everything from an entirely different angle, which is always fun to see. Not only do I find it endearing, but I think I might have a little artist on my hands. Here is a viewing of her latest work:
This weekend was packed: from Plaza Live on Friday; to a Saturday with a sweet baby shower, a bit of basketball, an old friend in town and filling up on sushi; to Sunday with a trip to Ponca City and back. I feel too tired for it to be Monday! But it is going to be a good day… here is some Jack White to prove it:
Guess what?! I have another great giveaway for you!!! Forget Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton (though that is hard to do) – your eye is on a brand new prize: a Tod’s Leather Handbag could be ours for the taking!!! I want this bag in a bad way.
Joyfully Gray Blog has partnered with HipSwap to promote this giveaway. You only have to complete the the entry requirements by clicking here; you do not have to be a follower of Joyfully Gray to enter, though I would appreciate it so much!! Regardless, I am so glad you came by.
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Lucia’s little room is very well lived in, just as any toddler’s room should be. I recently gave Matt’s great-aunt Gladys’ china cabinet a slathering of white paint and place among her pink walls in order to house all of her ga-zillion stuffed animals and toys. I try to regularly clean out her collection of things, weed out what she does not play with and keep things stream-lined, but truly, it is difficult for me.
All of the wall hangings and mirror were found at thrift stores and used to be in her nursery
. My dad made the cute doll house shelf – it is just like the one that he made for me as a child per my mom’s very eager request. I found her blue bed at a second-hand store for twenty dollars in my mom’s little town of Ponca City
; the poor scrappy thing was quite neglected, a scratched up sad looking wooden piece, but I spruced it up with two coats of turquoise. Amazing what some paint can do for some old shabby blocks of wood.
Curious as to what her nursery looked like in 2009
? Click here!
I was very proud of its pretty and simple sweetness; only now is it blatantly obvious to me that a baby had not yet moved in to our home. Her little place has definitely evolved as she has grown older – books, toys, play kitchens & very-important-dress-up-collections tend to make things quite homey.
Those cute Avett Brothers are in love with Jenny and the Summer Day.
Except I do not go by Jenny,
so they are not in love with me.
Though I have a best friend that does go by Jenny,
Maybe I am in love with Jenny and the Summer Day too.
Let’s all be in love with Jenny and the Summer Day.
Cooler days – save the sunshine and the freedom that summer brings;
simplifying my life (& access to a big truck so I can haul away clutter);
a dusting dog-hair fairy that visits free of charge;
the ability to soundly reason with a three-year-old;
a kitchen assistant – just for a week or two – to get me really started with my pursuit to cook more, teach me the in-and-outs of meal planning and the how-to of throwing healthy and inviting family meals together;
and not much else…. these are all just little flights of fancy I suppose?
…Now back to de-cluttering the guest room so my brother-and-law can have a comfy place to sleep for the next few nights.
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend; we spent ours with Matt’s family celebrating birthdays and father’s day. New York City posts coming this week & another awesome purse giveaway!
And have you seen the new Free People Catalog? I want everything!
A few months ago I had the privledge of sharing a bit about myself and why I blog on Chalk White Arrow. Yesterday when I again came across these photos of our home and their tiny captions, I thought I would re-share them here on my blog because one of the main questions I am most often asked, when I tell people that I blog is “Why?”
Well, one of the main reasons I blog is that it gives me the opportunity to capture details of my life that I might otherwise take for granted. I love finding significance in a warm cup of coffee or even the fine calligraphy stroke of a pen; recording my days and our home inspires me to count my blessings and find magic in the small things. When I was younger, I thought I would have some creative design job, or live and walk the streets of Brooklyn. I do not have either; in fact, being a literature teacher and living in the mid-west is very different than the “someday” I always considered. But, that being said, instead of Brooklyn and some fancy magazine job, I have many other things instead. Here, at Joyfully Gray, I capture those other things – the blessings – that I am so grateful for and I also get to be creative in the process.
Today I would like to share some pieces of these things that I find so lovely, not the loveliness in the material items themselves, but instead the stories behind our things and the memories that we have created while sitting together amongst these things, these things where we sit listening to our mountains of vinyl, dancing on the sofa cushions, reading books, and banging on my great-grandmother’s piano. All of these moments are what make our our family what it is.
Hello lovely friends! Remember a couple of weeks ago when I had a beautiful Michael Kors Purse Giveaway? Well handbag lovers, I have another spectacular bag for you today: A Louis Vuitton Monogram Tote is up for grabs via HipSwap.
Yes, you read that right – this is the real deal: an authentic Louis Vuitton Tote. The monogram bag has been Louis Vuitton�s symbol since its introduction in 1896. It is widely recognized as an elite status symbol around the world. This handbag has style and functionality which makes it a perfect everyday bag, whether you are taking it to the office or doing your errands. This is a classic bag that is sure to be chic and stylish for years to come.
HipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what’s inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America, and easily sell their stuff. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van. Do not live in LA or NY? No problem! Everyone is eligible to enter and win this Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Tote Shoulder Bag.
Joyfully Gray Blog has partnered with HipSwap to promote this giveaway; this is a sponsored post. You only have to complete the the entry requirements by clicking here; you do not have to be a follower of Joyfully Gray to enter, though I would appreciate it so much!! Regardless, I am so glad you came by.
The contest for this Louis Vuitton Bag is on from July 2nd – July 9th, 11.50 EST. Joyfully Gray Blog has partnered with HipSwap to promote this giveaway; this is a sponsored post.
Want to enter more giveaways for designer handbags? Keep your eye on HipSwap because for the next six weeks they are giving away even more beautiful bags!
June 26th � August 7th, 2012
(6 weeks / 6 bags): One Designer Handbag each week.
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