MILA'S F I R S T BIRTHDAY

Our little bloom bebe turned a year this past weekend...

{{A year!!}}

And since we wanted to celebrate this little life, but also {{since our budget was near zero for a party}}, I promised Kavs that I would only use decor we already had.

Which means...I had more FUN getting creative and using sweet vintage finds from the Studio, our house, and we were also blessed with a few wonderful gifts from some of our favourite businesses on Instagram (details below).

A few streamers, heirloom tea cups, handmade cupcakes, and a homemade bubble concoction {{with some of the BEST friends and family imaginable}} made this Woodland Tea Party a precious, whimsical day we will not soon forget. {{And a HUGE THANK YOU to my parents, for graciously opening up their home!}}

Celebrating a birthday doesn't have to be an extraordinary expense!

Keeping it all about LIFE and LOVED ones was our goal, and what a sweet day it was!

Happy First Birthday, to the apple of our eye...

Plates I have collected over the years...at flea markets, The Good Will, and from my sweet mama!

Glass teardrop bottles  from our "message in a bottle" theme from our wedding and my great grandmother's tea set.

Banners that my grandmother made for Mila's nursery {{here}}, a bird cage from our wedding, and a thrifted chalkboard for Millie's monthly photos board.

This high chair crib was from Mila's baby shower {{here}}.

Since I made these little ladies flower crowns, it was only fitting the little men had Peter Pan hats..{{tutorial below}}. :)

...And gigantic bubbles a mile long seem to make any party a hit!

It was sweet Lukey's birthday that day too!

And the babes weren't the only ones having fun! This beautiful mama is one of my life-long besties!

Before/After - Nautical Living Room Flip on a Budget

Stretched. Patience gained. Beauty Attained.

(As mentioned in our Kitchen Flip AND Bedroom Flip ): What began as a 3 week stint...evolved into a 7 month furlough when my husband and I moved into my parents, while looking at homes to buy.

Praise Him, eventually our prayers were answered, and we found the location of our dreams. Now, it was time to flip this 1970's dated space. 

I adore all things nautical and have always loved vintage...so these styles were married together to inspire our cozy living space! 

Welcome to our home! Come take a quick tour... 

This was our living room, pre-flip: 

 

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Now: My Reading Nook

 

This clothes rack was a piece of tin I found for $6 at a flea market, and the spindles...from a dumpster dive on a near by farm... 

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The main living area: BEFORE smelled of musty cat and astro-turf-esque flooring.

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The main living area: AFTER

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This blown up photo from our wedding only cost me $13 (which beats spending hundreds on a canvas print).

I hope to do a tutorial on this in the future! 

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At first, I kind of...well (hated) this shelf. I wanted to re-finish it in a darker stain or paint it. When it wouldn't fit up the stairs to go into the Kav's study, it found a home in our living room. I have to say,...it has kind of grown on me ;) 

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Above: Most of the pieces in this shelf are either re-purposed or flea market finds!  

How Great Thou Art Sign = Re-claimed barn wood from a dumpster dive (cleaned and painted) 

Corbels = Elkhorn Flea Market

Large Wine Bottles = Saved from Annual Christmas Asti Toast

White Vase = My grandmother's wedding gift (sanded and painted) 

White Cross and White mini flower vases =  The Dollar Tree

Pineapple = On sale at Harvest Home  

Frame = Marshalls (on sale) 

Below: This is a prized special of ours! My sweet friend Nicole (read about her story here) knew I was searching for an inexpensive mantle. She was rummaging one morning and found this incredible white one on a front lawn and she snatched it for $45. Yay Nicki!  

I wasn't sure how to fill the space in the center of the mantle. I tried a mirror and candles, but when we put the tv up, there were too many wires. Then, I found this faux "tin ceiling" at Menards. I love how it fits!

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This wood was found in a dumpster dive I did at a local barn that was being torn down. Washed it, painted it and a polyurethane finish.

Amazing Grace ... so sweet, so simple and yet so true.

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AFTER

AFTER

Home, Sweet Home. 

One Man's dream...Heart Love Place and The Annual Red Tie Auction

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Heart Love Place Annual Auction for Inner City Mission

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A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privlige to partner with Heart Love Place in Milwaukee as their photographer and artist for their annual Red Tie Auction. 

 

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I also brought along our "Vintage Photo Booth." 

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Originally, the event was to be held outside, where the "photo booth" was to be hung between trees. As the rain came pouring down, we had to find an alternative.

We had a blast! 

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Every time I visit, I am slayed by what God is doing there. 

The leadership He has brought to this ministry is amazing. 

Una, Viola and their team...women and men after God's own heart and I am certain that is a key element to why it is flourishing so much! 

It truly overwhelms me to think of where this mission all started...

A man several years ago now had a dream. 

He quit his high paying business job to drive around the inner city in an RV, go to families in need and offer them love, support and a place to go for other needs as well. 

 

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He invited them into this mobile home and shared God's word with them. Whether they received it in that moment did not matter to him. As long as they were listening. 

Today, Heart Love Place is flourishing. 

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Among many things, Heart Love Place has actually created a culinary school that is preparing it's chefs to thrive in a restaurant or catering setting. It is creating jobs, offers tutoring, is developing sports ministries, bible studies, and they offer events to get kids off the streets (just to name a few).

Here are a few photos of this incredible evening. 

Blessed my heart x10! 

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And it is because of women of Grace like this (Una and Viola) that keep this incredible mission going. Amazing women!

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Thank you sincerely for all that you do Heart Love Place!

To learn more about this incredible ministry or to get involved, click here! 

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