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Monday, June 29, 2009

I {Heart} Colorado

We all arrived in Bayfield, Colorado {right outside Durango} on Sunday afternoon. My husband's Aunt and Uncle bought a vacation home last year...they were so kind to let us come and stay in their lovely home. We will be here for a week and the weather is awesome!! This year we brought Tristan with us and he is loving the mountains, rivers, and rocks to hide behind.

Here are some pictures of our 1st day here:

We had fun going to the lake, finding a river, going to Durango, and spending time together as a family!


Here is our rafting trip down the river in Durango, CO. We had so much fun and Tristan loved it! He wanted more rapids...we will have to do that on our next trip!


We went horseback riding in the mountains and had so much fun! We went up trails that we could not do walking and could see far away. It was so peaceful in the mountains. When we come back we will definitely go horseback riding again!

{after an amazing 8 days here in Colorado i think we want to move here. there is so much to do in the summer & winter. when we get back to Texas we are going to search for jobs in CO}

Friday, June 26, 2009

decorating with my sister

:: my precious nephew Creighton ::

The boys and I headed to Waco to help my sister decorate my nephew, Creighton's bedroom. We painted his walls, furniture {it was his daddys when he was little}, put down his new bedding, and decorated. It is turning out precious!

Better get back to work! We have a lot to do before we head to my parents.

{Come back to see pictures of Creighton's Big Boy Room}

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

{my dream}

I am starting to live a dream that I have had all my life!

I remember in college touring the Design Department and my heart would pound with excitement....and that was just walking in a classroom!
I went on with my life... marrying the man of my dreams, having our first son Tristan, graduating college, becoming a teacher, and having our second son Deacon. I have been teaching for 5 years {2 years in 2nd & 3 years in 1st} and this was my last year teaching. I am looking forward to what God has in store for me...on my new adventure!

As I is so hard to believe it has been 5 years...
In the 9 1/2 years I've been married my decorating styles have changed.
One thing that has not changed is adding color! I do not think I have ever had a white wall...or I should say for long. Right when we got married we lived in an apartment {remember you can't paint} and I could only stand cream walls for so long. So, I bought red and pink fabric and striped my focal wall my bedroom....stapled it to the wall. I have had tons of art pictures all over the walls with bright colors and funky warm colors on the wall and that warm inviting "Southern Living" feel in our home.

I have enjoyed looking back in the past and looking at what I "used" to do to what I "do" now.
Some things I look at...I think "what on earth was I thinking" how come no one told me.... while others I still do today.
Here are some things that can give you inspiration when you decorate:
-look at magazines & cut out your favorite pictures {make a decorating binder}
or online: create a folder and copy the pictures in the file
- watch HGTV...they have some really great ideas
-search for all those amazing decorating blogs out there...& Bookmark them!
-go to show homes...they have some great ideas
-i love looking at Southern Living Magazine and BH & Gardens
-i also love taking pictures of ideas
My Dream of owning a small business is beginning to come true.
Just Simply Southern has decorating/consulting services.
If you need some help rearranging a room, accessorizing, or transforming a room I can help!
{prices on request}
Another side of Just Simply Southern is my precious frames.
My frames are an opportunity for me to create something just for you! If I can't come to your home and decorate with you than I can personalize a frame just for you!
I am adding more items in the shop as soon as I get back from vacation.
Here is some of the orders I have been working on..

{remember i have TONS of beautiful paper...
just let me know what colors/theme you want and I can let you know what I have}

Sunday, June 21, 2009


{Colorado here we come}

We are going on vacation~ Wedesday, June 24 and will not be back until July 7.
All orders placed after June 24... I will start shipping them July 8.
Thanks so much!


{we are heading to Colorado again and this time our oldest son, Tristan is coming with us. rafting, hiking, train ride... here we come!}

{colorado vacation 2007}

Thursday, June 18, 2009

{Etsy Shop}

I am so excited to announce

you can now shop at my new store online
{still under construction}


If you have any questions just email me

{I am still working on the store and will continue to add more items}

{Winner was announced}

Congratulations to... One Crowed House...
Tanya from NC

email me to redeem your $40 gift certificate

:: i want to thank the Nester for posting my business, everyone who visited my website, wrote a sweet comment, and who ordered from me. I'm working very hard to get my Etsy store up and running as fast as I can. My goal is to have it running by this weekend. ::

{Thank You!}

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

{Coming Soon}

Don't forget to get on the Nesting Place to have a chance to WIN something
You have until tonight at midnight
{just make a comment to get in the drawing...Good Luck!}
I am so excited to announce:

will have a shop at



{Please check back!}

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

{precious boys}

heading to the pool with my 2 precious boys,
tristan taylor & deacon reese

:: thanks for visiting Just Simply Southern ::

{very blessed}

i am speechless!

yesterday about 11am the Nester posted a FREE giveaway to win a frame from Just Simply Southern. i am so excited and can't believe i already have 600 comments!


as i read the comments i get teary eyed reading all of the sweet, kind words people have wrote about my work.

i truly appreciate it!


{all backgrounds can be custom done to fit the style of your home}

{different size frames: sit on table or hang on wall, name boards, initals, crosses...}

if you would like to order some frames you can email me at {}

~ custom order welcome ~


:: don't forget to head on over to the Nesting Place ::

Monday, June 15, 2009

i {heart} the nester!

I am so blessed to be a part of the Nester's Giveaway Monday!

She is posting different creative websites and you have a chance to WIN some fabulous prizes!

All you have to do is {post a comment} on her website under these very talented people.

{You have a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Just Simply Southern}

Take a look

{Thank you Nester for the sweet write up and all the lovely people coming to visit my site}

Thursday, June 11, 2009

{New Items}

:: New items at Just Simply Southern ::


11x11 frame ~ holds 5x7 picture, fleur de lis, etc..



3 1/2 x 5 1/2 ~ crosses, initials, etc...



{Name board}

~ for your porch, above a door, hanging on the wall, etc...


{Coming Soon...The Clip board}

{First Big Break}

My frames have made it into their 1st Store. My dear friend, Jennifer, is the owner of Urban Eve and she was so sweet to put my frames there. She has an amazing one-of-a-kind Hair Salon & Boutique. I am very Honored for her to allow me to sale my frames there.
Thanks Jenn!
Here are a couple of the frames:
{I'm bringing more tomorrow when we have our hair appointment}