Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sleepy Poet

Allie and I went on an adventure to Sleepy Poet Antiques this week. I needed to go here to check out some potential props for the children's ministry and we had so much fun looking at all the AMAZING old stuff!

Allie in a very nice chair for a very nice price!
 I love old books.
 Allie loves old shells.
 And silly hats.
 But this "hat" was heavy! (vintage copper and brass diving helmet!)
New pillows with a history
I was STUNNED to find a Mississippi-themed box purse identical to my Alabama one!
Click click swipe
 Love old suitcases and boxes
 Country girl!
 Allie loves playing with all the old phones! Every time we found one she'd answer it as if it rang. Ha!
Treasure galore!
 Old skis and paddles
Love love love old film cameras.
If you live in Charlotte and have never been, you've got to go Sleepy Poet! This place is huge and has stuff piled high in every nook and cranny. It's definitely an adventure and you never know what you might find!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Marvelous Moms

So the longer I am a mom and the more I am around moms the more I am in awe of moms. Completely and totally mystified by them.

Moms are amazing. Some moms I know stay at home with their babies. Some do two full-time jobs. Some are teachers. Some are photographers. Some are designers. Some are artists. Some are writers. Some are singers. Some are volunteers.

All are selfless, all are completely oozing with love for their family, all are passionate about using their God-given talents to serve their families.

Although I know many awesome moms, I must acknowledge one special mom today. Arin Guthe.

Arin -  interior designer/ graphic designer/ creative soul/ photographer/ singer/ stay at home mom of soon-to-be 4 tinys (as she calls them) completely and totally inspires me without even knowing it. Arin and her family are part of our Forest Hill family here in Charlotte. Her husband Andy is the Campus Pastor at the FHC-Rock Hill campus and we love serving beside them in ministry.

Anyways, this summer Arin started Camp Tiny, which is a weekly summer curriculum that " engages life, scripture, and the heart of a child creatively."
She's doing this each week with her own three tinys and sharing her creativity with everyone else through her site.

Each month has a theme, each week has a verse, each day has a story, an activity, and a snack that is beautifully illustrated and even includes your grocery lists and materials. She's even included ways for dads to be involved even if they are not the crafty-type.

Here are two sample pages...

Are you kidding me Arin?!!! This is amazing... It is amazing that you would create such a special thing for your family, but even more amazing that you would find the time to graphically design and organize your ideas each week so other families can do it too.

Even though I enjoy bragging on Arin, I am mostly posting this today so all my mom-friends out there can scoop up these awesome ideas even if your babes are too small to do it right now. They will be old enough before you know it and you will be ready, with materials, groceries, and activities in hand. :)

Download her pages now! There are 3 weeks of activities posted already.

Arin, I think you are incredible. Thank you for sharing your passions with the world and bringing creativity and God's Word into so many homes. You are a blessing to people you don't even know and are serving your community and God in such a unique way. Thank you!

I hope our families can hang out soon!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Seven-day Summary

Ack! I am behind on my blogging! Sorry friends and family. I know a lot of you use this to keep up with us regularly so my apologies for lagging behind by at least seven days. I haven't taken a ton of pics (this will improve I assure you :)), but here's what we've been up to for the past week.

Last Sunday was Father's Day. I took Z out to Mellow Mushroom, one of his favorite pizza places.

In addition to great pizza, they have fantastic hummus. We love it!

I also made Zach and true dad-day treat - peanut butter chocolate chip BACON cookies. Yes, you heard me correctly. I saw the recipe in Food Network magazine and Zach wanted to give it a go.
With a few modifications to the recipe (thanks to a few reviews and comments) they turned out pretty good. Zach liked them (and Allie too)! Hooray and yay for one of the best dad's in the world!

On Monday Allie arrived in Charlotte and we have been having a BLAST, as usual. :) Allie has loved playing with some of her friends Emma and Annie almost every day this week! They love to build forts and tree houses out of anything they can find. Here are the girls enjoying their lunch in the eclectic tent/fort!
We've also watched a few good movies, baked delicious cookies, and Allie and I have been working on a 1000-piece wolf puzzle. It is taking us FOREVER, but we are determined to finish it. Pics to come when we do. :)

We also went swimming this week at the local Y. There are 3 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools. It's pretty intense! Allie loves to swim. She's almost part fish! Ha!
My mom and grandparents also came to visit on Saturday on their way to vacation in western North Carolina. It was great having them in town for the weekend and showing them our new home and church. We will be joining them and a ton of other family next week for our annual reunion.

We have a ton on the agenda this week so stay tuned for more summer fun and family-ness!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Lately I find myself completely in love with texture. In all things really, but especially home furnishings. I really feel like luxurious texture is what sets apart the really spectacular spaces from the so-so ones. West Elm does a great job supplying beautiful and unique home furnishings at relatively affordable prices.

I have been a West Elm shopper for over 6 years now (that's where I got the glam capiz shell light fixture over our dining table) and have seen it evolve into something really lovely. We totally love WE's style and attention to detail.

Here are some of my favorite textures from this season! These spaces are incredibly refreshing and stimulating.

 This GORGEOUS coconut light fixture (in pic above and detail below) is actually on sale in the Charlotte store for $80! (normally $300) I wish I had a place to put this because I'd scoop it up!

 I love throw pillows. I have way too many already, but these are so beautiful.

I love the glittery sparkle glass adds to spaces. Z and I adore this glass loop pendant fixture. 

Love these bottles!
 I have some hanging vases similar to this from CB2, but I love the organic quality the rope adds.
Eye-catching dishware
 Tea towels
 Cute newspaper paper mache birdie

Love West Elm! I hope you feel as inspired as I do after looking at these beautiful and texturized creations!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Beat Jeep

Zach recently stumbled across a crazy creative Julian Smith video I had to share here on the blog. Julian is a very eccentric (and pretty hilarious) videographer who's had quite a few viral videos on YouTube.

This one, that I refer to as "the beat Jeep," is super amazing. Gosh I love how people take things I've never thought twice about (like the clicking of a door lock) and make it into a collaborative masterpiece. It's so beautiful!

Enjoy Techno Jeep!

(turn off music player below before watching)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dad Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Of course I must pay tribute to two super special dudes in my life, my dad Jim Joiner and my precious husband Zachary Kale.

To put it simply, my dad is a total rockstar.

Don't look so surpised dad. Ha! You are!

Baseball player, high school teacher, coach, Sunday School teacher,  athletic field landscaper, logo painter, chocolate mousse lover, Law & Order watcher, splatter paint designer, goofy joke teller... I love this man.

My dad has been a huge influence in my life and steady role model of what it means to serve the Lord and love your family. Through thick and thin, dad has always been there as the voice of reason and rescuer in times of trouble (except for that ski trip to Snowshoe. HAHA).

I know I don't tell you enough, but thank you for all the ways you have and continue to serve our family. It does not go unnoticed. And thank you for not just being a great dad to me and Lindz, but to Zach and Stevie too. I know Z appreciates having you in his life since his dad passed. We love you and are honored to be your family and part of your legacy. I wish we could be there with you today to celebrate!

And to my darling Zach...
I am so honored to be on this journey with you and Allie. Seeing how you've loved her, sacrificed for her, and invested in her over these past 10 years warms my heart and makes me love you even more (which I didn't know was possible).

It brings me such joy to see how much you two love each other and how Allie adores you. You are an amazing dad and I am so proud of you and how you raise Allie. Al is so blessed to have you in her life and I am too!

I love you both!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Trashy Treasure

So yesterday I had my first visit to Cline's Country Antiques and it certainly lived up to the hype! Cline's is a massive junk yard really (for lack of a better word) 45 minutes outside of Charlotte. Me and half of the children's ministry team took a trip out there to scope out some new set pieces for our refreshed elementary environment.

I cannot tell you how many acres Cline's occupies or how many objects reside here. It's truly overwhelming. All sorts of things are piled high inside barns, inside trailers, and just lying out in the grass.

Side of one of the barns
 Furniture inside barn
 Crazy, crazy piles

It's actually kind of sad because there are so many things that would be amazing, but they are completely rusted over from sitting outside like these pans.
Anyways, here are some shots of my favorite 'junklettes' as I call them... little delightful pieces of random things I would never buy, but find interesting.

Laundry/ mail cart (we actually did buy one of these for the set!)
 Clock in the yard
A burned book
 Freaky donkey things
Oh Cline's... you are fun and even though much of your inventory there certainly are diamonds in the rough to be found!

Until next time!