chalk paint : amy howard

With a very small budget for home decor, and a strong desire to repurpose, I recently embarked on a journey… namely chalk painting random things.  Old lamps from my mom’s garage, plate hangers from Goodwill, wrought iron wall hangings.  Chalk paint is the easiest, most beautiful finish you can find.

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I bought a can of Amy Howard chalk paint at Agnes Agatha here in Jacksonville.  It took me all of thirty minutes to paint three pieces… two of which I captured on camera.  They were dry within hours.  No sanding, priming, or applying multiple coats.

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My mom’s old rooster lamp from 1999…   aka… a junker.

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A little coat of grey chalk paint… and…voila!

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Instant French Country.

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Goodwill plate rack.  $3.99

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Paired with some toile plates!!! Love it!

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I barely used any paint at all!! I could probably paint 30 more small pieces with this little can of paint.  This is great for the free spirit with no required talent or experience!!

strawberries and cream.

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Mornings with Kinsley… After she eats her yogurt, strawberries, Mila, and honey, I see a burst of fresh energy!

She runs from here to there… collapsing into her plush sherpa toddler chair.  She grabs her phone… and instantly she talks!!

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Her language is all her own at this point, but I sense her joy.  She is eager to tell whoever it is that she is talking to what she is up to!  Her intonations are lively.  She slams the phone down, only to pick it up again.

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Oh if you could hear what I hear.  I can’t wait to have those conversations with my girl.  To know her heart.  Her heart is so full, so wise, so kind.

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She is a true conversationalist… and… a lover of books! Yay!

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french pantry.

Line out the door… family style seating… French accents greeting you at the cash wrap.  I’d say this place is pretty legit!

Tucked away in an old warehouse, this catering company turned restaurant is perhaps one of the best in Jacksonville.  It’s hard to find, but is an institution in these parts. 

The French Pantry.

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French country is the decor.  Thick, overstuffed napoleons, brown sugar tarts, chilled wines, freshly baked breads… I was transported in time to another place, namely the French countryside.  

Waiting in line to order our food, my mom and I struck up a conversation with a heavily accented blonde, feather in hair, and ready to talk!  She exclaimed that Belgian accents are better than French… More subtle.  “It’s the German influence” she stated.  So much fun!

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The Napoleon… I still can’t get it off my mind.  And yes, I totally regret not eating it!

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I ordered the arugula and endive salad topped with smoke salmon.  Delish!  Pinot Grigio complimented it perfectly!

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This is a “must” for any Jacksonvillianite!

The French Market

6301 Powers Ave

Jacksonville, FL 32217
(open 11 am – 2 pm)

drab to fab.

My mother-in-law, Amanda, came over today to help me and Adam bring some much needed warmth and organization to our seemingly drab space.  She specializes in accessorizing using things you already have in your home… books, picture frames, odds and ends!  She is beyond talented!  Our family room has been a source of great frustration for me recently.  The furniture lacked a sense of flow, and the toys were everywhere… what to do?

Amanda thought it would be nice to split the room into two useful spaces.  Below are pictures of the “kids’ nook.”  I love it!!

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She then apportioned off our media/family area!  I am so thrilled with the results, and am excited to thrift this week and find treasures to brighten my home!  Thank you Amanda, you blessed me more than you know!! I’m still waiting on those business cards! You rock!XOXO

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be mine.

The cousins came over for a little sweet and spot of tea for Valentines Day! 

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Chilled apple juice was served in purple plastic tea cups… 

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Nosegays… Gemma buried her face in it and exclaimed… “smell it mommy!!”

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Heart-shaped pineapple… easy peasy!

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My rooster even got into the spirit of the day!

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Gemma could not seem to give little Elijah enough hugs and kisses… too cute!

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Kinsley loved her “Be Mine” purse from Nana and Bompa!

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Sophie ate all her food like a champ!! She is seriously so precious!

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Decorating cookies for daddy!

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The Perusquias ❤

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So grateful for chubby, sticky, sweet cheeks to kiss this Valentines Day! XOXO

little boy blue.

My eyes welled up with tears when I opened that white box… it contained one of the most precious gifts I could ever receive.  Amanda looked at me and I looked at her.  I knew that we shared something so deep – a love.  Adam’s baby blue outfit, corduroy pants, white knit sweater. She saved them for me.  For Elijah.

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Fast forward three months later… They fit!Image

Amanda and Randy came over for dinner and immediately noticed baby man’s baby blue pants and knit sweater. Her little grandson wearing her little boy’s outfit.Image

I so cherish these moments, and I am beyond grateful that Amanda has a sense of preservation and nostalgia.  What a gift!