Month : May 2009

Thank you for your service.

This performance earlier this season on The Academy of Country Music Awards brings me to tears every time I see or hear it. I love Trace Adkins, I LOVE the choir, and above all, I love the message.

Page and I both make a point to thank every solider we encounter for their service to our country. Unfortunately I'll never meet them all and have the opportunity to personally thank them, so if you or a member of your family serves our country, please pass my 'thank you' on to them.

It's not about the war. It's about the warrior.

Happy Memorial Day to all and God bless our country!

proud wifey and friend!


I feel entitled to boast a little bit – yesterday was an exciting day for Page Smith Design!

Page has spent the past week putting together a site for Borrow A Dress Couture, a new business recently opened in Chicago that will RENT you a designer dress for a fraction of its retail price. My good friend Laura Jensen has been contracted to do their marketing consulting – so I was so proud when I heard that she achieved an article on NBC-Chicago's site yesterday, featuring the new biz (and a link to the site Page designed for them!)

Check out the article here!

I Roll With Pretty Ladies.


Decided not to use the actual naughtier version of this phrase, haha. 🙂 What pretty ladies and wonderful women I get to be friends with! From left to right, Laura, Kayla and Tori. Still have to add a little journaling and a date, but for now I'm off to watch the season finale of Housewives!

Edited to add: Papers are by Basic Grey, purchased from Sweet Tooth Scrapbooking!

new surroundings.

I enjoyed spending time last night just walking around our yard with the camera. Can anyone tell me what kind of tree this is in our yard (above)? I'm in love with it but know nothing when it comes to knowing what is what.

Our unit is on the end, and backs up to a pond bordered by a walking trail. I'm
looking forward to spending a lot of summer evenings after dinner doing
a loop around the fountains and taking in the season. It's also wonderful to leave our bedroom window open a crack at night and hear the fountain all night!


It's so nice to have a little bit of space OUTSIDE to call our own, other than just a patio. I was telling Page just the other day, this will be the first year we have somewhere to string Christmas lights!


ahhhh. at last.

It has been a VERY busy past couple of weeks. Painting, building, cleaning, packing, hauling, unpacking, shopping and organizing. Tonight we can FINALLY say that everything is unpacked, and everything has a place.

Zen has returned to my life. Ahhh.


We are not necessarily "done" (as you will see in the scrapbook room) – there are things I would like to eventually add and things that are already in the works. That's the fun part, though — home is continuously evolving. Although we joke about JUST how much bonding and "together" time we've had lately, Page and I both have really enjoyed working together in making this "our" place. We certainly stepped up the amount of work we did to the actual structure than in any place we've rented before. As you'll see, Page built shelving units into our garage ceiling, I painted several walls, and Page put in a ceiling fan in our bedroom, and swapped the existing light in place of the *nasty* florescent one in the kitchen. All things we'd never done before, and after originally thinking we'd only be here a year, we are seriously rethinking the time commitment! 🙂

Without further ado, I leave you with pics of the fruits of our labor the past two weeks:

{what you see when you come in the front door}

{kitchen…notice the recycled light fixture!}

{more kitchen}

{half bath off the kitchen}

{upstairs landing, looking out from the loft/page's office}

{looking over the loft into the living room}

{full bath upstairs, extra storage thanks to IKEA}

{looking into the scrapbook room from the hallway}

{in the next few weeks, we'll put a twin bed along this wall — note the cute yellow throw pillow waiting for a home — also have a third, larger Brian Andreas print that will go between the two smaller, all three along this wall}

{opposite side of the scrapbook room}

{coming up the stairs, looking into page's loft}

{walking into the master bedroom}




{the fab brown wall!}

{glorious shelving built by my hubby in the garage. without a basement I have NO idea where this stuff would have gone otherwise!}

{so now that we're all set up…come and visit us!}