Monday, October 13, 2014

A Weekend Getaway at the Red Rooster Retreat

Have you ever been so happy to have experienced something that when you go to tell someone else about it you find that you want to just stand there and smile instead of speaking actual words?

That was me yesterday when I returned home from my weekend getaway at the Red Rooster Retreat in Crane Hill, Alabama.  Owned by Jim and Jennifer, this retreat is a place to get away, create, rest, be fed, and experience the best southern hospitality around!

I was invited to this amazing retreat by my high school best friend and her mom. In our group that stayed that weekend were moms from my home church in Alabama, many I hadn't seen since I graduated high school, along with others that quickly became new friends.

I left out of Nashville for the three hour drive to Crane Hill, Alabama on Friday afternoon and when I arrived, I was greeted by this giant red rooster.... I knew I was in the right place then!

The house was already decorated for fall, and if you know anything about me, you know this made me very happy...

this picture of the Red Rooster home was borrowed from the website

After coming into the house and greeting everyone that had already arrived, I went upstairs to find my room that I would be sharing with my friend and her mom... this was the view I was greeted with outside my window....

The Red Rooster is located on Smith Lake, and being on a peninsula, there were views in every direction!

After I dropped off my bags, I got a view of my work space for the weekend. Each guest gets a large table to work on, a space just for you to create on until your heart is content!

I couldn't get over how every corner of the home was decorated for the season... and with each new season there are new decorations to see!

I was excited to work on jewelry to stock my booth and online shop with, while lots of others worked on scrapbooks, sewing, or smocking projects. Having uninterrupted time to create was something I have never experienced before as a mama to three.... I was in heaven! I made more jewelry in one sitting than I have ever made before, and the best part was having my best friend right across from me to catch up with the entire time.... that was priceless.

After my list of jewelry was complete, I moved on to some water color painting... be still my heart, it was the most relaxed I may have ever been...

And yes, I was a little inspired by some of the rooster decor ;)

As the weekend went on, we all laughed, we talked, we dreamed out loud..... and when you get this many southern women together in the fall, there will be SEC football games to watch too. So we cheered on our teams and snacked in front of the TV a little too.

It's safe to say that my favorite part of the trip was being cooked for :) As mamas we are so busy looking after everyone else so it was SO nice to be looked after so well. The food was seriously out of this world!!
Thanksgiving came early!!

The dinning room was so beautiful! I loved being about to watch the humming birds and other birds feed while we ate too! A sweet detail that did not go unnoticed by me were the books on birds and trees that you could look through too... I'm telling you, they have thought of everything!

After all of the amazing meals that were served, I am excited that I got to take a cookbook home and try and recreate some of them... this is certainly the way to my heart ♥♥♥

I am happy I finally stopped just standing around smiling, and found some words to tell you about this sweet little getaway! I can't wait to go back and spend another weekend... you hear that, my friends? I am already counting down the days! 

You can read more about how to schedule a weekend at the Red Rooster Retreat on their website, HERE !

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas....

Hey there! So I'm sure you really need one more person to tell you how much they love Fall, right???

Because you know I am going to say it.... "I LOVE FALL!!"

I was thinking about all the ways I have decorated for this glorious time of year and decided to pull together some fun ideas I have blogged about over the years. It was a fun walk down memory lane {this is one of my top reasons for loving blogging, I can go back and revisit these fun times over and over!}

Just click on each of the pictures to go to each blog post for details and instructions!

Next, I know I just blogged about it, but it's this year's fall mantel! It's been my favorite so far

I remember making this next one a few years ago and thinking, "well, that was easy" Hopefully this centerpiece idea will have you saying that too!

This next project has to be one of my all time favorites! This forest of hand prints mean so much to me .... my babies were so little then! 

And last in this little Fall inspired roundup is a sweet and simple fall vignette idea...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found an idea or two that has inspired you too!  

Happy Fall, Ya'll!

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Fall Mantel

 Hello there!

Today it's gray and cool outside so what better time to share my fall mantel, right? I'm sure you were on pins and needles just waiting for me to share it, haha!

This year was all about simple, muted colors......

 Lots of handmade goodness too... the handmade pears were from the Crow Lily booth at The Marketplace at Amberleaf, and the watercolor pumpkin print was one I did a few weeks ago.... I added in some Dollar Tree leaves and the little squirrel a friend found for me and this corner of the mantel was finished...

This side of the mantel has more fun details like the painted acorn from a precious friend, and a wooden block perfect for my love of the woods....

I made my moss covered monogram this spring. I used real moss from our back yard! It held up so great that I just added some cotton blossoms and leaves and decided to use it again....

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love for you to stop by Instagram and say hello... I love to share our creative projects there too!