Be Careful What You Pray For | Kimberla Lawson Roby

Be Careful What You Pray For

I finished this book in less than four days, however it has taken me two weeks to compose my thoughts for this review. I just wasn’t sure where to begin, what to include or what to leave to out. Let me first start by admitting that Be Careful What You Pray for is the first book I have read from the Curtis Black series. It’s book number nine of 10. So YES! I have some MAJOR catching up to do.

Prestige, greed, deception, and divine intervention untangle the web of lies that makes a mega church pastor’s daughter learn the importance of being careful what you pray for. It’s worth the few hours to breeze through this read.

Things Loved #1

Links Loved

We all come across great information and other things online. I’ve decided to start a series where I will share information I come across online. This is nothing extraordinarily “unique.” I just want to pass along the articles, items, and people that inspire me from time to time. Click, See, Enjoy!!!

1) I’m not sure where I would be without Evernote. It holds my brainstorms, lists, and other randoms. Now they have a market.

2. Naomi Rose just recently launched their site with uniquely chic clothing.

3. We’re all entrepreneurs in our own right, so what’s your song for inspiration?

4. The elegance and confidence in Kimberly Goldson‘s designs.

5. Journal search no further.

House Girl | Tara Conklin

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I can’t recall why I decided to read this book, but I do remember it was on a list with other books I had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Two stories more than a century apart intersect in Conklin’s House Girl. A story of a “house girl” slave, Josephine, in the 1800s and her relationship with her mistress. Josephine’s story is one of a passion and artistry skill she and her mistress have and the illustrations they have created. While modern-day Lina, a litigation attorney, is brought aboard a reparations of slaver case in which art and generational lineage unfolds as she digs to find the truth behind some valuable and historical illustrations created in the 1800s.

With little romance, House Girl reveals a story of hope, heart breaks, lies, failings and triumphs as the stories of the past put together the puzzle of the present. As I closed the cover of the book, I was glad I did pick up House Girl to read!

Welcoming Underway

I received a visit from my creative & crafty aunt. One of her first questions to me was, “When are you going to put something on your door, so people can feel welcomed.” I know this sounds like a question coming from my aunt, however, it was more of a statement. I must admit, at first, I was a little hesitant to hang anything on my door except a wreath at Christmas-time since my door leads to an inside hallway. That thought obviously didn’t last long. So we visited our local craft store and picked up a few things to create a door hanger.

Although, my entryway is still in progress, I couldn’t wait to share the lovely door hanger we did. And notice the butterfly? Much like the butterfly in my logo. Did you know that a butterfly symbolizes transformation, changes of the soul. I do think we as humans can relate to life stages of a butterfly, as we are constantly evolving. But that’s a story for another time. So back to the door hanger we made.

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The lighting in my building’s hallway is a tad bit dim.

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Here’s a closeup with the true colors of the door hanger.

Materials used:
– wood initial lettering
– weldbond glue
– twine
– plastic floral petals
– glittered butterfly clip on
– ribbon
– black door hanger
– velcro to secure the letter to the door

Now, I’m glad we put out heads together and made a door hanger. I ended up needing to hang the door hanger to the side of the peephole so I could successfully see out. (I do use my peephole when I hear a knock at the door, wink.)

What have you done to your door to give you and your guest a welcoming impression when they arrive at your door?

Table for Seven | Whitney Gaskell

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Where shall I start….Looking for a leisure read, this is the book for you. How easy a New Year’s Eve dinner turns into a monthly gathering of friends. Some of the best unexpected events happen as turn each page. Gaskell’s characters, their conversations and their relationships are relatable. And I have to admit that I literally laughed out loud during some of this book (in a good way, of course). The seven include two couples and three singles, with one of the singles being an elder gentleman with much wisdom to share. The story will simmer. A Table for Seven proves that things are not always what they seem. A group of friends, good food, good wine, and a story not only of friendship, but the continuation of living beyond mishaps. Let us not forget, with these dinner club meetings come some extraordinary and savory menus.The only thing missing were a list of the recipes in the back.

Dresser Do-Over

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When I first moved, I just knew I was going to have to invest in a dresser. The hard part of that I have envisioned was going to be finding a not-so-modern dresser that I would be able to put my style to. Well thank you to my parents, for handing down my brother’s childhood dresser to me. I now had a project ahead of me!

My original intention was to just change the color of the dresser. I was going to keep the handles and just spray paint them. I felt they were the “perfect enough, old-school” that I wanted. However, as I started removing the handles to prepare for the makeover…some of them broke (so sad). The handles were old enough indeed, I guess. After creating my DIY Union Jack Trunk, it was important to stick to my room’s color scheme with the dresser (so no black paint). Thank goodness I had some of the Bedford Blue left over, and it turned out to be more than enough to complete the job.

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It took about two weeks of hunting online and visiting numerous hardware stores before I was able to find the knobs of my dreams (Ha!). I even carried the drawer with me from store to store. Thanks to the friendly staff at Restoration Hardware, I was able to a little “try before I buy”. I opted for the Hanson Knob in a satin nickel finish. Two for each drawer.

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I searched high and low, literally, in numerous stores before taking my search to the web. Thanks to SEO Chic Shelf Paper for making my search a little easier. I was able to order the drawer liner pre-cut. I just provided the measurements in my order, so when they arrived I could line my drawers to give me this “spotedt surprise” on the inside.

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Now I can dress up my dresser with some great finds. How did I do? Are you inspired to transform an older furniture piece you own?

*No Playlist for this one. I got to watch (listen mostly) to previous seasons of Scandal (smile).

Knit Two | Kate Jacobs

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After reading The Friday Night Knitting Club a couple of months ago, and left in complete shock at it’s ending–I thought I had been left completely hanging. But someone soon informed me that their was a Knit Two-a sequel. While Knit Two picks up five years later, Jacobs does an outstanding job making you feel as though haven’t missed a beat. It’s just an ordinary day catching up with friends. And this time much of the catching up doesn’t take place Walker and Daughter. The ladies have grown closer amid continuous life changes, helping one another, encouraging each other, and nonetheless supporting the club members in their endeavors. Knit Two comes full, and unlike the first book, I was left with a smile in my heart. Yet, it is still amazing how one person can bring a group together, even when they passed on.