Party With A Purpose

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

     This weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's sweet sixteenth. She asked to have what we called a Party With A Purpose. We have a family friend who has a three year old little girl with Wilm's Tumors, a form of childhood cancer. Haylee decided to ask for donations for her in lieu of gifts. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of her friends. They donated a little over $1000 dollars...fantastic!

I thought I would share a few pictures from the party. The colors were gold and black, picking up on the colors used for childhood cancer ribbons. This was a dance party but we did have a candy and popcorn bar (along with pizza and a cupcake tree) and a simple "photo booth" which the teens loved.  Blackboards were the background for much of the décor and Haylee's monogram was used throughout the tablescapes. We had a table with a gold box for donations and pictures of Macie. Out of respect for her privacy, I elected not to share those.





















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A Prayer For Macie

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Dear Friends,
I have a favor to ask of you.



I believe in the power of heartfelt prayer and the power of many praying together. I would so love if you would join me tomorrow morning in saying a prayer for 3 year old Macie Beard as she faces surgery to remove a kidney in her battle against childhood cancer. Please include Macie's family and doctors in your prayers.
Thank you!










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New Master Bath Inspiration

Monday, January 6, 2014

We've been talking about it for a while now...our master bath. Do you have that room that you walk into and right back out of as quickly as possible? For me, it's our master bath. There isn't anything structurally wrong with the bath but it wasn't handled as it should have been by the builders after our fire, and so we've had to pick up the tab for their mistakes on a few occasions. I will spare you the details. Also the bath and adjoining walk-in closet are not as large as we would like so this spring we are hoping to turn our efforts (and money) to the remodeling of the master bath.

As we started discussing this venture, I realized it was time to get some inspiration for the upcoming redo.
 Although I don't have a clear picture yet of what the new bathroom should look like, here are a few thoughts.  

I really don't see going back with any other tub than a claw- foot tub. I'm a shower girl instead of a bath girl, but I love a good looking tub. No more tubs with the build around frame covered in tile for me. I love the tub below. Also, take a gander at the ceiling ...definitely something to consider.



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There is a lot I love about the picture above including the white washed piece against the wall. I would like to incorporate a piece of furniture in lieu of a set of built in cabinets in the bathroom.

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I also know I want color back on the walls. The color on the walls above looks very much like what we have now. I think I will stay in the blue/hazel tones when we rebuild. 

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I really like the use of mirrors here. I'm tired of running upstairs to my daughter's dance room to get a full length view. I love that the mirrors are incorporated in with the built in cabinets. 


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 The seamless shower doors above are a must. It's a cleaner and more attractive presentation in my opinion. 

Beautiful chandelier
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When we rebuilt, I was told it did not meet fire code to have a chandelier over the tub, but I sure see them in all the magazines and on Pinterest. Have you heard this? I really would love to have one over the claw-footed tub. Now, what about wood floors in the bathroom? Is this feasible? I'm not sure but they are very appealing. I would need some convincing before I go back with hardwood as opposed to tile, but would love to keep it as a possibility for now.

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The cabinets in our master bath are a cherry color. I would like a lighter look this time. I'm thinking white or ivory...maybe even distressed. 


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No matter what the changes are, I hope the new master bathroom will be a tranquil place to enjoy instead of a case of brush, spit and run!

I'll be partying with:
Nancherrow
Cozy Little House
The Dedicated House
A Stroll Thru Life


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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 24, 2013




 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."

Have you gotten everything on your list checked off. I don't and that's okay.

 This especially applies to this blog and our tree in the great room. I had intended to post more this week but I was too busy enjoying old  holiday movies with our daughters. We had planned to add ornaments to our tree covered only in white lights, but we were having too much fun celebrating a birthday around it to add the ornaments. In the midst there was a friend's annual  mother and daughter Christmas party, and a very special evening in Chapel Hill. 

So basically, we've been too busy doing things which "cause great joy" for all our people. I hope you are too busy enjoying your loved ones this Christmas to worry about the things that aren't checked off your list.

We wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




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Top Viewed Posts of 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013


Hello, everyone and Merry Christmas! Can you believe it's here and 2014 begins next week? This is definitely a time of reflection and I thought I would look back at the most viewed posts at The Refeathered Roost for 2013. 

the most viewed of the year. I think this was probably due to the soft blues and greens and hopefully sweet Mama Hazel who is pictured in the vignette.



was the second most viewed post of the year. Our outdoor fireplace is received well, but I think and hope the message on this post hit home with the readers as well.



A Little Stair Down was next.  I look at this post and realize how much this area/corner of the room has developed and "warmed up" since this post. It's a good example to me of starting with an idea and building from it.



The Raven was next. This vignette was featured on CNN's website during the Halloween season.


 And finally, A Grain Sieve Wreath rounds out the top five.


I believe this was just a matter of taking an item and creating another look or item from it. All of you have had those
 moments when you're walking through an antique store or flea market, see an item, and a "Hey, I know what I could do with that" moment happens.

I have only been blogging a little over a year, but I have learned so much about my style, what inspires me, and what's important to me as a blogger. Mostly, I have learned from very dear and lovely bloggers. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and sisterhood/brotherhood among this community. If you are reading this, you can bet I mean you! 

Thank you!
and
Merry Christmas!

I'm linking up with Common Ground and Nancherrow.


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When You Believe and What I Believe

Wednesday, December 18, 2013



I was on Facebook the other day, and saw a video on which my daughter had commented.  A young man, Jared Scruggs, whom she met at UNC Chapel Hill posted a video where he sings/harmonizes "When You Believe". I love his creativity. It's so inspirational to watch someone do something that they obviously love and do well.  Unfortunately, Jared does not have a website that I can link up here but he gave me permission to share this short video.


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"When You Believe" was composed by Stephen Schwartz for the Dream Works animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

I thought this was the perfect video to share during the Christmas season.

 At this time of year,  I often examine what I believe.  So, my friends, I thought I would reveal a little more of myself to you and share with you what I haven't in the past.

 I believe. I believe in the Divine Power whom I can not describe or label because mortal words do not do justice to this source of love and all things good.  I believe in Christmas and the birthday it celebrates and I believe in sharing the spirit of Saint Nicholas.  I believe it is important to respect all religions and all people and try to learn from them. I believe there is nothing sexier than a husband who is a good father. I believe the heart loves who it loves and if your heart's not doing the talking or the one being spoken to, you have no business in the conversation. I believe you don't have to believe what I believe. I believe that as long as I can stick my nose into the wrapper of an Earl Grey teabag and inhale intermittently , I can give up my addiction to caffeinated tea. I believe when I stop singing the diva operatic "Me Me Me Me Me Me Me" and start singing praises of others, only then does my heart truly sing. I believe you would have to strap me to a table, blindfold and gag me before I would give in to a bikini wax and asking me to pay for it is just criminal.  I believe in following my bliss, and appreciating others who don't so that I may. I believe when I die, my regrets will revolve around opening my mouth to defend myself and keeping it closed when I should defend others.  I believe my dogs will have a nervous breakdown if I don't stop yelling at the referees during  every UNC basketball game.  I believe  everyone has a purpose and the realization of that purpose comes slower to some of us than others. I believe humor cures many ills.  I believe people are good for the most part and when they aren't it is because they are coming from a place of pain or from a place of being self-centered  (which is a pain to others). I believe age hands us the gift of wisdom but some of us are too busy putting the bow in our hair to unwrap the package.  I believe good will win in the end. And, my friend, I believe in you!

Thank you for reading and listening.


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Clay Pot Christmas Tree and the Outdoor Fireplace

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy week before Christmas! Hope that makes you happy and not stressed out... I still have some shopping and wrapping to do but this gal refuses to get stressed about the holiday hustle and bustle.  Christmas isn't about all the noise and stress so let's chill out and warm up by the fireplace...our outdoor fireplace.

This year I decided to keep it simple and easy. What's easier than grabbing some of your empty clay pots (and a lot of mine are empty this time of year) and stacking them for a different kind of outdoor tree.


This is my clay pot Christmas tree on the hearth of the fireplace. If you have six clay pots and candles, you're set. I added some pine in between the layers to add a little Christmas color.


  It looks pretty at night, but I wanted to share pictures taken during the day so the image is clear.



And here is our fireplace...definitely simple but still dressed for the winter/Christmas season.





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