Monday, November 26, 2012

From now on my blog posts are over here on

Blogger was driving me crazy! So join me on my
new blog and yes, not everything is perfect design wise,
but one has to start somewhere. Soon all my
social media, etc. will be connected
& an email + some more "stuff"
that blogs must have.

I'm on a Wordpress platform and love so far!


P.S. McMaster & Storm
is still part of our brand!

Souvenir Lifestyle Holiday

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's beautiful! I love seeing all the amazing contributor's stories and the layout! I was excited to be a part of this issue.  It's always so fun to see it finished & in Heather Bullard's TA-DA layouts! {oh, the fonts!}

If you click on the above image there is a lovely preview to peek at........

Clickity-click here to get your online copy or order a printed inspired!
Enjoy your day---Thanksgiving is really next week?! Oh, my! Oh, boy!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide......

Thursday, November 8, 2012

 In just a few weeks we will be launching our first ever Christmas gift wrapping guide! Molly & I along with some amazing contributors will be showing lot's of eye candy on wrapping. More details with the next preview!

It's more than a magazine, part of the sales will go to the best gift: giving back to Barb's House of Angels. This orphanage is located in Uganda, the orphanage is Barb's amazing endeavor that she helped start by baking banana bread. One loaf at a time friends and you never know where your dreams might end up! Kimberly Taylor, the creative food stylist is her daughter for those of you familiar with Kimberly's work.

The wrapping guide is our dream to produce every year......

I'm s.l.o.w.l.y working on a new blog and it's getting worked on as we speak. However, here is the link to peek at B.H. Storm&Co. and although McMaster & Storm is our main company name B.H. Storm&Co. is our new brand we are launching and I'm hoping to launch a wholesale company by next fall! Yes, our new blog is still in the finishing stages and looks a little wonky as it's not done quite yet!

I have so much behind the scenes craziness going on, but ya'll understand, right?! We all have a zillion projects going on.....and why is it they happen at once?

Have a great day!

Original Hardwood Floor

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some of you know my saga with my kitchen floor! I tried to paint the linoleum for a quick fix until 
our salvage wood floor was installed. Painting the linoleum was a painting disaster. Since painting the linoleum this past spring it has since chipped off in many places and with anything that was scooted across the floor, more of the ugly orange-ish linoleum came through.

Right before we left for Atlanta for the Country Living Fair, I had pulled the threshold up from our laundry room remodel because I kept tripping over it + knew it would come up anyway when the wood floor was installed in the kitchen.

I was suscipious that I saw wood flooring underneath the two layers of linoleum. The second layer of linoleum is straight out of the 50's or 60's. Matt said he didn't think there was wood under there.
So, yesterday I was beyond sick of the linoleum. I decided to pry up more of the layers and see for myself. Then deal with what to do if there was no wood flooring under there. {ever done something like this by yourself? I want to know!}

Right before Matt came home I discovered there was wood flooring under there. I squealed you would've thought I found gold or saw a mouse........Entire kitchen, intact wood flooring,  no glue and the wood still tightly together! Talk about a pick-me-up! We now don't have to lay salvage wood flooring since the original is there. {now for sanding & Waterlox treatment}

For those who have seen this on Instagram, I apologize it's just that I'm beyond thrilled. Yesterday evening with all the floor excitement our contractor sent pictures of the restored attic windows. Still hopeful the bulk of the attic remodel will be done by Christmas. {but then again house projects never are on schedule around here!}

Lots of updates from the Country Living Fair in Atlanta soon. We have a couple of fun exciting trips planned in November & December!  Heather Bullard's Souvenir {Holiday Edition} should be out before too long. Can't wait to see the layout of the wrapping project I did + all the other stories that will be in there.

Plus, Jeanne Oliver's Creatively Made Home is going on and have just seen a couple videos and they are great. So happy we can do the class at our own speed. I did a short presentation for Jeanne and doing a video of myself was hilarious & not as easy as I thought it would be! Honestly, it's really hard and thankful Jeanne has some editing superpowers. {Did I really, really say "plastic phenomenon".....Oh, dear me!}

Also, I'm on Instagram karagarber ---this is a fun way to keep up with tons of inspiring people/bloggers/friends. I love how fast & easy it is!

Jen at Cottage Nest has done a fab job with her kitchen update/redo......I am so inspired by her! Go over and cheer her on!

chat soon!

Creatively Made Home

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jeanne Oliver's Studio in her home//
 Creatively Made Home by Jeanne Oliver Designs
& 4 other talented gals; Tracey Leber, Jennifer Rizzo,
Present a 5 week online class + a community website
for members to share and learn about a well-loved home.
Sign up here 
Read Jeanne's insightful blog post about your home here 
I have seen the website and it's well done. There is a place for you to conect with people,
ask questions and be very involved in the course.  
This class will be a ball & it starts tomorrow!!!
See you there! xo
{What room do you want to work on this fall/winter?}

Heirloomed by IceMilk Aprons

Thursday, October 18, 2012

[The creator Ashley Schoenith was inspired by her grandmother's waffle & icemilk breakfast she had growing up ]

[a lovely discovery]

[Printed pastry bag packaging {oh, the red string}]  All pictures found here

Prairie Wedding

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

 Last Saturday we climbed into a horse drawn carriage that carried us back to the most darling tucked away prairie. {If I can say Ohio has prairies! Not quite like the Kansas prairies!} We didn't get there early enough to snap away lots of pictures of details. The weather was cloudy, but not freezing and a storm moved north, so no raindrops fell on this venue!
Hello! Dayton, Ohio Area vendors:
Wedding coordinator: Justine Worthington
Photographer: Molly Dues
Photographer: Andrea Dozier
Music: Wakelight {amazing talent}Do listen to them today!

 Our boys were quite smitten with the straw bale seating and sat upon them like kings. There was fidgeting, but with a what's-next-kind of curious fidgeting.
 A rare relaxing moment for my husband.....he is grinning at our kids and that makes it extra sweet.
Fall = mad for plaid.....
Birdseed scooped into vintage paper cones to toss at the bride & groom coming down the aisle.

Miss Vivian

 Programs tied up with twine and a pretty font. Even though I've been married for 15 years, I still get Martha Stewart's Wedding Magazine. I even pin some weddings/ideas that I like. There is something about weddings isn't there? xo