April 2015 ~ { Boho Vanity }

April 17, 2015

Springtime by Claude Monet
Springtime by Claude Monet

In a word, I am absolutely discouraged, not seeing, not hoping in any future...I feel all too well the void that is being made around me.

You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.

1 PM: I need to sleep.
1 AM: I need to figure out what to do with my life.

She reminded me of crisp spring mornings and sticky melted honey on toast. Both of which, I found utterly irresistible.

Have you ever traveled to a mountainous part of the world when it was cloudy and rainy? You look out your windows and you can see almost nothing but the ground. Then the rain stops and the clouds part and you catch your breath because there, towering right over you, is this magnificent peak. But a couple of hours later the clouds roll in and it has vanished, and you don't see it again for a good while. This is what it is like to get to know a Christian. You have an old self and a new self. The old self is crippled with anxieties, the need to prove yourself, bad habits you can't break, and many besetting sins and entrenched character flaws. The new self is still you, but you liberated from all your sins and flaws. This new self is always a work in progress, and sometimes the clouds of the old self make it almost completely invisible. But sometimes the clouds really part, and you see the wisdom, courage, and love of which you are capable. It's a glimpse of where you are going.

Work until your eyes are tired and head is heavy, and keep working even after that. Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You're doing just fine. You're doing fine. I'm doing just fine.

April 08, 2015

Bright bedroom

Lay on the floor of your shower until you can breathe again. Water will always love your skin.

Start writing with the intention of filling up one page. Write until your pen stops working.

Reread a book that once made you cry. Learn something new on every page. Notice how different chapters made you sad. Notice how the book didn't change and grow; you did.

Sleep with your windows open. You can hear both the rain and the boys drunkenly singing Frank Sinatra on their deck. Both are equally good.

Don't forget that honey will always taste sweet, but the best way to eat it is off your fingers, laughing.

Remember that, sometimes, getting out of bed is enough.

- H.F.J.

April 02, 2015

Goodwill Thrift Store Homeware Haul
Goodwill Thrift Store Homeware Haul

A few weeks ago I took a break from my current house project of painting the kitchen table to make a trip into town to do a couple errands and check out the Sunday sales at Goodwill. I didn't find much in the clothing department except for a Target brand crop top for a buck, but I as I ventured across the store there were a few half off decor items that caught my eye.

The copper pineapple is among one of my favorite finds from the trip as it's so bright and will look adorable hanging somewhere in the kitchen. I thought the little items would fit in nicely in the new curio cabinet my boyfriend built in the living room, or placed on the shelf above my vanity. I'm still not quite sure what the worn wooden basket is meant for, but I thought I would use it for a catch-all for coupons or any small papers floating around the kitchen.

The mirrored tray was something I contemplated buying as there were some chips and cracks around the edges and the glass was not in flawless condition, but I couldn't resist the $4 price tag after my half off coupon. To salvage such a great piece, I decided to enhance its shabby state by painting the top with white latex house paint to cover up some of the blemishes. After a few thin coats and about a day of drying time, I hand sanded the corners and sides with a light grit sandpaper to scratch off some of the paint until it had a worn, authentically vintage look.

Have you been thrifting lately?

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