Friday, December 30, 2011

2011: A Year in Review

2011 was a big year for me! Number one being I got married! Then I opened my etsy shop. And most recently I announced the opening of a brick and mortar shop I'll be a part of. With such a big year, I thought I'd share some of my top posts and projects, both my favorite and yours. So if you're new here, this is a great time to catch up on what's been happening at HCC during 2011! Here goes...

January

For the first half of 2011 I was living with my parents as I prepared for my wedding, so the posts were a little lackluster {kinda hard to write a home decor blog when you don't have a home to decorate!}

But I did makeover this little wood cabinet...


February

In February my friend and I threw a pretty sweet little Valentine's party for our girlfriends...



And I learned how to make the most gorgeous of all desserts, French Macarons...


And Matt stole my heart with his sweet gifts on Valentine's Day...



March

In March I created a banner for the desserts table for our wedding...



April

I shared a few details from our gray and white vintage-inspired wedding as they came together...



May & June

Not too much was happening here on the blog, but I did get hitched! {more photos to come, promise!}



July

We returned from our honeymoon and I began to decorate our first little place...



August

I shared the first look at our living room {it's already changed so much!}



And our bathroom tour turned out to be one of the most popular posts of the year



September

In September we installed shelving in our kitchen {still one of my favorite things about our house}


And what seems to be everyone's favorite room {based on comments/page views} our bedroom was revealed...



October

October saw the opening of my etsy shop, A Prairie Market

{vintage cake tin...sold}


As well as a Thanksgiving tablescape in anticipation of Matt and my first holiday season together



November

In November, my besties and I took a road trip together for girls' weekend and had a blast!


I also shared much of our Christmas decor



December

And here we are at December, where we toured our house decked out for the holidays...


And I shared how God has blessed us this year, plus announced the opening of a new shop where I'll be a vendor.



There you have it, 2011 in review. Probably the biggest year in my life so far. But the year you get married will always be very special, I'm sure : )

Thank you again for all your support, comments and friendship throughout my blogging journey! I would not be here without all of you, and I wish you the very best in 2012!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Blessed Holiday + Big News


Hello friends! How was your Christmas? Did you spend lots of time with family and friends? I sure hope so! I've enjoyed taking a bit of a break but have missed you all!

So, I have to be honest...I was really spoiled this Christmas. Like ridiculously so. I thought I'd share a few of the blessings I received with you, because I can still hardly believe it's all real. Just to warn you, this post is long, but it's good stuff so hang with me!


First, you might notice a bit of an improvement in the photo quality here at HCC. Well, that's because I got a Canon Rebel! My head is spinning with trying to learn to use it...aperture, shutter speed, ISO...what? I'm already having a blast teaching myself the art of good photography! Stay tuned as the photos here should improve with time : )


To go along with my new toy, I also received The Natalie camera bag from Jeanne Oliver Designs. I. love. this. bag. Not only is it gorgeous to carry, it is so well-made and perfect for holding my camera and lenses. Yes, I said lenses plural...my sweet uncle (who is a photographer) blessed me with a new lens that is perfect for product shots for the shop. It was totally unexpected but so exciting!


I just had to practice with my new toy on one of my other fave presents, burlap wreath pillows my sweet husband got for me. I just love them!



He also gave me these fun picture frames, which I absolutely love! (Can you tell I was totally camera happy for this post?! Hey, practice makes perfect!)



Now for the big surprise...Matt got me a Mac Book Pro! I have to tell you, this is such a God thing. Being newlyweds and saving for a house doesn't leave much room for extras like, oh, the most expensive laptop on the market. But my husband got an unexpected tax return (long story) and was able to use it for a new Mac. This is huge because I constantly get asked to do graphic design work for people (that's part of my day job as a communications professional) but I never had the tools to do it at home. What a blessing!


It's also exciting because...drum roll please...I am going to be part of a new shop in Wichita opening in spring of 2012! A Prairie Market is expanding from etsy into a local boutique filled with vintage finds and handmade goods. I could not be more excited!! God has truly blessed me when I am so undeserving. He has shown my business favor and I am just so grateful.


The shop will be a collection of ladies selling vintage/repurposed items or handmade goods. I met the sweet owner of All Dolled Up, Abbe Doll, at a garage sale I held in November. We have loose family connections and I had heard of her work refinishing and reselling furniture. We got to chatting and she mentioned she did quarterly tag sales. I later sent her a Facebook message asking if she ever needed another vendor for the sales, since I did vintage decor, but not furniture. We decided to meet for coffee, but before we met, God was at work and orchestrating a miracle. When we went to coffee Abbe told me she had wanted to talk to me about the tag sales, but in the last two days she had found a space for a shop and God had given her a vision for a vintage/handmade boutique. She wanted to know if I would be interested in selling there since our specialties complimented each other so well. I cried. You see, the reason I started my etsy shop, besides my love of vintage home decor, was to eventually be able to be a stay-at-home mommy. I love my job but it's my heart's desire to pour my life into my family. Matt and I want to wait a few years to have kids, so I was trying to feel out different business possibilities that would allow me to be at home but still have an income. I feel like God opened all the doors and just dropped the opportunity for a shop in my lap. I was never expecting it, especially at the age of 24. But he has worked out all the details for me in a way I could never have even dreamed. And the fact that we were able to buy a Mac and camera {hello shop marketing!} at the same time just blows my mind.


Oh, and did I mention that all the vendors in the shop are Christian women and stay-at-home moms? We'll all split time at the shop so everyone has plenty of family time. Pretty cool! I will actually still work full-time, but will do shop stuff on nights and weekends, just like I do for etsy. I know it's a big job, but I'm up for it! There's nothing I would rather be doing and I feel so blessed with this opportunity! I also will handle the marketing/communications for the shop, which is great because that's my other love and what my degree/professional experience has been in.


Isn't God so good?! I went "junking" with my mom yesterday to get the first of the inventory for the shop (the last few photos you see are a few sweet things we found). Stay tuned for more on the shop and all God is up to with Honeycomb Creative Co! I still can't even believe it! Thank you all so much for your constant support, sweet comments and wonderful friendship. I would have never started down this path if it wasn't for all of you!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

PS- as if that wasn't enough information thrown at you in one post...I'm also on Facebook now : ) Feel free to follow along!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas



 Merry Christmas everyone! It is such a beautiful time of year, but especially meaningful this year as it's Matt and my first Christmas as husband and wife. We plan to celebrate with our families on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but Christmas morning will be just the two of us opening gifts and spending our first holiday as a married couple. I can't wait!



All the presents have been wrapped, the stockings filled and plans made. Our packages this year were wrapped with simple brown paper and tied with cream silk ribbon or twine.



I also found some of this lovely reindeer ribbon. It adds a bit of whimsy to the simple packages.









I ordered this handmade clay ornament from Jami at Freckled Laundry. I had been looking everywhere for a cute "our first christmas" ornament, and just couldn't find anything that wasn't cheesey or ugly. I love this one, and that it includes our monogram.


I will probably take a bit of a break next week as Matt and I are both off work, but I'll be back soon with some big...BIG...news. Some big things are happening for me and my business, but it has to stay a secret for now. I can't wait to share with you soon though!!


So from our home to yours, have a Merry, Merry Christmas. May God bless you and your families immensely in 2012.

All my love,
Courtney


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Housewalk Tour

Hello friends! Today I'm joining Jennifer Rizzo for the Holiday Housewalk Party. She's shown us some beautiful Christmas homes over the last week, and now we can all join in the party! If you're visiting from the Housewalk, welcome! Let's get started!

The Living Room

First up, our Christmas living room. The theme this year was Casual Farmhouse Meets Vintage Sparkle. I tried to keep things simple and neutral, but still with plenty of Christmas charm.








For more details on our Christmas living room, you can go here.


Our Christmas tree is wrapped in burlap and trimmed with mercury glass and silver, along with vintage ephemera and silhouette ornaments I made.


For more on our Christmas tree and how to make several of the ornaments, you can go here.

The Kitchen

I kept the kitchen simple, just adding greenery and a few holiday touches.



I love the look of fresh greenery paired with clean white. It's so simple and elegant at the holidays.


For more on our Christmas kitchen, go here.


The Bedroom
Again, sweet and simple were the holiday themes this year. I added silver sparkle along with greenery to give our bedroom an elegant feel.



I love this basket filled with greenery at the end of our bed. It makes our room smell wonderful!





For more details on our Christmas bedroom, click here.


The Bathroom

These are just a few little detail shots of decor in the bathroom. I simply filled apothecary jars and mason jars with epsom salt and added flocked bottle brush trees.




I didn't take any overall shots of the bathroom, but to see those, you can go here.

The Entry

And finally, here is our tiny little entryway, decked out for Christmas. The vintage sleigh is my favorite!



For more on the entry, click here.


Well that's our little house! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit Jennifer Rizzo for more Holiday house inspiration!

{live beautifully}
Courtney


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