Monday, June 8, 2015

A Big Dream Within Reach

When we moved last fall I mentioned that along with our house we also became owners of a commercial outbuilding.  The outbuilding was a big reason we decided to put our townhouse on the market and make a go of buying a new place.  As soon as we bought the property I started dreaming about and planning what that space could and hopefully would become.

I have big dreams for this space!

I see the space renovated to be a studio workshop where I can refinish and sell furniture.  I would love to sell home decor and gifts handmade by myself and other local artisans.  I dream of housing creative classes and workshops.  A place where community members can schedule appointments for DIY project assistance.  I envision craft and construct parties where small groups can get together to build and create, Mommy & Me art classes, crafty bridal and baby showers.   Collaborations with local artisans could bring all manner of creative classes into these four walls. Workshops in graphic design, paper crafts, calligraphy, floral design, building/woodwork, refinishing, and upcyclng.

I truly believe everyone enjoys trying and learning new things.  Especially, when you can share the experience and your new knowledge and skills with family and friends.  People bond over common interests and experiences.  I want to create a place for this to happen.  For my community to come together and create, learn, and explore with different creative mediums.

So, I'm reaching for my dream!

Financially we can't afford to do this on our own so I've applied for a Chase Mission Main Street grant.

Mission Main Street Grants


We also need your help.

We need 250 votes to qualify for the grant selection round.  We would really appreciate your vote.

You can find our profile and vote for us here:

Mission Main Street Grants | Dear Emmeline LLC

We're really hoping this could be our opportunity to grow.  It may not be our time but at least we'll have no regrets.

Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!

Friday, May 15, 2015

$200 Cash + a Relay Starter Kit Giveaway!!!

It's hard to believe that only two short weeks ago, myself and 11 other bloggers ran 200 miles!!  We had so much fun running the American Odyssey Relay as a team so we decided to spread the fun around and give our readers a chance to get relay running ready.

Not only are we giving away a Relay Starter Kit but we're throwing in $200 cash!!  

The Relay Starter Kit is chock full of goodies including;

reflective vest,
arm light,
Nathan strobe lights,
a sampling of Health Warrior Chia Bars,
first aid kit,
muscle rub,
petroleum jelly,
stomach relief tabs,
window markers!!!!!

For your chance to win enter via our Rafflecopter giveaway!

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*This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. only and is open for one week beginning Friday May 15, 2015.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dining Room Reveal : One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge Spring 2015 edition has come to a close!

We officially finished the room on deadline day (Thursday) but staging, taking, and editing photos took some time so the big reveal is happening a few days late.  Big changes take time and we needed every single minute of the six weeks to get the room done!

If you missed the rest of our ORC posts you can find them here:

Week 1   |   Week 2   |   Week 3   |   Week 4   |   Week 5

Let's take a peek at some of the before pictures again.  Pretty much just furniture shoved in a room.  Besides cleaning up we hadn't worked on the space at all since we moved in last August.

And, here it is now!

If you have a good eye, you'll see the bench is still missing.  We started stripping the paint off to give it a lighter weathered look but it's still a work in progress.  When it's finished it will go back where it was along the wallpapered wall.  I also have some art to hang on the walls but I couldn't find my plate hangers AND I just couldn't put any holes in the wallpaper just yet.

Source List:

Wallpaper - Empress Rose by Clarke & Clarke via Wallpaper Direct
Ceiling and wall paint - Lindsay White | satin
Trim, bench, & bead board paint - Lindsay White | semi-gloss
Shelf paint - Silver Spoon | semi-gloss, Olympic
Plate rack guards - 1/4" metal rounds
Buffet & hutch paint - Layla's Mint, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Table paint- Grain sack & Trophy blend, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Table top - Grain sack & Trophy wash, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Mirror Paint - Blanche, Southern Honey Chawk Paint
Wall light fixture paint - Seaside Green | Matte, Krylon Cover Maxx Spray Paint
Ceiling Medallion - Restore
Rug - 8'x10' Jute, HomeGoods
White dishes - HomeGoods
Mint dishes - Ikea

A big thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting another One Room Challenge and giving me an excuse to buckle down on finishing our dining room.  Head on over to see the rest of the completed One Room Challenge rooms!

Shared with:
Shabby Art Boutique - Shabbilicious Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
The 36th Avenue - The Party Bunch
Domestically Speaking - Inspire Me Monday
Stone Gable - The Scoop
Sugar Bee Crafts - Show and Tell

Friday, May 8, 2015

American Odyssey Relay Recap #teamblogginjoggin

A week ago I headed out to meet up with team Bloggin' & Joggin' for our American Odyssey Relay adventure.

What a trip!  I never thought I would be someone who would participate in a running event but I'm glad I did.  I was way out of my comfort zone but it was so much fun and I loved getting to meet my fellow teammates.  As a team we ran approximately 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to Washington D.C.  We each ran three legs.  My legs were 6.7, 4.5, and 3.3 miles for a total of 14.5 miles!

We drove up on Thursday night so we'd be ready for go time early Friday morning.

Hometalk provided us a  super comfy home away from home and we settled right in.

The van 1 ladies (Heather, Beckie, Karah, Cassie, Me, and Jessica) had to be up bright and early to be at the start line at 7:15am Friday morning.

Here are the lovely van 2 runners (Paula, Sarah, Vidya, Alexis, Megan, and Chaney).

While our first runner, Jessica of Pace of Me, was running, I was able to snap a quick silly picture of myself.

I started out my first run with a smile.  I'm not sure I looked so chipper at the other end! ;)

I ended my run at a lovely covered bridge where I passed our wristband (baton) off to Karah of The Space Between.

After van 1 finished our legs we were happy to let van 2 take over for a while and we were able to stop for a bite to eat.

I have no pictures to document my second run but let's just say it was dark and scary.  I now know I will never be a nighttime runner.  Small animals (aka mice and bats), and your average townspeople are terrifying once the sun goes down.

I was SO SO glad that my final run took place after sunrise.  I ran on a stretch of the C&O canal in the cool of early morning and it was wonderful.  I ran o a tree lined path beside trains and even had to wait for one to pass before we could cross over to track to our van.  My little man will be so jealous when he sees I was this close to a train.

Our team finished up Saturday evening and there were high-fives all around.

We met up with Vidya (our final runner) just before the finish line and all crossed the finish together.

It was a great experience!

Our team captain Cassie and Sarah.

Our American Odyssey adventure was made possible with the help and support of some wonderful brands.  Thank you all! 

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