Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Worth More Than A Sparrow.

Have you ever felt insignificant?
That you are just muddling through the day to day tasks?
Have you ever thought:  what more can I do?  And then played the comparison game, which puts you against every other person in the world?
I have felt this way.  I’m not going to lie, and say I haven’t.  But, sometimes I feel stuck in the daily grind, like I’m waiting for the next big thing, for a lightning bolt of significance.  Not unhappy.  I enjoy my day to day life for the most part.  It’s good, and productive.  It’s living. 
I love birds.  Sometimes, when I have my ‘blah’ days, where I take out my mental measuring tape, and try to compare my worth against the expectations of others, and I shake my head in frustration because I still feel insignificant, or not ‘good enough’, I think of birds. 
Birds live their day to day lives, building nests, searching for food, raising their young, and singing joyfully.  When I hear their heartsong outside of my window, I thank the Lord for them.  They sing praises to God, because He has created them to do so.  They don't stress about anything, or try to make themselves more important, or struggle with self worth.  They just live their little lives. 
Luke 12:6-7 says:  “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God…you are worth more than many sparrows.”
I love that verse.  Not one of them is forgotten by God. 
Even the most insignificant creatures are remembered and valued in the eyes of the Creator.   
And how much more so are we?
I want to encourage you of this:  on the days when you are feeling small, or without value, or that you are not meeting the standards of your peers, God sees you.
You are never forgotten before God.
Just look to Him.
If His loving eye is on the tiny sparrow, it is more so on you.
You are valuable.  You are important.  You are remembered.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Moving On Up!

I officially sign my lease this Friday!

I fear that once everything is moved into my little space, it will resemble a room straight out of 'Hoarders'.  Only, without the rats.


But, all in good time.

Friday = Lease signing, walk through, and PAINTING.

I'm in love with pale aqua and bright red, so my kitchen will have those themes.

But, I'm playing with the notion of a PINK accent wall... 

In the living room. 

I saw a photograph of a room, with a neutral couch, a pale pink coffee table (which I have), a pink wall, and pops of blues, oranges, greens, and whites.

It was rad, a million times over.

I've always been a little hesitant about pink walls, because the first thought that comes to my mind is always 'nursery'.  But this picture, from Romantic Homes, was fabulous and very grown up.

However, Friday's walk through will help me finalize the colors, the furniture layout, and all that fun stuff.

Oy.  So much to do! 
But, I cannot wait to show you my finished space!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

End Table: Before and After

I've been scouring my favorite thrift stores for furniture to fix myself.

I adore 'Shabby Chic' with a touch of French Provincial. 

In case you are wondering, Shabby Chic is a design style in which furniture is given a distressed, aged look, on purpose.  French Provincial is a design style incorporating rustic formal French furniture.

Well, I have a number of great thrifty finds to share, but while I am in transition, photographs are yet to be taken.

A number of months ago, I found the greatest, practically new, oversized couch, thrifted for $100!  I am in love with it, and it has served as my inspiration for all the other bits and pieces of home decor.  I don't have a picture yet, but I will once it's moved and in it's rightful place in my living room.  (Right now, it rests peacefully in the garage, covered in a plastic tarp).

I do, however, have a picture of a cute little end table I picked up for $15 (thrifted).  It was in perfect condition, except for one minor detail:  when it was placed by my couch, it was too stark. 
The white had to go. 



I spray painted it with a satin finish light aqua, then sanded the tar out of it. 
I painted a very simple design on the top, (using acrylic paint), painted the drawer pink,
and left it 'unfinished' looking. 
I really like it, especially with the streaks of white showing through.
 It seems much warmer now, doesn't it? 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Welcome to A Little Shabby Sparrow!

Hello, blog friends!

After much thought, I have decided to bid farewell to Accessorize Your Life (it will be kept for archive purposes, and eventually merged to this blog).

Rather, I wanted to begin a fresh blog, for the new phases in my life.

To date:  I've moved from California to Texas and back again.

I have been staying with my lovely, gracious, and wonderful 'second parents' during my transitional period.

My parents have journeyed back to California, several months after I did.

As of April, I will be in my very own apartment, my own little nest, so I've been bitten by the decorating/shabby chic/do-it-yourself bug.  I have a few crafty ideas mulling around in my brain to share with you soon!

A personal recap:


I am three decades plus one year old...that's 31, folks:  31.


I am still single, and finally have peace about it.  I know God has an amazing Mr. out there for me, and as hard as it is sometimes, I am relying completely on His perfect timing.

Old Blog Posts:

Regular readers of Accessorize Your Life may recall my Weight Watcher journey.  It's still happening, despite a few setbacks.  I am back on track, and have some things to tell you about!

Loving God:

My testimony is simple:  I became a follower of Jesus at a very young age, and have been in that relationship since.  I may not have had life altering moments in my walk with Him, but I would love to share the quiet moments where He has revealed Himself to me, in different situations, and different ways.

There it is, folks!  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  This blog is still 'under construction', please excuse it!!