Let’s celebrate!!! Guest blogging and 100th post Giveaway!

Ladies, I am sooo excited!!!

The “shanty sisters” over at Shanty2Chic have asked me to be a guest blogger at their very FIRST “Shanty Spotlight”!


I was really nervous about finding a project that I could blog about, but I came up with something, and I think it turned out great.

If you haven’t visited their blog before, you are missing out. They are super sweet girls and full of many wonderful ideas.

Now show me some love and go see my post over at Shanty2Chic.

Click HERE to see it!


I am also celebrating because

this is my 100th post!

Can you believe it?

So of course, I want to thank all of you for following me and leaving me so many great comments. You guys make me smile!

I am going to have a giveaway to celebrate!

Many of you have asked me where I got this sign in my guest house….


Well, I got it from Hobby Lobby, and I got one for you too!

It is a wooden plaque with the scripture, “Whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, think on these things.” Phillipians 4:8


If you would like to enter my giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and I will announce the winner on Monday, November 16th!

Have a blessed day,


  1. Ohh, I just found your blog, and I am LOVING it!! I am now subscribed to it and I can't wait to check out all your awesome craftiness! Oh and if I win, it will be even more awesome since monday is my 30th, birthday! Sweet!

  2. I have been reading your blog for awhile and love all of the ideas. I was sorry to hear about your mother. She sounded like a very special lady. I am sure this Christmas season will be bittersweet. I often pray for people who have lost loved one's and are approaching the holiday's. God bless.

  3. i found your blog today and am in love:) i am planning on doing the coasters and transforming one of our armoires like you and your husband did in the "not a corner hutch". will definitely be visiting often! thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Traci, congratulations on your guest post. I am so thrilled that others are discovering how clever and creative you are. What a blessing. Your giveaway is perfect. I love the placque so much. Hope to see many more posts. Hugs, Marty

  5. Congartulations, both on your 100th post, and your guest hosting!

    I'll rush right over and see their blog, and while I'm gone you can put my name in the drawing for your great sign prize.

    barbara jean

  6. HI! I just found your blog, also from the Shanty Sisters. I am loving what you are doing. I have wanted the pottery barn shelves for so long also! You made them look so easy, I'm thinking of trying it!

  7. I love this scripture. I also love the sign and would be thrilled to win it! Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for sharing all of your creative talents and gifts.

    God bless.

  8. hi traci! just started following your blog & i find it so inspirational! i love hearing you talk about your mother & i can tell she is a very special lady & she is so proud of you as she watches over you! thanks for the inspiration in everything you do!

  9. Tracy…first, I love the sign as well as the verse. I remind myself of this verse daily! Also, you and your sister have been so heavy on my heart since your mom was diagnosed with cancer. I know you have a huge hole in your heart that can only be filled with her and it makes me very sad for you. I just want you to know that I'm praying for you.

  10. Oh Traci:
    I would so love to have this sign. How sweet is that. Please enter my name in the drawing, and ofcourse you already know I am a follower.

    How exciting to be a Guest Blogger. Congratulations sweetie. Job well done.

    Stop by soon. I love it when you do. Country hugs, Sherry

  11. Hi Traci,

    I checked on that spelling of your name, because my Mom's name is Tracey :-) We are very close, so I think and pray for you often. I have been very touched by your posts. Please know that we pray for your family.
    Your blog is adorable. I enjoy mine so much; I'm excited for your success. You'll never know how many you will touch.
    LOVE the sign. It would look so precious in my daughter Sophie's room.
    I just am bummed that we don't have a hobby lobby :-)
    Blessings on you.
    Anna Kintigh

  12. OOOH!!! I found your blog from the Shanty Chic Sisters one, and it's SO cute!! I love that sign! Having scripture up around the house is a wonderful reminder to dig in the word daily! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi Traci, well I, like so many others, have just found your blog via Shanty2Chic and am now a faithful follower! I loved that chair you covered. My favourite thing to do is recover chairs, sofas etc and you seem to employ the same method as I do…wing it ;o)

  14. Traci, congrats on your 100th post! You always have so many great ideas to share, plus so many touching remembrances of your mother. I always look forward to reading your blog. That verse in Philippians is one of my favorites – I read it almost every other day! Linda

  15. Congratulations, Traci! And thank you for this generous giveaway. How sweet of you!

    Philippians 4:8 is a favorite scripture of mine. Thank you for sharing this wonderful find!

  16. You have a wonderful blog ! I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and how hard it is in day to day life when you want to share things in your life with her as you did! A comfort that you have a wonderful sister & you can "look" after each other !
    Congrats on your 100th post !
    The Little Things

  17. Love your blog – I've been browsing all morning and as much as I love your projects, the posts that touch me the most are the ones about your mom. I lost my step-father this past August and so understand where you're at. I'm such a holiday fanatic but I tear up every time I think about sitting around that Thanksgiving table without him at the head of the table.
    Change of subject quickly – I noticed all of the Gamecock apparel in some of the pictures – we're in the Greenville/Spartanburg area of SC – are y'all close by?
    Oh, congrats on the 100th post!! Keep 'em coming.

  18. I love that sign. I think I'm completely missing out on something here. I read about Hobby Lobby on so many different blogs, but I don't have one locally. Sounds like a great place to get great deals! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Thank you for sharing your talent, your faith, and your mother's faith with me (and the world). I want you to know that I shared with a coworker who will be having a surgery on Monday that her tears (that she was trying to hold in) were just "liquid prayers" and not a sign of weakness or fear. I was able to share this because I read it in one of your posts and because your mom had such wisdom. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you and for helping a fellow believer encourage others!

  20. Congrats on your 100th post!! I love following your great projects and your spotlight at Shanty 2 Chic was great!! How exciting to be the FIRST one they picked! :)

    That sign is absolutely adorable & how sweet of you to do a giveaway!

  21. I am a follower and was so excited to see you FEATURED on Shanty 2 Chic, you are so deserving!! Your mom would be proud. I have a mother who is the reason I love to create and I need to share that with her, thanks to you. I know I should not take her for granted. Blessings to you and congratulations on your feature.

  22. Your blog is so inspirational to me…I enjoy all your posts – especially the Wednesdays with Wanda. What a beautiful reminder to treasure our family and friends!

  23. Love the sign–was so hoping you got it at a store we have, but no Hobby Lobby here unfortunately–think I'll check Micheal's though. I so enjoy your blog and your heartfelt messages.

  24. First of all, Happy belated Birthday!
    As always thank you for your inspirations, not just for decorating, but for life!!

    I love the sign. I am in the process of redoing my kitchen, on a budget of course, but the colors on the sign match perfect.

  25. Congratulations! Just bumped into your blog! Beautiful! I love the sign, and it would be a wonderful way to daily remind me in my task of raising 4 children to think of the good and bright side of life!

  26. I'm looking forward to looking through your beautiful blog, as I just found it due to the guest blog post. I have always loved Phillipians chapter 4; such powerful and inspirational words.
    Thank you for the chance at the giveaway. :-)

  27. Just saw your post on Shanty2Chic and came over to check you out. I am sure I will be here all day long… looking at all your cool stuff. That is an awesome sign, did you make it or just buy it that way? Great chair btw on the spotlight!

  28. I found your blog earlier this week with the coasters and printed it out to do some for christmas and then came over today from Shanty2chic. Anyway I read down about your Mother and I know this must be a really hard week for you and I am praying for you. I had never heard of Mama says figurenes but I think I am going to look for some for my sister, neice and I and give them to us from my mother ( as they sound like things she or my grandmother would have said). Anyway I am adding you to my list of favorites and if I ever get back to blogging will start following you.


  29. Have been enjoying your blog! I found a link on a friends blog. I have been working on some of the coasters for Christmas gifts. Would love the sign. I love having scripture tastefully done around the home!

  30. i posted a comment, but don't see it here. so i will try again!

    I love your blog, thank you for sharing your mother's faith with us-it has truly inspired me. I am studying the eternal perspective in John right now and your mom really brought it to real life for me.

    Now about the sign…I'm going to have to work on the greed issues in my life! We have no Hobby Lobby in CA! Darn.

  31. I found your blog last week and read it all. You Mom was 7 months older than I and I certainly could understand all the pain. Trust me, she hated desperately to leave her family but she is now at peace. I pray to God that you find peace of her passing soon. I lost my Daddy at 16. It gets better but you always remember. Love to you all.

  32. Have been following you for quite some time…you seem to be such a sweet and loving person. Thanks for continuing to brighten my day! Would love to post this sign in my new house! :)

  33. Hi Traci
    I have been a follower of yours for a little while ( since your sweet mama was sick.) I lost my own angel when I was only 19 so I understand missing her so much. I love your blog. It's amazing! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. I love them!

  34. Hi! I just found your blog from your link on Shanty to Chic…I am so thrilled to find you! I would LOVE to win this plaque. We live in a little coastal town that has a crown as our symbol. This would be perfect in our house. And I can't purchase one…because we don't have Hobby Lobby. Yes…I'm crying. :) I can't wait to check out your blog!!

  35. What a great sign. I'd put in in the baby's room (if I won.)
    I love your blog and have cried through the posts about your mom, and said a few prayers for you and your family. Thanks for sharing all your stories and memories.

  36. LOVE you! Your amazing and so talented! (And Im not just saying that!) THanks for your ideas and INSPIRATION!

  37. I can't believe you found that wonderful sign at Hobby Lobby! We don't have an HL here in Southern California and I have yet to see anything like this lovely verse at Michaels, so I can't even buy it if I don't win it!
    Love your blogging–all your projects, but especially about your Mom, Traci.

  38. I love that sign! I wish Las Vegas had a Hobby Lobby! I just found you from Shanty 2 Chic. You have great ideas! I have added you to my favorites.

  39. I have just recently found your blog, and love it!! I love that you are real, and honest, and glorify your heavenly father. I too have recently gone through deep loss, and it is good to see someone else functioning through it. Thank you for sharing, and keep it up!
    Phil. 4:8 is one of my families core verses, love it.

  40. Congratulations on your 100th post. I enjoy your blog and your giveaway is great! Would love to win it! Thanks for an opportunity. Veronica

  41. OHHHH! Girl you know I want one!

    BTW: IF I don't win this – could you hit me up again? I never got a reply from you on how much shipping and such… idk if we miss communicated or if Yahoo hated me that day and didnt' get my email to me.

    Thanks so much for the chance!!!!!~G

    CraftTeaLady AT Yahoo DOT com

  42. I have been following your blog for the past couple months and love all your ideas and inspiring posts! I'm an at-home mama too and I enjoy hearing about your family and your daily happenings. :)

  43. Congratulations on 100 posts. I truly enjoyed your "Shanty" guest post and appreciated your detailed explanation and photos of the chair makeover. It totally inspired me to take on an upholstery project (my first). Thanks for sharing!

  44. Great Shanty Spotlight! My husband just didn't get why I was gasping .:audibly:. at a chair! It was so cute, and so well done! That sign is great, a great verse to "ground you". Needs to be hung up somewhere prominent! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Congrats on 100!

  45. Congratulations on your 100th post, friend! And enter me to win your goodie, please. You know I love those Hobby Lobby signs.


  46. I just found your blog from your guest post on "Shanty to Chic" and I loved your chair re-do!! It was amazing and I'm so excited to see what other great craftyness you have in store! Thanks!!

  47. I needed to see that positive scripture today. And I would love to see it every day! :) So glad I happened upon your blog via Shanty 2 Chic!

  48. I just discovered your blog from the post over at Shanty. You will definitely be one of my daily reads from now on. You're one talented chica. That chair is amazing. And the posts about your mom are so sweet and touching. So glad I found you!

    Oh, and thanks for the chance to win your giveaway and congrats on 100 posts!

  49. Congrats on your 100th post!! Your blog is amazing. I have been reading it for a few months now. Your ideas are so inspirational and I love your tributes to your wonderful mother. She was undoubtedly an amazing christian woman. You are very lucky! I love the giveaway. I try to include scripture in my decorating and surround myself in God's word!

  50. I just discovered your blog yesterday. I read about you on Shanty2Chic and I then clicked on your blog and spent the next 2 days reading all of your back posts. I have added you to my favorites list in my decorating blogs category.

    I'd love to win the plaque.


  51. I stumbled across your blog last night. What caught my attention was the phrase, "…my first birthday without my mom." I remember mine, too. My mom passed away three and half years ago on Easter morning of cancer. I was five months pregnant with our third daughter (2nd pregnancy, we had twin girls first). Since then we have had a son…four, four and under! I saw this sign awhile back at Hobby Lobby and thought about getting it for one of my best friends & Elder's wife…she reminds me of this verse all the time. So encouraged by your posts!

  52. I just found your blog and I love it. I am wishing for step by step instructions on how you made that magnetic board. I can't wait to try out some of your projects. You make them look easy. I am sorry about your mother. She sounds like a wonderful lady.

  53. Your blog is wonderful and had me excited to try some projects. I love this look. I love the sign and know that I need to be reminded of this often. I am so sorry about your mother. May you feel God's hand carrying you through the difficult days.

  54. Just discovered your blog not long ago, and am loving it! You've got me so inspired with ideas for my own house!
    -Laura (lmsmth@mta.ca)

  55. Congrats on your 100th post…how exciting! I just recently discovered your blog and added it to my list of fun, creative, inspirational blogs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Congratulations on your 100th post! I really enjoy your blog – I like how you show step-by-step pictures and the finished project/room. Love the sign, too. Wish we had a Hobby Lobby in NJ.

  57. Just discovered the site through a friend. I want to make the tile coasters with all the leftover tiles in my garage. We'll see. I am more like the less-than-crafty sister :)

  58. I love your blog and have been subscribed for a while now. Enjoy seeing your projects, and this is a really great giveaway!

    jjfoege at gmail dot com

  59. I love that verse. I wrote in my Bible…"4:8 your thoughts" so I will remember that verse more. Also have you ever noticed that the whole verse there are 8 things to think on. So cool!

  60. Your blog just came up in my reader recommendations. I lost my mom, too so my heart goes out to you. So glad you have family to support and grieve with you. Many blessings!

  61. Hi – I'm Cyndi's friend Marla and I love both your blogs/blog sites and I read your Mom's and I see where you both get your talent(s)!!!

  62. Hi Traci – I'm registering for the give away – I hope, since I'm not toooo computer literate with these sites, we'll see. I'm Cyndi's friend Marla and I love both your blogs. I also went to your Mom's site when you posted it on your blog. I see where you both get your talents!!!

  63. Traci, Congrats on your 100th post. I love your blog and your ideas, I found your blog recently and LOVE it. You are now in my blogroll. I always look forward to seeing what you are up too. I also just love your sister, and the banter between you too. I have a sister and can truly appreciate it the love you too share.

    Count me in for the giveaway, going to post about it on my blogs.


  64. I don't know if I got entered before or not, but wanted to take a chance on getting this great giveaway! You always have great ideas, and fun things going on, on your blog! Have a great week!

  65. I'm so excited to have come across your blog! I saw your christmas tiles on Tip Junkie and have since added you to my blog links. Thanks for all the great ideas! And, it would be awesome to win that darling plaque!

  66. Once again you have amazed me with the awesome gifts God gave you. Thank you for sharing your craft gifts with "dunnies" like me! Love you girl…
    Kim Allen

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