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Sneak Peeks


The next ten days are going to be intense. I’m making my final push to finish the photography and projects for the book (as well as tweaking some of the tutorials.)  I did have a very productive day, so I am feeling like I’m in a pretty good place, but I do have to squeeze as much as I can into every minute.  I think I definitely will need a massage when it’s all done and maybe a full day in bed watching movies.

I can’t show what I’m working on, but I can show a few sneak peeks…



…and my house is a mess.



Mini is helping to keep me straight, though.  She even cleaned out my van today, since it was a disaster.

Despite the stress and the hard work, I’m really enjoying this process and I’m learning so much about what I would do differently if I ever write another book.

If you need a smile, visit my Facebook page and read through the improptu meeting of the “I’m me and I’m awesome” club.  Some very awesome ladies shared a little bit about themselves and you can’t help but smile at all of the awesomeness.  You’re welcome to join in as well.

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  1. It may look like a mess to you but I can just see the creativity flowing… and I spy that divine peacock napkin ring. can’t wait to see what you’re up to.
    cheers Fiona

  2. Sounds like you are gettin’ er done! Fantastic! WooHoo!

  3. Those sneak peeks look beautiful! Easy for me to say, but enjoy your book writing “ride” and don’t worry about the messes.

  4. I am so happy for you and your successes! May God’s blessings continue to fall upon you…softly! :-)

  5. I love that last picture. “JOY” right in the middle of the chaos.

  6. Nice to see I’m not the only one leaving paint cans where they shouldn’t be. Can’t wait to see what you are up to. Love those legs!

  7. This is looking wonderful! I have you in my prayers that God will help you complete the projects and make it through this push! May He continue to bless you with success! I’m looking forward to Haven this summer!

  8. Those are tantalizing peeks!

  9. ooooh! I cant wait!! those are great peeks!

  10. Can’t wait to see more! Just toured you home on Houzz! Looks fabulous!

  11. Love the line about you learning what you would do differently. Tells me two things. You haven’t lost your sense of humor in all the pressure and Yes! There will be a next time. Your juices are already flowing!

  12. It is hard to be neat when you are being creative.My work room is a little messy right now too.And sometimes my work room takes over my house.Looking forward to the reveal of your projects.Thanks for the teaser.

  13. It’s a true testament to your style that even the shot of your “messy” dining room table looks fab. Keep on keepin’ on!

  14. thanks for the sneek peek!

  15. Seems like you are mving along good for you. Thanks for the peek.

  16. I want a Mini, too! Jealous! Glad, tho, that things are going so well for you!

  17. Hey Marian,

    I agree with Kristi…I spotted the ‘Joy’ amongst the pile and it made me smile ;->
    Hey…that rhymes!!!!!

    Keep chugging along girl…the reward is not far off.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  18. Can’t wait to see the finished projects….the “sneaks” look awesome! You always find the coolest pieces…and then of course turn them into something special! p.s. Thanks for hosting the I’m awesome meeting. Sometimes you just need to reflect on the successes in your life (good way to keep perspective and remain thankful for all God has done).

  19. also, I’d say as busy as you’ve been, you deserve a free pass for your house to be a little bit messy! :)

  20. Vickie H. says:

    Godspeed! And I want that beautiful plinth in the middle of your very last photo for this post! It is for sale?

  21. What do you mean IF you write another book? I think you have an entire series in you. Looking forward to reading and holding the real thing. Ann

  22. Keep on keeping on!! We’re behind you every step of the way!! Go Marian!!
    Carol in GA

  23. Frances Baker says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who paints/stains/etc in the middle whatever room I’m in..paint cans on dining room table look familiar!! I know your book will be fantastic…can’t wait to see it!

  24. For me, creativity IS messy whether it’s painting, sewing or cooking. Somehow I can’t be creating and housekeeping at the same time. A recent guest said to me “did you know you have a can of paint in your (seldom used) shower?”. Uh, yeah.

    Can’t wait to see what you have created for us!

  25. Good luck and can’t wait to see the finished product! I just finished painting the black chairs I had asked you about…the Sherwin Williams black enamel paint worked great! Thanks again for the wonderful recommendation Marion!

  26. Such a tease! This looks like it will be another amazing piece. Can’t wait to see it.

  27. I’ll take any ol’ peak I can get and be satisfied that you cared to share! Good luck on the book project. i’m sure it will be brilliant!

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