Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Thank you so much for your incredible support this past year and to all who contribute to making Homegirl a success - YOU GUYS ROCK! :)  Without you, I would not be getting to do what I love to do and it means the world to me!  

Here is our living room decorated for Christmas!  Of course, it is an owl/nature theme, I just cannot resist!  I hope you have filled your home with LOVE this season and enjoy YOUR time!  Much love, Gina

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The ultimate store location!

First let me say that I am NOT getting a permanent store space YET, but if I did, below are my top 3 choices that are located in Peninsula, Ohio in the Cuyahoga National Park near Hudson.  The first is my very favorite and I know would host the ultimate garage sale!  I have to give kudos to my husband for composing this shot.  It was his idea and he is so proud.  It is one of my favorite photos my family has ever taken.  The second photo is a general store next door to the garage and the porch and architecture are stunning. The third a beautiful barn that for obvious reasons could be killer for selling, but my barn is hard to compete with.  The photos were taken by Natalie Metzger of Matt and Nat Photography and she is amazing.  I LOVE them! I think that if I "vibe" enough on the first photo the stars will align to allow me to use the space! :)! Channeling "the law of attraction"! ;)  On a side note, the bottom one was used as our Christmas card! Have a wonderful day everyone.  I hope you are all merry making! :) 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12! My golden child!

Today is Lila's 11th birthday, but it is her GOLDEN birthday because it is triple digits, 12-12-12.  The festivities of the day started with a wake up at 12:12 AM to wish herself Happy Birthday and get wishes from us at 12:12 too!  HER idea, of course.  Then we are going to school today to wish her Happy Birthday again with balloons and doughnuts at her request also.  She is super jazzed.  Her birthday present was a recent Justin Beiber concert and she was over the moon.

The pictures I am sharing today are her new born picture, a card she gave today me for "having her"  and a recent picture taken a few weeks ago.  Lila had the most hair of any of the new born's in the maternity ward so the nurses were so excited that they got to style her hair. They put the gauze bow in she is such a little cutie.  If any of you know the song, "Call Me Maybe", we say she was singing this in her newborn photo. Look at her hand placement.  :)   She always has been singing since the minute she came out.  Many musically inclined people have told me she hits a high C when she screams!  TRUE!

The card she gave me is just a glimpse at her beautiful personality.  To tell me she loves me is a daily occurrence and the picture of me and her that she drew is my fave!  Look at the flip she drew in my hair!

Note in the recent picture, the Kool-Aid dyed blue strip along her face that she did all on her own.  She even made a video about the process!  She researched what color would look good with brown hair and brown eyes and made a strong argument for me to allow her.

Thank you for letting me share my baby with you.  She is a blessing in our lives since the day she came into it and we love her so much! 

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY and make a wish at 12:12!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Life is Good...

"Life is good, this we say. So we celebrate each day.  Laughing. Living. Learning. Loving.  Life is good!"  
Edie taught this to me last year when she was in 2nd grade because her teacher, Mrs. Bagocius would sing it with them every day.  NOW, I say it everyday and we have had it on our refrigerator for quite some time now. It is so important to do each of these EVERYDAY, even if you have to try really hard for each one.  I think the laugh is especially important and sometimes the most challenging for me!  Thank goodness for taped versions of the show "Big Bang Theory"!!!    Another thing she recently taught me was "Every day may not be a good day, but every day has good in it!"  She really is my little philosophical one and blows me away! Thank you, baby doll for showing me things we forget as gown-ups!

On a design note, I love the chalkboard painted side of my refrigerator.  It was simple to do and is a magnet board as well.  I highly recommend doing this, especially if it is in a space that is perfect for displaying or memos or whatever else you would like! 

Life is good!    

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Funky Junk Boutique

If you live near the Akron/Cleveland Ohio area, (or if you don't .. :)), I highly recommend a visit to Shell Venus's adorable little shop, Funky Junk Boutique located ON MAIN STREET in Seville, Ohio.  Shell has done such a wonderful job in her store and bringing her dream to life and I am thrilled to have a PLACE I can actually GO TO that is full of great vintage finds, original artwork and handmades of all sorts.  Shell really encourages local artists and made in the USA and her eye and taste is great.  I absolutely LOVE that she has set up shop on Main Street in a small little town in Ohio and is making it a destination for her shoppers.  For me there is nothing like the experience of "stepping back in time"! 

I love the number "5" accent table here.

Not the best picture, but these aprons made with men's shirts and ties are so creative!

Cute, circle, chevron hand painted frame.

Love the Funky Junk Sign.