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Tray Chic with One Kings Lane

I was so excited when One Kings Lane invited me to be a part of their Tray Chic campaign. 

Because I love trays. Well, actually, I love being organized. Sometimes a little too much. . . . my closet is organized by category, sub-category, and color. Seriously. Winter to summer, coats to jackets to cardigans, and cream to black. Please say I’m not the only one.

Don’t get me wrong, not everything in my life is that organized. Don’t even dare peek at my soap shipping filing cabinet. It’s a hot mess. Or the laundry/soap room. I really need to set my sights there next.

But give me a little space and the necessary tools (i.e. baskets, a few cute boxes, and yes, even a tray or two) and I can be organized. And for me, something as simple as a tray is a perfect organizational tool.

Let me share with you some of the ways I love using a tray:

They’re perfect for pool towels.

pool towels

Or for jewelry.

jewelry 2

For soap. 

mermaid dreams

Something I’ve learned from being a soap maker is that props matter, and trays, dishes, and baskets are some of my favorites.

By the way, above is one of my favorite new soaps: Mermaid Dreams. 

As a catchall by the door.


 Trays are also perfect for a little holiday decor.


And of course, food.




As a sort of desk. There really isn’t enough room in this house for an actual desk, so most of the time my blogging set up looks a little like this:


But my favorite tray is the one on my new nightstand.


It’s the perfect container for essential odds and ends, like tissues, glasses, and the most essential of all, my kindle.

By the way, I just love my new nightstand. . . Marked down to clearance last week, and of course, I brought it home and painted the cream colored drawers black. But I really do love it!

And I have to show off the London pillow I found on the same day. It practically called my name, and no way could I walk out of that store without it!

map of london pillow

Of course, any photo shoot around here usually ends up like this.


The girls insist on being in the middle of everything. Naturally 😉 

Sophie: You piled these pillows up here just for me, didn’t you?  

sophie2I guess I did. 

Hop on over to One Kings Lane for a huge selection of trays and be sure to check out their Style Blog for tons of fantastic inspiration. 


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My favorite thing. . .

. . . about this time of the year? One word.



The Jasmine vine that drapes over the fence that runs beside the county road is full of little white blooms and is scenting the air with its perfume.


I love this stuff so much, that around this time every year, I start thinking about jasmine scented soap. I have’t made one, yet, but one day!

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DIY Business Card Holder

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a soap seller, it’s that you can never have too many business cards.

Especially when selling at festivals, craft fairs, and even farmer’s markets.

Usually I just toss a stack of business cards on a little tray and call it done with. But this year, I thought I’d change it up. And since we had an upcoming festival to attend (note: the festival was this past weekend), sooner was better than later. 

Enter Pinterest. Which I’m convinced should coming with a warning. Something along the lines of: Beware! Enter here and you may never leave. 

After a little browsing and a raid on my ribbon stash, I think it turned out cute. 

 DIY Business Card HolderHere’s what you need:

Empty Altoids tin

1 inch wide gingham satin ribbon

1/4 inch side stitched satin ribbon

Scrapbook Paper


Hot Glue Gun

Printer (optional)

I started by cutting a large piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit my printer.

Then, using a word processor program, I wrote a little message, “Take One”, in a cute font, and printed it out. This step is totally optional.

The next step was a little trickier. Place the Altoids tin face down on top of the paper with the message as centered as you can get it. Then, trace around the tin and carefully cut it out. 


Repeat this step again, tracing and cutting out another piece of paper (without a message, of course).

Hot glue the one with the message to the inside top of the tin. 


Hot glue the other to the outside top of the tin.

Glue the larger ribbon around the sides of the tin, overlapping the ribbon on the top and folding it like wrapping a gift.






To add a little contrast, glue the smaller side stitched ribbon on the sides,including on the hinges in the back (so that the top will stay sort of propped up and not fall back).



Add a little bow, and voila!



And here it is in action. . . . 


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5 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe, but around this time five years ago, we brought home our very first goats and Maiden Hill Farm was born.

It was one small, seemingly non-event that changed my life. Yeah, goats changed my life 🙂


Well, goats and the chickens, ducks, turkeys, and all that goes along with them.

Seriously, how cute is that face up above? That’s Clare, one of our newest kids and our very first mini Nubian bred here on our farm. 

But back to the giveaway. . . . 

It took me a few days to decide what exactly the prize should be for this giveaway, and then it hit me. . . the perfect thing that almost anyone will like. 

To celebrate 5 years of farm life, I’m giving away a $5 eGift Card to Starbucks. . . . because as a former night owl, coffee is the only thing that helps me get through an hour of milking every morning 😉

And while, we don’t exactly have a lot of Starbucks out here in rural Alabama, I can still get my fix with kcups. Which I do. Every single morning.

$5 Starbucks

Now, if only I could teach the goats to milk themselves. And clean out stalls, too. Ah, that would be the life.

But until then, I’m happy with my modern milkmaid life fueled by Starbucks kcups. 

Just use the rafflecopter below to enter (some options allow you to enter daily), and make sure to use a valid email so that I can contact you if you win. And stay tuned for more fun giveaways in the future!

Please note: EGift Cards can be used online and in store. However, some stores might require you to print out your eGift Card, while others will accept it on a smart phone. 

Best of luck and thank you for participating!!!

Now for the legal stuff: Contest will run from March 13, 2015 12AM CST until March 30, 2015 12AM CST. Open to entries from the US only. All entrants must 18 and over. One lucky winner will be chosen at random after the contest ends. The winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours with their eGift card. Announcement of the winner will be made on this blog within a few days of the contest ending. When signing in to Rafflecopter, be sure to include an email address so that I may contact you. EGift Cards may be used online to purchase products from or in store. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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DIY Fail

You know how much I love to DIY any and everything. 

And most of the time my little projects turn out well. But sometimes, eh. Not so good. Even downright horrendous. 

Which brings me to my latest DIY disaster. . . Ombre hair. 


I love anything ombre, even Kardashian-esque highlighted hair. And when I was quoted a price starting at $100 (starting at — which would most likely quickly reach the higher echelons of that price with my thick hair). My cheap self said, ‘Nothing doing.’

But the above result? Not quite what I was expecting. And after three days, it was back to normal, everyday reddish brown for me. 



The moral of the story, other than, been there, done there, and moving on, is this: I will not be following a certain ombre kit’s instructions to the letter again.