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One of the things I so appreciate about blogging is being able to keep up with people I don’t see very often.  True, there are other platforms, like Facebook, where I see and share snippets of life, but to me a Facebook update is more like a wave “hello” at the grocery store and a blog post is more like an invitation into my home for a cup of coffee.

So what if I did have you into my home today for a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin?  What would we talk about?

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Well, first I’d laugh with you and feel embarrassed that it’s taken me almost 4 days to finish cleaning up my kitchen from having friends over this weekend.   :)  We planned a super simple Valentine’s themed playdate and guess what?

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You can’t not have fun with balloons, foam darts, big hearts, and rice krispie treats!

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Secondly, I’d probably tell you that we’re expecting another kiddo.  (Actually, you’d notice my belly right away so we’d probably talk about this first).   We are totally stoked to meet baby in early May!

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Next we might wander upstairs to put my daughter down for her nap.  The daughter who started out looking like this:

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And shows up on Instagram looking like this:

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And whose current favorite phrases are, “Oh!  Thank you, Mommy!” and “Aww….that’s so cute!”

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I imagine we’d talk about the little things that have been updated around our house lately.   I’d probably mention that I’ve been meaning to photograph a house tour for the blog for a long time.  One day I’ll really do it because who doesn’t love a good before and after?  You can always peek in at some Foolish for Light readers’ favorite home spaces here, or see my former one-bedroom apartment tour here.

Front door corner *before*

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Front door corner *after*

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And lastly, I’d say, “Hey, I’m giving away a really nice candle on my blog–you should totally enter to win it!”  I love giving things away;  my love language is gift giving, and I’m excited to promote this lovely Etsy shop owned by the friend of a friend.  The winner gets to choose his or her own scent!

The candle shop is called The Gilded Wick and I know you’re going to love Dayna’s clean-look design, totally natural ingredients, cozy wooden wick, and perfect scent options.  There are several other scents to choose from, but here are a few of the stand-outs to me:

Cedarwood and Cinnamon - Pure Essential Oil Candle

Cedarwood and Cinnamon – Pure Essential Oil Candle

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Pink Grapefruit, Coconut Soy Wax Candle

Tobacco Bay, Coconut Soy Wax Candle

Tobacco Bay, Coconut Soy Wax Candle

Win a gorgeous candle!  To enter:  just leave a comment on this blog post.  (If you’re reading in your email account, click over to the blog to leave your comment).  In your comment, share with me something you’d tell me if we were really chatting in person over coffee.  I’m excited to hear from you!  The winner will be chosen February 27th and contacted via email shortly after.

Bonus good news!  Even if you don’t win, The Gilded Wick is offering a COUPON CODE just for you Foolish For Light readers!  Use promo code FFL10 to score 10% off a fantastic candle for yourself or somebody special over at The Gilded Wick.  :)

If your dream is to peek into people’s homes, welcome to your dream come true!

Thank you to everyone who contributed a photo for the Favorite Place or Space Contest!  I feel like I creepily peeked into one of your windows know each of you a wee bit better.  ;)  Thanks for celebrating with me!  Thank you Lord for these spaces we love and call home.

First we feature Gretchen who shares her favorite space in her home–this lovely buffet table she showered with TLC!  I am loving Gretchen’s green living tips, charming photography, and other shenanigans over at New Fashioned Mom. 

Next you get to pop in to Ashley‘s pad!  She may be freshly relocated to a new state in a new corner of the country, but her classy country-meets-modern decor style traveled the miles with her.  She credits the blog Shanty-2-Chic for the twine letter how-to.

Maida is my new friend (yee haw!) via Brotherly Love Theatre Company, and I know she’d approve of me taking this opportunity to invite you to our company’s current project, the play 13 to 30.  Please feel free to click the links to learn more!

And now to Maida’s comfy-cozy living room…  :)

Maida says her apartment now dawns a “boy couch” and “girl couch” after a couch was mysteriously left abandoned in her apartment lobby for what appeared to be long-term.  Gotta love free!

Did you notice those great maps on Maida’s wall?  You’ll also notice some stellar wall art maps when you explore Autumn‘s children’s bedroom.  It is well-worth your time to click your way on over to her full-bedroom tutorial via her blog Space for Living.  Autumn’s blog name says it all–her kids have a great space for living, playing, crafting, and being a kid.  I am always getting ideas from Space for Living!

Well I’ll be honest, I’m drooling over Mayling‘s Craigslist-find writing desk pictured below.  She thanks her husband for getting it in working condition and says, “It is soooooo nice to have a space where there are no toys, school fliers, kid books, and bills.  It is where I journal about the day with the kids, prayer requests, and thoughts during my quiet time.”   Amazing.  (Like how I edited her writing desk with writing over top of the picture?  I admit to having way too much fun with this post, people.)

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Matt shares with us a backstage pass to his favorite spot in his home–what could possibly on earth be cooler than….wait for it….a drum building studio?  He gives a really neat tour on his blog matt vs. the real world, both of which are worth clicking over to.  Thank you, Matt.  I feel so much cooler having seen this.

Next we’ll take a peek at Kaui‘s favorite place:  a kitchen DIY project that increased her kitchen counter space and made for a more organized place to feed her family.  So clever!  I’m a fan.  Click the image below to see how she made it or explore her blog Thrifty Military Mommy. 

I would love to one day steal this next idea from Kate.  I adore the nook created by the placement of her bookshelves!  She calls it her corner of coziness, which sounds absolutely right.  Kate radiates positive energy on her blog Kate Moving Forward and guess what?

Kate was randomly selected to >>>win win win<<< the $40 giftcard for this giveaway.  CoNgRats!

Next up is Kayla‘s favorite space, a painting done by our mutual and extremely talented friend Sarah Mathos.  The painting brings joy and elicits awwws while hanging on the wall of Kayla’s guest bathroom.  Doesn’t it make your heart all fuzzy?

And who can resist a charming nursery?  Angel‘s is filled with meaning, too.  The picture above the crib is a pastel drawing she made when she was 13 and  loved unicorns.  After having it framed in her 20’s she realized she wasn’t quite so enamored with unicorns and didn’t have a good place to hang it until being blessed with a sweet baby girl.   Angel also made the mobile which was inspired by a photo she saw in a high-end catalog.  So thrifty and so cute.

This next submission is a really fun one for me.  My mom, Kathy, has turned my old half-painted Hello Kitty/Africa bedroom (sorry Mom!) into a bright, clean, and modern guest bedroom.  The picture below and on the right was once a closet;  she removed the doors and created this neat pampering nook.  Do you not just want to curl up in this room and cat nap?

Thanks for sharing your favorite space with us, Sally.  Below you’ll see a snapshot from her bedroom which I, in my awesome photo-editing madness, turned into a polaroid.  I love Sally’s bold bedding choices and symmetrical wall art display.

And lastly we end with a place submitted by my Grandpa :).  Turns out his favorite place is one of my favorites, too.  The view from my grandparents’ backyard–a lovely shot of the lake they live on in central Michigan.  I have countless memories here;  this picture reminds me it’s the memories–the people–that really bring our favorite spaces to life.

What’s a favorite place or space without someone to share it with?

Have a GREAT weekend!

Love, Stacy

Howdy and welcome!

I have decided to unveil my one bedroom apartment home to you during the month of September–not because my home is so trendy and neat that it should be featured in magazines–but that’s kind of the point.

It’s a work in progress and heck, aren’t we all?

Click below to play catch up if you need to:

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When it comes to our homes, there is always something more we could touch up, straighten up, fix up, sew up, or whatever-up, and I have to admit that I do sometimes struggle with perfectionism.

While I’m confessing, I’ll also throw this out there for kicks: for some reason I also get into patterns of thinking that if I am not the best at something, I just shouldn’t do it.  (For instance, I lived in Chicago for a year and a half with the dream of acting and never auditioned for a thing because  I couldn’t stand to think of myself failing.  It seems so….dumb….in retrospect.)

The problem is, if we resolve to only share the parts of our lives that feel polished, or the rooms of our house that feel photo worthy, or the weaknesses that seem not too bad–we’re not really sharing ourselves.  It’s like when Ben and I got married, he told me that if we hold back secrets from each other, we’ll always wonder, “I know he loves me now, but what if he knew this one thing I’d done?  Would he love me then?”  And so he and I have committed to share.  Let me tell you, it’s a beautiful, sweet, sweet thing.

Sooooo….. maybe I’m getting a little too deep with this home tour thing, but I have this weird condition where I see metaphors in almost anything so please, bear with me and my medical issues.  ;)

It’s been…well….freeing to share my place with you and I have truly appreciated the warm response.  Don’t worry, the last leg of the home tour is on it’s way in just a couple days.

But….from the beginning I’ve hoped this conversation might turn two way.  That is, I wonder if you might share part of your home with me and fellow Foolish for Light readers.

.:. I hereby announce the .:.

{you could win a $40 giftcard!}

 

I’d LOVE to see a picture of your favorite place or space in YOUR home!

It could be a desk you’ve refurbished.  The view from your backyard.  A whole room that you love.  A quiet reading nook.  A link to a home tour on your blog.  It could be ANYTHING.  It just has to be a place or space in your home or yard that you love–and my challenge is just to share it for what it is–even if it’s not perfect.

  • To enter, you may email your photo or a blog post link to foolishforlight@gmail.com.
  • A randomly selected participant will be announced the fourth week of October and will receive a $40 giftcard to the home improvement or craft store of your choice!
  • Please make your submission by Wednesday, October 17th with the understanding that your photo and/or link will most likely be shared on FoolishForLight.com.  If you don’t want your photo shared on a future Foolish for Light post, please do not enter.  Won’t you feel so famous to have your name in lights online?!  (Only your first name will be published.)
  • All past giveaway winners, my family, friends, strangers, enemies, acquaintances, and everyone else are welcome to enter.  I will be using random.org to generate the lucky duck winner.

I can’t wait to see your pictures.  Thanks for reading.  And sharing.

♥  stacy

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**This giveaway is now closed.  There have been two lucky winners….next time it could be you!  Become an email subscriber and never miss out on the goods.**

Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?

These lovely, sparkly, enchanting rings were hand-created with a {Foolish for Light} reader in mind!

And one could be yours forever.

 

Check out what my dear friend and talented jewelry designer Christina of Grace Creations said about the ring in a recent email to me:

I will support you in anyway I can think of, including a donation for a giveaway!  I just finished it and I hope you like it.  I thought about the name of your blog and made something that I think is sparkly (light) and foolish.  This ring really isn’t very practical but it’s pretty and a conversation starter and will allow whoever wins it plenty of chances to talk about your blog.

Christina, you are amazing.  I absolutely love this ring and agree it’s the perfect sparkly conversation piece.  Maybe whoever wears it will get to start up a random but divine conversation with a stranger like I talked about over here.  You just never know!

When Christina snail-mailed the ring to me, low and behold…..there was not just one foolish ring, but two!  I’m not going to lie, I really want to keep one, but alas, there will be two lucky winners!  :)

A note to my male readers:

don’t be shy!  What a great gift for someone special….mom, wife, niece, girlfriend.  Real men try to win nice things for girls.  Just sayin.

A note to my female readers:

if you love the ring like I do, maybe you should ask your husband, dad, baby brother, or nephew to log on to {Foolish for Light} for a minute and submit an entry for you.  That’s not cheating.  That’s creative!

Enter to win 1 of 2 Grace Creations rings by leaving a comment at the end of this post answering this question:

Or, alternatively you could comment something like “Hey, I want that ring.”

All current subscribers have already been given one freebie entry and can score a second entry by commenting on this post.  Anyone who subscribes between now and the end of the giveaway will also be given a freebie entry, so now’s a great time to subscribe if you’ve been thinking about it.  Unsubscribe at any time, ya’ll. 

{Click here to subscribe to receive emails when there are new Foolish for Light posts.  Fancy.}

Two randomly selected winners will be chosen before I go to bed on June 30th and announced on July 1st.  ;)

After you’ve subscribed and commented, check out  Christina’s fun mix of jewelry, clothes, even Scottie dog back packs (for only $27?!)  at her Etsy shop.

Click image to go to the listing on Etsy and see more pictures of this darling tote.

Christina’s creativity reminds me that we are made in the image of God, and not just any ol’ God, but a God who creates!  When we create, we look a little bit like the Father who made us.  Christina’s creativity–all creativity–is a mark of our maker and just look at Christina use her gifts to bless others.  That’s what I’m talking about.

Much love from my corner of the world to yours,

Stacy

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**This giveaway is now closed.  There has been a lucky winner….next time it could be you!  Become an email subscriber and never miss out on the goods.**

As a huge thank you for reading and a chance to dialogue about something silly,

I’m super pleased to announce the next

{foolish for light}  giveaway!

To enter to win the goodies below, leave a comment at the end of this post with your answer to the following question:

If you could only drink one beverage in addition
to water for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

I’m excited to hear your response!  A randomly selected winner will be chosen on

April 28th and will score these coffee supplies plus the stationary set below:

{1}  The genius gadget every latte lover must own:  a hand-held frother!  (There are two photos of it above).  That’s right, froth up your creamer by sticking this little wand into your milk or cream and enjoy the buzz of the frother for about 10 seconds.  Then try adding your tea or coffee of choice, and instantly you’ll find yourself slurping a deliciously simple, fancy-tasting Starbucks substitute only minutes after you roll out of bed towards the coffee maker whispering “coffee….coffeeeee…..”  ;)

{2}  One 11 oz bag of Toasted Almond Dunkin Donuts coffee.  And if you’re thinking toasted almond isn’t for you, no frets.  I’m enclosing a gift receipt–you go right ahead and pick out a flavor you love.  I, for one, couldn’t resist that cheery sunshine!

{3}  The images below all started as photographs taken by the lovely Elise at Ducklips Photography She has been extraordinarily kind in allowing me to turn some of her photography into stationary.  She and I share in a love/obsession with light, and we hope this 4 card, 4 envelope stationary set will bring light to a lucky winner and his/her recipients.  I’ve never made cards quite like this before;  what do you think?:

 

 

 

 

 

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Ready to enter?  Have you selected your lifetime beverage?  Leave your comment below!

Lastly, a huge shout out to Ducklips Photography.  For those in the Santa Rancho Margarita, California area–you gotta check this girl out!  And if you’re like me–happy in the Midwest but wondering what people on the West coast are seeing–don’t be a stranger to her Facebook page.

…good luck in the giveaway!…

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