Friday, May 28, 2010

Thank You from Lucy Doo!

Don’t forget that my blog name has changed to Lucy Doo! I’m giving a discount at my online store to everyone who becomes a follower of my new blog or follows me on Twitter.  Instructions can be found at

You won’t want to miss out!!

Logo - Lucy Doo copy copy Happy Friday!!



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Monday, May 17, 2010

Big & Exciting News!

I’m changing my blog name to Lucy Doo!!

My new name stems from the new name of my jewelry business, Lucy Doo. As most of you know, I began my jewelry business almost 11 years ago as A Touch of Silver because I had mostly silver jewelry. The name remained as my business grew. Oftentimes over the years, I thought about changing the name, but wasn’t sure exactly when I should tackle such a huge project. I wanted the name to reflect what I have become. Well, I’ve decided there is no better time than today!!

You see, Lucy Doo was the name my mother called me as a little girl. She has absolutely no idea why, but the name stuck. “Lucy” nor “Doo” are in my name ANYWHERE! It was my “pet name” from my mom and I loved it! So, I thought is was such a perfect fit for my new company and blog name…very sassy and boutique-y, don’t you think?

Thanks, The Frilly Coconut, for my new design and logo! Friends, if you want to redesign your blog or just spruce up what you’ve got, let Jessica know. She’s fabulous and so easy to work with!  Get on her design list right away!!

So, please check out my new site and give me your opinion? Grab my button and pass the word!

Blessings to you,



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Under Construction

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Well, I’m taking a break from posting for a little while so that I can redesign my blog and my business website. Stay tuned!!  It’s going to be really great when it’s all done!!

Great things are on their way!!!

In the meantime, let’s chat on Twitter. My Twitter name is skoolaid. Follow me!! (I know you’re probably wondering where THAT name came from…..well, a sweet little girl that I met while on a mission trip to New Mexico couldn’t remember how to pronounce my last name so she just called me Mrs Koolaid!  It’s cute, don’t ‘cha think?)

I’ll be blogging again very soon.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Perfect pic of bluebonnets Have you ever SMELLED bluebonnets??? Oh, my goodness!! So sweet! No wonder the Bluebonnet is the Official State Flower of the Lone Star State. They’re amazing!!

Bluebonnets as far as you could see…

Fence & bluebonnets

We went for a drive this past weekend and found these gorgeous fields of wildflowers! I couldn’t take enough pictures. My family was giving me the “Come on, Mom” look with each snap, but I was in heaven. These fields were just outside of Brenham, Texas. Can you believe the color?  Feild of Yellow

It was breathtaking!




Ally Jayne & Zach yellow


My two buttercups. My sweet babies.



We were actually on our way to Round Top, Texas ? It just might be the cutest town in Texas. The population sign said there are 77 people that live there. Yes, I said SEVENTY-SEVEN! Adorable!!  I bet the town is pret-ty quiet…..except for 20 days during the year~ Late March/Early April and then again in late September/Early October. That’s when all of Texas, I think, comes to Round Top for shopping. You’ve never seen so many tents! There was furniture, new and old, iron pieces for every purpose imaginable, clothes (the cute boutique-y kind), and so many more things I could not even list. There’s no way to see it all in one day!

I was going for mainly one purpose: to find a hutch for my newly redecorated home office! (It’s my birthday today so I wanted a new piece of furniture!  Yay for me!) We were there 15 minutes, and I’m not exaggerating, and I found it! My husband kept saying, “Are you sure? Because we just got here.” I knew it was “it”. IMG_3456


I was SO excited! The best day to go to Round Top is the last day because they are wheelin’ and dealin’, my friends. They don’t want to take all of that stuff home!



So if you’re ever looking for a fun thing to do with the family or with your girlfriends, Round Top and Brenham are the place to go!

Ally Jayne in yellow 2

Zach in yellow flowers 2

 Good one of Zach  Good one of Ally Jayne




Sweet brother & sister in blue

Happy Spring!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Pain in My Side, Literally!

Okay, when your child has a stomach ache, does Appendicitis ever cross your mind? Just before Christmas, my daughter complained of severe cramping stomach pains. After EMS coming to the house in the middle of the night, a rush trip the next morning to the Pediatrician, and finally a trip to the ER, I really thought she had Appendicitis. Well, false alarm! It was a stomach bug that mimicked appendicitis! Ugh!

Well, little did I know that would be a dry run for the real thing…not with her, but with our son! I’ve had so many friends ask me how we knew what to do so I thought I’d tell you, my blogging friends. Here’s our story:

The last weekend of Spring Break, our son went to a church lock-in and came home complaining of a stomach ache. I gave him a really hard time for eating junk! I mean, I really quizzed him hard about what he ate! I mean it WAS at a pizza and games place for crying out loud! He listed the few things he ate, which would not have caused him to have a stomach ache, but I was skeptical.

All day that day, he complained of nausea and stomach pains. I treated it with TUMS and Maalox and told him to “go sit in the bathroom” because isn’t that what we moms say when our kids feel bad? “Oh, you’ll feel better if you’ll just go to the bathroom and sit there a while.” Why do we do that?? Is it a proven medical treatment to go to the bathroom when you feel bad? Crazy.

Anyway, our son finally vomited in the afternoon that day and he seemed to feel better.  (I know this is gross, but I feel it is important for you to know) When he vomited, it didn’t look like food. It was lime green and very watery. (Clue number 1….that was bile! Yuck!) He then took a really long nap and I thought, “okay, he must just have a touch of a bug”.

That night, he took a shower and said, “Mom, it was really tricky putting on my shorts because it hurts in my stomach when I raise my right knee/leg.”  After quizzing him more, he said when he raised his left leg it didn’t hurt; only the right. (Clue number 2….tenderness only on 1 side)

I asked him to lie down on the couch and let me check his tummy. He was definitely tender. So off to the ER we went.



After a CT Scan to confirm, our son was scheduled for a laparoscopic appendectomy for the next morning at 7:30 a.m..





After surgery and no complications, we were home by 4:30 p.m. that afternoon! Crazy!! Is it me or are does it seem like they perform surgery and send you right out the door not long after you wake up?




When we spoke with the surgeon ( who was FABULOUS!!), he explained why Appendicitis is so difficult to diagnose. He said the appendix does not hurt on it’s own. So you wouldn’t have pain strictly from the appendix. The only time it hurts is when it is touched. And some appendix flip under the intestines or other parts so when you press on the abdomen, you won’t actually pinpoint the location of the pain. We were lucky. 

After a week off from school, our sweet son is now back at school and doing nicely. We are so thankful to God for the insight to catch it early and to get treatment right away. God is good….all the time!



Monday, March 22, 2010

The Last of the Nest Tour

I think a Master Bedroom should be a place of refuge and peace. I chose a nice shade of sage green for the walls and we love it! When we close the drapes, it’s like a cave!

Master Bedroom

I like to decorate my home on a budget so when it was time to work on our bedroom, I looked for something dramatic to go above the bed. The wall space is so large, I needed something to fill the space.

I found 4 of these scrolled iron pieces and decided to make an arrangement over the bed. I think it cost me around $25 for the whole thing! Bargain!

Master Bedroom Window

The ceilings are so tall in our room and regular curtains wouldn’t work. I found these drapes at JCPenney’s (on a major sale!) and added fabric to coordinate at the bottom to lengthen them..

The knobs were tricky. I priced them (I needed 30!) and it would have cost a fortune to buy that many actual metal knobs. So I decided to get creative.

I found large unfinished wooden knobs online (for cheap, I mean CHEAP) and painted them black. I then rubbed metallic paint on top of the black to make them look like the metal above the bed.  

Knobs in Master Bedroom

Now how to attach them to the wall? I hot glued them to long sheetrock nails and nailed them into the walls. My mom found the drapery rings and clips at a discount store and Voila! –Custom drapes!!

Now, on to my son’s room…

You know, boys kind of get the raw end of the room deal. Usually, the girls get the bigger rooms, and admit it, they have the cooler room decorations! Right?

I wanted to create a room for my son that was “him”. He loves loved baseball. At the time we decorated his room, that is. Now he’s moved on to golf and has declared that golf is “his sport”. I’m cool with that! (I can drive a mean golf cart!!)

So, here is his cool room. You can do anything with denim, so when he wants to update it with his golf “stuff”, it will be an easy redo.

Zach's Room 2

Zach's Closet

I also made more space in his room by removing those lovely closet doors and replacing them with curtains. These were panels I found for $8 at a discount home store.


We have one more room in the house which is the study/home office. I’m starting that project this week! Oh, the joys of ripping down wallpaper border and painting. I hope it turns out in reality how it looks in my head!  I’m so excited because this is the last room in the house yet to be updated. I’ll post before and after pictures when it’s finished.

So, the moral of this tour is: You can look like you spent more money than you did if you just look around and get Creative!




Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nerf Party for Mason!


The party was to celebrate a little boy named Mason who has beaten cancer! What a great reason to have a party!! We were so excited to attend the Nerf Party hosted by Kristen at We are THAT family.  Bridget of Bake at 350 was there and so was Amanda of The Eck Life. We always love a reason to get together. What a party!

The weather did not cooperate, however, so the party was moved inside. The kids thought it was FABULOUS to get to shoot NERF guns inside!!














Nerf bullets were flying…kids were screaming….Moms and Dads were laughing. It was a party that would make Mason proud!

I pray that Mason will feel the love of others all across the country who have never met him but are praying for a long and healthy life for him! Way to go, Mason!

Dodging bullets in Texas,