Now that you know how Sweet Parrish Place was born, let me tell you a little bit more about me, the girl with the champagne taste and a tiny budget! I love God with all of my heart, I pray to him several times a day, and yet I sin and need forgiveness on a daily basis just like everyone else. I have three kids who I love very much, but at times they make me want to pull my hair out or take up smoking (cue all of the praying). Since its not a good idea to do either of those things, instead, I blog. That is the creative outlet that keeps me sane and helps me focus on me in a world where I am focusing on other people (my students or my kids) for most of my days.
My oldest is Delaney, she is 20 (almost 21) and she is a junior in college (studying fashion merchandising) and drop dead gorgeous (yikes!), who loves to sing, does some small town modeling on the side and is a barista at a coffee shop. She hopes to move to NYC one day and pursue a career in the fashion industry. Funny story involving her, recently one of my favorite bloggers, whom DOES NOT follow me on Instagram, started following her! And this blogger, whose name I will not mention, does not really know me and definitely does not know Delaney is my daughter! How does that happen? Curious about her Instagram feed now? Well go ahead, you can follow my daughter, but please, for the love of God, follow me too first! It’s one of my favorite places to hang out.
It was a dark period in my life where I became a shell of a person in many ways. I am still not finished writing it all down, but it is one of those stories that is hard to tell. I may be inspired to write more one day, we shall see. If you are someone who has read my story and want to know more, I would love for you to let me know that. I am just not sure how interested people are in hearing the whole thing.
Together, we had my youngest son, Gavin, Mr. 9 Year Old, my little angel face. He is a 9 year old sweetie pie who has the bluest eyes! He is in third grade, likes to draw, and make adorable little books, loves to swim for our local swim team during the summer and takes gymnastics. He is still my little snuggle bug, and I dread the day that he grows out of that, so I cherish every last snuggle.
I am an incurable vintage and thrift store junkie, DIY’er, crafter and Junk Gypsie wannabe. I believe that a few coats of paint can make anything better, I have never met a gallery wall I didn’t like, and fashion and personal style are in my soul. Although I am a West Virginia Mountaineer at the core, the beach is my jam! I consider myself a small town girl with big city dreams. I love easy listening music like David Grey, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Adele, and my favorite band of all time is the Eagles. A tiny piece of me went with Glenn Frey when he passed, but I am so happy that I was able to see them in concert a few years before.
I feel most at peace when my home is clean and organized, but that doesn’t always happen around here. If it has retro vibes, I will probably think it’s cool, and I have defined my design style as an eclectic, modern, polished casual style (and yes, I made that up, I’m allowed, I even have a Pinterest Board dedicated to it, read more about my design style here). Nothing beats waking up to a super sized cup of hot tea ( Lipton is my favorite) and several hours free to blog or work on a project to my hearts content. And just one more very important thing you need to know about me- I am a huge Tom Cruise fan. I know I know, his religion is weird. But I am a fan of his looks and his acting. I just pretend the religious schtuff doesn’t exist. And yes, I know he is short, but since I will probably never lay eyes on him, that really doesn’t matter, does it?
Sweet Parrish Place is a space for me to share things I love and things that matter to me: the DIY projects we do at our house, decorating, crafting, painting stuff, my personal style and the fashion I love, travel, my family, the subject of addiction, or anything I find beautiful, pretty, or interesting. Four 1/2 years ago, we moved into a 1996 split level in a great neighborhood to be closer to the kid’s school’s and activities, and it has made my life so much easier! It is a nice house in a great neighborhood, but needs a lot of tender loving care. I want this blog to be a reflection of myself, the things I love and what inspires me. When you read the pages of this blog, I hope you feel like you know me, like you are chatting with a friend. I want to have a conversation with you as well, I want to know who you are, and what makes you tick. Please comment away, and tell me all about yourself (after all, it’s only interesting if it’s a two way conversation). I view this blog as a place for me to go to get away from work and decompress, a platform for me to connect with like minded people. All of these things help restore my sanity and feed my soul. Really, Sweet Parrish Place is me sharing my heart and my life with you! Four years ago, after daydreaming about it for a long time, I decided to give blogging a whirl and follow my bliss. And guess what happened? It changed my life forever! Won’t you please join me on this journey?
Here are a few of my most popular posts just to wet your whistle:
DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall
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