The Newest Room In Your House: The Patio
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by {darlene}

It is hard to believe how fast the days fly, and summer is nearly here!

ALMOST time to sit by the fire pit. ALMOST time to watch the sun set and listen to crickets and chase fireflies. Yep. I think I am ready.

Patio planning is not on the radar at Fieldstone Hill for another 2 years (hello. kitchen.), but that does not stop me from my full time job: DREAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had this image in my Inspiration Outdoors Pinboard (I would love for you to join me over at Pinterest!) for several years now, and I STILL love it just as much. That is how you really know when something is a keeper. The greens and the whites just grab me, and I love a classy pergola and outdoor chandy!:

bhg patio

I wrote a fun article over at BHG. com, all about Five Brilliant Ways to Redo the Patio. Hop on over there for the 5 ways you can see your patio as an actual extra room for your house.

Inside Out, I say!

See you over at BHG! Let me know how you like the article, friends!!! xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A heart to heart:

I love these oils. I am SO thankful for them, and at this point, I truly can’t imagine my life without them. I remember a moment, about a year ago, when the thought came to me: what if I NEVER had my Stress Away again? What if I had to go back to life before YL’s peppermint (THE best peppermint in the world)? What if I couldn’t smell Frankincense again? It reminded me how precious these oils truly are, and why they are mentioned over 180 times in the Bible, the most historically cross-referenced book in all of history.

I know that not all of you who are reading this are parents, but to those who are: I never want to go back to that time when I had to tell my kids, “I’m so sorry honey, there is nothing I can do.” There is always something available to safely and naturally support my kids’ wellness and to soothe them and ease even their worries. Friends, to me, this is PRICELESS. Priceless, I tell you.

If you don’t yet feel this way about essential oils, I challenge you: TRY THEM AND USE THEM. And, trust me.. you WILL. You will one day wake up and realize that you have gotten rid of toxins in your bathroom cabinet, your beauty cabinet, and your under-sink cabinet. And that will merely be the side-benefit.

This morning, I am thankful for all that Young Living and these oils have blessed me with: Wholesome Wellness. Healthy Abundance.

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This blog post is generously sponsored by my YL. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness #MyHouseSmellsLikeASpa

Questions? Head here:

Why Everyone is into Essential Oils, and are they for me? A NO NONSENSE guide to answer your questions. via @fieldstonehill www.fieldstonehilldesign/young-living

 

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Master Designer Photo Series: Fuchsia Mushrooms
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by {darlene}

Master Designer Photo Series:

Fuchsia Mushrooms

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One of my favorite topics is: chatting about the GLORIOUS beauty and STYLE of Creation, and how we were meant to be creators and designers as well: The dance between fine design and the creations of God himself.

The image below, meant to spark the imagination and inspire your design dreams, is a part of my Master Designer photo series.

The series is a collection of simple photo reflections, as well as inspiring quotes, on…

the Audacious Creations of God – shown along side the Audacious Creations of Man, God’s Masterpiece. #MasterDesigner

Bold design comes from our Creator, and we can find confidence in boldly being ourselves, because nothing is more bold or audacious than He.

 

Fuchsia Mushrooms.

“Beauty is so much more than we think it is.” – Darlene Weir

Master Designer Mushroom Collage

{image credits via fashionmilk}

Did you ever ponder WHY God created Fuchsia Mushrooms? Why do you think He did?

Perhaps you can be moved to create something lovely. something bold.

Be inspired by this Audacious Glory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This blog post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness #MyHouseSmellsLikeASpa

Questions? Head here:

Why Everyone is into Essential Oils, and are they for me? A NO NONSENSE guide to answer your questions. via @fieldstonehill www.fieldstonehilldesign/young-living

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Empty Pitcher (when you have nothing left to give) #PitcherGirls
Sunday, March 20, 2016 by {darlene}

I have missed this space and I have missed you! In fact, I have tried to sit down and write a post countless times, because this space and this fellowship is sacred to me. Because “Living with Beauty” is my calling and I love pouring this calling out upon other women. But the words won’t come. I just stare at the screen, and the only words that come are:

“I have nothing left to give.”

Have you ever felt that way? Completely depleted?

There is this particular expression that I have carried through my adult life, that I attribute to my mom, and I have found it to be true again and again:

You can’t pour water from an empty pitcher. (<- tweet this)

Pitcher Girls

For the last year+ in fact, my pitcher is barely staying full. I have about 1 droplet left in my pitcher.

This is only to be expected. I have a toddler. I homeschool two very active boys. I am a wife. I am a business owner.  I am a daughter and sister and friend and church member and co-op member and an artist and a designer and a writer and a dream-weaver.  My life is FILLED to the messy brim, you could say, and yet… my pitcher is empty. Indeed, I have nothing left to pour out.

And if I am being honest with you (which, why the heck not?)… I would tell you:

I have been blaming my circumstances for my emptiness.

But it is not the truth.

Circumstances are hard. Some circumstances are impossibly hard. But, oh my, I am old enough to know that LIFE itself is hard. If I am going to let hard circumstances empty me… then I am resigned to a lifetime of feeling tapped out. Empty.

Yes, this season I am in is a brief season and a trying season. No, my baby won’t always be in her terrible twos. My boys won’t always be navigating growth spurts and pre-adolescence. I will not always feel defeated and feel invisible. But the next hard-thing WILL come along, that is rest assured.

If I want to live my life with a full pitcher, then I am going to have to learn how to do it in the MIDST of hard things.

 

So, when I finally admit that things cannot go on with empty-pitcher status, I do the only thing that ever really works:

I return to the Word of God, with FULL admittance that I am not in control and cannot do this alone.

Oh, yes. I have long known ‘to Whom I shall go’ to be filled… and I laugh at myself that, for some thick-headed reason, I need to learn this lesson OVER AND OVER again. Because, I am always delighted that, just like clockwork, when I go to the Word, I am reminded that:

when I feel trapped in a cave, I have a God who specializes in coming into our darkness.

when I feel stuck in a pit with slippery walls, there is always a Hand reaching down for me. I simply have to admit my need and take the hand.

when I am knee deep in the lies that deplete my full Pitcher…..

The pride lie that says, “You should be able to do it all.”

The fear lie that says, “You will never get out of here.”

The comparison lie that says, “Look at everyone else. They have it all figured out.”

there is a way to stop these lies in their tracks: We must cover the lies with Truth.

 

But here’s the rub. Sometimes we know that Truth sits just across the room, sitting on a shelf, waiting for a minute of our time. And we just cannot seem to get there ourselves. THAT, my friends, is when we NEED EACH OTHER.

We have to reach out in humble hope to dear friends who can point us to the Truth. Reach out to those, with flesh on their bones, who can call out the nasty lies for what they are and speak truth over our lives. And DON’T believe the lie that no one wants to be there for you, no one loves you and you are alone.

Instead, type out the humbling message to your friend:

“I need you to speak Truth into my life. I am spiraling in the empty spaces.”

 
Don’t sit around with an empty Pitcher, waiting. There is Living Water that is ready to fill it at a moment’s notice.

 

A very important Post Script:

I highly recommend gathering a very small group of women, those who you know bring out the best in you – in Truth, and making a sincere effort to meet with them on a monthly basis. The goal being: filling each other’s Pitchers with Truth. These girls in my life are my Pitcher Girls. I need them, and I don’t want to do this life without them! #Pitcher Girls

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This blog post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness #MyHouseSmellsLikeASpa

Questions? Head here:

Why Everyone is into Essential Oils, and are they for me? A NO NONSENSE guide to answer your questions. via @fieldstonehill www.fieldstonehilldesign/young-living

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The 3000 Thing Challenge
Thursday, December 31, 2015 by {darlene}

The 3000 Thing Challenge

Do you own stuff? Or does your stuff own you? Join me in the 3000 Thing Challenge!

3000 Thing Challenge via @fieldstonehill

Every once in a while, I get so tired of it, I could scream.

Stuff takes OVER.

And you have heard me say here before that “You cannot have a beautiful space if it is filled with junk.” Tough love? Maybe. But it is true. If you look around you and see clutter and pieces and papers and piles… you will not experience the freedom that comes with a beautiful, clean slate.

In the month of January, I am taking a simple challenge that I heard about from my friend Nicole. I decided to make it a “Thing,” and I do so hope you will join me!!!

Do you own stuff? Or does your stuff own you? Join me in the 3000 Thing Challenge! #declutter #3000ThingChallenge (<-Tweet This)

All you need to do is get rid of 3000 Things in the month of January.

Give them away. Donate them en masse. Throw them out. Get them out from under your roof. 3000 things.

Go one drawer at a time. One closet at a time. Do a little each day. Or go to town for 5 days straight. Or dive in each weekend.

But imagine how much lighter you could feel in the New Year if you owned your stuff, instead of it owning you?? I, for one, am done with being a slave to a bunch of things!

For people who are overwhelmed at the thought… just think: you could probably toss at least 100 things from your junk drawer of pens and pencils alone! 100 little things a day will add up to 3000 things (+ or -) in the first month of 2016!

Are you ready to start this year a little lighter?

If so, comment below and tell us all that you are IN!!!

PS There are a zillion awesome posts out there on the HOW of decluttering. Just do a quick Pinterest search and you will find something great. Questions you can ask yourself, etc. My advice? I just chant “Be ruthless. Be ruthless. Be ruthless.” when I declutter. You can do this!

 

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness #MyHouseSmellsLikeASpa

Questions? Head here:

Why Everyone is into Essential Oils, and are they for me? A NO NONSENSE guide to answer your questions. via @fieldstonehill www.fieldstonehilldesign/young-living

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