September 28, 2011

Before. After.

As proof that I don't just make things for others,
my apartment is full of things I've made.

Flowers on red throw pillows


Ruffles on brown throw pillows


Painted Table
before & after

Cork Board
before & after

Dry Erase Board
before & after

September 27, 2011

New Look

After a long process, Hazel Street Designs finally has a new look!
I love how this logo turned out!

And introducing my new web site!

Check it out & let me know what you think.

Special thanks to Sara at slim design!

September 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today's my mom's birthday

The big 6-0!!

Though I'm sure you'll all agree with me her looks defy her age

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Mom & me

Mom & Aly

Mom & Bryant

Mom & all us kids

Mom & Dad

September 20, 2011

Will Make Your Paths Straight

This verse has been on my heart lately,
so of course I added it to a photo!

September 11, 2011


(credit: http://gothamist.com/tags/tributeinlight)

10 years.

10 years ago today I turned on the tv in the lobby of our office & watched as the news unfolded from "a small plane hit the World Trade Center" to "we're under attack".

After all these years, I still get choked up when I hear the stories of that day, or watch the now familiar images on tv.

My junior year in college (April 1998), I went with my Personal Finance class on a trip to New York. We stayed at the hotel beneath the Twin Towers, and even went to the top of one of the towers to take in the view.

Here are some photos from that trip. They seemed insignificant at the time.

Truthfully, until that trip, I'd never really heard of the World Trade Center. I knew New York for the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building & Rockefeller Center. But now, those towers are so much a part of my life, reshaping everything around us in 2001.

May the peace of God be on those who lost loved ones on that tragic day. And may God bless the men & women who fight for our freedom every day.

Lamentations 3:20-23
I will remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

September 7, 2011

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall.

It's hard to believe it's September already! Why does summer always seem to go by so quickly?

As my ode to warm weather, sunny skies & longer days...here are my favorite photos & memories from the Summer of 2011

May 26 - iced coffee on one of the first warm days

June 16 - first strawberries of the season

June 25 - el train

June 26 - Navy Pier

June 26 - purple flowers

June 29 - trees full of leaves

July 4 - rose bushes

July 4 - gorgeous sunset

July 7 - ripples in the lake

July 7 - South Haven Lighthouse

July 7 - planters of flowers

July 11 - Chicago sunset

July 14 - first blueberries

July 21 - 100 degrees

July 26 - Oak Street beach

July 28 - county fair

July 28 - country farm

August 22 - watching a friend's little guy as she went back to work

August 26 - freshly washed tomatos from the market

August 27 - "My Fair Lady" in the park

September 1 - empty beach


and a glimpse of what we have to look forward to