It’s A Problem…

Ok, let me start out by saying, I have missed you guys desperately.  I apologize for the blog interruption, but a funny little thing happened to me post Alt.

A Guide to The Alt Summit by Grace Ray of The Big Reveal

Wait a minute, why did she say that was funny? That doesn’t seem funny at all.

Ok, so not funny in a haha way, but in retrospect there are aspects of this story that are kinda tragic funny.  The short version is getting back from Alt was a little nightmarish and put quite a strain on my body.  After being back just briefly, I had what amounted to an allergic reaction to a medicine I’ve been taking for almost two years and landed in the hospital.  

Here is what struck me as funny…I was in a Starbucks (for the second time that day) getting coffee when I suddenly doubled over in pain, started shaking, made quite a scene, and had to go to the ER.  Was I upset about going to the hospital? Nope. Worried because I felt like I was dying? Not in the least. Was I mad  because I had to leave my coffee behind? Um, yes, yes I was.  Let me let that sink in for a minute…

A Guide to Alt Summit by Grace Ray of The Big Reveal

Mad love for ya, Mr. Bean.

The definition of insanity: Laying on a gurney and mentally wailing “But, I paid for that coffee! Can’t I just get it to go???”

I won’t even mention the entirely-serious-though-masked-as-joking conversation I had with the nurse about starting an IV drip o’ coffee. She laughed it off and stuck me with this…

A Guide to Alt Summit by Grace Ray of The Big Reveal

Next time, I’d prefer the dark roast…

Let’s just keep the fact that I went to the Starbucks drive through on the way home from the hospital between us, shall we? My husband didn’t find that part funny at. all.   In coffee’s defense, there is literally no medical evidence it was in any way related to my reaction, so really, why’s he gotta hate?

In any event, I am back in business and ready to drop some super awesome posts your way.  I miss you all and have tried to at least like tons of pictures on Instagram and leave the odd Facebook comment while I was rockin’ the recovery on my couch, but haven’t really posted much all week.  Somehow I felt like the picture of my IV was not terribly Instagram worthy…

I have an upcoming mega post on Alt and then a full week of excitement next week.  If you don’t want to miss a second, jump on up into the side bar and subscribe. It would make me super happy and while I’m not technically a medical professional, I would imagine totally fuel my healing. 

Till next time,

Grace


The Found & Foraged Linky Party: Vol. 10

Found and Foraged Linky Party

{If you are new to this party, Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. It’s for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home or wardrobe.}

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

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THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

Hello, friends!  This has been such an awesome week.  I’ve been hanging with my girls Laura & Kyla at the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City!  Right about now I am on a plane bound for Minneapolis, so while I’m not partying live tonight, I can’t wait to check out all your wonderful links! 

Let’s check out our features from last week. And, don’t forget to stop by Kyla & Laura’s blogs to see their special features as well.

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Weekend Wearables: Vol. 2

Weekend Wearables by The Big Reveal Blog's Grace Ray Featuring Lee Jeans & The LimitedBy the time you read this, I will be en route to Salt Lake City for the Altitude Summit!  I can. hardly. wait. As I’ve gotten ready for the event, I had to do the inevitable round of shopping. I wasn’t looking for a daytime look, but stumbled on this jacket and an unexpected outfit was born! 

Weekend Wearables by The Big Reveal Blog's Grace Ray Featuring Lee Jeans & The Limited

Weekend Wearables by The Big Reveal Blog's Grace Ray Featuring Lee Jeans & The LimitedI usually love to combat these Minnesota gray & snowy days with bright pops of color, but today I decided to fight the grey with a lot of my own.  I am in love with the monochromatic palette! The real star of the show is the wrap style jacket. It beckoned to me from the window as I passed by the store and I couldn’t deny it’s siren song. (And, really, at 40% off, I didn’t stand a chance.) Continue reading


A DIY Leather & Vintage Brooch Cuff Tutorial

A Vintage Brooch & Leather Cuff DIY by The Big Reveal Blog

Whenever my mother-in-law, Sandy, and I get together, there is sure to be some crafty business.  She is definitely my crafting partner in crime. About 4 years ago, she renovated the entire top floor of her old Victorian to be a craft & play room for when Lulu and I come over.  When I went home for Christmas, I knew we would have plenty of time to craft to our little heart’s content. Enter this beautiful little cuff.

About 6 months ago, I picked up a leather cuff bracelet in a small boutique and it quickly became my favorite bracelet. Everywhere I went people were constantly complimenting me and I instantly wanted about 10 more. By the time I could afford more, the store was down to its last few styles and none of the styles left really suited my fancy. Over Christmas break Sandy pulled out a box full of no less than 40 mint condition vintage brooches and asked if we could make our own.  A plan was hatched and crafting commenced. Continue reading


The Found & Foraged Linky Party: Vol. 9

Found and Foraged Linky Party

{If you are new to this party, Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. It’s for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home or wardrobe.}

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

F O L L O W  U S 

THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

Hello, Linky Partiers!  Tonight I am celebrating and I am so happy to be celebrating with you!  My dear niece Bristol was welcomed into the world yesterday!  Her Momma gave us quite a scare and was in ICU overnight.  By the grace of God, she is doing much better tonight and is finally going to get to meet her baby and shower her with love!  We are so very thankful and blessed beyond belief.  My dear friends, Laura & Kyla, were true prayer warriors and have been amazingly supportive. If you ever need a prayer, tell Laura Irion, because that girl wrote me one THE most beautiful prayers I have ever read. Such good friends. So very thankful.  It is truly time to celebrate tonight!

Let’s dive right in! Here are the lovely Found & Foraged projects that Kyla, Laura & I were head over heels for plus my pick for the week.  Don’t forget to stop by Avery Street Design and House of Hipsters to see their pick of the week, too!  Continue reading


Currently Crushing: A Gallery from Minted

Currently Crushing: A Gallery of Minted Artwork selected by The Big Reveal

{Currently Crushing is a series dedicated to those things I just can’t get out of my head, that make my heart go pitter patter, and that I think show full on marriage potential…}

From the moment we moved into this house, I have been desperate to change the open concept living room, kitchen and dining room combination.  While my first inclination is to drive a bull dozer straight through them and start from scratch, I am neither currently in possession of a bull dozer nor do I expect to be in possession of one in the near future.  That leaves me with taking the slower, though oft traveled road of making affordable changes to the existing space. I’ve given a lot of thought to what changes I want that are absolute necessities and what changes I can live without making.  

As part of the overall design plan, I’ve decided to paint all of the walls white which leaves me with a blank slate to start building the layers of a well-dressed space.  Before I move a muscle or spend a dime on the project, I want to nail down all the facets from the tile for the fireplace to the art that will adorn the walls. 

As I started to think about inspiration for my space, I couldn’t help but think of my sister’s newly design living room. When I was at my sister’s house over Thanksgiving, I fell hard for this space. Continue reading


10 Fresh Beauty Buys

10 Fresh Beauty Buys by The Big Reveal Featuring It Cosmetics, Smashbox, Younique, Benefit, and Billion Dollar BrowsI have a bit of a problem. I love makeup so much, like so. very. much.  It started back in college when I did makeup for our performances and just grew from there. I love trying out new products and sometimes I stumble onto some that are absolutely worthy of passing on.  

Going to the Alt Summit next week gave me the perfect excuse (as if I need one) to try out some new products and these are the 10 that just about changed my life. 

10 Fresh Beauty Buys by The Big Reveal Featuring It Cosmetics, Smashbox, Younique, Benefit, and Billion Dollar Brows

1. Billion Dollar Brows – The single greatest thing that you can do for your face is fill in your brows. Period. Over Thanksgiving, I had my brows done by an amazing brow artist in NYC with my sister.  She recommended this brow powder and I was amazed at the difference. So amazed that I actually took a selfie (which given my absolute aversion to selfies is a big endorsement.) It is a great very natural looking filler that stays on all day. She chose light brown which is the perfect color for most medium to light haired lasses like myself, but there are many more shades for the perfect match if you fall in a different color range.

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Year Without Fear 2015: Goal Setting

Year Without Fear 2015 by The Big Reveal Blog

 

Disclaimer: I tried to write this post all. week. long. But, I couldn’t. I was so very negative that I couldn’t think of anything nice to say.  And, like my Momma said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.  

2014 was amazing.  So amazing.  But, for some reason 2015 has it out for me.  It has been so very difficult.  We got home from visiting our family back in Virginia in wee hours of Friday morning. Our day was wasted between the exhaustion of a 19+ hour car ride and unpacking the spoils of a Christmas spent with three families.  Shortly after we got home, we discovered black water leaking into my daughter’s room all over her beautifully decorated bed. (Just FYI, brackish water does not get the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.) Little did we know that was just the tip of the iceberg. We found a sopping wet attic and now we are up to our eyeballs with insurance companies and roofing companies and inspectors and blergh… In the midst of it all, my husband hurt his back, I got sick, the car broke down…do you see where this is going?  It has been like a misery snowball that just keeps growing and growing.

My favorite moment during this week of trials and tribulations was going outside to find my son’s cherry pepsi can had exploded in the subzero Minnesota winter all. over. my. car. It literally looked like a crime scene. And, in that moment, I thought quite irrationally that someone had met their end in my car. I almost came undone. A sad moment of morbid hilarity.

I generally like to think of myself as resilient and sometimes even strong, but this week, every droplet was like a flood. With the successes of 2014, I wanted to catapult into 2015 to see what magical wonders awaited and instead it feels like I got trebucheted into a wall. 

I was pretty much at the end of my rope and just moments away from throwing a full on pity party (and it would have been fabulous) when rays of hope finally started to filter past the grips of gloom and doom. Finally. 

Year Without Fear 2015: Goal Setting by The Big RevealIt’s hard to plan the future when you are feeling like a sad sack, so thankfully I have been pulled out of my misery spiral.  I’m feeling ready to face 2015 with the fearless face I had in 2014.  I’ve already recapped my 2014 Year Without Fear journey, so it is time to jump into what my goals for this year are.

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The Found & Foraged Linky Party: Vol. 8

Found and Foraged Linky Party

{If you are new to this party, Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. It’s for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home or wardrobe.}

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

F O L L O W  U S 

THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

My word for the week has been “Blergh!”  It has just been one of those kinda weeks where nothing seems to be going well.  I am excited to party with you all tonight, because parties make everything better, right?  

Let’s dive right into features, shall we? Here are a few projects that get two thumbs up from the gang. Continue reading


Year Without Fear 2014: A Year In Review (Part Deux)

Year Without Fear 2014: A Year in Review (Part Deux) by The Big Reveal BlogYesterday I started reflecting on all the progress I made on my Year Without Fear goals in 2014, but since things were starting to get a little long, I decided to split them into two parts. I promise to finish this one in under 1600 words! (Ok, I lied. I probably can’t make that promise. It was such an awesome year and I am so grateful that I’m probably going to be hard to stop.) 

Just a quick review:

Goal #1: Start a blog:  While life isn’t technically graded, I’m gonna give myself a gold star for this one, because I like positive reinforcement and gold. 

Goal #2: Learn to shoot my DSLR in manual: If I’m sticking with a star system, I’d have to go with silver, but since I really don’t look good in silver, I’m going to eat this piece of chocolate instead. Hey, like I said, I like positive reinforcement and I will work for chocolate (just a note to any sponsors out there…)

So let’s dive in!

Goal #3: Decorate my house in my own style: So, apparently this decorating a whole house thing takes a lot more time and money than I had hoped for. (Who knew?) I did get a good start on a few projects around the old casa.  The first space I tackled was our spare bedroom.  Continue reading