i am home

Yesterday I renamed the blog - its now "A Daisy Today" and here is why.

After my Mamaw (Daisy) passed, my mom, my sisters, my dad, and I would find ourselves thinking about the good times we had with Mamaw, the funny things she used to say, and all the things she loved - cooking, sewing, creating, family.  We started calling these things - "A Daisy A Day."  Little happy moments and memories that made us feel closer to the one we loved which we would share with each other or remind each other of during particularly difficult times.  That is what our business is all about - sharing Mamaw's love and legacy with the world through a medium of creating things that make us smile.  Just as an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so a daisy a day keeps sadness at bay.  So this blog is now dedicated to sharing with you little "daisies" that have shaped us as they happen. I can't tell you these will always be sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns, but it will be something that is meaningful and important to me.

So I recently found this artist whose music seems to be unwritten heartbeats to my soul.  Her name is Christina Perri.  You may know her song - "Jar of Hearts."  It's completely amazing!  Her newest single out is called "Arms" and I thought I would share the lyrics with you because they are beautiful and pretty much sum up what I think love looks like for me.  Home is where ever you are loved and feel safe to be exactly who you are.  This is something that I must say that I am blessed with from my parents but also from God.  Knowing Him and how much He loves us has completely opened my heart and changed my perspective on myself and everything else under the sun!  Now this song is not a "Christian" song but it just summarizes how I am feeling right now.

I never thought that you would be the one to hold my heart
But you came around and you knocked me off the ground from the start

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go
You put your arms around me and I'm home

How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around
I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

The world is coming down on me and I can't find a reason to be loved
I never wanna leave you but I can't make you bleed if I'm alone

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
And I've never opened up
I've never truly loved 'Till you put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

You put your arms around me and I'm home


my daisy today

To quote a popular movie, "daisies are the friendliest flower."  They really are friendly, and perhaps its because they look like every picture every child has drawn of the sun or maybe because they just make you smile when you see them.  I don't really have an answer as to why - I just know that they are.  Today, we got some gerbera daisies (yes that is really how you spell that and yes I know it looks crazy) - I digress, we got some daises at the florist today, and I just instantly become obsessed with them.  Sometimes I feel like daisies were created just for me - now I know its a tish selfish and childish, but they make me smile and remind me of Mamaw.  So, I thought I would share them with you!

I hope these daisies made you smile and above are some pictures of a couple of other things that make me smile - new school color, bow headbands! Also my niece - Madison!  She is not feeling well, and they are afraid she may have pneumonia..  So if you would not mind keeping her in your prayers, we would all appreciate it! She is just my heart!

What makes you smile?



Okay, so yesterday I was in a crappy mood, and as I believe in sharing, everyone knew I was in a crappy mood.  I was mean, sarcastic, and pretty much the worst version of myself.  It was not pretty at all.  Well to recover from the B!+*#% attitude I had, I stayed home by myself last night while Candace went to church.  Just as she was pulling out of the driveway to give me my time alone, the weather went south and I found myself wishing I was no longer by myself.  Isn't life always that way? We finally get what we want and we realize we don't want it anymore.  But I digress.  It wasn't long before it stopped thundering and lightning (Bipolar Southern Summer Weather), and I began to decompress and unwind.  I can't tell you why I chose yesterday to tap into the inner 7th grade girl, but a little alone time seemed just the trick to cure me of that.

So first and foremost, I am sorry for yesterday.  Second, I was perusing a blog that I recently found and love written by a very talented local business-woman and stumbled upon this post. It was the wake-up call/slap in the face I needed and deserved after yesterday.  I began to think not about this mood, but about what I am thankful for and the good things that have happened lately.  I was quickly humbled and embarrassed.  So I wanted to leave you with a few things that remind me not to be witchy.

* My family is amazing - I have the best parents in the world that are a continual blessing. They literally rock!
* Candace - my sister and business partner who is also my best friend.  Her talent continues to astonish me.
* A Daisy A Day - the business feels like a blessing God just dropped into our lives that allows us to be creative and make a little money as well!
* Mona Lisa's Boutique - the business we work in and live in the back that lets us pay rent and eat (the rent is ridiculously inexpensive!!!)  And Mona, the owner, is one of our best friends.
*Our church - CrossPointe Community Church!!! Such a healing place that allows us to be exactly who are - no masks, no facades.  It's amazing!  If you don't have a church home, come check us out!

I could go on and on and on, but I will stop for now!  I hope you all have a great, non-B!+*#Y day!

Much love!


words to express the heart

I have sat down to write a new post for the past few days, but I just couldn't find the words.  Well until now that is.  I think I may have found just a few words to express a tish bit of what's been going on in my heart and my head for the past few days.
  1. I miss my Mamaw.  I love the business that Candace and I have founded in her honor, and I love sharing her love with the world.  However, I would give it all away for more time with her.  This weekend, I was a little under the weather, and my mom put up some strawberry figs.  You may find this a strange combination, but it was exactly this combination that took my breath away.  Nothing made me feel better than the embrace of my Mamaw - something about that tight squeeze and the way she smelled made everything right in my world.  And there is nothing that reminds me of her more than canning fruit.  When we were little girls, Mamaw put up everything in cans.  She made blueberry, plum, peach, strawberry, and fig jams and jellies.  The scent of fruit cooking on the stove takes me back to that kitchen.  So as I sat at Mama and Daddy's house looking at a picture of Mamaw and Papaw with Mom and Candace were cooking the figs, I had to take a minute to fight back tears and emotions that came upon me faster than I ever expected.  Even now as I write this I am teary eyed and trying to hold it all in.
   2.  In all this sadness and pain of loss, I am reminded of just how awesome God is.  He is the God who has me and you "inscribed on the palms of His hands." (Is 49:16)  He is the God who sees what we are going through and says "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you - I have called you by name; You are MINE." (Is 43:1)  He is Jesus that needed to get away after the death of John the Baptist (Matt 14:13) and Jesus who wept at the passing of Lazarus (John 11).  So when I am sad and missing my Mamaw, I know that I serve a God who has been there and experienced those same emotions.  He does not demean or belittle your suffering nor does He tell you to just get over it, but He has compassion to the point that He suffers right along with you and me (Matt 14).  I don't know about you, but that is so completely comforting to me.
  3.  I think its okay to live in the painful moments for a time.  I remember bits and pieces of conversations either in movies or reality that stick with me, and one particular conversation was one that a doctor had with a patient that was experiencing great physical pain.  I can't tell you where or when this comes from. He told the patient to breathe in, relax, and really feel the pain.  That being tense and trying to avoid feeling the pain would actually hurt worse and longer than accepting you are in pain and relaxing into the pain.  I have found that this advice actually works.  Taking the waves of pain and sadness and breathing and relaxing and admitting that it hurts to miss someone brings intense relief for my soul.  You must ride the wave of pain but be okay with getting off - don't stay in the darkness and live in the pain until the point that you can no longer come out of it. There is a time and a SEASON for everything.  (Ecc 3)  Don't let the pain overtake your life.

I hope to live my life that honors the memory of my Mamaw and brings glory to the God who loves me and gets me.  I also hope that my pouring my heart out into this blog at least helps one person.


a week in a day

So, this past week has been so incredibly busy that I feel like I have just caught up with the rest of the world.  It has been just crazy.  But I thought I would share some of the new things we have been working on here at A Daisy A Day!

The earrings(above) and necklace (below) are my personal favorites - 
Candace made them for me, and it will be difficult to part with them! :) 

This past Sunday was the one year anniversary of Mamaw's passing, and to honor her memory as well as to honor the strength of her daughter and our mother, we placed flowers in Mom's church last Sunday.  The flowers were a group effort - Me, Candace, Mom, and Mona (the owner of the Florist and our friend) all worked on it.  

Not only was she the most awesome Mamaw (she didn't like the word "Grandmother"), but she is also the namesake of the business.  We love daisies (the flower) because they remind us of her(Daisy was her name), and we want you to have a daisy a day because it is just cruel to keep her to ourselves.  So every piece of jewelry or accessory made has a little bit of her love, grace, kindness, and beauty woven into it.  

This week was also VBS for the youth and the kids.  Candace and I, along with the youth girls had the privilege of being taught by Mrs. Shelly Reid.  Can I tell you that Bible Study totally rocked my world?  It was   completely amazing - which learning more about God is something that continually astounds me but to learn under such a Godly, excited lady was such a blessing.  You can go to and follow her blog by clicking on her name above.  She is awesome, so go on over!

Well I hope you all have a great weekend and Fourth! Be Safe!