Guest Post For Carrie at Hooked On Decorating

Hi! I am Stacey from Embracing Change!

Carrie invited me to stop over today to her awesome blog and introduce myself as well as show you a little about what I am passionate about.  I have a passion for restoring and recreating unloved furniture.  I love to take the old and make it new.  A good furniture makeover is what it is all about! I also craft and create home decor, but my true love is furniture!  Here is an example of some past projects I’ve done:

Old Door Subway Art Table

Antique Telephone Bench
Antique Dresser

Hand-painted Chevron Antique Waterfall Dresser

Secretary Desk Makeover
I am a busy girl that really has no time for blogging
or restoring furniture yet I make time for what I love!
I am a pastor’s wife working alongside my love in ministry.
I have two adorable girls Emma (7) and Ana (4).
Here are my girlies this Easter:
I work full-time as a Director of a large day care.
I recently began a business with a friend of mine called The Blessed Nest – you can find our business website HERE.
Our little business is brand new.  We are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Blessed Nest specializes in recreating furniture and making home decor!
Needless to say, I deal with a great deal of stress in a day.
I find painting and creating to be my outlet.
I always feel better when I have a paint brush in my hand.
I would like to share a redo with you today!
I promised my husband I would paint his cute
little antique desk for him.
We picked up this cutie at an antique shop outside of Gettysburg before we were married over 11 years ago.
I promised Chris I would get to redoing it.
Now I know how that mechanic feels after working
on so many cars and he
doesn’t have the time or energy to
worry about his own.
Needless to say, months went by.
The other day I decided I needed to buckle down and get it done and keep true to what I had told my husband. 
It knew it would mean a lot to him.
I spent this weekend finishing that little desk up.
I am very pleased with how it came out!
Here’s my favorite part…THE AFTER!

I love it!
Huge improvement!
My husband thinks so as well!
I used ASCP in Old White and the cool knobs
are from Anthropologie.
I used Antique Walnut stain from Minwax on the top.
I think it has an African feel with the style of the knobs so I staged it with African figurines. 
Quite suiting for Chris as he recently returned from
a mission trip to Kenya!
And in true Stacey style, I always name my pieces based upon what I feel to be the personality they exude.
This one is named Majestic Mwamba in
which the African meaning of the name is strong.
I think that is a fitting name!
Come and visit me sometime at Embracing Change. I would love for you to stop in or even follow me.  I also have a Facebook page as well.  I host a weekly linky party called Inspired Creations on Thursdays if you would like to link up any of your creations that may inspire others!
Thanks Carrie for the opportunity to guest post
on your amazing blog!
 I am so thankful for the opportunity!
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Creative Inspirations Linky Party #8 Features

Better late than never! Sorry about the late features…I think the day got away from me with the Easter holiday and all.  So, I know you are excited to see what features we have this week so let’s get a crack a lackin’!
This week, the most clicked link was:
Sofa Table Transformation by Thrifty Inspirations
Woo Hoo!!!
And how about a few more
features as well?
Drawers To Shelves by My Champagne Taste
Little Wooden Cross by With A Grateful
Prayer and A Thankful Heart
Dumpster Dive by Meredith and Gwyneth, the New Yorkie
Pillow Case Wreath by Homespun With Love
French Country Dresser by A Sunday Afternoon
Amazing Thrift Store Mantel by West Furniture Revival
Devilishly Good Eggs by Silver Pennies
Spring Mantel by Southern Lovely
Totes Magotes by Craptastic
And you have to stop by this link to read the
awesome inspirational story and the meaning behind
this adorable little chair!
You’ll love it!
Baby Blessings Rocker Redo by Lewisville Love
Thank you to all who linked up!
If you were featured, you may grab a button from
my sidebar which looks like this:
You earned it!
Please come back this Thursday for the Creative Inspirations Linky Party #9!
See you there!
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  1. Those drawer shelfs are awesome! What a creative idea! Great features Stacey!

  2. Cute collection of features. Bliss Ranch is killing it with that amazing dresser! The wreath, mantel and the bag from craptastic are fab too =)

  3. Staceyyyyyyyyyy thx alot for featuring my drawers/shelves such a great way to end the day

  4. I didn’t see that rock dresser but it is hilarious!! I love it! All the features are great actually!

  5. Oh my gosh!!!! Look at all of those amazing features. Great projects and creations!

  6. Thanks so much for featuring my devilishly good eggs. I hope you tried the recipe! What great features thanks for including me!

  7. Aw, what a sweet surprise to see my mantel here. Thank you so much!

  8. Thank you so much Stacey for featuring our Pillow Case Spring Wreath in your line up! :)

  9. Thank you so much for the feature Stacey!! I love that green dresser by Meredith and Gwyneth! Soo cute!

  10. I like them all! I like the dresser that says 8675309 – made me smile!

  11. Thanks for featuring my little ol’ dresser. I LOVE seeing everyone’s projects!! Have a great week!

  12. Thank you muchly Stacey for the rock’n and rolling feature on the dresser. All great features I’m proud honored to be among them, and now I’m wanting some eggs. I’ll be snagging a button – displaying it proud!


  13. Hi Stacey, thank you so much for featuring my mantle you are so sweet!

  14. Thank you, Stacey, for your kind words about the rocking chair. You’re the best and thanks for hosting!

  15. Stacey, thank you so much for featuring our nightstand! Gwyneth and I were so delighted to see it was chosen! We hope you have a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to see the features next week!

    mk & Gwynnie

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