• The Journey

    The Journey

    I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating what this post should be about.  I’ve hit the delete button more times than I can count.  I don’t consider myself much of a writer, and have often wondered if anyone would really want to read my thoughts.  After talking with my mentor and confidant, I decided to step out and begin sharing with you all.

    I honestly have no idea what path this blog will take.  My hope is that it will be both informational and inspirational.  I make no promises as to the content.  Those of you who know me personally know that I am transparent and what you see is what you get.  Some posts may be craft related and others may be on family, wellness, or on any other diverse topic.

    I ultimately decided that in this post I want to share with you a little of my vision for Kim Bryant Design.  This business was birthed out of a love of creating and from the encouragement of family and friends.  I have pondered what I want Kim Bryant Design to represent.  For me, this journey is about more than making and selling products. I love to craft and create beautiful things, but this business is more than that to me.  It’s about building relationships, nurturing those relationships, being a source of knowledge, and inspiring others.

    This journey is also about personal reset.  More on pushing this reset button in a later post.

    Thank you for following along on this journey and for your support. Also, thank you for supporting small business.

  • Raleigh Home Show Chalk Couture Booth

    Our First Big Chalk Couture Show

    Sarah and I did our first big event as Chalk Couture Independent Designers at the Raleigh Home Show.  We learned a lot and had an amazing weekend.

    Even with a few unexpected issues, it was phenomenal. We had some scheduling issues with parties at our studio, but had some helpers step up and run the parties beautifully. We are so thankful for their help, and it's relieving to know that we have dependable people who can keep the CraftHouse running while we are away spreading the love for Chalk Couture.

              

    Also thankful for my hubby who supports our endeavors and provides the muscles when we are exhausted.

                   

    Thanks to all of you for your love and support. I appreciate each and every one of you!

    Now to get ready for tomorrow's newspaper interview, prep the March Calendar, and start prepping for our next show.

  • John Bryant

    Victory!

    Today we celebrate the life of an honorable man. “Uncle John” is my hubby's great uncle. Paul and the boys got to visit with him this past summer for his 90th birthday celebration. The boys were amazed that their great-great uncle wasn't a “feeble old man”.

    We have so many fond memories of Uncle John. He's been my Uncle John for almost 23 years. Every time we saw him he had a smile on his face and a kind word. He always kept up with what was going on in our lives as we traveled around wherever the Air Force took us (Thanks to Facebook and his daughter, Denise). He genuinely cared about his family.

    There should be more people in the world like him. I wonder if he realized how big of an impact he had on so many lives?

    We got word several weeks ago that he had fallen ill. Paul talked to him on the phone not long after and got to say his goodbye. Paul called me when he got off the phone, and as he wept told me Uncle John said , “if I wake up tomorrow it will be a blessing, if not it will be a Victory.”

    Uncle John is celebrating his Victory with Aunt Betty and their daughter Bonnie, and we are celebrating his life and the legacy he left behind.

    I don't know about you, but I want to be like Uncle John.

  • Living Fearlessly

    Living Fearlessly

    There are tons of verses in the Bible that talk about Fear.

    Specifically, Isaiah 41:10 reads… “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    How many of us live our day-to-day lives anxious about not only big life decisions, but also little things?  Are you worried about anything and everything from paying your bills to being anxious about medical procedures? Maybe it's something like being afraid of what people are going to think of you? Maybe it's being afraid of going “LIVE” on Facebook? Are you in a transitional phase of life? Trying to decide what next step you need to take? Are you going to take a huge, scary step and decide to start a new career?

    Decisions can be hard and a source of great stress for many of us.

    This sign was part of a presentation by Chalk Couture's CEO at our Leadership weekend in Salt Lake City.  As Kristine spoke, this sign specifically spoke to me.  To be completely honest, it brought literal tears to my eyes. Only 5 words, but powerful if we put them into practice.

    So many of us are not living to our full potential because of this 4 lettered word… FEAR.  Fear is often paralyzing and can prevent you from thriving and being your confident, successful self.

    Here are a few things that can help you overcome fear.

    1. Quit worrying about what everyone else thinks of you.  Be YOU! You are uniquely and wonderfully made.
    2. Know that we all get embarrassed.  Sure it can be disconcerting for people to witness our hot mess selves, but it can also be freeing. When you make make a mistake, look silly, or fumble around don't get embarrassed.  Know that other people will see you as relatable. They will see you as a real person with similar struggles they may be going through.
    3. Let go of the fear of failure.  We all make mistakes.  Accept this fact and know that failure is part of the journey to success. Don't give up too soon!

    I don't know about you, but I decided to live my life FEARLESSLY because #1) I know that God is in control of my life and HE is right there with me every step of the way and #2) I am sick and tired of letting fear of the unknown hold me back from reaching my full potential.

    Yes, this is something I will have to actively practice, but I KNOW that by actively practicing this I will see personal growth and success like I've never seen before.

    What about you?  What steps are you going to take to “Start Living Your Life Fearlessly?”

  • Mulligan Stew

    Grandmother’s Mulligan Stew

    Comfort food often makes us think of times past.  My husband's Grandmother was an amazing cook.  I'm thankful I got to enjoy many meals gathered around her table before she passed away.  All of the burners on her stove would be on high, and she could have a full southern meal on the table ready to eat within 30 minutes.

    Paul told me his Grandad used to say “I never had a piece of burnt chicken until I married Virginia.”  Of course, this was said in jest.  I wish I had the opportunity to get to know this man who was so instrumental in my husband becoming the wonderful man he is.  I met him once a few months before he passed away, but his memory has lived on through the stories Paul and his family tell.

    One of those meals we often enjoyed was her Mulligan Stew served over a bed of white rice.  Through the years, I've had several people ask me for her recipe.  So, I thought I'd share it with you all.

    This may not be a very pretty picture, but it's quite tasty and super easy to make.

    Recipe:
    2 pounds hamburger meat 
    2 cans tomato sauce (normal size cans) 
    2 cans Vegall 
    2 small cans shoepeg corn 
    Pinch of sugar

    Directions:

    Brown and drain the hamburger meat.

    Put all ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few hours. 

    Instead of cooking it on the stove this time, I decided to put all of the ingredients in my Instant Pot after I drained the hamburger meat.  I chose the soup option on the Instant Pot 

    When ready to eat, serve over rice.

  • Snow Cream

    You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream For Snow Cream

    I wanted to post this a few days ago while we were snowed in, but life happened.  So, I'm sharing it now.

    This Georgia girl doesn't do well in the freezing cold snow even though we lived in Kentucky for several years when I was growing up. I remember my mom making snow cream when the fresh snow would fall.
     
    I decided to surprise our boys with some snow cream.  It's super easy.  

     

    Here's the recipe…               

    Bunch of fresh snow.  Probably 8-12 cups. (I didn't measure, just filled the bowl)
     
    1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
     
    All you do is mix them together with a spoon.
     
      Scoop into an ice cream dish and enjoy!
     
    I even made extra to put in the freezer.