Have you ever said yes to an amazing opportunity, and even though you’re filled with great excitement and anticipation as you’re planning and preparing, panic sets in when it finally arrives? You wonder: “Why did I agree to do this? How am I going to do this? Is this going to be the death of me?” However, the event is a success and everything turns out beautifully. Yes, it’s still a bit stressful, but it’s not nearly as difficult as you built it up to be. Then when it’s all over, you totally forget your panic and stress and want to do it all over again?

Yeah? That’s where I’ve been for the past three to four weeks with a multitude of events. Basically, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions. While the thrill is great and I want to hop back on the moment I get off, there are definitely moments when I’m convinced I’ll be that awkward guy who throws up on the twenty people behind him. Not cool.

It’s been rather quiet around these parts and probably will be for about two more weeks. I’m sincerely sorry about that, too, because I want to be here writing and sharing and posting, but then life is telling me to calm down, chill out, and just enjoy things when I get the chance. So I think I’m going to do that.

But, before I do … I want to catch you up on a few things.

First off, a week ago today, I returned home from doing a fall makeover with Lowe’s. While I’m not decorating novice, this was the first time I’d ever done something like this. I will fully admit I was somewhat anxious about the whole thing. Actually, I was very anxious. However, I was blessed with the most wonderful homeowners and amazing Lowe’s employees who made the process go smoothly. I’m hoping to share the completed makeover with you later this week or early next week. Stay tuned for that.

Lowe's Fall Makeover | inspiredbycharm.com

Then, just a few days ago I got back from Wayfair‘s Heart Home Conference. I was invited by Wayfair to be an ambassador for the event along with a few other exceptionally talented bloggers. I also taught a session with Jen of City Farmhouse. With the holidays just around the corner, we decided it would be fun for each of us to share an idea on how to embellish a napkin. Jen showed how to create a dip-dyed look, and I added bling to a napkin with a gold foil effect. We will both be posting tutorials on the projects soon. The conference was wonderful! I learned so much from a brand I really love.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | inspiredbycharm.com

I also recently created and shared a fall cocktail recipe with my friends over at Shari’s Berries. It seems that every year I’m creating some cocktail with apple cider, so I figured I should continue the tradition. Here, I’m keeping your fall elegant with these Caramel Apple Sparklers. They are a delicious and festive way to add a touch of fanciness to your next get-together. Get the recipe here.

Caramel Apple Sparklers | inspiredbycharm.com

And finally, in not-so-exicting-news to you but super-duper-exciting-news to me, I’m getting ready to hit the beach with seven of my friends for our annual Friendcation. (Another reason things might be a little quiet around here for the next several days.) For the past few years we’ve been getting together for a short vacation, and this one couldn’t come at a better time. We decided to go on another cruise. Being in the middle of the ocean with not-so-great access to the Internet gives us an excuse to disconnect and get away from staring at a screen all day long.

I think that’s about it for now. Thanks for being YOU. Hope you’re enjoying your fall!

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  • Ellie at

    A big thank you to you from me … for how your ideas have made my world/space so much brighter and full of pretty. Take all the time you need … come back when you’re feeling top-hat once again.

  • Sheila at

    I understand. I have those same feelings of stress when designing our home. I spend months designing and getting hoards of stuff in so when the contractor comes (I have been waiting 10 months) he can do his job without delay. The details are expensive yet very important – chrome hinges/hardware, extra studding within the wall for heavy décor and a light that weighs 53 pounds, etc. The stress comes in knowing after months of purchasing things, I can’t return them if they don’t work. We are having the ceilings raised so when the contractor asks me where I want the extra studding within the walls, I struggle to know exactly where when looking at studded walls without drywall. And for the builtins, did I pick the right hardware or will the handles I chose be too small?

    Love Lowes/Wayfair and am excited to see the result of your hard work. I like bling too and was just looking at Michael’s for a pumpkin that had bling.  And, yes, your going to the beach is exciting. We will benefit I am sure when you get back refreshed, recharged, and ready to get back into the swing of things. Enjoy!

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