10 in 10 guest post {Julie of Joy’s Hope}

Let me introduce you to Julie of Joy’s Hope. She is hilarious, random, fun, full of joy and always makes me smile. I first ‘met’ Julie when I purchased a Cora Messy Flower pin from her etsy store. After Jess’ daughter Cora Paige passed away, Julie jumped to action to help raise money for the playground being built in Cora’s honor. Julie made awesome Messy Flower pins – she took what she knew how to do (and do mightily well) and used it to benefit someone else. Julie donated the profits from those pins to the playground fund and she sparked a movement of other etsy sellers doing the same. I love that about her. She did what she loved…for someone else…sacrficially…it multiplied more than she could have ever imagined. She still does that kind of stuff all the time. She is generous like that. Another reason I enjoy her blog is the randomness…you never know exactly what you are going to get, but you always know it is going to be good. Meet my friend Julie…
Well hello, I’m Julie and it sure is nice to meet you.

I’m a nerdy, Jesus loving, recovering Diet Pepsi addict. I am all about flip flops on rainy days, English literature, going to the movies alone and anything turquoise. I can’t be in the same room as someone eating a popsicle and the smell of ketchup or bananas makes me gag. I used to hate the color pink, but now have a houseful of girls. I am married to a youth pastor, wish I was still a teenager and would go back to high school in minute. I am not ashamed to admit my love for Star Wars or the fact that I pretend that Dave Matthews is my boyfriend. I am a horrible sleeper, have a compulsive need to sew or bake something every day and fight with my A.D.D. on a continual basis. I hate talking on the phone, or talking in general, but am the best listener you will find, fiercely loyal and way too sensitive for my own good. I don’t remember the last time I was bored and having a day with nothing to do is on the top of my bucket list. I may or may not need to enter a twelve step program for spray paint addiction.

Which brings me to why I am here.


When pondering what I would choose for my 10 in 10 topic, there really was no other choice.  Well, there are my ten inches of roots, or the ten dentist appointments I am currently suffering through, but honestly who wants to hear about that?

So I came back to one of my favorite things.  Spray paint.

Spray paint is happiness.  It is fast.  It is easy.  It is cheap.  You can change the ordinary into extraordinary.  Then change it again.  But most of all, how great is it when my thirty-ish self gets carded while buying it at Home Depot?  Seriously, cashier boy, you just made my day.

What can one do with spray paint?

What can’t one do?

1. Who doesn’t need a lime green canopy bed in the middle of a suburban running trail?

(photo by Drew B.)

2. Or a 1980’s-tastic Craigslist find, turned into a funky guest bed?

3. Dollar store trays?  Bring it on.

4.  An old broken camera?  Instant artsy sculpture.

5.  A cookbook holder? Coincidentally painted to match my favorite cookbook.

6.  My squirrel loving daughter’s pinecone collection?  From cabin to chic.

7.  Ikea frames?  Still waiting for pictures, yet still sassariffic.

8.  An accidental project?  Born out of the silhouette of said Ikea frames.

9.  Giant, easy and cheap wall art?  Done in one night while watching Man Shops Globe.

10.  A reminder of someone who changed my life?  Quietly comforting me in unexpected moments.

If per chance all of this bright Caribbean color makes me crazy in a few weeks, months, or years, I can always paint everything white or beige….

But that will never happen.

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  • Amy - Great post!! I never considered having a fling with spray paint, but after this post I am now considering… Love the ‘accidental project’!

  • amanda torres - To see TPW on here brings joy to my heart. I love Julie already.

  • Lesley - Love this post and I now feel compelled to go buy a bunch of spray paint! Love the canopy bed and camera, oh, and the wall art! Very cool.

  • Marla Taviano - You had me at turquoise and popsicle-crunching (UGH!) and a houseful of girls. LOVE this post with all its color. I NEED SOME SPRAY PAINT. Off to check out your blog!!

  • Gevay - You always get your paint so nice looking. I need some tips on spray painting!

  • Erin - Great post, and great ideas! Love your blog Julie, thanks for sharing your life with us! And BTW, like Ashley mentioned, you are hilarious..

  • meg duerksen - where are the hockey masks? 🙂
    love ya julie.

  • alamama - Love her and her blog! Love all of the colors!

  • allison - Oh my gosh, what a great list! I’m already dreaming about my own Ikea frame display…

  • Kelly Clarke - Julie… I just read Joy’s story and it touched me to the core. I’m at work (I know I shouldn’t be reading blogs :), but I check Ashley’s every morning for a dose of happiness to get my day going) and I broke down crying. Her story stopped me in my tracks today and reminded me of see how blessed I am… Thank you so much for sharing your story and helping me to remember God’s grace!

  • ingrid blanchette - love this post and love her blog..follow it every day. i love her crafting ideas and love for jesus! i was 6 months pregnant and he is now in heaven….julie’s story is one that i go to often to help heal my heart.

  • stephanie - Adorable, as usual! That wall art is one of my most favorite things – Love her blog. 🙂

  • Rebecca - I love the pine cones. Now out with it, how do you prevent your fingers from cramping when spraying! I used spray paint on some vintage metal lawn chairs and my pointer finger was not happy with me.

  • Aimee - Instead of doing my two projects that are due next week and studying for a test, I will be hunting down pine cones today! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creations!

  • Evie - love all that color! i am constantly going back and forthe b/t color vs white… it’s very exhausting and i am so inconsistant! but i LOVE this post!

  • Heather - everything she does makes me happy!

  • kate - i love someone who isn’t afraid of color…it makes me feel a little less like rainbow brite myself! just recently made a go with spray paint and loved it….i think it will soon be a new addiction… thanks for sharing all your blog finds ashley

  • huana - Love the colors,but most of all I love the hat your daughter is wearing on the first picture!Lots of fun!

  • Amy - I think I’m in love with the pine cones! My friend actually turned me onto your blog a few months ago because of your salty caramel cupcakes(fab!). I plan on making the cupcake pint jars for my sis-in-laws baby shower. Love your blog and the meaning behind it!

  • Kelly - Love! I had no idea spray paint could make so many things beautiful! I can already tell this will be one of my favorite blogs!

  • Angela - The pinecones! My son is always bringing home “treasures” like that when we go on walks in the neighborhood. He wants to keep them but I never know where to put them. We can SPRAY them and keep them out. That will SO make his day! (Even if the cutesy treasures turn into weapons later in the day. He’s a boy afterall!)

  • Marina - Great projects! Can you do a post on how to spray paint? I’ve just never had much luck with it, but I’m sure I must be doing something wrong. Just the other day, I tried to spray paint a bunch of picture frames (which were in perfect condition, I just wanted a new color). Sounds easy-peasy, but they turned out looking all drippy. I prepped the frames before painting and tried to do extremely thin coats, but nothing I tried worked. I ended up throwing them away. 🙁 I need a spray painting tutorial!

  • Kristin S - What a great post!
    I’m a spray-paint-aholic but maily stick to black or white. I think it is time to break out!

  • Amy - I love Julie. So cool that she’s a guest on this blog that I also love 🙂

  • Mandy B - I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who listens to Dave pretending the song was written specifically for her. Great post Julie – thanks for sharing!

  • christy mandin - Oh man! Julie, I have that same cookbook holder (except not in that pretty color) AND I love P-Dub as well! She was my first ever ‘blog-addiction’ AND I got to meet her in Atlanta at one of her book signings! And, all of your ideas are sooooo cute! I guess I’ll be adding you to my favorites!

  • Shannah - LOVE it! I’m totally going to use these ideas for shoots in the future! 🙂

  • Ms. Ranty Pants herself - White!? Beige!? BLECH. LOVE the colors. Beautiful and vibrant and fun.

  • Granny Sandy - Sure glad you are one of Ashley’s friends, would have hated to miss your 10 of 10. I love all the bright colors, one can never get tired of color. You have given me a couple of good ideas to run with, now, all I need is spray paint. Thanks for sharing.

  • patti - I love how blog-lands collide. I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the other blogs I frequent featured here on Under the Sycamore! Have a great weekend!

  • Dina - I remember seeing/loving the bed on drew’s blog and the ikea frames? fab! off to “meet” you on your blog!

  • Peta - I found Julie’s blog via Meg’s and have been inspired ever since . More people need to embrace her attitude to life!

  • craftytammie - great projects, those colors are so happy! nice to hear i’m not the only one who hates talking on the phone and loves going to the movies alone!

  • Jenni Carlisle - Oh, how I love Julie so…let me count the ways! She inspires me in every way!

  • Lori - Love, love Joy’s Hope. Thanks for spotlighting such a fun, inspirational blogger! 🙂

  • Mara - great ideas! I am thinking I need to try out some spray paint!

  • Christene {WhipperBerry} - Spray paint! Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks Julie!

  • Amber - what great inspiration! i think i shall go buy some spray paint. i could seriously turn my home around. hmmmm…what will i paint first???

  • Joy Andrews - I knew spray paint is pretty fun-but not as much fun as you just made it!

  • The Sitting Tree - I love what you did with the trays!! I’ve been looking for an inexpensive idea for tiered displays, and this will work perfect!

  • blujeanmama - I must find an old broken camera IMMEDIATELY! Really cute post.

  • purejoy - oh.my.word. i have a new friend. adopt me!!
    mayonaise makes me gag (the smell, the taste and trying to spell it)

  • Anna - I also have a love of Spray Paint!! My friends all laugh; they don’t understand the addiction! Nothing better than a weekend spent recreating things you already love!

  • jessica h - I LOVE the spray-paint-tastic-ness! I haven’t embraced the stuff…yet….but today might just be the day 🙂 I read your “what’s in a name” post. I just wanted to say “thanks” for sharing your story, sister~what a picture of a journey of grace~

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, I love, love, love Julie. She is amazing.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, I love, love, love Julie!

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  • KWell - uR style & ideas R abSOlutlEfabUlous!!

  • Kimberly - I randomly found your page through Pinterest. Your page is lovely!
    Question: how did you paint the pine cones?


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  • Sharlene Leatherman - I love your blog, you are so funny! You have a lot of awesome ideas, all of which are very easy for the “un-artistic” person. Thanks for sharing and giving me some great projects to try in the very near future!!

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