We’re down to less than a handful of weeks left until the next family wedding around here. Lots of planning and big things between alterations and finishing up other desperately needed house projects. I don’t know about you, but in the midst of seasons of chaos, I have a deep need to stop. And when I stop I want to accomplish something creative and yet completely different. Something that can be done in one sitting. So when this little guy was abandoned in our garage after the kids moved into their own place, I decided we were going to be a perfect match. Sure enough, we were and now are. My very own little creative therapy gold-kissed wooden bowl.
Maybe it’s like those kids who are always finding and loving on stray Read More
How about a midweek project? Or maybe a few days to plan for a weekend project? My guess is you’re either about to be snowed in or dreaming of a beach somewhere and a much-anticipated spring break. Either way, it seems Wednesday is a good day for a creative diversion so here’s a great little project for all those fabric scraps. The DIY Chalkboard Fabric Bunting Tutorial was posted about a year ago, and it’s a great one for any occasion and any time of year. It can be made of fabrics from neutral cottons and linens for a timeless more romantic look to bright festive prints like the one shown here to celebrate all sorts of special events.
Another perk of this bunting is that it can be made Read More
In our part of the country, it’s all things spring with daffodils, hyacinths and pear trees in full bloom followed by freezing temps and weather that just can’t seem to make up its mind. It’s not completely unlike the groggy morning debate between workout or roll over, back and forth and back and forth … My solution? Go ahead and add spring touches here and there, with the firm belief that she will eventually come to stay. That means actually putting away winter decor and scattering bits of spring throughout the house. You already know how I feel about cloth napkins since last week I shared how to stitch wide hem cloth napkins with crisp mitered corners. And as promised today I have a follow-up post about how to stitch narrow hem cloth napkins.
How to stitch narrow hem cloth napkins
They happen to be a quick, inexpensive way to add some fresh Read More
It’s kind of a thing these days. The journey from chaos and excess towards simplicity and significance. It’s a shifting from quantity to quality. Many are opting for tiny homes over mansions, capsule wardrobes and minimalism over packed storage units. And, in my opinion, the best shift of all, moving away from technology overload and back to community. It’s putting down the cell phones and enjoying the dinner with those right next to you. It’s skipping a movie and lacing up hiking boots instead to go explore with friends and family. It’s the choice to live fully present in the moment mixed with a bit of a throwback to earlier, simpler times. These are a few of the thoughts that ran through my head when our college son called last week and suggested we change our lunch date to a hike into the woods in early spring to see a favorite waterfall. And that’s precisely what we did.
Into the Woods in early Spring
I guess you could say the woods have long been a favorite place Read More
Years ago I had a friend who insisted on drinking her morning orange juice from a goblet. It was her way of starting her day with an ordinary routine made special. Napkins are that extra touch for me. Perhaps it’s because I remember Mama making them when I was a girl. Or maybe it’s how much softer they are than the paper variety and they don’t fall apart within 10 minutes. Either way, they can ruin you for paper napkins in no time at all. And just in case you want to try a few of your own, Today I have a tutorial for you with lots of pictures on how to stitch wide hem cloth napkins with crisp mitered corners. Then you can let me know if you too are completely ruined for paper napkins.
How to stitch wide hem cloth napkins with crisp mitered corners
The wide hem and mitered corners give these napkins a very polished look. You can make them a variety of sizes by Read More
Today is a national holiday. I know! I had no idea either. As it turns out you can look up all sorts of holidays at nationaldaycalendar.com and find that each and every day is a national holiday of some sort. Why this week alone we’ve celebrated National Plum Pudding Day, National Tortellini Day, National Gumdrop Day and National Cabbage Day. Personally, I could do without a few of those but there are others, like World Nutella Day that I can totally get behind! So back to today, it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Good thing I was listening to the radio on the way to appointments this morning or I would have totally missed the festivities! Being the friend that I am, I don’t want you to miss out either so here are a few random thoughts, because it’s a random day and I have a million things on my list for the day and random is about the best y’all are going to get today so there it is and here ya go …
Random Acts of Kindness from Others
Standing at a drive-thru line one day and watching as a streak of Read More
A few weeks back I shared an e-course with y’all about Finding Time in your day to live a life of purpose. If you are one of those who feels a bit overwhelmed with all the details of life then you can find all the pertinent information about Sarah’s course here. If on the other hand, you are unfamiliar with this overwhelm I speak of then … well, then I think I would like to meet you, because you, my friend, are one-of-a-kind! Now that I’ve completed her course and starting reigning in the chaos that is my life I have added a few blocks of time throughout my week to work through some e-courses. I’ve enrolled in several courses in the past year and today I want to share my top 5 e-course picks for 2017. And I would absolutely love to hear about any others that you’ve come across too!
My top 5 e-course picks for 2017
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If you follow very many home design blogs at all then you’ve probably heard of Myquillin Smith, aka. the Nester. Her phrase “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” or #idhtbptbb has resonated with so many people, granting the elusive freedom to just go for it in this whole home decor realm. Her Cozy Minimalist course will walk you through the process of decorating a room by starting with what to focus on, where to spend money, how to get the look you want and what not to worry about at all. I’m using this course in redoing my sewing room using some family heirlooms and I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge and the entire process of it all.
One of the fun things about watching your kids grow up is seeing where their passions will lead. Several of ours have been graced with amazing drawing and painting skills. I’m sad to say they did not get that from me. But that’s okay because Jeanne Oliver Courses cover so many topics from drawing, painting and creating to faith, business and even several kid’s classes. I’m still working through the Advanced Hand Lettering class that I started last year and find myself experimenting with techniques in my bullet journal. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that my days are less stressed and more enjoyable when I carve out a bit of time to create something and this course is perfect for snippets of time here and there.
The Broken Way
When it comes to Bible and book studies there are about a bajillion of them online. Incourage.me is a great blog that currently has 16 book studies and they are always adding more to walk through with other women. I’m currently working through The Broken Way Online Study at Faith Gateway. Ann Voskamp’s books have resonated deeply with me with their thought-provoking truth that cuts to the core of so many issues. This particular book weaves her own story of brokenness that leads us to a deeper understanding of God’s redemption in the busted up mess of our lives. There’s healing to be found in this message.
Then there’s Snap Shop by Ashley Ann Photography. I actually won a year membership to her site this past fall. I was standing in line at the doctor’s office with a messed up foot and all but busted out in a happy dance when I opened the e-mail declaring that I had won. It was the very week that I was finally able to purchase the DSLR camera I had been saving for, but didn’t really know how to use well. Like I said, happy dance! There are tons of classes on all things photography including an entire course tips and tricks for using your phone to capture daily life. And what fun I’m having as a DSLR newbie learning all about the things I can do with this new toy treasure.
And again, I wouldn’t be able to even find the time to sit down and actually do something with each of these classes if it weren’t for Sarah’s Finding Time course. So, how about you? Have you done any e-courses? Do you have any favorites? Or maybe one or two that you intend to complete this year? Let us know in the comments, so we can add them to our list in the months to come!
A few years ago I came across a fun idea for Hot Cocoa on a Stick that Brittany from Be Be a la Mode Designs shared over at Thirty Handmade Days. She starts with a bag of chocolate chips and a few other ingredients and even includes a free printable label. They were very well received as Christmas gifts that year, because who doesn’t appreciate chocolate on a stick? Well, that got me thinking about the official holiday of all chocolate holidays next week and how these little chocolate beauties could be part of the intangible gift of time and connection. And so the Hot Chocolate on a Stick and a Midwinter Challenge was born.
More Hot Chocolate on a stick
Since that first Christmas, I’ve learned that there is no shortage of yummy hot chocolate on a stick recipes and variations on Pinterest … Read More