christmas · crafty · diy · projects

christmas crafting: painted pillow covers

When we purchased our Ektorp sofa and love seat from Ikea, I got some 20×20″ throw pillows, as well. They’re actually just the inserts, so I grabbed a few covers (a 16×26″ blue ticking stripe, a blue patterned/polka dot and these ones) while I was at it. Last year I bought several plain Gurli pillow covers…… Continue reading christmas crafting: painted pillow covers

christmas · faith · family · life

the best gift of all

Have you ever received a gift that was especially meaningful or memorable?  Perhaps it was something you always wanted but could not justify purchasing.  Perhaps it was a gift of time, or experience with someone you love. Maybe it was a special note tucked into a card.  These special gifts often come at Christmas. Christmas…… Continue reading the best gift of all

christmas · crafty · food · life · pinteresting · snack happy

let’s be jolly: ladies’ christmas craft night, plus making christmas banners & assembling a charcuterie board

The Christmas fun has begun around here.  Though the decorating is only half done at our place, we’ve been busy with preparations for some church events:  the Christmas parade in town, a fun night out for the ladies, a Christmas concert and gift baskets. Days before our ladies’ evening, I began gathering supplies: card stock,…… Continue reading let’s be jolly: ladies’ christmas craft night, plus making christmas banners & assembling a charcuterie board

crafty · home · projects · thanksgiving · upcycling

simple fall decor & diy rustic pumpkins

This fall found us back on the road for several weeks, which found me rather negligent in terms of this blog. Before the Christmas decorations make their appearance, I thought I should take note of the fleeting fall decor.  It really doesn’t hang around long, does it?  Winter seems to last forever here; our spring…… Continue reading simple fall decor & diy rustic pumpkins

dairy-free · food · gluten free · healthy living · recipes · snack happy

healthy pumpkin muffins: gluten free, dairy free & refined sugar free

Fall means pumpkin everything.  Amiright?  I do believe I like fall for pumpkin-time as much as  breaking-out-the-cardigans-time.  And that’s saying something, because I do love me my cardigans and boots (I refuse to reveal the number of cardigans and boots I may own). The problem with baking, though, is that the recipes are often full of…… Continue reading healthy pumpkin muffins: gluten free, dairy free & refined sugar free

bible journaling · christmas · faith · homeschool · pinteresting · special days

all in my head: advent reading plans

Last time, I mentioned I have advent calendars on my brain.  I admit we often resort to the cheesy foil wrapped countdowns, though we have had Playmobil, Lego, Lindor Chocolate and Body Shop (that one was a treat for me) calendars in the past.  Even the cheap-o ones can be fun, especially when they’re Star…… Continue reading all in my head: advent reading plans

all in my head · christmas · life · pinteresting · special days

it’s all in my head: advent calendars

I seem to be the sort that gets caught up on a tangent. My sister-in-law noticed when I began pinning millions (okay…a bit of an exaggeration) of short hair styles on Pinterest. She texted me with a, “Are you cutting your hair?!?” to which I responded, “I’m thinking about it. What are your thoughts?” Naturally…… Continue reading it’s all in my head: advent calendars

life · pinteresting · printables · travel

trippin’: packing a carry-on

As I mentioned last time, my closet purge began when I needed to pack for a trip down South.  It was back in March, and the weather here was still very wintery. Yes, this is what March looks like where I live. Bear in mind, also, that the airport is close to four hours away.…… Continue reading trippin’: packing a carry-on