easter · faith · family · life · special days

easter thoughts and such

I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself this week. There were a few reasons, but here’s the big one: a new grandlittle that I’ve yet to meet. This sweet girl was born on April Fools Day. source: Naomi Lucienne Photography Being away from my mom, our older kids and grandlittles is not always easy.…… Continue reading easter thoughts and such

faith · home · life · special days · valentine's day

simple valentine’s day decor & true love

I’ve never really decorated specifically for Valentine’s Day, with the exception of when I had littles about. It was more about construction paper hearts and special pencils for school work back then. My Christmas and winter decor kinda meshed at that time. Lots of snowmen and sleds mingled with the more Christmas-y items. The diminutive…… Continue reading simple valentine’s day decor & true love

faith · life · new year

delight

This morning I found a devotional from in(courage) in my mailbox.  The graphic said,”one simple word can make a difference”The message invited me to get help in finding my word for the year by taking this quiz at dayspring.com.I’ve never thoughtfully made a point of embracing a particular word for the year; though, in a…… Continue reading delight

christmas · home · life · special days

decking the halls: a christmas home tour

I’m always a little slow in sharing seasonal posts.  Perhaps it’s due to my process.  I tend to break out the seasonal decor totes, slowly put out new season items while removing the old, change up placed items repeatedly until I’m somewhat satisfied, make new decorations, forget to gather fresh greenery…you get the picture.  We’re…… Continue reading decking the halls: a christmas home tour

christmas · crafty · life · penny pinchin' · projects · special days · upcycling

how lovely are your branches: using the leftover trimmings from our christmas tree {part 2: Christmas Wreath}

Last time I showed you how I made a quick and easy Christmas swag for my front door.  I prefaced by saying this: Waste not, want not.  A penny saved is a penny earned.  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the…… Continue reading how lovely are your branches: using the leftover trimmings from our christmas tree {part 2: Christmas Wreath}

christmas · crafty · life · penny pinchin' · projects · special days · tutorials · upcycling

how lovely are your branches: using the leftover trimmings from our christmas tree {part 1: christmas swag}

Waste not, want not.  A penny saved is a penny earned.  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. These wise sayings make a lot of sense when you…… Continue reading how lovely are your branches: using the leftover trimmings from our christmas tree {part 1: christmas swag}

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