Monday, November 24, 2014

Lay Your Burdens Down


I recently had the privilege of sharing at our monthly homeschool meeting and am posting what I shared here as well. May it be a blessing and bring glory to God!

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Welcome! Let me give you a quick overview of what to expect for the hour. I am a writer, not a speaker – so you may find me reading to you rather than speaking to you. But this is what we are going to do tonight: We are going to start by quieting our hearts and lightening our load. We will do some group study together and then I was thinking about one thing moms crave and at least for me and that is time to sit with Jesus and be still. So we will have some of that as well. And I’ll close us in prayer.
 
Let's begin by quieting our hearts: during this time of quieting think of one or more burdens you are carrying right now – jot it down on a card in the middle of your table. {For those of you reading my blog, the cards are pictured above if you want to print one off.} We are going to lighten our load tonight, bring our baggage to Him and leave it for Him to carry. You can come up any time during the song and drop your card in the suitcase for Him to carry. Don’t put your name on it, this is for you alone.    

Friday, November 21, 2014

Girls Crafting Night In

We also made both of these Pinterest-inspired projects:




The signs cost a total of $1.74 and that was for the last name initial at Hobby Lobby. Pallet wood was free and we used paint I already had on hand. David cut them all up for me and I nailed them. Inspired by this.


Burlap utensil holders inspired by this, but please please don't go to the trouble of painting the burlap yourself! Hobby Lobby makes this burlap ribbon which looks exactly like this! Cut to 18 inches, fold and hot glue, tie on a tag - done!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Girls Crafting Night In

I was soooo looking forward to a fun night in that a few mama friends and I planned. First, we all brought delicious food! We had Zuppa Toscana and Cheesy Cauliflower soups, homemade sourdough bread, heavenly cheese biscuits from a grandmothers secret recipe and raspberry tea! I brought dessert and salad - yum!!!!!!!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake
Harvest Cobb Salad

Then we started crafting! I over planned as usual - but everyone got to make something they loved! I wanted to do a runner but everything looked complicated. In the end, I bought 0.80 worth of burlap for each gal and free hand cut out letters from fabric I already had and hot-glued it on. Done.

We also did the stamped wooden spoons - always a hit!










More tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Slow Day


The one and only photo I took on a not-so-slow Slow Day. Candied pecans at the end of that crazy day? Yes, please!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrating Ten: Be Flexible


We had planned a walk and picnic lunch for our second day - but it was too chilly and windy to enjoy that. So, we had an indoor picnic! I shopped the house and found lots of fun little things to dress it up.

The first morning, I spied this little blue suitcase in the bathroom - it was holding a first aid kit. I knew it would make a perfect picnic basket when we went on our picnic! It was super fun! And, then we had fun playing a couple of games we brought with us.











See how I wing it? I found the ratty lantern out in the yard. It was dirty and falling apart. The handle is detached, but I didn't care! I took out the filthy glass part inside and slid in the candle I'd brought from home! I had brought the berry boxes and a few little fun papery things but I didn't have anything to line the berry boxes with - fabric scraps to the rescue! With what little was left from the quilt, I cut two squares and those fit perfectly in the bottom of our berry crates.

I had made brownies a few days before leaving home and when I was scrounging for desserts to bring, I grabbed a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and cut two. Done. See? It takes inspiration and motivation, yes, but need not take tons and tons of time. I love to improvise and make do with what is available. Another example - I needed something cute to put the apples in. This canning jar was in the cabinet with little coffee stirrers in it - easy to swap out and use for apples.




I forgot to bring any necklace except the one I was wearing when we left home and was delighted at how it went with everything I brought in a new and unexpected way. We finally got out of our pj's by 2ish and had a ball wandering Target with no agenda and no time frame. Scored some fun clearance!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrating Ten: Morning Two



Quiche Lorraine Scones with tea and juice were yummy before we scurried back to bed just to warm up! We lounged in bed and read the next installment of the She Reads Truth Hospitality study and finished off the American Girl Care and Keeping of You book. I gave Emily a journal so if she has something personal she wants to ask me about, she can write me a note and leave it on my pillow. I can then read and respond to her note and leave it on her pillow. I also found a cute soap dish and a bar of the soap I use for washing my face.



It was a perfect cozy morning for returning to our quilt project and we finished it by lunch time. The bottom line is it took a total of three hours hands on sewing. I kept it super simple by doing big strips of fabric sewn together in straight lines and then quilted it by machine sewing straight lines all the way down. She loves it. Win! Oh, I took it outside {brrrrr!} to get some pictures and then tossed it in the dryer for a few minutes - so the first time I handed it to Emily finished it was fresh from the dryer - ahhhhh, warm and cozy!!!












Yay we stayed in our jammies over half the day! We finished our quilt! Special memories, we are both having the.best.time!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Celebrating Ten: Patio Picnic


One of the beauties of renting a house is that we had a kitchen. I knew about the patio but I don't think I realized how charming it would be to step out the back door of the kitchen and land in this lovely spot. Completely. Charming.

If you watch the progression of photos beginning below in this post, you will see layering at work. I thought about it as I was doing it even. Layering seems to be so me - I love to layer clothes, pillows and quilts on couches, papers and more papers on art, different paints and splatters when painting, etc... Apparently I also like to layer picnic dinners on charming patios!

A couple of these items I brought from home {flowers, candle, flags} - but several were also shopped from the rental house {lantern, dishes, corn} and just enjoyed for the evening. It was the most eclectic table setting ever - vintage, shabby chic, industrial, harvest - but somehow it worked and it was sooooo magical.

Dinner brought from home was simple romaine salads {Emily LOVES salads!} and Red Lobster biscuits. I also made one of Emily's favorites - Cynthia's Heavenly Tea from the Mitford Cookbook.