Monday, September 8, 2014

My first time decorating a fireplace mantel

Have you ever seen the movie Miracle on 34th Street? The 1994 adaptation starring Mara Wilson, that is. It's a Thanksgiving tradition in our home. Do you remember the scene at the end where Santa gives the little girl the house of her dreams? I think watching this movie throughout my childhood began the dream that one day I'd have a fireplace mantel of my own to decorate. Forget the rest of that dream house, I just want the mantel!  (Okay, the rest of the house is nice, too…)

Guess what? We just moved again and this time…I have a fireplace mantel!! This is how I decorated it for summer:

The main thing I want to point out about my mantel is the picture at the top. It's from Crystal Jeanne Paper Co (one my my very favourite Etsy shops) and it reads "All I need to today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus."  Love that.  Be sure to check out Crystals clever designs.

I plan to add more pictures to that frame.  And, of course, I'm going to change everything for fall in a few weeks. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

21 Love; A Devotional E-Book

Thank you to Julie from for working so hard to put this together! She has allowed me to contribute to the e-book "21 Love; A Devotional." You can find me on p. 48-49, but be sure to show some love to some other authors as well!  Check it out below:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Express Joy

I sat through the party thinking "I am terrible at this…"  I love art.  I love crafts.  I love diy.  So, I should be able to make cards, right??  This card-making party should be right up my ally!  But as I stamped and clamped, struggled with glue dots, and could not decide what coloured paper to use, I knew card making was not my thing.  

I came home to my husband after the card making party that night and said "I hate card making."  His response was something along the lines of "Good, we'll save lots of money."  True story.

I may dislike making card, but I enjoy giving cards.  There is just something about finding the perfect card for someone. It communicates "you are special to me" in a unique sort of way.

Luckily, I have a dear friend who is amazing (and I mean amazing) at card making.   Listen.  This girl is so. stinkin. creative.  I do not know how she does it.  She custom made the two cards pictured above-and another one not pictured- just for me!  For the one on the left, I said something along the lines of "purple and gardening" and voila!  That's what she came up with!  For my biker babe hubby- I said "red and motorcycle" and wow- that's what she gave me.  

You should check out Sarah's Etsy shop, Express Joy, here. She does custom orders!
She's also very witty with her words and blogs at Pursuing Expressions of Joy.
Be sure to show Sarah some love on her Facebook Page.

(Fun Fact: Joy is her middle name- see how she worked that in there?? Clever lady.)

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