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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

love . . . pass it on



.being susceptible to love is perhaps one of the easiest and most venerable things in life

.there is one truth that i hold fast to...jesus is love.

he is a venerable, devoted, tender love.

the king of the {WORLD} came for the outcasts.  he loved the ones that we are taught to hate.

is there any other kind of selfless love to emulate?  is there?

it is a gift that i was given.  we were all given.

i am on a journey to seek out that love.  to really find it and live it.  

would you join me?


Monday, July 15, 2013

learning to worship and {LOVE}: free {PRINTABLE}



pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes
your name is perfume
poured out

This is to love someone, truly love them with each fiber of your being.  Imagine your favorite perfume for a minute. Mine happens to be Prada Amber.  When I spray it, as each molecule of it's sweet scent fills the air around me, I am filled with joy.

For me this is even more significant.  After I had the kids, that pregnancy sense of smell, stuck with me.  I used to be the kind of girl that had tons of perfumes on my vanity.  Every bottle sparkling and beautiful with a slew of secret memories locked inside each one.  Now, I am lucky not to feel queasy when someone walks by me wearing one of these fragrances.  

So back to my Prada.  I can wear it without getting dizzy or developing a stomach ache.  I am as happy with the scent from the minute it lands on me throughout the day as it fades.

So next time you are next to that person that you {LOVE} imagine your favorite perfume, how it makes you feel, the memories that are wrapped in it's scent.  Imagine him (or her) like that.  When his arms are around you, like your own Prada, think of the memories that rush to your thoughts. Think of how happy he makes you feel...



Friday, May 10, 2013

Jesus is love and a FREE printable

may 10th.

Today would have been my dad's Birthday.   It has been 3 years since he passed away, and I miss him. A little...a lot. There are so many days that pass, where I think to ask him first for advise.  I could just reach for the phone to call him, and ask him for his opinion.  For his help.  Then the reality hits me, that he won't be there to pick up the phone.  I know that I will see him again.  I know that he is watching me from Heaven.  He's probably playing Contra on Sega Genesis with Jesus, yelling "JUMP!"  He's savoring napoleons and boston cream doughnuts.  His legs no longer hurt him and he can hang out at the beach, whenever he wants.  One day, I will join him and so will my darlings.  We will all enjoy napoleons and a friendly game of Contra together.  Until then, I have so many great memories.

On this anniversary, I want to do another printable.  My dad always said that he loved to read the "RED" words in the Bible.  He loved Jesus, and all of His precious words.  After having children, we think we know love.  Kind of.  We know the love for our families, or for those that show us love back.  The others, that are undeserving, in our eyes, not so much.  That love is a lot harder.  But, those are the "RED" words.  The words of our merciful loving Lord.  His love is unmeasurable, and almost unimaginable, but just as he extends it to us, he wants us to extend it to others.  All others, not just the deserving ones.

Dad, as I thought about you today, these words filled my head....


{just click on the picture to download}

Sending out MUCH love to each and everyone one of you today!



Monday, May 6, 2013

organizing your CREATIVE (and sometimes chaotic) artist brain

I just found a new website.  It's not new at all, just new to me...and maybe you? With a logo like, for all who ♥ color,  design seeds, already has a check in my book.  Because, well, I do love color.

One word....hooked.

The concept of this beautiful eye candy blog is taking a color palette from lovely images.  Not only is it a treat to feast your eyes on God's vast color wheel, but the site is a wonderful source of inspiration.




If your brain is anything like mine, it is often on sensory overload.  I adore beautiful images.  Beautiful colors send me spinning in delight. The downside is, there is no organization.  For example, I just began watercolor painting and to me, the hardest part has been coordinating the colors. Sometimes two turquoises should not be seen together and certainly all pinks are not the same :)  

The site is very easy to navigate.  You can search a palette by adjusting the color values or picking a theme. Here are a few that I loved and wanted to share with you:















Do you have any tips on organizing your artist brain?  I can always use more help...so, please share ;)











{tuesday} not just a housewifefunky polkadot giraffebebetsybrucrew lifelady bug blessingsnap-time creationschef in trainingcozy little househomeworkrustic pig
{wednesday} made in a daytrendy treehouselil' lunasomeday craftshigh heels and grillssew much ado733free pretty things for younight owl craftingi bequeath love
{thursday} house of hepworthssomewhat simplekaties nesting36th avemandatory moochartsy-fartsywhat's cookingeasyclivingkatherine's cornerthrifty thursdaybeyond the picket fence
{friday} tatertots and jellowhipperberrythirty handmadeladybird lanesimply sweetsimply designingthe answer is chocolatehappy and blessed homekitchen fun
{saturday} the gingerbread blogtoo much timea little claireification,  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A fruitful marriage takes nurturing and some submission.

the song of solomon: PART ONE

I don't always open up about things that are very personal.  Mainly because I don't want to be vulnerable.  The thought of opening up is enough to give me cold sweats.  If I had a pair of sunglasses, I would put them on right to hide my...um well...bashfulness.  The odd part is, those that know me in everyday life would probably not categorize me as bashful or shy by any means.  I do however, have one kryptonite if you will...talking about intimacy.   I know that other people might struggle with casting out their shortcomings, but to me, it is almost inconceivable.

Here goes...

I became a Christian my Sophomore year of high school.  Before that, there were no real "rules".  I was brought up in a liberal atmosphere.  I can remember my mom not wanting to take my dad's last name.  When I was young, she would tell me that she didn't want me to drink or smoke, but if I did, she'd rather know.  My dad on the other hand, was very conservative and there was a constant struggle in our home to make sure that he didn't always "catch on".  My dad seemed a hopeless romantic and my mom less so.  Ok, enough dishing, baby steps here :)

When you get married, you may bring with you notions that may not be in the best interest of your marriage.  Maybe the house you grew up in wasn't romantic, maybe it was worse than that. Then there's the fairy tales that depict marriage in a whole different light, and an unattainable goal to reach, or is it.




I believe one of the greatest keys to a successful and thriving marriage is to WORK AT IT!  To throw some whimsical light on the subject, just think about fairytale princesses.  (insert classical music playing in the background)  Belle had to deal with Beast's anger issues.  Cinderella was ok with the fact that her prince, couldn't remember what she looked like.  Jasmine had to deal with Aladdin, not only being a peasant, but worse of all lying to her.  Ariel, was almost dumped because she lost her voice.  Snow White and Sleeping Beauty had it easy, they were "rescued" by their princes.

A fruitful marriage needs nurturing.

Even when you're tired.

Even when you're stressed out.

Even when there are dishes that are piled in the sink resembling Mount Everest.

Even when...you don't want to.

Especially when you don't want to.




You need to intentionally focus on Biblical principles that are revealed through out the Bible.  For me this is sometimes a struggle.  Remember that liberal house I told you about?  Yeah, the idea of being a submissive wife does not always come naturally to me.  I have to rely on God's word.   God teaches us to uphold our husbands as the head of our households.  But with that, we will reap abundant rewards.  Getting married, means you enter into a covenant with your husband and he with you.  He is your friend before all else.  When you lift up a friend with admiration and respect, doesn't the relationship flourish?  It is the same in marriage.

The Song of Songs shows us a deep admiring love.  The love that God intends and WANTS for us. Today,  I wanted to share this first passage with you.  I pray that it blesses you and your marriage.

















{tuesday} not just a housewifefunky polkadot giraffebebetsybrucrew lifelady bug blessingsnap-time creationschef in trainingcozy little househomeworkrustic pig
{wednesday} made in a daytrendy treehouselil' lunasomeday craftshigh heels and grillssew much ado733free pretty things for younight owl craftingi bequeath love
{thursday} house of hepworthssomewhat simplekaties nesting36th avemandatory moochartsy-fartsywhat's cookingeasyclivingkatherine's cornerthrifty thursdaybeyond the picket fence
{friday} tatertots and jellowhipperberrythirty handmadeladybird lanesimply sweetsimply designingthe answer is chocolatehappy and blessed homekitchen fun
{saturday} the gingerbread blogtoo much timea little claireification,  

Friday, March 1, 2013

my favorite fonts {pretty}

What's the best way to start the weekend?  With some pretty fonts of course!



1. lace // 2. seriously sally // 3. the only exception // 4. mossy // 5. atlasgreeting 
 6. baronesse // 7. playdate // 8. alex brush  // 9. housegrind // 10. english essay

(please be respectful to authors, and abide by all fonts terms of use)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

anthropolgie inspired tutorials



There's something about making your own furniture and accessories in your home.  Every time you walk by your piece, you can admire your handy work.  Plus, in some cases, like the pieces I have found below, they are even nicer than the original they were trying to replicate.  

Here are some of the best anthropologie inspired projects I have come across



anthropologie inspired night stands by cucumbersome


anthropologie inspired pendant lighting by under the sycamore


anthropologie inspired mirrors by of stardust and tinsel


anthropologie inspired dresser by shanty 2 chic


anthropologie inspired teacup lamp by c.w. frosting


anthropologie inspired jars by oh goodie designs


anthropologie inspired mirrors by home heart craft

anthropologie inspired popsicle stick chandelier by bored and crafty 


anthropologie inspired was chandelier by freshly picked


and my personal favorite, drum rollllllll.........


 

anthropologie inspired dresser by the real housewives of bucks county

I wanted to end it with one of the most FABULOUS kitchens I have ever seen!  Burlap and Denim has designed and remodeled an anthropologie kitchen that will knock your socks off!  You have to check out the blog to see more pictures!....















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