Snowflake Fairy Cupcake

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Just a quick, fun idea for holiday cupcakes~

I colored half of my Snowflake Fairy.
Carefully cut her out.
Attached her to a paper straw.
And pushed her down into the frosting so the icing became her frilly skirt.

Don't ask if I made the cupcake.

After tomorrow, I think I will be in full-on Christmas mode.
I did break out the Netflix pretend fireplace that plays Christmas music the other night.
And I may or may not have listened to a Christmas song while I was alone in the car this week.

Just like the cupcake I "made", it can be our little secret;).
Hope you have a lovely end to your week, friends!


~Thanksgiving Table Inspiration~

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We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year.
So the Thanksgiving 'pinning' has begun in full force.  
Niamh is my second in command and has been helping me add ideas to my thanksgiving board.  
These are some of our favorites.

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(Anyone want to cut wood for me?)

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(don't know what I like more, the color combo or the plates?)

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(K.I.S.S. ... Always great advice.)

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(White pumpkins are my favorite.)

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(I already called my dad and asked for his extra deer antlers.)

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One thing about holiday dinners/ parties at my place~ I only use paper products.  No fancy plates or dishes... because the last thing I want to do with a house full of family and food is stand at the sink doing dishes after dinner.  I just need to figure out how to keep it classy with my paper plates. 

That is a thing, right? 

Niamh and I have decided to go with a creme/beige/black/rose color scheme.
With white pumpkins and antlers.
(The last photo swayed me completely ... I love it.)

So, who is hosting holiday meals?
And (be honest) are you a paper plate user, too? ;)


Tiny Journal with Project Life Cards.

I have more Project Life cards than I know what to do with.  
If you do too, here is a quick and easy project that will use up some of your stash.

I am reading Jesus Creed right now, and there are so many quotes to treasure in the book, I decided to write my favorites down with page numbers in this tiny journal.  It will be a great reference when I want to remember something later and need to find it.  (I return to my books often to read the sweet places all over again:)...


4x6 journal cards
scissors or paper cutter
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If you do not know how to bind a handmade book with a needle and thread, there is a great diagram to follow~ click here.  It took me five minutes to sew this journal together using the instructions from the link.  

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It is a small book, perfect to stick in a purse or tote bag pocket.
I decorated the outside of mine just for fun:). 
So now it is pretty and functional.  

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Have you used Project Life cards for other things besides scrapbooking?
Leave a link if you blogged about it~ 
And thanks for stopping by!! 



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Hoarding pumpkin-scented everythings.  Yesterday, I rubbed a pumpkin candle all over myself.  
(Kidding... but the thought has crossed my mind.)

Loving crochet doilies.  You'd think that I'd find a bajillion I like on etsy, but I am very picky about my doilies and the pattern used to crochet them.  I'm a doily snob.

So excited that The Walking Dead starts season 5 this weekend (knuckles to all Walking Dead fans).  I bought zombie cupcake toppers to celebrate.  Best $15 I ever spent.

Catching our breath after celebrating our 13th anniversary (say whaaaaat?) and the little guy's 9th birthday.  Did I ever tell you how much I love the Philips in my life? :)

Kissing Philly's teddybear.  Because he started this new thing where I need to kiss his bear on the head, ear, and lips before he can snuggle up and fall asleep each night.  I think I'm gonna cry when I am not asked to kiss bears at bedtime.  

Reading The Artisan Soul.  Oh. My. Gosh.  It literally has 7 chapters so, technically, it's the best type of book to finish in a week.  I doubt you will need that long.  Fills. Up. My.  Heart.  Love this book.  

Planning new projects.  I could have character necklaces listed in my shop very soon.  Niamh loves hers.  And she is my quality control, so I think I'm about ready to share them:). 

Drawing.  I've literally drawn for hours upon hours this week...but still feel the itch to get back to it every night when I put the pencil down.  I think that means I love my job:). 

Wanting to try this essential oils craze...but realizing I have a lot to learn since I've been rubbing my kids with straight up, undiluted lavender oil for weeks now.  I need someone to point me to a knowledgeable essential oil-er.  For the sake of my kid's greased up torsos.  

Missing Phil.  Because he has been off the last few weeks and returns to work tomorrow.  I love when we are all home together.  (sniffles)

Working at being better at hospitality.  I always felt hospitality-challenged since I suck at preparing food.  But, as I work at making our home and life more available to friends and family and impromptu visits, I am finding that the two gifts (cooking/baking and hospitality) are not in actuality connected.  And yes, sometimes I buy amazing cupcakes from Whole Foods and pretend I made them... but that is not the point.  I've enjoyed having new friends over and look forward to many more coffee dates on the couch.  With 'homemade' desserts.  ;)

Buying fresh flowers.  Every Friday.  I go through the house and empty all my vases and add new flowers to them.  If I could try a dream job for a day, I'd be a florist.  Or a fair trade coffee company owner who travelled the world for the best tasting coffee beans.  Maybe a mix of the two.  

Dreaming.  You ever just want to take a gigantic leap and try something bizarre and new and risky?  I feel like that all the time.  Maybe I'm just weird... But I think big dreams are a part of all of us and maybe the crystalized glimpses of what we are really made for.  

What is on your 'Currently' list?? 
I'd love to read yours:)...


The Learning Places~

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One really nice side effect of homeschooling Niamh and Philly has been a substantial increase in my own learning over the past year.  I did not anticipate this, but looking back over the last months, my life has been punctuated by increases in learning...mostly in places where I never recognized in myself a high level of interest in that area.

Which is actually kind of cool. 

I assumed my own learning curve would flatten out as I grew older.  After I graduated college, I was burnt out and not very interested in studying a single thing for the rest of my life.  By that point, I already had a family and a life~ so learning more 'stuff' just didn't fit well on my plate.   

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About half way into last year, I started reading a LOT of books on science and creation.  At first, my whole point was to be able to teach the kids science from a non-christian text book while pointing out the "holes" in evolution.  

I believed in an old earth.
But not in evolution. 
Because only evil people believe in that.  
Two books in, I was devastated.  
Because evolution eloquently explained the world around me
(in ways I had never been taught in a Christian school),
But seemed in huge contradiction to the very first chapter of my Bible.  
I read more books on evolution.  
Then I read books on Genesis. 
I read books on how to read my Bible.  
Most of my reading didn't come from the shelves of Barnes and Noble either.  
It was stuff I trudged through.
Googling three words per sentence sometimes.  
Writing definitions in the margins.
I found some really good 'mentor' type writers that I found challenging to my fortified doctrine walls.
Sometimes I even emailed them.
Asking for further explanations. 
(And they wrote me back~ which was awesome and kind of surprising.)
I think I averaged one tearful breakdown a month.  Just crying my eyes out to Phil. 
Because I had never really pressed into places of why I believed certain things.  
All of the "What I Believe" was just kind of inherited from people I liked or loved or respected.  
So when I started figuring things out in an authentic way-- for myself-- lots of struggle and uncertainty ensued...

But a ton of learning, too.  

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The desire to read Genesis in a more informed way led me to learn about the culture and context of when the Bible was written.  And in that place I saw a God on mission-- always meeting humanity on our playing field.  This intersected with another huge passion of our family~ living on mission.  

It is seriously the most awesome thing ever to look back over a year and see God leading me in what I've read and learned.  Even the order of the books I've picked up (often on a whim) seem perfectly placed.  And then to have two seemingly separate roads collide (creation and mission)~ just assume I cried all over again. 
This time, tears of thanksgiving. 
(same ugly crying face, though;)

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We are in a weekly bible study moving through (ironically enough) Genesis and creation with our former (old church's) associate pastor.  This week, when he prayed, I loved his words.  

'God, give our thoughts edges.'  

That is what learning does.  
It crystalizes the fuzzy places.  
Sometimes you have to walk through a ton of mud to get there~
And maybe you will cry your eyes out about cavemen and Neanderthals to your bewildered husband. 
And you will believe in the very thing you were trying to disprove to your kids.
Maybe you will go on tangents. 
And have trouble remembering the path you started on.
God knows, I've lost my bearings quite a few times.  

I've learned that my learning about God~ even though the more I learn, the more He is shrouded in mystery~ is a way of worshipping Him.  I didn't think of it that way when I started this process last year.  But it is.  And through it, my faith (while at times rocked to its core) has been substantially deepened and widened.  And so I continue to press into it more.  Because it is a lifelong way to love and worship my King.  

Meanwhile, being an adult who is passionate about learning~ so it is never a flatline area, but always on an increasing trend-- shows my kids that life should never feel unimpressive or stagnant.  Learning new and beautiful things often sparks new dreams and leads us down paths God intends for us to walk (but that we would never have found otherwise).  And honestly, how can we teach our children well if we have never become good learners in the first place?  

So pick up the book that interests you.
Or the book that lands on the other side of the line you've drawn in the sand.  
Read about something that makes you feel alive.  
Or even the thing that pisses you off.
(The books I have felt the most hostile towards are often the ones I end up learning the most from.)


~Mahatma Ghandi

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PS, Kaylee Snyder~ you won the rubber stamp giveaway!! Congrats!!


Banner Love

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I am a 'fill the walls with any and every- thing" type of person.  
Blank wall space actually makes me nervous:).  
So there is a little irony in the fact that years ago I fell in love with an A-frame house.
Almost every wall is on a steep angle. 
Try hanging things on the inside of a triangle. 
It doesn't work too well.

I have resorted to banners. 
They are super easy to make and fill in the places that need a little color and decorating love. 

The simplest ones to make just require card stock, two sided tape, and twine.  
The nice thing for us crafty folks is the amount of scrap paper we have lying around, perfect for this type of project!
I wanted a really plain colored banner with pops of animal print for our bedroom, so it cost maybe 5 bucks of cardstock and a whole 10 minutes to make:).  
So easy!

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I also have quite a few fabric ones hanging around.  
They are a bit more time consuming to make since I have to drag out the sewing machine...
But, seriously.
It is still so easy and can be made to match any decor style...
And who doesn't love fabric shopping? 
(I do. I do. I do.  I don't even care if it is the lamest thing ever. Fabric stores are happy places.)

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So the next time you need a little pop of color in your craft room or living space, pull out your paper stash, tape, and twine.  
Add a few strands of twinkle lights. 
It will transform into a perfectly magical space:).

Even if you live in a triangle.
With sexy, faux wood panelling.


Stamp and Video Giveaway!

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It is nice to start the week off by giving something away:).

I have the newest set of Saturated Canary rubber stamps (5 total) and a coloring video by Jennifer Dove to give to one follower.

Both gifts.
One winner.

**You must be a follower of this blog to win (see my sidebar).
**Please comment on this post~ What is your favorite SC stamp?
Giveaway closes Friday, September 12.
International followers are welcome to enter.

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Good luck and happy Monday!


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