Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I jazzed up a tray with polka dots.

So, my DIY madness continues. I'm not sure if Pinterest is my friend at this point or not. But, as I continue to ponder our relationship status, I will admit that it has struck a creative nerve in my body. And I appreciate that. Because frankly, I need to try creative things and not be so darn afraid to mess up.

So, here is my recent endeavor inspired by a dish that I saw on Pinterest. The simplicity of this astounds me.

I bought a clean white tray at a discount store. Preferably one that is quite flat with not many curved edges.

I then proceeded to measure out a straight line on the dish. I grabbed my black paint marker and followed that line all the way down with polka dots.

I continued the process until I completed the tray. I did make a second row of polka dots that I indented from my original row.

Mind you, these dots are not perfect. And I am ok with that.


Let those polka dots dry and that's it. So simple.

My jewelry and perfume can now rest on creative ground.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....

Thunderstorms still exist in Michigan. At least this past week proved that to be true. We are super grateful for the rain though as the mitten has been beyond dry this summer.

I have witnessed a lot of sunrises this week on my way north to my parent's house. It really reminds me of the opening scene in Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version). *Sigh* Now all I need is a good book and an open field to walk through.

I want a puppy. Still. But, until I get one I plan on spending lots of time with my parent's dog: Roxy (seen in the following pictures multiple times). She likes to beg. 

I did a lot of lounging this weekend. So much so that I might feel a tad guilty. But, that is what the weekend is for....right?

I officially want to visit London. Like everyone else in the world at this point.

I got just a tad emotional watching the Olympic opening ceremonies. Erick fell asleep. We are a good team like that.

How was your weekend? Please tell me I'm not the only one that cried during the opening ceremonies. :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cup Art DIY

Alright, let me be honest here. I am not specifically inclined to being very "crafty". Believe me, I have often wondered how this happened as my mother is very very crafty. She is extremely creative when it comes to creating things. So, with that disclaimer out there for the world I will say that Pinterest has done to me what it has done to everyone else: inspiration to be creative. 

I am sure you have seen or heard or maybe even attempted writing with a sharpie on a porcelain dish. 


Well, after multiple attempts at this, my sharpie kept coming off with soap and water (even after I baked it).

New approach.

I found these pens that are specifically for writing on porcelain at Micheals (craft store). 
The brand that I discovered is called: Pebeo.
The pen comes with instructions for how long to bake the dish after you write on it. You do need to let it set for 24 hours. 
But, they even claim that it becomes dishwasher safe after it is baked. 
I have yet to test this out, but it stood up to my scrubbing and soap and hot water without making a dent in my design.


I made the cup below for my mother's hairdresser as a gift. 
I love the idea of doing a "his" and "her" cup. 
So I did. 
Wedding gift ideas, anyone? 
The possibilities are endless.

So, my love for coffee has finally met a crafty DIY project. 
That I can do. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I love turtlenecks: An ode to fall fashion.

Is anyone else excited for cooler weather mostly because you are excited for Fall clothing? 
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of things that I love about fall. Michigan knows how to put on quite an elaborate display when it comes to this season. But, I would be lying if I didn't say that a huge part of my love for fall is the clothes. Magazines are beginning to touch the topic and it has me dreaming about boots and scarves and turtlenecks (I'm an old lady like that) and rich colored handbags.

Do you feel the tug on your heart to just peak in the plastic storage containers that hold all these items?


I'm not trying to hurry summer along (alright, yes I am) but it has to be one of my least favorite season to get dressed in. I know, it's getting personal now. 
To calm my wandering heart, I took it upon myself to buy a piece of clothing yesterday that is specifically for autumn weather. 
Small steps.

What is your favorite season as far as getting dressed goes?
Any upcoming trends you can't stand to wait on?

(personally, I am thrilled that polka dots are sticking around for awhile.Thank you J.Crew.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Canning that.

A couple weeks ago my mother and I decided to dedicate a whole day to creating delicious food. Food that could be enjoyed months and even a year from now.

This was my very first experience in canning. My very first experience in creating delicious jellies and preserves.

I found the whole process to be quite therapeutic. Concocting ideas for the perfect mixture of fruit. Frantically stirring all the ingredients over a steaming stove (that was working at full capacity). Trying not to cry when I burnt my thumb on the raspberry jam.

My mom took the time to teach me something. An organic and simpler way of viewing food. We put time into it. We thought about it together. We sealed each can and carefully aligned them on the counter. We let out giggles of satisfaction when we heard the lids popping at random.

I have a lot of respect for generations past that put time and energy and thought into preserving food for their families. I can only imagine that they felt as satisfied over the end result a I did when I saw all those cans lined up in a row.

It's not just the idea of putting love into the food one is creating, it's about the memories and time spent with the people working alongside you.

Every time I open a can of jam I'll be opening up hard work, laughter, and a summer memory of my mom and I in the kitchen.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....(explanation edition)

I have done a horrible job of writing this week. I admit it.

Erick and I have spent a lot of time up north at my parent's house this week. And I have the pictures to prove it. And lack of sleep. But, the time and memories and sunrises have been beyond worth it

This week has definitely been one of those weeks with a lot of change and trying to keep up and trying to work out a lot of the emotions that go along with that.

My brother is home from Japan, so we are trying to spend as much time with him as possible before he heads back to SC to start his new teaching position.

Erick just started a new job this week. We are taking a leap of faith by doing something new. And I am so excited for him because he is doing something that he loves and has wanted to do for a very long time.
He is such a patient person when it comes to waiting.

And then there's me: I am slowly confronting my fear of change. Slowly attacking my fear of failure. I am reminded of this verse as I struggle through some new oppurtunities and health struggles this week:

 "There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life--fear of death, fear of judgement--is one not yet fully formed in love." (1 John 4:18 msg).

In every season there is change and challenges and oppurtunities and a chance for growth.
And there is peace in that love.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas in July (?!?!)

I know what some of you are thinking. It goes along the lines of : REALLY??
But, I was compelled to write this post. That's right, compelled. 
 Never mind that Christmas is my favorite holiday. Just never mind that.
 The point is, that a certain channel was playing Christmas movies all weekend on the 'ol tv as tribute. 
The point is, Christmas is indeed less than six months away. 
The point is, there exists a place where it is Christmas all year long. 
And it lies here in Michigan. 
Need I say more? 
Erick and I like to visit a few times a year. It is the world's largest Christmas store: Bronners.
It's located in a town called Frakenmuth, Michigan (which has it's own unique story).
It is truly a magical place. Where Christmas music plays all throughout the store. 
Where you can literally walk around for hours exploring a countless number of ornaments. 
There are Christmas lights and Christmas decorations and Christmas stuff everywhere.
 And it is the home of a snack cafe' that so happens to produce a hotdog that Erick and I get every time we are there.
Want some more interesting facts about the world's largest Christmas store (aka most magical place in the world....)? 
Click here.
Happy Christmas in July!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....

It's still too hot in Michigan.

Is it Fall yet? I'm ready. For leaves. For cooler weather. For less humidity. And for better hair.

Working through My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers has been extremely encouraging this week.

My parent's like surprises. So much so that they surprised me with a new bike this weekend! Christmas in July. It does exist. And I love my bike. And I love my parents.

Kitty has befriended the new bike. She likes to hang out with it. You know, keep it company in case it becomes lonely.

I am officially on a mission to get to The Influence Conference. It looks amazing.

Mint Klondike Bars. My food plug for the weekend.

How was your weekend?? Share the details!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A blueberry mission in the morning

Yesterday my mom and I decided to tackle blueberry picking. My mother views this sorta' thing as more of a mission than a leisurely picking trip. This is business. We have a job to accomplish. And we got there in the early morning hours to see to it.

Translation: we picked as many blueberries as we possibly could for about two hours.

Naturally, I tapped out before she did.

Naturally, my mom's bucket was twice as full as mine.

I am obviously not cut out for such intense picking. 

But, in the midst of our blueberry picking frenzy I enjoyed taking in the sounds of the morning. It really is a peaceful thing to hear the birds chirping and to still see the dew on all the blueberry plants.

I am thankful for summer mornings like that. The ones where you witness the day beginning. It's almost as if you are a silent spectator to what happens every single morning.

So, even though my bucket of blueberries came in short, I got to spend a morning with my mother in God's perfect creation.

Mission accomplished.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend......

I like taking random trips with the husband. Just driving around. It makes for a fun Friday evening.

Sonic malts. Do you have a Sonic? Have you tried their malt? Go. Stop reading this and go find one.

This is turning into a foodie post (tends to happen). But I love pizza and I don't care who knows it!

The husband and I have consumed mass amounts of ice cream this weekend as well. Mint Chocolate chip. Over and over and over......you get the picture.

The 4th of July festivities are still taking place in our neighboring towns. Fireworks. Sparklers. You name it. And so I conclude that we need to have more reasons to play with sparklers.

I did a very sad job of recording much this weekend via pictures. So, you get a vacation pic. Of me, the husband, and brother-in-law Kory drinking coffee. I figure that the coffee is the high point of that picture.

So.....how was your weekend? Highlights?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Strike adventure

It's just like a match. I know that I constantly refer to our time in SC as the pinnacle of all major learning moments in the last year.
 But, it's true.

I feel as if God really planted some seeds in our minds and hearts and here we are still reaping them. One by one. I keep recognizing and understanding areas of my life that I need to fully surrender and work on.
Things that only I can change.
Things that I am only accountable for.
I'm not an adventurous person. I'm just not. I'm perfectly content in ritual and the mundane.
Bored yet? (my jab at humor)
I suppose I am adventurous in my very own way. I'm not in the mood to apologize for that area of my make-up.
But, I am here to say that I feel inspiration and adventure (in probably it's shallowest form) welling up in me as of late.

It's time for me to start pursuing the things that God has for me. And I do believe He has something for me. And for you.
For all of us.

The question is: are we (am I) brave enough, bold enough, crazy enough, adventurous enough to go running after it?
I mean that.
I struggle with that.
But, I know my Jesus knows that.
He knows exactly where I am at. He knows exactly how analytical I am.
How I'm not one to run after things.
He knows that I am not as adventurous as some.
He knows that I sometimes lack a great deal of confidence in myself.
And I'm glad He knows exactly where I'm at.
I know He can use me in spite of all of it. 

And as He lights that fire under my feet and I begin to stumble and pick up speed. The adventure becomes intimidating. The path uncertain.
But, in the distance I can see a faint version of me. The one that I was created to be.
Doing the things I was made to do.
And so I go.

It was the 4th of July!

Is your blog feed getting blown up with posts about the 4th yet?
 I'm pretty sure that everyone just loves this holiday that not only allows us to spend some time with family in the summer heat, but also reminds us that we live in a lovely country. With lovely people. And we have a lot of freedoms that have been purchased for us at a high price. I try not to take that for granted. 

Well, just like everyone else, I am here to share a little about our mid-week celebration and blast you with a ton of photos. Read on if you dare. 

We made the trek up to northern Michigan (once again) to do what we do best with Erick's family: hang out. Our time was spent eating (northern michigan rocks the foodie scene), relaxing, conversing, sweating it out on a beach, and of course lighting some sticks (also known as sparklers) on fire. 
Does it get any better than that? 
I think not. 
Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July with people you love. And that you stayed cool in the process. 
Commence photo train now. 
(more posts pertaining to my love of michigan here)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Some things I learned over the weekend....

I am tired.

When a Panera Bread comes to your town (after you have been waiting forever) and it has a drive-thru: you go there a lot. And you update all your statuses stating that you are, indeed, at Panera Bread. And you take a bazillion instagram photos of you consuming their food.

My brother came home! For one day. He is now off to Japan for a couple weeks. And even though he shall return to Michigan, coming home for one day is such a tease. I am praying for his safe travel. 

I'm becoming a coffee snob. And I'm not proud of this. The husband is suffering as a result.

Michigan has went off the deep end. This weather has been closer to our time in SC. ( high 90s all week people! This does not happen!)

This weekend felt like the party before the party. As in, this whole week feels weird because right smack dab in the middle of it: the 4th of July. Anyone else catching those vibes?

Alright, tell me, what went on this weekend/ what is going on this week?!

we like to take awkward pictures featuring "the guys in the back eating panera"
my brother and I
that's my mommy! (and me)
Kory and Caleb. At Panera of course. duh.
my brother. work it. work it.
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