Spring Photo Session

I'm proud of myself! I actually got my Spring blog header up on time!  I think it's because I was looking forward to making a cheery pink and pastels header... I love Spring :) 

Last Friday, the sun came out and lit up our house.  Even though I had a busy day ahead... my parents were coming to visit and I NEEDED to clean... I knew I had to take the opportunity to shoot some pics on the kiddos for my new header.  So I put clean clothes on them... they usually run around in their underwear a good portion of the day... and quickly picked up their room.  The walls in their room are a perfect shade of pale pink and I knew they would be the perfect backdrop for some spring photos.  I also had this image in my head that I saw on Pinterest once... it was of two little girls laying on their backs with their hair hanging down over the edge of a bridge, I think.  It was darling and I knew I had to do that with my girls.  Well, there's no bridge in our house, so I figured if I double stacked their mattresses that would give enough height to let their long locks dangle down.  It worked!  And I love the results :)

Then V came in.  He started biting the girls' toes.  It was awesome. 

Spring it here... full of hope and new beginnings.  I'm going to let every little blossom and bud bring me joy.  I'm going to take each ounce of beauty as a sweet little gift from God... It's going to be a good Spring :)

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
   the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
   night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
   no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
   their words to the ends of the world." 
Psalm 19:1-4

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
   or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
   or let the fish in the sea inform you.
 Which of all these does not know
   that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
   and the breath of all mankind." 
Job 12:7-10


Something's Happened...

...now that's real-life :)

I've been thinking lately....about my life, my home, my ambitions, my hopes, my responsibilities.  Somewhere in that list, this blog fits in.  In a way it's a part of all of those. 

I've been thinking about how my blog has taken a little direction shift in the past 6 months or so...  It's been good.  I've been doing printables and some other creative inspirational junk.  I've had a great response and it's been really wonderful and affirming to share my creativity with you all.  But somehow along the road, I have felt myself withdraw.  I have a tendency to pull away and keep the "real me" tucked safely back.  I struggle with what the purpose of my blog is...  some days it feels like "all business" and I don't want that.

I want my blog to be... me.  And not in a cliche' kind of way.  I want this blog to be me forming a relationship with you (that sounds cheesy, too...but hear me out :)   I want to come along side you, share a decorating tip, make you smile, and encourage you as you sift through life.  I want you to find me helpful, like a close friend who loans a good book to you.... like a sister-in Christ who speaks the words you were needing to hear...

But I also want to be open and honest in my real daily life with you so that I can be held accountable.  You see when I pull back, in real life... just like I have on this blog... I cut the strings of accountability.  I have such a tendency to do this.  When life gets rocky, confusing, draining... or even when something really amazing happens that's kinda personal,  I shrink back.  I don't really know why.  I guess it's just easier for me... it keeps me from being vulnerable, I suppose. 

But we are called to more.. all of us... in life on-line or off.  Christ did not bring me here to shut my mouth in fear, laziness, or confusion.  But in him, I am made strong and able to do all things!  This I know, and I will cling to it :)

So...  I will continue designing... continue posting lost of Printables (because I think it's just so much fun!!), but I'm going to try and not hold back my heart from you.  So many times I think.. "I should share these thoughts on my blog"...  then I don't.  Or when life is rough and kinda not the prettiest...  I look around at my house and think "I can't post anything... where would I even find a clean spot to take a  picture!?"   So instead of sharing something "real",  I post a Printable... It looks good, I look good, no one is the wiser that my day is a wreck!

Anyway... we are called to encourage each other, open our mouths and speak truth.  Life isn't just about me getting through my day...   It's about what I can do and say to bring others into a fuller knowledge and a closer relationship with our God and his son, Jesus Christ.  Will you join me?

Fabric Washi Tape Strips Tutorial

Yeah, yeah, I know... I make alot of "fake" washi tape.  But it's so cute!  And it provides such charm, color, cuteness, whimsy, blah, blah, blah to anything and everything! So forgive me :)

I just lately tried out my idea of making this fabric washi tape... and low and behold it actually worked! yipee.
Think of all those fabric scraps you have... you could make piles of different prints of washi tape with it!!! 
oh, glorious day. 

-scissors OR rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting board
-3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive - I am in love with this stuff... I've used it forever on EVERYTHING
you can find it a number of places... I buy it at Lowes.
-pinking shears
-wax paper

It's super easy.
1. cut fabric into strips... I made them 3/4" wide
2. then cut the strips with the pinking shears into various lengths of "tape"
3. turn them upside down on cardboard or wax paper
4. spray GENEROUSLY with 3M Super 77(...outside or in your garage. duh. )
5. use immediately for best stick OR place on wax paper for use later! 

** I realized afterwards that it might be best to iron your fabric before you begin... the creases make the tape not want to lie flat... obviously. 



Silly Me... I forgot to show you the new stuff in my store!

Oh, wow.  That's so typical of me these days.  I added A BUNCH of new stuff to my store awhile ago, and I always meant to tell you!  But alas,  my brain is mush.   So... better late than never... take a peek!

These are just a few of the new additions... Almost all of these have color variations.  I also added color variations to many of my old popular designs.  

AND... enjoy a discount... use the code NEWDESIGNS15 to get 15% off :)  LOVE YA!




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