You might remember this Easter subway art printable from last year. This was the first time I had never created something like this and was amazed at the wonderful reception it received. So....I thought that I would feature it again, just in time for Easter.  Though certainly it would be lovely all spring or even longer.    Click here to download your 8x10 Subway Art Easter Printable.  For personal use only.           It's that time we've all been waiting for....    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan … [Read more...]

  What do you do when you are going through a rough patch? Do you go to bed and curl up in the fetal position? Or...do you carry on praising God as if you're having the best of days?   If you would like to download this encouraging 8x10 image click here.  It's free!  For personal use only.   Okay...I confess... I might not do the first.  But, this week has been extremely difficult and I surely haven't done the second, either. I'm not suggesting that you must do the second.  But, it seems that Paul thought that we needed to have joy-filled hearts.  All. The. Time. Except for the … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day coming soon... I put together this old Irish Blessing Printable for you.    Download this FREE 8x10 St. Patrick's Day PRINTABLE for personal use ONLY   I love using graphics and pictures in vignettes.  Maybe you would like to frame this FREE Irish Blessing printable and use it in a St. Patrick's Day vignette.     And now, on to our Extraordinary Link Party....   Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your extraordinary creativity and ideas and tips each week.  I truly appreciate you!  And...I can't wait to see what you've … [Read more...]

Winter weather seems to be the topic of conversation everywhere. Did you get snow?  I love hearing the excitement of those of you who are experiencing the first real snowfall in a long time.  Please tell me you celebrated by making snow ice cream. Yesterday the sun was shining here in the Mitten State, for a while, and the temps were all the way up to the low twenties!  My husband and I celebrated by going for a long walk at a local park.  The best part was walking on some of the frozen marsh.   I know...it doesn't take much for me.  [wink]  And of course, I took a bunch of photos … [Read more...]

In a few days the calendar will turn to the 14th. Valentine's Day. The day when the florists' couriers have the best job in the world. The day when we all have an excuse to do something amazingly kind and loving for our co-worker, our neighbor, our parent, our spouse, our child, our significant other, the person in line before or after us, almost everyone with whom we brush shoulders. Or not.   It's a day that makes it abundantly clear that how we live our lives is all about choices. On this day, we can choose to receive the love of God and in turn, demonstrate it to others.   Especially … [Read more...]

There's a big game coming up this weekend. Are you excitedly looking forward to the game, the commercials, and getting together with friends? If you're like most, the week has been super busy and though you'd like to put out a great game day buffet, it may or may not happen without some major help. Help is on the way!!     I scoured our Project Inspire{d} link party and put together this line-up of Last Minute Super Bowl Party Ideas and Recipes     Handmade in the Heartland has some fun ways for serving up delicious Super Bowl Party Food.     Gal on … [Read more...]

 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8a   If you don’t slow to count the gifts in the moments, God in the moments — when exactly will you taste and see that the Lord is good? The losing of every battle begins when there is no time to taste and see and savor that the Lord is good. When you don’t have time to taste and see that the Lord is good — you begin to taste and believe that life is bad. Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience   My days are pretty full. I get up early and go to bed late. I'm an early bird and a night owl. Would that make me an early owl? No matter what I do, or … [Read more...]

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul.”  G.K. Chesterton Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Whether the resolution is to be more organized, get healthy, read more books, or run a marathon....as significant as all of those are....the resolution to restore our souls is the more lasting resolution. What do you resolve to do in 2014? The photo quote above by Chesterton is available as a Free 5x7 Printable.  Download the New Year's Quote and Printable for 2014 here.  Save it to your desktop to print out at home or take to your favorite photo … [Read more...]

If you would enjoy framing this quote, please download the free printable here and save it to your desktop for printing or take it to your favorite photo shop.   Do you have a thankful heart? Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be so blessed regardless of their circumstances? The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! Henry Ward Beecher Isn't this a great quote?   One other thing I've noticed...those with a thankful heart are … [Read more...]

November is the gratitude month. With the holidays approaching it's a good thing to get ready by being thankful. We can and should be gracious....encouraging....kind. But...most of all we should be thankful!   This image is available as a 5x7 printable. Download here and save to your desktop for printing at home or via your favorite photo shop.   Seriously... Contentment comes from a thankful heart. Creativity comes from a thankful heart. Generosity comes from a thankful heart. And that's just the beginning of what we need as we approach the holidays. I'm sure you can … [Read more...]

It's confession time. Do you ever let your feathers get ruffled by something someone has done or said? When was the last time your feathers were ruffled?     I looked out my window the other day to see a gathering of bluebirds around the bluebird house at the end of the driveway.  It's seems to be rather late in the season for birds to be checking out houses.  But, that's exactly what these birds appeared to be doing.  In and out they went. With hope in my heart, I grabbed the camera, just knowing that today, I would finally be able to snap some shots.  And yes!  I got a few. It was … [Read more...]

Thirty-One Days. It went by in a flash.  Some days. Other days, every tap on the keyboard was work. But, in the end...it was so worth it. 31 Extraordinary Days to Be... The main point of this series was to write for 31 days straight.  Faithfully. The other aspect was for me to write something meaningful and somehow meld something near and dear to my heart with what we usually do here on the blog.  It wasn't seamless.  It was meaningful. Each day I read comments that touched my heart.  I could/can hardly believe that what I tapped in touched your heart.  Yet...your words told me volumes. … [Read more...]

 Welcome to Day 31 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our "skin" and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   Whew! This has been the fastest month on record. It's been a joy to meet the challenge of writing each day.  Though it has been a little more challenging that I imagined. When I embarked on this journey with you I thought that the task ahead would be much more light-hearted.   I truly had no idea that as I … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 27 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   In my reading early this week I came across this verse....    This image is available as a FREE 5x7 printable.  Download it here.   Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people, Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil. Psalm 97:11  The Message   I love the idea of God planting … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 25 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   Small Things Being faithful in "small things" is about our character.  It takes discipline.  Daily. Not only is it our attention to those "small things" that makes a difference in the world.  They make a difference in our personal lives too.   This image is available as a 5x7 printable.  Download … [Read more...]

  Welcome to Day 16 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.     Have you ever had someone tell you, "You talk too much!" I don't know that I have ever been told that or have even said that.  But...I have thought it. You too?     Don't Talk So Much! Why is it that we think we need to give someone who needs encouragement a … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 13 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   Do you live in a spot where you can view a sunrise or sunset? Right now we're living at the beginning of a private cul de sac.  It's a half mile from beginning to end.  This little road runs from east to west.  Or west to east depending on your perspective.  The beauty for me is that each morning I can sit in … [Read more...]