Friday, May 25, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Twilight Beauty Deliveries

The night before we left for a road trip last week, I happened to notice how beautiful the hydrangea blooms were looking! They had hit their groove and were delivering beauty in fluffy balls all over the bushes. As silly as it sounds, I was feeling sad about leaving and not getting to enjoy this beauty which only arrives once a year. Instead of staying low about it, the idea came to share the blooms. In the past, I've offered to let friends come and cut what they want when they leave but as far as I can tell, no one ever has!

I scurried around the kitchen looking for jars I didn't mind passing on and the girls and I headed out into the approaching dusk to cut blooms and more blooms. We left some so that we can enjoy them when we get home but they lose their blue color in the heat so they won't look quite this pretty!

Then the girls and I each took a couple of jars and headed down the driveway and our deliveries began! We left jars of flowers on neighbors porches for them to find - I hope they enjoyed them!

Rachel had been sad to miss May Day delivery so this was our later in May flower delivery! How have you taken something that could get you down and turn it into something positive and giving?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Open Tabs

On Christian Hospitality: this quote is my favorite, "Entertainment is about impressing people and keeping them at arm’s length. Hospitality is about opening up your heart and your home, just as you are, and being willing to invite Jesus into the conversation, not to stop the conversation but to deepen it."

But this also stepped on my toes a little bit because it is something God has been nudging my heart in. How many neighbors on my own street do I really know or better yet, care to know?

I am hindered by fear, yes, by not knowing what to say or how to interact with those I might not have as much in common with. But I'm also afraid of messing up - this is a big deal, an eternity is at stake for each person I encounter. Yet, isn't that what our enemy wants? To paralyze me with fear of messing up so I will do nothing. What if my family isn't on board?

Obviously there is a lot of processing in my heart and mind about this - everything from how, where, when, who, etc. all the logistics! My heart is open and this nudge has been persisting - so I want to press in to that and listen and obey!

Via Deeply Rooted Mag on Instagram: “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”
― Andrew Murray

Free printable from Erin Loechner via Sally Clarkson

For beautiful table setting lovers, like me, I love this hashtag: #thecloisteredtable 

Michael Buble: Home

Beautiful Instagram square from Hannah Queen

Sometimes I just love looking at my Slow inspiration pin board for a visual gift of slow!

What is inspiring you these days?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Slow Sunday

A lovely birthday!
Cinnamon Rolls
A new phone
Picnic lunch on the porch
Some flowers from our yard

Bella Grace magazine
Slow, quiet, rest

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hoop Art DIY

Thank you for loving our decor and crafts from the Missions Conference that I recently shared. In case you want to make your own hoop art with any words in it - here is a quick tutorial on how we did this.

Embroidery hoop
Fabric strips for wrapping outer hoop
Cotton or muslin for verse
Piece of cardstock
Spray adhesive
Hot glue

Cut the fabric you want to use to wrap your hoop into strips, mine are about 1". 

Remove the inner circle of your hoop and set aside. Start at one edge and wrap the fabric strips around your hoop. You shouldn't need glue until the very end as you can just wrap the ends in place. When you get to the end of one strip, just add another one and wrap the end in. Continue wrapping all the way around and hot glue in place at the other end.

Set outer hoop aside. Lay out your muslin fabric and place a piece of cardstock on top of it. Trim around the cardstock so that you have a piece of fabric the same size.

Take your piece of cardstock outside or in a well ventilated place {spray adhesive stinks!} and place it in a box {pizza box works great!}. Spray one side of your cardstock with spray adhesive. Be careful not to spray the can on anything you don't want sticky! I wasn't actually spraying in this photo but moved it outside.

Press the fabric onto the tacky side of cardstock. Smooth out wrinkles, you can peel up and re-stick if necessary. You want it as smooth as possible.

Now flip over so that your fabric is facedown. Trim away any excess bits of fabric around the edges. You don't want these causing anything to get off kilter or stuck in your printer.

Now you will want to get your text typed up the way you want it on your computer. I used Microsoft Word and was able to fit two on a page as our hoops were 4" each. You might want to print a sample copy on plain paper to make sure you have your spacing and size correct before putting your fabric in.

Place the fabric covered paper in your printer, making sure you know which side it is going to print on and with the fabric on the right side to be printed on. Print the one I used here. I use a laser printer and don't have experience with other kinds of printers and how this would work.

Peel your fabric off of the cardstock after printing.

Cut as needed and place in your hoop.

Trim excess fabric from the back once you have it in the hoop and tightened.

You can see a Fall hoop I made using this same method and another hoop plus towel here, and when I celebrated reaching 2,000 items in my gratitude journal with a lovely dinner and hoops for my three kids listing things I love about them.

Enjoy this fun and versatile project!