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!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day

David suggested a Mother's Day family photo on my *new camera* after Church! Yippee! So excited, I've loved my camera, and it has lasted for several years! David gave me my current camera for Christmas 2011 and it has been toted everywhere and heavily used! It has shown some signs of aging so we were thrilled to see a newer model on sale last week as we've been keeping an eye on it!

This is now my third Panasonic camera and I am brand loyal on this! {this is an affiliate link}

Emily took this one:

I also enjoyed some beautiful flowers, cards, chocolate and lots of love! After church, I cleaned out and organized the school cabinet and pulled out a lavender foot soak and enjoyed that on the porch with my new copy of Bella Grace magazine. Lovely!

Next, a walk around the yard to see the blueberries, grapes and hydrangeas!

Meanwhile, Scout hung out on the porch with me and was full of energy - ha!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Slow: Light

The busier things seem to be, the more I crave quiet, slow, cozy and home. These photos are a collection from various days at various times of finding those little pockets of slow that become a collection of beauty.

Keeping the light low is a key way for me to find this peaceful refreshment on a slow evening. Light is a theme for me in these photos - light streaming in as it goes down for the day, moody kitchen light in the later evening, candle light, twinkle lights, light through water, light through trees. Light can be harsh and off-putting or it can be warm and inviting, it can make us cringe or welcome us in and calm.

I love thinking about all of the spiritual blessings of light and Jesus being the Light and how His light shines in and through us.

Genesis 1:3, "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."

John 8:12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"