Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hair Tie Valentine


I love making hair ties as little gifts, especially for my tween niece. They are so easy and inexpensive. Last year, I made some for her as a Valentine. I cut a piece of card stock to hold the ties and used a doily punch and stamps to decorate it.

This would be an easy and cute idea for teens and tweens who are giving valentines to their friends. 



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Barrel of Monkeys Valentine-Free Printable!


I have to admit-I normally am not into cheesy, punny Valentines. But, I found these mini Barrel of Monkeys games at Party City and had to get a few for the kiddos in my life. It was just screaming for a cute tag, so I made one-and I'm sharing it with you!!


I taped the barrels shut with Valentine's washi tape because who wants mini monkeys spilling out everywhere?! 

Here is a sample of what the tags look like (minus the watermark, of course):



Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hamburgers and Mushroom Soup-Easy Comfort Food


Hamburgers and Mushroom Soup was one of my favorite meals my mom made while I was growing up. Now I make it for my family too. It's super easy and super yummy. It is not incredibly healthy, but a little indulgence every once in a while doesn't hurt! It's one of my comfort foods and perfect in Winter.

All you need to make this is ground beef and Cream of Mushroom Soup (I usually get the larger can or two small cans). Yep, that's it-all the ingredients are in the title!

All you do is make hamburger patties, cook them on the stove and then add the mushroom soup when they are cooked through. I do not pour out the hamburger grease because it thins out the mushroom soup and adds flavor. 

The mushroom soup makes enough gravy to add to mash potatoes, so I usually make those to go with the meal.


Yum!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday 1/14/15

It's time for another week of What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy!


My new dress! (a Christmas gift)
So, I picked out this dress as a long tunic because it is way too short to be worn as a dress in my opinion, so I only plan to wear this with leggings and jeans!
Dress-Forever21
cardigan- NY and Co
Boots and Belt-Target

I think the socks were too much...
Sweater: Old Navy
Boots and socks: Target

My fave this week:
Top-Charlotte Russe
Cardigan-Bass Outlet
Scarf-gifted
Boots-Target

Scarf close-up

Wintry Blues:
Dress-Iska London purchased from Zulily
Cardigan-Forever21
Shoes-Payless

And then I changed after church, but kept the cardigan
 Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds

That's all for this week!
Delightfully Dressing,


Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Little Sin {Delighting in the Lord}

I mentioned before the new year that I was going to start including some spiritual reflections on this blog and maybe even some ministry tips, for those who are interested. God is the most important thing in my life and I love reflecting, asking questions, and writing genuine struggles and thoughts when it comes to walking with God. I sorely neglected my spiritual reflections blog, so I decided to just mesh it with this one. So, here goes my first spiritual post!

I wrote this reflection nearly six years ago, when I was studying the Life of Moses in Bible Study Fellowship. I ended up having to drop out, due to personal reasons, but now I am back in, again studying the Life of Moses, so it's fun to look back at my reflections.

Reflection On Numbers 20:1-13

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After all Moses suffered and endured, it seems so harsh that Yahweh would take away his privilege of
entering the Promised Land because of one failure!

From our finite human perspective, this punishment is appalling and unfair! We are quick to question why God would take away Moses' life goal because of one little failure! But, it wasn't little to God-His holiness was at stake.

I imagine Moses possibly wept and pleaded with God, "But what about all the times I was faithful to You?! What about all the good I've done?!" Or perhaps he tried to pass the blame on his obstinate congregation for driving him to his lack of faith. Or maybe he was humbler than I and stayed quiet.

It seems so unfair to us, but God is just, which means so was Moses' punishment. He had to make an example of Moses, because Moses was the leader and his lack of faith and reverence of God's commands could lead the whole congregation to lack faith and disobey God (and we know they didn't need any help with that!) He holds leaders to a higher standard.

But, I think God was sending an even bigger message to Israel. Despite all the good Moses did, ONE sin, ONE failure on his part disqualified him from entering the Promised Land. One sin soiled and destroyed all the good he ever did. The revelation of this truth must have devastated the Israelites. If Moses, the humblest man who ever lived (up to that point), failed to be worthy of entering the Promised Land, who then could be worthy?! They must have been desperate for something, someone bigger than themselves to redeem them. God was preparing their hearts for the coming Messiah.

By God's grace, their children entered the Promised Land and because God is gracious and merciful, He let Moses see the land before he died, so he could know his life's work was not in vain (see Deuteronomy 34)

Even just ONE sin disqualifies us from being in a relationship with God and experiencing eternal life, despite any good we may do. ONE sin makes us detestable like filthy rags (which, by the way, in Hebrew actually refers to a dirty menstrual rag-there's a picture for ya of how God regards sin) Wretched man that I am! WHO will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25)

For Your Own Reflection:
1.   What sins have I deemed "acceptable" in my own life-that I simply shrug off and say, "it's no big deal?"

2. What excuses do I tend to use for these sins? How does God view these sins?

3. How do these sins in my life drive me to Jesus? How is He the solution? (Suggestion: Read and Reflect on Ephesians 2:1-10)

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Handmade Book Jewelry


I recently made these cuties for my bibliophile sister for Christmas. I saw this idea on Scene of Sublime. They are super easy to make, light-weight, and perfect for the readers in your life!

Materials & Tools 
  • Dollhouse books, like these from Hobby Lobby:
  • Super Glue or strong adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Small Awl
  • Eye Pins (I used 2" but had to cut them)
  • Pliers
  • Jump Rings (optional)
  • Earring Hooks
  • Chain and clasp
How To
 With an awl, poke a hole through the center of the first book. I recommend putting something underneath it to prevent puncturing your table- a small piece of cardboard works well.


Carefully stick an eye pin through the book-be careful to not bend it too much.


Use the awl to poke a hole through the next book, but before you stick the eye pin through it, put a small amount of adhesive in the center of the first book.


  After you have the next book on the pin, press the books together and wipe away any excess adhesive.


Repeat for the next four books and allow a few minutes for the adhesive to dry.


Next, cut down your eye pin, leaving enough to make a loop using jewelry cutters (usually is a part of jewelry pliers).  Using pliers, bend the eye pin into a loop. Curved nose pliers are best for making loops.


Last, you connect the earring hooks or chain. You can use jump rings to create a little length, if you want. I didn't use jump rings with the earrings because it made them twist too much.





And that's it!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

2015 Calendar and Planner Pages (Free!)



Ready to get organized for 2015?! Here are my updated planner pages and calendar for 2015. The design is the same as last year's, but updated for 2015.

Here is what the calendar looks like:



The calendar is a two page spread, made for an 8.5x11 planner. Many readers have asked if I will make this planner for A5 size. I chose not to this year because of time restraints. As far as I know, I cannot just convert the pages, but I would have to re-design each page. But, I did find this post from Lime Tree Fruits about how to print to A5 and personal size, so I hope that helps and enables those with A5s to use the printables!

Here is what the daily planner pages look like:

There are also blank daily pages, so you can fill in whatever categories you desire.

You can download them here from google drive:


Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

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