Friday, July 31, 2015

My Summer Purse

I've been carrying around my current purse for sometime now,
so I've had the itch for a new one.

Most people would head to the store to buy one.
But I'm more frugal than most.

Instead of going to a department store, I went to the tote section at Hobby Lobby. :)





Here's my new purse.



I started with:
three flowers
a long strip of fabric (although ribbon would also work)
 and this plain burlap tote (the interior is a beautiful red and white striped fabric) 


It was very simple to embellish.
I used my hot glue gun to attach the fabric strip. I lined it up right at the end of the straps.
Then I glued on my trio of flowers.


I think this will do!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, 
and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:26

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thrifty Thursday #177

I was cruising through my neighborhood the other day
 and spotted this gem sitting on a stack of junk by the road.


Isn't it lovely?
It's an old Craftsman metal toolbox.
I think I'll turn it into a planter.


It'll take some work, though because it's quite rusty.


Have you found anything good by the curb?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.


For the Lord takes pleasure in His people
Psalm 149:4

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lovelies That I Love

Whew! 
I am ready for summer to slow down. . . it's passing much too quickly!

Grab a cool drink and take a minute and check out these cute things. . . 


How much do you love this print?
I'd surely hang it in my house! I think it would match in every room.


This personalized clay dish is too cute.


I think this bracelet set is beautiful! 
I love the hammered silver, and the copper heart is just darling.


Here's another cute mini album from I Love It All.
The package comes with everything you need to put a mini album together.


I think this designer maternity hospital gown is gorgeous.
I have no need for a maternity gown nor a hospital gown, but if I did, I'd have to have this one.

I hope you're all enjoying your summer!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

I'm not affiliated with these companies, I just like their stuff.

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
 His understanding is infinite.
Psalm 147:5

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Recipe of the Week #180- Peanut Butter Cereal Bars


Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups crisp rice cereal

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a pan and bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter, then the cereal. Spread into a greased 9"x 13" pan. Allow to cool before cutting.

These things are like junk food crack. I start eating them and eating them, then get a stomach ache and swear I won't eat them again. Then when I feel better, I'm right back to eating them! They are a huge hit with my family as well.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; 
for the day of the Lord is at hand. 
Zeph. 1:7

This post is linked to Between Naps on the Porch, It's Overflowing, and What's On the List?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Album Monday #58- Scrapping Every Day Photos

Today's album is a fun one that features pictures of my boys when they were younger.
They spent an afternoon with a friend and I took pictures of them all playing together.

Sometimes as moms, we get caught up thinking we have to focus on only the big things that happen,
but the everyday things are important to document, too.


I started with an accordion folded piece of orange cardstock.
Besides the cardstock, I used a few small pieces of pattern paper, a few stickers, 
and some paper for journaling.

My cardstock was already folded when I got it, but you could accomplish the same thing by folding cardstock. If you want it longer, just cut two pieces of cardstock to the same length. Then after folding them, adhere the back page of the first to the front page of the second and you'll have a longer accordian folded album.


I cropped the photos to fit and added one to each panel.
Each panel measures 9"x 3 3/4".


For the journaling on these pages, I gave my boys lined paper 
and asked them to write about their friend. This way I not only have these darling photos, 
but I have the boys' handwriting at this time as well.


On these pages, I added some pattern paper and a sticker to the corner of both photos.


This is the back page of the album.


These are pages on the backside of the album.
Because it's accordion folded, it can be spread out and looked at all at once.


As you can see, this album is very simple.
You could put one like this together in a few hours.
Just accordion fold a piece of cardstock and add some pictures and a little bit of pattern paper.

I can't tell you how awesome it is to have this memento from the past.
It just warms my heart looking at it.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless. 

While I live I will praise the Lord;
 I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Psalm 146:2

Happy Birthday Ethan!




Today this boy, my baby, turns 14.
It's so hard to believe that he's already so old. He'll be a freshman this fall.
It really doesn't seem like that long ago I was carrying him around on my hip.
Sweet memories.

In honor of his birthday today, I'd like to share fourteen things about Ethan:

1. He loves to tease people--- almost to the point of being annoying. He especially likes to tease his dad and his big brother.
2. He has beautiful blue eyes that sometimes change in intensity.
3. He is very smart and a fast learner- especially for things that he is interested in.
4. He has plans to start his own business- and already is making it happen. I am so proud of his initiative.
5. He is very loving. He often puts his arm around me when we're out in public. He doesn't care who sees.
6. He has a wonderful sense of humor.
7. He is an awesome guitar player.
8. He prefers to wear t-shirts and athletic shorts- no matter where he's going. 
9. He is an excellent archer.
10. When he becomes interested in something, he learns everything he can about it.
11. He loves football- watching it, playing it, talking about it. . . He can amaze you with his vast knowledge of football facts.
12. He is an excellent shot with his rifle.
13. His face is covered in freckles- he hates them, but I think they're darling.
14. He is incredibly polite and knows how to handle himself when dealing with people.

I am grateful to be this boy's mom. Our family is incredibly blessed to call him our own.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

For this child I prayed
Sam. 1:27


Friday, July 24, 2015

Beach-y Centerpieces

Here's a super easy centerpiece that is great for the summer.


If you've got a large vase/candle holder, some sand, a few seashells, and a tealight candle,
then you've got what you need to whip up one of these.


 Just fill the vase/candleholder about 2/3 full of sand.
Place a few seashells around a tealight candle.
That's it!


Pair it with a fishing net and you've got a whole lotta cuteness!
(I got my fishing net at the dollar store.)


Makes you want to go to the beach, huh?

Have a lovely weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, 
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:18