Holiday Cards & Shopping

The holidays are here and that means it’s time to celebrate!

Family, friends, life, food, giving, love and Jesus are what it’s all about. Protect your time this holiday season and use it to be filled and fill others this year.

Custom Holiday Cards

Sending cards during the holiday season is such a special and simple way to bring joy to the lives (and refrigerator doors!) of those you love. Make it easier this year and free up some time to enjoy the season.

I’ve created a catalog of some sample designs to help make your custom card ordering as painless as possible. You can choose straight from the pages or we can work together to create a card that truly reflects you.

How to Order:
Check out the catalog, ordering basics and other helpful information first. Then, simply fill out this order form to start the process. Thats it–you did it!  Now go decorate some Christmas cookies : )

A Discount for You:
I’m offering a 10% discount of your card order! I’m looking for quality photos to be used for sample cards throughout the year. If you release your card photo or send me a few other photos that I can use for samples of invitations and announcements for various celebrations, the 10% discount will be applied to your holiday card order! {you may want to check with your photographer for permission}

Holiday Shopping

A friend at work and I are hosting an open house this year featuring jewelry, stationery, accessories and gifts–ALL HANDMADE, all unique. This is such a fun opportunity to have a girls night out, cross some gifts off your list and celebrate the season! {rtlpaperandgifts@gmail.com for directions.}

Place your holiday card order BY NOVEMBER 20 and pick up your cards at the open house. See, this is just getting easier and easier!

you thought I died, didn’t you?

I didn’t die but I did kind of forget I had a blog.  No, not really that either. Whenever something I do for fun starts to feel like an obligation, I run. Hard in the other direction. Blogging started to feel that way so I pushed it far away.

I haven’t been up to tons but have intentionally been cutting back on any of the unnecessaries. I find that I can lean too far one way and ruin a good thing. None of this probably makes sense but thats okay, because I’m moving on in 3, 2, 1.

Since the miserable post I posted last I’ve done some new things.  Nothing groundbreaking, just new.

I started watching Design Star. It ended last week but added a fun little extra to my Monday nights.

Meg’s designs we’re my favorite most of the time {her voice was not} so I was so happy when she won, even though I thought Karl was awkwardly funny.

I made a coffee filter wreath {see I told you nothing groundbreaking}.

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They are plastered all over the internet but I was looking for something to hang over the fireplace for fall. I already had a wreath form so I just needed coffee filters. Easy peasy. It did take me two nights to work on though which is something I DO NOT like to do.  I’m impatient and hasty and like to see the end result in an hour. {But, like I said, I’m turning over a new leaf and not pushing myself to make something that’s normally fun, not.} Mine looks almost identical to this one.

I finished a project that has been in the works for almost an entire year! It wasn’t a constant effort, at all.  But, I finally made it happen. It’s a logo for some friends’ dad and his band.

You can see them play here.

I have tried a couple new recipes. One for a pasta salad that is sooo good. It was love at first sight when I saw it in this month’s Southern Living. You can find the recipe here.

It’s a great way to use up those grapes that are about to go bad and an excellent excuse to eat bacon. It IS salad after all.  ; )

The other recipe was for fantastic peanut butter cookies. Oh my word, these are not like any cookie I have had. Super easy and you probably already have all the ingredients. {There are only 5!}

You can find the recipe here.

I also started reading a real live book.  {well kinda, it’s on my Kindle} But you know what I mean, it’s not a magazine, blog, my Bible or a twitter feed. And ya’ll, it’s soo good.

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I’ve been following The Nester, and found her sister’s blog, Chatting at the Sky which is how I came across the book.  She wrote it!! Wow! Grace for the Good Girl is written for and to soo many of us. If you’ve always considered yourself a “good girl” because you strive for perfection, to please others, to “do the right thing” you need to read this book. Emily wants us all to join her to become Recovering Good Girls. {I didn’t do it justice, you’ll just have to read about it and buy it here.}

There’s this other new thing I’ve been doing. Zija!

Every morning I shake up a packet of xm+ in to water and head out for an early morning walk. What?! Yeah, I’ve been walking and even running before work. I can’t believe it either but going to bed early actually DOES help you wake up in the mornings. Zija has also helped me so much in the way of my health: energy, allergies, headaches and weight loss. I really do feel better with Zija.

Yep, I think that’s about it.  What have YOU been up to??

remember when I did a home tour…

Yeah, I’m not very consistent.  Of well after a few weeks, I’m back! Here is our hall bath.  This is the one all guests use and we use most of the time.

This is a shot looking in from our hallway.  The old vanity used to be half that size and there was an ENORMOUS mirror that went from the corner of the bathroom all the way to the shower. Weird. The light was also one of those strips with like 8 bulbs. It was rusty and gross so we replaced it too.

I bought the mirror a couple of years ago from a local store. It’s vintage and was a gold-y green horrible color. It was a splurge at $75 but I knew it was worth it. (If you’ve ever shopped for mirrors, you know they are very pricey). It’s a really nice heavy mirror and similar ones go for around $600!!!

Cheetah lamp is from Goodwill and the topiary is a splurge from Ballard. It’s preserved and so pretty, and since topiaries are classic (if I can keep it fresh) I plan to have it for a loong time.

Candle is “Autumn” something from Bath and Body Works {Yeah, random} but I loove the smell of it. Hopefully they bring it back this year. I’ll be stocking up.

We got the vanity and top and a place in Justin’s hometown. (Originally the vanity was oak and about half that size.) It was completely unfinished wood so we had free reign with paint color.  This paint looks weird in this pictured but in real life its a moody olive-y green color. Faucet was from Lowes.  Justin installed everything, he rocks. : )

Botanical print is from Home Goods and the basket with stuff are things I already had. I got this print way back but I’m still deciding on it.  I feel like it needs to be in more of a “gallery” than just by itself. It looks lonely.

Shower curtain is clearance from Macy’s. I put up a white one at one point. Eww. I liked this one much better.

This bathroom and I go way back. Not really, just back to December. We finished it right before Christmas and the morning after it was finished I got sick. Like head spinning, chills, toilet hugging sick. I had never loved a freezing tile floor like that in my life. This bathroom was good to me. Anyways..

Photographing a small bathroom is hard, and strange. Okay maybe photographing anything in your home is strange, but here’s Gracie taking in the whole weirdo thing.

Blog Roll

I’ve been busy.  The not good kind either. The kind of busy that makes you decide that something’s got to give. I’m finishing up some projects this week and then hopefully rethinking my time and priorities (and maybe learning a new word to me, “No”). But that’s not why I showed up today. I want to share some favorites!

Don’t you just looove finding a new blog. Not just any blog but the kind you could easily spend an hour on, searching archives and soaking in everything about a family, home or lifestyle. I love it and the inspiration it brings!

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorites. I love different things about each blog– whether it’s writing style, photos, ideas or honesty they’re all wonderful and inspiring. These are in no particular order.

jones design company

simple thoughts

fly through our window

the Storywood

Chatting at the Sky

bower power

gussy sews

the Pleated Poppy

simple mom

{The picture is a random from our trip to Charleston…I realized I haven’t shared any.  We took one picture of the two of us and it entirely too zoomed in. Oh well, I got pictures of the seriously beautiful homes downtown.}

a {simple!} guide for studying Scripture

I get distracted when studying the Bible.

There, I said it.

If I don’t have a guide or I’m not in an all white room with only a chair {which is never} I find it hard to focus. Not just on Scripture but anything really. That’s why I’ve found this method of Bible study perfect for me, short , sweet and to the point. It doesn’t necessarily lend itself to in-depth historical study or anything like that but makes it easy to just simply hear from God. Wonderful.

Here, Pricilla Shirer discusses the 5 P’s of Bible study.  I’ve also written them here for you in case you can’t watch the video or just don’t want to, but she obviously goes into more detail and describes this process better than I ever will.

The 5 P’s of Bible Study

1. Position yourself to hear from God. This is where the struggle begins for me. Go to a place where you won’t be  distracted, turn off your phone, do whatever it takes to put yourself in a place or position where you can really connect with and hear from God.

2. Pour over the passage and paraphrase the major points.  Meditate, ponder, spend time in a small portion of the Word.  Just a few verses is plenty to chew on–we’re not talking whole chapters here.
This doesn’t have to be fancy, just in your own words, describe what you just read.

3. Pull out spiritual principles. What does the part I just read reveal to me about the character of God? What do I think God is trying to tell me here?  Is there something to be learned from this passage?

4. Pose the question. Put yourself under examination of the Spirit and ask yourself questions from the spiritual principles.  Am I following the command? Do I believe what Scripture says here?  What need to change in me to be in line with this passage? Don’t forget to record your answers.

5. Plan obedience and pin down a date to obey. If you have been convicted, challenged or encouraged by the passage, make a plan of action to change, to act, to start doing something, to stop doing something. Whatever it may be, make sure you have a strategy for making it happen.

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I realize there are tons of other methods to study and different things work for different people but this is something I found to be really helpful in hearing from God.

…and because it’s like my new thing to design things for you all to print, here are the 5P’s summed up as a quick reference that you can tape to the inside of your journal or put in a little frame close to where you “Position yourself to hear from God.” : )

There is a color one and a black and white one and they’re each 5″x7″