February 21, 2014

Naptime Diaries Canvas: Ephesians 4:2

 24x30 Canvas c/o Naptime Diaries

There has been a long list of amazing friendships I have made through this handmade/blogging community. One of those is the relationship I developed with Jessi. We met last year at the Influence Conference (she is a co founder) and I instantly knew she was someone I would develop a friendship with. Someone I could see myself having regular coffee chats with if we lived closer.

Jessi asked me to be involved in her verse of the year Canvas project and I was more than happy to do it! She asked that I pick a verse I was going to be praying over for this year and then asked me to pick a design scheme.  I chose Ephesians 4:2 and said that I am currently obsessed with B&W stripes and gold! I think she nailed it on the design!

 I chose this verse for my verse of the year because I am not a patient and gentle person, and it is not something I am proud of or something I can fix myself. But it is something I long for.  Last year at the Influence Conference, Jessi said something that has stuck with me ever since. She said "don't go home thinking of what you can fix. Go home empty and let Jesus fill you up." Praying over this verse this year is my way of letting Jesus fill me up. I realize that I must work at it too and really be accountable, but with Christ, all things are possible. FILL ME UP JESUS!

Jessi is generously offering 15% off with code jessicandesigns until Feb. 27th for you to use on anything in the Naptime Diaries shop, including my custom Ephesians print


January 13, 2014

We Can Do Hard Things: Barn Owl Primitives Giveaway.

Hand Painted Sign c/o Barn Owl Primitives

Life is hard. There are so many trials, problems, illnesses, injustices, disagreements, heartbreaks, tough situations and setbacks that can make us want to give up. And it sucks. 

But you know what?


We can! Sometimes life piles on the crappy stuff and it seems like everything is working against you. Those are the times I am glad for this little reminder, that we can do hard things, I can do hard things.

I will admit I am one to complain a little too much about what life can sometimes throw at me, but in the end I have always been a fighter. Through hard spots in relationships, the daily struggles of life,  my mom's battle with cancer and her eventual passing, my own battle and win over cancer - I have always been one to dig down deep & push through those hard things. It is not always easy, and I have an amazing family and group of friends who help me battle what life throws my way. Most importantly I have my faith & a strong will to never give up!

Philippians 4:13 gives me the strongest reminder of this truth - "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."  EVEN THE HARD THINGS. And that is such a powerful thing

All these & more hand painted signs available at Barn Owl Primitives

Kristi of Barn Owl Primitives has been kind enough to offer you all a discount of 15% off with code JESSICAN 

She is also generously giving one of you a $75 shop credit toward any of her amazing hand painted signs! 

Details on entering to win below via Rafflecopter. 



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December 23, 2013

My Christmas Decor & Free Christmas Printables.

Print via Lily & ValRustic Barn wood Frames via my Brother in law's shop: Old Red Barn Shop.

I love decorating at Christmas time. It's just so magical. My favorite thing is curling up on the couch with hot coffee and a cozy blanket and sitting in the glow of the twinkle lights. I don't think I will ever outgrow that. Here are some of my favorite Christmas nooks I shared on Instagram.

 My DIY Wood slice 5 & vintage finds! 

 Print via Lily & ValRustic Barn wood Frames via my Brother in law's shop: Old Red Barn Shop.

Print via Lily & ValRustic Barn wood Frames via my Brother in law's shop: Old Red Barn Shop.

Free printable found via AKAdesign

Free Printable via Hoosier Handmade.

Merry Christmas Friends!! 


December 7, 2013

Festive DIY Applesauce & Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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I love making ornaments for our Christmas tree. I think the best ornaments are the rustic ones with special meaning.  I am making it a new tradition to make some kind of ornament each year with my kids! This year I chose to make cinnamon applesauce ornaments like I remember making as a kid.

Here is what you will need:

1 cup of applesauce
1 1/2 cups cinnamon (I ended up adding more until a stiff dough formed)
Various mini cookie cutters - I used a star, heart, tree & gingerbread man.
Tooth pick
Diamond tip reamer (for making holes bigger when they come out of the oven)

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Mix the cinnamon & applesauce in a large bowl. Keep mixing until there are no wet spots- really use your hands. Add additional cinnamon if needed until you have a really stiff mix.

Sprinkle some cinnamon on your counter top and roll your dough to approximately 1/4″ thick. Make sure to use enough cinnamon so you don't have a sticky mess on your hands, and counter, and rolling pin!

Use your cookie cutters and cut out the shapes & place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Use a tooth pick to make holes in the tops for hanging.

Bake at 200 degrees F for 1.5-2 hours until they are hardened. Let them cool overnight.

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When mine were dry, I could not get the twine through the hole, so I used my diamond tip reamer to carefully make the holes a little bigger. 

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 I chose to use my solid red twine to hang my little guys from!

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I love how these turned out! And they smell wonderful!! I am going to be hanging them on my little "kitchen tree" along with all my spoon ornaments!

Do you make your own Christmas ornaments? Leave a comment, I would love more ideas!



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