Sunday Sketch

I couldn’t resist making a card with this adorable fox playing in the leaves. Ok, I’m pretty sure there’s a whole fox in there - his tail is cut, anyway!

None of the papers from this fall set are full sheets anymore, so I created this sketch to use smaller bits of paper. All of the, are ink distressed, as are the card stock stickers. It’s those little details that really make this card look finished.

Combining embellishments is always fun. For my card I used a card stock sticker border across the bottom, six acrylic dots and baker’s twine on the card stock sticker sentiment.

Ready to make this sketch your own? Gather up three patterned papers, one coordinating card stock, a large die cut image, a sticker border and your favorite embellishments.

Cover the card with one of the more subtle patterns, then add a mat that is one inch smaller. Tear a paper border for the left side and overlap it on top of the center frame.

Then comes the fun part. Layer your embellishments for lots of great…

Our Dog Park Adventures Of The Day

All three of our dogs had to go to the vet's office on Friday. Molly's been licking a lot, and we needed to see if she is allergic to something. Diesel has an ear infection, which we only found out about when his sister was licking it all the time. And Callie ... she was just along for moral support. Afterwards we made a 30-minute stop at the dog park!

When we pulled into the parking lot, a couple in a truck were taking two tiny yippy dogs into one side of the park. So I pulled into the large dog area and unloaded our three big dogs from the car. The first thing the man asked me was how I got all three of them into my little Ford Focus. My response was, very carefully. They were chomping at the bit so I quickly opened the gates so they could run. They didn't want to play or sniff or talk to the other puppies - they just wanted to run off all that pent-up energy.

But then two more people were walking on the trail behind the dog park with their dog off leash. He came tearin…

Garlic Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken has always been one of my comfort foods, and I’ve always been a huge fan of dark meat. Whenever we eat out and they have chicken, I pick through the pile to find the legs. Silly, I know, but those drumsticks make me happy.

So when we had a package of chicken drumsticks in our most recent Butcher Box, I adapted one of my favorite baked chicken recipes to make the most perfect garlic Sriracha chicken legs!

10-12 chicken drumsticks
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1/8 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp sriracha

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place chicken in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Add ingredients in the order listed above.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip chicken and return to oven for 15 minutes. Flip chicken a second time and return to oven for 15 minutes. Flip chicken one last time and return to oven for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and serve immediately with veggies and fruit.

What Can You Do On The National Day Of Encouragement?

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. It might be a tough day, a sudden complication or an illness. Or maybe someone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, a terrible home life or a serious diagnosis.

What can you do to be an encouragement?

That’s the question many of us will be asking today - the National Day of Encouragement.

This shouldn’t be a one-day-a-year occurrence for Christian women, though. We’re called to edify and lift one another up every change we have. Is that what you’re thinking about when you’re going about your everyday life?

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29

So how can you be an encouragement today ... and every day to come?

1. Does someone you know make your life better just because they’re in it? Tell them!

2. Say hello to a complete stranger. Smiling makes this even more effective.

3. Ask someone how they’…

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Five Cards From One Sheet Of Card Stock

It may not be officially fall yet, but it’s definitely time to work on autumn crafts! This adorable card, tag and bookmark set is my latest project using some of my favorite fall finds!

Sets like this are my favorite way to use an entire piece of 8.5x11-inch piece of card stock. I need a 4.5x6.25 inch card, so I cut 6.25 inches off the left side of the paper, which gives me a big strip and a little strip. Then I cut 2 inches off the large piece, which gives me the card and a 2x6.25-inch bookmark. The short strip is cut at 4.5 inches and 9 inches. This makes two 2.25-inch square note cards and a 2x2.25-inch tag.

Seeing them decorated helps all those numbers make sense. It only took a few times cutting these dimensions to have them memorized and you can do them in your sleep. (Yes, some days I actually cut them in my sleep...) It’s a fun set, especially when you coordinate them all like this! Head to our Etsy shop to see more cards and wood gifts - you’ll get more inspiration, plus fin…

Renew Conference: A September Favorite

Over the past three years, the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp Women’s Renew Conference has been one of the highlights of my year. It’s two days of Bible study, workshops, fellowship, food and outdoor adventures - and it renews me heart and soul.

This year’s theme was It’s All About Who? Instead of making everything about us, we were called to put the focus back where it belongs, which is on Christ alone. In these days of hustle and bustle and looking for comfort and trying to excel at life, we often forget that the way we live has nothing to do with us and everything to do with the Lord Himself.

As always, we had an amazing time as friends and sisters in Christ. I love our conversations in the church van and planning how we’re going to accomplish every single thing on the agenda for the weekend. And of course, that means the pallet maze! Our arch nemesis from last year, we defeated it in record time this year, finding all four corners and both bridges in less than half an hour. Take that,…