Lessons Learned While Training Dogs

See that blur at the bottom of this photo? That is our Callie dog hurrying out of the room because she knows she’s in trouble.

The puppies are two years old now, and we’re finally able to leave them out of their crate for short periods of time. They are too smart for their own good, and having copious amounts of time to do stuff can be a dangerous thing ... for their blanket and the footstool.

So what am I learning in this transition phase from babies to grown-up dogs?

* pick everything up off the floor, unless you want it shredded and eaten.

* give them something to occupy their minds, like toys, unless you want your nice things shredded and eaten.

* start with incredibly short periods of time and work your way up, unless you want everything in the room shredded and eaten.

* make sure they’ve been outside and they’re empty before you leave, unless you want everything peed on before it’s shredded and eaten.

We’re definitely still a work in progress. I’d like to say we’re getting it a…

The Best Laid Plans...

Today is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. I was so prepared for the event - I had social media ready at work, I was going to get some great pictures of the sunshine and I was going to spend some time out in the hammock relaxing in the warm summer sun.

But that was not meant to be.

Instead of extended hours of sunlight, dark clouds blotted out the sun. It was fairly warm, but not enough to sit outside, let alone bask in the warmth.

To be totally honest, I wondered why God has chosen to fill the past few months with clouds and dreariness and rain. We’re not able to get outside and do the things we consider important for being good stewards of what He’s given us. My planner is filled with to-do lists that keep getting pushed back week after week.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain…

Our Corn Hole Board Project

Cornhole, Bean Bag Toss, or Bags? Whatever you call it, this is one popular game!  Whether at the State Fair or in your own backyard, many hours have been spent targeting that 9-inch hole on a 2x4-foot board with a small bag of “beans.”

This set was ordered from Stuff from Trees by a friend as an anniversary present for her husband last year. Customized with his favorite sports team logos, wood burned and colored by hand, Danny said it was truly a pleasure to build these boards for him!  Made from 3/4” plywood and premium 2x4’s, they feature dark-stained edges and a polyurethaned surface.  The legs fold up inside the base for easy storage. 

Here are just a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the corn hole board-creating process:

Interested in getting a set of corn hole boards for your next event or gathering? We'd love to make them for you! You can message us, call us, email us, yell out the window at us - just contact us! You choose the designs for the top and we'll do the res…

Words For Wednesday


Deconstructed Spicy Tuna Rolls

In celebration of National Sushi Day today, our house is now filled with the smell of spicy tuna! I will note that I love sushi in all its forms, and every day should be Sushi Day. But I digress...

To make these gorgeous desconstructed sushi rolls, you’ll need to pick out your favorite combination of ingredients. Again, I know this will be difficult because they’re all amazing. I get that. Just choose one to start.

I started with an easy one - spicy tuna. I combined one can of white albacore chunk tuna (drained) with a mix of mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. You don’t need much, just enough to coat the tuna.

Set that aside and get to work on the veggies. Dice cucumber, carrots and avocado and set them aside.

Now for the rice. You can go all out and make your own, but I found the prepackaged sticky rice that you heat in the oven for 60 seconds. Yay! That works for me. Prep work is not my favorite part of cooking.

Now for the fun part...constructing a deconstructed sushi roll. Hmm...


Creating A Quiet Time Space Just For Me

While I love routine and I love sticking to a plan, there’s nothing that bores me more than being in a rut. You know that a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out, right?

For many months now I have set up a quiet time space at the dining room table. We have an enormous table that’s super high so I can slide on and off the chairs more easily. It really helps my fibromyalgia to not get up and down all the time.

That being said, I don’t like the clutter of having the table covered in books and papers. And I also don’t like putting all my study supplies in bags and boxes every morning when I’m done with them. Yes, I know that’s super picky, but it definitely helps my state of mind to have clear, clean spaces around me.

So the answer was to completely rearrange the living room.

Ok, there may have been other answers, but this one was too much fun. We’ve started leaving the puppies out with Molly part of the day instead of keeping them in their crate, so the carpet needed cleaning. I …

Sunday Sketches

Wishing everyone, especially my dad, a Happy Father's Day today! And the sketch for today makes an amazing card perfect for the men in your life.

For this birthday card, I layered the die cut in the middle on two patterns of paper in the same color. All three were then matted on black card stock to anchor them all as one design element.

The background is the same black card stock and a metallic gold patterned paper. The overall design is very masculine, and the sketch could be used for any occasion.

Ready to make your own card with this sketch? Start with a solid card stock and a small, simple patterned decorator paper. There won't be much of it showing around the center panel, so make good use of that border space.

Create that center panel with an image in one block and the sentiment in the other. Overlapping is always fun, or you can keep them in their own spaces, depending on the look you're going for.

Then add strips of two patterned papers behind the image and sentimen…