Setting Yourself Up For Creative Success

Yes, these are Valentines. And yes, the picture was taken just a couple of days ago. And yes, there is a method to my madness. I promise.

In the past, when the time for buying a certain seasonal card or gift passed, I would tuck away all the supplies I used for that season. Then, a few months before that holiday or when people would be ready buy that season, I would pull it all back out and make cards and journals and paper crafts until the season was over.

That was a lot of words to explain that I still have Christmas paper from approximately 10 years ago in a box in the craft room. I’ve never used it, I want to use it but there never seems to be a way or a time to use it.

So I’m stopping this trend with Valentine’s Day. I already had paper, stickers, embellishments and other Valentine goodies out on my work table from when I was creating and listing for our Etsy shop. Timing is super important online because, especially with cards, there is a very definite window of time to buy and…

Words For Wednesday


Peanut Butter Cookie Logs

During the months of January, February and March, our church switches up its service schedule. Instead of coming back for a night service when it’s cold and dark in the middle of winter, we have a morning service after Sunday school, then have a fellowship lunch followed by an afternoon service. We stay there for more than four hours, and it is absolutely the most perfect way to start the week!

I also love having a fellowship lunch because I can try new recipes and share them with our church family. This cookie recipe is one of the experiments I tried lately, and I love the way it turned out. Apparently they did too, because there were none to bring home. So glad I save four back.

1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Melting chocolate
Crushed peanuts

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine Crisco, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg. Mix un…

The Kindness Of Prayer

“No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.”

How often do we tell someone “I’ll be praying for you,” in an off-hand sort of way? We might be well intentioned, but somewhere in the busyness of life we drop the ball. We either quickly ask God to be with that person in a special way or we decide to pray later and end up forgetting about it altogether. Then we hear that name again on Sunday morning during prayer time and cringe inside.

Charles Spurgeon was a praying man himself. He had seen what God would do in the life of a man who spent time on his knees, so this quote came from experience as the person praying. But he also knew exactly what prayer could do in his own life when other people prayed for him. Prayer isn’t the least you can do ... it’s the most powerful thing you can do.

You can be nice and bake a cake, drop off a meal or put a card in the mail. But true kindness stops whatever they’re doing, enters the throne room of heaven and takes that person …

My “Bright, Cheery Flowers” Planner Layout

Taking into consideration that high temperatures were in the single digits this week, I desperately need this layout for the next seven days. A sheet of vellum flower stickers has been in my planner collection for just such an occasion! 

I never use the labels that come on the left hand page of my planner, so covering them with some inspirational phrases and coordinating letter stickers makes them journaling blocks that I will actually use. And I just moved a little and saw that the flowers are metallic, so they sparkle and shine! Added bonus!

The two phrase stickers on the right hand page are going to keep me going through another long week - Glory to God and Make Today Great. There are no better motivational messages than these, and they’ll keep me focused and centered in the days to come. I pray your week will be just as blessed as I know mine will be - to God be the glory, great things He has done!

Have We Trained The Puppies, Or Have They Trained Us?

It’s hard to admit, but the puppies have us trained really well. And by “us” I mean “me.” They turn those big brown eyes on and I melt. When I’m about to leave for work, both first thing in the morning and at lunchtime, they gaze longingly at me knowing I will give them goodbye treats. Yep, you know the look.

And when it’s cold outside, the look is even more intense. We compare it to those heart-breaking commercials about puppies in need, only ours are neither abused nor neglected. Definitely not. But again, they have me trained - they wait for me to sit down in the evening and then pile on top of me. It’s like those videos of the newborn puppies all tangled up together while they sleep. It’s like that ... only bigger and heavier. Much, much heavier.

But they are still Pavlov’s dogs in many ways. As soon as they hear Danny’s big black truck coming up the driveway, they’re at the door. I’ve been working with them not to bark when someone’s coming to the door, and it’s beginning to wor…

Praising God This Valentine’s Day