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Sunday Sketches

Do you have card stock? Oh my, yes.
How about decorator paper? Check.
Got fibers? Yes.
And tiny embellishments? Of course.
Then you can put together an adorable, 3D layout this week.

I made this magnet from today’s sketch, and it’s so cute. Coordinating paper helps when you want to match colors, but get creative and add in some shades and hues that you might not normally use.
When you tackle this week’s sketch, put your card stock and decorator paper background together first. Then make the ENTIRE rest of the card before tacking it down to the background. This will allow for you to wrap and tack ribbon the back easily.

The side border is one of my favorite parts of this sketch. If you use a patterned paper, you can add some accents to it, and you will have several color options to play with. Glue stuff, hang stuff and wrap stuff. Stuff is good, and the sentiment will be accented with all these lovely bits of goodness.

As The Sun Slowly Sets...

Driving home to Ottumwa from Iowa City this week, we were treated to an amazing sunset. The photos don’t do it justice, but I just had to share them with you.

The closer we got to home, the deeper the pinks and oranges turned. I felt bad for the drivers who could only see it in their review mirrors.

This is another one of those reason we love living in Iowa. It doesn’t get any prettier than this.

It’s OK To (gasp) Not Do Things

Somewhere along the way, I’ve convinced myself that I’m supposed to ... a lot of things.
Aren’t I supposed to keep working, keep moving, keep up?
Am I supposed to be accomplishing, be completing, be competing?
I’m supposed to fill my hours, use my minutes and track my seconds, right?
But where do these strange convictions come from? Haven’t I read somewhere that this is what productive people do? If I want to have it all together, don’t I have to keep it all together first? How do I get stuff done without pushing myself to get stuff done? Who wrote that article from “somewhere?” Someone who wants to be constantly moving? That’s not me. It’s who I feel like I’ve been lately, but that’s not what’s in my heart. Moving is good, even necessary a lot of the time, but moving is also why I’m tired. Moving is why I’m winded and longing for five minutes to call my own. 
It’s why I want to spend an entire day in my pajamas watching Hallmark movies and watching the snow fall. 
And that nagging voice in …

Words For Wednesday


Sausage And Veggies Rice Bowl

The best meals in our house are the ones we collaborate on. Danny and I each bring something to the table - literally and figuratively - and that makes creating a meal so much fun.

So recently we combined our skills to make a fun dish. You can personalize it in your own kitchen by using your favorite veggies, meats and other add-ins.

1 smoked sausage
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 bag frozen vegetables
2 cups cooked rice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Thinly slice the smoked sausage. Reduce heat in skillet to medium and add sliced sausage, cooking and stirring until blackened.

3. Add onion and pepper to the skillet. Cook and stir until blackened and soft.

4. While the skillet mixture is cooking, thaw and heat vegetables in the microwave. Cook rice according to package directions.

5. When all ingredients are cooked, combine in skillet and stir until combined and heated through. Serve i…

Journaling Your Faith

Part of my Christmas present from my amazing husband was a set of journals, Bible journaling supplies and several packages of faith-centered embellishments. I was so touched that his gifts were things that would add to my quiet time with the Lord, strengthen my faith and encourage me to be in God’s word.

I think my favorite gifts are always blank books. There is so much potential there, and a blank page just callls my name. Inside a purple case (yay, purple!) is a thin book with lined paper and four colors of pens with a highlighter. I already have a praise journal, a prayer notebook and a place to keep my study notes, but I didn’t have a place to put extra quotes and thoughts that have meant something to me during my devotion time.

So this special notebook is now a collection place for a litany of words to encourage, to strength and to motivate. I love that they’re finally all in one place, and I can pull it out and get a nugget or two whoever I need them.

Do you have a place to col…

Sunday Sketches

I don’t know about you, but as we start the new year my creativity really needs a jumpstart. So I’m bringing back Sunday sketches for myself, and I would love for you to try them out with me. So pull out your supplies and let’s get started!

Today's sketch puts your sentiment front and center. It can be difficult to combine large chunks of text with busy patterns, but this card shows how to keep it simple. I only have two layers of background paper, a textured card stock and a cross-patterned paper. The phrase is matted on coordinating card stock and raised on 3D adhesive.

Here’s your sketch for a little inspiration. The card can be any size you’d like, or you can start with a 4.5x6.25 inch card base. Then you’ll be able to use your 6x6 inch papers for the background. Pop dots or any kind of 3D adhesive will be fine for raising your sentiment. I’m all about matting everything on card stock - it just looks more finished to me - so find some great coordinating colors.

After you try t…

We Celebrate National Bird Day

In honor of National Bird Day, I wanted to share a great moment here on the Des Moines River. Ottumwa is the winter stopover for several species of birds, and the Bald Eagles are by far my favorites. Enjoy!

Seven Ways To Be Productive At Work

It’s been more than 6 weeks since I started my new job, and I’m absolutely loving it. Convention and Tourism is a great way to have an impact on the community and be part of something positive.

One thing I’ve had to readjust to is being productive in a work environment that isn’t our craft room at home. Here are just a few of the lessons I’ve learned again. I hope you’ll be able to use some of them, too, regardless of where your work space might be.

1. Set reasonable daily goals. Your motivation will fly out the window if you try to get too much in one day or in one sitting.

2. You control your time, not the other way around. Yes, important things may come up as the day goes on, but you decide what needs to be done when.

3. Get one big task done first. It might be something you’ve been dreading, or you may know a big deadline is coming up. Knock that project out first thing, and you’ll have momentum going for the rest of the day.

4. Fight procrastination in all its forms. You know yo…

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Cups

One of the anniversary gifts I made for Danny this week was a pan of peanut butter cheesecake cookie cups. They’re so easy, and you could honestly mix and match any combination of cookie and fillings you like. Try this match up and then let me know what flavors you made for your own.

You’ll only need three things to make this version of these adorable treats: a package of peanut butter cookie dough (the kind cut into 24 squares), a container of cheesecake filling and some pretty decorations.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Each cup gets a piece of cookie dough, and you need to make a thumbprint right in the middle.

Bake these for 9-10 minutes, until the edges are browned and hold their shape. Put the whole pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Then they’ll be easy to remove.

Now comes the fun part - filling and decorating! Spoon the cheesecake filling into the cups and sprinkle them with your favorite sprinkl…

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To My Husband With Love This New Year

It was 13 years ago today that I celebrated my most amazing New Year’s Day ever. The love of my life and I were married after the Sunday morning service. It has not been a perfect 13 years, as we are both imperfect people.

We have a wood pallet sign hanging in our home that quite simply shares our heart: Charity beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 This verse has held us together through difficult times and been a victory yell when God has blessed us. And He has blessed us beyond measure.

As we bid a fond farewell to 2018, we look forward to the love, joy and peace God is instilling in our hearts and in our marriage. My prayer is that in 2019 we will grow stronger as a couple and grow closer to the Lord in our walk with Him.
Happy anniversary, Sweetheart.