Fall Pinterest Party 2014

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You guys! 

Can you believe that it’s almost Fall?  

I, for one, could not be more excited!  I am a lover of all things Fall-y; cool weather, cozy sweaters, cinnamon anything and of course my favorite thing about the Fall…. The Fall Pinterest Party! 

This will be the third annual Fall Pinterest Party (sounds so official, right?) and these might be some of my favorite projects yet.  A huge thanks to those of you who visited the survey to help me pick the projects.  As always, you have impeccable taste.

Because of the size of the Fall party, I will be holding it on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 27th and 28th.  When you complete your RSVP, you can indicate which day you will be attending. Here are all the details:

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What To Bring:

  • A pair of scissors.
  • A glue gun (if you have one)
  • 4 pictures to use for your photo display.  If you are giving that project as a gift, the photos can always be added later!
  • A food dish to share from one of your favorite Pinterest recipes. It can be an appetizer, dessert or something savory!

Now for the projects we will be completing. Remember, your supply fee of $20.00 covers you completing all 3 projects.

3 Wooden Pumpkins

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Wooden Photo Display 

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Harvest Block Candle Holders 

Harvest Candle Holders

4 O’clock On A Friday

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Today it will be two weeks.  Two weeks since I got a call to tell me that a 19 year old girl that I love was addicted to meth.

At about 4 o’clock on this Friday two weeks ago, my friend used that evil drug for the last time.  She loaded a syringe full of God only knows what kind of chemicals and jammed it into her thigh.  At the rate and the amount she was using, maybe it would have taken a few more times of her using before her body gave up.  Maybe it would have been the next time.  At 4 o’clock on that Friday, she was as good as in the grave.

She didn’t know at that point that it would be her last time.  She had no idea at 4 o’clock on a Friday that God had already put into motion a plan to rescue her.  A plan to literally save her life.  She didn’t know the God that dreamed her into being had never turned His face from her.

I’m don’t know what your today looks like, what your Friday at 4 o’clock will bring.  But I know this.

You are never too far.  Too far gone.  Too far in.  Too addicted.  Too far removed.

Whether you have simply turned your head or run as far and as fast in the other direction as you could, you are never too far from God for him to ever stop loving you.  For him to ever stop dreaming up your rescue plan.

At 4 o’clock on this Friday, whether you are grieving or hurting or wandering or using or being used, God can rescue you.  He can take what is dead, what is destined only for the grave and he can breathe new life in it.

In you.

 

 

Wandering : Take My Life And Let It Be

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For so long I’ve thought that to be content in this life meant to settle.  And to never settle was a hill I’d committed long ago to die on.   And yet, I’m realizing now that I already had.  I had died on that hill.

I treated my ever wandering heart as a badge of honor and yet it has really been my scarlet letter. Over and over and over again I asked you and I begged you.  To show me my purpose.  To show me your will for this life of mine.  To show me your heart.

And when you did, I shook my head and I defiantly said that’s not enough.  And while I thought I meant that your plan wasn’t big enough, I guess what I was really saying was you aren’t enough.

And it must have broke your heart.  Over and over and over again you must have been disappointed in me.  The one that looked for so long that she overlooked you.

I prayed and waited for your spirit to fill me.  To fulfill me.  I treated being empty like it was a virtue.  I flaunted it, pouring out my heart through my words to show people that I was strong enough to wait on you as if the waiting was a measure of my true faith.  And it was really just the opposite.

I’ve been so foolish.  I’ve waited and I’ve lamented and I’ve longed for the thing that I already had.

Because I already had you.

Not just near me or with me.  But in me.  I forgot the air that fills my lungs was breathed from yours.  I was so busy trying to dream bigger that I forgot it was you who dreamed me into existence and in forgetting that, I forgot you placed a purpose in my heart before it even made it’s first beat.

And I convinced myself that it was me telling my story that this world needed, it was my story that would be my worth, my purpose.  And I was so wrong and I am so sorry.

Because what this world will never need more of is a story crafted from my mind but what it is in desperate need of is the story that you have already written and will continue to write in the life of girl who gave you every reason to give up but you had already committed that the sum of her life was a hill to die on.

And in that lies my purpose.  My hopes and my dreams, all found in yours.

Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. 

 

Monogram Burlap Canvas Project Open House

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Monogram Burlap Canvas Project Open House

Sunday, August 3rd

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Our Home: 4667 S 150 E

Cost per Project: $20.00 

I have been hard at work coming up with the project lists for the Fall and Christmas Pinterest Parties, but this sweet project kept catching my eye.  I am in love with all things burlap and monogram right now, so when I saw the original pin at Shaken Together, I knew I had to make one for myself.  I was also thinking of so many of you while I was putting this together, for sure that you would love it in your homes as much as I do and well…..who says we need to wait till Fall to Pinterest Party together again?

I am going to do things a little bit differently this time since we are only completing one larger project instead of three smaller ones.  The party will be “open house” style, meaning you can come anytime between 2:00 and 6:00 to make your Monogram Burlap Canvas.  You will be able to complete the project in an hour or less.

The project is made on a 12 x 12 stretched burlap canvas with a 5×7 laser cut wooden frame and wooden letter.  I will have tons of paints, fabrics, printed burlaps, ribbons, buttons and printed scrapbook papers so that you can get creative and make something that is unique and the perfect addition to your own decor.

It is very important that you do RSVP for the party so that I can make sure that I have enough supplies and that I have the letter you are wanting for your project.  

There is a spot on the RSVP form to indicate what letter you want, I don’t want to assume you are wanting the letter of your last name in case you are making it for a gift or using the first letter of a child’s name.  

Also, since we are doing “open house” style, no need to bring a food dish this time, just your sweet selves! 

 

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