Sunday, December 30, 2012

homemade & wonderful!



Like I think I've mentioned I have been really into handmade gifts lately. Here are 5 that I want to make before I go back to work on Wednesday!






Don't these all sound lovely? I can't wait to try them out! Which one sounds the best to you?

Shalom

Merry Christmas!

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Joe Purdy



Just wanted to share some pictures of my house with all of it's festive merriment's! I adore spending time with my family - but it doesn't happen often. I work 14 hours a day, Mum works 3rd shift, Keegan has work/college & Sally is still in highschool. No one is ever home at the same time. The person I see the most is Paul lately. Hahaha. But there was some time spent together over Christmas. Paul went to Chicago with his family (he was missed!) but everyone else was at home.

First of all, I should explain... My family isn't like most & we don't treat Christmas like most, either. We worked on projects until 10 am and then had breakfast. No thought was given to presents until 11 am. I feel increadibly blessed to be around people who put other things before themselves and know the real reason for the season. :) Jordan was home in Caro with his family celebrating, hense the reason he is strangely absent from these pictures.










Doesn't this look like a blast? To top the day off Mum took us all to see Les Mis! Ahhh! It was lovely and I couldn't have been more please with all the singing.

I hope your Christmas was cheery & filled with Christ. :)

Shalom

Saturday, December 29, 2012

DIY Knife Block Re-model

Drinking: Water
Listening: The Decemberists

Hello guys! I just did a really quick project that I wanted to share with you. This took me about 20 minutes and I am so happy with how it turned out. This is how it started...


I was bored with our knife block. It was normal and needed an update. So I threw one of these stickers on it (a "C" for Cotton!) and gave it a good spray down with some chalkboard paint. Easy as pie! 


The finished product is so lovely! I love having something monogramed sitting in the kitchen. It makes it quaint. I can't wait to finish up a couple other projects I'm working on. We're having people over on New Years and it's going to be a blast! 

Jordan is video skyping with his mum and dad right now. They haven't seen the new place in person yet. I'm going to run down there and make sure he's giving the best tour possible. Also, I have to make sure he's not calling me a gremlin (which he did earlier) - goodness gracious. :)

Shalom


Monday, December 24, 2012

Music Monday

Drinking: Water
Watching: A Wonderful Life

All I want to do is post lyrics to one of my favorite songs and meditate on the season. Merry Christmas to all of you! This is the most wonderful time of year - I love when people love and cherish this time they can spend with family. 

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!


Shalom



Monday, December 17, 2012

Music Monday!

Drinking: Water
Listening: John Mayer
 
Happy Music Monday, folks! Below are just a few songs I've been loving lately. They aren't all old and they aren't all new. Just a collection of good tunes, if you will. I'm hoping to get back in the blogger game here this week. I had to take a while off due to work and school being so busy! But now I'm a little more calm and organized, so I think it's perfect to get back into doing something that I love. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do!
 
 
Shalom

Monday, November 26, 2012

To do this week...

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Ed Sheeran

1. Eat healthier.
I'm thinking seriously about becoming a vegetarian.

2. Pick out invitations.
I have an idea of the ones I like, but I'm also thinking about making some with the things I have already.

3. Keep setting up the town house.
I've done so many wonderful things to the house while Jordan was away hunting. I can't wait to move in this coming May. Honestly, it's a huge blessing to be able to set the house up before I move in. It would be stressful otherwise.

4. Buy wedding dress.
I found it! I found the one I want! Best part? It's under $200. :)

5. Start categorizing my books. 
Oh you know... The nerd in me hates that my books are thrown haphazardly onto my shelves.

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Shalom


Thursday, November 22, 2012

What are you thankful for?

Watching: Sherlock Holmes
Drinking: Woodchuck (winter)

I am thankful for my breath. I love being able to walk around and use my hands to type this to you now. Here's the short of it: I'm blessed. Every step of my life has be one glorious journey and that is what I'm thankful for.

Here are some pictures I snapped at a Thanksgiving get-together at Donna's. It was splendid.

Game time with great friends!
Taboo time.
Delicious food. 
The kind of drinks you should find at a Thanksgiving shindig. 
What are you thankful for today? Oh, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Shalom

Sunday, November 18, 2012

It finally kicked in...

I'm engaged! It finally hit me like a train... I need to start planning my wedding. I've been so swamped lately, but some great things have been happening. I'm in Caro this weekend visiting Jordan's family. Jordan, Mike, Jess & I all went thrifting yesterday... I got a lot of good stuff. I'm going to try and do a feature on what I'm going to do with all the goodies I got.

But for now, I just wanted to share what I just made with you...

This is my favorite picture of Jordan & I... I couldn't use anything else but this for my Save The Dates. 

Have a great rest of the weekend! I'll post more regularly this week. I gotta get back in the groove. :)

Shalom

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lately...

Drinking: Water
Watching: Rocky

Hi guys! I've been out of the blogging loop for a good long time... I'm really sorry! I just accepted a new position at Grabber, I've been trying to plan wedding stuff & Jordan moved into his new apartment this weekend. It's been a whirlwind, but also a huge blessing. The Lord is continuing to show me how wonderfully gracious he is to me. 

I'm in Naperville, IL right now with some friends. They're at a wedding and I've just been able to rest this whole weekend. It's been fantastic! I've been looking through a lot of wedding stuff - oh goodness, it's so overwhelming. I'm making some good head way, though. :)


These are just a few songs that I've been loving and re-loving lately. Hope you enjoy and have a great rest of your weekend! 

Shalom

Sunday, October 21, 2012

5 Things I Love #11

Hello friends!

Sorry I didn't post this yesterday. A group of us went over to Peters house for another game night. Loaded Questions was the game of choice this time and let me tell you what... It was a blast. I do enjoy a good evening with great friends. There is such a great sense of community about it.

Just a side note, something really awesome happened this weekend...

Jordan and I are going to sign on our lease this week! That's right! You read correctly! The townhouse Jordan and I looked at is going to be ours. I wont move in till after we're married, but Jordan is moving in in 2 weeks! I'm glad I'm not moving in right away because that gives me time to think about what accent colors I want. I'm thinking a lot of black and white with yellow as an accent color. I love yellow so much and I think it will look great with all the natural light we'll have at the new place.

I'll be posting a lot of pictures/ideas for decorating a new space. I'm really really excited... These are some of my favorites right now...

1. I love this nifty way to show off records from Ikea Hacker.
2. I want to make these wonderful cement letters from Dot Com For Moms.
3. I need to make this classy looking desk for my new "office."
4. I hope Jordan doesn't hate these lovely pillows from Wit & Whistle!
5. This photo transfer to wood from Digital Photography School.

Have a great rest of your weekend, guys!

Shalom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oh, happy day!

Drinking: Water
Listening: Alex Clare

Can I just share something that made my day today? Michaelangelo Buckley (a Poler customer and #campvibe enthusiast) emailed me today & sent me this picture of his snowboard. I grinned from ear to ear!


I love when customers enjoy our products and love our service. I just had to share this picture with you guys because of how fantastic it is. :)

Shalom

To do this week...

Drinking: Coffee
Listning: Band Of Horses


I've been thinking a lot about goals lately. I set them for myself, have a week or 2 of intense motivation and then it tapers off. I really love doing these weekly "to do lists" or "goals" because it helps me manage the big things I have to do during the week and check them off at the end. Keeping things simple has been at the forefront of my mind lately.

1. Start planning a wedding.
That means gather ideas, budget, set a date & find a venue. Yippee!

2. Clean out my closet. 
Goodness gracious, I have so many clothes that haven't seen the light of day in years. It's time to simplify!

3. Focus on blog content. 
What do you all think about features that involve interviews? I like it, but I can't decide if I like it just because I think it sounds fancy. Either way, it's happening. 

4. Continue working out. 
It seriously will not get done unless I put it on this list. Haha. 

5. Be still and know.
The Lord is such a better planner than I am. Hallelujah!

I also need to finish up two things that didn't get 100% completed from last week:

1. Make wall art for a friend. 
2. Make a blogging kit. 

On another note... Jordan and I were looking into townhouses last night. I think we found one we both like and it's in a great neighborhood and closer to work for me! That would be wonderful since I have a decent drive in the morning. I can't wait to be able to set up a home. I'm hoping everything falls into place so I can move in right after the wedding with no stress involved. It would be awesome if I could have my big things (books, desktop, shelves...) all moved in so all I had to bring was clothes.

I hope you all have a great day. Cheers to Tuesday!

Shalom




Sunday, October 14, 2012

Complete.

Oh goodness everyone. I didn't get half the things I wanted to get done this week done. Poop on a stick. I JUST looked into planning a wedding on Friday and it's terrifying. Haha. Why is everything so expensive & time consuming? It just seems plain silly to me. With that said, here is the list of things I said I wanted to do this week and my progress...

1. Watch less TV.
Check. This is actually did! Mostly because I didn't have time, but there were also times when I chose to not watch. It was awesome! 

2. Go for a walk after work every day. It's a nice way to get some fresh air & let me feel like I'm "working out" without running. Winning!
Check. Okay, so I didn't walk everyday... but I am trying to slim down my legs. I worked on that DAILY. That counts. 

3. Make wall art for a friend.
Unfinished. I'm sorry, friend. 

4. Make a blog kit like this one.
Unfinished. Some items are gathered, some are not. 
 
5. Post pictures of my lovely Traverse City trip.
Check. Ahhhh! I had such a lovely time. :)

I got to tell my engagement story to all the high schoolers at church tonight. Absolutely made my day. Well, that and the Lions won today. Both favorites! Have a great night guys. :)

Shalom

POSTER.




Just a shout out to Jim Golden Studios. They sent me this lovely poster and I think it's fantastic. 

Shalom

Saturday, October 13, 2012

5 Things I Love #10

Drinking: Water
Listening: Paul Klein

I am really excited about this 5 Things I Love post and I'll tell you why: I love finding people who share a love for the same things I do. With that said let me introduce you to two really great guys I have come into contact with...

1. Shane Farnsworth.
First of all, this guys videos and photos are killer. I love the style and vibe of all of them. I first talked to him when he emailed Poler with this great video. You should check out the video and his site by clicking on his name above.

2. Paul Klein.
Paul and his music are both featured in the video I talked about above. Shane told me to check out his music, so I did. Not only is the music wonderful, his love for the Lord is apparent. I was so pleasantly surprised. Please, go check out his tunes. They're fantastic.

3. Fantasy Basketball.
That's right, folks. Margeaux Knight (aka Hoops, I did it again) is participating in fantasy hoops this year with the guys at work. I could be more excited! Learning curve, here I come. Haha.

4. theknot.com
I wont lie... I am terrified to start planning this wedding. But since it's only 6 months out, I better get cracking. If anyone has pointers shoot them my way! I will be eternally grateful!

5. This 8tracks playlist.
I know, I know... I mention 8tracks a lot. I just can't help it! This playlist is getting me through super long days of work. Sometimes all I need is some good music when I hit that 2:30 pm wall.

Here's a small list of other things I love today...
1. The Raven is a great movie. Just watched it with Jordan and it was enjoyable.
2. My new denim shirt.
3. The Lance Armstrong debate that took place in my kitchen today.
4. The fact that it's 64 degrees outside right now.
5. My knitting book.

Thanks for listening to me gush about things today guys! Have a great weekend!

Shalom

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Things for fall...

Drinking: Apple Cider
Listening: City & Colour


I love all of these things! Fall is my most favorite season. I can already feel it changing, though. Winter is right around the corner. What are your favorite all items?

Shalom

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Traverse City 2013 | WE'RE ENGAGED!



Hello everyone! Here are some pictures from Beard & I's wonderful weekend up in Traverse City. I love being outside. The weather was wonderful! A little rainy, but nothing terrible. The colors were so gorgeous.


Highlight if the weekend? BEARD & I GOT ENGAGED! I know you guys already know - I've mentioned it... :) The picture of us is right afterward!


Left to right:
1. Mission Point Light House - that's where he proposed! 
2. Sign at the lighthouse
3. Cool looking barrels
4. I wanted to go to this so badly!
5. MY RING!
6. Kilkenneys (the pub in the basement of North Peak)
7. Right Brain brewery
8. Beers at Shorts brewery
9. North Peak brewery


Left to right:
1. I'm still blurry-eyed & happy about my ring at Mackinaw Brewing Co. 
2. Right Brain Brewery
3. Fun stuff from Right Brain!
4. The Blue Tractor restaurant
5. Kilkenneys pub
6. Kilkenneys pub
7. Flap Jack Shack = tasty
8. The beautiful fall colors
9. We followed a Fat Tire truck on our way up there


I had a great time up north! Beard is so wonderful to me. He's such a blessing. Oh, and check out my ring. ;)

Lists Vol. 4: Amazon Wishes

I put together a list of things that I'm really wanting off of my Amazon wishlists. What are you guys wishing for this month?



Shalom,
M

Monday, October 8, 2012

To do this week...

Drinking: Water
Listening: +44


1. Watch less TV.

2. Go for a walk after work every day. It's a nice way to get some fresh air & let me feel like I'm "working out" without running. Winning!

3. Make wall art for a friend.

4. Make a blog kit like this one.

5. Post pictures of my lovely Traverse City trip.

What do you guys have on your to do lists this week?

Shalom

Music Monday

Drinking: Tea
Listening: 6 am Monday morning silence

Hello hello everyone! Time for some music on this lovely first day of a new week! The band of choice today is All Songs & Daughters.


This Christian Tennessee duo has just a handful of songs - but I love every single one. If you get a chance listen to Brokenness Aside. It's probably my personal favorite from their first EP. They have another EP coming out. Check out their site for more details and give some of their new tunes a listen! Enjoy!

Shalom

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Complete.

Drinking: Water
Listening: Wintersleep

I made a "to do list" on Monday and now I'm showing you all the progress I made! Can you believe I actually finished all of these things? I know there are only 5 of them, but I had a frazzled and hectic week. I think I'm going to do one of these often, just to be able to see simple things checked off a list. I love that feeling. :)

1. Browse hello friend, you are loved
Check. I love love love this site. It's so cute. You should check it out for sure!

2. Make homemade modge podge.
Check. I'll have to post about it after I take picture & document if it actually works!

3. Visit artprize & take some pictures.
Check. I took some pictures! Look at 'em here.

4. Take some pictures of a DIY I did this past weekend.
Check. I made some chalkboard wine glasses. I love them!

5. Make an 8tracks playlist.
Check. Listen to it here.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Shalom

Saturday, October 6, 2012

5 Things I Love #9

1. Vestiges Inc.
This company makes the cutest tea towels! Look!

2. 516 Blog-tober!
Moe over at Five Sixteenths is doing a month long feature with tips & tricks of the blogging trade. Please! Stop by & show her lovely site some support!

3. The poster I got from Jim Golden studio.
I'll post a picture of this later as I am in Traverse City & the poster is at home.

4. Campfire Cologne.
Watch the video. Enjoy. Laugh. Repeat.

5. BEING ENGAGED!
That's right! Jordan & I are engaged! He just asked me today while we were at Old Mission Point. :) I'll post more pictures tomorrow.


I hope you all had a lovely Friday. I know mine has been the best I've ever had. The man of my dreams asked me to be his wife & I couldn't be more overjoyed. The Lord is so good to me & I am so in love. :)

Shalom

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Art Prize 2012

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Michael Buble 

Even though I only got to go to Art Prize once this year I was still blown away. So many wonderful pieces of art sprinkled around my gorgeous city. I hope you all love this as much as I do. 

A disk golfing Albert Einstein. 

Glass & steel. 

Scene made out of odds & ends. 

Owl out of spoons. 

Dinosaur to scale. 

Animals made out of odds & ends.

Who else got to go down to Art Prize? What was your favorite?

I hope you all have a great Thursday! 

Shalom

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My favorite season!


I've been making a list of lovely things about fall that I just am so excited for. 

1. Leaf piles
2. Sweaters & scarves
3. Thanksgiving
4. Hot cider
5. Apple picking
6. Bon fires

I'm sure there are quite a few other things, but I can't think of them now. 

I've been reading up a lot lately on blogging, planning, crafting & enjoying life. I work so much... I really need to spend more time resting. This weekend is going to be some much needed rest for me & hopefully I'll be able to plan & organize my thoughts a little bit more than they have been lately. 

Enough about me! What are your favorite things this season? 

Shalom

DIY: Chalkboard Wine Glass

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Matthew Nathanson

I'm glad I finally get to share this DIY with you. It was a blast making these & they were super simple. 


1. Pour enough black chalkboard paint into a disposable container to cover the bottom & dunk the wine glass straight down to the bottom. 

2. Wait until the base is completely covered (this might be a second because the paint is thick) & pull out slowly. 

3. Take a plastic knife & drag along the bottom of the glass to get any extra drips off before it starts to dry. 

4. Place on wax paper to dry (I moved mine around a couple times because there was a lot of extra paint still dripping). 


See the finished product! Aren't they darling? I can't wait to make 2 more so I have a full set. These would make great gifts. I think I might make some for all my friends that are getting married. 

Later this week Jordan & I are going to Traverse City! Our 1 year is coming up & I'm glad we get to spend time together. 

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Shalom

Monday, October 1, 2012

To do this week...

As I have stated previously, I love making list. I regularly making lists while I'm at work of things I need to do during the day, week & month. Here are some things I want to accomplish this week. This past weekend was so crazy (in a good way!) so I didn't get a lot of "to do's" checked off a list. I'm hoping to jump back into the swing of things this week and knock some out!

1. Browse hello friend, you are loved.
I recently stumbled onto this blog & was delighted when she had a whole section on "packaging." I love packaging, tags & wrapping - in fact, this past weekend I was making some tags for my etsy shop! It just seemed to fall into place so well. I love seeing creative people in action.

2. Make homemade modge podge.
I've never done this, but it's been all over Pintrest. I want to give it a try and see how it works. If it's just as good, wonderful! If not, at least I gave it a go.

3. Visit artprize & take some pictures.
I can't wait to get down there and enjoy G-rap!

4. Take some pictures of a DIY I did this past weekend.
I'm really excited to share this DIY with you all! It's so cute & classy!

5. Make an 8tracks playlist.
This is happening. I need something to jam to while I'm cleaning & organizing.

Happy Monday everyone! It's 4:14 AM I am going in search of coffee... :)

Shalom

Sunday, September 30, 2012

5 Things I Love #8

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Mark Driscoll 

I was swamped all day yesterday and didn't get a chance to do my 5 Things post. I had a wedding, a wedding rehearsal & a rehearsal dinner. This weekend is going to be one big blessed blur. I'm so happy about it though. Liz & Travis got married yesterday. Jake & Josie are getting married later today. Jordan & I are singing at their wedding & I couldn't feel more honored. It's going to be a great time this evening. I'm ready to dance the night away. 

1. This is the song Jordan and I are singing today (with some tweeks!) I've been listening to it a lot lately and remembered how fond of it I was. 

2. This craft looks amazing! Aren't those shakers super cute? 
3. Wedding season. I get to dance & no one cares that I'm not good at it because they're so happy someone got married. Oh! And because people I love get married. :)

4. I'm finding a new love for design that I've never had before and it's wonderful. 

5. This site has really fantastic ideas on staying organized & having a home you love to live it. It's a really enjoyable read. 

I'm glad I had time to post this right before Jordan picks me up! Actually... he's calling me now. Off to a wedding I go! Enjoy this wonderful weekend! 

Shalom

Saturday, September 22, 2012

All Grown Up

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Imagine Dragons

Last night Peter had us over for a hang out at his new apartment. I can't believe how fast we're all growing up. It's wonderful to be surrounded by these people, though. As we all transition into the full swing of adulthood, I'm thankful for each & every one of them. 

Stephanie, Jon, Kara, Liz & the man of the house, Peter!

A little bit of this & a little bit of that...

Harry Potter in the flesh. 

Love this story board game. 
Cheers to another fall weekend. I hope yours is fantastic. :)

Shalom