Friday, January 30, 2015

Photo Friday: Stink Bug

This stink bug was found in our dining room. Before removing him, I had to take a few pictures of him. Isn't the detail fascinating?

Kati's Little Corner of the World

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sisters Book Challenge 2015

Kristin and I have decided to do the Sisters Book Challenge again this year. We've had so much fun reading the books on our lists in 2013 and 2014. It's a good way to read books we might not have picked up on our own.

The challenge is to read at least five of the ten books on the list. Both years Kristin and I have read more than the required five. 

My list of books for Kristin to read:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
An Unlikely Friendship by Ann Rinaldi
Twice Freed by Patricia St. John
The Night Shift by Dr. Brian Goldman
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
A Coal Miner's Bride by Susan Bartoletti
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Tea and Trouble Brewing by Dorcas Smucker
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

Kristin's list of books for me to read:

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

I'm looking forward to a reading a lot of these books. It's looking like a good reading year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paul's First Photo Shoot

I finally got to meet my new nephew Paul! He is just the sweetest thing!

While we were there, his mommy, my sweet sister-in-law Sarah, asked if I would take some pictures of Paul. Of course I said yes!

this one might be my favorite

We got a few pictures of all the kids together, too.

Nora (almost 6), Eve (7) holding Paul (8 weeks), Peter (4)

Beautiful sisters...

Sweet brothers...

I love how Peter is gently comforting his unhappy brother in the picture.
He loves his brother so much!

Paul did very well for his first photo shoot. He pleasantly put up with the whole thing and only started to fuss a little near the end. He was the perfect little model! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yarn Wreath

Winter is usually the hardest time to decorate for me. After all the Christmas decorations are put away, everything seems blah. I do like to use a lot of candles in my decorating. It helps make my room feel cozy and warm but I need a few other decorative items, too. I use tea cups, books, and a few yarn balls to add to the look.

Last year, I found this idea for a yarn-wrapped wreath on pinterest. I only had a picture to go on but it wasn't that hard to figure out what to do. 

I had a gift card from Hobby Lobby which I used to purchase my supplies: a wreath form, white yarn, a small embroidery hoop. Other items I already had like the yo-yos, buttons, fabric scraps, a bit of aqua yarn, and ribbon. 

It took a little while to wrap the yarn around the wreath since it had to be pretty tight for the form not to show through. After I finished wrapping the white yarn, I wrapped a bit of aqua yarn around for a contrast color. All the yarn ends got a dot of glue to hold them down. Once that part was done, the fun part of embellishing it began. 

I wanted to use several yo-yos in varying sizes definitely. I also liked the idea of the small embroidery hoop with some fabric but all I could find in the right size was plastic so I wrapped some of the left-over white yarn around it and it looked great. I looked through my button jar to find some coordinating buttons and chose a few to add.

I figured out where I wanted everything and I took a picture of it so that when I removed the items to glue them down I didn't forget where everything went. I used tacky glue and it holds all the pieces on quite well.

The last step was a ribbon to tie around the wreath so that it can be hung up. I had a bit of thin lace/ribbon that I used. 

This is a great decor piece for winter!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lost and Gained in 2014


This year has been a year of ups and downs for me.

I LOST my gallbladder -- It started in February with two trips to the ER. After many doctor visits and tests, I had my gallbladder removed in April. It was a long, painful journey.

GAINED a new car -- My old car was on the point of dying so I traded it in for a new one (to me)... a Chrysler 300 which I named Mr. Knightley. (Does anyone else name their cars?!)

I LOST my job and my friend -- after the elderly man I cared for passed away, I lost both a job I loved, and a very dear friend. He felt like a third grandfather to me.

I GAINED a new nephew -- Paul Ronald was born on November 24. I haven't met him yet, but I know he's a sweetie. 

I GAINED a new job -- Exactly one month after I lost my old job, I started working at Chick-fil-A.

LOST 45 pounds -- Between February and April, I had to eliminate all fats from my diet. After the surgery, I had a lot of nausea due to my body adjusting to no gallbladder. I finally got the nausea under control by drinking more water. All of that plus eating less equals weight loss.

What have you lost and gained this year?

Linking up to Gathering the Moments...

Thinking About Home

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Vintage Christmas Decorations

I went with a more vintage theme for my Christmas decorating this year. 

Glass jars with red lids, vintage pipe cleaner candy canes, vintage tin, and a red striped napkin on my tray. 

All three of my copies of A Christmas Carol. I love that book!

On top of my desk, I styled red and white candles. It looks so pretty when they are all lit and shining.

On my new cutting board, I have a new blue tray, teacups a friend gave me for my birthday, a cardinal figurine, and a vintage candle holder. 

My handmade snowglobe made with a blue mason jar and a green tea cup set sitting on my bookshelf. 

I got this white and red star on clearance at Marshalls at the end of the Christmas season last year. I chose to hang it in my window this year. 

For my tree this year, I chose to use red balls that were my great-aunt Lynn's, and the bookpage Christmas trees I used last year. For a tree skirt, I used a vintage holly tablecloth my grandmother gave me. 

I used red and white polka dot and red and white stripe wrapping paper for my gifts. I used these gift tags I found through Pinterest and tied up the gifts with red curly ribbon. It was really fast and simple which was just right for this year.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Conversion

Confession: I finished reading this book in September but never got around to blogging about it. Oops...

Even though I met the challenge of reading five of the books, it looks like I won't be meeting my personal goal of reading all the book on the list this year. But I will be adding the books I didn't read to next year's reading list. 


Sisters Book Challenge
Book 6
My Conversion by Charles Spurgeon

"I can testify that the joy of that day was utterly indescribably. 
I could have leaped; I could have danced. There was no expression, 
however fanatical, that would have been out of keeping with the 
joy of my spirit at that hour."

This book is Charles Spurgeon's own story of how the Lord came into his heart. It's very thought-provoking and definitely worth reading and pondering. It's a short book which could easily be read in a day but I found it best to read short passages at a time so as to have time to absorb all I read. It was hard to put it down, though. I would definitely recommend reading My Conversion.

"He never breathed out anything but love. As I looked into the poor, sorrowful face, so full of agony and yet so full of love, I wondered who could have been a wretch so vile as to pierce hands like His. I said to myself, 'where can these traitors live? Who could have killed such a One as this?'... I listened, and I clearly perceived that the murderer was close at hand. It was dark, and I groped about to find him. I found that, somehow or other, wherever I put out my hand, I could not grab him, for he was nearer to me than my hand would go. At last, I put my hand on my own breast. 'I have you now,' said I. Yes, he was in my own heart. The murderer was hiding within my own bosom, dwelling in the recesses of my inmost soul. Ah, then I wept indeed that I, in the very presence of my murdered Master, would be harboring the murderer."