tuesday ten

brrr & paper & embroidery & a little Christmas shame


Cold Heart Day

 The view out my kitchen window yesterday morning.


Seven on Wednesday  

(or something that sounds clever and involves some sort of alliteration)




{that's me trying to impersonate Susan Branch...not happenin'...but it's fun to try.}



Cold Texas Weather

It is entirely too cold here in Texas. 

I think winter may have lost it's way.  I'd like to hand it a map back to Wisconsin.

"Here you go little winter.  I think your mama is looking for you.  Scurry on back up north now, k?"


Side view sm_VintageColors_2-pic

I've been working on some Valentines day ideas.

I bought some doilies and made a little "10 things I love about you" mini book for my sweetheart. 

Still have to finish it, but I thought I'd show you how I put it together in case you'd like to make one.

I'll be posting the how-to later this week.


I'm also working on some embroidery ideas.  I've had a magnet for years that says "10 things God wants you to remember."  It's always encouraged me. I actually posted the text from it awhile back.

I was thinking it would be so cool to do an embroidery sampler of a different thing God wants us to remember each month to practice some stitches. So I sketched out some ideas.

  Embroidery sampler sketch sm

I had to add a couple of things to make enough for 12 months and I changed a couple and added scriptures.  I'm still working on it but I've already made my own pattern for January and started stitching it! 

I thought I'd share that with you too.  Maybe one each month and we can learn embroidery together! 

And those of you who know embroidery could maybe help us along! What do you think?




I often get questions about how I achieve certain effects on my photos.  I use a combination of things, but recently I found a fun site called Be Funky

Here is a before and after of the window photo above. 

    Cold Heart Day Cold Heart Day with Be Funky Vintage Colors


The first one is the original photo.  The second is the one I edited in Be Funky.  I used the "Vintage Colors" effect.

Give yourself time if you go over there...you won't be able to stop playing!



I  have a pile of Christmas stuff *still* sitting in the corner of the living room waiting to be packed away. 

Christmas Shame

I think by posting this here I might shame myself into finally doing it today. 

I'm not sure though because I'm getting quite comfortable with you as friends and sort of think you wouldn't judge me at all for it so I may need a new strategy....wanna come over and help me?


This post is really just a creative way of saying, "I have a lot to show you that isn't ready yet."  heh-heh.

Hope you are staying warm.  We are off to a homeschool group day.

Grace & Peace


"Let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't." -Romans 12:6