wear your heart

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i started making these denim cuffs this fall.  because i like to create. because i like to repurpose. because i was looking for a way to incorporate words into jewelry.  because i want something meaningful and pretty to wear.

i love words; i love letters that make words and books made by words.  i love they way they look and sound and speak.  i love typography and words as art and representation.  and i love that i found a way to put the words of my heart on my wrist.

i want the constant reminder; i want the pretty, and the practical.

it’s part of the whole “onthedoorposts” thing— sharing God’s Word everywhere in everything (more on that coming soon).

i wanna wear my heart on my sleeve wrist.  

 

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what i’m making… crafty, crafty lady

we’ve been crafting away in this house.

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craft night thursday night, we made photo holders, headbands, and heart garland.

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i decided i wanted to make a coffee cozy or seven; i loosely followed this tutorial.  (they aren’t all pictured 🙂 and by the way, that cute little owl cozy has definitely solved my tea making problems.

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we’ve got a february birthday in this fam; so party prep has begun.  i’m making little stuffed monsters as party favors.  (i’ll share party pics after the big day.)

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my sister and i went to splatz for a girls night out.  i’ve never gone to one of these paint and drinks deals; it was tons of fun.  of course little sis’ painting (not pictured) turned out way cooler than mine; i am not a very brave painter.

aside from crafting, there’s been lots of food made here!  since my little sis is in town- she is making the good stuff- mint oreo truffles, cupcakes, birthday cake with fancy decorations.  meanwhile the mommy here is whipping up stromboli and alfredo sauce (with cauliflower) and faijitas and pancakes and green smoothies.

and did i mention that my sis brought season one of downton abbey with her.  so you know we’ve been watching while we’re making.  my verdict is still out on this show… so many friends love it, and i just haven’t fallen yet.  what’s the deal abbey lovers?

what we’re making this week

i haven’t told you about what i’m up to in the creativity department in a while; i figured it was about time.

actually first i want to share a recipe with you; a recipe i have been using a lot lately.  ginger cookies, or molasses cookies whatever you want to call them… they may be the greatest cold weather cookie in existence!  now i am a chocolate kinda girl, so normally i would choose chocolate chip over every other kind of cookie; but these cookies are something special.  i’m talking melt in your mouth, make you feel all warm and cozy, eat six before you realize it, perfectly pretty and round, kind of cookie.  a dear friend of mine shared this recipe with me a few years ago; i don’t know it’s original source (mrs. judy, if you are reading this and know where the recipe came from please share).  i have no pictures of these delectable cookies to because, quite frankly, they get eaten too fast.

ginger molasses cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 1/2 sticks butter softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 + molasses (i never measure this really and i think i use more like 1/3 a cup)

~ 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling the dough~

preheat your oven to 350; sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl.  beat butter and sugar for about 2 minutes; add egg and molasses and beat some more.  gradually add flour until combined.  scoop teaspoon size clumps and roll them into a ball then roll in sugar.  place on ungreased baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes.  you don’t want these to get over done so keep on eye on them.

if its snowing outside you should definitely be making these cookies for an afternoon snack!

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there’s happy valentines creative mess going on in my house.  getting denim cuffs and clothespins put together for my instashop’s valentines package sale has me in happy heart mode.  notice the valentines decorations that are hanging in my house (top pics) are blue.  all the red, pink, and purple is heading out the door and through the mail to friends and gracious customers.  the boys complain just because it’s out on the table… “mom why’s all this pink stuff in our house…”  ahhh boys.

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i’ve been playing around with making prints on pic monkey.  it’s pretty easy to use, and it’s free.  of course you can pay to get betterfeatures, but you don’t have to.  i’m super excited about these little prints that i made for the red valentines packages.

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i usually only share what i’ve been making, but this week the hubs brought this home.  i know right, it’s amazing!  he is a builder so he’s always making things (like houses and barns), but this is incredible (well houses and barns are incredible too, but they aren’t sitting in my living room) .  i’m so proud, and full of ideas for more furniture.  hmmm….. a new kitchen table might be in my future.

the boys and i have also started on some simple woodworking project for school as part of my “let’s make something in the garage b/c it’s snowing outside campaign”.  i will post pictures when we get a little further along in the process- who wants to look at piles of sanded wood?

that’s about it: cookies, valentines, and furniture- that’s what we’re making ’round here.  and now i’m off to make some potato soup and homemade rolls for dinner.

coffee cozies anyone?

it snowed all weekend here; like cold, windy, yucky snow not pretty, fluffy, floating snowflakes.  so we stayed inside, and i did a lot of perusing because i’ve got gift cards.  and gift cards make me happy and oh so conflicted- what to i get with this card.  boots, books, art, craft supplies… the possibilities are endless and excruciating.  this weekend i was looking at coffee cozies.

coffee cozies.  i know, i know i’m not a coffee drinker so technically i do not deserve to own one.  they are so cute, and i have become a tea drinker; especially during these cold and snowy weekends when i can sip tea and shop online.  the hubs looked over my shoulder yesterday and said… “really that seems unnecessary”.  ha- he totally doesn’t get it.  i take a pint size mason jar out of the cabinet, fill it with water and then pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half.  (i know using a tea kettle would be so much better and quaint, but i’ve got the need for speed.) while the water heats i get out my mug and drop in a tea bag- chai tea if your wondering.  than i have to remove said mason jar from the microwave; it is hot!  seriously, i can handle hot.  i’ve been known to pull a sheet of cookies out of the oven with no mitt- ok that’s a slight exaggeration.  but that mason jar is hotter than i want to touch, so i’ve got to grab a dish towel to wrap around it.  i then pour the hot water from the hot mason jar into my mug usually spilling some and getting my dish towel all wet.  i let my tea steep for a few minutes, anyone know the preferred time for tea steeping?  i add my new fave homemade creamer, and sit down to enjoy my cup of tea.

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so you can see my dilemma, can’t you.  if i had a coffee cozy to wrap around that mason jar; i would not burn my fingertips or spill water all over my dish towels, and i could enjoy the cuteness.  hmm maybe it’s the cuteness i’m really after.

now dilemma number two: purchase or make; and with so many options to purchase how could i possibly choose?  i found some cute ones made by nataliecreates and a bunch on etsy.    what do you think?  any profound thoughts on coffee cozies?  have you bought one?  have you made one? do you want to make one for me?  or do you really just feel like you wasted 5 minutes reading this post?

in other thoughts- cookies go well with hot tea and snowy days.  and i had a special little man help me make chocolate chip this weekend.  i ate way too many.

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just in case you want my recipe for creamer.

homemade vanilla creamer

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup milk (the fattier the better)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pour them all into a mason jar and shake it like you mean it.  i’m telling you this stuff is good and easy and versatile and cheap.  the excellent qualities of this creamer are too many to list.

christmas decorations

we are keeping it simple this year.  usually we have lots of decorations, several trees, i honestly don’t know how many nativity sets, lights everywhere.  i am happy to be a little more laid back this year.  we were traveling, and our space is smaller, and all the boxes stacked high in the garage are tedious to sort through.  but as i sit writing in front of our tree; it feels cozy and good; and God went overboard decorating the outside here in colorado so i’m happy.  all that to say here’s a peak at our home decked out to remind us of the birth of the king of kings.

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 i wanted a real tree this year but because of our time crunch we settled for plastic; it’s still pretty.  we don’t have a mantle so stockings are hung by the banister with care.  i made some christmas bunting; and my littles helped me make a stable for my gorgeous willow tree nativity.  we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and making our home cozy.

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after helping me make the stable my littlest wanted to build again today; so we made a “house for Jesus”.  be still my heart, he’s a precious little creative bundle.

handmade gifts

i had good intentions i really did; but i forgot that i would be staying at the lake with my parents.  the wonderful, serene, gorgeous lake that has horrible internet (it was honestly good to be unplugged for a bit).  so despite all my good intentions to keep up with this blog; i have failed.  and here i am again pledging to be more diligent.

next week is christmas so anyone want to see what i’ve been up to?  christmas presents, decorations and such… anyone?  well i’m gonna share regardless, and since we already celebrated christmas with most of our family and friends, i can share freely without banning them from onthedoorposts.

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we made these photo display boards at the craft night that i hosted in november.  i loosely followed this tutorial i found on pinterest.  i don’t even know how many of them i gave out; it was a lot because once a started crafting i just couldn’t stop.

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most of the girls in my life got the first fruits of the crafting for my etsy shop.

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christmas gifts:  i love giving handmade.  i love to receive handmade gifts too; i feel like it’s more of an investment.  i have worked hard on this gift all the while thinking of you.  my boys gave some killer gifts also, and of course i forgot to take pictures:  a hand whittled walking stick went to one grandmother and a wooden cross to the other.  (i’m secretly hoping i get one of each for christmas )  perhaps the gift that i enjoyed making the most was the tea napkins, placemat, and dress that i made for my niece.  i don’t think i’ve ever made a dress before; it was all girly and ruffles and pinkish fun.  

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this pretty little bag was also fun to make.  my boys thought it was a dress too or an apron- heehee- it does look like a cute little apron i’d like to wear.  tote bags out of a cute tea towel, a super easy but really cute gift to make and give.

well that’s all for handmade christmas gifts.  i will be baking and making a few more things for new friends and neighbors this week.  hope you take the time to make at least a gift or two this year; you will not regret the time you invest and the one who receives the gift will feel extra loved.

tomorrow… christmas decorations, and thursday the very delayed 1 peter study

i’ve been busy

honestly i haven’t been so busy that i don’t have time to write.  so my apologies for my neglect of this space.  onthedoorposts— i’m sorry; if i neglected my bathrooms like i have you the last few weeks it would be gross!

so here’s what i’ve been up to (scroll over pics for a short explanation) :

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and last but not least, i have opened an etsy shop- onthedoorpostsshop.  exciting news and a little scary; i’ve never done anything like this before.  i was happy to get the shop open before christmas; but i will not be able to add any inventory for awhile.  we are off to va next week!  everyone in this household (and a few houses in va too) is counting down the days.  we are looking forward to spending time with friends and family and celebrating early christmas.  

these pendant necklaces are for sale in the shop; as well as some super cool denim cuff bracelets.

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 so if you happen to live in the richmond area and want to order something from the shop, i can hand deliver (and refund your shipping costs).  let me know asap because i am packing up a storm and prepping for our 30 hour drive across the country.

onthedoorposts- i promise not to wait so long to write again!

crafting away

since we’ve moved halfway (actually more than half) across the country, away from our family and friends; we are taking a trip back to va in december.  we are going to spend time with loved ones, keep some special holiday traditions (like behold the lamb concert at the landmark- whoop-whoop!) and celebrate early christmas with both sides of the family.  which means that i have lots to do to get ready before we leave!

so for the last few weeks i have been working on christmas presents.  i have pulled out all sorts of craft supplies and littered the kitchen table with fabric and buttons and beads.  the boys have been busy with me; lovingly crafting special gifts for grandparents and aunts and cousins.  it’s sweet to watch little boy hands working away; and little boy minds thinking and pondering over who would like which handmade gem best.

i don’t always let the boys craft with me; sometimes i’m too intent on getting it done.  sometimes, i just don’t want help because i know i can do it better myself.  sometimes, i don’t want them to mess up my stuff.  sometimes i’m selfish, and stubborn.   but the weather forecast is cold and snowy this week; so we are going to work on finishing up all our projects.  the living room/kitchen will be a mess, and we will probably not get all the laundry folded.  they will put things together not the way i would do it.  we will have to wash away paint and glue.  i will have to bite my tongue and let their creative juices flow unhindered. (there will probably be some cookies made because creativity makes you hungry)  we will enjoy crafting together, and i will choose to enjoy the process.

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