Monday, October 31, 2011

Pinterest lovelies and Day 30

In my opinion, it is never too early to begin thinking and planning presents for Christmas, especially since I typically make all of my gifts. That's where pinterest and other blogs come in. :) So, here are some recipes, tutorials, and ideas that I have found lately:

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cup recipe

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Peppermint Stick Cocoa Recipe

Pleated Scarf with Buttons

Notebook Tutorial

Upcycled Scarflette

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

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Sleepover Pillow Case


And how about this idea? Cookie tins out of Pringle cans!

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And how about some ways to wrap your lovely gifts?

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this would be especially good for using up yarn scraps and to give to fellow crafters!

Miss Grace over at One Stitch at a Time is going to be posting lots of tutorials, Etsy finds, etc. beginning the day after Thanksgiving, so be sure to check that out. She also has LOTS of tutorials already posted on her blog, so be sure to check those out as well.

Oh, and:

Day 30 - A Photo with Something Purple in it

I made this flower today. :) (post about it coming sometime soon-ish)

What have you been crafting/inspired by lately?

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Happy Sunday, everyone!

Right now I am using my sister's laptop, so I don't have any of the photos that I took yesterday. :( Oh, well. I will probably post them later on today or tomorrow.

I know that I have posted this photo before, but I wanted to enter it into Rachel's Photo Contest. The theme is Autumn Colors.


There is going to be a giveaway over at God's Daughter once Raquel reaches 500 followers. She only needs 32 more followers! Go on over and check out her blog and perhaps become a follower! (to view a preview of the prizes, go here)

Today because of the snow, our church services have been cancelled. I plan on spending a portion of my day crafting and taking photos of my crafts and the snow. I will be sure and share some of the photos I take with you all later.

What do you plan on doing with your Sunday?

Saturday, October 29, 2011


First of all, I won this photo contest with this photo:

Next, there is a giveaway going on over here.


We got SNOW!


What is this craziness?

My family was at my great aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party in New Hampshire today. When we got there, the weather was cold but still fall-like:

My little sister, Chloe. 

I love the focus in this one! 

Chloe and I. :)

To this...


Did you get snow?

Earrings and Days 28 and 29

Yesterday afternoon, I made earrings. Here are some photos of them:


Blue Bead:

Shiny circles:

Blue stones:

Purple Button:

Long beaded:

But, I must say, these ones are my favorite:


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So, mine don't look that good, but I still like them. :)

Oh, and these are the bobby pins that I won. I love them!

For you crafters out there (or people who just like yarn) you can enter a survey here (scroll down the page) for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to a store like A.C. Moore or Hobby Lobby.

Here is a great tutorial for newspaper print nails:

I did my nails like this with my cousin this summer.

Also, for the 31-Day Challenge:

Day 28 - A Photo of Clouds

Day 29 - A Photo with Something Green

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Days 26 and 27

(to see my first post on the 31-Day Challenge, go here)

Day 26 - A Photo that has Something with Blue

Day 27 - A Photo that Incorporates Motion

And now, just to leave you with some Emily randomness...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Psalm 103:15-18

As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children's children,

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

James 4:14 - Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

We need to wait on God and His timing because this earth will pass away even faster than we expect.

I love the last phrase of Psalm 103:18. It says that God is merciful to those who remember His commands to do them. Not just remember, but do! Read this verse:

James 4:17 - Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Did you get that? Knowing the right thing to do is sin. We can't go through life avoiding doing wrong; we need to do right. Otherwise, it is still sin.

How often do we remember this? I know that I often forget and tend to think that as long as I am not as bad as some people, I'm all right.

I am not 'all right'.

I need to do my absolute best, but that can only be done through God's mercy and power. Otherwise, I know that I would fail miserably.

However, God will forgive us when we do mess up.

Psalm 130:4 - But there is forgiveness with You.

Psalm 86:5 - For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant on mercy to all those who call upon You.

Ephesians 1:7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

We must try with God's help to do our best, but always remember:

God Will Forgive.

p.s. I am a finalist in this photo contest. I would really appreciate it if you would go on over and vote for me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sorry again!

Like I said in my last post, I am sorry for my lack of posts over the past few days. I am also sorry that this is a rather hodge-podge post (I seem to have quite a few of those!). I am working on a real post. :)
On Sunday after church some of my siblings and I went on a spontaneous hiking trip with a couple other families from my church.

This tower was on top of the mountain.

This was the gorgeous view from the top of the tower.

This is the view looking down from the tower. :)

Yesterday I spent almost all afternoon cooking. My homework for one of my classes at school was to cook dinner for your family.

Now, on to the 31-Day Challenge.

Day 23 - A Photo of a Person playing a board game

Day 24 - A Photo Playing with Shadows

Day 25 - A Photo You Took a Year Ago

This photo was taken with my little old Kodak Easyshare Point and Shoot. I loved that camera...until the zoom broke. Then one of my best friends dropped it in the stream we were taking photos by. So, I got a new camera. :) It's not an DSLR, but it's better than my old one. :)

Go on over and check out Lily's Days 23 and 24. While you're there, enter her lovely giveaway! Here are some of my favorite prizes:

Flower Bobby Pins

Chocolate Raspberry Soap

A gorgeous autumn colored ring

I posted about a giveaway here. Well, I won it. :) I won this set of bobby pins:

Mum Bobby Pin Hair Set - in White, Purple, and Light Blue

You can visit Silver Lotus Designs here.

And, since we're speaking about giveaways, I thought I would mention another:

Johanna is hosting a giveaway here. The prize is a $15 gift certificate to this lovely Etsy shop.

I also love this post over at Jamie Delaine Blog.

Happy Autumn!

p.s. did you realize that it is now only two months until Christmas????