Thursday, July 2, 2015

empty halls and covered walls, quiet spaces and colored faces.

we made an unexpected visit to the armory center for the arts. it was a beautiful day out and we were just strolling along when something in the window caught our attention. so out of curiosity, we went in to check it out. the art was pretty interesting, especially the piece that looked like a giant shiny egg!

Friday, June 26, 2015

when i look around outside, i see God's hand in all of creation. it's amazing and marvelous how God is so creative and beyond comprehension. everything He makes is beautiful-- the details are impeccable and the colors are inspiring. i love looking at the succulents in my garden because every single one is unique and perfectly designed.

and those are just plants! praise the Lord that He values and loves us more than plants and animals, more than the sea and all the lands. ♥

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

we enjoyed tea and sweet pastries at tea rose garden-- a charming and ohh so beautiful space at the heart of town. ♥

it's always a blessing to meet up with this sister and i look forward to more adventures together!

Monday, June 22, 2015

i love beautiful gift tags-- whether you buy it from the store or make your own. it's so simple to make your own gift tags using your favorite patterns!

you really can use any kind of paper, but i like to use 6"x6" scrapbook paper pads. these pads come in all sorts of designs and are often thicker than regular paper. you can get a 36 sheet pack for $3-$6 at your local art store, so it's pretty inexpensive.

then i just cut the paper into 2" strips and then cut those strips in half. so each tag should be 2"x3".

next, just cut off the edges of the tags so that the tags are narrower at the top.

hole punch the tags somewhere in the middle and you've got yourself some pretty neat gift tags! it took less than five minutes to make over fifty tags. just remember that if you're planning to write a message on the tags, pick a pattern that isn't too dark or too busy. enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

thanks for sharing these beauties with me! ♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

'the Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.' - isaiah 58:11

praise the Lord for a refreshing weekend with the ladies at this year's women's retreat! so blessed to be around many older women who really exemplify what it means to be God fearing women. it was a great time of fellowship as we ate together, danced together, and crafted together.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

it's almost summer here and that means more fun in the sun! meanwhile, here's what we picked up at the local farmer's market this week-- bitter melon, roasted peanuts, and gai lan.

Friday, June 5, 2015

let's just grab a burrito and call it a day.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

earlier this month i joined my friends at the original renaissance pleasure faire. it was fun to spend the day exploring the land, talking with strangers, and traveling to another time. i was surprised at how much fun i had with faeries and dragons, knights and peasants. despite the sweltering heat, many people were dressed in elaborate costumes and stayed in character-- quite impressive. next year, we'll definitely have to dress up too!

Monday, May 25, 2015

what's not to love about joan's on third? this chic eatery is both pleasing to the eyes and palate. my sister introduced me to this place because she knew that i would love it-- and i absolutely did! the fresh foods, vibrant colors, and aesthetic appeal were spot on. plus, it's always nice to spend the day out with my most favorite person in the world! ♥