DIY wreaths

Last weekend my Mom was having her staff over for a party and asked me to decorate the tables for her. I told her I would make it home-y by making wreaths, probably from the back yard.

While my little sister was sleeping, I got dressed and texted her to join me in the back when she got up. I found a wicker basket, some scissors and headed out with the puppy.

started the collecting
started the collecting

We have a variety of pines, and greens in the backyard so I started with the one I used to decorate the table at thanksgiving.

I decided to pick out the greens first, cutting snip-pits of the branches that were long and skinny rather than full. The reason for this is because the wreath I was planning on making was not much more than a foot in diameter and not much more than a dollar coin in thickness.

Tori and I
Tori and I

Tori came out and helped me snip some pieces to fill the basket. We picked twigs from 6″ to a foot and a half but the longer they get, they more flexible they need to be to bend for creating a circle.

pickings
pickings
full basket
full basket
Tori picking pine
Tori picking pine

I’m sorry we don’t have more pictures of us starting the process but your best bet is to take two that are bendable and make what looks like the shape of a lemon when you tie it together.

the beginning
the beginning
everything laid out on the table.
everything laid out on the table.

I used really small hemp yearn/string cut into pieces that were 4″ long. Some pieces you want to be a bit longer but thats really more for making the hemp stick out and show. Some people like that, some don’t. As you add the first twigs you want to begin to shape the circle. Once you have the circle set, you can add more than one piece and tie the hemp around multiple twigs.

putting it together
putting it together
I found it helpful to stick twigs in between other twigs to get them to stay, kind of like building a TP for the start of a fire. The twigs have to balance each-other out. In our backyard, we used both dry sticks (dead) and cut some live ones for the flexibleness. (I’m sorry to those of you green-ies who are offended by that!) Tori found some red twigs in the back and used those to color up the wreath.
red twigs
red twigs
In the end we sorted through the greens and chose ones to put in the wreath and without tying them in specifically; we just wove them into the other twigs.

We also thought it would be a nice touch to put the greens at the bottom of a vase with tea candles to add to the center table.

greens in a vase
greens in a vase

At another table we decided instead of the pine we collected, we bought rosemary and limes to put in mason jars. We slices two limes into wheels and put 2 rosemary bunches in each of 3 jars, filled them with chilled water and set white tea lights on top.

Feel free to email with questions! I love crafting and helping others to enjoy the art of making things from scratch.

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dont stop here.

today is the first day back on campus after graduation. This place almost feels more like home than anywhere else I could ever go. More of my heart is here than anywhere else in the whole world.

“heart beats fast,
colors and promises.
how to be brave,
how can i love when I’m so afraid?”

I’m sitting in the coffee shop on campus listening to quite possibly my favorite song. Rarely, if ever before, have I loved a melody, lyrics and music video all so much.

I just applied for a job that I could never imagine getting hired for. An opportunity to do what I love without having to have gone to school to study art or design. A thing a lot of people don’t know about me; that i love art, and even that I’m pretty talented at different forms of it. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with the possibilities in front of me because I love so many things. I wish I could specialize in everything but I left the draw to corporate America in pursuit of more of Jesus by switching my major to Biblical Studies. My heart was won by the creator of the universe and not given up since. Thankfully that hasn’t stop me from continuing to pursue the things that I love.

i love to cook
i love to cook

i LOVE to find new things to capture
i LOVE to find new things to capture
i love collecting pins. I even got a crush hooked on it.
i love collecting pins. I even got a good friend hooked on it.
i love seeing new things. especially to photograph
i love seeing new things. especially to photograph
i love to sew. im working on my very first dress from scratch. No pattern for me!
i love to sew. im working on my very first dress from scratch. No pattern for me!

California Dreamin’

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Pacific Beach Boardwalk

While I was in California over new years I had two days all by myself. One of the days I laid at the pool all day and read Divergent. The other day I walked a few miles on and near pacific beach. I took pictures and processed life. I figured out a few things about myself.

reading Divergent
reading Divergent

watching the crashing waves
watching the crashing waves

"take your sandals off, for you are on holy ground."
“take your sandals off, for you are on holy ground.”

I wanna feel the tension Tris and Tobias feel when they fight about honesty. I want to care that much about someone. Her rawness about her life helped me to question my ability to reason logically. I wondered about how honest I am, especially how honest i am with myself. When she talks about killing Will, her pain is expressed in and her reasons for not committing suicide make me think about my dad. I want to remember him like she remembers her parents. I almost never do, at least I feel like I don’t enough. It makes me think about getting walked down dark streets, or out to my car at night. Sometimes being confronted when I was seeking for people’s approval but some guys I’ve fancied made sure that I was believing truth when I could have sulked in lies; some did, but some didn’t. Some pushed me to hold to my commitments and would give me reasons to strive for more of Jesus. Ive had crushes in the past but most made me focus on being obsessed with myself, or with them but one time all I saw was Jesus. I want to be with someone someday that says that about me. It makes me think about how comfortable I was with this other Guy in college who I spent almost everyday with doing regular mundane things. How comfortable I could become around someone so easily, just by being around them constantly was irreversible. Someday it will be different, better somehow, intimate in a way I don’t know right now. My prayer is “Help me to wait papa.” I want to be patient. I want to be the woman he wants to be with, he dreams of. I want to be someone that makes him want to achieve goals, and dream bigger. I want to be a woman that he is proud to protect, I want to make him feel brave and empowered. I want to be affirming and not condemning. I want to be with someone I don’t want to change, but someone who makes me want to change. To be more like Jesus.

I want to be with someone who helps me to see more of life, and I’m thankful that its not tempting to be with someone who isn’t those things. Thanks and praise be to the God of glorious grace who has given me discernment for my future.

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I pray that as I remember the quiet waters spill over the sandy beach I would remember the undercurrent that pulls things out to see beneath the waters. I pray that I would not forget the pains behind the smiles, the secrets behind the passerby. I pray that I would forget the pain people have caused me and be quick to forgive. That like Tris I would take the unknown and be first in line to jump. That I would fight to survive this world of hurt around me. That I would learn to be brave when the weak need defending, and that I would be weak when the strong need to see that they really aren’t independent. That I would empathize with the hurting and be faithful to the sceptic. That I would know how to reason with the intellect and keep up with the academic. Lord please give me grace to remember who I am in you and who I am not anymore.

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A Beachside Sunday Morning

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A week ago I came back to MN from sunny California. It was a 100 degree difference for two of the 8 days I was on vacation. I got to visit Tanya my best friend who is actually my aunt. ( she’s my age, so she’s kinda like a cousin, but lived with my family in high school, so more like my sister.) She had just gotten back from Uganda which was an unbelievable experience for her, of course nothing like she had imagined. The Lord taught her and showed her things totally foreign to her previous understanding and revealed things that wereflip flopped from her expectations. I was grateful to see her and catch up after being apart for 6 months but also for the 2 days I spent all by myself. I was able to read, process and discover more of who I am and where I am going. 

I still can say that I have no clue. The more I learn about God, the more I realize i know nothing. The more I learn about myself, the more I think I’ll never get myself. The more I learn about life, the more confusing it becomes.

Im thankful for the simple joys such as Starbucks lattes and old-broken sandals from “The Old City”. I am thankful for quiet morning surfers and the soft crashing of the waves under the sparkle of the dawning sunlight. I’m thankful for nice cameras to capture the memories but especially for the Creator of the Universe coming to earth to make a way for me to be with Him forever.

I want to be in the Middle East SOOOO bad. I want to get on a plane yesterday and be among those who need to hear about real peace. Their lives are crying out for joy. 

I still don’t know when I will be able to go, I don’t know when I will be able to pay off my loans or when ill finish the partner development process. I don’t know when I’ll finally be among the those i love but I DO know the God who provides all those things and sustains the hearts of those who are searching. I know He is faithful and I know He is more committed to the nations knowing Him than I ever could be. And THAT is what I am most thankful for.  

healer.

Today I’m seeing more and more how Jesus heals through the hard things. Like in the song Healer by Kari Jobe or the song “laura story-blessings” when she says:

What if blessings come through raindrops, what if healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to draw you near? what if trials of this life are mercies in disguise?

I’m encouraged to know that hurting is never hopeless and its not for nothing. Jesus died to take my pain away. This pain on earth is not an end. There is light at the end of the tunnel. even when it feels like my feet may fail.

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
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I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Oceans- Hillsong United