Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{What's New? Wednesday} Ecclesiastes 3:11 pillow

Oh, dayspring, how do I love thee!  
On July 30th, dayspring ran a surprise 24hour sale with some great items reduced in price.  I have shopped dayspring previously for unique faith-based gifts and home decor.  There is always a charm to their products and the sale did not disappoint.  I happen to search through the website and stumbled upon this pillow:


 It was love at first sight and I immediately knew I wanted to buy it for our bench seat in our living room a.k.a. music room.  The text on the pillow comes from the Bible: He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Ecclesiastes 3:11


A perfect fit! 

The summary of the pillow on the dayspring website states the following:
This vintage-inspired pillow, along with its powerful message of God's faithfulness, brings sweet, nostalgic charm and timeless inspiration to your home d├ęcor.

 Yes, indeed! I must agree!
The pillow continues to be on clearance for $9.99 if you just need to have one too! 
Click here to visit the product information on the dayspring website.
 

love!


My sweet Lilly girl was resting during my pillow photography session.
Gosh, I think she's a beauty!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

{Tuesday's Triumph} 1 Year at AGH

This family loves to celebrate all things big or small!  Today's celebration is in honor of my handsome husband and his pursuit of becoming a surgeon.  One year ago today he began his surgical career at AGH as a practicing physician and I couldn't be more proud!  We are so thankful for the hospital and community's support of husband's career.  He has truly bloomed where he was planted and today we had the opportunity to celebrate with the office and hospital staff by enjoying cookies!









Our little man loves to visit daddy's office especially when we have a treat to share! My friend Meagan was able to take our vision and create these amazing cookies.  Not only do they look fabulous, they taste great too!  Thanks again, Meagan!The cookies were the perfect addition to our celebration! 

Congratulations on one year, love! Cheers to many more years at AGH!

Monday, August 4, 2014

{Masterpiece Monday} Abi's birthday shirt



Our little man was very excited to attend his first friend birthday party yesterday.  Abi and her family attend our church and we see them regularly as her mom and I are involved in ministry together.  In true "Faye fashion" as husband states, I made Abi a birthday shirt with her name and a coordinating headband as a gift. 


Due to our lovely retail stores already stocking winter clothing, I was unable to find a short sleeve shirt so Abi is prepared for the first cooler days of fall with this new shirt.  


I fell in love with the colored specks in the shirt and knew that it would look so cute personalized.  I choose a teal chevron cotton fabric to create the name applique. Who doesn't love a little chevron?!
 

I just love coordinating headbands!  
The flower embellishment was adhered to a piece of grey elastic.
 

The yellow button adds just the right pop of color on the teal chevron fabric!


 

When I asked little man what he wanted to give Abi as a present he gave this detailed response:  "I want to give her a Minnie balloon in a box.  When she open it the balloon will pop out and go up, and up and up!"  I thought it was a very creative and thoughtful gift so we made C's wish come true! Abi really loved receiving the balloon and I was sure to explain it was executed exactly the way our little man had described. In case you were wondering, a plastic storage tote works perfect to house the balloon.  I just gave a disclaimer I would be taking the tote back home with me! We also had a balloon weight placed on the end of the balloon ribbon so it would not completely fly away!

Happy 4th birthday, Abi!  We had a great day celebrating with you!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

{Snail Mail Saturday}

There is something to be treasured about receiving a piece of snail mail lovin'!  Especially in this technology driven era with emails, text messages and social media, using the postal service to deliver a message seems almost unheard of!  I have always loved receiving cards and special notes in the mail and I know it provides motivation for me to continue to spread the love by sending snail mail to the ones I love!

Today I would like to introduce a new blog series, {Snail Mail Saturday} where I will highlight the special notes, gifts and items that I send to friends and family that make a trip to the mailbox worth the effort!



My Goddaughter, Rylee shares the desire to create. She loves to draw and has recently shown interest in scrap-booking.  I was shopping at Meijer and found a cute paper pack, rhinestone embellishments and washi tape to send to Rylee.  To make the gift even more special, I purchased the same items for myself and used them to create a card to accompany the supplies. I really enjoy making little packages of supplies to send her way to brighten her day!  

Here are a few more photos of the card I created on kraft cardstock:



 

I just love simple creations! I added some triangles from the green polka-dot paper found in the paper pack I purchased, an "R" letter sticker for Rylee and two pieces of washi tape on the side for added decor. Please disregard the wet spot on the fold of the card from my curious dog who just had to smell my new creation with her wet nose! Silly dog!  

Who is your favorite person to send snail mail lovin' to?!
 

Friday, August 1, 2014

{Friday Feature} Mojo Monday 356 card sketch

Happy Friday!!

Ah, papercrafting!  I have been spending my "momma time" aka little love's nap time, to create a few cards.  Today I am featuring a card I created specifically for my dear friend, Jade, who happens to adore the color green.  My card layout inspiration came from the blog Mojo Monday which provides a layout challenge each week.


This week's layout sketch #356:
 




Using the sketch provided as inspiration, I created the following thinking of you card:






And just in case the photos above were not enough to fully capture the details of the card, you can view the photos below that were photographed in direct sun therefore they have significant shadows on them. Needless to say, this card has been documented well!







Thank you for reading this post and viewing the photos in it's entirety!  Leave a message and tell me your favorite color and I might just have to make a card for one of my faithful readers!

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}







Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Through my camera lens Thursday}





Welcome to my new blog post series {Through my camera lens Thursday} where I will be featuring photos I have taken with my personal camera.

The begonia beauties featured above are adorning my front porch in three separate hanging baskets.  I love their color as well as their intricate petal formation.  This is our first time purchasing begonias and I am very pleased and think it is a great option for our shaded porch.  Take a moment and enjoy their beauty!

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

{MWW Asian Salad}


Asian Chopped Salad
 
Ah, summer meals! Cooking in the summer appeals to me so much more than cooking in the fall and winter!  I love to utilize the grill for as many dinner meals as possible in the summer time.  I also find myself making lots of salad variations for side dishes or even the main entree.  This week while grocery shopping at Meijer, I was in the produce department searching for the mixed greens we prefer when I stumbled upon a package to create your own Asian Chopped Salad.  It immediately caught my attention as I not only really enjoy eating Asian salad but I was looking for something new to add to our meal menu.

So, low and behold, I introduce you to the Taylor Farms: Asian Chopped Salad!


The packaging states the salad recipe includes:  savoy cabbage, green cabbage, carrots, celery, green onions, cilantro, wonton noodles, sliced toasted almonds, and sesame ginger dressing.


Assembling the salad took all of 5 minutes.  Inside the main packaging, there is a sealed bag that includes the wonton noodles and sliced toasted almonds and a separate pouch of the sesame ginger dressings.  I placed all the ingredients inside a large bowl that had a corresponding lid, placed the lid on and shook the bowl to mix the ingredients.  I made the salad approximately 30minutes before we were going to sit down and eat so I placed it in the refrigerator to chill while I cooked the rest of our meal.


When our brats were done on the grill, I simply had to place a serving on each plate...


...and enjoy my summer dinner meal of bratwurst, Asian chopped salad and a fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  It was delicious!!


On a side note for my own future reference, I would not mix the wonton noodles into the bowl with all of the other ingredients.  If you have left overs and save them to enjoy later, the wonton noodles will no longer be crunchy. (boo!)  In the future I will add wonton noodles to each serving when ready to consume.

So, I have to ask, do you like Asian chopped salad?  Will you be looking for this product the next time you're in the produce department?

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks. {Written by Faye 2014}
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