Learning to Walk: A Printable for Your Journey

Yesterday, I couldn’t wait to share a project.  It had been many weeks since I had posted.  To be honest, it had been many weeks since I was able to work.  I spent Christmas in bed with the flu, and one Foster after the other got knocked down.  After the most severe symptoms went away, we all had fatigue that lingered.  Just before Christmas, I received a phone call from Australia threatening legal action for a work I created.  It was just crazy.  There were a few other personal things that had my plate too full already.  Had I not been built up in scripture and prepared for the unraveling, I might have gone into a deep depression.

Perseverance Printable by

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you encounter trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” -James 1:2-4

Fast forward to yesterday.  Mornings are chaotic.  School starts at 7:45, and my kids are bears and totally disorderly.  The morning panic attack usually lasts past dropping them off.  My kids were climbing out of the car and running to the door after the bell rang, and when it was time for me to pull away, a mom and her son entered the crosswalk.

I noticed how she was fully dressed for anything (as opposed to me wearing what I slept in), her makeup was on, and she even flashed a beautiful smile at me.  A smile came over me.  What a breath of fresh air it was to see her enjoying the morning.

Up until this point, I had paid no attention to her son.  When I finally looked at him, I recognized him immediately.  He was Carter’s friend.  I watched in awe as he did something I hadn’t seen him do in the two years Carter’s known him- he was walking without a walker! It was miraculous! Tears poured out and I couldn’t contain my excitement for him.  He was happily making his way despite his staggering, laborious walk.  A walking miracle!

Every morning on the 15 minute drive to school, my kids and I go over a scripture.  We talk about what it means and the immediate life application.  This morning we talked about James verse and how we can choose Joy over our circumstances.  I excitedly recanted what happened yesterday morning, and I love Carter’s simple childlike response, “Yeah.  He’s learning to walk!”

This morning, as I was checking my Facebook feed, I saw another amazing sight from my middle school Sunday school teacher.  He was in a motorcycle accident just before Christmas that put him in critical condition.  I don’t know about you Honey, but sometimes the length of a journey set out before me has me emotionally paralyzed.  I want to learn to abandon that fear.  I want to be grateful for the journey because I want to be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  I’ll leave you with Raleigh’s words because they are inspiring.

Only 2 more months until I can put weight on my pelvis. “

The Little End Table That Could: 16 Days Until Justin Trade Days

Kick me in the shin! I never would have thought this little end table could be so cute, but it seriously is! I picked it up cheap off my friend Minnie who got all kinds of deals when she went junking in Oklahoma. Minnie also hooked me up with a big load of pallet wood.

Here is the dreadful before. I even staged it sitting next to my guitar make you like the before a little better. I knew I would use ASCP Florence Chalk Paint, but as I worked, I really wanted to add some Old White and Graphite stripes.

I painted the inside Graphite to clean it up a little bit. Don’t you just love the way all the colors pop. This is seriously The Little End Table That Could! As for the rocking chair…

I planned on (take a deep breath) not painting it. What do you think? I have felt really feel pretty strong about it, but then I saw this…

DIY Wedding Gift: Tea Towel Wedding Cake

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of giving a memorable gift. I am an even BIGGER fan of giving the small items people forget about on the registry. Maybe people feel cheap or like their gift will be unimpressive if they fill a gift bag full of random items. Maybe you already gave a gift at a shower, but you would feel bad if you came to the reception without a gift. The solution to all of these issues is the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.

This gift was about $20, and it took about an hour to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cardboard box you can cut to serve as a cake base
  • Kitchen utensils (and if they can match, the effect will be better). I used:
  • KitchenAid VPeeler in red
  • Target wooden utensil set
  • Red spatula
  • Red whisk
  • KitchenAid measuring spoons
  • Matching scrapbook paper
  • 2 File folders
  • Binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • 3 Patterned tea towels, 1 matching solid tea towel

First, you’ll need to make a form for the two tiers of the cake. Cut your file folder so that you have a nice, rectangular shape that can be formed into a cylinder. You’ll want to make sure that you can fold your patterned tea towel around the surface area to form the first tier, and the solid towel for the top tier. Don’t rely on the measurements on my paper trimmer. The measurements you’ll need will depend on the size towel you buy. The picture is here to show you how I trimmed the rounded edges off and cut it while it was folded.

Let’s say you took the smaller portion off the trimmer to make the top tier. You would open it up and connect the ends to form a cylinder and hot glue gun it together. You’ll want to clip it together with binder clips and let it dry well before you start forming the towel around it (maybe duct tape would be better. To make a larger tier for the bottom, you might have to tape or glue another piece of file folder to make it larger than the top tier.

I would imagine these instructions might seem vague, but keep playing with how you can make the right sizes to get the result in the first picture. You’ll see in the picture above that the tea towel is shorter than the folder. That’s because you will be connecting the ends with tape or hot glue, so don’t worry about that.

Once your tier forms are secure cylinders, you can start building the Tea Towel Wedding Cake.

Cut a circle out of your cardboard that is larger than the bottom tier. You might play with oatmeal containers or a plastic bowl to get a proper size and trace it onto the cardboard. Then adhere a same-sized piece of scrapbook paper to the cardboard.

WITHOUT THE TEA TOWEL ON IT, glue the bottom tier form onto the scrapbook paper covered cardboard. Press it firmly to make sure it’s sturdy. Once the glue is dry, form the tea towel around the cylinder and fold over the excess into the center of the cylinder. This will cover the top edge of the cylinder and fill the inside a bit. The ends of the tea towel can be inserted inside of one another to close the gap, or you can use a needle and thread to sew a stitch to keep the tea towel in place. I did both. Sorry, I didn’t get a pic. I was running late! Once you start fiddling with it, you will understand what I mean.

Form the solid tea towel around the smaller top tier the same way. If you don’t feel like you can secure the top tier as is, then roll up one of the patterned tea towels and use it as a cushion.

Next, use the remaining towel(s) to flow out the top tier by folding it/them into a fan (just like you would have done with a piece of notebook paper in elementary school) and stuffing it inside the top tier.

Finally, you can start to add your kitchen goodies. You can either attach a card by hole punching it and tying it on with a ribbon, or you can write a message on the scrapbook paper base.

The bride will love this gift. The fact that it has KitchenAid gear sticking out makes it look like you weren’t going cheap (even if you were). I’d love to see if any of you have made a Tea Towel Wedding Cake.