Tuesday, December 27, 2011

on boundaries.

For the first time this Christmas, I was relieved to see the holiday come and go. It wasn't the sacred, quiet, candy-cane flavored day that I had envisioned. In retrospect, there was too much crammed into one little day, and it left me feeling like I just wanted some eggnog in a closet. I should have spent time praying about our Christmas plans before jumping into them feet-first, and I flat-out didn't. 

Have you read/heard of the book, 'Boundaries'? It's been making its rounds lately, especially in my little church circle. I think it's a must-read for those involved in negotiating trying relationships, or struggling with persistent feelings of guilt in their interpersonal life.While this book has some great concepts, what I'm noticing, though, is that more and more people are using this book as an excuse to escape from doing things that they simply don't want to do. It seems to be perceived more along these lines: Just tell your (fill in the blank) mother-in-law, friend, brother, father, aunt, sister, "No. I don't want to... I'm setting boundaries..." and all is well. 

Let me be the first to say that I completely understand!! Somewhere along the way, I was dubbed 'the person that does the stuff, for the people, when they need it'.... an undeniably eloquent title  ;)

Understanding that you have a choice to say, 'No' is an impowering concept to someone who has spent their life saying 'yes' to everything. It can be a little like watching a toddler set free in a room of toys, but I think we need to be adamantly on guard about becoming grown-up toddlers running around the world, shouting 'no' every chance we get!

I'm pretty certain this selfishness is not the intention of the authors, OR the heart of Jesus.

The Bible mentions boundaries too:
"Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; 
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.." 

-Psalm 16:5

Enlarge the place of your tent, 
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes."
-Isaiah 54:2

What jumps out to me about these scriptures, is that Lord is the one setting the boundaries. It's not our emotions, our schedule, or our wants/needs that dictate what requests we should or shouldn't say 'yes' to. Sometimes, our lives may be more enriched by stretching past our own 'boundaries' of practical life, to heed those that the Lord has set for us. Even isolated towers of selfishness have great boundaries... I just don't think that's what we want our lives to be.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. 
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
-Phillipians 2:3-4

I'm still figuring out this whole 'boundaries' thing, and striving to find a balance between being truly servant-hearted and thriving in the rest of my life. How do you balance all of this?!

Lots of love,

Friday, December 23, 2011

gussy up that gift card!

Ahhh. Gift cards. They are awesome to receive, but I tend to feel lame giving them as gifts. This little trick makes me feel better about my 'generic' gift, and I feel like it shows I really do care!

We're going to make a snow-globe :)

All you need is:
1) a gift card
2) a mason jar
3) hot glue gun
4) random tiny holiday junk
1.Glue your card in the center of your mason jar lid.
2.Hold it vertically until the glue dries.
3.Dump your shiny things into the jar and fill it with water, then tightly screw on the lid!!

Taaada, Snow-globe :) Aaand just in case you are wondering, it doesn't leak!
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Lots of love,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

lazy day dinner: quiche

Eggs and I have a sketchy past. I'm really not picky about many foods at all, but scrambled eggs have never been a favorite of mine. Since my mother taught me excellent manners, I should really say, "I don't particularly care for scrambled eggs."

Anyhow, because of this little preference,  I am hesitant to make many breakfast casserole recipes, or other eggy baked things, but this quiche changed my dinner rotation forever. Fear not egg-o-phobes, this recipe is not eggy at all, just rich, savory, and all-in-all perfection. 
This is so good. Really really good. I made it twice in a row last week, and I want to make it again right now. I just so happened to have an extra pie crust laying around from Selah's birthday party (which I will one day blog about), but feel free to make your own if you are so inclined. I'm sure it will make it all the better. 

This is an adapted by moi, Paula Dean Recipe:

Spinach and Sausage Quiche
6 eggs, beaten
salt, pepper
1 pkg drained frozen spinach
1 1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar
1 1/2c milk
1 lb chopped jalapeno sausage
unbaked pie  crust

Beat the eggs and milk really well together, then mix in all the other ingrediants. Pour into an unbaked 9" pie shell and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. 

done and done. holy moses, it's delicious. you are welcome.

Lots of love,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gift wrapping galore!

Hi friends, I have to apologize for the silence this week! My Heartsy sale went GREAT; so great, in fact, that I am really really busy making little silhouettes. Silhouettes during morning nap, afternoon nap, and after baby bed-time late into the night!

If you're anything like me, then you may have a pile of naked unwrapped Christmas presents sitting under your tree :) Those little gifts are mocking me, but I plan to gussy them up the first chance I get!

Here are some great ideas I've been collecting for holiday gift-wrapping. Also, if you're new around here, you might want to check out this little post about gift-wrapping I did a while back.

1. Wow! This is incredible. Check out this woven yarn piece tutorial. 
2. Simple and Gorgeous! Pretty rainbow yarn tied in knots. 
3. Couldn't be any easier than this present randomly wrapped with two different color yarns.
4. Pretty yarn-embroidered gift tags

Lots of love!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A silhouette sale..

 Have you heard of Heartsy? It's the sweetest deal-of-the-day website exclusively for handmade shops! They offer incredible discounts ( from 50-70% off) on individual Etsy shops each day.

My silhouettes will be offered as a VIP exclusive deal on Heartsy tomorrow... yea!!  I have limited my sale to 30 vouchers in order to preserve the integrity of my product (and my sanity). So, if you've been eyeing my silhouettes for a while, now's your chance!! Have that little clicker finger ready!

I'm passionate about shopping handmade, because it's is an important way to support tiny little businesses, and individual families, just like mine :)

Here's a peek at what some of my incredible customers have created with their silhouettes:
Top: Susan's stately men
Bottom left: Lori's lovely ladies        Bottom Right: Lauren's gallery wall
Top: Drea's save-the-date cards
Bottom left: Rachel's blog design           Bottom right: Lauren's birthday invitations
Lots of love,