Planning Ahead : I need your help!

We are just 100 days away from Christmas. We have 13 weekends left before the big day. Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s? I must be getting old, because every year seems to pass quicker than the last! I know it seems early, but it’s time to start thinking about your annual Christmas card! 

I love sending out cards every year {and receiving, of course!}, but it’s one of those tasks I seem to have a hard time finishing. I’ve sent many Christmas themed New Year’s cards. :) The last couple of years I’ve started much earlier on our cards and it has worked really well! I pick out a card, find a favorite photo from the year and have them ordered by October. Then I have an entire month or two to slowly add a note, address the envelopes, and get those puppies in the mail. I think last year I had all of our cards about the first week of December and it felt awesome! 

I’ve started my card shopping, and have been so impressed with the selection at Minted. They have so many options, and they’re all beautiful! I also love that Minted crowd-sources from independent designers around the world. They pick the best designs and artists earn commission on each sale. So cool! I’m all for supporting indie artists, designers and makers. 

So, I’ve narrowed down my choices to 5 cards. I need your help! Which one of these beautiful cards would you choose? 

1) Rustic Christmas

rustic christmas card

2) All is Bright

all is bright

3) Fun Facts

fun facts

4) Season to be Jolly

season to be jolly

5) Merry Typography

merry typography

Ok, folks! Help me out! Which one do you think  I should choose?

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You’re a Grand Old Flag {Garden Banner}

Before we get to the “normal” stuff, I have to leave a personal note. 

Earlier this week, my husband’s grandpa took his last breath here on earth and woke up face to face with Jesus. He lead a full, active, joyful life until his very last day. He loved his family and most importantly his God. I can’t think of a better post to add this tribute to, for he was the most patriotic and proud American you could ever know. He immigrated from Finland as a child and later served his new country in both WWII and Korea as a Marine. We sure will miss him, but oh what a glorious reunion we will have someday! 

Patriotic Garden Flag 

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and it is just one week away! Our poor University of Texas garden flag was looking very sad and faded, so I decided to swap it out with something patriotic in prep for the holiday. I cam up with the idea to make a garden flag using ribbons. It was incredibly easy to make and took less than 30 minutes {including taking photos, so you should be able to knock some time off there}.

Patriotic Garden Flag


You will need 4 spools of ribbon and a roll of Heat-n- Bond {or some other kind of hem tape}. I bought wide red, white and blue ribbon and a spool of thin gold ribbon. 

Patriotic Garden Flag

I used the old flag as a template. I laid out my ribbon in a pattern to mimic the U.S. flag. I cut each strip of ribbon to the same length, leaving a bit of extra length to fold over into a tab. 

Patriotic Garden Flag

Lay your ribbon upside down and backwards on your ironing board and lay out a strip of Heat-n-Bond across the ribbons. Follow the direction on the package. You will want to fold each ribbon over into a tab and iron to activate the heat bond. 

Patriotic Garden Flag

Once that has cooled, flip over your ribbons and do the same but this time to adhere the gold ribbon. This will hold each of the ribbons together to form a flag and add a bit of detail. 

Patriotic Garden Flag

I really wanted to find navy blue ribbon with white stars, but had no luck. I even tried to find polka dotted ribbon, but didn’t find any locally. I cut out several white vinyl stars with my Cricut and applied it to the blue ribbons. The flag has been outside for several days and few thunderstorms and so far everything still looks great. 

Patriotic Garden Flag

Slide your new flag onto the post and you’re ready to celebrate!

Patriotic Garden Flag

It looks perfect with my summer porch! 

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? How do you plan to celebrate?




Handmade Gift Guide : for Father’s Day

Poor dads. I don’t know if it is holiday fatigue from the hoopla and fanfare of Mother’s Day, or if it’s that most men are so dang hard to shop for….but it seems like dads usually get a can of nuts and a pat on the back for Father’s Day. {Or a cartoon character tie, as it was when we were kids}. There’s no need to stress about what to give your pops this year, even with only a few shopping days left. I scouted out a few fabulous handmade gifts that Dad will love. 

Great list of unique, handmade Father's Day gifts. Great for those hard to buy for dads!


1) Ron Swanson Quote T-Shirt

2) Men’s Vegan Soap Gift Set

3) Leather Toiletry Bag

4) Men’s Maple Wooden Watch

5) Handmade All Natural Beard Oil

6) Star Wars Blueprint Tie

7) Hand Thrown Stoneware Mug

8) Oxford Scholar Slim Bi-Fold Wallet


9) Custom Vintage Map Cufflinks

10) iPhone Dock Valet

If you prefer to DIY your Father’s Day gifts, check out my Pinterest board that is packed full of ideas!