Easter Swap

I am busy making spring inspired Easter gifts today!  And I worked on them while watching Chocolat.  I love to watch this movie during the Easter season.  I love the setting of small town France and I love the ending sermon the most…..the humanity of Christ and loving each person just as they are.  So refreshing!!!

Speaking of Spring….Easter is fast approaching and I am hosting another Swap!!!  Instead of an Easter basket I would love to have us fill one of those photo boxes you can find at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, usually for $2.  There are easy to pack and ship and come in lots of fun designs and are useful afterwards.  If you would like to participate please email me at amusingprovincial@yahoo.com with the subject : Easter Swap.  Please include your name and address as well as some of your favorite spring related items including colors and candy, projects and hobbies, anything you can think of. Please let me know by April 1 I will email you your partners info by April 7 and you will have until April 17 to ship your item.

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Living the Life you Love

Life is too short to be trapped in a life you don’t love.  I’m not saying it’s going to be a bed of roses all of the time (hello….look at my life!) but I believe we can enjoy life in the small things by doing a little of what we love everyday.  I have big dreams of unlimited budgets, a hamlet in France and a gorgeous garden where I sketch and paint all day.  While I can’t enjoy those things right now I can carve a piece of my budget for things that bring me joy.  I can grow a few herbs and take a few art classes.  I can read about France and try to incorporate parts of their lifestyle that I enjoy like eating fresh market produce and taking siestas when time allows (long live France!!!).  As the days are growing longer and the sun is warming the Earth that is just what I plan on doing!  How will you start Living the Life you Love today???

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On the Hunt

Lately I have had made the time to partake in one of my favorite time spenders…..junking!!!  I love to spend time in flea markets, antique stores and market booths.  It’s especially fun when I have certain items I’m looking for.  I just finished this new gallery wall with some new and old treasures and I already am looking for some items for a new project!

 

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I love this tin tile I found at an antique store in Cameron, Missouri

I love this tin tile I found at an antique store in Cameron, Missouri

 

This darling church is one of many treasures I have found on FairyHomes&Gardens

This darling church is one of many treasures I have found on FairyHomes&Gardens

 

There's something about tulips and lambs that welcome Spring

There’s something about tulips and lambs that welcome Spring

 

 

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Learning to Dream. Again.

It’s been a very long time friends.  I wasn’t even sure I would ever blog again.  There are so many seasons in life.  So many that reach places in your soul you don’t want to share.  I have been through such a season and I pray to my Father up Above that I am drifting out on an exodus.  This season in my life has caused me to hide.  To grope through the layers of my heart and sort out the mess that it was.  It has made me afraid.  Of who I am.  Of what I’ve become and who I may never become.  In this peculiar time I’ve realized many things.  About myself.  The people who surround me.  My dreams.  I’d thought I was uncapable of dreaming again.  Of trusting.  Of believing. In everything.  But faith found me.  It truly gave me wings when I was falling deeper than I’d thought.  It lifted me up.  People lifted me up.  And I let them.  Prayers were heard.  I never again want to go through such a darkness.  I’ve relearned some lessons I thought I already knew.  Like who and what you surround yourself with can make such a difference.  I am learning to dream again friends.  I’m making changes.  I’m learning to soak up all that I have been blessed with and ask for nothing in return.  To just be grateful for each day and all that I am given in that day.  I’m learning to be content and simplify my life.  And as I’ve done this I’ve had the most sublte rays of light shine in places I thought were boarded up.  Glimpses of past dreams are beckoning me.  Perhaps my future is brighter than the lies I had chosen to believe.  I pray friends that you are basking in rooms full of light so bright you can’t help but smile and soak it in.

 

A favorite saying on my inspiration board.

A favorite saying on my inspiration board.

 

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Hibernation

What a wonderful Christmas season it was!!!  I was blessed to have lots of fun with my precious family and truly enjoyed the holidays.  From sipping cocoa while looking at holiday lights to watching the boys perform Silent Night in sign language at their school program….from choosing just the right gifts for loved ones to crafting holiday ornaments and keepsakes…..from decorating sugar cookies and gingerbread houses to doing chores in fields of snow…..from volunteering with my boys to shopping for the less fortunate….from reading Christmas stories and watching Christmas movies to being surrounded by those I love by candlelight on Christmas Eve.  What a magical season full of joy, hope, peace and Love.  All made possible by the first gift of CHRISTmas.  So blessed!

I’m not sure if all of the festivities have worn me out or the frigid temperatures are keeping me in.  Perhaps it’s the darn flu bug that hit our house but I am in hibernation mode.  I’m treasuring this last week of break holed up in our cozy home and dreaming of snowstorms and mountains of cocoa and good books.  See you in the New Year dear friends!

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A Crafty Christmas

I love carving time out to get glitter and glue everywhere!  Making holiday ornaments and gifts are one of  my favorite things to do.  I am trying to make most of my gifts include a handmade element.  Even if it’s just something special on the wrapping.  Inspiration comes from everywhere!  Pinterest, blogs, friends.  I had a wonderful time this past Saturday getting crafty with my sis in law at Karla Nathan’s Romantic Cottage Christmas Workshop.  What are you working on for the holidays?

Karla's studio is full of treasures she has created

Karla’s studio is full of treasures she has created

 

You can purchase tutorials on Karla's website and see her studio featured in January's Where Women Create

You can purchase tutorials on Karla’s website and see her studio featured in January’s Where Women Create

 

 

this girl always joins me for crafty fun

this girl always joins me for crafty fun

 

 

One of the 4 projects we made

One of the 4 projects we made

 

 

 

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Cozy Christmas Swap!

Ladies!  I know….the holidays are crazy enough as it is!  But if you’re like me….it’s truly my favorite time to shop and get crafty!  Not to mention it’s nice to receive something from a likeminded friend…..hubby means well but…..one year I thought I’d make it crystal clear what I wanted and showed him my Amazon Wish List.  Yep……he ordered the things I’d marked I wanted for the boys – FOR ME!!! Got to love him!  And I actually do love my army blanket!

Back to the swap!  If you haven’t participated before you simply email me at amusingprovincial@yahoo.com with Cozy Christmas Swap in the subject line.  These emails need to be received by  Wednesday November 27th.   Please include your favorite COZY CHRISTMAS memories, items, colors.  For inspiration check out my COZY pinterest board.  Think soft socks, huge mugs, scrumptious desserts, chick flick movies, swanky leggings, jamming tunes, tried and true recipes, romance novels…you get the picture!  The price limit is between $25-30 and the boxes must be mailed by:

Wednesday December 11th!

I hope you’ll join me and most importantly I hope you have a COZY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Thankful for the Little Things

The Holiday Season is here!  I am spending my spare time decorating, crafting and spending time with the people who mean the most to me.  I hope you are doing the same!  Here are a few photos of what I’ve been up to.  And there is still time to join in the Celebration Fun this Friday Night.  See my last post for details!

I've been crafting some fun door prizes for Friday's event!

I’ve been crafting some fun door prizes for Friday’s event!

 

 

 

 

We grew these fun gourds on a tunnel in the garden. I love these handmade pedastels from Constance Lenore located at Rag & Bone in the West Bottoms.

We grew these fun gourds on a tunnel in the garden. I love these handmade pedastals from Constance Lenore located at Rag & Bone in the West Bottoms.

 

Another fun shot of the pedastals.

Another fun shot of the pedastals.

 

Simple Little Flags in a paint splattered vase.

Simple Little Flags in a paint splattered vase.

 

I love this sweet sign made from ModbyMel.  Check her out on Esty!

I love this sweet sign made from ModbyMel. Check her out on Esty!

 

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Take Courage

The other day Jeanne Oliver asked on her Facebook page “What do you want more of in your life?”  My answer was COURAGE.  The past year or so I have been struggling in so many areas of my life.  I have felt so full of fear.  I let it overtake me.  The definition of COURAGE is the ability to overcome something that frightens someone.  It may sound extreme but somedays I need COURAGE just to get up and face the day.  In a few short weeks I am turning 35.  I am determined to face this next year BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.  I will find strength in my God, my family, my friends.  I will look for things to look forward to and be thankful for, rather than things to be fearful of.

Last year I lost one of my very best friends to cancer.  She was 35.  She was so BRAVE.  So COURAGEOUS.  In honor of my dear friend, whose birthday is today, I am choosing to be full of COURAGE.  I invite you to join me.  And as a way to kickstart this next year I am hosting a birthday party of sorts. I know an amazing artist, Leslie Ackman,  who is going to lead us in an art class.  We will laugh and create and eat.  The cost of the class is only $15 to be paid that night.  I do need an RSVP.  There will be goodies to win and goodies to eat.  Join me at The Art Experience in Maryville, MO on Friday November 15, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.  I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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Fall Swap

I have missed you all!!!  I have been so busy living life that I have hardly had time to take pictures or write about it haha!  I have been so blessed to have a job that I love and 3 healthy boys to drive all over to all kinds of sporting events and activities.  We really have such a wonderful time.  We have been enjoying some fun fall activities like the Pumpkin Patch, Wild West Days,  Powell Gardens & Missouri Town 1855.  I love when we are learning and having fun at the same time.

As we have been waking to cooler mornings we have been prepping the animals for winter and putting the garden to bed. I even had my mom helping me haul square bales on her birthday!  It is always bittersweet as the days get colder and shorter.  I have a long list of projects and books to occupy my winter.  I will be taking the Creatively Made Home for the Holidays course hosted by Jeanne Oliver.  I am also cooking a lot of french recipes inspired by our french lessons we are taking.  I even spent 3 hours on the most beautiful, delicious cake the other day!  I was so proud of myself!

Fall is candle season so I have also been making lots of fun new scents like Barn Dance and Sunday Mornin’, Harvest Hoedown, Prairie Pantry and Parisienne Patisserie.  Remember you can email me an order or purchase the candles at Kat & Co in St. Joseph, MO or Studio 1404 in Kansas City or Sweet Wishes Cakery in Savannah, MO.  I’m excited to be wholesaling as well.

Before Fall slips away I am hosting a Swap!  All you need to do is shoot me an email saying that you want to participate with a short list of some of your favorite fall items or interests.  I will then match you up with someone else and we will swap!  I love Swap days.  Shopping for others and of course receiving is so much fun!!!!  The items can include anything from favorite fall drinks (don’t you love Simply Tea in St. Joe?), gift cards to Star Bucks, a mug, candles (wink wink!), cozy scarves or socks, art supplies, lotion, apple butter, you name it!  Spend between $20-$30 and treat yourself and someone else to a pre holiday season treat!!!  I hope you will all participate. I need to hear from you by MONDAY OCTOBER 14, 2013 and swaps must be mailed by MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2013. Happy Fall Y’All!

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