Leaning into Seclusion

I plucked flowers from my garden, this month of January, and formed a bouquet with the blooms. Warm temperatures had fooled the foliage into blossoming although the plants should have shut down for the winter. What delight the bouquet brought to a few family members who graced our backyard for outside visits. What delight the …

Faithfulness

"Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness." For days on end these words have swirled through my mind and caused me to wonder: What does it mean to cultivate faithfulness during this Covid-19 pandemic that is ripping through our world?  This morning I finally looked up the scripture, Psalm 37:3, and the footnote provided some insight: …

Life Branding: Focused Fresh Starts

There’s something special about the new year with its fresh starts and blank canvases. For a moment, you hear life’s urging to brush your dreams across the space of possibility. When possibility presents, you only have a brief amount of time to break from inertia and get into motion. Soon, everyday living will squeeze out motivation. …

Complementary Colors: Divine Faithfulness and Human Surrender

Often unexpected circumstances take us where we do not want to go. Yet the resulting blessings of acceptance form a beautiful bouquet of complimentary colors—a mixture of divine faithfulness and human surrender. Recently, I wrestled with acceptance of a situation that was causing me consternation; I was challenged to trust God during a directional change …

How to Make a Coral-Colored Floral Arrangement

Here's a delightful diy project for making a floral arrangement using coral roses, snapdragons, ranunculus, baby hydrangeas, and red tip bush trimmings. Designed by Belinda ScheurichMasterful artisan and floral designer, Belinda Scheurich, co-owner of Buds in a Vase (and my delightful sister-in-law) demonstrates how to make an elegant floral that will brighten up your kitchen and serve …

Word Gardening…and her words blew over the wall…

We writers often fantasize about our words blowing over the wall of our word gardens we work so hard to cultivate. Beth Reekle’s amazing success with her novel, “The Kissing Booth,” is an incredible example of this, and a real pick me up for any aspiring author. This teen writer decided to craft a book …

Because it is Easter Morning

It’s Easter morning and I feel disconnected from myself and from my Savior. Perhaps rushing has taken its toll; there never seems to be enough time to get everything done that I need to do. Call it modern living or just a disorganized creative eclectic, but this is my reality—one that discourages pensive pondering and …

How to Make a Vintage Masquerade Mask

Soft and feminine yet brazen and bold; Hardly descriptors seeming to go together, except when you’re making a vintage, mixed media masquerade mask. I’d envisioned a vintage mask for weeks. In fact, the concept captivated me because I love all things vintage—aged colors of yellow ochre and burnt sienna with a splash of aqua green; …