an entry re-fresh (tell us what you’d pick!)

This is my friend Rae (and her spunky/darling/super fun daughter, Tilly): Fun story: Rae married Ryan’s best friend from high school and we met right before their wedding. Two years later, they moved in with us for several months while they looked for a house in our area. They found one and lived there for […]

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our house: then + now

The house a few doors down from us is for sale. It is a duplicate of ours (don’t you just love how builders do that?!) and looks the same as it did when it was built 8 1/2 year ago. As I was walking by, I peeked at the flyer and it made me smile […]

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what i miss most about Rwanda

It’s been six months since our Style For Justice trip to Rwanda. Goodness, I miss it so much. I miss the ladies I was with and the people we met and the crazy drivers and the fact that our smart phones didn’t work and so we spent our time talking and laughing and not worrying […]

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DIY ribbon-wrapped wire words

This is a very simple project you can do in just a few minutes and let your imagination run … diy wire words. I’ve made these before as gift toppers (see that post here), but this time I tried wrapping the wire in ribbon and love how it turned out. I tacked my finished word […]

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organization for the new year

Paper Works (our monthly club of helpful and stylish organizational paper goods) is ONE YEAR OLD! It has been a fantastic year of designs and so much love from all of the paper works members. We have another great year of designs coming up – with new additions of scripture memory cards, original art prints, […]

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me, in bullet points.

When I write a post, I feel like I’m writing to friends. I’ve been doing this for five years now and while things have changed and grown in ways I never could have imagined, it still feels small and personal and like we’re sitting across from each other sipping coffee.  I hope you feel like […]

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highlights and favorite posts from 2014

With the end of a year comes a few moments to reflect, to look back and remember the highs and lows and the in-betweens of the past 365 days.  Ryan and I laughed that we each had ‘words’ for the year, and neither were accurate at all for how things went. Sometimes you can direct […]

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from our family to yours

Our cards are sent (we chose this one from minted this year), the kids are done with school and the finishing touches are being put on our plans and menus and tables and (hopefully) hearts. How did this Christmas season fly by so quickly?! A new favorite tradition is having our family photos taken – […]

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freebie gift tags

Are you busy wrapping gifts? I’m still shopping (still!) but soon I’ll move on to the wrapping phase and the pretty gifts will sit under the tree for all of two days before they are torn open. Someday I’ll learn to move things along a little faster so I can enjoy those festively wrapped gifts. […]

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Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …

Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life … … may I recommend any book by Chris Van Dusen. Our collection started with King Hugo’s Huge Ego and The Circus Ship (both favorites of all the kids – ages 5, 7, 9, 10). I didn’t even realize they were by […]

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12 great holiday skirts

 We’re mid-holiday party season which means us ladies get to figure out what to wear. Festive, but comfortable, pretty and classic. At least that’s what I prefer when choosing party outfits. This season, I’m all about skirts. I love the look of a full skirt, sleek black turtleneck, opaque tights and statement necklace.  The best […]

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last chance!

This weekend is the last chance to order from the shop to ensure christmas delivery. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift to give the teachers, your neighbor, your mom – a thoughtful art print (popped in a frame?) is perfect! >> Shop our entire collection here << All Christmas prints are on sale […]

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christmas house tour: northwest coastal edition

Today I’m hoping on the Blogger Stylin Christmas Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. Normally, I would show my own home (like I did last year and the year before that) but we just found out that Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine will be coming in January to shoot […]

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when the holidays magnify heartache

This is a re-post from last year – it just felt like the right post to share again today. I adore this time of year as much as the next person, but it never fails that the joy and twinkling lights and peppermint candies are always accompanied by some type of undeniable pain and sadness […]

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how to make the most delicious holiday drink at home

Eggnog. You either love it or you hate it. I happen to fall in the love it category. Like, really, really love it. Served cold, as punch, in french toast – I’ll take it any way because eggnog tastes like Christmas. And my favorite way to drink eggnog is as a homemade latte. It’s easy […]

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