Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Snapshot Beauty ~ Prelude & Posts


     Last year, I participated for the first time in the infamous "Nester's 31 Days," one of the most popular blogger link-ups on the web. You can read it here: 31 Days of Pure Joy. I enjoyed it so much, so I have decided to do it again.

The posts in my series, Snapshot Beauty:

Day 1 ~ Our Daily Food
Day 2 ~ To New Heights
Day 3 ~ Beauty Out of Dust
Day 4 ~ Blossoming
Day 5 ~ Furry Friend
Day 6 ~ A Place to Rest
Day 7 ~ Lovely Literature
Day 8 ~ Fashion Selfie
Day 9 ~ Take Flight
Day 10 ~ Scribo
Day 11 ~ Walk by Faith
Day 12 ~
Day 13 ~
Day 14 ~
Day 15 ~
Day16  ~
Day 17 ~
Day 18 ~
Day 19 ~
Day 20 ~
Day 21 ~
Day 22 ~
Day 23 ~
Day 24 ~
Day 25 ~
Day 26 ~
Day 27 ~
Day 28 ~
Day 29 ~
Day 30 ~
Day 31 ~

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     Everyone knows I love words. I write. Scribo.

     But in October, when I write my 31 Day series, I will be going wordless. Photography isn't one of my strongpoints, so I will be developing that skill and taking time to work on writing in my novel rather than my blog.

    Snapshot Beauty is the little title I've bestowed on my series.

    Snapshot Beauty will be simple. It will be beautiful. You get to decide if it is inspiring. The purpose of it is for me to discover beauty all around me and encourage you to do the same. I want to bring God glory through searching for gifts in my day-to-day life, snapping photos of them, and sharing them.

     Grab a cup of your favorite fall drink, and take a break from the words, words, words and delight  your eyes.

     Join me today.

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     Also, I have a very special, handmade giveaway this month. Enter below. (If reading in email, click here.)


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~Madeline

Friday, September 26, 2014

Random Thoughts Friday: Little Happies I'm Loving

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     Some things make me smile more than others. These things are what we call "happies" around here. Not necessary by any means but wonderful and enjoyable.



1. Pride and Prejudice tote bag ~ Ah! To die for. I'd love to tote library books in this. What Austen fan wouldn't? The peacock is so perfect. To purchase, click on the above picture.



2. Starbucks gift card ~ Ok, so maybe not $50 to Starbucks, but any Starbucks money is a win-win! Whether it's a double chocolaty chip Frappuccino or a chai tea latte, I love a drink from Starbucks, especially with colder weather coming. What teen doesn't? To purchase, click on the above picture.



3. The Phantom of the Opera dvd ~ Mm! This movie! Y'all, I saw the Broadway show a few weeks ago when it came, and then I saw the movie. No turning back. To purchase, click on the above picture.



4. My favorite series right now, The Giver Quartet ~ Borrowed it from the library several months before I knew there was a movie coming out. I read it so fast because it was so good. It was my first dystopian society series. To purchase, click on the above picture.



5. Babyliss curling iron ~ This is the one my hair dresser recommends, and I am seriously considering getting it before my hair grows back out. Curly hair is hard to get sometimes.

     What are the little happies you've been enjoying lately?

~Madeline

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hump Day Matters


     Happy Hump Day!

     Wednesday has been my favorite day of the week for awhile, even before "Hump Day" was trending.

     It's my favorite for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is that we're at the "hump" of the week and heading toward the weekend. Fridays are almost always half days for me in school, so on Wednesday evenings, I know I have just a day and a half of school left.

     It's a good feeling.

     Plus, Wednesday evening means I get to go to Youth group. It's one of my few social activities that involves no serving. I get to go, relax, and fellowship with my friends in a godly environment.

     Whoever came up with the spelling of Wednesdays was a little wacky to say the least. However, I bet she was a bright person. She loved the strange feeling of the middle of the week. She embraced it, and wildly pushed her feeling into a word. Wednesday.

~Madeline

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Making the Transition to Fall


     Today is September 23 and more importantly, the first official day of fall.

     Y'all, I see leaves falling. I hear fires crackling. I smell pine trees above me. I feel cool breezes. I taste hot tea, savoring it on my lips.


     Ok, not really. I live in Texas, remember?

     It's a world of crazy seasons, incredibly hot summers and mild winters. Our fall and spring are only slightly cooler than summer and only slightly warmer than winter.

     (May I make a random but important statement while we're on the topic of seasons? Do not capitalize seasons. None of them should be capitalized. Ever. Unless it's in a title or some other rule applies to it. Thank you. My rant is over.)


     It's funny how Texans condone (a fancy word for allow) the wearing of shorts and long sleeves. Together! Sorry. Texas is weird like that. And amazing like that.

     Especially in these tricky seasons, fall and spring, I have to step onto the back porch rather than check the forecast to figure out what to wear.

     What I'm wearing for the fall transition:

     1. Long sleeved, thin grey shirt (hand-me-down)
     2. Long sleeved, thin black sweater (hand-me-down)
     3. Jean shorts (Old Navy)
     4. Moccasins (hand-me-down)
     5. Necklace (Ebay)

     Happy first day of fall!

~Madeline

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cross to Butterflies

 
 
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     Remember this cross painting on the left from forever ago? No, you don't. That's ok.

     Well, I wasn't ever going to hang it up because I wasn't crazy about the way it looked or the style of it. And you know I can't stand to have something lying around in an unusable state!

     I had seen one of my favorite bloggers, the Nester paint over an old canvas. I figured if she could do it, maybe I could too.

     So that's what I did. I grabbed some white paint from a bunch of samples that my mom has been testing. I painted the canvas white, right on top of the old painting.

     Clean, beautiful, amazing white!


     Then I grabbed some paint chips from Sherwin-Williams that I'd been hoarding for just such a burst of creativity in four colors I love that go well together: teal, pink, plum, and aqua. I'm loving jewel tones lately. You can find the (real) names of the colors here:


     I punched them out with my favorite Martha Stewart butterfly punch (purchase below), and decked the white canvas in a flurry of butterflies. The Martha Stewart punch is one of my favorite crafting tools, and it's only $7.79!



     Now my heart and canvas are all aflutter. I love the cross as a picture of Jesus's death, but for some reason I never use it in my home. I guess I want my actions, not my d├ęcor, to be my testimony for Christ.

     I love the butterflies more than the cross painting. They make me smile.

     Shouldn't everything in our homes make us smile?

 
     This piece will be given away in October. Stay tuned here.

~Madeline

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Don't Ask God For Patience or Humility

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     It's hot here.

     And when I say "here," I don't just mean down here in Texas. I mean here in my house. I've been asking God to teach me patience and humility (despite a good friend's warning, I knew I wanted to grow). And God is not slow to act.

     Our air conditioner went out yesterday. One warm night under fans, a few grumbles, and lots of sweat later, we're having someone come out to fix it.

     Neither patience nor humility are easily learned. So don't ask God for patience or humility unless you're serious about Him working great things in your life. But those great things come from pain and suffering. Trials and tribulations. Hard work and not a little sweat.

     You'll live, but you'll never be the same.

~Madeline

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Love Seat I'm Sitting On

     After a morning of cinnamon rolls and shopping, my mom and I turn our wheels towards home. We're spending a week together in celebration of my birthday.
 
     "Garage Sale" a signs advertises.
 
     "It's probably almost over, but do you want to check it out?" she asks.
 
     I grin. Recently, we've been learning how to scout out garage sales, and this is bound to be a great one. The neighborhood is a nicer one, and we pull up in front of the house. Tramping through the dewy grass to the garage door, we discover a menagerie of outdated VHS tapes, beat-up board games, and an assortment of other things we really don't need or want.
 
     It is the tail end of the sale, and everything is clearly picked over.
 
     "Hey," she whispers, "look at that."
 
     My eyes alight on a sleek, boldly patterned love seat. I am taken back by my mother's sudden interest in such a large piece of furniture, especially when our boys are out of state.
 
 
     Turns out, she's never bought any furniture second-hand. Eyes bugging at the price missing a zero, we ask the lady selling it about the piece.
 
     A few minutes later, we are heading out, no furniture with us, and no money exchanged. Phone numbers, however, were exchanged. And over the next few days, my mom kept thinking about the beautiful piece of furniture at the unbeatable price of $50.
 
     "Even if we didn't end up using it (even though I can think of several places I'd like to put it), we could sell it on Craigslist for twice that much," Mom said over and over again, justifying her choice.
 
     Ok. I take it back. We did beat that price. We called the lady, said we wanted the piece, asked her to lower the price to $40, and practically shoplifted the piece with a friend's pickup.
 
     Done! And a steal too. She was clearly eager to get rid of it, even though it is in pristine condition, and a very nice piece.


     Right now it is in our study. You might have seen it in yesterday's video.

     We brought it home in June. Now it's my daily perch with my computer to type these posts, do my schoolwork, Tweet, Pin, and more.

     I'm sitting on it now. It's so comfortable, and the fabric will work until we can get it recovered in something more neutral. (I'm thinking light grey or plum.)

~Madeline