Thursday, November 19, 2020

Simple Pleasures: Beeswax Ornaments


My friend Becca posted this idea last Christmas and I've had the supplies for a year. But it just didn't happen last year and I recently remembered and decided to pull everything out on a Sunday afternoon. The girls and I put on a Christmas movie and it was so fun to craft these little beauties!

The silicone mold is from Michael's - we've made ice cubes with it, frozen pesto in it and more. It is so cute and makes such a sweet little design. 

I used this beeswax {this is an affiliate link} and added a couple of drops of Young Living Christmas Spirit to each ornament.

I think these will be so fun to clip onto garlands and tie onto gifts! But at this point, I'm having the most fun just making them and seeing a stack of them complete and ready to gift and enjoy.

There aren't really instructions - but I just melted the beeswax, poured into the mold, added a couple drops of essential oil and laid the twine hangers in the back. It worked best when I popped the whole mold into the freezer to fully cool. 

Working with my hands and creating beauty are things I am thankful for today! What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Simple Pleasures: Planning a Fun Event


As part of being in a Classical Conversations community, one of the events is planning a protocol event for our high school students. Rachel is in a class of three girls this year and in brainstorming with my Mom we came up with this idea to plan a Little Women themed event for them.

The idea of protocol is an opportunity for students to participate in a formal event including a meal and some sort of cultural outing. With Covid, it goes without saying that cultural events are not normal right now! So, we are bringing the culture to us and hosting this event at one of the families neighborhood clubhouse. 

I can't wait to share more about it after the event - but for now, here are the fun invitations that I worked hard on this past week. The vision that kept coming to my mind was one of a vintage library card, so that is what I went for.

Library Card printable here. Library card pouch template here {this did not fit as printed, I had to modify it to fit the cards.}I did not spend anything to make these {also true to the theme!} and had so much making them up as I went along. 

It was a beautiful afternoon so I moved my crafting supplies outside and enjoyed fresh air and creativity. So refreshing!

These turned out so cute and I had fun taking photos of them - so here is my photo journal of the creative process. Looking forward to this event and thinking of ways to make it special for these sweet little women has brought me so much joy lately and we all definitely need a dose of that right now.

What is bringing you joy this week?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Simple Pleasures: Making Bread


This bread was a bit time consuming but not complicated and extremely delicious paired with potato soup. This is fun because it makes two loaves, one for serving and one for sharing! And, beautiful bread is just so fun to take pictures of! 

I found two of these enamelware oval pans at the thrift store recently for 75 cents each - they were perfect for the twin loaves of bread.

I'm celebrating simple pleasures here at home and enjoying little things to be thankful for! What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 16, 2020

Family Photos


Tis the season for updated family photos! We went to a friends barn and set up our tripod to snap these pix! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chapel of Rest


Every time we go camping, we pass this little sign that says Chapel of Rest, open daily. Each time it calls to me and I want to stop - this time we finally did! I can't wait to go back! My camera battery was dead by this point, so there are just a few phone photos to share - but what a lovely place!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chasing the Sun


On a crisp afternoon, Rachel and I enjoyed the pleasure of just sitting together in the sun. We moved a couple of times as the sun began to go behind the trees so we could soak it up a little longer. Such simple beauty and such a gift.

It was soon time for a cozy and warming dinner of chili by the fire followed by s'mores and lots of giggling!

Until next time, we enjoyed our visit to Camp Cozy so much! It is always so refreshing and peaceful!