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Friday February 3rd, 2012

For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;

In the secret place of His tent He will hide me…Psalm 27

and I guess I am so used to hiding all these years in the mist of craziness that it is my go to survival skill.  I woke up just exhausted and was sharing this with God and asking for Him to speak to me and as I was sitting here reading and listening just as soft and gentle as my next breath it came.

You’ve been hiding long enough

Just like that.  What? Really?  and I got it..or caught it

and I went quiet and the tears flowed…and flowed.  I still don’t feel worthy for a dream.  But I am going to choose to believe God.

Nikki & I are just following our guts with this one.  My gut is more accurate than my heart I’ve found:)  the House of Belonging’s  inventory will be items created with an Urban Farmhouse Chic vibe.

  This is where I need YOUR help in deciding on a logo.  I LOVE both.  I won’t tell you which one I am leaning toward because I want your honest opinion.  See below for pictures of 2 logos.

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I have an 8 x 8 space with a 20 foot ceiling:)  A HUGE birch wall to fill with all kinds of signs

House of Belonging will be located in

RE:

Restoration Emporium

1300 W 13th St Suite 300

Westbottoms, KC MO 64101

We will be open the first weekend of every month

Be sure to go like House of Belongings FACEBOOK page.  I am switching everything over Januray first from Urban Jane to House.  Facebook is where I will soon be struggling to use social media sharing news…promos, sales and sneak peeks!

Nikki took this photos from Restoration Emporium’s building and I fell in love with this one.  WHY you ask?  It reminds me that I am only going ONE WAY…His way.  No more my way.

 

2 Logos – which one?

Premade Logo - One of a Kind - Will NEVER be resold - Nostalgia Collection

OR

Premade Logo - Logo Design - One of a Kind - Nostalgia Collection

this one?

Nolasco Design on Etsy

Oh and there is a story behind this too but I wanted to share this event because I really believe God is going to do a great work in the hearts of women.  Is anyone going to The Pearl Event – The Double Strand?  I believe He is looking for warrior womennaked on the battlefield. women.

It is March 10, 2012

I am and am looking for some roomies??  Anyone?

::Look who’s speaking::

Believe in your dream..it’s time we come out of hiding

xotiff

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‘A’mazing Cookie recipe & Cookie Swap

Quite an unexpected suprise was this recipe.  I signed up for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and had purchased most of the ingrediants and put them in the pantry for baking day.  Fast forward a couple of weeks and last minute we up and moved.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011

NOTE to self: do not EVER sign up for a cookie swap and then move:)

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That being said I waited until the last day ( not my personality type AT ALL)  to bake the cookies all while Nikki was decorating the house for the Holiday Christmas Parties…am I sounding a little crazed yet?;)  I was.  Out of my mind.  Nobody would talk to me..they knew momma was stressin.  Ever had those moments?:)

Well – I have had our families Butterscotch Cookie Recipe that is one of our go to favorites along with our Pumpkin Brownie’s   SO…instead of making 3 different recipe’s I made one and dumped all the other ingrediants ( butterscotch morselsGhirardelli white chocolate morsels and Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks  in for good measure and out came

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the most wonderful blend of butterscotchy chocolately crunchy goodness.

I was lucky to get the 3 dozen sent off uneaten!  I sent them off to these lovely ladies I shared below.

WARNING – these cookies will seriously bribe any man to work. SO – if you have some honey do’s  I would suggest you bake a batch..NOW:)

Enjoy friends~

Linking up with one of my sweet sweet friends Suzanne tomorrow for Monday Moments

xotiff

 

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re:creating my childhood tree

 

Talk about ugly.  I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit at all.  Scroogy really.  I had ‘more important’ things on my mind.

Until Nikki suggested we buy a real tree this year.  That is when I realized I was being selfish.  Thinking more of myself than everyone else.  So off we  ALL merrily went to Home Depot… OK – not merrily.. crankily;)

We did a ONE STOP shopping trip … tree and all.

I told Tara I had a basket I was going to use this year but I really wanted a metal bucket…and I confess that I went outside of my budget and got one! By next year I’m hoping it will be a little rusty from using it this summer for soda and water.  I didn’t have time to put the wheels on but will do so when it is warm!

Here is what I remember from childhood

tinsel, candy canes, bulbs and Hallmark ornaments.

I don’t have many Hallmark ornaments left but I did do candy canes, tinsel and added all of our special ornaments.  Some from when the oldest kids were little.

My tiniest grandbaby miss Khloey is my tree terririzer.  The tree no longer looks like this.  It has broken branches and missing ornaments and when she visits–he sits under the tree and pulls everything off…and yes…some still goes in her mouth.  I forget what babies do to trees.

We are happy with our living tree all decked out in her finest.  Things that make us happy and when it is all said and done ..it is all about Christ and HOPE.  And for that we are grateful.  And the grumpy Scrooge is gone..for the most part {wink wink}

Because it is green year-round, the evergreen tree represents hope. Its needles and its narrow crest point upward, turning our thoughts to heaven. Because the tree is cut down and then erected again, it is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Lord, may I see Christmas trees as a sign of hope and as reminders of the many trees that figure in salvation history. I thank You, Lord, for turning the tree of Adam and Eve’s sin into the tree of life through the cross of Christ. Because of the tree on which Christ died, You have given us the promise of eternal life. We praise you forever. Amen.

Praying for each one of you a season of HOPE

xotiff

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this old house ( the beginning)

I’m sitting cross legged in my blue chair eating Cambell’s tomato soup with crushed Ritz crackers piled on top.

I wanted to take a short break from all of the parties to tell you a bit about the house we just moved into and what will be a big portion on my plate now.  Not to mention I’ve had to use the plunger on the toilet it’s an old toilet..not the other .. twice in a week ( whince…should I say that?) and still have a clogged pea trap under the bathroom sink to fix ( which happened to be coconut oil that hardened…eeewwww! ) Grace!

and I tried to light my first pilot light on the water heater and my heart sank.  no flame. chin up girlie..chin up:)

I guess that all comes along with an old house.

Can you see the potential?  I can

{ maybe a color palette like this? } via Between Naps on the Porch  or this

Painted shutters and door..maybe whitewash the brick.  Landscaping and a new portico…oh I could go on and on in my dreaming.

I love farmhouse..barn’ish’..a touch of industrial..and country..and..sigh

I kinda like to think this is how God views us.  He sees the potential.  I found myself sitting in front of Him hopeless..worn out..at the end and pretty gosh darn broken.  Much like my old house.

The good news is that my foundation is good.  Just like this old house.  And when the foundation is good and you use quality building materials the sky is the limit right?

This house was my husbands mom’s for the last 30 years.  She has purchased property in the country and moved.  The house was on the market and went all the way and fell through at the last moment.   I’ve wanted this house since I can remember.  You can read here and here a little background to save me some typing:) on our marriage.  This house represents family  faithfulness  belonging.

When I moved to another house here I had NO idea what God was going to do.  All I knew was that I wanted to go where God has opened a door.

 BUT GOD

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had other plans.  There was a reason this old house fell through and that he got a job in another state.  God has a plan.  I don’t know what it is or even want to understand it anymore.  I just want to LIVE it.  I want to stop wallowing in my pain.  I surely became one with the mud where my blog became my emptying place.  And that is ok.  I needed it.

 I have most assuredly walked into a land filled with giants but I am training my mind to respond differently.  God is helping me respond with trust, faith and gratitude.

AND

I am learning to take courage when I’m afraid and do really hard things.  Things 6 months ago I couldn’t have done.  I will fight for my heart and the hearts of my children.  I don’t understand why God has things the way they are – all I know is – I am grateful for a check that I know isn’t stolen and as of right now, it is every week.  I am grateful that I can control it for the first time.  I am grateful for budgets.  I am grateful for store sales.  I am grateful for friends who support and love me and do not judege me and PRAY PRAY for me.  I am grateful for kids who put up with my hysterical moments and wonder if their momma has finally lost her marbles.  I don’t think they would blame me if I did;)

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There is lots more but I’ve kept you long enough.  I am posting the most yummiest cookie recipe I’ve ever made on Tuesday and will be linking up to the Holiday Home Linky Party with Sarah for Christmas Trees! and giving you more information on the Heirloom Christmas Stockings.  I am monogramming the grandbabies:)

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I love each of you and forgive me if I’ve worn you out over the last year with my pain.  Things are going to be very busy around here from now on.   Yes!  Finally, I can see a teensy bit of the vision.

what I know in my heart + stepping out in trust..of my comfort zone and following God = LIVING

I gotta put the two together.  I feel if my blog is just all about my heart then I am treading.  I’ve done that for the last 12 years.  I am ready to start SWIMMING for goodness sake!

I BELIEVE God can take broken things and rebuild something new

just like this old house…

do you?

xo~tiff

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Painted Pallet Christmas Mantle

 

 Wasn’t that a fun party over @ Lettered Cottage? 

Here is our mantle ( please don’t look at the unpainted trim..we are in the middle of repainting all the trim in the entire house!) but how much lighter

does it look?:)

We are loving the transformation in just two short weeks.

We cut off tops of spruce trees for the charlie brown trees and plopped them right down in lanterns that

we already had.

 Here I landed myself about 30 pallets and Nik & I painted & used the sawszall  Isaiah 9:6.

 Most mornings I begin my day by reading Jesus Calling .. sitting right in that chair under the twinkling

Christmas tree lights…God and I talk.

Isaiah 9:6

was December’s verse and I knew that was the one.

He has made Himself known to me in all those names over the last months.

::PEACE Himself is now in this HOME:: 

Dakota & Grace’s Nana gave me an heirloom quilt that I use on my bed and now that I repainted my bedroom – the quilt does not

go.  Closing my eyes as I say this…I decided to make Christmas stockings.  Open eyes..are you still there?:)

Now, the family heirloom quilt has morphed into

 ::Family Heirloom Stockings::

I have 4 made…8 more to go! I’m making the grandbabies a little different.

At the Christmas Craft linky party I am going to share a tutorial with you on the Quilt Stockings.

We added some whisk lights aka Grace’s word for some twinkle.

We haven’t taken the logs out of the fireplace yet.

We all laughed last night when Reed ( my grandson) told us that bunnies lived in the fireplace.

You could see where a 4 year old might believe that!

I’m sure those logs are at least 15 years old!

I can’t bring myself to brave that territory yet.

Well girlies - I tried to be quick because I know you have lots of mantles to visit.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you back for the Christmas Craft party over @ Kate’s .

Linking with - Southern Hospitality , Uncommon Slice of Suburbia , Ten June Blog, Wow us Wednesday ,
From my front porch to yours , Show and Tell, Its so very Cheri & Home Stories A to Z  
for

Christmas Mantle Parties….party on party girls!

until then

living each day with open palms

xo~tiff

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