Friday Links

Friday Links

March 27, 2015


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The weekend is almost here! Hooray! What are you up to this weekend?

The weather is warming up and it’s glorious. I need to take care of some Easter preparations…and make Miles’ first Easter basket!

There were so many fun links floating around this week.

First of all, this video. Have you seen it? It’s magical. Watch it early while you’re drinking your first cup of the day. (via Life & Thyme)

I tested these mascara tips this week. They work! (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Do-ahead food prep tips for scrumptious weeknight meals! Sold. (via Chalkboard Magazine)

Drama amidst the White House roses. Was the head florist at the center of Presidential drama? (via Washington Post)

Sweet thoughts on parenting*. (via Parenting Today)

Oh my gosh, this cake. (via Smitten Kitchen)

SO SAD. But all good things must come to an end. Downtown Abbey has been a ritual in the McCord house and we’ll miss it. (via The Times)

A longest study ever conducted on how marriage makes men happier and healthier**. (via The Art of Manliness) The sweetest quote came at the end:

“Perhaps it sounds cheesy, but we are ultimately here to love, and to be loved. Love leads to our ability to “put our trust in life” and the confidence to tackle our goals. Thus if we fill our lives with warm, rich relationships, all the other good stuff – career success, prestige, adventure – will be sure to follow.”

 Everything you need to start improving your photography. (via Digital Photography School)

A set of adult twins agrees to be part of a NASA study. This is either very creepy or very cool. (via The Washington Post)

*Shannon led me to the parenting article and Monica sent me the article about men and marriage.

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7 Scraps to Inspire Your Weekend

August 9, 2013

7. This quote:

“It is God’s unrelenting love of all the stuff of this world that keeps it in being at every moment. So, if we are fascinated, even intoxicated, by matter, it is no surprise: we are made in the image of the Ultimate Materialist. . . . Every real thing is a joy, if only you have eyes and ears to relish it. . . . There, then, is the role of the amateur: to look the world back to grace.

– Robert Farrar Capon, Supper of the Lamb

6. These mugs:


(From Stonewall Kitchen.)

5. These lovely pictures.

4. This room:

3. This DIY project for your Instagrams from A Beautiful Mess.

2. This view of Lake Superior:



1. This line:

“The characteristic common to God and man is apparently . . . the desire and ability to make things.”

– Dorothy Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church

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For Your Tuesday Morning . . .

August 6, 2013

Today, when the clouds and drizzle keep the world sleepy and gray, when the beginning of the week is over but the middle of the week has yet to come, when breaks are far and few between, when the pile of to-do is larger than the pile of I-did, when the laundry and the dust and the dishes and the piles of paper start to pile up, and you are frustrated and irritable and weary, remember this.

You are creating. And your work matters. Your Tuesday is not in vain.


8-5-13 quote

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Saturday Morning Light

July 6, 2013

Happy Saturday!

Favorite quote of the week:

"The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest. . . . Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays." – E. B. White

Saturday Morning Light    

Favorite Instagram of the Week: @emilyadams829


Favorite Tweet of the Week: @BookRiot"The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem." Whitman's Dream of America: 

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Barely Crafty: Quote Jar

May 17, 2012

Some of us are artistic, gifted to use things like paper and ribbon and wood with skill and ease. Those lucky individuals live in a happy world of adorable crafts. The rest of us just wish we were like that.

The Barely Crafty posts are for those of us who like pretty things, who are long on inspiration and aspiration, but who are a bit short on talent and time.

A friend of mine gave me a Quote Jar the other day. It was an inside joke, filled with lines we used on each other. But the gift itself is no joke. It is a beautiful jar with diamond-shaped etchings, reminiscent of another era and wrapped in a yellow ribbon and a dear reminder of our friendship.

Really, though, anyone could make one of these and turn it into a beautiful gift or keepsake. Even someone who is Barely Crafty.

Barely Crafty Piece: Quote Jar

Supplies: Jar with lid, construction paper, ribbon

1. Buy a beautiful antique or antique-looking jar from a thrift store, antique store, Hobby Lobby, or Target.
2. Cut two or three pieces of construction or crafting paper into 3/4" x 4" (or thereabouts) slips.
3. Write inspiring or funny quotes or Bible verses on the slips.
4. Places the slips into the jar.
5. Tie a ribbon that coordinates in color with the paper around the jar.
6. Give the jar as a memorable gift or place it somewhere where you can reach in anytime that you need some inspiration or encouragement!

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