Friday, November 9, 2012

"Currently"... with a twist.

I have a whole bunch of tiny topics today, and thought I'd turn them into a semi- "currently post," which I haven't done recently! (I always love those.) 

Current heart-to-heart moment: 
I sat across the table, my hands cupped around a London Fog tea, looking at the sweet face of one of my dear friends.  We had one hour in which to catch up on life and cram all our words in.  As we talked I shared with her the message that has been chasing me down... and how I can't quite wrap my brain around it.  I know something good awaits me around a bend.  I can feel it... but I haven't fully grasped it all.  The message, is that Jesus came not so we could just live this life... but so that we could have life in abundance. 

 I [Jesus] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” (John 10:10 Amplified Bible).

I told her that I had no idea what a full to overflowing or abundant life even felt like anymore... The following day, a steady drizzle surrounded my car as I ran a few errands.  I impatiently changed radio stations, hoping to avoid the barrage of political commercials and caught the tail end of a sermon talking about the old idea that you worked all your life at a job you hated, saving and pining for retirement when you could finally do what you'd been dreaming of your entire life... and how God never intended that kind of existence for any of us.  He wants us to live life and enjoy each moment and process therein.  Each moment, being a precious gift.  He wants us to LIVE.  Not just exist. I'm chewing all over that one right now... I'll let ya know when I have it figured out even in part. Ha!

 Currently addicted to
Knitting ruffled scarves up a storm. My bloggy buddy who gave me the ruffled scarf pattern (and subsequently addicted me to ruffled scarf knitting) has graciously created a video on her blog if you need to see it done.  (Which I very much did.)  Go check her out here

Current quotes that are rocking my world: (also see above)
"To enjoy God is to glorify Him. Just as He takes delight in you, He longs for you to take delight in Him. You simply can’t separate the two.
Are you enjoying God? As you live and move and have your being in Him, is there a smile on your face and a skip in your step? Do you expect the rich adventurous faith-filled life that you read about in the Bible? Do you expect to experience God’s glory today? If not, perhaps you need to raise your expectations of what your relationship with Jesus can be." Sharon Jaynes

Current project(s): 
I can't show you all of it yet since I'm not finished, but I'm working on the empty space above my couch.  I have a holiday version in my head (which you'll see a portion of below)... and then an everyday version (for the day after Christmas and beyond) that involves this chalkboard B.  This will be up for both (I think) versions.  I think it's going to be very cute!  I wanted to show you a tip on creating cute fonts on chalkboards since I get asked about my huge dining room chalkboard all the time. Please note,  I do NOT do this method on my big one, that's all freehand because that sucker is so heavy there is no way I could get it down every time I want to change it.... but this method works great if you are using a small chalk board that can be removed from the wall.

1)Rub chalk over the backside of printed image. 
2) lay image face up on chalk surface. 
3) trace image outline with pencil
4)remove printed image and color in the chalk guide outlines!  Done.

And there you go.
In my holiday version of the aforementioned space... this twinkle-lit star will be front and center.  I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest and for a few dollars created my own!

What you'll need:
A string of lights (I used ball lights from Target and I don't have the box so I don't know the details, I'm sorry)
Stain (I had gray stain on hand from my patio potting shed project so I used that.)
hot glue
Five square dowels.  (What ever length you want.) I found mine at JoAnns and they were very inexpensive.
 I layed them out in a star design, and then corner by corner, hot glued the sticks together.  Then I tightly wrapped each corner in a length of twine, and tied it in a knot on the backside. (Trim the excess off) Once done, I stained the dowels, going right over the twine, and wiped it off until I had a weathered wood look.
Once dry, I wrapped an entire string of lights around the star and I was finished.  Easy!

Current favorite recipe: 
I'm a little bit proud of this one, I have to admit.  I have experimented and tweaked and it's gluten free oatmeal cookie taste perfection!

Oatmeal cookies (gluten free)
1 cup softened butter 
1 cup sugar (I substituted pure maple sugar here)
1 cup brown sugar 
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla or one vanilla bean, scraped
1/4 cup milk
2 cups thai rice flour
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups gluten free oats
2 cups chocolate chips
*Cream butters and sugars, add eggs and vanilla.  Mix until fluffy.  Add in dry ingredients and milk,(not oats and chocolate chips) mix just til combined, then stir in oats and choc chips.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes on parchment lined baking sheet. 
Currently Happy about
I'm very happy that my wee little shop is nearly close-ready. I have a few prints left and these "eat drink be merry" napkins, and then I'll be buckling things down for the holiday season.  Once these sweet little napkins are gone, I won't make any more for this season... I just need a little break badly.  After stamping over 200 Christmas garlands I have been craving a little rest.  

That said, I'm sure I'll be excited to re-open in mid January with some fun new things! 
Currently wearing: 
I love this sweet bracelet from Nestled.  If you haven't seen her gorgeous statement necklaces and other pretties you must go check her out!  Her packaging is to die for too! 

What are you currently doing/enjoying/etc?  


  1. I love this post! What a great reminder to enjoy life and all the MANY blessings God has given us! How could we not be thankful? And THANK YOU for the shout-out! I appreciate it so much! You are so sweet. :)

    1. My absolute pleasure to shout out about your sweet shop. I LOVE it. LOVE it!!!

  2. I love currently posts too! Your little girl looks so NOT little in that first pic. GORGEOUS!

    Lately I've just been loving being home and making home ready for winter. Painting, cleaning, organizing, baking more, reading more, trying to learn to crochet....It's just been nice to slow down.

    1. I thought the same thing about Ava. Maybe if I stop feeding her she won't grow up. LOL

  3. loving your current list. i really really like that star. i think i might have to do that!!

  4. I love your star. Love it. In fact, I am totally going to make one of my own. Thank you for sharing this. I pinned it and tweeted it. :-)

    As for abundant's been on my heart for the past two years. Can't seem to get a handle on it yet.


  5. thank you for the link to the tutorial!! I can't wait to get started on one! The one you made is so cute!

  6. Love this do so many CUTE things!! And make it look so easy! :)

  7. well this is all sorts of fantastic!
    i'm totally making that star, but a smaller version for a tree topper(hubby and i have been semi battling between star and angel tree topper for a few years. so far, i have won. ahem.).
    thanks, darling!

    1. We had that same battle!! I'm star all the way.. my man is angel. LOL

  8. Love this post...glad that you are giving yourself a break for the many don't do that and miss out on this magical time of the year!
    Love the quotes you shared. And can I just tell you, I know that feeling you describe all too well. I have felt that same way in the past and agian have felt it for a few weeks. Great things on the horizon but not a clear picture of what that will look like yet.
    Blessing and a very
    Merry Christmas!

  9. Love this post. Thanks for the amazing that star. I love knitting and look forward to trying that scarf. I am currently in my small studio (reading your blog) stamping a little Christmasy project that I found today...a letter to santa that will include a magic key since we dont have a chimney. Hopefully it brings peace to our kids this year that santa can still get in! Haha

  10. i could sit and read about your projects all day instead of doing my own. i'm wacky. i'm a lazy project girl. probably because i can barely do laundry, so why try and do more work? LOL! i am super excited to see the area above your couch. you have the best touch ever!

  11. Your such a talanted lady in more ways than one and I always look forward to reading your post, which by the way, this one is amazing. I especially loved the very first part, it was very touching to me. Sometimes my daily grinds of life make me forget that God is really on my side and wants the very best for me. So thank you for the reminder.

  12. Love this star... I ask before but maybe it got lost... Where do you get your thai rice flour ?

    1. I get it at the Asian market in my town. I think you can get it on Amazon though. :)

  13. Rats! I was too late in getting those darling napkins!! Great post Sasha. I really do believe in my spirit that the LORD has something incredible, amazing, unbelievable, wonderful, and awesome in store for you and your family!! The best is yet to come!! Jer.29:11 Remember you are the object of His love!! May your time of rest bring you renewed strength, peace, vision, and blessing. You are loved and appreciated!!

  14. Scarf question.... Does it look really weird in the beginning? I'm using bulky yarn (it's what i had) and I'm not seeing "ruffle". Also....LOVE the star. Totally making it this week :)! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Yep... it kinda looks like saggy boobs. LOL

    2. exactly! ha!! i did buy some "baby weight" yarn today and it's looking MUCH better. bulky yarn is DEFINITELY not the way to go! :)

  15. cool beans...i just saw that idea on pinterest (the star lights) and thought..ohhh man now i need to wipe out the drill and make holes..

    thanks for reminding me hot glue is our friend!

  16. thanks so much for posting the cookie recipe. i am always looking for good GF cookie recipes and wouldn't you know, my favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin..which should be an easy substitution of choc chips vs. raisins.