"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, February 12, 2012

something beautiful

Heart Bouquet

~Cut 2 hearts from felt
~Stitch together with embroidery floss leaving the bottom open
~Finish stitching closed leaving a very small opening at bottom
~Insert skewer or chopstick
~Add rick rack, ribbon or lace  (thanks for this one, Laura)

Today I'm thinking (again) about creativity and individuality.  And once again I'm marveling at the fact that we are created by the creative Creator, God.  I love that He says we are created in His image.  There are so many things that I can understand about my God just from that statement alone.  

When I watch my children do what they do best, it's beautiful.  When I watch my children do what brings them joy...  when I watch them overcome a difficulty.  Beautiful.  

This weekend my son drove two hours to visit his sister and brother and law... again.  Erin and Audrey spent most of their weekend creating and laughing.  They are all best friends and that is a very special kind of beautiful.  

This is a little something beautiful that came to me from the talented Courtney of Sassafras and Winterberry. It's so me! I'm telling you, creative reflections of the creative Creator everywhere.  All you have to do is look.

Blessings, Debbie


  1. It is such a healthy thing to be together as a family...and being creative at the same time is heavenly! :D

  2. Beautiful art work your girls created Debbie and one I would like to copy. :)
    I love that our children are close, I think that is the way it's suppose to be. My children are all very close too and it warms my heart to watch them together.

  3. Gorgeous photos today, Debbie! Joy! Yes, joy is jumping from the computer screen today. I wonder if I could whip up a few hearts on sticks for my kindred spirits at school. I'd like to!

  4. Oh - my goodness - you are right - something beautiful. I love your girls beautiful hand print art and the photo of them playing guitar through the doorway is stunning.

    (I really am smitten with the hand print art).

    How interesting that you should post about creativity when I start an art journal to explore my own creativity - God is so cool with creating inter-linked circumstances to inspire and encourage.

    (it is on my other blog:

  5. Beautiful, indeed!

    I am going to copy their idea for art - going to have my younger girls and Kyle paint trace their hands and paint them! What a fun project for a cold Monday morning!


  6. Amen and Amen, Debbie!! LOVE the hand paintings!! Made in His image gives us an amazing opportunity!! blessings ~ Tanna

  7. I love the curled up toes!
    I have always wished that public schools could take the time to build community/family like home schoolers do...
    I always wanted to homeschool my entire class of kindergarteners....until they were in about 3rd grade! So happy for you and your family....and sure that God must be pleased with what he created in you!

  8. Amen Debbie! One of the greatest joys is creating a close family. If it is the only thing I accomplish in life, it is enough.

  9. The title of your post is right on. Your flower bouquets are beautiful, your daughter's art also beautiful, and the photo's of your two daughters playing the guitar and enjoying each others company.... So very beautiful.

    Blessings :)

  10. When you say "creative Creator", it brings Edith Schaeffer to mind - that's who you're thinking of, isn't it?

    I love your hearts! I may make a couple today. And your red and white is so pretty - it's a combination I love!

  11. Indeed "God Given Creativity" is all around us, and i see so much of it here at your home,along with much love! a beautifully heart warming post you have shared, Debbie. When I visit your home and so many other ladies' homes I am encouraged and inspired more than words can say.
    Enjoy your day.

  12. Congratulations on winning Courtney's beautiful stool.

    It's nice seeing the girls creating. I wish I could hear their music. JB

  13. I your hearts. Our older son walked into our house yesterday, picked up the guitar and started to play...I so need to make an environment to create. God just blesses us when we create...which is really just taking His inspirations and bring them to life.

  14. So true and I am thankful that you share your lovely girls and home. I have always loved that watching people create. I think being creative is what makes a person whole and more balanced.
    It is true, the one thing I have loved about blogging is seeing the creativity that is all around.
    I love your little gift from Courtney. She is just the best. Have a lovely week.

  15. Great loving post. I adore the valentine hearts-I might make some of these. Your girls hand paintings are lovely. Such creative things going on---especially the guitar playing.

  16. CUTE. I've been looking for valentine ideas and I'm making these right now! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  17. So wonderful, all of it. The images of the girls with their guitars are FAB. Especially that one where they're looking at each other. Magic, that.

  18. OH!!!! Nice banner!! :) What sweet gifts these all are. Those photos of your daughters are beautiful. What great moments you were able to capture of them!!

    Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are able to celebrate it with your family exactly as you hope to. :)

    Blessings to you,

  19. What a lovely post! Inspiring beauty all around...the beautiful new blog header, the sweet felt hearts, the hand paintings, marvelous photography (especially love the one through the door)...creativity, beauty, inspiration! ♥
    Happy Valentine's Day, beautiful friend!

  20. Yes, that's true...we just need to look. I love that we're created in his image as well. Although God is not like us - He's perfect in every way and knows what we need! How comforting. Love those felt valentines. That's a good idea.

  21. This is such a neat post, Debbie! Your children all seem so talented and creative and what a joy that they are all best friends. Hoping mine can have that kind of relationship as they grow. It is so humbling and wonderful that we are created in His image!

  22. The hearts are cute...and so are the girls. And, not only did God create man in His image, but those who are saved are being conformed in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ!

  23. I always love seeing what you and yours are creating. Beautiful moments!

  24. Creativity flows here! Your children are so beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day!

  25. I love seeing how creative you all are and wow to see siblings get along so well what a blessing! You are very blessed indeed and do count the blessings and name them ( as you have) one by one.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  26. Love those hand print paintings. Yours looks like such a joyful and happy home.


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