Inspiration today: all things handmade.

I had the incredible opportunity to hear Jen Hatmaker speak a few weeks ago at First Baptist Euless.  Her latest book, 7 : An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, is everywhere right now - blogs, community groups, Instagram.  I have so many thoughts I'm still processing from Jen's talk about spending, simplifying, serving the poor, and generosity, and now I'm deep into reading the actual book.  Can't wait to share some thoughts soon!

Image: KangarooCare on EtsyAnyway, all this pondering about how I can further simplify my life inspired me to share some recent finds in the world of "handmade." Hope you enjoy...

  • Absolutely in love with every necklace on this Etsy shop, Kangaroo Care.  Perfect for mamas with babes, or any female if you ask me!  Tara Stepp, I can really see you loving these.  Thanks to my dear friend Bre for the recommendation!
  • This Etsy shop, Pen & Paint.  Beautiful illustrations.
  • Gorgeous skirts on this site, Open Arms Shop, made from recycled materials and made by refugees who are trying to get out of poverty.  They had them in stock at Whole Earth Provision Co. the other day and I tried one on.  Super comfy, but if you're thinking of getting one, note that are on the fitted side. 
  • I want to create a "sacred space" like this in our home, out of items I already have on hand - a cozy, inviting, colorful space just for mama to do her reading and studying and thinking and relaxing. 
  • I really want to embellish some old tshirts - like this and this.
  • My sister-in-law Trish and I recently had a craft night, and we each made this burlap fall banner.  All we needed were apples for the stamp, burlap, some craft paint, glue gun, and yarn.  It looks perfect hanging in the doorway between our living room and dining room...

Hope some of these things inspire you too.  Happy fall!