Weekend Links :: Longest Edition Ever


Kristen’s DIY Spotted Drapery is amazing!

jones designs duct tape wreath

Emily created a stunning wreath out of duct tape!

love coming home

A Confession: “we all suck at stuff”

living-room-10A beautiful, purposeful living room


Live Edge Kitchen Island, from a  tree in their yard that had to be cut–the ultimate in recyling


Tsh & I have a new podcast up (did you see her blog name change?!)

Caroline, me & my Gussy Sews Cowl & Tsh just hanging at the Allume conference


There are better things to be than rich :: Becoming Minimalist


4 Reasons We Have Baggage


Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 8.20.00 PMYour Best Story

women of christmas Christmas at the Farm, yes please


Last month we helped raise money for a Mercy House school room for teenage moms in Kenya, the money was raised in something crazy like two days, so many people gave so much–here’s a photo of the room, it’s almost finished! Kristen will be visiting over Thanksgiving so I’ll watch out for more updates then and try to link.

Help Children Affected by Philippines Typhoon
Last week, on my 40th birthday, a hurricane three times bigger than Hurricane Katrina hit the Philippines, Super Typhoon Haiyan. Two years ago my sister visited the Philippines with Compassion and whenever I think of the Philippines I immediately picture this video that Kat made on their trip two years ago.
And now, after the devastation of the Typhoon, I wonder how in the world anyone got by in a place that on a good day you had to ride a boat to their barely floating house where you could look through the ‘floor boards’ and see water. We sponsor a boy, Kim, from the Philippines through Compassion International. It’s a ministry I trust, I’ve traveled with, one I’ll travel with again in January and we trust them with our gift to be used wisely in the Philippines. You can trust them too, give here.



So, another week has passed. A week brimming full of creativity, encouragement, tears of sorrow and tears of joy. I sometimes ask myself how can I dare to include the most inspiring DIY creatives, my heroines who never fail to inspire, right along and next to the most horrible stories along with the greatest gifts and posts about minimalism, the NERVE, right? And then I realize, how dare I not? Isn’t that exactly what this world is made up of? Isn’t that exactly where we live every day?

Let’s embrace living in this imperfect world. Let’s be brave enough to be our true self. Let’s have compassion for our neighbors. Let’s live with intention.

dan newton photography

dan newton photography

A great way to end this post is with Shaun’s new song…

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  1. Wow, thank you, thank you!!! This made my week, okay, it made my month!!! Love all these other links :) Happy weekend!!!

  2. Happy 40th birthday! Thank you for sharing all of these. My parents have a mission in the Philippines. They are still waiting to hear about everyone there. Praying for the recovery work.

  3. feeling famous. practicing my autograph. thank you, you beautiful and generous woman, you. xo…

  4. oh my goodness. Thank you for posting that photo from allume. Highlight of my pretty yucky day!

  5. What a great list of links! Specifically, I’m so excited about christmas at the farm!

  6. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for posting the link to my living room! You are so kind. Now please will you come to Durham and sit with me in my living room? Or in my kitchen. Or on my porch. Or anywhere else you like. I’ll bake you some pumpkin bread and make you a latte and we can catch up. What do you say?

    Happy birthday, Myquillyn. 40! What a wonderful milestone. I think you’re going to love your 40’s.

    Thanks for using your platform to share the news of deep needs around the world and trustworthy ways that people can help. It’s easy to get that overwhelmed, how-could-I-possibly-help feeling when faced with tragedy on a massive scale–yet if each of us who feels that way united to each do our small parts, what a great lot of good could be done!

  7. Thank you for including everything…from beauty to minimalism to heartbreak to how to help. This is the world we live in and this is life…all it’s parts!

  8. Happy (belated) 40th birthday! That is a milestone and a blessing. You’re right, it’s just so hard to put the good things beside the not so good ones, but that is the balance of life. I feel grief for my countrymen , but I am also feeling blessed at the show of support from people like you all over the world. It is this overflowing of compassion that gives me hope, that there is still so much goodness in the world, and in the people.

  9. I love the balance of real life in your links and your challenge to embrace all life brings us. Happy belated Birthday and prayers your year ahead is blessed.

  10. Happy 40th Birthday! Thank you first and foremost for including ways to help the Philippines. My father is from there and we still have not heard from all of our relatives as it is hard to get in touch with anyone as you can well imagine. I hope that Kim (the child you are sponsoring) and his family are safe. And yes, you should continue adding in ways we can add beauty to our lives. God loves us and even in the worst of times, there is always something good. We just have to keep our eyes lifted upward to see it.
    Thank you again.

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