Weekend Links

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Gallery Wall // The Beautiful Savages

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Jenny Collier’s plate wall // Instagram // Website

ruin-vacationHow to Ruin a Vacation // Brian J. Dixon

2-652x400What to Do When You Don’t Have an Answer // Emily P. Freeman via (in)courage

pondHow We Pray Now // Preston Yancey

If you only click on one link this week–let it be this one from Preston

oh my word

Y’all, Liz Curtis Higgs, author of a zillion books (ok, over 30 books-whatever, and here’s her newest one) is sitting in the very chair that I write this blog! And Ann Voskamp who taught us how to count the gifts, is also in my house–what in the WORLD?!? All of my goals have now been met. They spent the evening here at the house & barn last weekend with 30 of our dearest writing friends. And right now, Liz has a beautiful post at Ann’s blog that you won’t want to miss.

simple show

Did you see that Tsh relaunched her popular podcast : The Simple Show? See all the episodes & subscribe here–and Emily & I would love for you to listen in on when we joined Tsh for her podcast–episode 4.

Random Things: some questions answered from our online chats this week:

white flags, i give up

The white bunting/flag things from last week’s party are simply a sheet ripped up into rectangles and hot glued onto some twine (that’s the kind I used). SO easy and an excellent arrow. The ones on the outside of The Barn have been up outside since early May and are still holding!

where to buy 36 inch big round huge balloons

I bought my big balloons (36 inch round!) here, they cost $7.99 each to fill up with helium, I’ve also just used string and tied them from the ceiling. I try to always have a few around in the event we have a giant balloon emergency. It happens more often than I care to admit.


Last week for our gathering I needed to put something on the chalkboard. My handwriting isn’t the best so I opted for white artists tape (I use it to hang printables & feathers on the wall too). Here’s the kind of tape I purchase–I have it in black and white and it’s used by artists because it doesn’t rip the paper if you need to remove the tape.

coloring book

I shared this photo on instagram & was surprised that so many of you either already color or were just as curious as I was. I’m LOVING my new adult coloring book–here’s the one this page is from, and here’s the next book I want to get. My teenage boys and Emily’s kids have enjoyed them too! Currently I use these markers, but I’d love to have a lot more color options.

That’s all friends, happy last week of July!

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  1. I was just browsing coloring books on Amazon today! I’m thinking of getting some with colored pencils with my swagbucks “fun money.” ;)

  2. Coloring is great for chronic pain sufferers like myself.

  3. Our supper club decided to do adult coloring all this summer instead of reading a book or doing the IF table questions. It’s been fabulous.

  4. Wow! Thanks for sharing my wall. Made my week!!

  5. hi,,,I was wondering about the couch in the first picture,,,it looks about perfect for my space. Can you tell me the brand?

  6. My son and I love Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils for more coloring options.

  7. That black and white wall is money!

  8. Love this, thank you Nester. Love Ann x

  9. Hi! I thought you’d appreciate this quote:
    “We have eyes, and we’re looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.”
    Eric Carle

    Thank you for bringing beautiful images to my inbox!
    With love,

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