Friday Finds: Etsy Edition

etsy finds

I so enjoy personal, handmade gifts. . . especially if I don’t have to be the one to make them. That’s where Etsy comes in. Without Etsy (an online handmade/creative store) my house might just be cream painted walls and some photos in frames. Slowly but surely the artwork from Etsy is adding personality to our space. I have a few different shops that I work with frequently, so I thought I would share the beautiful craftsmanship with you for the next few Fridays.

I’ve been planning on using Peter Rabbit as a jumping off point for a girl nursery for years. When I was really little my grandparents gave me a Wedgwood set of Peter Rabbit dishes from their months spent in England. I didn’t want giant decals on the wall, just a base for colors and a unifying theme. As you will see below, we ended up with soft blue walls, green bedding, and pale prints. My goal was crisp, clean, and feminine. I’m so pleased with the results.


I have to mention the bunting in the pic! With the help of my mother-in-law, sis-in-law, and the sewing machine and genes from my own mom – I made them! This was my first big sewing project since being in costume practicum in college. The basics came back after we finally figured out how to load the bobbin on my machine. I picked up the inspiration for this mobile of sorts from Pinterest. Here’s the blog post that ultimately gave me a direction for the project.


The three prints you can see in the photos above are all from a fabulous little shop on Etsy: Printable Wisdom. I love that I found a native Texan who was so willing to work with our changes and ideas. She was super speedy, affordable, and talented. I highly recommend this shop!

My husband spied this quote and fell in love with it,
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”– Emilie Buchwald.
We hunted through pages on Etsy trying to find a print of the quote that we liked, to no avail. So, we turned to Ashley at Printable Wisdom again and she custom created yet another design for us. We found another piece she had made with books and just went from there. D is so pleased with the result!



We finished off the room with a name print that she customized to our color and print needs.



There you go. Kudos to Ashley at Printable Wisdom. Now get yourself over to her shop!

Happy Friday!


p.s. Any shops you frequent?!


Movies are a part of our culture and life.  There’s no denying it.  And just like everything else in current world, you have limitless choices when it comes to the films that you watch.  I’ll be honest, I don’t choose movies based on the rating letter.  I’m more apt to choose based on critical reviews.

Regardless of what causes you to make a decision, I wanted to provide some reflection questions that can help us evaluate in light of the quote I mentioned a few weeks ago.  “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

1. Repeatability
-Can the film be viewed multiple times with profit or enjoyment?
-Usually character-driven movies score higher on this than plot-driven movies.

2. Significance
-Does the film treat an important subject in a substantial way?

3. Impact
-Mind: Does the film change the way you think or the way you understand something?
-Emotion: Does the film affect you viscerally?
-Behavior: Does the film change the way you live?

4.  Longevity
-Will people still be watching this film in years to come?

Viewed through this particular way of thinking, what are some movies that have influenced your faith?  What are some of the films that keep you thinking even after the credits stop rolling?  Here’s my list, and I don’t think any of them were from a Christian production company.

Top 10 influential movies – films that still keep me thinking.

10.  Hotel Rwanda
9.  Dead Poet’s Society
8.  The Spitfire Grill
7.  Shine
6.  Babette’s Feast
5.  Life is Beautiful
4.  Chariots of Fire
3.  Schindler’s List
2.  The Shawshank Redemption
1.  To Kill A Mockingbird
What movies challenge you?  Which of those would make your top five or top ten list?  How do you select the movies that you watch?  

Art and Faith

I’m thrilled to be back in Texas this week meeting with a motivated group of students. We are exploring relevance, faith, culture, and art.  (Get excited.)  When I started explaining the topic to my husband he was less than enthusiastic- at first!  But rather than spend five hours talking about specific works of art, my desire is to raise questions about our response to culture.

Here’s the quote that got the ball rolling:

“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” – Madeleine L’Engle

I don’t have time to turn this into a lengthy series, but I wanted to direct some questions your way.  Feel free to respond in the comment section or to just answer for yourself.  I think our responses to this question DO matter.  So…

What was your first reaction to L’Engle’s quote?  Do you agree with her statement?


Noun: A secular priest.
Adjective: Denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.

sa·cred Adjective/ˈsākrid/

1. Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration: “sacred rites”.
2. Religious rather than secular.


1. A person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality: “Rama was Vishnu’s incarnation on earth”.
2. (in Christian theology) The embodiment of God the Son in human flesh as Jesus Christ. 
Happy Pondering. :)