Minimalist Greeting Cards

I’m going on a rant for a few minutes… because, this is something I’m passionate about. Here goes:

I despise buying cards. Birthday cards, Baby shower cards… Pretty much any kind of card. It’s not that think cards are pointless and a waste of money. Actually, it’s the opposite: I really like to find the PERFECT card. And… cards are almost always WRONG.

Seriously; how many times have you gone to the drug store, & spent an hour trying to find the perfect birthday card? The pictures don’t match your Mom’s style, you can’t find one that says “Mee-Maw” on it, and the POEMS. Oh my WORD, don’t get me started on the overly sentimental, sappy poems. I wouldn’t say something like that in person, so why would I ever ask a friend to slog her way through reading it?

Ok. End rant. 😆

Here’s what I DO like when it comes to sending cards:

  • I like simplicity. Nothing overly fancy or fluffy. I really love having a simple quote or wording that just of says it all. Simple, but meaningful enough to tug at the heartstrings.
  • I also want plenty of room to write my own note. Okay, it’s usually more like a letter… and I always run out of room. If I’m going to send a card, I want it to be something special between me & the person on the receiving end.
  • I like pretty cards! Gorgeous papers, and smooth velvety envelopes (in some other color besides white or pink!) Why can’t cards be simple, AND pretty?

I got frustrated by the lack of cards, & I think I’ve designed the perfect card set.

 

 

Introducing: the Minimalist Cards.

It’s a simple 5×7 greeting card. No fold, but a flat piece of textured, thick paper. Each card has a phrase on the front, which can often be used for multiple occasions. The minimalist design leaves PLENTY of room for writing that note (err… I mean book) on the back. The cards comes with matching deep gray envelopes.

The best part: You can purchase the cards individually, or mix and match to create your own perfect set! I have pricing for up to 20 cards… If you’re looking for a large bulk amount, Please Contact Me Here!

 

AND…
*drum roll please* 

I also have added minimalist Christmas cards to the shop, too! These cards have simple, traditional Christmas phrases, & there’s plenty of room on the 5×7 card to tape your favorite family photo on the back.

 

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Cornbread.

I have to start my story today with a bit of backstory. Z-man is GREAT at keeping his food on (and at) the table. He likes to test his boundaries like any toddler, but once he learns the rules, he’s fairly good at keeping them.

Miss T, however, is a WHOLE different ball of wax. She’s a little tiny tornado, and breaks the rules as much as she can… no matter how much I fuss at and correct her. She’s fiercely independent, stubborn, and a total wild-child. (I don’t know where she gets that from… 😆 )

So. Last night, I gave the kids some cornbread as an after-dinner snack. It was left-over from the night before, and the kids loved it. They were settled, busily snacking on their crumbly bread and watching Chuggington. I decided they were behaving (HA!), and went into the laundry room to fold the laundry mountain.

All was well. I kept checking on them briefly, but not really looking at much beyond their faces. Soon enough, it was almost bedtime. I walked into the living room, only to see the horror in front of me:

There. Were. Crumbs. EVERYWHERE.

It was a crumb massacre. I had no clue one small piece of cornbread could turn into so many crumbs. They were strewn all over the floor like confetti on New Year’s Eve. I still don’t know how she did it. I tried to do a “miss the crumbs all over the floor” dance to go into their room, because it was time to start putting away toys and to get ready for their bedtime routine. It didn’t work. Then I realized that that Miss T had pranced her little self (and whatever was left of her cornbread) INTO THE BEDROOM.

All in the span of about 20 minutes, my house went from “fairly-neat” to “Crumb-Laden War Zone”. I was quite a bit bewildered, and hid in the laundry room for the rest of the night (the only clean place left in the house). I managed to sweep the crumbs off the sheets, off the floor, and the kids finally fell sleeping in their beds.

My question at first was this:  How can one TINY girl make such a mess? 

 

But after I had time to cool down, I started thinking. What if I made a mess like that? Not with cornbread… but with INSIRATION. What if I started sharing my passion for living well, slowing down, and chasing wonderment? If I kept going no matter what anybody said, could I help change someone’s life? What if instead of just sitting here, hoping to make a difference someday… I actually get up and start spreading joy-filled inspiration like Miss T’s cornbread crumbs?

Who knew all of these deep thoughts could come from my toddler’s cornbread massacre? 😏

So I want to ask you:

 

What can YOU do with your piece of cornbread?

 


Join in the conversation below! I’d love to hear from you:

What are you passionate about? What can you
spread around like Miss T’s cornbread crumbs? 😀

 

Give Yourself a BREAK.

Please hear me today, dear friend… because I want these words to wrap around you and feel like the BEST kind of hug:

You are doing an AMAZING job. Yes, you. You; with your laundry mountain and all those unfinished projects. You, with that frazzled unwashed hair and the pile of papers waiting to be finished for the next school assignment. The choices you made are the best you could make at the time… especially when dealing with cranky kids, a headache, and only one cup of coffee.

A bunch of half-finished Christmas ornaments that I never listed in the shop last year.

This week I’ve really been pondering the idea that we need to be a good boss. You see: I’ve been a HORRIBLE boss to myself. I constantly beat myself up for decisions I’ve made. I’ve spent too long thinking that I’m not doing a good enough job. I’m not working hard enough, the business isn’t growing fast enough, I don’t know how to balance work and home and family and life.

On, and on, and on it goes.

Here’s what I’ve decided:

 

 

As my own boss, I’d tell me to stop working when I’m not thinking clearly.

I’d tell me to go soak in the tub instead of trying to crank out one more assignment.

And I DEFINITELY wouldn’t let me feel guilty for buying that Chai tea latte.

 

Put the crochet hook down… you’ve worked on these for 3 hours straight. Take a break.

So for the past few days, I’ve been trying a new experiment: Whenever I start feeling discouraged or disappointed in myself, I’m trying to be a better boss. Instead of letting my inner “mean girl” take the reigns, I want to remind myself of the truth:

 

You made the BEST decision you could given the circumstances.

Even if you messed up… it isn’t the end of the world! You can start again tomorrow.

And in the words of Tom Haverford & Donna Meagle: “TREAT YO’ SELF!”

 

 

One Dozen Done! (Click the photo if you want a set!)

I want to hear from you…

How are you being a good (or bad!) boss to yourself?

and…

What are some things you can tell yourself
when your inner mean girl tries to beat you up?

November Journaling Prompts

I’ve been journaling for over 15 years now (Man, that makes me sound old. 😳As I’ve grown into adulthood, the practice of writing each day has become a love of mine. I write prayers, feelings, thoughts, and (of course) there’s a bit of venting about things that are frustrating.

I would love to be able to share my love of journaling with you! So, I’ve created a list of journaling prompts for the month of November! If you’re new to the world of journaling, or just starting after a long break… here are a few Simple Tips for Journaling.

 

Scroll down to download and print November’s Journal prompts!

30 Journal Prompts for each day of November - start journaling today!

I hope you enjoy these prompts! CLICK HERE to download the printable PDF of the prompts at the end of this post… feel free to print it out, share it on Facebook, or pin the image above on Pinterest!

 


Simple Tips for Journaling

I have journaled off and on since I was a young teen. At first, I think I started journaling after reading Anne of Green Gables, because writing in a journal seemed like the most “romantical” thing to do. 😂 Many days were spent scribbling away the silly thoughts and dramas that all teens go through. I filled book after book… and usually threw them away as soon as they were full.

Since the teenage drama days, journaling has become an almost necessary part of my life. I use it to pray, to think… and sometimes to vent. 😬 There’s something soothing to me about putting words on an empty page. It helps me step away from the clutter inside my head, and to sort it all out on paper. Journaling has been a lifeline for me… it’s a safe place where I can be myself. I talk to Jesus, scribble out mind maps, figure out marriage, motherhood, and write about LIFE, really.

If you’ve always wanted to write a journal, but have never started (or have never stuck with it after a few weeks)… then this is right where you belong! Before you get started with journaling, you’re going to need a few simple supplies:

 

  1. A Journal –

    Doesn’t have to be anything fancy! I usually buy mine from the craft store or Target! Whenever I see that I’m getting close to the end of one, I hunt for a new one whenever I’m out shopping. I prefer college-lined journals, because I don’t like the wasted space of bigger lines.

  2. A Pen –

    This is entirely up to your preference! I really like black Pilot G2 pens. They are smooth and last a really long time. Make sure to buy some extras of your favorite pen next time you’re out shopping… you’re going to need more. 🙂

  3. Coffee –

    This one might just be me… 😂 I can’t journal until I’ve had at least one good cup of coffee! A hot cup o’ joe seems to help my creative juices flow, and it makes me feel cozy and settled, too.

Now that we’ve got our supplies… let’s get ready to journal!


  • Start with Journaling a few days Each Week.

    Don’t overwhelm yourself with grand plans to write every day. Try to write 2-3 days a week, and if you miss a few (or all of them!), don’t stress about it! The goal is to make this a habit, so you can either record tidbits of life that you want to remember, or have a place that is completely your own in the midst of busy.

  • Set aside a Time & Place.

    Always, ALWAYS choose a time and a place to write. Creating a specific margin for your writing time makes it easier to stay consistent. I like to journal first thing in the morning (before the kids are awake), and in my spot on the couch… armed with a cup of coffee. I’m totally up for moving my space to the great outdoors if the weather is pretty, though!

  •  Follow your Inspiration!

    If a prompt doesn’t line up with whatever is on your mind or heart that day, just do your OWN thing! Journals are a great place to share things that are closest to your heart, and it’s okay if you need to do your own thing… in fact, that’s the best way to journal!

  • Be creative!

    If you’re the artistic type, then draw alongside your journaling! Or, illustrate a topic instead of writing! You can scrapbook in your journal, use collage or wash tape… whatever inspires you to keep going in the journey.

 

I hope this helps you begin to make journaling a lifestyle, and that it will inspire you to make space in your life for writing down your thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Happy writing, friend!

 

How about you: Have you always been into journaling, or are you
interested in getting started? I’d love to chat in the comments!

 



Rising Tide Society Gift Guide 2017!

A few months ago, I decided to try entering the Rising Tide Society’s 2017 Gift Guide. It seemed like a good idea, and the entry fees went to a good cause (helping with the hurricanes that battered the south late this summer). Well… a few weeks ago, I heard the news:

Chasing Wonderment was accepted!

This gift guide has over 100 handmade artists included; with incredible talents and products! It’s a great starting-point for buying handmade this Christmas as you start crossing off the present list. I hope you’ll take a look, share the gift guide with friends (please share it on Facebook!), and have fun shopping!

 

Find Your Wild Tank - Super-soft slouchy tank, made from 50% Polyester/25% Combed Ringspun Cotton/25% Rayon, in Dark Charcoal Grey. Available in 5 Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GIFT GUIDE!

 


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Rediscovering Creativity.

I recently realized something: I’ve forgotten to enjoy creativity.

Somehow, in the midst of trying to grow a creative business, raising toddlers, and running a home… I’d forgotten one of the most important things in life (to me): Living Creatively. I realized it as I watched Elise create her new course “Encouraging Creative Kids.” While I saw that it was hard work, I also got to see her absolutely engrossed in the process of creating. And then I had a lightbulb moment:

I’m not having much fun.

Sure, I’m doing everything I could have ever wanted in life. But somehow… I let the process steal my joy & creativity away from me. So, this past week, I’ve thought a LOT about what I miss. What I love. I’ve discovered that I really miss doing those random projects that completely inspire me. I’ve always been a spur-of-the-moment kind of creator, and have tried to curb that (in the name of staying on task). While staying on task is great, it’s not so great if it zaps your joy.

I also realized that I miss the OLD way of blogging. When I was a teen, I had a blog on xanga (yep, totally just dated myself there. 😂), and absolutely LOVED it. I wrote about random things that I love, and developed a small community. It was more like a easy-going journal, rather than a “blog”. The ideas were never lacking, and dreading sitting in front of the computer wasn’t an issue. It needs to be more like that.

Rediscovering Creativity

 

After having realized all of these things, I’m making some changes. Sure, they might be small… but they’re pretty big for me. I’m going to chill out and stop pressuring myself to blog, and instead treat this space as a creative journal. I’m planning to incorporate more adventure and creativity into my life, and you guys will get to see that (hopefully). ☺️ I’ve changed the link at the top of this website to “JOURNAL” up at the top to reflect my heart for this space.

The other thing I’m starting is to make time for the creative freedom that I so love. Last weekend, I got a wild idea to slipcover our loveseat. I almost talked myself out of it… because, TIME, and “It’s going to be complicated,” blah, Blah, BLAH. I’m really glad I started cutting that plaid upholstery fabric. The couch looks better than ever, and it’s only 2/3 of the way done! 😆

I only have the cushion left to cover… the new plaid looks SO much better than that old (stained) diamond pattern, though!

I also just finished embroidering myself a Chasing Wonderment hat. The best part? I can promote my business – while simultaneously covering up greasy Mom hair. 😂

Anyone interested in a Chasing Wonderment hat? I’m looking into having these made to sell…

The best news of all: I’m planning a small winter line for the shop! I can’t wait to start the process, make my new screens, and start seeing the ideas in my head coming to life. 😍 Stay tuned, because it will be all things adventuresome, wintry, and wonderful.

It’s time for me to enjoy creativity again. To make time for EVERYTHING that I love, and not get so caught up in my to-do list.

 

How about you? Have you found yourself getting so caught up with
daily life that you’ve forgotten to make time for something you love?

Easily Distracted…

These past few days have been an absolute JOY. No, really; after a few days of laying on the couch with some sort of stomach bug, it feels good to move around again. To wash the dishes, get the laundry tucked away in drawers. I’m also trying to cut back on the kid’s TV time. They were completely cranky about it for a few days, but they are FINALLY starting to play better and use their imaginations. 🙌🏻  The house is blissfully quiet, and this Mama is a happy camper. 😌

My brain is a never-ending cycle of ideas. It’s on auto-pilot, constantly getting distracted and thinking of new things. I struggle with distractions, but they can also be a good thing. When it’s not a good thing, the cycle goes something like this:

“Oh! I need to cook dinner! Wait… this pin on Pinterest looks good…. sucked down the internet rabbit hole… What was I doing? OH! YES! Dinner. *heads into kitchen* First, I have to wash the dishes… oh! the laundry! Hubs needs his good jeans for the weekend…”

(40 minutes later, I’m finally starting dinner and Miss T is HANGRY.)

The wall I keep getting distracted from decorating. It’s awaiting a family picture… and more ideas.

Such is life.

When it’s a good thing, it’s more like this:

“Oh! That’s a really good idea! Let me write this in my bullet journal. Oh yes, dinner! I’ll start it early so I’m not stressed later… First, I have to get to a stopping point with this work. Good! Done. Oh! That’s a really good idea for a shirt! Let me write it down… Now, on to DINNER…”

A never-ending cycle of ideas. Jotting them down, forgetting half of them, getting distracted (again). Focus has never been my strong suit, but I’m slowly getting better.

Selfies make me feel so awkward…  

My cycles of “not good” distractions have gotten SO much better since I’ve started bullet journaling. I still get off-track, but having one spot to write ALL the ideas that fly through my head in one day is SO good. Sometimes they get added to my to-do list; other times they just get scribbled down for a future brainstorming session.

Late-night creative session. I get in a good flow around 10 or 11 at night.

All in all, it’s probably a blessing that I constantly have new ideas. If I didn’t, I’d be bored out of my mind! I’m currently planning a new collection for winter, designing shirts for a friend, embroidering a hat for myself, and re-doing some of the packaging for the shop. All while staying home full-time with the kids, and attempting to keep the house clean. Yep. It’s cRAzY inside this scattered head of mine. 😆

 


Do you get easily distracted, or are you skilled at staying focused?
Do you have any tips for staying focused? (I’m always looking for ideas! 😆)
👇🏻 Let’s chat in the comments below!👇🏻

I am Both.

I am a wandering soul. There’s nothing I love more than the open road, good company, and snacks. If there’s not enough adventure in my life, I quickly feel bored and stuck.

I am also a homebody. To me, there’s nothing better than a cozy blanket, a good cup of coffee, and my favorite journal.

Here’s the problem: I get sucked into the trap of comparison FAR too easily. I see the amazing adventures of friends I follow on Instagram, and wish that I was more outdoorsy. Then I see the cozy creativity of my introverted, homebody friends often makes me wish I wasn’t such a gypsy.

Somehow, they can both co-exist. I can be wholly me. I am both quiet and loud. Hyper and relaxed. Excited and bored. These complete opposites often make me feel like I’m being pulled in two opposite directions. On one hand, I long for crazy adventures, climbing mountains and traveling down the road armed with only a tent and a sleeping bag. On the other hand, I hate hot weather and mosquitoes and spiders.

Somehow I am both. Somehow, I equally adore adventures in the wild, and staying at home for days with knitting needles and my toddlers. This is MY kind of wild. It’s a beautiful blend of cozy and adventure, comfortable and new… and it’s me.

And it’s OKAY. It’s okay to feel pulled in both directions, because that’s part of what makes me… well, Me. There will be days where I’m wild and crazy, and days full of quiet and introversion. I can be both, and I don’t have to be like anyone else. Mostly, I just have to live fully, and embrace who I’m meant to be. I can be an adventuring-homebody.

 

I am Both.

 


How about you? Do you ever struggle with comparing
yourself to other people? How do you find rest in who you are? 

 

Life Lately.

Today… absolutely NOTHING has been accomplished. My #chasingwonderment project over on Instagram got derailed by a puking toddler. Colds and snot and baby bellies don’t mix well. 😕 The house is a disaster. Dinner is late. Sarah & Duck have been playing on repeat…

Sick days are good for naps.

But it’s been a good day. My friend came over and we laughed while the kids played. I snuggled my tiny humans. It was just good to slow down. Right now, I’m managing to burn dinner on the stove while Miss T throws her 82nd tantrum of the day (it’s about MegaBlocks, by the way). Yay Me! 😂

Sometimes I just need a good reminder to slow down. To do something crazy, like Hubs and I did on Saturday night when we packed up the kids and went to an old car show. We didn’t get home until midnight. It was SO much fun! Then on Sunday we slept in, at breakfast together, and headed to IKEA. We wore the kids out, ate yummy food, and bought plasticware. #adulting

Babe, lean down so you are in the picture! (Short girl problems)

This past weekend has made me see that growth is happening. Sometimes I feel stuck, because my adventure-loving heart gets bogged down by the daily-ness of life. I have felt like this year is the year for growth… but each day often feels the same. In all honesty, daily life isn’t always that glamorous.

But with the changing of seasons comes the realization that I also need to change, to grow. I let myself get so stuck by staying at home. By doing NOTHING, I am wasting EVERYTHING. Everything I have is right here, right now. Dreaming of the future is no good if the present isn’t full of the good stuff in life.

So, I slow down. Breathe in and out, make spaghetti for dinner, because it’s easy. Another cup of coffee. Another hug for the sobbing toddler (this time because I told her she couldn’t climb into the laundry basket to attack my sewing machine). I’m hatching a plan to go on a walk at a local park this week… letting little legs run off energy and enjoying the beauty of nature.

I need to get out more.

It’s time for change. For growth. Time to embrace this season of tantrums and snuggles, and enjoy the times slow and adventure. This is life. This is what chasing wonderment looks like for me… how about you?

 

I would really love to chat with you… what’s one thing you
would like to add to daily life to create more wonderment?


Fighting Hatred.

It’s easy to hate. To let the rage out and unload everything on someone else. To lose your temper, to take your rage and throw it on everyone else around you. We see it every day, in the shootings, the tragedies, the wars. Broken friendships because of stupid fights, and families who can’t seem to get along over Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hate is the easy way out.

Love is so much harder than hate. It’s much harder to look at someone who has hurt you and respond in kindness. It’s a lot harder to stop yourself in the middle of an argument with your spouse, and put yourself in their shoes. To stop and realize where someone has come from, what they have been through, and realizing that their opinion matters.

 

My heart is aching over all these recent tragedies. All I keep thinking is “If we could just learn how to REALLY love.” I know, I know… I sound like one of those hippies from the 70’s. I’m the girl that constantly wants to tell people “All you need is LOVE.”

Because it’s true.

 

Love is giving up what you want for someone else. Love is setting aside your own agenda so you can lift up others. It’s letting go of your pride, and saying “I’m sorry.” Real love is a constant process of letting go, of stretching until it hurts, and covering every hurtful action with a thick blanket of GRACE. Real love is patient. It is kind.

 

It hurts me so badly when I hear of people who don’t know how to get rid of the pain they hold so deeply. I have experienced deep pain and anger… and believe me, it’s not easy to let go of. What must people have experienced that leads them to do such cruel things in this world? What kind of childhood did they have, what kind of hatred have they been taught?

 

 

I don’t understand why this hatred and hurt happens. But I do know what we are capable of: LOVE. In the midst of all the hatred and anger in the world, let’s be the voice of love. The constant indwelling of Jesus in this world. Jesus DIED because of love… would we be willing to do the same?

 

What act of kindness can you do today?

I’d love to hear one way you plan on spreading love today in the
face of all the hatred we’ve seen this week. Comment below 👇🏻

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge!

Hello friend!

I’m just hopping on here really quickly to tell you that I’m joining in a super-fun challenge for the month of October! Each day I’ll be posting a tidbit over on Instagram with inspiration for living well.

 

If you’d like to read each day, just check my instagram feed each morning, or search the hashtag #chasingwonderment !

 

All the photographs for this series are by Samantha Jane Photography.
(And they are STUNNING!)