Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Getting Ready For Fall

 Over the past week I have really begun to prepare for autumn. I also took to spreading some early fall cheer throughout the house. I'm sure everyone really appreciates my efforts. Ahem.

 I started by making a little gift for my mom; a Deco Mesh wreath! I got into wreath making a couple of years ago. I loved the mesh wreaths at the craft store, but hated paying such high prices for something I could make myself. My mom loves owls, so I started with an owl ribbon, and just picked out the accessories for the wreath from there. Be forewarned, the following pictures are a terrible quality. I just snapped them with my phone, and the lighting in my house is really wonky.

Seriously, how cute is this ribbon?

My craft store haul. I love those pheasant feathers!
 
 My mom is also a big fan of burlap, so we went with a mesh that closely resembled that material. I also had some left over mesh from a wreath I made for charity a few months ago, so I added what remained from that roll just to make the wreath extra full and fluffy.

 
After creating the wreath, it was time for the fun part...decorating! I just placed the decor into the wreath, and then added some glue to give it some extra security. 

 
 I really love the colors in this wreath! It is definitely one of my favorites so far! I plan on painting a wooden owl to place on the top. I just have to wait for the template to arrive. For now though, it has a small clip-on owl that my mom found at the store to fill in that space. I just forgot to take a picture of that. Oops! If anyone is interested in making Deco Mesh wreaths themselves, I recommend you check out the video below. It was how I learned. It's very simple and a lot of fun! 
 

 I also hit Yankee Candle again. I adore their candles. They went on sale over the weekend, so I was able to snag even more of my favorite fall votives for only a dollar! My name is Kayleigh, and I am an addict. At least the house will smell amazing for a while!
 
Spiced Pumpkin is the bee's knees y'all!
 
  As I write this, I am sitting in a cold room, with one of my candles lit, imagining that it is October. It totally distracts from the fact that it is 90+ degrees outside! Just three more weeks to go! 

Happy (Early) Fall!

~Kayleigh

Sunday, August 24, 2014

An Update

Wow, it is hard to believe that I haven't posted anything since June! Life has been a bit hectic, but things are beginning to slow down a bit.
Here is a quick update for ya:
1. I found out that I will have a 6th sibling arriving at the end of December. I am not gonna lie, I had some mixed feelings in the beginning. However, I adore children and love having so many wonderful siblings! I am so blessed to have a great relationship with each one. The new baby is a boy. 5 brothers. Lord help me!
2. My siblings and I were baptized together back in July. The church we have been attending has a large congregation and I was terrified of being in front of so many people! God helped me get through it though, and the entire experience was amazing.
3. My birthday is coming up in a few days. The big 20. Man, I am getting old. ;p
4. I am going on a 21 day technology fast. I am not very big on technology, but I have noticed over the past couple of months that I have been using it a bit more. Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr have been big distractions. I love getting craft ideas and connecting with friends and family, but I cannot keep allowing it to take away from God. So, starting today, I am limiting myself to one hour of "fun time" and one hour for school related internet use. I am also no longer going to use technology in bed. No more phone or e-reader when it's time to head off to sleep. I think that might be the biggest challenge for me.
5. I am going to be using that hour of "fun time" to be posting a lot more. I have several ideas in mind that I cannot wait to share!
6. I don't know about you, but I am super excited for autumn! Fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I am a cold weather girl! And Virginia is simply gorgeous in the fall! Also, I may or may not have recently purchased cinnamon pumpkin body wash and an assortment of fall-scented candles. *cough* *cough* Needless to say, I am ready!

 Thanks for sticking with me guys! I hope y'all have had a great summer! God bless!

See ya soon,
Kayleigh

P.S. What's your favorite season?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

God is SO Good!

 Over the craziness of the past few months, something wonderful has happened! For a few years now, I have been job hunting. I have filled out countless applications, but no one has ever gotten back to me. No one. Needless to say, it was very discouraging! Several weeks ago, I sent in a few more applications and began to wait. In my waiting though, I really began to feel disheartened. I felt like a failure for not having found something after all of this time.
I cried out to God and said, "Please God! I have been searching for what feels like forever! Please lead me to a job!"
 Then I remembered a sermon that my pastor gave a while back that spoke of the power of prayer. An idea began to form. I hit the internet and began to search for some online prayer request sites. I think I clicked on ten of them, and I asked them to pray that God would lead me to the right job. I asked family and friends to pray for me as well. I was filled with hope! I could sense that God was working on something awesome! After a few days, I still did not receive a response from anywhere that I replied to. Patience, Kayleigh. Patience.
  My mom and I headed to a local bakery to pick up some cupcakes. We had been going to this place for a while, and had chatted with the owner a few times. As we were waiting in line, the owner came up and greeted us. Then, he turned to me and asked me where I was working.
Taken aback, I replied, "Nowhere at the moment."
"Well, why not," he asked.
  I explained that I had not heard back from any place that I applied to. He told me to go speak with the manager about working with them. My mom and I just sort of looked at each other in disbelief. I spoke with the manager and was emailed an application. I immediately came home and hit my knees, praising God for His faithfulness. I went back a few days later, and I was hired! I now work at the bakery a couple of days a week. It's a great start! Looking back on all of those years of unemployment, I realized something. God was shaping me the entire time. He was leading me towards a closer relationship with Him. He was clearing out all of those years of hurt and was making me new and whole again. If I had been working, I may have missed out on some of the other wonderful opportunities God planned for me such as volunteer work, a mission trip, a youth retreat, etc. All of those events helped me realize my mistakes and seek God. Sure, I would have had a bit more money to my name. But a close relationship with the Lord and the lessons that I have learned over the years cannot be bought with money. I would not trade those years for anything.
I am so thankful to have a supportive family to fall back on, and a God who loves me enough to guide my ways and direct my paths!   

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
 

Let Your Roots Grow is Back!

 Wow, I haven't been on here in a long time! I was not entirely pleased with any of the content that I had previously published on this blog, so I decided to take a bit of a break and start over. However, I never intended to be gone this long. Whoops! Life just got busy. I am glad to be back though and I cannot wait to start writing regularly!
 

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