Thursday, August 29, 2019

Grace at Home No. 347


Hi, friends! I'm so grateful you're here for this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Years ago I blogged very often. Lately, I haven't blogged as much, which I regret; I'm hoping to start writing here on a regular basis again. Meanwhile,  I'm truly grateful that I have this link party so that I've kept in touch with you at least to some degree!

Here are some highlights from last week's party I thought you might enjoy.

Autumn is right around the corner! If you need some Fall decor inspiration, you'll like this DIY "wreath" made with an embroidery hoop by Kippi from Kippi at Home.


If you're looking for a way to update your home, painting your stairs might be a good way to go. KC from The Real Thing with the Coake Family takes the guesswork out of this DIY project.


If you have more garden produce than you can use right now, you'll be glad to get these tips on storing summer fruits and vegetables from Lois at Walking on Sunshine.


Fall makes me want to get busy baking! If you want to organize your spices in a way that's super-cute, you'll like this detailed tutorial for making chalkboard labels from Julie at My Wee Abode.


If you've been thinking about purchasing an Instant Pot and you've wondered if it's worth the investment, you'll be glad to read this post from Jennifer at The Everyday Farmhouse.

If you're looking for inspiration and godly wisdom for your marriage, you'll want to read this book review of the book Making Marriage Beautiful. Michele Morin of Living Our Days does an amazing job with book reviews, and this is a great one!




A big thank you to everyone who joined! Now on to this week's party.

Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Exciting News and Grace at Home No. 346


Hello, friends! I'm so glad you're here!

Today I have news to share that's very exciting (to me, at least). After many, many months of work, it's now just two months until my book launches!


This is artwork that my publisher, InterVarsity Press, designed for me. And even more exciting is the fact that the book is now available for pre-order!
   
This is a huge deal, especially for a new author like me. If you've struggled with comparing yourself to others, I think you'll find the book helpful. 

In the coming weeks I'll be forming a launch team, and I would so love to have some Imparting Grace readers who would be part of that team! If you're interested, please let me know.

And if you'd enjoy a "sneak peek" of the book, I can provide you the first chapter to read! Visit this link and fill out the small form, and you can download the first chapter immediately. (Or leave a comment and let me know your email address, and I'll hook you up directly.)

Thank you so much for celebrating with me! 

Now let's take a look at what you've been doing in your homes this week. 

If you have a piece of damaged furniture that you'd like to save, you'll appreciate this post from Jamie at So Much Better with Age. 


If you love farmhouse-style decorating but are on a tight budget, I recommend this post from Joy at Artful Homemaking.


If you're like me, you really like chalkboard art, but you may wonder how to achieve the look you like. Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations came up with a wonderful solution: simply use a stencil on a chalkboard! Read her post for full directions.


If you have kids heading back to school, you'll like this back-to-school sign from Maria at Tinsel Box. She provides it as a free download.


Love the taste of fresh-baked bread? I sure do, and I was glad to see that Kathryn at The Dedicated House posted a recipe for soft seedy sandwich bread. 



A big thank you to everyone who joined! Now on to this week's party.

Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Grace at Home No. 345


Y'all. It is the middle of August. Good heavens, how did this happen?

Is anyone else wondering how 2019 is flying by so quickly? I'm here shaking my head, trying to figure out how it is that this year has just four and half months left in it.

One thing I know for myself is that preparation for the publication of my book has put me into a weird sort of time zone. For instance, this week I recorded the audio version. Here's me in the studio:


I look kind of dorky, but honestly it was a really fun experience to record the audio book. Hard work, that's for sure, but rewarding. (By the way, my book is available for pre-order!! You can see the print version here and the audio version here.)

In case you don't already know, my book is from InterVarsity Press and it's called Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison. It releases on October 22. Please let me know if you'd like to know more about it--I'd be glad to send you a copy of the first chapter so you can see if you might be interested!

Now, on to business! I am so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate the ways we make our homes places of grace. Here are some links from our last party that I thought you might enjoy.

Need to freshen up your dining room for a late summer look that can transition into fall? Check out what Debra at Common Ground has done with sunflowers in her dining room.


If you're looking for some easy, inexpensive ways to update your decor and you like a romantic, shabby chic look, you'll love this post from Penny at Penny's Vintage Home. Penny is amazing!


If it's been as hot in your neck of the woods as it has here, you'll appreciate getting this recipe for Strawberry Lemonade from Mommy Evolution. Doesn't it look yummy?


The hot weather also has me looking for dinner recipes that can be made in a slow cooker or my Instant Pot. I think I'll try this one for Hawaiian Chicken from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog.


These days of keeping all the doors and windows shut mean that my house doesn't smell as fresh as I'd like. If that's the case with you, you'll be glad to get these tips for ridding your house of odors from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations.


And if you need some encouragement to enlarge your view of God, read "He Is More" by Pam Ecrement. I think you'll be inspired!


A big thank you to everyone who joined! Now on to this week's party.

Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Grace at Home No. 344


Wow, y'all--it's August! Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by?

I'm grateful that you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace. Here are a few of my favorite links from last week's party.

Do you ever wish to add more simple-life charm to your home? Ashley from Simply Designing built a porch swing for her house--and she shares a complete tutorial for how she did it, including detailed plans. If you're up for a big DIY project, her plans make it doable!


I think a lot of us are trying to use non-toxic cleaners in our homes. But I for one love cleaning products that smell good. Lisa from Fresh Vintage by Lisa has developed a cleaner using fresh rosemary from her garden. I think I'll try this!


Back-to-school time is drawing nigh for many of us. If you could use a little organizational help in this area, you'll appreciate the printable checklists developed by Carol from Comfort Spring.


Have you lived through a traumatic event? If so, you may need some help in understanding all the ways trauma affects your body. Very sadly, Leslie from Gwen Moss has become something of an expert in this area—her son was tragically killed last year. I am grateful that she is sharing some of her hard-won wisdom.


Last but not least, Debbie Kitterman from Dare 2 Hear shares a beautiful vision of God's love. Read this and be encouraged!


Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!
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