stitched cards

so back in may my parents bought me a sewing machine for my birthday. i was pretty excited to get this and started imagining all the cards and layouts i could sew on. it has taken me a bit to get used to the machine and i did have to have my mom come down and fix it a time or two. but i love being able to just sit right down and stitch on some ribbon onto a card!

- jess

i love a good candle

one of the things on my autumn bucket list was to burn some autumn scented candles. if you haven't seen my list, here's the link.

i have to admit that i've been a bit of a bath and body works candle fanatic. although this year i'm not letting myself buy any new ones until i've worked my way through my stash.

i love the glow of candle light. the warm radiance it gives to a room. most of the time i have candles lit in the day and usually when they are lit in the evening i still have on a light. but i'm thinking i might just turn off my lights, except for maybe a small lamp and curl up with a book.

so i found this one to burn and i love how it fills my space with that sweet and pumpkin scent. this is the pumpkin cupcake candle. i will say though it's not my favorite scent they offer and i'm not sure i'd buy this particular one again.

ps...the candle sleeve is also from bath & body works, though either from last year or the year before.

- jess


2014 autumn bucket list

i'm a little torn when it comes to autumn. part of me is very sad to see the warmth and sun-filled summer fleeing away. but the other part of me craves those cooler days that bring warm drinks and sweaters and boots. most years i'm ready to jump into autumn by the time it arrives but this year not as much. so i thought i'd list some of my favorite things that happen during the autumn as a bucket list to help me make the transition a bit easier.

• make pumpkin bread •

go to a football game

eat a caramel apple

go on a scenic drive and look at the fall foliage

drink apple cider

• snuggle in a blanket while reading a book on the porch •

make smores

• walk a 5k •

• bake a pie •

• crochet a scarf •

• bake cupcakes •

burn autumn scented candles

try at least 5 apple varieties
- honeycrisp -
- ambrosia -
- pinata -
- pacific rose -
- envy -
- mcintosh -

send 'thankful for you' cards

- jess


september currents

listening // autumnal weather just screams norah jones to me

reading // nothing this month besides the Bible

eating // less sugar and dairy

drinking // iced green tea

wearing // sandals

feeling // like i've fallen off the health train...gained 16 lbs in less than a year

weather // in the 80s

watching // vlogs

waiting // for cooler weather to switch over my wardrobe

wanting // to scrapbook

needing // to get moving more

enjoying // driving with my windows down because of the cooler evenings

wondering // what the next year holds

working // on myself

- jess


can't stop making cards

sooooo it's true, i can't stop making cards!!! and i don't even share all the cards that i make here on my blog. here are a few recent ones...

- jess