Emily’s DIY Pyrex Candles featured on Ruche Blog today!

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I am sharing my Vintage Pyrex Candle DIY on ShopRuche.com today! Have you browsed Ruche lately? It’s amazing. One of my favorite places to shop. They offer such unique choices and I love pretty much everything they have. Their dresses are GORGEOUS and I can’t get over that beautiful camera strap! So you can tell, I browse their New Arrivals a.LOT. which means I was SO excited when I got an email today letting me know that my candle DIY is featured on Ruche’s blog TODAY! Yay!

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You can find my DIY at Ruche or you can find it HERE

 

ALSO…I love vintage Pyrex so much that I created two different FREE prints featuring my favorite patterns. You can download both of those from our shop!

 

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Out sick + ANOTHER free print

So we’re out sick and focusing on keeping things running around here with 4/5ths of us down with an annoying cold. The only one NOT sick is our oldest – I’ve GOT to figure out how she keeps avoiding all the bugs that her younger sisters pick up and then pass on to us. The girl’s got an immune system of steel.

Since we’re definitely not up to being creative or writing about it – how about another free print? Should be able to just open, right click, “save as”…enjoy!

 

Please remember these are for personal use only ;) Thanks! You’re awesome!

 

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We’re celebrating today so I’m putting this print up in it’s full size so you can grab it for free if you like it :)

Should be able to just open the image, right click and “Save” ;)

Have a wonderful day!!

Our Valentine print as styled by Katie of My Darling Days

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Katie of My Darling Days is sharing how she found and framed one of our free Valentine’s Day prints on her blog today! We get so excited to see that something we’ve made makes someone’s day or home brighter – it made my day to see our print on her blog! Thanks so much for sharing Katie! Love it!

Pop over to her AWESOME blog today to see how she styled it!

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Vintage Dishes themed FREE Love Print

 

CoupleJones Love Print I LOVE vintage Pyrex and Fire King dishes. I have a little bit of a collection going.

I have a tutorial for a fun way to re-purpose them planned for next week and to go along with that tutorial, I made these two prints using my favorite patterns from my collection.

Our prints are SO easy – just click, download, print on your home printer or at your favorite place to print photos and share in your home or with a friend! Enjoy!

Happy FRIDAY!!

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Pretty (and FREE!) new prints

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We added some Love themed prints to our CoupleJones Print Shop today. Just in time to lovely up your home for the month of February!

(PS. They’re free! Cuz we LOVE free stuff and we know you do too.)

Our prints are SO easy…just click, download, print and SHARE!

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“Without Love, it means nothing…”

Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.“And so I say to you today, my friends, that you may be able to speak with the tongues of men and angels; you may have the eloquence of articulate speech; but if you have not love, it means nothing. Yes, you may have the gift of prophecy; you may have the gift of scientific prediction and understand the behavior of molecules; you may break into the storehouse of nature and bring forth many new insights; yes, you may ascend to the heights of academic achievement so that you have all knowledge; and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees; but if you have not love, all of these mean absolutely nothing. You may even give your goods to feed the poor; you may bestow great gifts to charity; and you may tower high in philanthropy; but if you have not love, your charity means nothing. You may even give your body to be burned and die the death of a martyr, and your spilt blood may be a symbol of honor for generations yet unborn, and thousands may praise you as one of history’s greatest heroes; but if you have not love, your blood was spilt in vain.”

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (16 August 1967)

“Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards, that’s not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.
We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”
Sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (1968-02-04)

We have been listening to and reading some of Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches over the last day or so – trying to remind ourselves of what we learned in school about this great figure in our nation’s history. There is a common theme in most of his sermons and that is that without love, anything we strive to do is meaningless. That is a powerful thought.

It’s also found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

13 If I speak in the languages of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Most people have heard MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech and it is beautiful, but we have really enjoyed looking at more of his lesser known sermons and quotes so that we have a fuller vision of who this man was and what he stood for.  Zac and I have been talking about these statements and how they can be applied to our faith and our every day life. It’s also so interesting that Martin Luther King Jr expressed such humility even as he became such a powerful and outstanding leader. It’s a great day to have these quotes running through our heads and to be thinking about what this man did for our country.

One of my favorite songs right now expresses the same thoughts as Martin Luther King Jr did when he quoted 1 Corinthians 13-17 in his Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967 – The Proof of Your Love by King and Country .

I have been thinking about these verses for a while and made this print for our home to remind me of them. If you would like a visual reminder for your home, you can download it for free at CoupleJones.com. Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day.

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Guest posting at A Little Artsy today!

Happy Sunday!

We are so blessed to be able to be guest posting on Casey Wiegand’s A Little Artsy blog today! This is such a SWEET lady and both of her blogs are gorgeous and so uplifting. Please stop by and take a look!

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Embroidery for Slackers and Free Light Bulb pattern

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UPDATE: Welcome to our visitors from BonBon Break! We are so happy to have you! I hope you enjoy this article! If you’d like to keep in touch, we’d love it so much if you followed our blog or find us on Facebook and Twitter . We love new friends!

Several years ago, we moved from our first teeny little house. For a little over 3 months after, we had to rent while we waited for our new home to be built. We wanted to save as much money as possible so we rented a one bedroom apartment – it was us and our two year old and as much stuff as wouldn’t fit in our cheap storage unit squeezed into a VERY small space and the sewing machine did not make the cut. So I decided to try embroidery for the first time.

That doesn’t mean I researched the correct way to do it or anything…that’s not really my style. I just sat down and tried it. I probably still don’t know the “right” way to do it but it’s an easy enough thing to sit down and experiment with and get going. Let’s just call my method, Embroidery for Slackers :)

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Our kids are hilarious (in our humble opinion) and I’ve been trying to find fun ways to memorialize the funny things they say. My Middlest came up with a JEWEL a few weeks ago that STILL makes me laugh when I think about it…and so I thought “embroider it”, OBVIOUSLY- duh.

Sorry if the word “toot” is offensive. I think it’s hilarious. My Oldest was teaching the Middlest to play “Rock, paper, scissors, shoot” and our middle girl got so excited to be playing that she got a little mixed up and yelled “Rock! Paper! Snickers! Toot!” and HILARITY ensued. Ha!
If you don’t have kids around to say funny things, you can also use your favorite song lyrics or quotes.

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These are detail pictures of the quilt I was working on when we were in that little apartment. I drew some of our daughter’s favorite book characters and then embroidered them and used them as quilt squares for her big girl quilt when we moved her from her crib. It is so fun, I am so glad I tried it!
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This is a really easy thing to pick up and try so I am including some close ups of the stitches I used on these two pieces. I also am giving away the light bulb pattern for free in case anyone wants to use it. Click over to our SHOP to download the Pdf and then simply place your fabric over the print out and trace.

This would be an easy pattern for a child to try out as well if anyone has elementary aged kiddos who are interested in learning to sew.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you give this a try if it looks like fun! Do your kids say funny things that you record somewhere? I’d love to hear how you keep track of them! AND their funniest quote! Em

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