If you are a mom – take some of your spare time (ha! spare time – what is that?) and read this book. I’ll be sending a link for the official review I did for another site, but just wanted to post this quote.
Red hair. I have it, but not as vibrant as this sweet darling. She is the spittin’ image of her momma and has rosy cheeks and eyes that twinkle that light up any room she is in. I had a lovely time catching her playing with her pearls, rocking in a chair, staring at the lake, or being held by her mother. Baby A – may life hold many wonders for you as you grow to be a woman who loves the Lord and lives life to the fullest.
Sometimes, when you get to watch someone do an every day job (say, an office assistant), you know they have a creative streak in them that is just dying to come out. That is the way I felt as I’ve gotten to know Beth of BPaperie. Beth and I worked at the same location in Louisville, then went to the same church. She of course is a wife, and has her sweet dog which you can always find pictures of. And she has a day job which she is great at. But, a love of hers is creativity. She is wonderful at taking the ordinary and making it bright and lovely and inspiring.
For my office (which is really a corner of our dining room), I wanted something new and inspiring as a I write and do photo editing. She happily obliged with a giveaway for my readers – just like you! And she designed this beautiful art with a quote I got from singer/songwriter Christa Wells from Emily Freeman’s book A Million Little Ways. Since this has been such a hard season of life with many changes coming, I picked this quote because it spoke to me of hope. When I look at it encourages me to keep going and keep pressing on in my dreams.
I asked Beth to answer a few questions so y’all could get to know her. Here is a sneak peak into her life as a creative:
I started bpaperie as a creative outlet. My “about” section on Etsy says this, which I think might answer the question: I’ve wanted to own a design shop for as a place that smells good and is filled with fun things. A place to be inspired; a place where my puppy can run around in a cute sweater. And a place that’s affordable, too!
But since my husband’s in school, I’m stuck with a boring 9-5 job instead. I’ve wanted to open an etsy shop for a while — a creative outlet of my own — but I’ve been too scared to do it. It’s easy to let doubts fill my heart and keep me from doing what I love — what if no one likes my work? What if nothing sells? What if I’m a failure?
I can’t let those things hold me back anymore! Bpaperie has been a long time coming. It’s the next best thing to a “real” store. And if you want to see pictures of my cute pup in a sweater, shoot me an email. I’m happy to oblige.
2. How did you come up with the name for your store?
My husband, Wes, often calls me “B,” and I love paper goods. I was trying to decide between two names, and this one stuck.
Last night I had the fun privilege to enter through the doors of i o metro in West Little Rock – and be wowed by their new spring line of interior furniture and accessories for any home.
IO Metro hosted me and some of my Arkansas Women Blogger friends to help spread the word of their new spring line. Their line is full of charcoals, grays, navy, cobalt, oranges, tangerines, and aquas. The food was delicious and so were the beverages!
Thank you iometro for hosting us and spoiling us with prizes and giveaways.
For the giveaway – are you ready??? This was my favorite prize they gave away – and I didn’t win it – but I did pick it up to give it away to one blessed reader! You either have to be local – or be willing to pay for shipping – or have it hand delivered. The white bird cage is about 2 feet tall – and beautiful!
This White Bird Cage Candle Holder is so easy to use in every room of your home:
1. Put it in your living room as a statement piece of light with a soft candle flickering in it or some bold flowers to let spring in your home.
2. In your bedroom, you can light a candle to help a night of romantic chilling with your husband.
3. If you use it in your bathroom – make a bath much more enjoyable by putting a soothing candle in it – just adds beauty.
4. If you are hosting ANY type of shower you can put a candle, or flowers, or a show-stopper tower cake or the star cupcake or a tower of cookies in it.
5. Use it when celebrating the birthday of someone you love by setting it in the middle of the table with their dessert cupcake with a flickering candle.
6. Use it on your patio for adding elegance to your next outdoor party!
Creativity flows from everywhere. You don’t have to have everything from the latest magazine – but gather inspiration and look around you – incorporate your creativity into everything!
To enter giveaway:
1. Leave a comment on how you would like to use the white bird cage candle holder.
2. For an extra entry: follow iometro and thekd316 on instagram and leave a comment here telling me you are following both.
(Disclaimer: I was invited to the blogger party as a part of the Arkansas Women Bloggers, and was given the bird cage to giveaway, but was not compensated in anyway for this post. All thoughts are my own. Thank you IOMetro
I will announce winner on Monday morning!
In Wake Forest, North Carolina, a place I called home for 3.5 years in my twenties, sits a well-known favorite of the Olde English Tea Room. As you walk in the door, you are greeted with the fragrance of enough tea to make any tea-lover happy.
They had delicious cakes that friends of mine baked in the wee hours of the morning and the slower hours of the afternoon. Delicious chicken salad and a chicken and rice soup that I ate almost exclusively. And they had quiches.
I never tried theirs because I didn’t know what I was missing. I didn’t start eating quiche until a few years ago. Maybe its because I thought it wasn’t filling or was too dainty of food – I mean, I love macaroni and cheese and a good steak or burger. But, now I know better.
I created this quiche because of the presence of these sweet little peppers that were on sale at my grocery store. Oh goodness. Their sweetness, after cooking just a bit in some olive oil, tasted divine and simple in the pool of eggs and cream and cheese that they baked in. I went the simple route and used a store bought pie dough for the crust – but do what your heart – and your counter space limitation – tell you to do. Maybe you have a pie crust recipe from your grandmother that you use all that time – then by all means use it.
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 1 cup shredded Italian cheese (I use a 5 cheese blend)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 eggs (I use all natural Great Day Farm eggs)
- 7 sweet mini peppers, chopped, seeded
- olive oil
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bake the pie crust for about 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Chop the peppers and sauté until just soft in evoo. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a bowl, mix the eggs, cream, spices, and half of the cheese.
- When your pie crust is cooled, layer the rest of the cheese in the bottom.
- Then top the cheese with the peppers.
- Then dump in the egg mixture. If you are using a deep dish you will be able to fit all the mixture. If you aren’t then you’ll have a little left (just scramble it up in a pan and have a breakfast 1 and 2).
- Bake on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the center of the quiche.
- Serve with a simple green salad or some fruit and a muffin.