Inspiration

You might not like Mondays as much as I do, so I thought I’d share some blogginspiration for you. Just a few things that lifted my spirit this week…

  1. Hands down, these pictures of sweet Lucy made me smile:

    I’ve been following Lucy’s story from nearly the beginning. The Krulls are friends of church friends of mine. Kate is an amazing woman: humble, faithful, vulnerable, open, strong. She write with raw emotion and I can’t count the times I’ve wept as I’ve read the blog. The way she’s clung to her Heavenly Father through Lucy’s battle with cancer is amazing. Seeing Lucy so happy and strong after so many months definitely made me happy tonight!
  2. FoundĀ this girl through the Indie Christmas link party. How adorable is she? Most definitely an apropos name – Sweetness Itself. I share some things with her – pastor’s kid, homeschooled, went to a Christian college, blogging, etc. She has such a sweet heart and it shows through every post.
  3. Another sweet girl from the Indie Christmas link-up. This post is stinkin’ cute! Um, I think I’d really like to be on that coffee date.
  4. I found this blog through Pinterest. Beautiful typography settings of Scripture and hymn lyrics. I get SO excited when I see an update on NewsFire (my feed reader of choice).

That’s all for tonight, folks. I hope you have a lovely week – it’s the first week of Advent, my absolute favorite time of year!

xoxo
Alanna

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Tonight I sent the parents off on their flight back home to Philly(ish). They really live in a small town in Bucks County, PA, north of Philly, but I just say Philly to everyone down here. We had a great visit. Did some cool things. Experienced some uncool things – Hello, Cam’s breaks falling apart (like, literally)! I shall have a fuller report [with Instagrams!] tomorrow, probably.

Just finished enjoying some hot cocoa with leftover real, made-by-me whipped cream. Nom. Wishing y’all a happy Monday tomorrow! Call me crazy, but I actually kind of like Mondays. And I even did when I was working. There’s something fresh and new, a little bit exciting about Mondays.

xoxo,
Alanna

Have yourself an Indie Christmas!

My first pumpkin pie!

I am pretty much the worst blogger ever. Sorry, y’all. At least the past few days I have an excuse – my parents have been visiting from Philadelphia. They arrived Wednesday evening and have to go back tomorrow evening. šŸ˜¦ We’ve had a delightful time. Lots of yummy food. LOTS. I have a bunch of Instagrams to show you. But right now I have something else on my mind!

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Link Party!

I’m participating in the Indie Christmas link party hosted by Janel, Kate, Casey, and Danielle. I’m not going to get on a soap box about Black Friday. But I am going to encourage you to really consider independent businesses and artisans as you do your Christmas shopping. The benefit to you – a high-quality, unique gift your loved ones will really enjoy. In addition, you will be directly supporting an independent artisan. In this economy, so many people have turned to their own skills and hard work to supplement their incomes or even to fully support themselves.

Of course I’d love some business at Charlie + Lu. Because of my parents’ visit, I haven’t got photography of my latest earrings, but I plan to update the shop tomorrow night. In addition, I’ve got some new non-jewelry products in the works as well. But if my products don’t fit any of the people on your gift list, I encourage you to look around Etsy and/or your local businesses to purchase presents. And a perfect place to start is the Indie Christmas link party! Click on the link above to view the hundreds of independent bloggers and artisans linking to this effort!

xoxo, and happy shopping,
Alanna

30 Day Photo Challenge – Catchup 2-4

Sorry… got a little behind there. Gasp, shocking. I was taking the pics, though, y’all! So here goes… days 2-4:

Day 2: Smile

Day 2 (11-11-11): Smile… smiling because I made a new outfit and felt super cute. Smiling because I’m a nerd and it was a palindrome day. Smiling because I was off to an interview. Smiling because the interview went well and I realized I actually kind of like interviewing (masochist maybe? I dunno… I’m just a people person. There’s a bit of a high). Smiling because my mom was visiting my sister and texted me a picture of her 24-week baby belly (with one of the dogs sniffing her bum hahaha).

Day 3: Happiness

Day 3 (11-12-11): Happiness. A cup of tea (especially peppermint or something else calming) is almost a sure-fire guarantee to sooth me to a contented happiness. I love the whole process… setting the kettle to boil, steeping the tea (and preparing the strainer, if I go loose-leaf), stirring in the honey, sipping ’til it’s cool enough to drink. Even when the previous day’s interview came back negative, tea still made me happy. And if you pair a chocolate chip cookie with it… well that’s just amazing.

Day 4: Leaves

Day 4 (11-13-11): Leaves. My picture was going to be the wind-swept piles of leaves by the back gate to the parking lot until I went out the other door of the condo to go get the mail. This beautiful tree is right outside. We live on the second story so I got a wonderful view. I’m so glad I did because we’ve had rain the past two days and now most of the leaves Ā are gone!

Alright. Caught up. Coming shortly – today’s picture! Woohoo!

xoxo
Alanna

30 Day Photo Challenge! Day 1

Today via Pinterest, I stumbled across positively present’s 30 Day Gratitude Photo Challenge. It seemed fun and easy (y’all know I love Instagram!) and a great way to help me get more settled into a blog routine. It was almost dinner time and I looked at the prompt for Day 1: Favorite Food, and that was it. I was all, “Ohemgeeeeeee I have to go to Target for some cheese ravioli!”

Cheese ravioli with melted butter Smart Balance and [lots of] parmesan cheese. A glass of milk. And seeing as I am actually an adult, I was good and included those green beans hiding in the corner. Yes. My favorite food at 26 is the same as it was at 3. Ravioli all the way! I remember we used to go to the Spaghetti Factory in Portland (my hometown to age 5.5) and I would always order the adult ravioli plate. I was this teeny, fluffy-haird pixy and the waitresses never would believe when they returned to a completely empty plate. This girl loves her some pasta and cheese! NOM!

Time for sleeps, y’all! See you tomorrow…

xoxo
Alanna