Wishing you a Happy Easter

Target is my go-to for all things, especially greeting cards. I’ve found some of the sweetest and cutest cards (and plenty of other items make their way into my cart!) But this Easter, I just couldn’t find that oh-so-special card so I decided a quick design would be perfect.

If you haven’t ventured over to Creative Market yet, you are in for a real treat. The site is full of beautiful fonts, all sorts of templates and some really amazing photographs. I downloaded the Beverly font for my Christmas gift tags and thought it would be a perfectly sweet choice for Easter cards too. I created a simple design with one of my favorite verses and printed it with black ink on my extra Christmas card stock (but you can use any cardstock for this).

Easter Card Verse
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Then, I added a little bow with pastel baker’s twine and voila – it’s ready to mail. Simple, yet beautiful.

Easter Greeting Card | love+grace
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Enjoy a free download of the 5×7 card I designed here: Easter Card Template. Wishing you a Happy Easter!

He Speaks to You by Name

I just got home from an amazing run in our new hometown of #ATX. I was excited to see a package waiting by the door. I love surprise and inside was such a lovely surprise. My sweet friend Erika sent me personalized scripture cards. Oh how amazing she is! Erika’s words of encouragement and prayers are exactly what a friend needs, and it is a gift to know both her and God know everything I’m going through.

These cards are so beautiful I had to share them!

Scripture Cards
love+grace  |  Scripture Cards

If you love a daily inspirational message, sign-up for Erika’s encouragement emails here. And, Mary’s personalized scripture cards are available here.

Moving Made Simple

It’s been a whirlwind start to January as Richard and I made the decision to relocate to Austin! We are so excited about this next step in our journey and are looking forward to finding our new home. Of course we have a lot to do with packing and moving in just a few weeks. Since we will be living in an apartment temporarily, and I’m wanting to store some of our things to avoid having to pack twice, I’m using a colored sticky note system to keep things simple and organized. This may come in handy if you need to store items during your move or just to keep the process of unpacking stress-free.

I started with a marker and stack of sticky notes. I’ve designated each color with our moving needs – orange [storage]; green [kitchen]; pink [bedroom]; blue [bath], etc.

sticky notes
love+grace | moving made simple

So there are a couple of ways to tackle staying organized with your box labeling. Here, I’m using a keyword on each box with the color system above. I’ve also noted a number on the sticky note. The lower numbers will be the first items I pack [i.e. things I won’t need right away] and the larger numbers in the system are boxes I will unpack first.

sticky note labeling for moving
love+grace | labeling for a move

You may have a mix of items in your boxes and need more detailed list. For that, simply use the sticky note color system but just indicate a number on the box. Then use a notebook to list more details on the items contained in the box.

moving list
love+grace | detailed moving notes

All that’s left is attaching to the top and side of the box for an easy indicator on what’s inside and which room or area of your home the box needs to go.

box labeling
love+grace | moving made simple

Happy moving – we will see you in Austin!

God is our Refuge & Strength

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. – Psalm 48:14

Yesterday, I was spending my morning planning a post on creating a rustic and elegant Christmas table setting…

love+grace | Christmas Table Setting

On this Christmas Eve morning I decided it best to share some of my favorite bible verses for those that may be grieving the loss of loved ones this holiday season. My 84 year old Grandfather, Pawpaw, passed away yesterday afternoon. There is much sadness this holiday season but he lived a very blessed life and we are rejoicing that he has gone to the Lord. I will miss him dearly.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength. – 2 Timothy 17

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18

I love you, O Lord, my strength. – Psalm 18:1

Blessed be the name of the Lord. – Psalm 113:2

I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. – 2 Kings 20:5

O Christmas Tree

I so love the smell of a Christmas tree! Richard and I went the day after Thanksgiving to pick ours out – it was quite the site to see us decorating it. I thought it was still missing a little something this week so I decided to add a few special ornaments.

Our neighbors have plenty of pine cones that have fallen off the trees so I picked a few from the sidewalks. I popped them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This dries up any sap and they can be stored for many Christmases to come.

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love+grace | Pine Cone Ornaments

I still had some burlap from our wedding so I decided to use it to make the loop on the top but you can use any ribbon or twine of your choosing. I cut the burlap into 7 inch strips and hot glued the ends together at the top of the pine cone.

Let them cool and then add to the tree. Merry Christmas!

love+grace | Our Christmas Tree

Christmas Blessings

One of my absolute favorite things about Christmas is making our Christmas cards. I love sharing a personal wish for my loved ones.

Here are a few from past years:

love+grace | Christmas Cards

I love the simplicity of the boxwood wreaths and topiaries I’ve been seeing this season. So I thought, why not add them to this year’s Christmas card.

I used a kraft 5×7 card with a matching envelope and printed a simple message on the card. Then using a spool of ribbon, I penciled a circle for where the wreath would go around the Christmas Blessings text.

love+grace | Christmas Cards

You may be lucky enough to have a boxwood growing in your yard so snip a few sprigs and you can be on your way to creating this simple card. I found this great mini wreath at Target that I cut apart for the card design. With a little hot glue on the sprigs the wreath began taking shape.

If you have any remaining springs, they will make perfect accents to your holiday gift wrapping.