Thursday, September 27, 2012

Week 39 || Project 52

Having class five days a week is definitely not ideal...not a fan. BUT Tuesday's and Thursday's are highlights this semester. I'm taking an alternative processes class and I get three and a half hours twice a week to get all my creativity and craftiness out :) Last week I spent my time working on cyanotypes.

The cyanotype process was popular in the 20th century. The process involves using equal parts of Ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide and applying to paper or cloth and then exposing to a source of ultraviolet light with a negative or object. 

I toned the image above with tannic acid. Does this image look familiar to you? I made some negatives from a few weeks ago... Hope you are having a lovely, fall-filled week :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week 38 || Project 52

There's a lot of things on Pinterest that make me "ooh" and "ahh" but I'll never actually do them. Let's face it, no one has that much time on their hands. I pin a lot of DIYs and a lot of recipes and every once in awhile I'll come across a few that I'll actually do.

Last week was one of my lovely friends birthdays. Nothing says happy birthday like a chocolate chip cheesecake shaped like a heart and a pair of cozy socks!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Serves: 15
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

You'll Need:

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (16.5 ounce) rolls refrigerator chocolate chip cookie dough

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until well mixed; set aside.
3. Slice cookie dough rolls into 1/4 inches slices. Arrange 1/2 of one roll on bottom of spring-form pan. Do this with another spring-form pan or a pie tin of your choice. Press together cookie dough so there are no holes on the bottom. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over dough; top with remaining cookie dough.
4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and center is slightly firm.
5. Remove from over, let cool, then refrigerate. Cut into slices when well chilled.


If you're serving lots of people and want to make finger food, just use a cookie cutter and cut your cheesecake into bite-size portions.

So yummy! Affordable, easy and delicious. Hope you have some baking time this week and get some of those Pinterest projects done!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Urgency | Fall Mornings

Fall mornings are my favorite. Starting the day with a perfect cup of coffee and Isaiah [on this particular day]; there's nothing like it. 

Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.
-Isaiah 26:8

Day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute...we wait. We wait for the Lord to return. But we don't just wait and sit there. At least, that's not what we're supposed to do. Our number one priority should be to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). This isn't just an empty, idle, boring waiting. This is an "I am so excited for Jesus to come back so I have the urgency to tell everyone about Him so they can go tell more people and so on..." We have this urgency. His name and His renown are the desire of our hearts. Not our name and our renown. Not that everyone would know me and that everyone would remember me but that the one impact we have on the world is simply Jesus

Reading Isaiah 26:8 just puts everything back in perspective. All of this doesn't matter; fashion, making a name for ourselves, status, etc. What a relief that we have the gift to walk in His direction for our lives. Day after day, praying that the desire of our hearts would be His name and His renown rather than our own. Christ created us to be significant for HIM. What a relief and what a sweet life!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Week 37 || Project 52

When I started Project 52 it was about taking photos for the sake of taking photos. Somehow, overtime, it became a heavy burden rather than a creative outlet. I used to spend hours adventuring just to find the perfect moment to capture and somehow I stopped doing that. How silly...needless to say, I am going to start doing that. Let's just say I'm pretty stinkin' excited :)

This past week I spent some time in the city with some lovely people. Take-aways from the week:

1. I belong in the city.
2. Chicago is one big melting pot of people and it's amazing.
3. I am moving to the city ASAP (seriously)

It was a weekend full of good mexican food, nonstop chatting, Proverbs and Psalms, pour-over coffee from Bowtruss, and pumpkin spice cupcakes at midnight. The weather was absolutely beautiful and so were the people. Now don't you want to live in Chicago too?!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Favorites || Inspiration! I cannot wait. With that being is the busyness. And with that I don't have as much time to "favorite" 7 things every week by Friday. Soooo, this week I'm coming to you with a little less than 7 things I I will be doing every week. I love a lot of things but sometimes I just can't come up with 7 things each week ;)

1. Elf (or Eyes Lips Face). I'll take good quality makeup in a little less "cuter" packaging! It's not MAC or Urban Decay (although I think Elf brushes are comparable and sometimes better than high-end make up brushes!) but the quality and bang for your buck is unbeatable. I ordered a lot (maybe too much) from Elf this week. They're always having deals online and you can find a limited collection at your local Target.
2. Kari Jobe. Can't believe I didn't add her to my favorites earlier. Seriously cannot get enough of this lady. Her heart, her music, her love for the Lord. What a blessing! Can't wait to go see her in concert next month with All Sons & Daughters. Go listen to both of them and be BLESSED!
3. PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES! OH.MY.WORD. They are finally back! The salted caramel mocha isn't half-bad either ;)
4. Counterfeit Gods by Jefferson Bethke. This guy knows what's up.

That's all I have for you this week! Hope this week treated you well and this weekend will treat you even better! :)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Week 36 || Project 52

Ahh nothing like a few days at the lake house! I had quite the adventure this week...

1. I went fishing a few mornings and evenings for the first time in years. I caught nothing.
2. While fishing, my iPhone took a swim in the lake. Rice is not only delicious but a life saver. My iPhone is now back in action. (Put your water damaged phone in a bag/container of rice for a couple days and it works like magic!)
3. A few campfires and sunset boat rides never hurt anyone ;)
4. I may or may not have watched the Hunger Games twice in 24 hours.

Such a refreshing weekend. Nothing like listening to sermons over and over again and having something new revealed each time. 
Beautiful times spent with the Lord in the wildenress = bliss

Last trip to the lake house for quite some time. Can't wait to go back and see the absolutely beautiful leaves changing color. 

Hope you had a great week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August In Instagrams || Personal

1. Summer is not complete without a trip to the drive-in. 2. Summer is not complete without a Chicago White Sox game. 3. Nothing like shrimp and garden fresh tomatoes. 4. Homemade pizza with home grown basil and tomatoes. 5. Mornings on the balcony reading Hebrews. Bliss & blessings. 6. One last hoorah before the fall semester begins...coconut gelato! 7. Favorite things: packing up weddings. 8. Saying goodbye to the best friend for 4 months! Craziness. 9. Evenings on the balcony reading the fourth edition of Kinfolk with green tea. 10. Sunsets are amazing. God is an amazing artist. 11. Photographing beautiful gardens. 12. I love Tuesdays and Thursdays! Making cyanotypes in the sun.

August was lovely and just like every other month, it flew by. The fall semester has begun. God is opening a lot of doors for me and has a new, fresh season ready. I love fall...let's just leave it at that :)

Happy September!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Music Monday

Happy Labor Day (and Monday)! I've been listening to this all week long. Seriously some vocal goodness [and some professional divas ;)]

What have you been listening to this week?

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